The Round-Up: Thursday

Man who attempted to parachute from the top of the Empire State Building in 2006 is charged with reckless endangerment. [NY Times]

Among those at last night’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center were Hurricane Katrina victims whose new homes were built with the wood from last year’s Christmas tree. [NY Times]

As the Treasury drives down mortgage rates, refinancing activity surges. [NY Times]

Lehman Brothers’ Neuberger Berman team wins bids for the former investment bank’s money management business at an auction held yesterday. [NY Times]

For the first time, Paterson voices support for a M.T.A. rescue plan that would include charging tolls over the East and Harlem River bridges and a tax on company payrolls. [NY Times]

Angry commuters respond to the M.T.A. rescue plan. [NYDN]

The Bronx’s Morrisania Library—one of the 39 city branches funded by Andrew Carnegie—celebrates its 100th anniversary. [NYDN]

Editorial: The new Yankee Stadium is far from the “home run” for Bronx residents that Seth Pinsky says it is. [NYDN]

As boom times end and industry projections get worse and worse, NYC real estate settles in for a long, cold winter. [NY Post]

Gimme Shelter: Natalie Portman ditches her parents’ place for a one-bedroom apartment at Philippe Starck’s Downtown; Matt Damon browsing UWS digs for $20 million and above; Josh Groban considering a two-bedroom Perry Street duplex; Edgar Bronfman’s son, Adam, snags a $7 million four-bedroom condo along East End Avenue. [NY Post]

JP Morgan Chase grabs millions in collateral from Guggenheim Partners’ commercial-property debt fund. [WSJ]

Though unemployment claims nationwide fell last week, the number of claims lasting more than a week rose to their highest levels in 26 years. [WSJ] The Round-Up: Thursday