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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]

Ramen Rivalry About to Boil Over in the East Village?

Astoria: All pints of Lagunitas beer will be $4 tonight at Sunswick on 35th Avenue at 35th Street. The bar food is supposedly pretty good, too. [Joey in Astoria] Clinton Hill: Don’t get too excited over that fancy new organic market going up on Lexington Avenue near Grand Avenue; it’s part of a set for a Steve Martin flick. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Momofuku responds to Setagaya’s claims that its ramen is more authentic… [Eater] And the Tokyo-based chain has already lured crowds of diners — and impressed them. [Eat for Victory/VV] The Sunday Greenmarket now has a Hamptons-based fishmonger. [Gothamist] Harlem: Fishers of Men has expanded to 125th Street, and rather than oust Papaya King from the space, the seafood restaurant has opted to share it. [Uptown Flavor] McCarren Park: JellyNYC’s summer pool parties kicked off the series this weekend with dodgeball, Slip 'n Slide, Brooklyn Beer, and grilled grub (and we have video). [Down by the Hipster] Midwood: DiFara is once again up and running. [Slice] Park Slope: Union Market will bring its fresh produce to a long-empty storefront on Seventh Avenue, but there’s concern over nearby mom-and-pop grocers. [The Brooklyn Paper] Ridgewood: Butcher Karl Ehmer inspired such love of meat in a young girl that she now sells meat-inspired pillows to “hipsters, artists and Western Europeans.” [The Food Section]

Carroll Gardens Has Its Own Empanada Lady

Carroll Gardens: The nabe has an Empanada Lady. [A Brooklyn Life] Clinton Hill: Pillow Cafe, known for its peanut-butter smoothies, is serving alcohol, but, let's hope, not PB shooters. [Eat for Victory/VV] Harlem: Twenty blocks is an unheard-of trek for a Venti Caramel Macchiato; residents near the impending Starbucks at 145th Street wait with bated breath for the opening. [Uptown Flavor] Morningside Heights: Columbia students have gained a Chipotle at 110th and Broadway, and it will kick off its opening on Wednesday, June 27, with a fund-raiser for the university’s athletics. [Grub Street] Nolita: Protest notices have been posted in response to the opening of burlesque club Forty Deuce in the former Little Charlie’s Clam Bar space. [Eater] Williamsburg: Monkey Town’s new chef Ryan Jaronik, from three-star restaurant Masa in Boston, debuts his menu next week. [Grub Street]

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]

Cyclists Threaten Double-Parking Rights

Astoria: Get your towels ready. Astoria Pool opens June 29. [LICNYC] Clinton Hill: The fast-growing Brooklyn Waldorf School will move here from Fort Greene. [Brownstoner] Park Slope: Not one but two chickens have been spotted running around Prospect Park like, uh, yuppies with their heads cut off. [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: With the new bike lane on Lincoln Road, it will be that much harder to double-park. [Across the Park] Upper East Side: A six-ton boring machine has been lowered into the 63rd Street tunnel to link Grand Central Station with the Long Island Railroad. [Gothamist] West Village: Verizon confuses advertising with drug propaganda. [Copyranter]

City Encourages Park Slope’s Superiority Complex

Clinton Hill: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are shooting here this week. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Police copters and even a Second Avenue shutdown failed to find the person who was violently throwing tableware from his window last night. [Gothamist] Greenpoint: Here, even the statues of local notables are crappy. [Newyorkshitty] Middle Village: Four ball fields were closed down yesterday for a sparsely attended fair in this Queens park. At least Councilmember Melinda Katz sang (as she often does). [Queens Crap] Park Slope: Another thing to feel superior about: recycling more than any other neighborhood in the city. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Upper East Side: A street fair on Second Ave. yesterday did have the tube socks, but it also had some excellent accessories. [Upper East Side]

Nothing Says ‘Small-Town Feel’ Like Community Toilets

The Bronx: Car-free Sundays return to the Grand Concourse. [Streetsblog] Clinton Hill: Hollenback Garden invites all the neighbors to soil the soil, but wait until the composting toilet is built on Saturday. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: One Ten 3rd is still not ready for human occupancy, but for now it's populated by a bunch of Sub-Zero refrigerators. [Curbed] Jackson Heights: The normally private gardens here are open to the rest of us schlubs for the weekend. [OuterB] Kensington: Virgin doesn't even bother giving this underrated neighborhood its own ad. They just get a generic "Brooklyn" one. [Kensington Blog] Park Slope: Anyone want to buy Seventh Avenue Books? It's "priced to sell." [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]

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]

Chelsea Mourns the Loss of Chinese Vegetable Burritos

strong>Bronx: Ditri Coffee Shop has sold coffee and work boots for 28 years; it’s amazing this business model doesn’t seem to have been duplicated. [Lost City] Chelsea: There’s a makeshift memorial set outside Bright Food Shop, which has closed along with sister-restaurant Kitchen/Market thanks to high rents. [Crazy Fingers by way of Blog Chelsea] Tasty Korean takeout near FIT. [Gothamist] Clinton Hill: A bake sale gets frisky with a Middle Eastern dance performance this Sunday at 289 Grand Avenue. [Clinton Hill Blog] Dumbo: Chestnut, Olea, and Sweet Melissa Patisserie are all participating in Tuesday’s tasting event at powerHouse Arena to benefit the American Cancer Society. [Dumbo NYC] East Village: Bowery Whole Foods unveils plans to start serving brunch. [Down by the Hipster] West Village: Murray’s Cheese is hosting a sparkling-wine course that includes cheese pairings on June 5th at 6:30 p.m. [Gothamist]

SushiSamba Manager Opening His Own Restaurant in Midtown West

Clinton Hill: A walk-through of the mysterious chocolate bar. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Gemma in the Bowery Hotel looks set to open but will probably launch with private parties. [Down by the Hipster] Flatiron: Porky’s nabbed for selling alcohol to minors. [Blog Chelsea] Gowanus: Whole Foods spearheads construction on contaminated site. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: Manna’s, trying to become the Starbucks of soul food, opens its fourth location. [Uptown Flavor] Midtown East: Aquavit’s weeklong herring buffet to celebrate the fish’s migration starts June 11. [Grub Street] Midtown West: A former manager and the chef of SushiSamba on Park will open their own Japanese restaurant near the Ed Sullivan Theater. [Restaurant Girl] The kosher falafel joint House of Pita is opening “another location” two blocks from the original; it’s not clear if this means they’re moving or expanding. [Midtown Lunch] Soho: The opening of Lola Is Soul restaurant may be further delayed now that the owners have ousted weepy Top Chef alum Dave Martin. [Eater]

Outside the Grid Is a Senseless, Scary World

Clinton Hill: Of the two area buildings called "The Chocolate Factory," which one actually used to make chocolate? [Clinton Hill Blog] Greenpoint: How to keep dogs off your grass? Say it's intoxicated. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwood Heights: Neighbors are petitioning the Department of Buildings over unsafe conditions at 18-20 Jackson Place. [Gowanus Lounge] Long Island City: Throw out your trash in Court Square so you can try out the solar-powered garbage compressor. [LICNYC] Lower Manhattan: A gridless world proves confusing to an Upper East Sider. [The Upper East Side Scene] Soho: The Mulberry Street branch of the New York Public Library opens today. [Gothamist]

Former Clinton Hill Porn Store to Become Euro Eatery

Clinton Hill: A former porn shop on Myrtle Avenue will become a European-style cafe, a term open to interpretation. The only notable physical change to the space is an exterior paint job. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Ramen Setagaya at 141 First Avenue will be ready to open when Con Edison turns the gas on. [VV] Former captain at Gramercy Tavern and Picholine Rob Ziser has opened his own restaurant out of a subleased kitchen at Company bar. [The Strong Buzz] Gramercy: Delayed high-end Asian restaurant Wakiya in the Gramercy Park Hotel is coming and hiring. [Eater] Harlem: A Coldstone Creamery on 125th Street could give Mister Softee an ice-cream headache. [Uptown Flavor] Park Slope: Michael Hearst recorded Songs for Ice Cream Trucks in his converted one-bedroom, but it looks like his jingles won’t make it to the big time. [Brooklyn Record] Tribeca: Brandy Library is hosting a free cognac tasting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. And afterward begin the piano stylings of Joel Forrester. [Brandy Library]

Healthier Hot Dogs Coming Soon to Tribeca

Astoria: Freeze Peach at 22-00 29th Street has introduced tea-based ice creams including butterfly sencha and black currant to its repertoire. Plus, a man with a real French-sounding name has installed a new crêperie in the old Lil Bistro 33 space. [Joey in Astoria] Clinton Hill: Two new Italian restaurants slated to join the nabe, and one might have an outdoor space. [Clinton Hill Blog] Tough luck if you want to taste the source of those great bakery smells near Washington at Atlantic. The Hasidic bakers probably won’t let you in. [Clinton Hill Blog] Flatiron: Otto investor Jason Denton, after stepping away from Otto, will open an “Otto-like restaurant.” [Eater] Midtown West: A sly janitor at Penn Station will find a go-to solution if you spill your soda. [East Village Idiot] Park Slope: Kara Zuaro will be signing her rocker cookbook tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble; live music from Maplewood is also in-store. [Brooklyn Record] Times Square: The only view from Above restaurant at the Hilton is the back of a giant creepy hand. [NewYorkology] Tribeca: The New York City Hot Dog Company on Church Street at Chambers that promises healthier options and myriad toppings looks closer to an opening now that a big picture of a hot dog is in place. [Grub Street]

Did Brooklyn Inspire ‘Urinetown’?

Chelsea: Blogging about the McBurney Y has inspired at least one documentary about gentrification. [Blog Chelsea] Clinton Hill: Nothing like finding a used colostomy bag on the street. [Clinton Hill Blog] Malba: Residents of this Queens enclave are protesting the construction of a massive Korean day spa, saying it will cause a traffic nightmare. [Times Ledger via Queens Crap] Park Slope: What's with the kids peeing on trees? [Gowanus Lounge] Turtle Bay: East 48th Street at Second Avenue may be renamed for a former resident, the recently deceased author Kurt Vonnegut. Call it Slaughterhouse 48? [NYS] West Village: Behold the first High Line's–eye view of the in-progress Standard Hotel straddling the old elevated rail line. [Curbed]

It's All Downhill From Morningside Heights

Boerum Hill: It's not enough that the Brooklyn House of Detention could reopen. Besides room for 720 inmates, look for two towers with residential or commercial space. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle via mcbrooklyn] Clinton Hill: Residents of the area's southern flank, rejoice … a bank (a North Fork) is finally coming to Fulton and Clinton! [Brooklyn Record] Greenpoint: Residents come together to complain to a building inspector about excessive noise and damage caused by construction at 110 Green Street. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: The Beaumont, a 63-unit Art Deco apartment building on Riverside Drive, has been sold for just over $20 million. [Uptown Flavor] Morningside Heights: This area has the greatest number of bike commuters — after Park Slope, of course. [Streetsblog] Park Slope: A local brothel is undergoing a renovation. But what will the building be now? [Curbed]

The Slope-ification of Williamsburg

Astoria: For those pained by poor punctuation, the owner of Lot's of Bagels probably had to pay extra for the unnecessary apostrophe. [East Village Idiot] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Residents and soon small businesses can get unlimited property maintenance and help teens use gang slang in a productive manner at the same time. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Chelsea: The new development going up at 245 Tenth Avenue may not have caused the collapse of its neighbor building last week, but seeing its construction workers swigging what appears to be beer is alarming all the same. [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Entourage star Adrian Grenier has added photovoltaic panels to his ecofriendly historic house, irking some local preservationist-aesthetes. [Brownstoner] Park Slope: Not only do yuppie parents kill edginess here, but dogs kill trees, too. [Gothamist] Williamsburg: Urban Green Condos is using Banksy and an imagined Bedford Street filled with young families to sell $900,000 condos on North 6th Street. [Gowanus Lounge]

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]

Natives Frighten Yuppies in Carroll Gardens

Bedford Stuyvesant: CW11 hired graffiti artists to paint billboards for Everybody Hates Chris. They didn't hire the other graffiti artists to bomb the ads. [Razor Apple] Carroll Gardens: Old Brooklyn and new Brooklyn walk into a bar. New Brooklyn gets scared and leaves. Back to the Zombie Hut. [Brooklyn Record] Clinton Hill: So it looks like a greenhouse, but it's made of metal tubing. What is this place on Emerson for? [ClintonHillBlog] Flatbush: Depressed that that blast of spring is fading away? Take heart … the cherry trees are starting to blossom in Brooklyn Botanic Garden. [Gothamist] Harlem: Yet another New York Sports Club may come to the area, this time at 115th and Fifth. [Uptown Flavor] Kingsbridge: In a few weeks, the city will have racked up $1.5 mil in fines for putting off the building of that dang filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park. Ouch. [NYP via West Bronx Blog] Prospect Heights: Old parapets are falling on the demo sites that will be the Atlantic Yards complex. [Curbed]