The (Big) Round-Up: Monday

Commercial shipping makes a surprising comeback on the Erie Canal. [NY Times]

NYC’s marathon may be a boon for the city, but it’s hell for its cabbies. [NY Times]

Companies backed by private equity firms—such as Linens ’n Things and Harrah’s Entertainment—could be in major trouble now that these firms are struggling under the weight of unpaid loans and bonds. [NY Times]

Affordable lofts can still be found in NYC, but you’ll have to go to Bushwick to find them. [NY Times]

Even after a move to comfy Maplewood, New Jersey, a couple and their young daughter are drawn back to the urban wilds of Boerum Hill. [NY Times]

Second homeowners win appellate court decision to cast their ballets in the small New York towns that function as their weekend residences. [NY Times]

A small Long Island community frustrated with a rash of McMansions moves to limit the square footage of new homes. [NY Times]

Two houses built by the same man on the same street hit the market in Montclair—one shows off a professional makeover, the other retains the character of its long-time owner. [NY Times]

When trying to sell a house in this bum market, it’s best to keep asking prices low, even in Westchester. [NY Times]

A big-time buyer at the Metropolitan condo on East 90th Street struggles to re-sell after a personal tragedy. [NY Times]

After a 26 percent price-cut, Brooke Astor’s duplex becomes just another “co-op priced to sell.” [NY Times]

As the city embraces conservationist priorities and new lighting technologies, NYC grows dimmer after sunset. [NY Times]

Bay Ridge residents step up to save their brand-new Greenmarket. [NY Times]

An UWS high-rise rental hopes to attract those looking for a slice of suburbia in Manhattan. [NY Times]

Mock Day of the Dead celebration held throughout Lower Manhattan in honor of cyclists killed on NYC’s streets. [NYDN]

The second largest landowner in Willets Point sells its four acres to Bloomberg, as the city’s ownership of the industrial area grows to 40 percent. [NYDN]

Harlem’s Mustaqeem Abdul-Azeem wins Project Enterprise's 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year award for his curb-side body oil and incense business. [NYDN]

JPMorgan Chase modifies its loan program to help up to 400,000 homeowners avoid foreclosure. [NYDN]

Having trouble selling a haunted house? Call Paranormal NYC. [NYDN]

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall fights with local community activists over whether or not to allow the city to move an impound lot to a 13-acre parcel of land near JFK Airport. [NYDN]

Bloomberg pushes Willets Point plan on City Council members still hurting from the term-limits vote. [NYDN]

Mortgage broker David Findel—the same who recently spent $40,000 on Jets tickets at the new stadium—is sued by a friend for failing to make good on a $380,000 loan. [NY Post]

Many Merrill Lynch employees may jump ship, as signs of a growing “culture clash” between the former investment bank and Bank of America begin to show. [NY Post]

City invests $1.1 billion of its pension funds in risky hedge funds. [NY Post]

Dina Wein-Reis built her opulent UWS apartment using thousands of dollars scammed from Fortune 500 companies. [NY Post]

Customers abandon luxury retail in the wake of Wall Street’s collapse. [NY Post]

A look into the run-up to AIG’s implosion and whether computer-devised models used to predict investment risk can be trusted as easily in the future. [WSJ]

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