The Golden Rule, Graffiti-Style

Chelsea: Wow, a new blog all about the block at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue! (We call it “the Chellage.” Okay, the Villsea?) With a reminiscence of a long-gone Twin Doughnut–Asian massage parlor, plus a photo of a poster that warns, “No scatting,” they’re starting strong. [14thand8th]
Dumbo: An amazing and artful new graffiti mural on Water Street was just defaced. And with what? The Golden Rule: “Treat others how you want to be treated.” Now, that is just perverse. [DumboNYC]
East Harlem: Greenberg Farrow is the name of the firm behind many of the big-box retail projects in the borough, including the five-floor mall along FDR Drive expected to open here in fall 2009…wrapped in a huge steel-mesh American flag! [NYT]

East Village: Cooper Union’s funky new Thom Mayne–designed, $150 million “green” building on Third Avenue has been “topped out” (what does that mean, exactly?) at nine stories. We love this weird exchange between Curbed commenters: “It isn’t very tall.” “But it izzzz! But it izzz tooo tawwllll! It’s like doo-buy!!!! It’s infringing on my hyoooman rights!!! waaaaaaa!” [Green Buildings NYC via Curbed]
Gramercy: Plans suggest that a massive new condo tower coming to 22nd and Third will engulf two tiny little tenements. Quite a strange sight. Check it out. [Vanishing NY]
Greenpoint: In this endlessly, endearingly weird neighborhood, there is now a place to buy that $400 stuffed muskrat you’ve always wanted but didn’t know where to find. [Newyorkshitty]
Rockaways: In this in-depth story, learn how the beachside area that was supposed to become the new Hamptons became full of new housing, some of it shoddy, for government-subsidized residents. [City Limits]