Coney Island 2008: The ‘Summer of Hope’

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Borough Park: An indictment has been handed to the landlord who, in 2002, planted a bomb on a tenant who owed him $100,000. The bomb went off, the tenant lost a leg, and the landlord faces ten years in prison. And you're mad your apartment is never the right temperature. [NYDN]
Coney Island: Developer Thor Equities will make this the "Summer of Hope" at the amusement park, complete with the world's smallest horse and woman, largest alligator, and a 1,000-pound rat. Sounds like a typical Tuesday night out for us. [Curbed]
Downtown Brooklyn: There's a chance that members of MTV's The Real World shooting in the BK this summer may live in the new BellTell lofts on Willoughby Street. But the real question is this: Will they do shirtless Jell-O shots with Marty Markowitz? [Brooklyn Paper]

Lower Manhattan: David Byrne hopes you'll come "play" (via an organ he's rigged up) the Battery Maritime Building … then hop a ferry and go visit Governors Island while you're at it. [Downtown Express]
Meatpacking District: That pedestrian chill-out plaza at the five-way meatpacking junction of Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort is complete. We're all for the controversial "breast" bollards, but who really wants to sit in the middle of a hot, unshaded street? [Villager via Curbed]
Upper East Side: Cops apparently messed up the rescue of a raccoon stuck in a tree on 88th Street and sleep-darted it to death. Can you imagine how the cops treat the raccoons in poorer neighborhoods? [Gothamist]