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Chelsea: See NYC-themed gingerbread creations (CBGB, Empire State Building) at Chelsea Market. [NYC Stories] Clinton Hill: No. 70 Lefferts Place was designated today by the Landmark Preservation Commission. Hooray! [Brownstoner] Dumbo: Hey D.J.'s, there's a holiday sale at Halcyon on Wednesday. For everyone else: free beer! [A Brooklyn Life] Long Island City: Cops love it when artists put up unauthorized installations. No, really, they do. [SuckaPants via Razor Apple] Park Slope: What's with all the yellow signs that say "Sit Here"? More public art? [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Red Hook: No need to be jealous of Long Island City. You can have your own fake beach. [Curbed]
Boerum Hill: Atlantic Yards' next sin? Illuminated billboards that are fifteen stories tall. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: The High Line might not make it north of 30th Street after all. [Blog Chelsea] Park Slope: Park Slope Towers is really a dorm, not a condo building. [Curbed] Upper East Side: Meet the Gael Pub Quizmaster, David Jacobson. [Upper East Side Informer] West Village: On Saturday, join the memorial ride for Eric Ng, a 22-year-old bicyclist who was killed December 1 by a drunk driver on the West Side bike path. [onNYturf] Williamsburg: Parks Department placates angry residents by promising to diversify McCarren Park Pool concerts with Colombian and Polish music. [Brooklyn Downtown Star via Brooklyn Record]
• Chelsea: The Hotel Chelsea gets festive in the lobby. Or at least more so than the Allerton. [Living With Legends] • Coney Island: So which is worse, Thor Equities or Forest City Ratner? [Gowanus Lounge] • Flatbush: With Yvette Clarke on her way to Washington, the fiasco to fill her City Council seat begins. [Daily Gotham] • Flatiron: No more feeling inferior to every other area of Manhattan with an H&M. But we'll miss Daffy's. [Metroblogging NYC] • Park Slope: This place has questionable Christmas trees, at best. [Brooklynian via Daily Heights] • Sunset Park: How long will one man's fight against litter last? [Cloud Starchaser via Sunset Parker]
Astoria: You've hung out in Astoria Park. Now help take care of it. [Joey in Astoria] Chelsea: What are they building in there? Find out at public forums tonight and Thursday on neighborhood redevelopment plans. [BlogChelsea] Clinton Hill: Still looking for a scotch pine, but there are plenty of places to get a tree. [ClintonHillBlog] Flatiron: Farewell, Shake Shack. We can't wait to eat you again. [Joe Schumacher] Lower East Side: Experience the awfulness of the hipster gym and work out at Ludlow Fitness. [Curbed] Park Slope: A shopping guide to Fifth and Seventh Avenues gives you one less reason to visit Manhattan. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Wall Street: Rich? Rushed? Get to Newark airport in eight minutes for only $159. [NewYorkology]
Boerum Hill: There are twelve units left in the Smith; expect a fancy grocery store in the retail space. Will that make up for jailhouse views? [Brownstoner] Carroll Gardens: Schnack heard the screams for highly processed flour and answered: White buns are back. [A Brooklyn Life] Chelsea: A Jaguar ad plastered to the old McBurney Y makes us yearn for the days when the neighborhood's billboards were all PSAs. [BlogChelsea] Coney Island: With the sell-off of Astroland, New York's favorite crappy beach might be the new Atlantic Yards. [Gowanus Lounge] Midtown: When you see Christopher Meloni at the gym, do you think SVU or Oz? [Tales From the City] Sunset Park: Neighborhood tree lighting conveniently scheduled for a time when no one can go. [Sunset Parker]
Long before everyone started buzzing loudly about redeveloping the High Line, this far western flank of Chelsea was already gaining steam, especially among artists attracted to the burgeoning gallery scene. Even in this unpredictable housing market, the creative and residential inflow continues. Fans of the area say it's the next meatpacking district; it certainly gives off a similarly charming and rakish vibe heightened by the cobblestone streets and industrial warehouses dotting the landscape. The similarities mean prices will likely grow prohibitive as its profile rises. Already, swanky condos such as 555 West 23rd Street and Loft 25 are demanding top dollar. For now, however, properties here — co-ops, condos, and townhouses — are still within somewhat decent reach for would-be homeowners. How long this will last is anyone's guess.
We found ourselves standing on line next to this sign last night. We were in Chelsea, of course.
Brooklyn: Area man throws cat out window, gets arrested. Honestly, who throws a cat? [NYS] Chelsea: After renting an unheated, bathroom-less space in an attempt ride to Larry Gagosian's coattails across the street, artist Hubert Waldroup closes up shop without selling a painting. [Chelsea Now] Greenpoint: Ladies and gentlemen, Greenpoint is gentrifying. (Is this news?) [amNY] Lower East Side: There's no eruv — a boundary within which certain things usually forbidden to orthodox Jews on Shabbat are allowed — on the Lower East Side. Should there be one? Maybe. [Downtown Express] Midwood: One public high school produced three U.S. senators. Huh. [Brooklyn Record] Park Slope: New kiddie boutique makes it that much easier to scar kids for life dressing them in psychedelic, cuddly, fluffy getups. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Upper West Side: It's not quite Stuy Town, but it's still a big deal: The Apthorp has sold for $425 million. Strangely, the new owners plan to keep it rental. [NYT]
The Website for CASA, a rental building on 21st Street in Chelsea, presents it as "a new concept fusing the lavish and the leisure," which apparently means a "spa-inspired European marble bath," along with the stainless-steel appliances and custom closets. What it doesn't include — even at $6,000 per month for a two-bedroom, reportedly — is the right to actually live in the building. See, as Curbed reported this morning, the building has Certificates of Occupancy from 1935 and 1972 — the latter from when it was a parking lot — but nothing saying the site was fit for human habitation. A little more digging by Curbed readers, meanwhile, revealed that the Department of Buildings Website shows 36 outstanding items and five objections that must be addressed before a C of O can be granted. That's on top of the complaint that the building itself is illegal because, oops, there's no C of O. How'd Curbed learn about this? An angry broker — whose client had a lease for October 1 but hasn't been able to move in — e-mailed the site. And you thought broker's fees were worthless: It's not like just anybody can e-mail some blog. Oh, wait. Just Looking for a CASA to call home [Curbed]
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