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It's Not Just a Bus Shelter, It's Street Furniture!

Bus Shelter
Brooklyn: What was your worst meal in the borough this year? Complain away! [Brooklyn Record] • Chelsea: Trying to catch the east-bound crosstown bus at 23rd and Fifth? Well, you can't anymore. [Chelsea.ClickYourBlock via BlogChelsea] • Clinton Hill: How did that hideous building get on Lefferts Place? [Brownstoner] • Dumbo: Coming soon to Jay Street: a much-needed, independent pharmacy. [Dumbo NYC] • Gowanus: Looking for as few windows as possible and a dreary concrete façade? There's a new building on Bond Street just for you. [Gowanus Lounge] • Kew Gardens: The first new bus shelter (above) was unveiled yesterday, about six months after it was conceived. Bureaucracy rules! [NYC.gov via Curbed]

There's Graffiti Life After 11 Spring Street

Jace Mural
Brooklyn Heights: We promised an update: Boccelism beat the Old Dirty Barristers to be champeens of the Floyd NY Bocce League fall season. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: It seems the Pratt Area Community Council believes residents want an Applebee's on the corner of Clinton and Fulton. Eatin' bad in the neighborhood! [Brownstoner] Gowanus: Looking for the World War II rescue boat known as the Empty Vessel Project? Now it's moored between the Carroll Street and Union Street bridges. [Gowanus Lounge] Lower East Side: If you missed the show at 11 Spring Street, there's still a Jace mural (above) at Houston and Bowery. [Razor Apple] Midtown: It's Santacon! And if a pack of Santas storming Times Square, Central Park, and the subway don't put you in a festive mood, nothing will. [NYCStories] West Village: Shopsin's shutters, but look for a smaller, less stressful booth in the Essex Street Market in a few months. [Gridskipper] Williamsburg: Things got a little stabby at Kellogg's Diner over the weekend. [Gothamist]

Gowanus Whole Foods Renders Manhattan Irrelevant

Ellis Island: Creepy photos of busted old hospital make you happy to enter the country through JFK. [NewYorkology] • Gowanus: Whole Foods broke ground yesterday. As of spring 2008, you'll never have to go to Manhattan again. [Gowanus Lounge] • Long Island City: With a $22 million redevelopment infusion, Queens Plaza will be a much more attractive place for strip clubs and recently released Rikers inmates. [Queens Tribune] • Prospect Heights: In the sixties, rent was less than $150 a month and the smokes were 28 cents a pack. [Brooklynian via Daily Heights] • Tribeca: 92nd Street Y heads downtown, perhaps backed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. [Downtown Express]

The Australian Invasion

This week, Rob and Robin report on an unlikely but welcome addition to New York's restaurant scene, Australian pub Sheep Station, which is located in Brooklyn's version of the outback — between Gowanus and Park Slope. Perhaps our intrepid food editors are warming to Australia — they give Sheep Station a thumbs-up for its cool room and hearty dishes, and earlier this year, they penned "Australian for 'Food,'" a primer on the nation's cuisine. Also in Openings this week: East Village wine shop Tinto Fino, West Village bistro Cafe Cluny, and Soho brasserie Bar Martignetti. Openings: Sheep Station [NYM]