U.S. housing levels now below 2009 low, Metropole closes on new $150M loan for 681 Fifth … and more

1. U.S. housing levels now below 2009 low from the original crash [The Street]
2. Cuomo: Rent regulation, property tax cap issues won’t be part of budget deal [NYT]
3. Long Island University’s Blackbirds basketball team in talks to play some home games at Barclays Center [Brooklyn Paper]
4. Wells Fargo’s new office search hits 1745 Broadway, the Mobil Building at 1221 Sixth Avenue [Post, 4th item]
5. New homes getting more expensive as existing home grow more bargain-friendly [AP via MSNBC]
6. Metropole closes on new $150M loan for 681 Fifth Avenue [Post, 6th item]
7. City to investigate Council member Erik Dilan’s city-subsidized Brooklyn affordable housing unit [NYDN]
8. Core to open new 5,500-square-foot office at 100-104 Fifth Avenue [Post, 7th item]
9. Greenwich Village residents boo, hiss during NYU expansion plan presentation [NYT]
10. Former Chanterelle chef working with Ark Restaurants on new Hell’s Kitchen eatery at TF Cornerstone’s 505 West 37th Street [Post, 1st item]
11. AvalonBay to break ground on once-stalled NJ apartment complex near planned train station [WSJ]
12. Fifth Avenue can’t decide if it’s on the East or West Side [NYT]

13. Would modular construction plan at Atlantic Yards require a new environmental review? [Atlantic Yards Report]
14. Bronx’s Pelham Picture House to reopen this week after renovations [NYDN]
15. A wealthy city is a happy city, research shows [The Atlantic]

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16. Iconic Towers of Bay Ridge complex located in political no-man’s land [Brooklyn Paper]
17. Erwin Pearl Jewelry Designer to open fifth Manhattan story at 300 Madison Avenue [Post, 5th item]

18. Wooden bar from shuttered restaurant Carmine’s gets new Maryland home [DNAinfo]