Manhattan Mall: Ghost Town?

Downtown Brooklyn: It'll be great to have that pedestrian tunnel connecting the R/M and the A/C/F subway lines, but the construction's sure making a mess of Willoughby Street. [McBrooklyn]
Fresh Meadows: Is new "architecture" like this sapping the Queens burg of its reputation for being quaint, historic, and countrylike? [Queens Crap]
Herald Square: "The Manhattan Mall at Herald Square is a ghost town. Entire swaths of stores have been blacked out by darkened glass. Eerie, cold breezes blow through their crevices." Jeremiah Moss, you have to guest-blog for Curbed more often. You're so … lyrical! [Curbed]

Jackson Heights: Taking its cue from big chains like Sam's Club and Costco, at least one grocer here is limiting rice purchases owing to a global shortage of the grain. [Metro NY]
Roosevelt Island: That was no beaver stumbling around the island! It was a sick groundhog. And we are sad to report that it died. [Roosevelt Islander]
Upper East Side: It is totally awful that some moron protesting Laura and Jenna Bush's appearance at the 92nd Street Y assaulted a wheelchair-bound teen girl with cerebral palsy there. Even the fact that the girl was a big fan of the Bushes doesn't justify it. [NYP]
West Village: Ten years after refurbishing the historic Provincetown Playhouse on Macdougal Street, where a young Eugene O'Neill's plays were produced, owner NYU will demolish it and build adjunct space for its law school, plus a new theater. [Villager]