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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.

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]

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]

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

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]

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.

Savor Old Chelsea's Past, If Not the Prices

Cheap Chelsea apartments pretty much have gone extinct, with developers churning out new buildings and turning warehouses into condos. (The High Line's arrival will likely zoom prices further into the stratosphere.) But the newly arrived glitz and gloss — even the Chelsea Hotel's being fancified — and the long-established retail rows (Container Store, anyone?) can sometimes obscure the neighborhood's charms. That includes a historic center with townhouses rivaling other neighborhoods' brownstones and one of the world's biggest — at the time it was built, anyway — mega-apartment buildings, London Terrace. And don't forget a gallery scene that continues to thrive. To get a better feel for Chelsea, stop by this weekend's open houses, listed after the jump. —S. Jhoanna Robledo

‘Top Chef’ Open Call Moves to Chelsea

Boerum Hill: Trader Joe’s held a parade yesterday to officially announce its Brooklyn expansion into the former Sovereign Bank building. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Top Chef open call has been moved from the French Culinary Institute to Craftsteak on July 22. The hours have also been moved up and are now 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Eat for Victory/VV] East Village: Southeast Asian restaurant Tigerland will give up the ghost next week, so now is the time to O.D. on Thai coffee cupcakes. [Gawker] Sagaponack: Townline BBQ won’t open until July 19, but a peek at the raw wood space shows it’s ready for 'cue. [Restaurant Girl] West Village: Beatrice Inn welcomes Trekkies, as long as they don’t wear flip-flops. [Down by the Hipsters] Chumley’s owner takes a shot in the dark and declares October 1 the famed bar’s reopening date. [Villager]

Bungalow Renovates While Neighbors Go to Pieces

What you see here is a construction Dumpster containing the disco detritus (everything from LPs to bar stools to the happy-happy drink tickets pictured) from defunct clubs Spirit and BED — a metaphor for the death of West 27th Street if ever there was one. Also spotted on the block yesterday, a posting on Bungalow’s door: “Bungalow 8 will be closed Saturday, July 7th until Tuesday, July 10th for renovations.”

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]

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]

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']

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]

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.”

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]

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]

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.

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]

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]

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]