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High Line to Get New Glass Tower

Chelsea: Architect Stephen Holl surprised Charlie Rose last night when he announced on the TV show that he's designing a glassy tower for the "spur" of the High Line, at 30th Street. [BlogChelsea] Dumbo: Some jerk decapitated the Urban Fossil Bird Woman sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park! That wasn't very cool. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Locals will rally on Franklin Street tonight to say "No, No, No!" to harassment from landlords. [Newyorkshitty] Kensington: Check the expiration date on items from Foodtown, locals warn. [KensingtonBlog] Long Island City: Why is the Landmarks Preservation Commission fawning all over altered buildings on the LES but ignoring the historical buildings here? [Queens Crap] Times Square: Remember the halcyon days when a walk down 42nd Street would yield leers from a real live pervert … not a giant M&M ad? [Copyranter]

Park Slope Bullies Foreigner Into Changing Business Name

Bay Ridge: Allowing a Home Depot here will just open a Pandora's box for other big stores, say opponents. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Cobble Hill: Book Court is expanding out back and hopes to bring in booze to attract the young folk. [The Brooklyn Paper] Dumbo: Unpopular landowner Baruch Singer bought a Bridge Street building and plans to convert it into 53 apartments. [Brownstoner] Gowanus: When the hard rain falls, move your stuff to high ground. [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: Beware the MetroCard machine at the Bedford Avenue L stop. There might be a dead rat blocking up the change chute. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwich Village: Neighbors fear noisy, lengthy MTA construction of an "emergency ventilation plant." [Blog Chelsea] Park Slope: Proprietor changes the name of his store from "A.R.E.N.A. Bagels" to "A.R.E.A. Bagels" so customers won't think he supports Atlantic Yards. [Brooklyn Paper]

Can't We Just Blame Everyone?

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• With Bloomberg's congestion-pricing plan dead, the finger-pointing begins in earnest. Mayor Mike decries Albany's lack of "guts" while state officials accuse the mayor of springing a fully formed proposal on them at the last possible moment. [NYT]

Sir Ben Kingsley Goes to Columbia Heights

Brooklyn Heights: Nice to see that the new, lime-green bike lane is getting used … by motor vehicles, that is, while bikers brave the middle of the street. [Flickr via Curbed] Bushwick: If you complain enough, trash heaps eventually get cleaned up, even here. [BushwickBK] Columbia Heights: You lost your parking spot to The Wackness, a movie starring Ben Kingsley that's shooting here through tomorrow. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Greenpoint: A local blogger recommends avoiding the Greenpoint Hotel. [11222] Harlem: Graceline Court, that peach-trimmed, cantilevered condo-in-progress on West 116th, has been issued a stop-work order. But why? [Harlem Fur] Red Hook: The container port here may not be supplanted by a bigger cruise-ship port after all. [Curbed] South Jamaica: Locals fret that area vandals will shatter the hood's swank new glass Cemusa bus shelter. [Progressive Southside] Sunnyside: Now that the hood has been landmarked, when will plans to refurbish the Sunnyside Arch, two years on the table, finally become reality? [Queens Chronicle via OuterB] West Village: Rose's Turn, the legendary Grove Street piano bar, will have its last sing-along this Sunday. Thank God there's still Marie's Crisis down the street! [Lost New York City]

Curtis Sliwa Threatens Carroll Gardens Teens

Baisley Pond: In the Queens hinterlands, it can get so rural that some folks don't even have sidewalks. [Progressive South Side] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Who is the artist behind this darkly compelling new mural on Throop between Quincy and Gates? [Bed-Stuy Blog] Brooklyn Heights: Let views of the Brooklyn Bridge inspire crunches and high-kicks. That's right, free fitness classes in BB Park have begun. [Brooklyn Enthusiast] Carroll Gardens: Rock-throwing hooliganism is afoot in yuppie haven Carroll Park … and Curtis Sliwa's intervening! [Gowanus Lounge] East Village: Does Matt Damon actually live in this Lafayette Street building, or is this movie poster just an advertisement? [Curbed] Greenpoint: The Runs Brooklyn guy is moving to Iowa, after having jogged and blogged about half the borough. [Runs Brooklyn via A Brooklyn Life] Tottenville: Who needs Xanadu: The Musical when a new, high-tech roller rink is opening here on Staten Island? [NY1 and Prodigal Borough]

‘Top Chef’ Non-Winner Camille on Her Favorite Compatriot

Camille Becerra, owner of the Brooklyn restaurant Paloma, was the first hometown casualty on this season’s Top Chef. (It was what judge Tom Colicchio called “rubbery” pineapple upside-down cake that did her in.) After her elimination on Wednesday's show, she talked to us about the other contestants and her plans to open a Top Chef–inspired restaurant blocks away from Paloma this fall.

Let's Go to Red Hook and Burn Cars!

Brooklyn Heights: The Henry Street bike lane has been painted solid green … and it looks kinda cool! Will other bike lanes citywide get the look? [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Even as the Chelsea Hotel, under new corporate management, prepares to go sorta fancy, it's slashing nightly rates to as low as $99. What gives? [LivingWithLegends] Coney Island: The circus is coming here for a week starting July 30, complete with Pastel Poodles and the Human Cannonball! [KineticCarnival] Dumbo: The hood just wasn't complete without a full-service pet-supply store–slash–kung fu academy. And now it has one. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: On Franklin Street, E.T. mounts a lemur from behind while simultaneously ruining your childhood. [Newyorkshitty] Red Hook: Ritual car-burnings on Beard Street continue here, even in the shadow of the in-progress Ikea. [GowanusLounge] West Village: Work is under way to bring some order to the chaotic (and a wee bit dangerous) meatpacking-district intersection of Ninth Avenue and 14th Street. [Streetsblog]

Hookers Don't Bow to Brooklyn Gentrification

Boerum Hill: OMG, there are still hookers here? It seems so, but new euphemisms from the yups include "sex care workers." We love that. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: A bank may occupy one of the first-floor biz units of the Chelsea Hotel, under new corporate management. What's next? The eviction of the age-old Dan's Chelsea Guitars store? [Living with Legends] Coney Island: Will the kiddie rides in Wonder Wheel Park be next to go? [Gowanus Lounge] Cypress Hills: The criminals-posing-as-cops vogue spread to this sketchy Brooklyn hood, where five thugs faking an NYPD drug bust tied up folks and picked their apartment clean. [Gothamist] East Village: Even in a holiday week with barely any passengers, the L train will still screw you. [East Village Idiot] Greenpoint: Word drifts back our way that an area bookseller was hurt that we tittered over her announcing an "adults only" Harry Potter party. Didn't she kind of set herself up for that? [Newyorkshitty] Prospect Heights: Residents are still waiting for that Atlantic Yards ombudsman who was promised to the community two months ago. [Atlantic Yards Report]

East Village Park Will Outdo Williamsburg

Chelsea: Will the venerable weekend flea market on 25th Street shut down now that the garage it's in has been bought by Extell for $42.7 mil? [TheRealDeal] East Village: Think you're so cool with your new waterfront park, Williamsburg? Wait till you see the E.V.'s in-progress East River Promenade. [Curbed] Greenpoint: If you're looking for a blue audio tour of the area, there's a podcast out there for you. [MikeyPod via Newyorkshitty] Harlem: All hail (or fear?) the rise of area megadeveloper Henry Vargas, whose dad presciently bought up half of Harlem in the seventies. [TheRealDeal via Uptown Flavor] Snug Harbor: Brooklynite goes to Staten Island for July 4 BBQ, fears world outside of Park Slope. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Willets Point: The move to redevelop this 60-acre parcel near Shea Stadium gets ugly as the city lawyers up against business owners there. [Times Ledger via OuterB]

Red Hook Too Gentrified for Wild Dogs

Boerum Hill: The unidentified crapper has been caught in the act! [Curbed] Dumbo: The acronym may actually mean "Down Under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Overpasses." [Dumbo NYC] Fort Greene: Architectural salvage up for grabs: mantels, mirrors, bathtubs, and more! [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: If you need a Panama hat or a fine Mexican wedding shirt, go to Huitzilli. [newyorkshitty] Long Island City: Pay $5,000 a month for 4,700 square feet. [OuterB] Red Hook: A couple of the wild dogs from the Revere Sugar Factory have found a new home in Pennsylvania. [Gowanus Lounge]

Varietal’s Kitchen Closes in Chelsea

Bronx: Italian pastry shop Egidio has a history steeped in family feuds, politics, and adultery; now a cannoli-wielding former owner has opened up shop nearby. [Lost City] Chelsea: Varietal has closed its dining room, though wine’s still being served at the bar. [Restaurant Girl] Great Small Works performing-arts group will host a Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday evening on the roof of the 14th Street Y. Besides bowls of garlicky pasta, ticket holders can look forward to “puppet theater [and] New Orleans brass band music.” [Blog Chelsea] Greenpoint: The Original Soup Man (a.k.a. the Soup Nazi) joins other chains on Manhattan Avenue and shocks customers by charging $9 for some selections. [Gothamist] Hell's Kitchen: Alex Garcia’s new restaurant, Gaucho Steak Co., at 752 Tenth Avenue, is now open for lunch and offering delivery. [Grub Street] Soho: Savoy’s Clambake Dinners start July 6 and run through the end of the month. [Restaurant Girl]

Bad Ad Placement in Times Square?

Coney Island: Thor Equities ditches the residential portion of its redevelopment plans. Hotels instead. [Curbed] Greenpoint: Free mattress available, if you want the bedbugs that come with it. [Newyorkshitty] Long Island City: This Saturday would be a good time to recycle your air conditioner. [LICNYC] South Slope: City grants "after-hours" work permits and the neighborhood suffers. [In My Backyard] Times Square: Is putting a Target ad two-thirds of the way up on a high-rise really a good decision? [Copyranter] Williamsburg: The city's most festive turtles live in McCarren Park. [A Brooklyn Life]

Greenpoint Smells Worse Every Year

Brooklyn Heights: Despite all the protests during the planning process, no one showed up to heckle the unveiling of new turf at Cadman Plaza Park. [McBrooklyn] Clinton Hill: It will take one more weekend of volunteer labor to install the composting toilet in Hollenback Park. [Clinton Hill Blog] Elmhurst: City Council members honor veterans here by dressing like slobs. [QueensCrap] Flatiron: A reward is being offered for information in the hit-and-run death of a Brooklyn resident on Saturday. [Gothamist] Greenpoint: The area never smelled fantastic, but this warm-weather season is starting off as the stankiest ever. [Newyorkshitty] Williamsburg: Parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel can't pray peaceably on Sunday morning for all the racket at the nearby construction site. Developers, beware of God's wrath! [Gowanus Lounge]

Chasing Developers Out of Williamsburg

Greenpoint: Shooting Rescue Me here deprives residents of their one day of worry-free parking. [11222] Harlem: Lost Chihuahua Bugzy is back on the streets, but not before undergoing a mandatory manhood removal. [Harlem Fur] High Bridge: Even as the city restores Saturday hours to many libraries, a Bronx branch will close for two years. [Highbridge Horizon via West Bronx Blog] Kensington: Why did no one listen back in 2002 when apartments here cost half as much and didn't need a gut reno? [Kensington] Red Hook: Porthole Cruise Magazine selects Red Hook as the country's best new homeport, whatever that means, exactly. [NYP] Williamsburg: Concerned residents kill a proposal for a 24-story tower between Bedford and Berry. [OnNYTurf]

City Encourages Park Slope’s Superiority Complex

Clinton Hill: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are shooting here this week. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Police copters and even a Second Avenue shutdown failed to find the person who was violently throwing tableware from his window last night. [Gothamist] Greenpoint: Here, even the statues of local notables are crappy. [Newyorkshitty] Middle Village: Four ball fields were closed down yesterday for a sparsely attended fair in this Queens park. At least Councilmember Melinda Katz sang (as she often does). [Queens Crap] Park Slope: Another thing to feel superior about: recycling more than any other neighborhood in the city. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Upper East Side: A street fair on Second Ave. yesterday did have the tube socks, but it also had some excellent accessories. [Upper East Side]

You Can Find Brooklyn’s Toxic Sludge

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A little freaked out about the 10 million gallons of toxic sludge lurking under Brooklyn and seeping toward the surface? Afraid it might be oozing toward you? You'll be thankful, then, for the efforts of Michael Heimbinder, a Fort Greene resident and member of the Newtown Creek Alliance. He's created an interactive map of Greenpoint, the most affected neighborhood, on which you can learn all about the occasionally escaping sewage and pinpoint known polluted spots. "I wanted to take the opportunity that the Internet offers to create the connection between what's happening in the city — air pollution, water pollution — and what's happening in New Yorkers' apartments," Heimbinder explained. Now you can know all too well. —Rebecca Ruiz Explore Newtown Creek [HabitatMap.org] The Ooze [NYM]

Murray Hill Is Tragically Misunderstood

Brooklyn Heights: A couple moved into a new building in 1901 and later passed the apartment on to their son. When he died in March, he was paying $451 a month for a two-bedroom. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: Depending on which typo you follow, dumping at this building on Emerson will cost you either $3,000 or $3 million in fines. [Clinton Hill Blog] Fort Greene: Does a plywood fence at Carlton Mews mean work will finally begin there? [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: Oversize ads drilled into vinyl siding wouldn't last a second in Williamsburg or Park Slope. So why here? [newyorkshitty] Murray Hill: Unless the frat boys have all moved away, this is no "lagoon of calm." [Curbed] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Miss the PLG house tours over the weekend? There's a slideshow to keep you sated. [Planet PLG] Upper West Side: Tonight, take a rare chance to complain about how cruddy the subway station is at 96th and Broadway. [Second Avenue Sagas]

Forget the Toxins. Just Build the Damn Whole Foods.

Brooklyn Heights: Get a look inside the fancy One Brooklyn Bridge Park at a rare open house tonight. [Brooklyn Eagle via mcbrooklyn] Bushwick: It's a zoning puzzle on Harrison and Wallabout: a residential building on a "light manufacturing" lot. [QueensCrap] Central Park: The city's transportation commish is considering a car-free Central Park trial this summer. [Streetsblog] Clinton Hill: Looking for the right community garden? Here's where you can picnic or pull weeds. [Clinton Hill Blog] Gowanus: An informal poll suggests that some are concerned about the environmental impact of the new Whole Foods, while others just want the damn market already. [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: Discarded self-help guides suggest "quarter-life crises" are rampant around here. Egads. [Newyorkshitty] Hell's Kitchen: A new condo is looking for buyers, preferably ones made of precious metals. [CopyRanter] Long Island City: How long till owner Tishman-Speyer demos this (admittedly none-too-charming) parking garage and puts up an office park? [LICNYC] South Beach: It's dirty-needle season at the beach! [7online via Gothamist] Williamsburg: Will drawing attention to this cool new street art attract the wrath of the graffiti-defacing Splasher? [Williamsburg]

Scary Alpha Girls Terrorize Prospect Heights

Bayside: No one's angered residents of this pricey enclave more than violation-collecting developer Tommy Huang. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Brooklyn: It's the third annual Tour de Brooklyn on Sunday; register to bike through Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Kensington. [Streetsblog] Chelsea: What's more disturbing about this poster ad of hot torsos — its antigay graffiti or that the torsos lack navels? [Towleroad] Dumbo: Beware of attack dogs, poison, and deflated balloons if you're thinking of living in the new luxury Bridgeview Towers. [McBrooklyn] East Village: Will Cabrini Stuyvesant Polyclinic become an eatery, a dormitory, or a condo? Only developer Herbert Hirsch knows … and he ain't sayin'. [Villager via Curbed] Greenpoint: How can you protest this grocer's $1.75 ATM fee when you get to watch a Bruce Lee clip while you wait for your money? [Newyorkshitty] Prospect Heights: Set It Off meets the Bratz gang in this chilling tale of local marauding female tweens. [The Brooklyn Paper] Rego Park: A developer says his new $550 million residential-retail complex will be an "architectural landmark." How scared should we be? [Queens Times Ledger via OuterB] Williamsburg: Preservation-minded hipsters (and the bands they listen to) will rally Sunday to save the Domino Sugar factory. [Waterfront Preservation Alliance via Newyorkshitty]

New Park Confuses Williamsburg Residents

Chelsea: Cat litter in the toilets at the Chelsea Hotel is a common-enough problem to write a sign about. [Living with Legends] East Village: Secret plans have surfaced to turn Stuy Town into a super-sleek eco-paradise! [Curbed] Greenpoint: Around these parts, some prefer vinyl siding for their façades, others prefer … needlepoint? [Newyorkshitty] Little Neck: Mayor Bloomberg and friends were booed at the Memorial Day parade here. [Queens Crap] Midtown: Should the congestion-pricing border start at 59th Street? That's what an uptown pol suggests. [Streetsblog] Prospect Park: Neighbors want the redesigned Wollman Rink to turn into a pool in the summer. [Across the Park] Williamsburg: If a park opens and no one is around to use it… [Brownstoner]