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Make Art Not Condos

Brooklyn Heights: Is Joralemon Beach on schedule to open July 4? [Newyorkology] Chelsea: Days after new corporate management is announced at the Chelsea Hotel, tenants get a "gentle" warning about unpaid back rent. [Living with Legends] Coney Island: After the Mermaid Parade this Saturday, real people—not just ghosts!—will rock abandoned Child's Restaurant, for the first time in 30 years, for the post-parade ball. [BrooklynBased] Forest Hills Gardens: It's true! This is the country's No. 1 "cottage community," says Cottage Living. [Queens Crap] Harlem: Better head to Dunkin' Donuts for now, local Starbucks freaks. That 145th St. branch won't open as soon as you thought. [Uptown Flavor] Williamsburg: The site where big developer Quadriad wants to build has sprouted some anti-gentrification agitprop art. [Gowanus Lounge]

Park Slope Kids Experiment With Spontaneous Play

Brooklyn Heights: The scaffolding at 185 Montague, up for years, is finally down, revealing a stunning Deco façade. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Highbridge: Cycling advocates want the graceful 1848 High Bridge, connecting the Bronx and Washington Heights, to be bike-friendly now that it's up for refurbishment. [Streetsblog] Lower Manhattan: The naked or undie-clad illustrated hotties once populating the Website for André Balazs' forthcoming Beaver House condo have disappeared. Perhaps under the orders of a new sales team? [Curbed] Park Slope: Parents loosen scheduling death grip and encourage kids to play pickup baseball. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Sunnyside: Signs pleading "no dumping your garbage here" are lavishly decorated. [Newyorkshitty] Williamsburg: Nearly a year after it was hastily erected, this Kent Avenue synagogue still doesn't have a proper façade … or a certificate of occupancy. [Brownstoner]

Greenpoint Smells Worse Every Year

Brooklyn Heights: Despite all the protests during the planning process, no one showed up to heckle the unveiling of new turf at Cadman Plaza Park. [McBrooklyn] Clinton Hill: It will take one more weekend of volunteer labor to install the composting toilet in Hollenback Park. [Clinton Hill Blog] Elmhurst: City Council members honor veterans here by dressing like slobs. [QueensCrap] Flatiron: A reward is being offered for information in the hit-and-run death of a Brooklyn resident on Saturday. [Gothamist] Greenpoint: The area never smelled fantastic, but this warm-weather season is starting off as the stankiest ever. [Newyorkshitty] Williamsburg: Parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel can't pray peaceably on Sunday morning for all the racket at the nearby construction site. Developers, beware of God's wrath! [Gowanus Lounge]

Brooklyn Heights Resident Could Be ‘The Next Food Network Star’

Brooklyn Heights: Resident Michael “Wild” Salmon, former host of a food radio show on Air America, could be named The Next Food Network Star. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Flatiron: Newly-opened Southern Italian joint Bar Stuzzichini is looking for a baker to join its team. [Eat For Victory/VV] Murray Hill: A tipster has spotted signage imploring visitors to savor their last drinks at Third and Long; the bar has lost its lease. [Grub Street] Tribeca: Brandy Library is hosting a single-malt scotch tasting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. [Brandy Library] West Village: Chumley’s doesn’t look like it will be reopening any time soon; meanwhile, tourists are still struggling to find its entrance, not realizing that the former speakeasy is truly closed. [NewYorkology]

War on Breeders in Brooklyn Heights?

Brooklyn Heights: Youngish guy pops out and coldcocks a dad with young kids. Violence against breeders in this upright place? [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Here lives a shaman who will touch you and tell you things about yourself. Sounds like a typical night out in Chelsea to us. [Blog Chelsea] East Harlem: A rogue developer has been blocked from building a hotel whose planning he'd already sunk $7 million into. [NYDN] Red Hook: A kid-core band had to perform without percussion last weekend after its 16-year-old drummer was arrested for tagging the corner of Dwight and Beard. [McBrooklyn] Williamsburg: History will soon be made on Bedford and North Seventh when street space to park cars is actually supplanted by bike parking. [Streetsblog]

Brooklyn Heights About to Get a Candlelit Pizzeria

Brooklyn Heights: Oven, an “all candlelit, 150-label-wine-list pizza joint,” will soon open. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Flatiron: Hill Country barbecue does a preview, and Jason Perlow is there to document it in high-res detail. [Off the Broiler] Flushing: A Fan Ti is doing amazing things with lamb. [Gothamist] Long Island City: Water Taxi Beach to throw a “vegan extravaganza” on Saturday. [Joey in Astoria] Lower East Side: Herring season has arrived at Russ & Daughters. [VV] Park Slope: Rose Water chef Ethan Kostbar to leave in a few weeks. [NYT]

Murray Hill Is Tragically Misunderstood

Brooklyn Heights: A couple moved into a new building in 1901 and later passed the apartment on to their son. When he died in March, he was paying $451 a month for a two-bedroom. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: Depending on which typo you follow, dumping at this building on Emerson will cost you either $3,000 or $3 million in fines. [Clinton Hill Blog] Fort Greene: Does a plywood fence at Carlton Mews mean work will finally begin there? [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: Oversize ads drilled into vinyl siding wouldn't last a second in Williamsburg or Park Slope. So why here? [newyorkshitty] Murray Hill: Unless the frat boys have all moved away, this is no "lagoon of calm." [Curbed] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Miss the PLG house tours over the weekend? There's a slideshow to keep you sated. [Planet PLG] Upper West Side: Tonight, take a rare chance to complain about how cruddy the subway station is at 96th and Broadway. [Second Avenue Sagas]

Forget the Toxins. Just Build the Damn Whole Foods.

Brooklyn Heights: Get a look inside the fancy One Brooklyn Bridge Park at a rare open house tonight. [Brooklyn Eagle via mcbrooklyn] Bushwick: It's a zoning puzzle on Harrison and Wallabout: a residential building on a "light manufacturing" lot. [QueensCrap] Central Park: The city's transportation commish is considering a car-free Central Park trial this summer. [Streetsblog] Clinton Hill: Looking for the right community garden? Here's where you can picnic or pull weeds. [Clinton Hill Blog] Gowanus: An informal poll suggests that some are concerned about the environmental impact of the new Whole Foods, while others just want the damn market already. [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: Discarded self-help guides suggest "quarter-life crises" are rampant around here. Egads. [Newyorkshitty] Hell's Kitchen: A new condo is looking for buyers, preferably ones made of precious metals. [CopyRanter] Long Island City: How long till owner Tishman-Speyer demos this (admittedly none-too-charming) parking garage and puts up an office park? [LICNYC] South Beach: It's dirty-needle season at the beach! [7online via Gothamist] Williamsburg: Will drawing attention to this cool new street art attract the wrath of the graffiti-defacing Splasher? [Williamsburg]

Queens Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry for Being a Yuppie

Astoria: Locals find it odd (and oddly brave) that Queens wannabes aren't afraid to call themselves yuppies. [Astorians] Brooklyn Heights: Look for a new floating swimming pool to show up between Piers 4 and 5 near Joralemon and Furman Streets over July 4 weekend. [NewYorkology] Bushwick: The Bodega Wars: coming to a Brooklyn neighborhood near you. [BushwickBK] Downtown Brooklyn: Plans to reopen, supersize, and add retail space to a shuttered detention house are getting slammed. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Forest Hills: Who'd have thought that this un-hip hood's simply getting a Trader Joe's would be enough to elicit sour grapes from Brooklynites? [Forest Hills 72] Fort Greene: Thanks to pressure from a neighborhood Website, Zipcar is finally here! [Clinton Hill Blog ] Harlem: Up here, you can buy the bootleg version of everything premium … including Magnum condoms. [Uptown Flavor] Upper East Side: An elegant dinner party right in the cracker aisle in the city's classiest Korean market. [Upper East Side Informer]

Dumbo to Land Williamsburg’s Galapagos

Amagansett: Pacific East has amped up its cocktail menu with such specialty additions as the Havana Mojito, which combines rum, mint, and sugar. [Hamptons.com] Brooklyn Heights: Five Guys burger shop still working on renovations of its Montague Street space. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Dumbo: Twelve-year-old art bar Galapagos will move from Williamsburg to a building over 100 years old at 16 Main Street. [Dumbo NYC] East Village: “Frozen Yorgurt” coming soon to 34½ St. Marks near newly opened Good Dog. [Grub Street] Murray Hill: The Kitano’s roof decks are now open for catered clambakes and cookouts. [NYT] Park Slope: Fifth Avenue has a lineup of new restaurants, including A La Turka, whose Turkish sandwiches come on home-baked sesame-dappled bread. [NYS]

Whole Foods Brings Beetles; Are They Organic?

Brooklyn Heights: The focus is not on area kiddies but rather on their hardworking nannies in a St. Francis College photo exhibit. [Brooklyn Eagle] Chelsea: You’ve heard of slow food. Now get ready for a "slow park" — that is how starchitects Scofidio and Diller described their in-progress High Line last night. [Blog Chelsea] Downtown Brooklyn: While an Underground Railroad site fights for its life on one side of Duffield Street, 500 new hotel units are going up on the other. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: The streets are torn up because KeySpan is installing new power lines. But the utility company promises it'll restore those prized Belgian blocks. Cobbly! [DumboNYC] Lower East Side: Ever since Whole Foods moved in downstairs, residents of the glossy new Avalon Christie have been facing a beetle deluge, they say. [Racked] Rego Park: A new shopping center in the shadow of Lefrak City will house a Kohl’s, a Century 21, and (yet another) Home Depot. [QueensCrap] Williamsburg: Oil has mysteriously oozed from the ground at North 11th and Roebling Street, and for some reason that's making folks think twice about buying a swank new condo there. [Gowanus Lounge]

Old Frenchmen Pass Facial Inspection at GoldBar in Little Italy

Brooklyn Heights: “Closed by the Commissioner of Health” clearly taken lightly at Heights Cafe where diners have been spotted munching the mediocre fare. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Richard Ruben, author of The Farmer’s Market Cookbook, will host classes at the Institute of Culinary Education starting June 1 that begin with an ingredient hunt at Union Square’s Greenmarket. [Blog Chelsea] East Hampton: Restaurants open seven days starting this weekend, including Nick & Toni’s and Harbor Bistro. [Hamptons.com] Fort Greene: Locals search for answers to the fate of the space at Lafayette and Cumberland Avenues, have high hopes for Thai but as yet no answers. [Brooklyn Record] Little Italy: A two-way mirror intensifies the door policy at GoldBar, but if you have a face like an old Frenchman, you shouldn’t have a problem. [Down by the Hipster] Prospect Heights: Flatbush Farm hosting another barbecue this weekend. [Eater]

Kylie Minogue's Giant Head Protects Soho

Brooklyn Heights: This posh hood got a little grittier yesterday when a truck carrying tons of "deep, rich loam" overturned on Cadman Plaza West. [Curbed] Chelsea: Even the famously shabby Chelsea Hotel is freshening up, now with a new awning. [BlogChelsea] Downtown Brooklyn: There were fake-blood-soaked dummies and actors galore yesterday for the 7th Annual EMT/Paramedic Competition. [McBrooklyn] Kensington: You know Brooklyn's gotten trendy when none other than J.C. Penney starts shooting catalogs in its parks. [Kensington] Soho: Grey Gardens–obsessed Kylie Minogue will replace Madonna (and her boobs) as the face of H&M staring down on Houston Street. [Copyranter] Williamsburg: Get some sun Saturday in the new East River State Park, which for now is open only on weekends for "passive recreation." [Metro NY via i'm not sayin', i'm just sayin']

Park Slope: The Movie

Brooklyn Heights: The city recently took Red Hook Lane, one of the borough's oldest pathways, off its official map in order to make way for development. [110 Livingston via McBrooklyn] Fort Greene: Residents will rally this Wednesday against development of an eighteen-story condo that would tower over its three- and four-story neighbors. [Brownstoner] Gowanus: Seems like work is moving forward on Whole Foods on the Canal … but why are the workers dressed in what look like Hazmat outfits? [Curbed] Jamaica: The city has yet to take action against a developer whose crane smashed the windows of an adjacent apartment, according to its tenants. [Queens Crap] Park Slope: Behold the inevitable … the hood will be the set for a forthcoming flick (with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) about, big surprise, yuppie parenting. [Gowanus Lounge] Washington Heights: An uptown resident's association is saying "no" to those who can't say "no." They want to block a proposed drug-treatment facility for 200 clients on 159th Street. [Uptown Flavor]

Park Slope Send Arab School to Boerum Hill

Boerum Hill: The proposed Arabic language and culture school so infuriated Park Slopers that the city decided to put it in Boerum Hill. [The Brooklyn Paper] Brooklyn Heights: Last chance to buy tickets for the Brooklyn Heights House Tour tomorrow. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: Someone's looking for information on what a building on the north side of Seventh Avenue between 23 and 24th Streets looked like in the sixties and seventies. [Blog Chelsea] Park Slope: The Brooklyn Blogfest was last night, giving bloggers an opportunity to see daylight, and each other. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Williamsburg: After months of wondering, the new rendering of 184 Kent Street causes a significant "whoa." [Curbed]

Gramercy Park: Now Elitist Only 364 Days a Year

Brooklyn Heights: Does having the same landlord entitle you to "accidentally" park in your neighbor's driveway? Vote now! [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Carroll Gardens: Starting this Sunday, it's the attack of the weekend street fair. Beware of tube socks. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: Times Square moves south with the arrival of advertising projected onto a building at 23rd and Eighth. [BlogChelsea] Dumbo: Beacon Tower residents are starting to move in. Lucky for them, they don't have to endure those high-powered spotlights on the side of the building. [DumboNYC] Gramercy: Gramercy Park Day no longer exists, so the grubby public is shut out save for some Scrooge-like caroling on Christmas Eve. [NewYorkology] Prospect Lefferts Garden: Council Woman Letitia James doesn't represent the district, but that doesn't mean you can't complain to her about supporting the loud circus that angers the neighbors. [Across the Park] West Village: Help wanted in getting rid of loitering teens. [Curbed]

Come and Listen to a Story 'Bout Williamsburg

Brooklyn Heights: A Remsen Street building catches fire for the second time in six months, and word is an older third-floor tenant is responsible for both. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: A new private school, Phyl's Academy, appears to be going up on the empty lot at Classon and Quincy. [Brooklyn Record] Park Slope: Times-reading neighbors want to know: Does "hipster" refer to all of Brooklyn, or just Williamsburg? [Brooklynian] Times Square: The buttons to the elevator in Renzo Piano's new Times building are actually … in the lobby! [Curbed] Upper West Side: Trying to avoid rabies shots, a Central Park jogger wants to know the identity of the dog that bit him. [Curbed] Williamsburg: Is there more black gold under Williamsburg? Monitoring wells at Roebling Street will find out. [Gowanus Lounge]

Secret Art Pops Up in Dumbo

Brooklyn Heights: The elevators at the Clark Street subway stop have broken down 400 times over the past two years, trapping riders inside more than twenty times. [NYS] Clinton Hill: There's a vacant lot for sale on Greene and Grand. Please don't do something awful with it. [Clinton Hill Blog Downtown Brooklyn: Dumbo realty mogul David Walentas's new condos at the old McKim, Meade & White–designed 110 Livingston are 85 percent sold. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: French artist Space Invader has managed to slip at least two of his mosaics on the Brooklyn Bridge and elsewhere. [Dumbo NYC] Lower East Side: What you missed at the East Side Bike Polo invitational over the weekend. [Razor Apple] Nolita: For a little while longer at 11 Spring Street, you can still see the art on the interior walls. [Just Another White Guy via Curbed] Prospect Heights: According to this breakdown, parts of the Atlantic Yards project will not be fully built until today's newborns are already in college. [Atlantic Yards Report]

Robert Moses's BQE Dream House

Brooklyn Heights: It was bound to come to this: Bar bocce is now cutthroat and competitive. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Central Park: The Claremont Riding Academy is closing because of a lack of business. The stable has been on the west side of the park since 1892. [NYP] Cobble Hill: Part of Mayor Bloomberg's long-term plan for the city calls for covering nine blocks of the BQE to create additional space for housing. [NYP] Dumbo: Artist Jane Walentas, wife of theatrically lampooned area megadeveloper David, wants to put her restored carousel in the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. [NY1 via DumboNYC] Fresh Meadows: Queens councilmember Tony Avella was among 75 who massed Saturday to protest a new building that violates just about every code in the book. [Queens Crap] Greenpoint: The line of demarcation between Greenpoint and Williamsburg is formed from waste. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: South Harlem will get its first veterinary clinic this summer on 112th and Frederick Douglass. [Harlem Fur] Prospect Heights: Demolition began at the Atlantic Yards site today, and so did the protests. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Gowanus Breaks Out the Black Armbands

Brooklyn Heights: Tired of college students? The Pace University dorm on Clark Street is closing. [Pace Press via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Coney Island: A Noho fragrance company will introduce Coney Island, the perfume, in June. [NYDN] East Village: The 3-D advertisement on a building on Lafayette near Bond may soon blight other buildings. [copyranter] Gowanus: A community mourns the untimely death of Sludgie the Whale. [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: Symptoms of the Greenpoint Effect: You will become more eccentric, deface subway posters with Sharpies, and somehow get despoiled. [Newyorkshitty] Williamsburg: The area is being branded by the city as an industrial business zone. Dig the orange signs, but will it make companies move there? [Brownstoner]