On the Bowery, New Hotel Tower Physically Squeezes Landmarked Home

Coney Island: What is it about Grand Theft Auto’s IV’s desolately wintry “Firefly Island,” with its “Johnson’s” hot dogs, parked school buses, “Firefly Theater,” and “Beach Gate,” that feels so familiar? Oh, duh! It’s really Coney! [Kinetic Carnival]
Cooper Square: I am a wee wittle two-hundwed-year-old house tewwibwy afwaid that the big new gwassy hotel towewing over me is going to fall on my wittle, wittle head. [Lost NY]
Clinton: When Madison Square Garden said it was staying put recently, the deal to redo Penn Station and MSG kind of fell apart. But now developers Vornado and Tornado want to lure the stadium back by asking the state to back a $900 billion loan to get it built. [NYO]

Flushing: A new, 506-bed dorm planned for Queens College, traditionally a commuter school, will make it competitive with the Ivy League. The school says. [Queens Crap]
Harlem: Council speaker Christine Quinn and Harlem member Inez Dickens, who brokered the 125th Street–rezoning deal with the city, were lustily booed by locals at yesterday’s council meeting ratifying the rezone. [NYDN]
Jackson Heights: An unsigned, stunningly homophobic letter against openly gay City Council candidate Charles Ober has stunned countless locals who received it…and brought Ober’s opponent to his side in a show of solidarity. [ABC Local]
NoHo: Wow, a low-key, starchitect-free redo is actually happening at 45 Bond Street, amid all the condos with lap pools, Eva Scrivo glamour, and Schrager-Rosen collabs. How refreshingly anonyme! [Curbed]