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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

Chickens
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)

501 W. 122
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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