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  1. best of new york
    The Absolute Best Restaurants in Downtown BrooklynWhile the area may not yet have much of an identity beyond “new,” it does have some surprising, under-the-radar gems.
  2. cityscape
    Will Brooklyn Finally Get a World-Class Skyline?A handful of new projects promise an end to Downtown’s drab-construction boom. 
  3. Openings
    Ganso Yaki Specializes in Okonomiyaki, Chicken Wings, and More Japanese StreetIt’s now open in downtown Brooklyn.
  4. Rumors
    Ace Hotel Rumored for Downtown BrooklynThe site is close to the Barclays Center.
  5. Openings
    Hill Country Opens in Downtown BrooklynBring on the P-cheese sandwiches.
  6. Coming Soon
    Danny Meyer Opening Café in Downtown Brooklyn at Shakespeare TheaterIt’s not a Shake Shack!
  7. Coming Later
    News of Craft’s Brooklyn Expansion Has Been Greatly ExaggeratedDespite a real-estate rendering, one of ‘wichcraft’s partners says there’s no deal in place for a Brooklyn expansion.
  8. inner city life
    Downtown Brooklyn’s Problem: Too Much ParkingAnd too little space.
  9. Closings
    DeKalb Market Will Go Out With a Pig RoastSunday is the last day of DeKalb.
  10. Openings
    What to Eat at Ganso, Serving Short-Rib Ramen and Japanese Fried Chicken inBrooklyn’s Bond Street has a new noodle shop.
  11. The End of the Borough As We Know It
    Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club Headed to BrooklynWe’re guessing this is one place that won’t serve artisanal pickles.
  12. Empire Building
    Jehangir Mehta Takes On Downtown BrooklynHe joins the BK hotel-restaurant trend.
  13. Shack Attack
    First Look at Brooklyn’s First Shake Shack, Opening TodayMayor Bloomberg and Marty Markowitz will cut the ribbon on this momentous occasion.
  14. Openings
    Two More Restaurants Headed to Downtown BrooklynA bakery and a barbecue joint are moving in at 345 Adams St.
  15. Big Deals
    New Nets Stadium Shuns Jones Soda in Favor of CokeEven though Jones had already been announced as the arena’s official beverage provider.
  16. The Great Outdoors
    Shackburgers Alfresco a Go for Shake Shack BrooklynThe community board green-lit a 62-spot seating area for the upcoming location.
  17. Market Watch
    Here’s Your Complete Guide to DeKalb MarketThe shipping-container-housed Brooklyn project opens July 23.
  18. Empire Building
    Casualties of the ShackBurgerWhat happens when Shake Shack moves in on you?
  19. Empire Building
    Shake Shack Said to Be Coming to Fulton Street; No Comment on ConeyIs the Fulton Street Mall in for some gentrification?
  20. Openings
    2 Bros. Ventures Into Brooklyn; 5 Napkin Journeys Into QueensPlus, a new location of 2 Bros. opens in midtown today.
  21. Neighborhood Watch
    Rock-Star Baristas at Bluebird; Dollar Fried Chicken at Rudy’sPlus: a new roof for a restaurant in Cobble Hill, and Milk Bar keeps the noise down, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  22. Neighborhood Watch
    A Taste of Fatty ‘Cue; New CSAs in Carroll Gardens, DumboPlus: Bushwick’s Free WiFi offers much more, and S’MAC adds salsa picante macaroni and cheese, in our roundup of neighborhood food news.
  23. Openings
    First Look at the Loading Dock, Now Making Tacos in a GalleryFind Mexican fare from a Cali transplant in Downtown Brooklyn.
  24. Neighborhood Watch
    Fondue Party at JakeWalk; Rodent Party at Junior’sPlus: Bat cookies at Bouchon Bakery, and a No. 7 Sub preview, in our regular roundup of neighborhood news.
  25. Openings
    Morton’s Introduces ‘Teledining’ to Downtown BrooklynThe national chain has arrived in the BK.
  26. NewsFeed
    ‘Reservoir Dogs’–Style Fro-Yo Standoff in BrooklynThree fro-yo spots compete on the same block.
  27. neighborhood watch
    Yuppies Discouraged From Partying in Tompkins Square ParkPlus plaster nearly falling on East Harlem babies before their souls are insured and a cure for killer staph in the Gowanus Canal. Why wait? Click through today’s boroughs report!
  28. neighborhood watch
    ‘Real Word: Brooklyn’ Will Not Be in BellTel Lofts After AllBut it will still be in Brooklyn — plus the much-mocked Prudential broker of Bushwick and the new urban prairies of Clinton Hill, all in our Friday boroughs wrap-up!
  29. neighborhood watch
    Staten Island Has a Turkey Overpopulation ProblemEdward Albee is being used to market a condo, a cat-beating sicko lurks the streets of Queens, and Staten Island turkeys are being given mandatory abortions. The city’s gone mad, in our daily boroughs report.
  30. neighborhood watch
    Would You Want to Live in the Same Building As the Cast of ‘The Real World’?The Belltel lofts marketing plan sputters, things get ugly in Forest Hills, and folks are backed up in Red Hook. That and more in our boroughs-report week-capper.
  31. neighborhood watch
    Heather Mills Is Moving to the West VillagePaul McCartney’s ex drops some of his dime on a New York pad, well-meaning yuppie scum set up shop in the East Village, Enrique Norten gets a second chance in downtown Brooklyn, and more, in this week’s kickoff to our daily boroughs wrap-up!
  32. neighborhood watch
    Landlords to Battery Park Tenants: Get Mad at Us, Not at the WallsPenny-pinchers (well, pickers) in Soho, possibly anger-based graffiti in Battery Park City, and the pitiable buyers at the Novo in Park Slope — that and more in today’s boroughs report.
  33. gossipmonger
    Sean Combs and Cameron Diaz, We Did Not See That One ComingAll the morning’s gossip columns, distilled for your pleasure.
  34. neighborhood watch
    Coney Island 2008: The ‘Summer of Hope’Wrap up your week wetly, with a dead raccoon on the Upper East Side, a tiny woman on Coney, David Byrne way downtown, and some big breasts in the meatpacking district. All in today’s boroughs report!
  35. Neighborhood Watch
    Self-serve Model for Frozen Yogurt Causes Stir in the East Village; Junior’sWhere to have barbecue brunch in the Flatiron, and meet singles who like wine, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  36. neighborhood watch
    Queens Children Face Giant ‘Dagger’Bronx-ites don’t like their hoods, a councilman doesn’t like plans for a power plant in Astoria, and everyone, it seems, doesn’t like the Chelsea Hotel’s manager, so they’re glad he’s leaving. Even more acrimony in our full daily boroughs report!
  37. neighborhood watch
    Don’t Fear the River, Lower East Siders!Escalator vigilantes in Union Square, riverside Ping-Pong for the LES, and (gasp) a “sick” dog run in the Slope. Yep, it’s Freaky Friday in our daily boroughs report.
  38. neighborhood watch
    Manhattan Mall: Ghost Town?Less rice in Jackson Heights! Less theater space in the Village! And one less groundhog on Roosevelt Island. All that and more (less?) in today’s boroughs report.
  39. neighborhood watch
    John Varvatos’s CBGB Store Mildly ProtestedThought you knew all of New York’s quirky neighborhood names? What about New Dorp? We thought not.
  40. neighborhood watch
    Tompkins Square Park Faces Off Against the QuietWho’s stealing the big bronze bells of Woodside? That and other burning questions in our daily report from the hoods.
  41. neighborhood watch
    First Crane Raising Since Midtown Disaster Draws a CrowdHelp Moby get a buyer of his Upper West Side penthouse past his co-op board and you may win $75,000! That and more in today’s reports from hoods around town.
  42. Neighborhood Watch
    Amy Ruth’s Taking Her Sweet Time in Brooklyn; Adour? OkayDowntown Brooklyn: So much for a Valentine’s Day debut: Amy Ruth’s at the Fulton Mall isn’t even open yet. [Lost City] Hamptons: Restaurant Week begins March 20. Bargain meals at close to 70 participating restaurants seems like a good excuse to take advantage of any lodging bargains before warm weather sets in. [Restaurant Girl] Meatpacking District: Florent plans to give up the ghost on a high note, on Gay Pride Day at the end of June. [NYP] Midtown East: Citysearch calls Ducasse’s food at Adour “comme ci, comme ça.” [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] West Village: The Beatrice team might expand to L.A. [Down by the Hipster]
  43. neighborhood watch
    The ‘Crazy Super’ Has a Dog Named Pretty GirlBay Ridge: Richard Martin, the “crazy super” who posts homicidally threatening signs about trash disposal, says of his tenants “They’re Arab; they don’t give a f*ck”; has a cute Pekinese named Pretty Girl; and worships Jeanine Pirro. Feast on his cranky, strangely lovable weirdness. [NYP] Chelsea: Facing lawsuits from folks who say it’s too loud and polluting to be there, the 30th St. pier heliport floats a plan to move itself onto two barges offshore. And Curbed is right… this homespun sketch of the plan indeed features the quaintest, gentlest West Side Highway we’ve ever seen. [Villager via Curbed] Ditmas Park: Folks in these gentrifying, pretty parts know that the hatred currently directed at Park Slope will soon be visited upon them. And they’re probably right. [Ditmas Park Blog]
  44. developing
    Jail Reopening and Expansion Proposed for the Corner of Atlantic and SmithTwo city commissioners revived plans last night to reinvent the jail system — and, they say, gloss up Atlantic Avenue in the bargain. Martin Horn, who runs Corrections and Probation, told a roomful of architects that marooning detainees on Rikers Island thwarts justice (“Nothing angers a judge more than having a jury impanelled and a defendant stuck in traffic on the BQE”) and tempts disaster (the one bridge to Rikers evidently sits between a jet-fuel tank and what Horn describes as “railroad cars full of chlorine gas”).
  45. neighborhood watch
    In Brooklyn, Is Everything Too Tall Already?Cobble Hill: On Atlantic Avenue, the maybe-too-tall rental that nobody wants is going up too fast, while the adjacent Trader Joe’s that everybody wants is going up too slow! Goldilocks is gagging! [Brownstoner] Downtown Brooklyn: Uh, that tower that’ll top the big Citypoint development at the Albee Square Mall will be 65 stories! That’s, like, taller than the Williamsburgh Savings Bank! So is it … too tall? [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: At last, a Brooklyn detached unit you can afford, with extra amenities like a beer-swilling Lucy Van Pelt figure. [Newyorkshitty]
  46. neighborhood watch
    Multicultural Caroling in Ditmas Park: It’s the New Trick-or-TreatingBay Ridge: With its unsolved crimes and rampant development, is the Ridge what L.A. was like back in the noir-y, true-crime forties and fifties? Seems a little grandiose for us. [Bay Ridge Rover] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Okay, okay, it’s not the richest hood, but couldn’t they put up some holiday decorations? [Bed-Stuy Blog] Ditmas Park: If you want to carol at the tree-lighting next weekend, you’d better know your Christmas and Hanukkah songs, but you’ll get extra credit if you can bring the Kwanzaa and solstice beats, too. [Ditmas Park Blog]
  47. neighborhood watch
    Urban Outfitters to Bring Freshman-Dorm Furniture to Cobble HillCobble Hill: Urban Outfitters is “coming soon!” [BK11201] Downtown Brooklyn: After endless outrage, the city will spare the little Duffield Street house believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. [DDDB via Gowanus Lounge] Financial District: Maybe, in time, all the pretty old buildings in Manhattan will be reduced, like this one, to Hollywood-set-style façades for the big new buildings behind them. [Curbed]
  48. neighborhood watch
    Battery Park, Do We Need More of It?Battery Park City: Should the hood, itself built on landfill, be extended out into the Hudson with more landfill? The local community board says, “No, no, no!” [CityRealty] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Herewith, twenty reasons to love the hood’s hated-on, not-so-trendy north side. (“11. The selection of current bootleg DVDs at the laundromat.” Can’t argue with that.) [Bed-Stuy Banana] Downtown Brooklyn: One of those sleek, new bus shelters has been smashed to pieces … again! [McBrooklyn]
  49. neighborhood watch
    Gentrifying Ditmas Park: The Move That Dare Not Speak Its NameAstoria: Graffiti gives this not-even-moved-into-yet new building “a cozy, ‘lived-in’ feel.” [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Hipsters turned breeders will learn this weekend how to replace skateboards with infants as their top new accessory. [Still Hip Brooklyn via A Child Grows in Brooklyn] Ditmas Park: The hood’s pioneering yups preen over their new cafés and shops but balk at charges of gentrification. You can’t have it both ways, people! [Ditmas Park Blog]
  50. neighborhood watch
    Chelsea, Now With Lap Pools!Chelsea: New promo pics for the too-fabulous Yves (so French!) condo tell a smoldering story of love, lust, and on-site lap pools. [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Don’t click here unless you’re ready to see the dead, mutilated squirrel left in front of the home of this blogger. Revenge from a developer who got a snarky write-up? [Brownstoner] Downtown Brooklyn: The massive new real estate planned for the area may not be so massive overall…think 1.6 mil square feet of office space versus the 4.5 mil projected a few years ago. [NYO]
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