Battle Over the Brooklyn Flea Goes to the Religion Place

Astoria: Some folks are psyched that one of the contestants on the new season of Project Runway, Stella Zotis, is from Astoria. She brings it old-school with that Noo Yawk accent and rock-type duds for Debbie Harry on her résumé, but her defeatist attitude in episode one didn't exactly represent for her hood, either … right? [AstoriaNYC]
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Politically charged stickers abound here, including those calling for Dinkins's reelection. Bring back the gorgeous mosaic-meister! [Newyorkshitty]
Carroll Gardens: No sooner did the hood's long-fought-for new zoning law (which redefines the meaning of a "narrow" street) go into effect than a stop-work order was slapped on the controversial 360 Smith Street project, because it plans to be 70 feet high rather than the new limit, 55 feet. It's like the folks behind the project, which is only 20 percent done, will appeal the stoppage. [Gowanus Lounge]
Fort Greene: It got rowdy last night at the big meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the weekly Sunday Brooklyn Flea here, with some anti-Flea locals playing the faith card (would a flea be allowed near a synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath, huh?) but with the anti-big-box, pro-small-biz tirade of State Senator Velmanette (best name!) Montgomery stealing the show. [Racked]

Roosevelt Island: With Marymount College renting 35 student units here, taking its cue from Rockefeller University and the French Culinary Institute, is Roosevelt Island the new college-dorm mecca? "As long as there aren't any wild parties during the week!" comments one local. "And for the wild parties on the weekend, I better be invited!" Hey, yeah, R.I. guy, we like that Belushi attitude! [Roosevelt Islander]
Williamsburg: There's a new play running written by a nanny here about the other nannies she met in the playgrounds of Park Slope. It's supposedly less harsh than The Nanny Diaries, but you'll still get duos like "the wine-sipping, bathtub soaking Mrs. Johnson and her spunky El Salvadoran nanny, Rosa." [NYDN]