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Gorge on BBQ in Chelsea This Sunday

Chelsea: Hill Country, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Mara’s Homemade are all taking part in the Hudson River Park Trust’s Blues BBQ on Pier 54 this Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. [TONY] East Village: Monday’s Regional Dinner at Mercadito will highlight Mexico’s southern region with a menu featuring banana-leaf-wrapped pork and tres leches cake. [Grub Street] Flatiron: Hill Country is hiring someone who can cut meat — must love high-energy restaurants. [Eat for Victory/VV] Lower East Side: Wylie Dufresne switched up the bread at wd-50 from black to white sesame-seeded flatbread. [At the Sign of the Pink Pig] Midtown West: Today is the last day of the Rockefeller Center greenmarket, but a farmer tells us there may be a deal to bring it back for fall. [Grub Street] Soho: The developer behind the new glass hotel that will overlook 60 Thompson is Brack Capital Real Estate. [Down by the Hipster] Times Square: Mickey D’s at 46th Street and Broadway is testing out a new Angus third-pounder that’s both thicker and juicier than their basic patty. [A Hamburger Today] West Village: Jarnac has reopened with a new paint job, but in a week they’ll shut down again for summer vacation. [Eater]

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Underground Railroad Landmarks to Become Underground Garage

Chelsea: This lost cat should be easily identified based on this accurate and lifelike illustration. Or, wait, is that a kangaroo? [Blog Chelsea] Coney Island: Was someone cyber-posing as a circus executive to undermine the Cole Brothers big top that came here recently? [Gowanus Lounge] Downtown Brooklyn: It's increasingly likely that those Duffield Street homes believed to have been stops on the Underground Railroad will soon be replaced by, among other things, an underground parking garage. Inspiring. [Brooklyn Eagle via Duffield St. Underground] Greenpoint: Looks like an open-air weekend art-and-antiques fair is coming to, uh, Grinpoint. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: A packed room at a community-board meeting was so opposed to Columbia's expansion in Harlem that even eminence noir David Dinkins, who supports the growth, was booed and heckled. [Harlem Fur] Lower East Side: Residents of the Rutgers Houses and Knickerbocker Village don't want all those Chinatown buses congregating on a two-block stretch in their midst. [Chelsea Now via Streetsblog] Soho: "If you had to find one word to describe Soho, it would be 'beauty,'" writes this flack-y blogger. Funny, that. We thought it would be "mall." [Weblicist]

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Manhattan Mini-Storage Ads Go Over Line, West Side Highway

Bushwick: It’s hard out there in the 'shwick … for a gay, twentysomething yuppie when he's waiting for the hood to gentrify so he can cash in on your property and leave. [BushwickBK] Chelsea: Manhattan Mini-Storage's ads can sometimes be annoying, but how excellent is it that this flagrantly pro-choice one, hangin' large over the West Side Highway, has NYC's six conservatives enraged? [Gothamist] Flushing: Brace yourself for a big, shiny new development here with a Home Depot, Target, and million-dollar condos for folks who, according to the developer, are "upscale, middle-income and multiethnic" … all at once! [OuterB] Gowanus: State enviro-honchos and Keyspan have reached an agreement on cleaning up the subterranean toxic goop at two sites in this area, plus at several others in the borough. [Gowanus Lounge] Kensington: Faced with choosing between two blights on society to fill a long-empty building — methadone users or law students — it seems locals will gladly suffer the latter. [Kensington Blog] Lower Manhattan: Is it an art installation … or the indoor bike-parking facility set up at 280 Broadway for city workers? Click and decide. [Streetsblog] Williamsburg: All the hipsters had a good, self-referential laugh last night during the McCarren Pool's screening of Bonnie and Clyde when the screen duo's sidekick C.W. Moss is scolded by his dad not for being a criminal but for getting a tat. Ha ha ha, movie stars, they're just like Us! [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]

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It's Grass, Not Garbage, That Attracts Rats in Chelsea

Brooklyn Heights: If only the kids around here could reference MC Hammer correctly. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Bushwick: Gentrification is forcing frustrated superintendents to gussy up their own threatening signs. [Newyorkshitty] Chelsea: Blame the rat infestation in the park on Ninth Avenue on the plant liriope. It provides excellent cover for burrows. [Blog Chelsea] Cobble Hill: The home of the Independence Community Foundation is gone; look for six-story apartment building at 182 Atlantic, instead. [McBrooklyn] Coney Island: Want to work at a karaoke bar? One here is hiring. [Kinetic Carnival] Dumbo: Folks are moving into the J Condo and paying $300 to $350 a month for parking spaces. [DumboNYC] Park Slope: The Fifth Avenue dog run has too many overexcited dogs. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Prospect Heights: The Buildings Department blamed water damage and Forest City Ratner for the Ward Baking Co. collapse. [NYDN] West Bronx: Neighbors proved a point to gangs and drug dealers at last night's "National Night Out." [West Bronx News]

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Spanish Harlem's Caminito in the Path of ‘Carlito's Way’

Chelsea: The owner of now-defunct French Oven in Chelsea Market has opened a bakery that, despite its name of Madeleine, actually specializes in macarons; there will be at least eighteen flavors by next week. [NYT] East Village: A wine bar with a garden, opening in Avalon Bowery Place, may foreshadow the successful outcome of plans to create a French-style pedestrian alley in the area. [Eater] Flushing: The Chinese food court J&L Mall has reopened now that Con Ed has turned the electricity back on. [Eat for Victory/VV] Harlem: The uptown outpost of Maroons is slated to open the end of September. [Uptown Flavor] Spanish Harlem: The space now filled by Argentine steakhouse Caminito (found in this week’s Openings) once housed a barbershop featured in the film Carlito’s Way. [NYS]

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It's Hard Out Here for a Mascot

Brooklyn Heights: Yet another Montague Street restaurant mascot has been vandalized … and it sure looks creepy lying on the ground. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Um: Cool air was being force-fed into the Episcopal seminary here during shooting of a new TV show about an immortal detective yesterday. Huh? [Blog Chelsea] Clinton Hill: A former dry cleaner on Lafayette is accepting "proposal’s" [sic] for the space. [Clinton Hill Blog] Flatbush: Doesn’t this post-rainstorm pic remind you of how Tara looked when Scarlett finally got there from Atlanta? [Living in Victorian Flatbush] Harlem: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hunk Ty Pennington will build a playground at P.S. 72 to help fight ADHD. Or something like that; we stopped paying attention. [HealthNewsDigest via Uptown Flavor] Midtown East: Developer Sheldon Solow faces off against locals as he launches the approval process for a massive riverside residential-commercial project between 35th and 41st Streets. [NYS] Williamsburg: When new buildings go up, taggers hit them fast to make sure they fit in with the graffitiscape. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Fat Baby Owner Accused of Forging Petition Signatures

Chelsea: Opium Group’s secret weapon to save clubland and launch Mansion: “tables for bottle service on the massive dance floor.” [Down by the Hipster] Greenwich Village: Milos and Molyvos alum Christos Christou is now running the Greek kitchen at Gus’s Place. [NYS] Lower East Side: Neighbors are said to be incensed about Fat Baby owner Rob Shamlian supposedly forging their signatures on a petition to get a license for his new restaurant, Evan Ford. [NYO] Sagaponack: Townline BBQ is not only well organized, but the pulled pork and beef ribs are also delicious. [Writing With My Mouth Full] West Village: SushiSamba 7 just redesigned its roof deck. [Grub Street] Williamsburg: The retired Domino sugar plant is already a landmark, but it’d really be sweet if it turned into Tate Modern West. [Lost City]

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Red Hook's Deadly Nature

Brooklyn Heights: Those who live on Joralemon Street are not pleased about the parade of swimmers on their way to the floating pool. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Bushwick: Is a developer surreptitiously buying up air rights to build a condo tower? [Bushwick BK] Central Park: Starting Monday, car-free time in the park on the West Drive extends by one hour in the morning. Now you only have to watch for traffic between 8 and 10 a.m. [Streetsblog] Chelsea: Chelsea Hotel residents got a note saying that BD Hotels was "no longer the managing agent." An elaborate hoax or what? [Hotel Chelsea Blog] Clinton Hill: Someone's trying to flip a heinous Green Avenue building for a ridiculous $1.4 million. [Brownstoner] Park Slope: Thank goodness there's an instruction manual for the summer, lest we forget to watch a baseball game and let our dog crap on some guy's stoop. [Newyorkshitty] Red Hook: Beware the dog-eating tree on Van Brunt Street. [McBrooklyn] Williamsburg: Bruce Ratner's crew is looking for an artist's workspace to use in a promotional video for investors. If you're interested, keep your I.D. a secret for your own safety. [Curbed]

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A Higher Level of Cleanliness in Washington Heights

Brooklyn Heights: An 1844 train tunnel, rediscovered in 1980, is now open to tours, via a manhole at Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. [NewYorkology] Chelsea: Health clinic's trash is a rat magnet. Yum! Medical waste! [Blog Chelsea] Clinton Hill: Pratt students, not the projects on DeKalb Avenue, are the source of filthy sidewalks on Kent Avenue. [Brownstoner] Kew Gardens: Queens beep Helen Marshall wants a grimy statue of a zaftig naked dude taken down because she thinks it's sexist. [NYS via Queens Crap] Little Neck/Douglaston: Tired of trust falls? Alley Pond Park has a huge ropes course. [Gothamist] Washington Heights: Sounds awesome, but exactly how much does the Grand Ba Ba, "ascended master of cleaning," cost? [Copyranter]

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Hey, Water Taxi! Over Here! At North 7th Street!

Carroll Gardens: Homeowners on 2nd Place are displaying solidarity, with a petition to restrict building heights to 50 feet. [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: A construction crane got in a fight with a tree on 15th Street. The tree lost. [Blog Chelsea] Clinton Hill: Yikes! Someone's painting their brownstone white. [Brownstoner] Glendale: Residents are fighting a developer who wants to reroute public bus service to entice more shoppers to his mall. [Queens Chronicle via Forest Hills 72] Greenpoint: Watch out, construction workers. Neighborhood women wary of your catcalls have had enough. [Newyorkshitty] Times Square: Look like a big jackass for less than $30! [NewYorkology] Williamsburg: A temporary Water Taxi pier at North 7th Street would ease congestion on the L train. [I'm Not Sayin', I'm Just Sayin']

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Chelsea Turns Lost Property Into a Casual Encounter

Bushwick: Angry residents are not hesitant to make graffiti jokes about presidential anatomy. [Newyorkshitty] Carroll Gardens: Folks watching for the F train from the vantage point of Smith and Second look like some kind of strange human art installation. [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Was your camera stolen? The one with the picture of the naked guy in the Mets hat? Yeah, someone found it. [Craigslist via Curbed] Coney Island: Area megadeveloper Joe Sitt has allegedly welshed on his promise to preserve some of the amusement site's most historic buildings. [amNY] Greenwood Heights: Price cuts suggest that the condo boom here was a little overenthusiastic. [Brownstoner] Upper West Side: Is the Time Warner Center really "the gateway" to this storied neighborhood? [The Weblicist of Manhattan] Williamsburg: It's official — the McCarren Park Pool has been landmarked, ensuring its status as hipster shrine for eons to come. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Location of Secret Bar Revealed in Soho

Astoria: Family Corner diner at 31-02 31st Street serves buffalo burgers. [Joey in Astoria] Carroll Gardens: The Gowanus Yacht Club has refired its grill after a community-board-induced hiatus. [Eater] Chelsea: The space under construction on 22nd Street will open the first week in August as Cafe 50 with a comfort-food menu and a full bar. [BlogChelsea] Prospect-Lefferts-Gardens: Don’t try stopping into Lenny’s for roti; the sign’s the same, but the inside’s been usurped by a real-estate firm. [Across the Park] Soho: Location of secret bar Upstairs revealed to be above Cafe Bari. [Down by the Hipster]

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High Line to Get New Glass Tower

Chelsea: Architect Stephen Holl surprised Charlie Rose last night when he announced on the TV show that he's designing a glassy tower for the "spur" of the High Line, at 30th Street. [BlogChelsea] Dumbo: Some jerk decapitated the Urban Fossil Bird Woman sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park! That wasn't very cool. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Locals will rally on Franklin Street tonight to say "No, No, No!" to harassment from landlords. [Newyorkshitty] Kensington: Check the expiration date on items from Foodtown, locals warn. [KensingtonBlog] Long Island City: Why is the Landmarks Preservation Commission fawning all over altered buildings on the LES but ignoring the historical buildings here? [Queens Crap] Times Square: Remember the halcyon days when a walk down 42nd Street would yield leers from a real live pervert … not a giant M&M ad? [Copyranter]

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Boerum Hill Apartment Papered With Wrath

Bay Ridge: The Duane Reade on Senator Street and Fourth Avenue closed. Please, please replace it with a grocery store. [Bay Ridge Brooklyn] Boerum Hill: Some new residents on State Street were inundated with love notes from neighbors (or neighbor?) after jackhammering all weekend. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: In this fairy-tale hood, there aren't just many wicked queens, but a dragon, too! [BlogChelsea] Clinton Hill: There's a giant empty building on Emerson and Park. Apartments in there could be hot. [Clinton Hill Blog] Gramercy Park: Beware a young new barber who trims beards to the jawline. [Manhattan Offender] Harlem: It sounds like the bougie intellectual crowd and the pulp-fiction "sista lit" crowds clashed at the book fair this weekend. [HarlemFur] Lower East Side: Efforts are under way to landmark a big chunk of the neighborhood before tenements are completely supplanted by shiny condos. [SaveTheLowerEastSide]

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Sibling to Cafeteria on the Way

Mark Thomas Amadei, one of the co-owners of Chelsea money machine Cafeteria, has been looking for a downtown location for a long time. Now he has finally found it. This fall, he plans on opening Delicatessen on the corner of Prince and Lafayette Streets, in the space which for 80 years housed Buffa’s luncheonette.

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Hottest Club in the Hamptons Run by Cheesemongers

Chelsea: Izakaya Ten now serves weekend brunch featuring shrimp-fried-rice omelettes, wasabi Bloody Marys, and “Chu-Hais” made with shochu and citrus juices. [NYS] Southampton: The owners of a Murray Hill fondue parlor are behind the Hamptons’ hottest new club. [Down by the Hipster] Lower East Side: Spitzer’s Corner, having been spurned by Sam Talbot, has finally gotten around to installing a chef: Le Bernardin veteran Michael Cooperman. [Restaurant Girl] Union Square: Reserve a spot for Italian Wine Merchants’ Saturday wine tasting dedicated to women winemakers; Batali-approved antipasti are sure to be served. [Eat for Victory/VV] Upper West Side: The ten-year-old dining room at Jean Georges will close for renovations August 20 through 28. [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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City’s Favorite Pleasure Craft Won’t Reopen Until Next Year

A “Frying Pan Update” posted by Hudson River Park at the booze boat’s new home, Pier 66a, might be giving Pan fans hope that it will reopen this summer, since it informs readers that owner Steve Krevy has finally managed to sign a lease with the Hudson River Park Trust, despite earlier kinks. “We are hopeful that the barge and café will be available shortly,” reads the posting, “as soon as the necessary City approvals are received.” (The Department of Buildings has yet to grant a public assembly permit.) Unfortunately, “shortly” doesn’t mean anytime this summer: Krevy’s wife, Angela, says that although they’ve secured a liquor license, they don’t plan to reopen until next May. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a floating nightclub of similar caliber, you’ll have to go to the Batofar — in Paris. Earlier: The Frying Pan Still Adrift in a Sea of Red Tape City Sinks Beloved Party Vessel; New Location in the Works

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Horseshoe Crabs Invade Washington Heights

Bay Ridge: A community board here enthusiastically green-lighted a new Home Depot at 200-plus housing units. [The Brooklyn Paper] Chelsea: The don't-walk signal on Eighth Avenue and 19th Street has mysterious stigmata. [Blog Chelsea] Cobble Hill: Freebird Books and Goods is up for sale on Craigslist; $45,000 will buy you the store with inventory and liquor license. [Brownstoner] Maspeth: An ugly confrontation took place yesterday between tree-cutters and protesters at the site of the set-for-demolition St. Saviour's Church. [Queens Crap] Washington Heights: How did a dead horseshoe crab come to be on 185th Street? [Copyranter] West Village: Nothing ruins a birthday cruise for 3-year-olds more than spotting a body in the water. [Gothamist] Williamsburg: Locals are pissed that the brand-new East River State Park closes before 8 p.m. on beautiful summer evenings. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Legendary Texas Beer Sneaked Up North Into RUB

We always suspected that the cult of Shiner Bock, a much-beloved Texas beer seldom seen up north, had more to do with scarcity than excellence. Now we’ll find out, because Andrew Fischel, the hyperkinetic owner of RUB, has found a way to somehow get the heretofore unavailable beer into the bar at his restaurant, where they will sell for $6 each. “We pulled a Smokey and the Bandit,” Fischel boasts. “Don’t ask me how we did it! I won’t say. But you can’t get it anywhere but here. And that’s it.” The dark, Czech-style beer is made at a single brewery in Shiner, Texas, with only 55 employees, but whether that translates into its really being better than, say, Rhinegold is another story.

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