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John Varvatos Replaces Indies With Undies

Varvatos, nee CBGB.Photo: Jonah Green

Brooklyn Heights: Are you aware that, while everyone is all gaga over the waterfalls, an insta-park has opened up here, complete with sand-colored concrete, a distinct lack of shade, a branch of the restaurant Rice, and great views of, well, the waterfalls? [Curbed]

Meatpacking District: First John Varvatos took over the abandoned CBGB space; now he's shooting undie ads in front of soon-to-close bistro Florent. Has anyone read that creepy John Cheever story "Black Widow" "Torch Song" about a woman who lovingly descends on different men just as they're dead or dying? [Copyranter, Grub Street]

Park Slope: Parents here fear their children may never develop normally after hearing park workers swear and seeing them smoke. [Gowanus Lounge]

Soho: A fancy new condo will come with Bang & Olufsen audio-video systems in every unit. Which is not nearly as Danishly cool as if you got an Olafur Eliasson waterfall in every unit. Or even just a morning Danish delivered to every unit. [NYS]

Springfield Gardens: Denizens of this Queens nabe near JFK airport are protesting a "whore motel" across from a school by picketing directly in front of the Great Neck, New York, home of its owner. Whose last name is Gandhi! [NYDN]

Times Square: In the ultimate semiotic nostalgification of the seedy hood of old, punk impresario Malcolm McLaren will show arted-up (but not too dirty) renderings of old blue films on MTV's big screen. You call in to hear the accompanying mash-up of "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Again)." [NYDN]

Upper West Side: This secret CBS2 video shows construction workers knocking back up to six drinks on their lunch break. [WCBS via Queens Crap]

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