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The ‘Crazy Super’ Has a Dog Named Pretty Girl

Bay Ridge: Richard Martin, the "crazy super" who posts homicidally threatening signs about trash disposal, says of his tenants "They're Arab; they don't give a f*ck"; has a cute Pekinese named Pretty Girl; and worships Jeanine Pirro. Feast on his cranky, strangely lovable weirdness. [NYP]
Chelsea: Facing lawsuits from folks who say it's too loud and polluting to be there, the 30th St. pier heliport floats a plan to move itself onto two barges offshore. And Curbed is right... this homespun sketch of the plan indeed features the quaintest, gentlest West Side Highway we've ever seen. [Villager via Curbed]
Ditmas Park: Folks in these gentrifying, pretty parts know that the hatred currently directed at Park Slope will soon be visited upon them. And they're probably right. [Ditmas Park Blog]

Downtown Brooklyn: Supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis has halted his massive mixed-income residential project near Metrotech, leading experts to forecast a chill over the area's much-hyped boom. [Brooklyn Paper]
Harlem: Bloomberg and developers say that bringing big commercial interests to a rezoned 125th St. will help the whole 'hood, but old-school businesses say it'll drive out all the black folks. [The Real Deal]
Lower Manhattan: The city wants to build over the sunken area near the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, creating over a million square feet of air rights for developers, but locals demand that parkland and affordable housing be in the mix. [Downtown Express]
Soho: There's been some kind of underground explosion at Lafayette and Spring, leaving a big, messy hole in the street. [Gothamist]

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