Retail Deaths ‘Happen’ Sporadically, and So Do Subway Renovations

Brooklyn: Brownstone enthusiasts have begun to weigh in on one of the most serious questions of renovation – round toilet bowls or oval? [Brownstoner]
Brooklyn Heights: Uncommon Grounds coffee shop has closed for renovations – and will soon feature a full kitchen and expanded menu. They'll also host private coffee parties! That's so Brooklyn we could die. [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Chelsea: The Noose, on 19th Street, is closing because its owner died. The gentleman behind the counter of the shop told a customer that she died in her sleep. "She wasn't old," he said. "These things just happen." Whoa. [Blog Chelsea]
Columbus Circle: Progress is slow and unsure at the big station under the Time Warner Center. But the tiling, you know, looks nice. [Second Avenue Sagas]
Dumbo: The price of the penthouse of One Main has been slashed by nearly a million, bringing it down to $7.8 million. Call this service journalism. [Curbed]
Staten Island: Friends and neighbors remember fallen Bravest member who fought this weekend's World Trade Center fire. [Staten Island Advance]