Department of Education no longer closing three schools, attorneys debate Linda Stein case … and more

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1. Department of Education no longer closing three schools [NY1]
Hotel developer Henry Kallan buys Upper East Side co-op for $2.99
million while architect Teresa Sapey lowered price of her two-bedroom
at The Plaza to $8.5 million [Cityfile]
3. Paris Hilton’s family Hamptons home for rent [Newsday]
4. Architects show WNYC around the city, including their new buildings [WNYC]
5. New Jersey title insurers drove up the number of property financial impairments last year [GlobeSt]
6. City Council member Tony Avella protests new construction with North Flushing residents [Your Nabe]
7. Hal Steinbrenner says with new Yankee Stadium, the baseball team has to win the World Series [Post]
8. New York Republicans’ attempt to block a tax hike fails [CBS]
9. Attorneys debate woman’s admission that she killed Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Linda Stein [CBS]
10. NY Magazine says Herald Square stores are looking empty and the
Obama administration should get creative in boosting consumer spending
[NY Mag]
11. Architect Karl Fischer’s beach on Bedford Avenue readies for summer [Curbed]
12. Real estate in The City Tumbles As Wall Street layoffs continue [Daily Finance]
13. Arris Lofts in Long Island City sees price cuts [Curbed]
14. New York Times architecture critic reviews Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium [NYT]
15. Price of 54 East 64th Street, the former home of the New York Observer, cut to $27 million from $36 million [NYO]
16. Program helps foreign tenants rent in New York [NYDN]
17. National unemployment rate hits 8.5 percent [Post]
18. Barbara Corcoran talks about what you can buy for $150,000 to $450,000 [MSNBC]
19. Seniors stay put in downturn [US News]
20. Investment purchases still strong [Realty Times]
21. Judge extends freeze on Madoff’s brother’s assets [New York Law Journal]

22. Agents join together to increase business [Inman]
23. Using IRA assets to get a mortgage [Market Watch]
24. Fannie refinancings nearly double in March [CNBC]