67 Liberty Street being converted to residences, bankers advocate for federal loan guarantee program … and more

September 02, 2009 05:02PM

1. With mounting vacancies, downtown becoming ghost town [Metro] 

2. 67 Liberty Street office building being converted to residences, adding 19 new floors [EV Grieve]
3. West Village landmarked property undergoes intense renovations [Curbed]
4. Tavern on the Green restaurateur wraps up deal — fast [Crain’s]
5. Brooklyn council member secured upwards of $2.5 million for parks improvement [Brooklyn Eagle]
6. Tompkins Square Park to become home of the Howl! Festival [EV Grieve]
7. Core finds residential contract signings climb in August [Crain’s]
8. More unsold luxury condos could become affordable housing [Curbed]
9. Madoff’s Montauk digs revealed in new slide show [AP via Newsday]
10. Fewer mortgage applications filed in U.S., even as rates drop [Fox Business]
11. World’s biggest bond fund manager Bill Gross says housing market won’t be first in recovery [Bloomberg] 

12. Economists say recession over, August economic conditions better than expected [MarketWatch]
13. Bankers advocating for federal loan guarantee program [Bloomberg]
14. IRS ramping up efforts to catch tax cheats on mortgage payments [WSJ]