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Battery Pier: A Beautiful Disaster?

Battery Park: Are we weird because all the decrepit buildings the city wants to renovate — like this pier with a Victorian clock tower — we think are beautiful just as they are? Yeah, we're probably weird. [NYT via Curbed] Greenpoint: It was difficult to visit friends yesterday at this crazy-ass apartment because "the buzzards" weren't working. Well, it was a holiday, after all. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: The Rev. Al Sharpton said yesterday that if MLK were to walk through Harlem today, he might not like what he saw. You mean his dream didn't include "the gentrification people"? [NYS]

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Battery Park, Do We Need More of It?

Battery Park City: Should the hood, itself built on landfill, be extended out into the Hudson with more landfill? The local community board says, "No, no, no!" [CityRealty] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Herewith, twenty reasons to love the hood's hated-on, not-so-trendy north side. ("11. The selection of current bootleg DVDs at the laundromat." Can't argue with that.) [Bed-Stuy Banana] Downtown Brooklyn: One of those sleek, new bus shelters has been smashed to pieces … again! [McBrooklyn]

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Gilt Shows Midtown East the Hand

Battery Park City: Flurt frozen yogurt looks almost complete on South End Avenue. [Eater] East Village: Wannabistro 26 Seats has just changed owners, but for now the menu will remain the same. [Grub Street] Flatiron: The Gansevoort people plan to open another hotel on Park Avenue South somewhere in the Twenties. [Down by the Hipster] Midtown East: Gilt will close for the last two weeks in August, before chef Christopher Lee debuts the fall menu. [Grub Street] Sunset Park: Sunset Park locals fight to keep out Papa John’s pizza: “I feel like this is the neighborhood’s last stand,” says one pie protester. [NYT] Upper West Side : Aix brasserie will host a six-course wine dinner next Monday night showcasing rosé. [Grub Street]

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Brothers Bromberg Bringing Japanese Barbecue to Columbus Circle

Astoria: Bistro 33 on Ditmars at 21st Street has opened its outdoor seating and launched a weekend brunch featuring apple-Brie omelettes and blueberry pancakes. [Joey in Astoria] Battery Park City: Former Thor chef Kevin Pomplun is the director of operations for Will Goldfarb’s kiosk, Picnick, and there are more details about what will be on offer. [Gothamist] Columbus Circle: The Blue Ribbon coming to new hotel Six Columbus will transcend sushi by offering both a raw bar and Japanese barbecue. [Down by the Hipster] Harlem: Legendary soul-food destination Copeland’s Restaurant will close on Monday after 50 years and one last Sunday brunch. [NYT] Lower East Side: The herring at Russ & Daughters builds “manly strength.” [Eat for Victory/VV] Red Hook: DeFonte’s owner can’t go on vacation without spurring concern that the mom-and-pop sandwich shop has closed for good. [Lost City] Sagaponack: Townline BBQ is up and running as of Monday, hoping to succeed where four other restaurants have failed. [NYT]

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Rats Attack Chelsea Health Clinic

Battery Park City: The Solaire, which touts itself as "America's first environmentally advanced residential tower," is cracking down on bikes parked in hallways. [Streetsblog] Brooklyn Heights: The Love Lane Garage will close at month's end, to make room for — OMG, this is so surprising! — new condos. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Central Park: Free classical music does nothing but bring out the rudeness in people. Fortunately, no fistfights. This isn't Boston, after all. [City Specific] Chelsea: Ew, rats! No, not the condo developers — real rats! And all over the park in front of the Ninth Avenue city health clinic, no less. [Blog Chelsea] Dumbo: Is the spruced-up Pearl Street Triangle painted the same lime green as the city's bike lanes because the Department of Transportation had extra paint left over, or because it really likes this color? [Brownstoner] Gowanus: A whole lotta enviro-cleanup is going to have to happen before the city can turn the parcel known as Public Place into the affordable-housing complex it envisions. [Gowanus Lounge] Upper West Side: Fights reportedly broke out at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods this morning as people queued up to by ecofriendly, $15 designer canvas "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" shopping sacks. [Gothamist]

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Downtown Gets Rich and Popular, Upending Neighborhood Stereotypes

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This week, humanity was shocked by the news that downtown Manhattanites have a higher median household income than any other population center in the country. (Meanwhile, journalism professors were shocked by the fact that Daily Intel took this information directly from a press release sent out by a real-estate developer that operates primarily in downtown Manhattan.) “Downtown” is defined as the financial district and Battery Park City, as well as the “Civic Center region,” which we’d never heard of but apparently refers to the area around City Hall. This means it's time for New Yorkers to revise our cherished wealth-related neighborhood stereotypes. After the jump, some suggestions.

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Green School

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• Nine New York universities, including Columbia, CUNY, NYU, and Pratt, have signed on to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017. This exceeds Bloomberg's PlaNYC goals and should, the mayor says, "make a sizable dent" in the city's carbon footprint. [amNY] • A 15-year-old Connecticut girl who disappeared a year ago was found alive, apparently imprisoned in a secret room of her parents' acquaintances' house. [NYP] • Someone is destroying entire print runs, and harassing the editors, of the city's two Urdu-language weeklies that cater to Pakistani-Americans. This is perhaps an inopportune moment to say it, but how cool is it that we have two Urdu weeklies? [CPJ] • More mayhem: A "strapping" and "burly" (in the Daily News' oddly swooning description) ex-con prowled the 2 train for a week, stealing iPods and gold jewelry plus kissing and exposing himself to women. [NYDN] • And Frank Gehry is going to design a playground in Battery Park, as a "gift to the city." Aw, you shouldn't have! As opposed to Miss Brooklyn, which you really, you know, shouldn't have. [NYT]

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Brits Complain About How Expensive New York Is

Battery Park City: Move over, David Rockwell and your high-tech playground, there's another kid in the sandbox. Frank Gehry's now designing a $4 million kiddiespace for the Battery. [Gothamist] Chelsea: The London Times complains about how much it costs to call London from New York ($35 for five minutes from the Chelsea Hotel). But doesn't everyone just use cell phones? [London Times via Living with Legends] Hell's Kitchen: Locals meet tonight to formulate their official suggestions for desnarling congestion on Ninth Avenue near the Lincoln Tunnel. Good luck to them. [Streetsblog] Park Slope: Enrique Norten will follow Richard Meier as the next starchitect in the area, designing a swank condo on Garfield Place, complete with English garden. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brownstoner] Willets Point: Wi-Fi at Shea Stadium? Not so much. [East Village Idiot] Williamsburg: Sweet! Get inside the Domino Sugar factory. [BlueJake]

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