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Chelsea, Now With Lap Pools!

Chelsea: New promo pics for the too-fabulous Yves (so French!) condo tell a smoldering story of love, lust, and on-site lap pools. [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Don't click here unless you're ready to see the dead, mutilated squirrel left in front of the home of this blogger. Revenge from a developer who got a snarky write-up? [Brownstoner] Downtown Brooklyn: The massive new real estate planned for the area may not be so massive overall...think 1.6 mil square feet of office space versus the 4.5 mil projected a few years ago. [NYO]

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How About Some Gargoyles for Your Halloween?

Bay Ridge: If you see lots of nooses tonight, don't bug out and call Rev. Al. It's Halloween, people — the night when nooses are exempt from Jim Crow overtones. [Bay Ridge Rover] Harlem: Did you know that the gargoyles on this old building tell a story about chicken soup? Check them out, 'cause they're plenty creepy-lookin' for the holiday. [The Weblicist] Hell's Kitchen: Does the forbidding of a sax player from practicing in his apartment signal the morphing of Manhattan Plaza from an artists' enclave to a yuppie one? [NYDN]

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Bruni Down With Lunch at Craft; Blue Ribbon to Open This Week in Columbus Circle

Clinton Hill: A Nigerian restaurant, EN of Africa, is opening on the corner of Cumberland and Lafayette, and there’s relief that it’s not another French spot. [Clinton Hill Blog] Flatiron: Frank Bruni finds the newly instated lunch at Craft a good, logical fit, in that “Craft doesn’t project the kind of fussiness — on the plate or in terms of décor — that can feel more stilted and constraining at lunch than at dinner.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Hell's Kitchen: Xai Xai, a new wine bar, has opened up. [Endless Simmer] Murray Hill/Kips Bay: From November 7 to 10, the Champagne room at Country will be transformed into a bonbon shop where you can pair pastry chef Hsing Chen’s house-made chocolates with specialty cocktails or order a chocolate tasting menu as part of a collaboration with the upcoming Chocolate Show. [Grub Street] Park Slope: Katina’s seems to have been taken over by super Greek diner Purity and may now be called Little Purity. [Grub Street] Upper West Side: Blue Ribbon Six Columbus is poised to open this week, and here’s a sneak peak of the interior. [Zagat] West Village: Mary’s Dairy has closed both of its locations supposedly because the shops weren’t making enough money. Can ice-cream-only stores no longer cut it? Mary’s comes on the heels of Emack & Bolio's Seventh Avenue closure and Ben & Jerry’s Bleecker Street failure. [Eater] Williamsburg: Three of the ten-plus restaurants that serve sushi in the nabe made the cut in this Brooklyn raw-fish roundup. [Gridskipper]

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Ellis Gallagher Will Make All Sidewalks Safe for Chalking Children Again

Ellis Gallagher
Meet Ellis Gallagher, Brooklynite and first non-child victim in the sidewalk-chalk war. Gallagher, who has been drawing silhouettes on the streets for the past three years (he's been profiled in the Times and has lectured on graffiti as art at the Brooklyn Museum), was the city's first chalk-related arrest last week when police saw him at work during the filming of a profile set to air in early November as part of Channel 13's "New York Voices" series. "I've been stopped before, but once they see it's chalk, they lay off," Gallagher says. He was carted around to three different precincts and charged with making graffiti, possessing graffiti instruments, and making mischief before charges were dropped in Red Hook court the next day.

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Park Slope Child Strikes Again

Natalie Shea
Natalie Shea, the Park Slope child whose neighbor called the fuzz on her when she tagged the sidewalk in front of her building last week, remains free, despite our efforts. And it appears that she still hasn't learned her lesson. The Brooklyn Paper caught the little ruffian scribbling on the sidewalk again this week, and it looks like she was doing so with the encouragement of her parents. “We just think the whole thing is ridiculous, and we’re showing it,” Natalie’s mom, Jen Pepperman, told the paper, clearly high on the publicity they received last week after the paper's original story was picked up by the BBC, among other news outlets. “This created more controversy than the Bush wiretapping,” said Natalie’s father, George Shea, who is described as a public-relations expert. (Christ. If he worked for us, we would fire him immediately for saying something so totally Brooklyn-y.) But exactly how far are the Pepperman-Sheas (Christ. The 'Pepperman-Sheas.') willing to go with their stand against The Man? They have one more week to respond to their letter from the city asking them to remove the graffiti before they get slapped with a $300 fine. Will they remove the graffiti and risk being fined? And then, will they pay the fine or let their daughter go to the pokey? If it's the latter, we suggest little Natalie watch out for Foxy Brown. She doesn't take any shit, we heard. Defiant Tot: I'll Tag Again [Brooklyn Paper] Earlier: Sidewalk Chalking Is a Gateway Crime

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Scary Strippers Wreak Havoc on Park Slope Halloween Carnival

Stripper
Looks like the Scores strippers who planned to dress up and volunteer at the Puppetry Arts Theater's annual Halloween Carnival in Park Slope this Saturday are going to have to put away their sexy cat outfits. After the Daily News reported today that they'd be doing things like passing out candy and boobing — sorry, bobbing — for apples with the impressionable children, the girls were promptly disinvited. "They told me they did Toys for Tots, and they were looking to volunteer, and I was pleased to have them," Puppet Arts founder Timothy Young explained to Intel this morning. "I mean, there were only three of them, and what's the big deal about what this particular girl does for a living, you know?" But Young wasn't expecting the girls to take the news of their good works to the papers. "They wanted to let the community know, look how great we are!" he said. It backfired. This morning, MS-51, where the carnival was to be held, recoiled. They might even cancel the event, Young says. "The school doesn't want the bad publicity, and we offer no disrespect to the school. But if this thing cancels, we're going to have a lot of problems." Yeah. No one can throw a fit quite like a Park Slope kid. Scores Strippers Pass Out Candy[NYDN]

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How High Can Walentas Go In Cobble Hill?

Cobble Hill: Whether Dave Walentas gets to build ten feet higher than the limit in the historic district here is no trivial matter. [Curbed] East Village: How dare this woman feel so secure around here that she leaves her bike unlocked? Would someone please steal it to teach her a lesson? [Vanishing New York] Gravesend: Sears Tower co-owner Joseph Cayre just sold his home here, an enclave of rich Syrian Jews, for $10 million, the second-highest price ever for a Brooklyn crib. [Real Deal]

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Sidewalk Chalking Is a Gateway Crime

Natalie Shea
The children of Brooklyn are guilty of many offenses against their neighbors: They cry during brunch, they cough on you in Target, and their giant lolling heads and flailing little limbs make the sidewalks a nightmare to navigate. But it's not very often that they commit actual crimes punishable by law. Today's Brooklyn Paper tells the story of one Natalie Shea, a 6-year-old Park Slope girl who was fined $300 by the city for defacing the sidewalk in front of her house with large sticks of colored chalk. The scribbles prompted a neighbor fluent in obscure local legislation to call 311 and report the little scofflaw. “According the New York penal law, graffiti is the etching, painting, covering, drawing, or otherwise placing of a mark upon public or private property with intent to damage such property,” an NYPD spokesman told reporter Gersh Kuntzman. “If it can be washed away, it’s not graffiti, clearly, but it still could be criminal mischief. If I cover your car with mustard, that’s not graffiti, but it’s also not legal.” Hm. Mustard. Anyway. Maybe you feel bad for Natalie, since she's only 6, and only playing? Don't! As you can see, she hasn't exactly learned her lesson — there she is doing it again (top left)! Look at that little smirk. Now if only they would criminalize those giant strollers… New Face of Vandalism? [Brooklyn Paper]

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Missing the Old ‘Treats’ of the Meatpacking District

Chelsea: It used to be the tranny hookers on 14th Street who advertised as "Not too fancy, always delicious!" Now it's just the Treats Truck. [Vanishing New York] Crown Heights: If the Slope's old armory gets to become a swank new athletic center, why not the one here? That's what council member Tish James wants to know… [Brownstoner] Dumbo: Remember 2005, when it wasn't completely certain the neighborhood was going the way of a bourgeois, sanitized, amenity-rich enclave? Seems so long ago… [DumboNYC] Hell's Kitchen: Time Out New York learns that the hood ain't just for thugs and tramps anymore, scoring it higher than the East and West Village. [Hell's Kitchen NYC] Park Slope: OMG, the new debit-card machines at the food co-op actually work. That's so awesome! [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] South Slope: What would this fifties family think if they knew that the home they vacated to make room for the Prospect Expressway is now the site of a dumpy unused park? That's a shondah. [Icky in Brooklyn] Upper East Side: What we love most about this high-profile battle between a laundromat and a customer is that the launderer apparently changed his name from Todd Ofsink to Todd Layne. Isn't having "sink" in your name a good thing for a launderer? [78thand2nd]

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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]

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Architecture Has Gotten Too ‘Fun’ in Chelsea

Chelsea: When they put that "decorative" rail around that "edgy" new glass box on 18th and Eighth (RIP the restaurant), they probably didn't expect dozens of hip-hoppy schoolkids to hang on it all afternoon. Hee-hee. [Vanishing New York] Forest Hills: The hood might be losing newcomers to hipper zones like Fort Greene. And all because the cribs here look like grandma-type places. And not even cool Golden Girls–type grandmas. [Forest Hills 72] Jamaica: Should the Macy's turned Colosseum Mall here, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merril in 1947, be considered a mid-century-modern gem? [Brooklyn Rail] Park Slope: Just when you thought the Slope's collective ego couldn't get any bigger, one of its own — painter Joan Snyder — has to go and win the half-mil MacArthur Genius Award. Great. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Roosevelt Island: The marriage of real estate and money has become a permanent fixture here … the sculpture exhibit, that is! [Roosevelt Islander] Upper East Side: New evidence finds that if you are a (presumably straight) guy walking around this hood with a popped pink Izod collar, you are very likely a douche bag. [78thand2nd] Upper West Side: Does Queens council member (and dulcet-toned sometime vocalist) Melinda Katz care more about preserving the UWS' character and scale than hoods in her own borough? [Queens Crap]

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Cheapest Plaza Room: $775 a Night

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Please don't let something tacky occupy this empty storefront and set back this nicely gentrifying block! (cries a blogger). I mean, is that really wood-paneling? [Bed-Stuy Blog] Glendale: Furious folks in this Queens burg, which provided the exterior of Archie Bunker's TV house, say that too many buses passing through caused a water main to break, cutting off the agua supply. [NYDN] Harlem: The W hotel-condo planned for Frederick Douglass Boulevard looks like a Lego's miscarriage on acid. [Harlem Fur] Midtown: The soon-to-be-100-years-old Plaza Hotel is booking rezzies after January 1 starting at $775 a night. Maybe if you hawk all your Heloise first-editions on eBay… [Newyorkology] Park Slope: Who is torching all the cars around here? That's wicked mean. [Brownstoner] West Village: This outspoken young Jewish gay is disgusted that Marc Jacobs — another outspoken young Jewish gay — is taking over his hood. [West Village Kid]

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Frying Pan Secure for Next Five Years; Whole Foods Selling Flat Beer on the LES?

Chelsea: The Frying Pan has signed a five-year lease that will begin next May. [Chelsea Now via Eater] Clinton Hill: Get your Oktoberfest on with a beer, cider, and sausage fest at 55 Lexington Avenue on September 29. [A Brooklyn Life] East Harlem: Italian Americans are still mourning the August closure of Morrone & Sons bakery on East 116th Street. Especially the 72-year-old matron who opened the shop in 1956. [NYT] Fort Greene: Crisp artichokes make a great burger topping at 67, even when the beef is greasy and overcooked. [Eat for Victory/VV] Jackson Heights: Jackson Diner and Rajbhog Sweets are among some 85 restaurants participating in Queens Restaurant Week running September 17 to 20 and 24 to 27. [About.com] Lower East Side: Whole Foods should top off beer-container refills with CO2 if they care about customers getting home to find flat beer. [Eat] Park Slope: Frank Bruni was inundated with responses to his feature on handicapped-accessible restaurants, including one about his “beloved Franny’s” who wouldn’t slice “a pizza for someone who had just undergone neurosurgery on her (writing) hand because ‘the chef doesn’t do that.’” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Soho: Barcelona’s artisanal-candy chain Papabubble has settled on a U.S. location at 380 Broome Street and an opening date of October 18. [Papabubble via Down by the Hipster]

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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]

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‘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]

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Beard Papa Returning Downtown, May Hit the Slope

Beard Papa
We promised to launch an official investigation into the mysterious closing of Beard Papa’s East and West Village locations, and, although a disconnected signal at the latter didn’t bode well, an email from COO Craig Takiguchi is more than reassuring. “We are meeting with folks in Park Slope and Bronxville,” says Takiguchi. “I suspect we will find a good location in either of those two areas sometime this year.” As for the closed stores:

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Rooms to Rent in the Chelsea Hotel! Sort Of.

Bushwick: Oh, God: Now the Offensive Gay Gentrifier is writing offensive haiku. ("Oh, the bodega/So many on each corner/Like ghetto Starbucks…") [BushwickBK] Chelsea: Once again, new management is advertising rooms at the storied Chelsea Hotel for the low price of $119 a night. "Subject to availability," that is. So are they really available? [Living with Legends] Clinton Hill: They're filming something in the hood today…and it's probably a Heineken commercial. [Clinton Hill Blog] Park Slope: That raccoon that attacked a woman in the park recently? It and its kind apparently like fresh, raw fish. Hm — sushi-eating attack raccoons. [Gowanus Lounge] Sunnyside: It's the new Astoria! Or so some are saying, based on slightly cheaper rents in this Queens nabe. [OuterB] Williamsburg: At the community-board meeting last night, it was all about the fate of the half-built Finger Building (just how tall should it be?)… that, and the faltering sewage system, that is. [Brownstoner]

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Rizzo's Square Pizza Rules in Astoria; Picholine Alum Takes on the West Village

Astoria: There was a bit of volatile reaction from our readers to the quality of Rose & Joe's Sicilian pies: “Any self-respecting pizza eater in Astoria will know that going anywhere but Rizzo’s for a square pie/slice is absolutely maniacal.” [Grub Street] East Harlem: If you have trouble finding “cuchifritos (a.k.a. Puerto Rican soul food), Mexican, French, Caribbean, and pizza” in the nabe, you can join NoshWalks for a food tour this Saturday. [Uptown Flavor] Flatiron: Gramercy Tavern jumps on the beer-for-dessert train by pairing stout with chocolate bread pudding. [NYDN] Park Slope: Another cupcake shop mobilizes to join the bakery front on Flatbush Avenue. [Eater] Upper West Side: Two food writers found a special of gnocchi with short-rib ragù and ricotta cheese at Ouest to be a perfect plate of food, and want it to make the fall menu. [Ed Levine Eats/Serious Eats] West Village: Picholine alum Craig Hopson moves into the kitchen of One if by Land, Two if by Sea, now that Gary Volkov is opening his own spot. [Restaurant Girl] Da Silvano may not have been taken out of the rat feature on Inside Edition, but his lawyer was given uncommonly ample on-air time to respond. [Gawker]

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Riding the B-Line: Breaded Steak in the Shadow of Big Boxes

Atlantic Avenue
Somewhere in the world there may be a train line that covers more gastronomic territory than the B and V subway lines, which start in southernmost Brooklyn and end deep in Queens, but if there is, we don’t know about it. For the next twenty-odd weeks, we'll be riding the B and V from Coney Island all the way to Forest Hills, jumping off frequently to rave about our favorite restaurants and food stores near the subway. This Week: Atlantic Avenue

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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]

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