John Varvatos’s CBGB Store Mildly Protested

Downtown Brooklyn: There is nothing like a big, fat, scary drill parked right outside your little Latin restaurant to drive away customers in the final weeks before wielders of said drill demolish your place. [Brownstoner]
East Village: Hm, it looks like even our somewhat conflicted but basically nice video couldn’t stop a small crowd on the Bowery from protesting the new Varvatos store going into the old CBGB space. [Gothamist]
Little Italy, Bronx: Reading about how this half-century-old Arthur Avenue bakery abused its workers (like making them work their first week for free!) and is still somehow operating might make you want to go up there and flip them the cannoli. [NYT via West Bronx Blog]

Long Island City: It’s hard to know how you couldn’t feel for this longtime LIC artist in his claims that condo construction adjacent to his house is making his life miserable, but this blog thinks he’s such a jerk that it’s really not worth getting upset. [LICNYC]
New Dorp: If you thought that a story about a Staten Island neighborhood couldn’t possibly go on for an endless seven links, you clearly haven’t visited the content-rich burg that is the Dorp. [amNY]
Prospect Heights: While Atlantic Yards languishes, another, more-modest complex (of condos) is going up nearby, and it’s called Hello, Kitty! Oh … wait. No. It’s called Hello Living. That makes much less sense. [NYS]
West Village: Look at these early signs of a special meatpacking-district pedestrian plaza where drunk girls can throw up. [Streetsblog]