Danny Meyer quietly opens restaurant in the Whitney, FDIC wants banks to assume mortgage risks … and more

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1. Nine months later, Obama’s $1B plan to help the unemployed pay their mortgages still hasn’t taken effect

2. Long-stalled project at 179 Ludlow, next to Katz’s Delicatessen could be complete by the end of the summer
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3. Morgan Stanley buys $196M American real estate loan portfolio from an offshore bank

4. FDIC wants banks to retain at least 5 percent of the credit risk on securities backed by mortgages

5. Census figures show the population near Ground Zero more than doubled since 2010 [NPR]
6. Long Island City water taxi stop may not reopen this summer
[New Yorkology]

7. The city is requesting proposals to transform Water Street

8. Danny Meyer quietly opened a 40-seat restaurant in the Whitney Museum’s basement last week

9. State and local property-tax collections fell more in the fourth-quarter 2010 than at any point since the housing crash

10. Girl Scout Cookie pop-up shops appear in each NYC borough [Corcoran Group]