Tax credit for first-time buyers expected to have limited impact on home sales, advocacy groups moving homeless into empty homes … and more

April 13, 2009 07:55AM

1. Federal tax credit for first-time buyers expected to have a limited impact on spurring housing sales [NYT]
2. Man fell to his death 25 stories down the garbage shoot of the luxury apartment building The Olivia [NYDN]
3. Renters move to smaller, less expensive apartments during the recession [NYT]
4. Connecticut’s Bijou Square condo development has stalled construction [NYT]
5. Apparel boutique Helianthus signs seven-year lease at 196 Spring Street [Crain’s]
6. If Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority can’t come to an agreement about the World Trade Center redevelopment over the next few weeks, the project’s revised schedule will be worthless [Crain’s]
7. Eye2Eye Digital moving to 48 West 37th Street [Crain’s]
8. Employment Web site TheLadders.com leases 14,400 square feet in 304 Hudson Street [Crain’s]
9. Some Brooklyn and Queens businesses have to move to make way for the new Kosciuszko Bridge [NYT]
10. East Patchogue movie theater to be torn down [Newsday]
11. A dozen advocacy groups around the country moving homeless people into vacant homes [NYT]
12. M.T.A. rescue plan ignores highway and bridge-building spending [NYT]
13. New Jersey’s Tulfa Realty paid $11 million in up-front commissions to its top brokerage firms last year [RE Journal]
14. Financial analysts say it is difficult to gauge banks’ losses from bad loans in real estate [Forbes]
15. Donald Trump’s new book, “Think Like a Champion,” talks about confronting fears [Charlotte Observer]
16. Queens stairway collapse was caused by neglect and failure to maintain the building, the Department of Buildings says [NY1]
17. The downturn may be a good time to think up a new real estate business model [MHI]
18. City and developer face off over Coney Island’s future [NYT]
19. Hutch Metro Road in Queens renamed Macaroni Place [Your Nabe via Post]
20. Membership in Web site CouchSurfing.com, which lets travelers stay with other people all over the world for free, reaches a million [NYT]
21. Construction firms previously accused of corruption and ties to
organized crime worked on the Yankees and Mets’ new stadiums [NYT]
22. Adults’ homeless shelter in Chelsea shutting down [NYT]

23. Living in Port Chester, N.Y. [NYT]