Will your relationship survive Red Hook's new Ikea? Will Carroll Gardens old-timers continue to make-a da pizza? Will the Upper West Side open-house thieves cop a plea deal? More questions and even fewer answers in today's borough report.
Today the city issued a request for proposals to create a public golf course at Ferry Point Park, a patch of covered landfill at the Throgs Neck waterfront, in two years. Would-be developers have eight weeks to propose how that course will lie. (That's golf talk, isn't it?) Plans for an eighteen-hole links course at Ferry Point Park predate Mayor Bloomberg's overarching PlaNYC, but if it gets done soon, it would be a good centerpiece for the master plan. Like many PlaNYC projects, including the conversion of Staten Island's Fresh Kills landfill into a huge and sumptuous park, this aims to green up a dead place. It's no easy task: Trees won't grow on old landfill (hence the brilliance of a golf course), and the winning developer must propose an irrigation scheme to tax the city water table as little as possible. And it must harmonize with "the principles of green design," which presumably means extra points if a windmill on the course generates electricity for the South Bronx. Is there a Bobby Jones out there for this bog? Your city needs you. —Alec AppelbaumConstruction of a tournament-quality golf course at Ferry Point Park in the Borough of the Bronx [PDF]
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Brownsville: A would-be thief shoved seven large salamis under his clothes at Western Beef. But the police found his salami. The police found his salami. [Gothamist]
Bushwick: These 'shwickers aren't reacting very compassionately to a former New York editor's account in this week's issue of getting assaulted there. Except for this one: "Being a lamer doesn't mean he deserved to get his jaw broken." Wow, uh, thanks. [BushwickBK]
Central Village: After a $123 million sale fell through last year, the grand old Emery Roth–designed Devonshire House on East 10th and University has been bought by Mets owner Fred Wilpon for $110 mil. It'll go condo. [NYP]