The People's Republic of Bushwick Rises

Boerum Hill: A rundown YWCA will become home to 84 new units of affordable studios (under $600) for women rather than the site of a luxury condo. File under So Refreshing You Want to Cry. [NYDN via Queens Crap]
Bushwick: The artists living at 345 Eldert Street plan to secede from Brooklyn tomorrow. [Brooklyn Paper]
Chelsea: That dance piece they were filming on the High Line last week? It's Jerome Robbins's 1958 work Opus Jazz, to be completed by next summer. [BlogChelsea]
Clinton Hill: It's a race against the clock at 163 Washington Street as a developer tries to grandfather in a high-rise's foundation before new zoning forbids it. [Brownstoner]
Gowanus: Since when is this desolate hood considered "the heart of downtown" Brooklyn? Since a just-opened Comfort Inn here started marketing it that way. [Gowanus Lounge]
Harlem: Just how loud is the weekly drum circle in Marcus Garvey Park? [Harlem Fur]
Williamsburg: East River State Park opens full-time today, just in time to offer the city's best view of tomorrow night's fireworks (if they're not rained out, that is). [I'm Not Sayin', I'm Just Sayin']