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The Montauk Monster Has Competition. Sort Of.

There is a colorful beast of some sort climbing out of the East River. Plus, Harlem's eye-straining new condo, Chinatown's intra-hood Olympics smackdown, and the big-cabbage guy of Staten Island. In our Freedom Friday edition of the daily boroughs report!

Avenue A's Most Famous Appendage Perks Up

Say hello to "The Collection" in Carroll Gardens, a possible good-bye to notorious Club Kalua in Jamaica, and plain old "WTF?" to a Staten Island kid who won't give up his Confederate-flag T-shirt. That and more in our daily boroughs report.

Heatherette Classes Up Columbus Circle

Boerum Hill: Smell a rat around here? Gee, maybe it's that dead one that's been peeping out of someone's garbage can for several days. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: They were filming some dance movie on the High Line yesterday. Starring, uh, Craig. You know Craig, right? [BlogChelsea] Clinton Hill: Did someone around here really lose a "mangy looking" pigeon with "black bits"? (Ooh, what are those?) Or is this sign some kind of birdbrained bluff? [Clinton Hill Blog] Columbus Circle: It's the Heatherette statute of a sneaker we've all been waiting for. [Copyranter] Graniteville: Here on Staten Island, cops raided a home harboring 2,500 pounds of explosive materials. The owner was selling them over the Internet. [Staten Island Advance via Gothamist] Harlem: They'll be replenishing those wood chips in the dog run at St. Nick's Park tomorrow … and they need your help! [Harlem Fur] Park Slope: Grand Army Plaza could become safer, more serene, and more pedestrian-friendly. Really? [Brooklyn Paper]