The (Big) Round-Up: Monday

There are a lot more renters nationwide than there used to be. [NY Times]

Once a scene of loud, colorful protests and even a few riots, the steps of City Hall are now available only by appointment and must be booked much like a Saturday morning tee time. [NY Times]

When it comes to home ownership, and lately foreclosures, trends in Staten Island more closely mirror the rest of the country. [NY Times]

Once considered a product of the real estate boom, Hoboken is now proving that it can hold its own in a down market too. [NY Times]

Living in Ditmars-Steinway, Queens: A piece of Europe on the East River. [NY Times]

A developer has proposed building a 78-unit gated townhouse condominium project on the site of a compost heap in Southampton. [NY Times]

One broker has taken the concept of virtual video apartment tours to the next level with the help of video conferencing software. [NY Times]

One of the few apartments in Morningside Heights that is not owned by Columbia is proof that an affordable, family-sized apartment in Manhattan will always attract a bidding war. [NY Times]

A run-down five-story brick tenement building at 79 Horatio Street is sure to draw attention when it hits the auction block this summer after a legal battle. [NY Times]

In Westchester, cutting out the middleman and the 6 percent broker’s fee is becoming more attractive to sellers as profits become harder to realize. [NY Times]

The total asking price for all apartments in the Apthorp building is $1.06 billion, which would make it one of the most expensive Manhattan condominium conversions in history. [NY Times]

Q & A: Renewal leases and landlords’ obligations. [NY Times]

Q & A: A case of liability and a leaky ice maker. [NY Times]

A federal lawsuit challenging the right of landlords to rent to illegal immigrants has stoked tensions over immigration in Plainfield, N.J. [NY Times]

Carnegie Hill residents, including Woodie Allen, are fighting to save the East 93rd Street townhouse where the Marx Brothers spent most of their youth. [NY Times]

Stuy Town residents are worried about landscapers driving golf carts on pedestrian walkways without warning. [NY Times]

The city is in need of seven new docks, report says, just like the one in Red Hook that has now been made into an IKEA parking lot. [NY Post]

Deutsche Bank is one of a dozen investment banks with heavy exposure to commercial property in Vegas after the real estate bubble burst. [Bloomberg]

MTA Board members past and present have scored special parking permits from the agency’s own police department. [NYDN]

A majority in City Council is backing a bill that would require hedge funds and private equity firms to pay a tax on income generated from investments. [NY Sun]

After a strong 2007, New York City’s tourism industry showed signs of weakening in April. [NY Sun]

A growing number of companies are scrutinizing how much they’ve paid executives over time, taking "accumulated wealth" into account in setting pay. [WSJ] The (Big) Round-Up: Monday