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Hookers Don't Bow to Brooklyn Gentrification

Boerum Hill: OMG, there are still hookers here? It seems so, but new euphemisms from the yups include "sex care workers." We love that. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: A bank may occupy one of the first-floor biz units of the Chelsea Hotel, under new corporate management. What's next? The eviction of the age-old Dan's Chelsea Guitars store? [Living with Legends] Coney Island: Will the kiddie rides in Wonder Wheel Park be next to go? [Gowanus Lounge] Cypress Hills: The criminals-posing-as-cops vogue spread to this sketchy Brooklyn hood, where five thugs faking an NYPD drug bust tied up folks and picked their apartment clean. [Gothamist] East Village: Even in a holiday week with barely any passengers, the L train will still screw you. [East Village Idiot] Greenpoint: Word drifts back our way that an area bookseller was hurt that we tittered over her announcing an "adults only" Harry Potter party. Didn't she kind of set herself up for that? [Newyorkshitty] Prospect Heights: Residents are still waiting for that Atlantic Yards ombudsman who was promised to the community two months ago. [Atlantic Yards Report]

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East Village Park Will Outdo Williamsburg

Chelsea: Will the venerable weekend flea market on 25th Street shut down now that the garage it's in has been bought by Extell for $42.7 mil? [TheRealDeal] East Village: Think you're so cool with your new waterfront park, Williamsburg? Wait till you see the E.V.'s in-progress East River Promenade. [Curbed] Greenpoint: If you're looking for a blue audio tour of the area, there's a podcast out there for you. [MikeyPod via Newyorkshitty] Harlem: All hail (or fear?) the rise of area megadeveloper Henry Vargas, whose dad presciently bought up half of Harlem in the seventies. [TheRealDeal via Uptown Flavor] Snug Harbor: Brooklynite goes to Staten Island for July 4 BBQ, fears world outside of Park Slope. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Willets Point: The move to redevelop this 60-acre parcel near Shea Stadium gets ugly as the city lawyers up against business owners there. [Times Ledger via OuterB]

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The People's Republic of Bushwick Rises

Boerum Hill: A rundown YWCA will become home to 84 new units of affordable studios (under $600) for women rather than the site of a luxury condo. File under So Refreshing You Want to Cry. [NYDN via Queens Crap] Bushwick: The artists living at 345 Eldert Street plan to secede from Brooklyn tomorrow. [Brooklyn Paper] Chelsea: That dance piece they were filming on the High Line last week? It's Jerome Robbins's 1958 work Opus Jazz, to be completed by next summer. [BlogChelsea] Clinton Hill: It's a race against the clock at 163 Washington Street as a developer tries to grandfather in a high-rise's foundation before new zoning forbids it. [Brownstoner] Gowanus: Since when is this desolate hood considered "the heart of downtown" Brooklyn? Since a just-opened Comfort Inn here started marketing it that way. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: Just how loud is the weekly drum circle in Marcus Garvey Park? [Harlem Fur] Williamsburg: East River State Park opens full-time today, just in time to offer the city's best view of tomorrow night's fireworks (if they're not rained out, that is). [I'm Not Sayin', I'm Just Sayin']

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Heatherette Classes Up Columbus Circle

Boerum Hill: Smell a rat around here? Gee, maybe it's that dead one that's been peeping out of someone's garbage can for several days. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: They were filming some dance movie on the High Line yesterday. Starring, uh, Craig. You know Craig, right? [BlogChelsea] Clinton Hill: Did someone around here really lose a "mangy looking" pigeon with "black bits"? (Ooh, what are those?) Or is this sign some kind of birdbrained bluff? [Clinton Hill Blog] Columbus Circle: It's the Heatherette statute of a sneaker we've all been waiting for. [Copyranter] Graniteville: Here on Staten Island, cops raided a home harboring 2,500 pounds of explosive materials. The owner was selling them over the Internet. [Staten Island Advance via Gothamist] Harlem: They'll be replenishing those wood chips in the dog run at St. Nick's Park tomorrow … and they need your help! [Harlem Fur] Park Slope: Grand Army Plaza could become safer, more serene, and more pedestrian-friendly. Really? [Brooklyn Paper]

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Need a Meat-Smoking Sidecar? Call ‘American Chopper’!

The mind of Andrew Fischel, the brash young owner of RUB barbecue, never seems to rest. The last time we looked, he was opening up a giant spinoff in Vegas, and had retooled the New York branch with the loudest neon sign this side of Times Square. Now Fischel has engaged the guys at Orange County Chopper to create a customized “RUB Chopper” with a working smoker as its sidecar. “We’re creating the most kick-ass mobile barbecue vehicle ever made,” Fischel says. “It costs as much as a Bentley.”

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Times Square Gets Butt-Uglier

Bushwick: Finally, a place to share your memories of growing up around here. [BushwickBK] Chelsea: First Ethan Hawke, and now Joe Franklin. Who will be the next celeb to show his support of Stanley Bard and family? [Living With Legends] Clinton Hill: Don't bitch that Brownstoner posts a preponderance of items about this hood … even the score by sending in tips about your hood! [Brownstoner] Coney Island: Developer Joe Sitt hit a community meeting last night to drum up support for his embattled Coney plans, saying he'd go home and pray for good press. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: How is it that construction starts here a full 45 minutes earlier than anywhere else in the city? [Above the Doorframe] Highland Park: Who is poaching the beautiful wild American goldfinches in the Ridgewood Reservoir? For shame! [Queens Crap] Times Square: A huge billboard of smiling buttocks will go up here soon to promote a new, built-in bidet-type gadget. [AdAge via Gothamist] Woodside: More affordable housing will likely come to this part of Queens as well as to Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona. [NYDN via OuterB]

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Mind Your Bike Manners in Williamsburg

Astoria: They're taking bets on which store will close next on the area's Broadway strip. Will it be Broadway Bakery or Radio Shack? [Forest Hills 72] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Obamaphiles will be gathering at two funky spots to cheer on their man during Thursday night's Dem-hopeful debates. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Chelsea: Chelsea Hotel devotees are already devising ways they can drive the new corporate management crazy — and, they hope, away. Sidewalk "greed kills" notes, anyone? [Living with Legends] Clinton Hill: This creepy thing spotted on Hall Street last week couldn't be a pile of dirty snow. So what is it? Also: Ew. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Harlem: There will be a community meeting tonight to discuss the brutal murder in Mount Morris Park last weekend. [Uptown Flavor] Maspeth: Did you know that Native Americans founded this Queens neighborhood in 1621? Oh, wait, that's not true, according to a critic of a new guide to the hood. [Queens Crap] Williamsburg: The many cyclists of Bedford Avenue found a little scolding from the NYPD attached to their bikes recently. [Streetsblog]

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Inside the Chelsea: The Sun Through Yellow Curtains

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We read all about the Chelsea Hotel, and we walk past the hulking building on West 23rd Street from time to time, and we've always been vaguely curious about what the place looks like inside. (Not curious enough to actually walk in the door, mind you. But curious.) Apparently we're not the only ones: Agence France-Presse obliges today with a handful of interior shots of the storied building, pegged, obviously, to the hotel's recent de-Bardification. Above, what was apparently Madonna's room when she first came to New York in the early eighties. After the jump, a few others.

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Can Ethan Hawke Save the Chelsea Hotel?

Astoria: A month after its opening day, the Astoria Park Pool is still closed. [LICNYC] Chelsea: Hood heartthrob Ethan Hawke stopped by the Chelsea Hotel to tell the new managers he's watching them like a, well, hawk. [Living with Legends] Dumbo: Filming on the latest mind-bending Charlie Kaufman flick is taking place here. [DumboNYC] Flatbush: Finally see the faces behind all those snarky Brooklyn blogs … they were all here last night at café Vox Pop. [Flatbush Gardener] Long Island City: Gentrification has brought a bevy of laundromats to the area. Now where are all the damn cobblers? [LICNYC] Park Slope: Taggers don't take kindly to a new Prudential Douglas Elliman office. [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Park: Cars aren't supposed to be in the park after seven, but video surveillance by annoyed pedestrians catches violators. [StreetFilms via Gothamist]

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Brooklyn Heights Barge to Feature a Fake Beach, With Hamburgers

Astoria: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden opens at 3 p.m. today and next Friday for teacher appreciation days. The public is welcome, and the BBQ’s sure to be fired up. [Joey in Astoria] Brooklyn Heights: A swimming pool in a floating barge off the waterfront will take its maiden voyage July 4 and feature a man-made beach and concession stands. [NYP] Chelsea: Hotelier André Balazs may have a hand in restoring the Chelsea Hotel. [NYP] East Village: You need to send a recent photo of yourself if you plan on applying for one of the many positions still open at Tailor. [Eat for Victory/VV] Flatiron: Former CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer will step in as front man to country band “Honky Tonk Confidential” on June 27 at Hill Country barbecue. Songs he’s written include “Little Lulu and Sister Hot Stuff” and “TV Anchorman.” [NYP] Lower East Side: A tipster reports that Kossar’s Bialys has unveiled plans to sell hand-cut sushi from kosher vendor Eden Wok. [Grub Street] Midwood: Dom De Marco’s scarlet letter from the Department of Health has been covered in expressions of support in the wake of DiFara’s most recent close. [Eat for Victory/VV] Times Square: Brighton Beach’s Ladder Co. 169 brought home victory last night at Gallagher’s Fire Department grilled-steak-off fund-raiser. [NYDN]

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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]

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Shopsin's Arrives At Last in Its New Lower East Side Berth

Chelsea: Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano will not utilize the old Plaid space for their next club; 1OAK (One of a Kind) is now set for 17th between Ninth and Tenth. [Down by the Hipster] Klee Brasserie will give out its new peach sangria for free this Sunday to mark Gay Pride Day. [NYS] Lower East Side: Shopsin's finally open in the Essex Street Market. [Eater] Midwood: DiFara open tomorrow? No, but “maybe Friday.” [Lost City] Upper East Side: Owners of recently departed Jovia will give the townhouse space a more casual feel with a name and menu reminiscent of the owners’ Soho restaurant, Zoë. [NYT] West Village: Jefferson Market has the single-origin-chocolate ice creams from Choctál newly imported from California. [NYT]

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Varietal’s Kitchen Closes in Chelsea

Bronx: Italian pastry shop Egidio has a history steeped in family feuds, politics, and adultery; now a cannoli-wielding former owner has opened up shop nearby. [Lost City] Chelsea: Varietal has closed its dining room, though wine’s still being served at the bar. [Restaurant Girl] Great Small Works performing-arts group will host a Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday evening on the roof of the 14th Street Y. Besides bowls of garlicky pasta, ticket holders can look forward to “puppet theater [and] New Orleans brass band music.” [Blog Chelsea] Greenpoint: The Original Soup Man (a.k.a. the Soup Nazi) joins other chains on Manhattan Avenue and shocks customers by charging $9 for some selections. [Gothamist] Hell's Kitchen: Alex Garcia’s new restaurant, Gaucho Steak Co., at 752 Tenth Avenue, is now open for lunch and offering delivery. [Grub Street] Soho: Savoy’s Clambake Dinners start July 6 and run through the end of the month. [Restaurant Girl]

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Prices Slip on Chelsea Condos

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Who says you can't get a new-construction condo on the cheap in Chelsea? Well, maybe not exactly "cheap." (This is pricey, trendy Chelsea, after all.) But still, this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath apartment at the Chelsea Stratus (101 West 24th Street), supposedly the tallest condo in the neighborhood, has had two price changes, according to Streeteasy.com. The most recent slash was two days ago, lowering the asking by more than 20 percent to $2.88 million. If this floor plan's not to your liking, there are more than a dozen left on the market, all of which are outfitted with name-brand kitchen appliances (Fisher & Paykel, Sub-Zero), high-end finishes, and other de rigueur luxuries. Par for the condo course, the building's larded with goodies like a wine cellar, billiards room, and indoor basketball court, too. —S. Jhoanna Robledo

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Stanley Bard Ousted From Chelsea Hotel

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The legendary Chelsea Hotel has seen all kinds of unpleasantness over the course of its history, but never, to the best of our knowledge, a coup. Living With Legends, an insider blog written by an occupant, breaks the news that the hotel's managing partner, Stanley Bard, is being pushed out by its board of directors. Bard's part in shaping the Chelsea Hotel myth is hard to overstate: He has lorded it over the grand brick heap since back when Leonard Cohen canoodled there with Janis Joplin. Adding to the uncertainty about the hotel's future is the fact that its ownership structure is a bit of a secret: It was originally split by three families, but Bard's is the only one that still manages it hands-on; the other two are represented by a board. Now, at that board's bidding, an "unnamed management company" will take over Stanley's day-to-day duties, and we do not like the sound of that one bit. Which comes first, you think: the condo conversion or the "Chelsea Hotel West" in Vegas? UPDATE: Rubenstein emails with news on the new managers, Richard Born and Ira Drukler, who are apparently "two of New York City’s most successful and acclaimed hoteliers." Stanley Bard will still be involved in management, the announcement says. Full press release after the jump. Board-Directed Coup Topples Chelsea Hotel’s Famed Manager Stanley Bard [Living With Legends]

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‘Next Food Network Star’ Contestant Accused of Fudging Past; Scott Conant Has Projects in Play

Ex-Marine Josh Adam Garcia, one of the standout contestants on The Next Food Network Star, is accused of lying about both his military service and graduating from cooking school. [Marine Corps Times] Scott Conant has Miami and New York projects on the horizon. And his go-to restaurants in New York are Daniel, Café Boulud, Daisy May’s, Blue Smoke, and Tsushima. [RG] Some food-world heavy hitters recollect their greatest meat moments, as a follow-up to yesterday’s Times story about the fatty times we live in. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

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Po Opens This Week in Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens: The Brooklyn outlet of Po in the West Village is opening this Thursday. [The Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: Del Posto spared from further hassles by the Related Companies, who’ve just purchased the property and will honor the restaurant’s original lease. [Newsday] Fort Greene: Smoke Joint barbecue spearheads a mysterious expansion that looks more promising than mere extra seating. [Eat for Victory/VV] Harlem: New Asian-influenced Mexican restaurant China de Puebla has launched weekend brunch. [Grub Street] Prospect Park: Those looking for free-range dinner should keep their eyes peeled; a rogue chicken on the loose has not yet been apprehended. [The Gowanus Lounge] Tribeca: The menu’s posted, the griddle’s fired up: The New York City Hot Dog Company on Chambers and Church is open! [Grub Street]

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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]

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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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