The (Big) Round-Up: Monday

A little known tax on New Yorkers’ electric bills helps state businesses go green. [NY Times]

Post-holiday retail sales may be disappointing citywide, but the 111 bus—which takes passengers to the Jersey Gardens mall and IKEA—has been packed. [NY Times] 

The recession has canceled or delayed $5 billion worth of NYC real estate developments. [NY Times] 

More New Yorkers are turning to offbeat pets like chinchillas, parrots, and even bearded dragons to get around restrictions on owning dogs and cats imposed by co-op boards and landlords. [NY Times] 

As they have so many times in the past, competing interests converge to do battle at Union Square Park—this time, it’s over whether or not to open a restaurant in a pavilion at the park’s north end.  read more »

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