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Long Island City Still Arriving

Bay Ridge: Ferry service between here and Staten Island restored? Or only for April fools? [Bay Ridge Blog] Coney Island: In full party drag, the Mermaid Parade gang stormed City Hall last week to denounce developer Thor Equities' imminent Coney redo. [Curbed] East Village: Area playwright Israel Horowitz isn't the only one lamenting the likely death of the 13th Street Repertory theater, a fixture since 1972. [NYC Blocks] Harlem: Will a W Hotel open at Frederick Douglas Boulevard and 124th Street? [Harlem Fur] Long Island City: The area can rest easy knowing that one of the free subway dailies has decided it has finally "arrived." [amNY] Park Slope: Outrage unleashed! Neighbor dis R&A Bike Shop for poor customer service. [Daily Slope] Upper East Side: Three of the biggest real-estate sales in Manhattan since 2005 were on East 78th between Fifth and Madison, including a $45 mil purchase by Mayor Mike. [The Real Deal]

Greenpoint DIY Just Got Easier

Astoria: Some days, it just smells like crap around here. [Astorians] Clinton Hill: Forgot your Seder supplies? Catholic St. Joseph's College is offering $1 Seders-in-a-box, with the necessary prayers and ritual items. Also good for Holy Thursday celebrations. Coming soon: kosher communion wafers. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: No matter how nice the design, Thor's proposed 40-story towers will look ridiculous on Coney Island. [Gowanus Lounge] Dumbo: It's up to you to decide what will happen to the Pearl Street Triangle. Or you can at least take a survey about it. [Dumbo Improvement District via Dumbo NYC] Greenpoint: It'll be easier than ever to make your own merch with the new Staples on Morgan and Meeker. [Racked] Prospect Heights: There are naked men jogging or roller-skating through the hood, apparently. Very seventies. [Daily Heights] Washington Heights: Drug agents bust an apartment cultivating 700 marijuana plants with stolen electricity. [WNBC via Gothamist]

Park Slopers Indignant Over Hypothetical Crimes

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Does a yoga studio on "murderous Myrtle" portend for still-gritty Bed-Stuy an increase in serenity, gentrification, or both? [Bed-Stuy Blog] Coney Island: Those with a primal need to purge societal misfits can rest easy. Coney's much-loved "Shoot the Freak" attraction will survive another year, despite surrounding demolition by dervish developer Thor. [Gowanus Lounge] Elmhurst: Built in 1906 with funds from Andrew Carnegie, the charming local library is slated for demolition to make room for a bigger facility. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Harlem: Is the Corn Exchange, that 1884 Romanesque Revival pile by the 125th Street Metro-North station, destined to house an "affordable" culinary school? [Uptown Flavor] Park Slope: Life in La Slope is so halcyon-bordering-on-dull that residents spend their time speculating about where they'd be mugged if muggings routinely happened there. [Brooklynian] Times Square: In order to build a 50-story condo-hotel on West 45th, megadeveloper Extell has bought up air-space rights over three old Broadway theaters, very likely ensuring their future. [Curbed]

Who Is That Unmasked Brooklyn Real-Estate Blogger?

Brooklyn Heights: Could that mysterious, piercingly high-pitched noise on Montague Street be coming from the Pearle Vision shop? Some suspect. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Brooklyn: Brownstoner unmasked! He's Jonathan Butler, a 37-year-old former Wall Street guy who lives in Clinton Hill. In a brownstone, natch. [NYO] Clinton Hill: Lasse Hallstrom is shooting a television pilot around St. James Place and Washington Avenue. Show looks to be a hybrid of Law & Order and Heroes. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: Megadeveloper Thor says that amusement parks are losing propositions, so only massive condos can support them. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle via Kinetic Carnival] Greenpoint: Finally, a bookstore! Word Books has come to the corner of Franklin and Milton. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: Say a final ciao to long-shuttered Champagne-and-caviar joint Emperor's Roe on Lenox and 120th. Some downtowners are expected to transform the space into a lounge in time for summer. [Harlem Fur] Upper East Side: The NYPD's creepy-looking SkyWatch tower has come to the absolutely crime-infested corner of 86th Street and Second Avenue. [Yorkville Blog]

Coney Island War Escalates; Ice Cream Ruined in Tragic Melting

Boerum Hill: One Girl Cookies will show you how to bake bread, then have you eat it with cheese. It’s all part of a two-part course slated for March 26 and 27. [eating for brooklyn] Coney Island: The corn-dogs-versus-condos battle escalates as a new opposition group unites against Thor Equities in Coney Island. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: Tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. East Harlem Cafe will host a Central and South American coffee tasting. The tippling’s free if you show up on a burro (or show up at all). [UPTOWN flavor] Midtown East: French-Moroccan restaurant-lounge Azza opens tomorrow in the space that formerly held Fizz, a club so private it went out of business. [NYT] Soho: A former sous-chef for Pearl Oyster Bar will open Ed’s Lobster Bar Friday. And yes, his name is in fact Ed. [NYT] West Village: Eater boys “live-blog” Jody Williams whipping up her first lunch at Morandi. [Eater] Williamsburg: Isn’t it ironic … A fire damaged a garage full of Koolman ice-cream trucks last night. [i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin]

Prospect Lefferts Gardens Latest Victim of Youth Scourge

Coney Island: The kids trying to save Coney from the plans of megadeveloper Thor have erected a MySpace page — so you know they're serious. [Kinetic Carnival] East Village: The Leaning Tenement of 12th Street? Look at how unaligned this old building is with the new one going up next to it. [Curbed] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Here come the low-rent hipsters … not to mention their publicly etched pronouncements on the difference between film and cinema. Oy. [Across the Park] Richmond Hill: Say good-bye to the beautiful old Vetter Mansion on Lefferts and Hillside, because it's comin' down. [Queens Crap] Tribeca: It may not be built yet, but that won't stop Elliman from listing the penthouse at 415 Greenwich Street for $32.5 million. [Curbed] Williamsburg: A fire last night in a garage housing dozens of Koolman ice-cream trucks may mean fewer of the vehicles on the streets plus lost income for their immigrant drivers. [i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin]

BondSt Sushi Burns; Coffee Shop Closing Averts Bad Date

Coney Island: Surf Avenue LLC has just purchased nearly 16,000 square feet across from the Cyclone, possibly on which to build a chain restaurant, maintain a parking lot, or create another “Shoot the Freak.” [Gowanus Lounge] East Elmhurst: La Guardia gets fancy with Michael Navarro’s Deluge. Getting drunk before a flight finally gets a classy gloss. [Gayot] East Village: Photos of the electrical fire that scorched BondSt sushi at dawn. [Eater] $500,000 in damages predicted. [Gothamist] Midtown West: Italian, Asian, French, and Latin cuisine coming together at 4Fusion on West 58th Street. We suggest the burger. [Gayot] Park Slope: Former Oceana chef Jared King no longer involved with Alchemy, but the menu’s holding steady. [Gothamist] Tribeca: Will a fancy new bus stop at the entrance of Bouley spur the rich people’s interest in public transportation? [Curbed] Union Square: Coffee Shop’s closing saves pretty waitress from a date with sleazy customer. [NYS]

Williamsburg: Subway Out, Silent H In

Coney Island : Having evicted and demolished the neighboring mini-golf course, Thor Equities neglects to renew the lease for beachside fave the Grill House. Where else are we supposed to get pretzels on hot dogs? [Gowanus Lounge] East Village: Just in time for the 50-plus-degree weather, a Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory alum has opened a haute creamery on Avenue B near 14th Street. [DailyCandy] Harlem: Gospel jazz comes to the Harlem Tea Room Friday night. Sure to be a wild evening. [Uptown Flavor] Midtown East: Local prisons and the United Nations share a controversial food supplier, Aramark. Also, you’re allowed to smoke in the U.N. dining room. [Gridskipper] West Village: Locals find a creative outlet to cope with fears of rat infestation: unchecked pun-making. [NewYorkology] Williamsburg: Controversial Subway franchise on Bedford now up for sale. Comes with free trapper hat. [Curbed] Vinh Nguyen fulfills his dream of bringing good Vietnamese to New York, helping people pronounce his name with the opening of Silent H. (His dream of serving alcohol, on the other hand … ) [i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin]

Coney Island Demolition Destroys Family Fun

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Astoria: Use Astoria Park? Help take care of it. Start by attending a community meeting tomorrow night. [Joey in Astoria] Chelsea: The Bourne Ultimatum was shooting on Seventh Avenue yesterday morning. Expect lots of dead CIA agents strewn around 25th to 27th Streets. [Blog Chelsea] Cobble Hill: The Lamm Institute on Amity and Henry is for sale. What will the 13,750-square-foot building go for? [Brownstoner] Coney Island: Good-bye, go karts. So long, mini-golf. Demolition (right) takes out some old favorites. [Gowanus Lounge] Fort Greene: Outside, a shady-looking storage area. Inside, it looks like an antique post office. [Clinton Hill Blog] Harlem: If you've been meaning to take yoga classes with your dog, then it's time to move uptown. [Harlem Fur] Red Hook: Gowanus Nursery will open in its new Summit Street location on March 31. [Brooklyn Record] Williamsburg: While not yet open to humans, East River State Park is a prime resting area for migrating (and crapping) Canada Geese. [i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin]

Happy Chinese New Year!

Carroll Gardens: Will a bank, national chain store, or real-estate office replace Bleach House, the Dickensiansly named, now-defunct launderette on Court Street? [423smith] Chinatown: Party like it's 4705! That's right, the Chinese New Year kicked off this weekend. Welcome to the Year of the Pig. [Gothamist] Coney Island: The PR firm for development giant Thor Equities has released another homemade-looking "newsletter" about future Coney fun — which yet again makes no mention of Thor's planned condo towers for the area. [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: From the looks of the floor plan, it seems like the Polish movie house turned Burger King at 910 Manhattan Avenue is due to become Greenpoint's first Starbucks. Rejoice or recoil? [Curbed] West Village: When special people like Sarah Jessica Parker, Lucy Lawless, or Christine Quinn need to pick up a package, they do it at Something Special, a mailbox-rental place on Macdougal and Houston. [The Villager]

Brooklyn Heights Doesn't Need No Stinking Barbers

Brooklyn Heights: Neighbors complain about the Clinton Street Barber Shop's ugly sign. But is it all that bad? [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Carroll Gardens: Buon gusto! After an extended close, the fave bakery Monteleone's is once again open for business. Get your cheesecake! [A Brooklyn Life] Cobble Hill: Postmodern luxury living comes to quaint Tiffany Place … behold the sold-out Tiffany Tower. [Brownstoner] Coney Island: Cyclone views! Looks like the city may be edging toward a deal with megadeveloper Thor Equities to allow high-rise residential units in the famed amusement district. [Bay News via Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: Lots of smoke (and photos) but only minor injuries in the fire on Lenox and 116th. [Harlem Fur] Lower East Side: Get a glimpse of the "urban salvage" aesthetic of the new Bowery Hotel. [Vanity Fair via Curbed] Williamsburg: It probably won't win any design awards, but the Northside Pier residential tower continues its climb into the sky, with workers pouring concrete for floor twenty this past weekend. [I'm Not Sayin', I'm Just Sayin']

Last Call at Northsix

Clinton Hill: Lots of abandoned homes up for sale—for first-time homebuyers, that is, not folks looking to trade their tiny co-op for a spacious fixer-upper. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: Developing Coney Island isn't "financially feasible" without high-rise housing on Stillwell Avenue, says Thor Equities. [Kinetic Carnival] Harlem: That empty lot at 1405 Fifth Avenue will soon be low- and middle-income housing. [What About the Plastic Animals?] Prospect Heights: Turns out there are still five privately owned acres smack in the path of Atlantic Yards. [Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Would expanding the historic district help prevent new development eyesores? [Across the Park] West Village: Which fashion label will grace the N.J. Turnpike–size billboard being affixed to the Gansevoort Hotel? [Curbed] Williamsburg: Catch the last show at Northsix before the space closes to magically transform into the Music Hall of Williamsburg. [FREEwilliamsburg]

Times Square Dirty Like the Old Days

Brooklyn Heights: Local resident and restaurant owner Gianluca Martorelli launches mag and Website compiling area’s eateries. [Ready to Order Guide via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Della Valle Bernheimer’s futuristically fabulous High Line–snuggling 245 Tenth Avenue development is ready for takers, complete with snazzy Website. [245 Tenth Avenue via Curbed] Coney Island: New mailers going out to residents talk up the "future of Coney Island" but neglect to mention high rises or Thor Equities. [Gowanus Lounge] Midtown: Are Mickey and pals staging an offensive old-time minstrel show atop the Disney Store entrance … or do they just need a scrubbing? [Englishman in New York] Park Slope: Let there be light! Half a mil earmarked so that everything is (better) illuminated at Grand Army Plaza. [Dope on the Slope] Times Square: Hotel Carter and New York Inn, two of the cheapest stays in the city, also among Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels in the country. Old Times Square lives! [Trip Advisor via NewYorkology]

One Day, Everything Will Be Named for the ‘Daily Show’ Host

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• The Post has "Mob scion" Chris Colombo on tape waxing nostalgic about the days of former New York A.G. Dennis Vacco: "Spitzer is the worst. Vacco was the best. He didn't care about anything. I had a hook in him." Oh, the election ad that would have made. [NYP] • So there's JFK, La Guardia, Newark and … Stewart? With the Spitz's blessing, the Port Authority is about to buy an underused airport 60 miles north of the city and turn it into the region's fourth international hub. Pataki, apparently, hated the idea. [NYT] • We suppose it was inevitable: The issue of how to list the names of WTC victims on the 9/11 memorial — alphabetically, at random, in weird associative clusters — is now fodder for hysterical TV ads running on NY1. [amNY] • So there's this $140 million police-radio system the MTA had been installing in the subways for ten years. It's done, but the cops won't use it: Everything sounds "as if you're talking through a glass of water." A $140 million glass of water. [NYT] • And the Daily News somehow "learned," unprompted by any recent developments, that Thor Equities is planning to redevelop Coney Island as a "glitzy playground" — a plan in the works for years. Let's not tell the paper about the whole WTC memorial thing; it might upset them. [NYDN]

Coney Island Goes to the Jocks

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Carroll Gardens: Starting in February, you can find Smith and Vine at its new location, 268 Smith Street. [A Brooklyn Life] Chelsea: How should the lovely General Theological Seminary develop its property at 175 Ninth Avenue? Comment at the community-board meeting tonight. [Living With Legends] Clinton Hill: Want to open a wine shop? Cheese shop? Coffee shop? Bookshop? There's some retail space available on Greene Avenue. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: It's nice to see new stuff on the beach (above), but why is it always fitness related? [Kinetic Carnival] Union Square: It doesn't matter that she can't really sing. When Neysa belts out old Madonna songs on the L-train platform, people bob their heads and smile. [Gridskipper] Williamsburg: Hipster music mecca McCarren Pool among roster of city pools to be considered next week at public hearing for landmark status. Beirut and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, step up and testify! [Gowanus Lounge]

Injured Polar Bear Swimmer Dies

AP has word this morning that 32-year-old Mohan Seneviratne, who dove into a sandbar during the Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim off Coney Island, has died. He was a producer on Hearst Magazines' digital project, and he'd recently been working on the Esquire.com redesign, set to launch in the spring. "Mohan was one of those smart, funny people who brightened rooms with his thousand-watt smile," Eric Gillin, editor of Esquire.com, told Daily Intel. "He had that rare combination of intellect and wit that will be sorely missed." Journalist Dies After Polar Bear Swim [AP via Newsradio88]

A Winter Wonderland

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It may have reached 70 degrees on Saturday, but Coney Island still knew it was winter; the Cyclone, like nearly all the other attractions there, was shuttered for the season. [Snap a Photo Op–worthy shot? Send it to us at intel@nymag.com.]

First Things First

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• Not everything changed on Day One, but — with five executive orders signed before 9 a.m. yesterday — newly minted Governor Eliot Spitzer came as close to making good on the slogan as any politician in recent memory. The big ones concern state workers: restrictions on lobbying and, famously, a near-total ban on gifts. Oh, sure — after Christmas. [NYT] • The city took all of twelve hours to put the year's first murder on the books: Brooklyn's Jonathon Ridley, 26, received a fatal bullet in the back. He was merely the unluckiest of the ten people shot citywide during New Year's celebrations. [NYDN] • A belated note to the writer of the Post headline "Leona Lackeys Caught 'Inn' Drug Sting": You can't really pun on prepositions. Also, duh. [NYP] • Coney Island's indefatigable Polar Bear Club made news for the wrong reason after a swimmer knocked his head and almost drowned during the annual fund-raising mass dip. The water, for the record, was 48 degrees, falling well short of polar and more into a cold-shower category. [NYDN] • And fainting maidens are to blame for subway delays, says the MTA; in fact, overzealous dieters who skip breakfast and proceed to get sick on the train have emerged as — are you ready for this? — the No. 3 cause of late trains. So, by extension, it's patriarchy's fault. [amNY]

Brooklyn Pinup Girls

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Brooklyn:Get the borough man in your life a Brooklyn Girls calendar (right). But only if he likes white girls. [Trendy Nation via Sunset Parker] • Chelsea: The Limelight is resurrected as retail space. So instead of a "drug supermarket," it will just be an actual market. [NYP] • Clinton Hill: Find all the bars, restaurants, and stores on this new neighborhood map. [Clinton Hill Blog] • Coney Island: Will Big Apple Circus get a permanent performance space on the boardwalk? [Brooklyn Eagle via Gowanus Lounge] • Fort Greene: If the weekend's "Merry Gridlock" event protesting Atlantic Yards is any indication of the traffic from Atlantic Yards, we're screwed. Good thing the vote is delayed till next year. [Dope on the Slope] • Williamsburg: Ride your bike to the Bedford Avenue L station. With wider sidewalks and new bike racks, there will be plenty of room. [Streetsblog]

Christmas Trees Look Good in Chelsea, Struggle in the Slope

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]