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Will Trader Joe's Be Haunted?

Cobble Hill: Trader Joe's is coming to an old bank building that may be haunted. Did those frozen tofu tamales just fly through the air? [McBrooklyn] East Village: An artist makes T-shirts lamenting the hood's new megadevelopments. [Vanishing New York] Elmhurst: Controversial architect Robert Scarano, detested by many in Brooklyn, now hits Queens. [Queens Crap]

Is The Hotel Pennsylvania Outta Here?

Chelsea: Few care that the 1919 McKim, Mead and White–designed Hotel Pennsylvania will likely come down to make room for a way-high office tower. [NYO] Greenpoint: Sassy blogger Miss Heather and a local named Bert are in a nasty e-fight over the whether Miss H's blog helps or hurts the hood. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwich Village: It's official … Gray's Papaya on 8th Street has endorsed Bloomberg for president, "because he walks the walk and talks the talk." Sure, but does he bite the dog? [Blog Chelsea]

Black-and-White-Cookie Contest: A Tie!

Brooklyn Heights: Your vote can help the Floating Pool of the Summer of '07 beat out the iPhone for a top design award. Meanwhile in the hood, Brad Pitt sported big hair. [McBrooklyn] East Village: Bitchy blogger Chris is showing his soft side by raising funds for a local school for autistic kids. We like. But we no like his Red Sox cap. [East Village Idiot] Greenpoint: A self-described illegal immigrant is mad as hell he didn't get paid for some contracting work … and he wants Mayor Giuliani [sic] to know it. [Newyorkshitty] Jerome-Gun Hill: It got ugly last weekend in the Boogie-Down when judges called a tie in the World Black-and-White Cookie Eating Championship. [West Bronx Blog] Soho: Many a government employee parks illegally every day on Crosby Street. How do you people live with yourselves? [Streetsblog] Park Slope: The food co-op is finally accepting debit cards, turning it into the mean, lean grocer machine it must become to compete with the coming Whole Foods. [Brooklyn Paper] Village: Red and blue dildos paired with white laminated condom guidelines made for a patriotic display at an NYU health fair. [Copyranter]

The MTA Gets Into Rentals

Brooklyn Heights: Brad Pitt has now joined George Clooney in the Heights. Also, lots people dancing for Sukkot. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] East Village: Those fancy signs on the L platform that tell you when the subway is coming? In some cases, they're already broken. [East Village Idiot] Gowanus: The Gowanus Canal has gonorrhea. No, really. [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: Dangerously adorable puppies found in a cage under a highway overpass. Do not click through to look unless you are prepared to adopt a dog. [Newyorkshitty] Upper East Side: The MTA has given in and finally started just renting up apartments as they become available in buildings that will need to be demolished to make way for the Second Avenue line. Bet they'll be good, long-standing tenants. [Second Avenue Sagas]

The Flowerbox Is Revealed

Alphabet City: The new Flowerbox building near Avenue D is real, and it's spectacular. [Curbed] Brooklyn Heights: Tomorrow's Cranberry Street Festival will not only feature the usual pet parade, but also a belly dancer! [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Dumbo: After filling up with yuppies fleeing Manhattan, Dumbo takes the final step into suburbia: It's starting a Neighborhood Watch. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Miss Heather finally captures on film the neighborhood's elusive Dog Who Wears Sunglasses And A Seatbelt [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: The Randolph Houses are getting completely renovated by the city. Who says Bloomberg is a bad landlord? [Uptown Flavor]

Domino Sugar Factory: Double Your Hipster, Double Your Fun?

Greenpoint: Got a crack problem? Call the Crack Pros! [Newyorkshitty] Highbridge: After it demolished Macombs Dam Park to make way for the new Yankee Stadium, the city put up a replacement — but it's not easy to get to and pretty nasty once you get there. [VV via West Bronx Blog] Murray Hill: Looks like the SUNY-Binghamton biz-major girls with the blowouts finally have their very own East Side bar(f) guide. [East Village Idiot] South Slope: That Enrique Norten condo slated for Fourth Avenue and 6th Street won't happen after all … but another Norten proceeds apace nearby on Carroll. [Brownstoner] Upper East Side: Buttercream or vanilla-bean icing on that wedding cake? Roasted cod at Café D'Alsace? This poor UES gal faces hard choices that make Sophie's look silly. [Sex and the Upper East Side] West Village: Thanks to a new street plaza, you can lounge in the meatpacking district without spending $20 on a drink … if you don't mind mainlining car-exhaust fumes. [Streetsblog] Williamsburg: Redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant could double the population within a quarter-mile radius. Twice the pseudo-hipsters, twice the fun! [Gowanus Lounge]

Children Banned From Hotel Chelsea Lobby

Chelsea: Children have been banned from the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, reportedly because a rude kiddie called a maid a bitch. [Living with Legends] Flushing: Angry residents have stopped the LIRR from cutting down trees along the rail line, which they did to keep wet, slip-slidey leaves off the tracks. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Greenpoint: It's getting ugly between outspoken hood blogger Miss Heather and commenters who appear to be linked to 110 Green Street, the noisy condo-in-progress that Miss H. and other locals hate. [Newyorkshitty] Gowanus: Brooklyn parrots have landed in Thomas Greene Park — and they're so cute! (Though the linked photo, while of a Brooklyn parrot, wasn't taken in Gowanus. Aw.) [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Heights: Locals cleaned up the hood this weekend while socking it to Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner. [Atlantic Yards Report] Times Square: Thankfully, there's plenty of places on Seventh Avenue where you can buy computers, cameras, luggage and … galerie? What's galerie? [East Village Idiot] Upper West Side: The line outside the Delacorte for tickets to tonight's free 40th-anniversary staging of Hair is out of control! [Newyorkology]

Social Unrest on G Platform

Greenpoint: Long waits for the G train are breeding angry calls for socialized medicine. Plus, who impaled these poor tomatoes? [Newyorkshitty] Downtown Brooklyn: A bunch of Morgan Stanley employees were caught on camera cornholing in Cadman Plaza Park yesterday. [McBrooklyn] Dumbo: Yep, Dave Walentas — and a few other big local developers — went down in the dunk tank last night at a fund-raiser to preserve the hood's brick streets. [Brownstoner] Harlem: Columbia has bought a site to build new homes for people its expansion will displace, but the folks in question weren't consulted beforehand. [Columbia Spectator] Prospect Heights: The hood may get landmark status, which some locals hope will protect against the ripple effects of the massive ongoing Atlantic Yards development. [Atlantic Yards Report] Washington Heights: Police broke up a coke ring run out of a deli. God, imagine snorting blow with a slice of rolled-up salami… [NYS] Williamsburg: The city wants to kick out La Marqueta's food vendors to make room for affordable housing, but locals doubt they'll benefit from the new units. [amNY]

Coen Brothers Un-Brooklyn the Heights

Brooklyn Heights: For a new film, the Coen Brothers repainted and tweaked the façades of some brownstones here to make them look more like D.C.'s Georgetown hood. Now that ain't right. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: After disappearing from Seventh and 23rd for a while after the cops (reluctantly) busted him for playing an amped guitar, scruffy Vlad is back … with an even louder steel resonator guitar they can't nab him for because it's acoustic. [Blog Chelsea] Greenpoint: Enviro-crusadress Julia Roberts — uh, Erin Brockovich — may be here again this month to blast Exxon for its subterranean oil spill just revealed to be nearly twice as big as thought. Meanwhile, Sotheby's has arrived in this scrappy hood. [NYDN] Long Island City: Did you know that the huge Citibank building here is actually the spire of a giant sundial? Neither did we. And even after reading this, we can't figure out how this thing works. [OuterB] Maspeth: Bloomberg's people will meet with folks here protesting to save a church, even though one of the rabble-rouser's posters claimed he wanted to hang the mayor. [Queens Crap] Times Square: An old vaudeville theater turned porn emporium on Eighth and 44th will be torn down. [Postcards from Hell's Kitchen] Williamsburg: Uh, maybe somebody should shore up that scaffolding at 70 North 9th Street before it collapses and hurts someone. [Gowanus Lounge]

Calling All Casseroles; Jonathan Waxman to Cook Southern on the UWS

Greenpoint: Casserole fanatic turned cookbook author Emily Farris is hosting a cook-off at Brooklyn Label on October 16. Register now! [Brooklyn Based] Midtown East: The Tao formula should fit right in on Lincoln Road in South Beach. [Down by the Hipster] Tribeca: Bubby’s owner Ron Silver is finally giving up his pie recipes in a cookbook out this month. [NYS] Upper West Side: Barbuto chef-partner Jonathan Waxman turns to southern fare this fall when he opens Madaleine Mae on Columbus Avenue at 82nd Street. [NYT] West Village: In comparing Bay Area restaurant trends to those in New York, critic Michael Bauer concedes: Blue Hill chef Dan Barber “does Chez Panisse one better by growing most of the food at his farm in Hudson Valley.” [Between Meals/San Francisco Chronicle]

Hipsters and Bushwick and Bedbugs, Oh My!

Bushwick: Even hipster buildings get bedbugs. [Curbed] Greenpoint: A new park opens at month's end right alongside terrifically toxic Newtown Creek. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: There's finally a veterinary clinic here. Word! Woof! Meow! [Harlem Fur] Long Island City: Dwellers in the new Arris condos who are disappointed by shoddy construction and a desolate neighborhood may be relieved to know there's one area amenity they needn't do without — hookers. [Queens Crap] Park Slope: It's sad that all of the neurotic parenting here has very likely led to children who are Satanic graffiti artists. [Gowanus Lounge] Soho: Protesters plan to crash this Wednesday's launch party for the Trump SoHo "condo-hotel." [Blog Chelsea] Upper West Side: A man in Rollerblades climbed to the top of the giant globe outside Trump International yesterday, threw out flyers for a rock concert, and ate an orange. [Gothamist]

Herman Behr Mansion on Sale for $12 Million

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Councilman Al Vann, have you responded yet to those irate letters about that trash-strewn lot on Throop between Jefferson and Hancock? It sure looks pretty nasty. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Brooklyn Heights: The Herman Behr Mansion on Pierrepont Street, which has housed a survivor of the Titanic, prostitutes, and Franciscans monks, is on sale for $12 million. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Greenpoint: Acid-tongued blogger Miss Heather can't decide which she hates more: this Fedders-type eyesore on North Henry Street or the Brooklyn Paper. [Newyorkshitty] Midtown East: Oh, no! This Sunday is the last day for Madison Avenue's Dahesh Museum of Art, which features nineteenth- and twentieth-century European artists. Dahesh, we hardly knew ye. [NewYorkology] Upper East Side: This area single gal is disgusted with new TV show Gossip Girl's depiction of her hood … and wants today's vapid girl teens to have more role models like Condi Rice. [Upper East Side Informer] Williamsburg: It's not fair that East River State Park closes so early that you have to watch the sunset through locked gates, is it? [I'm Not Sayin', I'm Just Sayin']

‘Post’ Suspiciously Favorable of Astoria

Astoria: Which major Astoria developer paid the Post for this long-form blow job extolling the virtues of the vibrant hood? [NYP via Queens Crap] Bushwick: Anyone who shells out $668,000 for a unit in the hood's first Scarano building will enjoy funky radiators, the rumble of the nearby M train and exactly zero amenities. [BushwickBK] Greenpoint: The soon-to-open Gutter, the first bowling alley in Brooklyn in 50 years, looks right out of 1975. Cool! [Gothamist] Park Slope: We don't know what's weirder: That this mom lets her son take a leak on the subway in this bright red potty or that she schleps all the way from the Upper West Side to hit the food co-op here. [Gowanus Lounge] Roosevelt Island: Should locals be elated to finally have their very own Duane Reade or miffed that Jenny Holzer picked that other Roosevelt Island (in the Potomac) to do her latest installation? [Roosevelt Islander] Upper West Side: With Spanish-designed newsstands now joining their bus-shelter cousins, the relentless Eurosleekification of the city proceeds apace. [Curbed]

Trying to Get to Know Your East Village Neighbors? Don't.

Carroll Gardens: Fussy organic types will be delighted to hear that a McDonald's may be coming to Court Street. Meanwhile, the Blessed Mother visited controversial development site 360 Smith Street. [Curbed and Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: They don't appreciate being serenaded beneath their windows with a guitar at 1 a.m. around here. Funny, that. [11222] East Village: It's sweet when people move here from Virginia and invite their neighbors in for cookies. They'll learn. [East Village Idiot] Harlem: Less-than-accurate tour-bus guides are dissing the hood right into their megaphones … even while they plug the H&M there. [NYP] Prospect Heights: Who is scamming area yard-salers by asking them to break his fake $20 bills? And just when this nabe was getting hot. Tsk, tsk. [DailyHeights] Roosevelt Island: The winged progeny of Central Park West celebuhawk Pale Male may be roosting here. Talk about generational downward mobility. [Roosevelt Islander]

Brooklyn Raccoons Fighting Back at Last

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Property prices are coming down here. Is the checkered hood the first to feel the mighty real-estate market tremble? [Brownstoner] Chelsea: As the Chelsea Hotel faces possible big changes, denizens last week went through the trash in front of the hotel to salvage art books featuring, uh, the hotel. How poignantly meta-something is that? [Living with Legends] Dumbo: What's more exciting around here this week: Film-shoot sightings of that adorable Cameron and Ashton or news that Vinegar Hill will get its very own mom-and-pop pharmacy? You decide. [DumboNYC] Fort Greene: The city wants to use eminent domain to claim a liquor store turned just-finished arts venue as space for a dance company and new housing units. [Gothamist via Brooklyn Paper] Greenpoint: Edits on subway ads here for Tim Gunn's new fashion makeover show indicate that locals would like it to feature more fried-chicken-eating chicks with dicks. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: Columbia upperclasspeople want the newbies to know that Harlem is not that dangerous and worth checking out — even if, yes, 125th Street is kinda trashy. [Columbia Spectator] Park Slope: The park's geese, ducks, and raccoons are getting aggressive and biting residents. Maybe they're just stressed from trying to get their broods into the hood's top-ranked animal schools. [Gowanus Lounge]

Someone Is Already Stealing Christmas?

Astoria: Someone has stepped up and claimed a family tie to that recently sold "mystery mansion" on 47th Street. Yeah, the one with all the sculptures. [OuterB] Brooklyn Heights: Jeez, you'd think that after all it took to schlep that floating pool to Brooklyn Bridge Park they could leave it there at least a few weeks longer than this weekend. But no. And the pool goes to the Bronx next summer. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Residents in and near the London Terrace apartment block are dwelling on the bright side of long-term scaffolding: They can walk their dogs in the rain without their umbrella … ella … ella. [You Want a Piece of Me?] Greenpoint: In the city's Great Bedbug Scare of 2007, it's come to this: free sidewalk sofas claiming they're critter-free. Wow, free and uninfested. [Newyorkshitty] Maspeth: Who hired some guy this past weekend to cut down what serves as the area's beloved Christmas tree? And, as the mystery cutter said, is a replacement tree really en route? [Queens Crap] Park Slope: You can almost forgive Slopesters for being so smugly bougie-boho when you see how they rally behind someone like Andy, the local fruit-truck guy who's temporarily away after having a stroke. Get better, Andy! [OTBKB] Williamsburg: An e-mail leaked out of a city-council member's office complains of oil unearthed at a development site across the street from — you guessed it — the famous contaminated Roebling Oil Field! [Gowanus Lounge]

Underground Railroad Landmarks to Become Underground Garage

Chelsea: This lost cat should be easily identified based on this accurate and lifelike illustration. Or, wait, is that a kangaroo? [Blog Chelsea] Coney Island: Was someone cyber-posing as a circus executive to undermine the Cole Brothers big top that came here recently? [Gowanus Lounge] Downtown Brooklyn: It's increasingly likely that those Duffield Street homes believed to have been stops on the Underground Railroad will soon be replaced by, among other things, an underground parking garage. Inspiring. [Brooklyn Eagle via Duffield St. Underground] Greenpoint: Looks like an open-air weekend art-and-antiques fair is coming to, uh, Grinpoint. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: A packed room at a community-board meeting was so opposed to Columbia's expansion in Harlem that even eminence noir David Dinkins, who supports the growth, was booed and heckled. [Harlem Fur] Lower East Side: Residents of the Rutgers Houses and Knickerbocker Village don't want all those Chinatown buses congregating on a two-block stretch in their midst. [Chelsea Now via Streetsblog] Soho: "If you had to find one word to describe Soho, it would be 'beauty,'" writes this flack-y blogger. Funny, that. We thought it would be "mall." [Weblicist]

A Japanese Mercenary Enters Noodle War

Ichiran ramen
Can New York support a troop surge in the ramen wars? A Chowhound poster recently reported that an Ichiran ramen shop would open in Greenpoint. While Ramen Setagaya and Momofuku vie for soup-bowl supremacy, Ichiran, one of Japan’s top ramen chains, is making its entry in an area better known for tenements and pork stores.

Botanical Fight: Who's Got the Greenest Block in Brooklyn?

Bedford-Stuyvesant: MacDonough between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues is the Greenest Block in Brooklyn, says the borough's Botanic Garden. [Gothamist] Bushwick: New condos on Wyckoff Avenue are cheaper than much of the market, but that's because the closest subway stop is Dekalb Avenue on the L. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: The grand opening of the Pearl Street Triangle is tomorrow at 12:30. Check out the benches, chairs, and potted trees. [Dumbo NYC] Greenpoint: What was that mysterious, brightly lit new storefront on Franklin last night? Hipsters? Poles? Fresh retail? [Greenpointers] Kensington: Folks in this up-and-coming enclave want you to know that recent crimes reported to have taken place here actually happened in Flatbush, okay? [Kensington (Brooklyn)] Long Island City: The neighborhood has spawned a new MP3 download service. [LICNYC] Williamsburg: Some locals dispute recent media assertions that the city has been cracking down on rogue construction around here. [Gowanus Lounge]