There’s a Sloop on the Gowanus

Flushing: The Sky View Parc condos will be near a housing project, the Van Wyck Expressway, the 7 train, the LIRR, and the smelly Flushing Creek. And it’ll sit on a former brownfield. But, hey, with the creek and the East River nearby, it is waterfront property. [NYP via Curbed]
Gowanus: What is a twenty-foot sloop doing on the shore of the Gowanus Canal? A sloop is a type of sailboat, by the way. Isn’t it the best word? Sloop. We could say it all day. [Sail Brooklyn]
Greenpoint: It’s one thing for a chick in a blonde wig on a Vintage Schwinn to glide airily down Franklin Street amid the traffic. But when they put in that new bike lane on crazy Manhattan Avenue, between Greenpoint and Nassau? With that traffic, girlfriend would be toast! [Greenpointers]

Harlem: Council speaker Chris Quinn and the Reverend Al Sharpton joined locals in blotting out a graffiti image of a rat in a noose next to the message “Stop snitching.” It’s an effort to stand up to thugs who scare residents away from reporting crimes and other info to the police. Cool! [NYS]
Lower Manhattan: Merrill Lynch says ixnay on the Ground Zero-ay. [NYT]
Upper West Side: The Harmony Atrium at Lincoln Center that connects Broadway and Columbus will get a fancy redo including “rods of falling water” that will be placed vertically, so you can’t climb them. [NYT]