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

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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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Beware of Moped Gangs

Dumbo: One Brooklyn Bridge Park slightly taller, slightly less yellow. Also, slightly expensive. [DumboNYC] East River: We wouldn't normally swim in the East River. But we might do it with art? [Gothamist] Jackson Heights: New ad campaign: equal opportunity appaller. [Curbed] Park Slope: Moped gangs in the Slope! If only we were joking. [Daily Slope] Red Hook: The planned giant IKEA will stomp out a Civil War–era shipyard. Also, taste. [NYDN] Roosevelt Island: OpenHouseNewYork will allow people into the scary old Smallpox Hospital you can see from the FDR (remember the end of Spider-Man?). And onto the Highline! [NewYorkology]

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Someone Is Already Stealing Christmas?

Astoria: Someone has stepped up and claimed a family tie to that recently sold "mystery mansion" on 47th Street. Yeah, the one with all the sculptures. [OuterB] Brooklyn Heights: Jeez, you'd think that after all it took to schlep that floating pool to Brooklyn Bridge Park they could leave it there at least a few weeks longer than this weekend. But no. And the pool goes to the Bronx next summer. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Residents in and near the London Terrace apartment block are dwelling on the bright side of long-term scaffolding: They can walk their dogs in the rain without their umbrella … ella … ella. [You Want a Piece of Me?] Greenpoint: In the city's Great Bedbug Scare of 2007, it's come to this: free sidewalk sofas claiming they're critter-free. Wow, free and uninfested. [Newyorkshitty] Maspeth: Who hired some guy this past weekend to cut down what serves as the area's beloved Christmas tree? And, as the mystery cutter said, is a replacement tree really en route? [Queens Crap] Park Slope: You can almost forgive Slopesters for being so smugly bougie-boho when you see how they rally behind someone like Andy, the local fruit-truck guy who's temporarily away after having a stroke. Get better, Andy! [OTBKB] Williamsburg: An e-mail leaked out of a city-council member's office complains of oil unearthed at a development site across the street from — you guessed it — the famous contaminated Roebling Oil Field! [Gowanus Lounge]

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Rampant Fowl Misidentification in Park Slope

Astoria: Residents have begun leaving threatening signs around for people who don't clean up their dog doo. What's next? Threatening 311 calls? [Joey in Astoria] Brooklyn: A hotel is set to go up in place of stores that are still there and have not yet been sold to developers. That's always good. [Brownstoner] Columbia Street Waterfront: Things aren't picking up around here the way people anticipated, and they don't even have streetlights! [NYT] Harlem: The City Opera will play at the Apollo. They already have a stump for singers to lean on — smart move! [NYS] Park Slope: Many have reported seeing feral chickens in the hood — but looking at a recent picture on Curbed, we have our own take: They're pheasants. No joke. [Curbed] Staten Island: A "tot" fell out of a second-story window on Tompkins Street. Since it was of the human, not tater, variety, there was much concern — but she's okay! [Staten Island Advance]

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Riding the B Line: Flatbush Avenue's Secret Hamburger Stand

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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: Seventh Avenue

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Ground Zero Claims Two More

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• Two firefighters died Saturday in a blaze in the abandoned Deutsche Bank building adjacent to ground zero. The pair "walked into a horror show," as Spitzer put it, when they met a maze of protective polyurethane sheets that may have made the fire harder to fight. [amNY]

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It's Grass, Not Garbage, That Attracts Rats in Chelsea

Brooklyn Heights: If only the kids around here could reference MC Hammer correctly. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Bushwick: Gentrification is forcing frustrated superintendents to gussy up their own threatening signs. [Newyorkshitty] Chelsea: Blame the rat infestation in the park on Ninth Avenue on the plant liriope. It provides excellent cover for burrows. [Blog Chelsea] Cobble Hill: The home of the Independence Community Foundation is gone; look for six-story apartment building at 182 Atlantic, instead. [McBrooklyn] Coney Island: Want to work at a karaoke bar? One here is hiring. [Kinetic Carnival] Dumbo: Folks are moving into the J Condo and paying $300 to $350 a month for parking spaces. [DumboNYC] Park Slope: The Fifth Avenue dog run has too many overexcited dogs. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Prospect Heights: The Buildings Department blamed water damage and Forest City Ratner for the Ward Baking Co. collapse. [NYDN] West Bronx: Neighbors proved a point to gangs and drug dealers at last night's "National Night Out." [West Bronx News]

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All the World's a Duane Reade

Bedford-Stuyvesant: With the real library closed (endlessly…) for renovations, a host for the "Free Children's Library of Bed-Stuy" is sought. [BedStuyBlog] Coney Island: While Coney's amusement-park future remains up in the air, live animals are thrown through the air at the nearby, sketchy Sea Rise housing projects. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Dumbo: Four West Coast street artists are putting up a pretty cool graffiti on Water Street at Pearl. [DumboNYC] Flushing: There are big puddles all over Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which are leading to swarms of mosquitoes, which are terrorizing people. [Queens Tribune via Queens Crap] Greenpoint: There's no better way to undermine your attempt to build a period-looking brownstone than by sticking balconies on it. Real classy, Bridge Realty. [Newyorkshitty] Midtown West: God help us, it's finally happened: two Duane Reades, right across the street from each other. [East Village Idiot] Park Slope: Anyone know if Shaya Boymelgreen has cleaned up the scaffolding around his Novo condo on Fourth Avenue that collapsed into the street Saturday? [Brownstoner]

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Cue the Violins in Park Slope and Kensington

Coney Island: The clowns have been sent. Cole Brothers Circus is on the old go-kart tracks through August 5. [Gowanus Lounge] East Village: Duane Reade finally has Harry Potter. There's no need to go without. [East Village Idiot] Jackson Heights: Mayor Bloomberg runs afoul of locals complaining about traffic, noise, and sanitation gripes. [FoxNews via QueensCrap] Kensington: Talk about a virtual inferiority complex: Locals here lament that their Wikipedia page is not as nice as Park Slope’s. Cue violins, please. [KensingtonBlog] Park Slope: Whine of the Day from the Slope set? “Why did they reduce driving hours in Central Park and not our park? Whaaa!” [Gowanus Lounge] Union Square: Beware the hordes of student filmmakers in the park today. [The Weblicist of Manhattan] Williamsburg: White middle-class preservationists faced off against nonwhite low-income affordable-housing proponents at a hearing over the future use of the Domino sugar factory. [Brownstoner]

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Red Hook's Deadly Nature

Brooklyn Heights: Those who live on Joralemon Street are not pleased about the parade of swimmers on their way to the floating pool. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Bushwick: Is a developer surreptitiously buying up air rights to build a condo tower? [Bushwick BK] Central Park: Starting Monday, car-free time in the park on the West Drive extends by one hour in the morning. Now you only have to watch for traffic between 8 and 10 a.m. [Streetsblog] Chelsea: Chelsea Hotel residents got a note saying that BD Hotels was "no longer the managing agent." An elaborate hoax or what? [Hotel Chelsea Blog] Clinton Hill: Someone's trying to flip a heinous Green Avenue building for a ridiculous $1.4 million. [Brownstoner] Park Slope: Thank goodness there's an instruction manual for the summer, lest we forget to watch a baseball game and let our dog crap on some guy's stoop. [Newyorkshitty] Red Hook: Beware the dog-eating tree on Van Brunt Street. [McBrooklyn] Williamsburg: Bruce Ratner's crew is looking for an artist's workspace to use in a promotional video for investors. If you're interested, keep your I.D. a secret for your own safety. [Curbed]

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Doug E. Fresh Bringing Boxes of Chicken and Waffles to Harlem

Harlem: Doug E. Fresh's chicken-and-waffles restaurant is opening on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at 132nd Street. [Uptown Flavor] Long Island City: It was an orgy of animal fats at Saturday’s burger bash at Water Taxi Beach, as this slideshow dramatically demonstrates. [Off the Broiler] Park Slope: Hotel Le Bleu (and its rooftop restaurant, Vue) has pushed back its opening to August 13. [NewYorkology] Upper West Side: Grom has been stealing Beard Papa’s thunder, but the latter’s mango ice shower is just as refreshing as any gelato. And cheaper. [Ed Levine Eats] West Village: Jody Williams’s new wine bar, Gottino, is coming along nicely on Greenwich Avenue. [Eater] Williamsburg: The grubby Chinese place on Bedford Avenue by North 7th Street is turning Japanese. [Lost City]

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Let a Mimosa Be Your Umbrella

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Oh, be honest: If you'd waited on line for a brunch table — like this couple in Park Slope yesterday morning — you wouldn't let a little bit of rain get in your way, either.

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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]

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East Village Face-off as CBGB Tells DBGB to Cease and Desist

Clinton Hill: Il Torchio, an enoteca and Italian tapas joint at 458 Myrtle Avenue, is under construction; the exposed-brick interior and outdoor space look promising. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: CBGB, DBGB: We get it. [Eater] Greenwich Village: Grey Dog Coffee’s University Place location opens Thursday. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Eater] Nolita: Vig Bar’s temporary close had something to do with a change of management and a lot to do with the State Liquor Authority, but it’ll be back serving downtown bankers by Thursday. [Down by the Hipster] Park Slope: FreshDirect messed with the wrong groups when it temporarily, and possibly accidentally, raised its delivery minimum from $50 to $100. [Gowanus Lounge] West Village: From 4 p.m. until close tomorrow, the Blind Tiger will feature Christmas-themed beer from England’s Ridgeway Brewery including Very Bad Elf, Seriously Bad Elf, and another favorite, Santa’s Butt, all for no apparent reason. [Blog Chelsea] Maremma is cooking up purebred Chianina steaks starting this Thursday evening for one week only. [Grub Street]

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The Single, Hopeful, Unemployed Guy

Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek at what your friends and neighbors are doing behind doors left slightly ajar. Today, the Single, Hopeful Unemployed Guy: male, 24, Park Slope, straight. DAY 1 12:01 a.m.: Attend a college friend's welcome-home party. Flirtatious encounters with at least four different girls. I get one number. I recognize one of these girls from college, but she has had a breast reduction since the last time I saw her, so I didn't place her at first. I feel slightly dirty about this. 3:00 a.m.: Walk back home through Prospect Park with another guy. Tell him that I have a crush on his roommate Emily in hopes that he'll set me up. She just broke up with a longtime boyfriend. Then I complain about recently losing my job and how I have plenty of time to be bitter and sexually frustrated. 10:45 p.m.: Text longtime friend/crush Emily to see if she wants to meet me at a bar. 11 p.m.: She does!

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What Is Summer for But Barbecue, Ice Cream, and Vegetables?

Summer's end is already in sight: The All-Star Game is in the books, and another Fourth of July has passed without America being challenged by either the British or savage conquerors from another planet. All that remains are the most basic elements of summer eating: barbecue, ice cream, and fresh vegetables. And that happy trinity constitutes this week’s food section. Adam Platt finally finds barbecue happiness at Hill Country, so much so that the loquacious critic was reduced to declaring the ribs “really, really good.” Also on the subject of barbecue, Rob and Robin announce the debut of three more places, from a New Hampshire Yankee, a former boy-band star, and two ex–Blue Smoke cooks. The Robs also give the world their definitive list of the city’s top four ice-cream places (the best one rhymes with “Tom”). Finally, there's a conspicuously healthy recipe for zucchini with mint and scallions via the Slow Food haven Franny’s, in (where else?) Park Slope.

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Bloomberg Summers in Brooklyn

Bushwick: The group of students who were mass-arrested en route to a friend's wake will gather outside the police precinct here this afternoon to protest their treatment. [OnNYTurf] Downtown Brooklyn: The mayor's office moves in temporarily, and so do the police and barricades in Cadman Plaza. [McBrooklyn] Fort Greene: If you don't clean up your doggy doo around here, someone will kick you and your dog's ass. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: What happens to a dream deferred? Just ask new residents in the much-hyped Langston complex, where half-mil units are reportedly less than, uh, perfect. [Uptown Flavor] Maspeth: Rogue developer Tommy Huang of Queens, you were caught doing an illegal demolition again? Will you ever learn? [QueensCrap] Park Slope: The blogs are finally finding the courage to say they're sick of stories about Slope parenting culture. Ring dem bells! [Brownstoner and Gothamist] Upper East Side: The Second Avenue T line doesn't exist yet, but that won't stop Absolut from advertising like it does. [Yorkville Blog via Curbed]

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Five Guys and ‘Lovely Ladies’ Now Serving Burgers in Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights: Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries is open, staffed with “lovely ladies” and other employees responsible for an especially pleasant experience. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Fort Greene: Coffee plus muffins from Choice are available at new café Bidonville on Willoughby near Adelphi. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: The Bowery Hotel's Italian restaurant Gemma opened Friday night and, though similar, is “800 times classier“ than Morandi inside. [Eater] Soho: Moondance Diner has closed to make way for condos, but rather than be demolished, the building will travel to Pennsylvania and become an exhibit. [NY1] Park Slope: Revered pizza haven franny’s has started serving pasta; recent specials have been dappled with house-made sausages and zucchini and herbs. [Eat for Victory/VV] Tribeca: The Department of Health has tagged Gigino’s on Greenwich Street, though the Wagner Park location remains open. [Grub Street]

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Heatherette Classes Up Columbus Circle

Boerum Hill: Smell a rat around here? Gee, maybe it's that dead one that's been peeping out of someone's garbage can for several days. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: They were filming some dance movie on the High Line yesterday. Starring, uh, Craig. You know Craig, right? [BlogChelsea] Clinton Hill: Did someone around here really lose a "mangy looking" pigeon with "black bits"? (Ooh, what are those?) Or is this sign some kind of birdbrained bluff? [Clinton Hill Blog] Columbus Circle: It's the Heatherette statute of a sneaker we've all been waiting for. [Copyranter] Graniteville: Here on Staten Island, cops raided a home harboring 2,500 pounds of explosive materials. The owner was selling them over the Internet. [Staten Island Advance via Gothamist] Harlem: They'll be replenishing those wood chips in the dog run at St. Nick's Park tomorrow … and they need your help! [Harlem Fur] Park Slope: Grand Army Plaza could become safer, more serene, and more pedestrian-friendly. Really? [Brooklyn Paper]

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