The Round-Up: Friday

After investigating accusations of bribery and intimidation, Attorney General Cuomo gets two upstate wind power companies to agree to a new code of ethics. [NY Times]

Concrete used at 100 construction sites, including the Freedom Tower and new Yankee Stadium, to be reexamined. [NY Times] 

Blogs help skittish second homebuyers get used to the feel of a new area. [NY Times]

With the vacation rental market holding strong, now may be the perfect time to put that ski home up for rent. [NY Times]

A West Village house—originally built in the UES, but transported south on a flatbed truck in 1967—is full of strange stories. [NY Times]

A western Massachusetts farming town attracts the intellectually curious to its bristling second-home community. [NY Times]

Inspired by the famous panorama of NYC and other structures from the 1964 World’s Fair, a LES artist exhibits his work at the Queens Museum of Art. [NY Times]

Experts weigh in on the state of New York real estate. [NYDN]

In these uncertain times, more homeowners are invoking the power of St. Joseph—the patron saint of real estate—to help them sell their home. [NYDN]

At an industrial lot in the Bronx, old NYC Transit busses come to die… and be reborn. [NYDN]

Carroll Gardens’ residents fume, as construction on the “Hell Building” remains unfinished three full years after it received a DOB permit. [NYDN]

Queens’ grisly ghost stories. [NYDN]

Led by a new executive director, the Cambria Heights Development Corp. looks to build a more cohesive local business community. [NYDN]

NYC to buy up 115 foreclosed homes, most located in central Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens, using $24 million in federal support. [NY Post]

Blackstone CEO Steven Schwarzman admits his $3 million 60th-birthday party—an event last year many saw as the beginning of the end for Wall Street—may not have been such a great idea. [NY Post]

With all the trouble they’re having on the market, unsold luxury homes have become known as White Elephants. [WSJ] The Round-Up: Friday