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Your Pencil May Be Your Key to the High Line This Summer

A shadow between porn hub Show World and its fate in Times Square, a chain barrier between "the 'SATC' house" and Carrie fans in the Village, bad blood between a rock bar and its neighbors in Park Slope … and just a click between you and our daily boroughs report!

Don't Fear the River, Lower East Siders!

Escalator vigilantes in Union Square, riverside Ping-Pong for the LES, and (gasp) a "sick" dog run in the Slope. Yep, it's Freaky Friday in our daily boroughs report.

Loch Ness Monster on 21st?

A Macy's in Harlem? A sea serpent in Chelsea? A chatty Kathy in the East Village? Yes, children, all that and more in today's boroughs report.

Red Hook Residents Squawk About Parrots

Plus! Hazmat suits invade the Slope, an unwelcome curvy hotel is headed for West Village, Johan Santana's new digs, and more in our far-roving Neighborhood Watch!

Bloomberg Shows Tyra That He Too Can Be Fierce

Tyra and Bloomie pretend to plant trees in Chelsea, the broken playground in Union Square Park is creepy, and lesbian sightings are scarce in the Slope these days. That and more in our daily boroughs report.

Park Slope Child Gets Away With Crime, Rewarded With Appearance on ‘Colbert Report’

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Last night The Colbert Report got on the case of Natalie Shea, the 6-year-old Park Slope girl who was fined $300 by the city for defacing the sidewalk in front of her home with colored chalk last fall. "Graffiti is a crime, pure and simple," Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., apparently one of the last people on earth who hasn't heard of Colbert, tells the camera with stern seriousness. "Graffiti artists are punks." We have to say, when the camera cuts to giggling, gloating Natalie and her indulgent, Bobo parents, we don't entirely disagree: These people should be prosecuted! Click above to watch the video. Earlier: Sidewalk Chalking Is a Gateway Crime

Is There a Park Slope in Baghdad?

Dumbo: Last night was the first night that passersby could see Adriana Varella's giant Applied Kinetics projection installation at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. There are no pictures yet, so go tonight and see it yourself. [DumboNYC] East Village: A funny guerilla-marketing tactic for a Black Lips show has finally made our favorite advertising blogger smile! With black lips! [Copyranter] Park Slope: After a kind of annoying string of posts on a couple of real-estate blogs about what neighborhoods are the "Park Slope"s of other cities, this blog just gets right down to business: What is the Park Slope of Iraq? [Gowanus Lounge]

Park Slope Parents Are Aflutter Over Toys in Babeland

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One might think that Park Slope mommies, who have a reputation for uptightness, might be concerned about Little Phineaus wanting to go check out the colorful Rabbits when Toys in Babeland opens a few blocks from the Gymboree on Bergen Street. That's what the Post thought, anyway, when they headlined an article about the opening "SEX-TOY SHOP HAS BAD VIBES IN PARK SLOPE" and indicated that residents were displeased. On the contrary! "This is seriously the best news I've heard in months," wrote one poster to the Brooklynian message board. "No longer will I have to hear the plaint 'Where can a girl go to get a decent strap-on round here???'" said a commenter on Brownstoner, where posters were affronted by the Post's assumption that Slopers parents are too uptight for kinky sex. In fact, they're downright kinky! "My wife and I have a weird thing goin," shared an anonymous commenter. "I pretend I'm Marty Markowitz and she's Randi Weingarten. Our slave boyfriend, The What, is tied up to a big statue of Atlantic Yards. It gets kinky from there."

Ghost Towns and Old Bones

Flushing: Time to buy a new bathing suit! Or, um, ice skates? The plush, $66.3 million Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Natatorium and Ice Rink is opening today. [Curbed] Lower East Side: Loud messy construction from Jason Pomeranc’s hotel at 200 Allen Street and Morris Platt’s 26-story condo on Orchard Street has turned the surrounding blocks into "a ghost town." [NYO] Lower Manhattan: Signs that speak of the World Trade Center in the present tense will be removed. [NYT]

The PATH Train to Be Awash With Green This Weekend

Bushwick: This Shwick blogger thinks the "Bushwick Initiative is just the City putting a sad little band-aid on the giant ax wound it created in New York’s housing situation." But these rehabbed buildings do look nicer… [BushwickBK] Hoboken: Duders, the St. Patrick's Day parade is this Saturday! That's early, even for Hoboken! [East Village Idiot] New Springville: Staten Island cops are searching for a man who snatched a woman from a bus stop here and sexually assaulted her last night. He was 18–20 years old and 5'5", so keep your eyes peeled. [NY1]

The Plaza Will Soon Let You Throw Money at It Again

Gowanus: The Gowanus Village is on the market for $27 million, and Curbed has a photo gallery, including shots of the "beautiful canal waterfront." [Brownstoner] Lower Manhattan: Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The visitor center down there will have a public program at 7 p.m. in remembrance. [WTC Visitor's Center] Midtown: The Plaza's final opening date is scheduled for March 1. It starts at only $1,000 a night. But that comes with wireless! [NYT]

The City Takes On the Squirrel House

Cobble Hill: Whether that house on Kane Street where the old lady lives is infested with rats or squirrels is now a moot point — the city's ordered her to vacate, and trusty NY1 is on the story! [Lost NYC] Greenwich Village: The Department of Buildings is bitter because the developer of the units that went up over landmark Circle in the Square theater lied and said they'd be used for dorms. They're not, meaning no zoning breaks. Meaning pare down those hideous balconies! [Villager] Lower Manhattan: Also bitter are Seaport locals, who laughed in the face of moguls last night who offered them community use of the Fulton Market floor where the "Bodies" exhibit is in exchange for development. Looks like they want waaaay more public space than that. [Downtown Express]