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Morningside Heights to Lose Its Magazine Shop

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Two inexorable facts of New York life these days — the slow death of print media and the fast rise of rents — are claiming another victim. Global Ink — the ne plus ultra of Upper West Side magazine shops and one of the most well stocked in Manhattan — will shut its doors next month after eight years at Broadway and 112th Street. The store, admittedly, had all the charm of a Kmart, with faux-wood floors and blinding halogen lights, but it was one of the few still around that carried something for everyone with an interest in the printed word, from Bonsai Today to Military Machines International to WAD. The owner, Essam Moussa, blames rapacious magazine distributors for his store's demise, but he also noted in a farewell letter posted Thursday that technology has “reduced the need for hand held publications.” Great. So this is now partially our fault, too? Sigh. —Tayt Harlin

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It's All Downhill From Morningside Heights

Boerum Hill: It's not enough that the Brooklyn House of Detention could reopen. Besides room for 720 inmates, look for two towers with residential or commercial space. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle via mcbrooklyn] Clinton Hill: Residents of the area's southern flank, rejoice … a bank (a North Fork) is finally coming to Fulton and Clinton! [Brooklyn Record] Greenpoint: Residents come together to complain to a building inspector about excessive noise and damage caused by construction at 110 Green Street. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: The Beaumont, a 63-unit Art Deco apartment building on Riverside Drive, has been sold for just over $20 million. [Uptown Flavor] Morningside Heights: This area has the greatest number of bike commuters — after Park Slope, of course. [Streetsblog] Park Slope: A local brothel is undergoing a renovation. But what will the building be now? [Curbed]

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Chickens Further Brooklyn Gentrification

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Battery Park: This funky glass carousel thingy could serve as a spot that links park visitors to the Coney Island aquarium via a ferry. [Kinetic Carnival] Clinton Hill: Why go to a food co-op or the farmers' market when you can raise chickens right behind your own brownstone? [Brownstoner] East Village: A first peek inside (and through the windows of) the Bowery Hotel, where rooms start (for now) at $245. [Hotel Chatter via Curbed] Gowanus: Oh, boy! It's the four-part lecture on the history of the canal we've all been waiting for. [Brooklyn Record] Morningside Heights: Columbia students use clever street art to strike back at their school's real-estate takeover of the area. [Gothamist] Prospect Heights: Have you met Sydney, Hudson, Jenny BiBabe, and Dakota on MySpace? They're the new condos that want to be friends with you. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Everything's Bigger Up North (of Columbia)

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Ignore the broker-speak — listings agents are calling the neighborhood that straddles West Harlem and Morningside Heights "NoCo," as in north of Columbia University — and you'll see that this co-op at 501 W. 122nd St. may be the antidote to an Upper West Side family's space-starved distress. With four bedrooms and two baths sprawled over 1,700 square feet, it's worth a look, especially considering what the owners are asking. At $1.069 million, it's the price of a two-bedroom ten blocks south or a smaller three-bedroom just one block over. Plus, the down payment's a surprisingly buyer-friendly (for a co-op, anyway) 10 percent, and the apartment's flooded with light. The downsides? It's a walk-up, so hauling a stroller up and down the stairs could be tiresome. And it could use a makeover, especially the eighties-style kitchen. Plus, it combines two apartments so the layout's a little funky. Still, at this price, buyers could conceivably have the cash left over to give it some TLC. — S. Jhoanna Robledo

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Columbia B-School Explores Northern Frontier

Dumbo: In our version of The Straight Story, the old man on the tractor is a Jehovah's Witness. [Brooklyn Papers] Lower East Side: Queens of the Stone Age will break in a new, giant restaurant-theater, the Box, tonight. [Brooklyn Vegan] Morningside Heights: Columbia Business School will move to Manhattanville campus and take 25 to 30 years to complete. [Curbed] Park Slope: New FAO Schwartz may be within Bugaboo-pushing distance. [Crain's New York via NY1] Times Square: Photographic proof why New York is a city of singles. [Bagel in Harlem]

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Not Every Morningside Heights Residence Comes With an RA

Morningside Heights — West 100th to West 122nd Streets, west of Morningside Avenue — might as well be Columbia-land (Barnardsville?), considering the university's massive presence here. But tucked among the neighborhood's Columbia-affiliated buildings — many of them used to house students — are co-ops and condos for the rest of us. The stock is mostly prewar, with the graciously proportioned rooms and flowing layouts that have attracted apartment-hunters to the area for years, but one glitzy new development, 110+Broadway, just joined the scene. It's not as cheap to buy here as it was back in the nabe's sleepy, under-the-radar days, but compared to the rest of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights will seem quite reasonable. You may even find some bargains in the rough.

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