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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]

Ramen Rivalry About to Boil Over in the East Village?

Astoria: All pints of Lagunitas beer will be $4 tonight at Sunswick on 35th Avenue at 35th Street. The bar food is supposedly pretty good, too. [Joey in Astoria] Clinton Hill: Don’t get too excited over that fancy new organic market going up on Lexington Avenue near Grand Avenue; it’s part of a set for a Steve Martin flick. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Momofuku responds to Setagaya’s claims that its ramen is more authentic… [Eater] And the Tokyo-based chain has already lured crowds of diners — and impressed them. [Eat for Victory/VV] The Sunday Greenmarket now has a Hamptons-based fishmonger. [Gothamist] Harlem: Fishers of Men has expanded to 125th Street, and rather than oust Papaya King from the space, the seafood restaurant has opted to share it. [Uptown Flavor] McCarren Park: JellyNYC’s summer pool parties kicked off the series this weekend with dodgeball, Slip 'n Slide, Brooklyn Beer, and grilled grub (and we have video). [Down by the Hipster] Midwood: DiFara is once again up and running. [Slice] Park Slope: Union Market will bring its fresh produce to a long-empty storefront on Seventh Avenue, but there’s concern over nearby mom-and-pop grocers. [The Brooklyn Paper] Ridgewood: Butcher Karl Ehmer inspired such love of meat in a young girl that she now sells meat-inspired pillows to “hipsters, artists and Western Europeans.” [The Food Section]

Can Ethan Hawke Save the Chelsea Hotel?

Astoria: A month after its opening day, the Astoria Park Pool is still closed. [LICNYC] Chelsea: Hood heartthrob Ethan Hawke stopped by the Chelsea Hotel to tell the new managers he's watching them like a, well, hawk. [Living with Legends] Dumbo: Filming on the latest mind-bending Charlie Kaufman flick is taking place here. [DumboNYC] Flatbush: Finally see the faces behind all those snarky Brooklyn blogs … they were all here last night at café Vox Pop. [Flatbush Gardener] Long Island City: Gentrification has brought a bevy of laundromats to the area. Now where are all the damn cobblers? [LICNYC] Park Slope: Taggers don't take kindly to a new Prudential Douglas Elliman office. [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Park: Cars aren't supposed to be in the park after seven, but video surveillance by annoyed pedestrians catches violators. [StreetFilms via Gothamist]

Slopers to Ward Off Evil Spirits, Potential Friends

Coney Island: Turn your bike into a seahorse for this Saturday's 25th annual Mermaid Parade. [OnNYTurf] Downtown Brooklyn: Were those Duffield Street houses really part of the Underground Railroad? You've heard the debate … now watch the mini-documentary. [McBrooklyn] East Village: Peter Cooper Village touts itself as "eighty acres of tranquility," but skips the part about expensive rents and distance to a subway. [Copyranter] Kensington: An assisted-living center magically transformed itself into student housing. Pay $13,000 a year for a fancy dorm. [Courier via Kensington] Park Slope: You might want to go out on Saturday night. Your neighbors plan on making lots of noise on their stoops at 8:31 p.m. [Dope on the Slope] Rego Park: Loehmann's joins Century 21 as yet another coming-soon destination for bargain-rate fashions here. [The Real Deal via QueensCentral] Williamsburg: North 9th and 10th streets from Driggs to Roebling will sport a new development soon. But what will it look like? [Gowanus Lounge]

Insieme Just Misses; One Big Up and One ‘Eh’ for P*ONG

Insieme’s bid for a third star went about the same way as Anthos’: two stars from Platt, then two stars from Bruni. [NYT] Related: Italian, Old and New [NYM] Randall Lane gives five of Time Out New York’s six stars to P*ONG. It’s the first major review the place has gotten, and more than enough to make up for getting dissed by the Sun. [TONY] Paul Adams, in the Sun, finds Pichet Ong’s creations irritatingly twee and precious, except for the desserts upon which the chef’s reputation is built. Adams puts his finger on the problem: “The same creativity that in the earlier courses gives rise to confusing, unsatisfying combinations is more successful when the unifying power of sugar is involved.” [NYS]

Park Slope Kids Experiment With Spontaneous Play

Brooklyn Heights: The scaffolding at 185 Montague, up for years, is finally down, revealing a stunning Deco façade. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Highbridge: Cycling advocates want the graceful 1848 High Bridge, connecting the Bronx and Washington Heights, to be bike-friendly now that it's up for refurbishment. [Streetsblog] Lower Manhattan: The naked or undie-clad illustrated hotties once populating the Website for André Balazs' forthcoming Beaver House condo have disappeared. Perhaps under the orders of a new sales team? [Curbed] Park Slope: Parents loosen scheduling death grip and encourage kids to play pickup baseball. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Sunnyside: Signs pleading "no dumping your garbage here" are lavishly decorated. [Newyorkshitty] Williamsburg: Nearly a year after it was hastily erected, this Kent Avenue synagogue still doesn't have a proper façade … or a certificate of occupancy. [Brownstoner]

Treats Truck Will Grace the East Village With Its Presence Tomorrow

Astoria: GoWasabi at 29-11 Ditmars Boulevard will serve sushi with a side of live jazz tonight. [Joey in Astoria] East Village: The Treats Truck is bringing its freshly baked (in Red Hook) sandwich-cookies, brownies, and crispy confections to Bond Street at Lafayette on Saturday. [The Treats Truck] Are you extremely kind, and do you love the smell of offal in the morning? Prune is looking for someone really nice to be their next hostess. [Eat for Victory/VV] Hell’s Kitchen: Terrance Brennan’s Artisanal Premium Cheese Center is holding a tasting course on cheeses of the newly trendy Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, June 19. [Artisanal Premium Cheese Center] Midtown West: Curry craziness has died down at Go!Go!Curry, but should rev back up if Hideki Matsui (its namesake of sorts) hits a homer any time soon. [Gothamist] Park Slope: The newly opened Hotel Le Bleu will house a restaurant with views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty; it’s aptly named Vue. [NewYorkology]

Homeless Kittens Beautify Bushwick

Kitties!
Bushwick: Totally cute kitties (pictured) looking for a good home. [Newyorkshitty] East Village: If $1,250 sounds like a lot for this two-bedroom share, you'll spend less on clothes, because they're optional here. [Craigslist via Curbed] Flushing: Pale Male has outer-borough cousins … red-tailed hawks have taken up residence inside the 1964 World's Fair Unisphere. [Queens Chronicle] Harlem: Starbucks … it's not just on 125th Street anymore. Looks like that 145th St. branch will open Monday. [Uptown Flavor] Park Slope: A group called the Transformers came all the way from Wisconsin to help fix the Old First Church. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Williamsburg: The development going up on the site of the old Roebling Oil Field will have something special … a pump that separates water from the oil that's trapped underground. [Gowanus Lounge]

Cyclists Threaten Double-Parking Rights

Astoria: Get your towels ready. Astoria Pool opens June 29. [LICNYC] Clinton Hill: The fast-growing Brooklyn Waldorf School will move here from Fort Greene. [Brownstoner] Park Slope: Not one but two chickens have been spotted running around Prospect Park like, uh, yuppies with their heads cut off. [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: With the new bike lane on Lincoln Road, it will be that much harder to double-park. [Across the Park] Upper East Side: A six-ton boring machine has been lowered into the 63rd Street tunnel to link Grand Central Station with the Long Island Railroad. [Gothamist] West Village: Verizon confuses advertising with drug propaganda. [Copyranter]

City Encourages Park Slope’s Superiority Complex

Clinton Hill: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are shooting here this week. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Police copters and even a Second Avenue shutdown failed to find the person who was violently throwing tableware from his window last night. [Gothamist] Greenpoint: Here, even the statues of local notables are crappy. [Newyorkshitty] Middle Village: Four ball fields were closed down yesterday for a sparsely attended fair in this Queens park. At least Councilmember Melinda Katz sang (as she often does). [Queens Crap] Park Slope: Another thing to feel superior about: recycling more than any other neighborhood in the city. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Upper East Side: A street fair on Second Ave. yesterday did have the tube socks, but it also had some excellent accessories. [Upper East Side]

Oh, John-John

JFK Jr. had sex with escorts and men, but never with Madonna, according to a new book. Another new book reveals that people throw up a lot at Per Se and that the name on Frank Bruni's credit card is Dirk McKenzie. Al Pacino spits a lot when he acts. A new novel by Megan McCafferty unflatteringly depicts Park Slope moms as, well, Park Slope moms. Cynthia Nixon was concerned that the Tonys were up against not just The Sopranos but also the Puerto Rican Day parade. House-shopping Conan O'Brien was kicked out of a prospective home.

Nothing Says ‘Small-Town Feel’ Like Community Toilets

The Bronx: Car-free Sundays return to the Grand Concourse. [Streetsblog] Clinton Hill: Hollenback Garden invites all the neighbors to soil the soil, but wait until the composting toilet is built on Saturday. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: One Ten 3rd is still not ready for human occupancy, but for now it's populated by a bunch of Sub-Zero refrigerators. [Curbed] Jackson Heights: The normally private gardens here are open to the rest of us schlubs for the weekend. [OuterB] Kensington: Virgin doesn't even bother giving this underrated neighborhood its own ad. They just get a generic "Brooklyn" one. [Kensington Blog] Park Slope: Anyone want to buy Seventh Avenue Books? It's "priced to sell." [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]

Brooklyn Heights About to Get a Candlelit Pizzeria

Brooklyn Heights: Oven, an “all candlelit, 150-label-wine-list pizza joint,” will soon open. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Flatiron: Hill Country barbecue does a preview, and Jason Perlow is there to document it in high-res detail. [Off the Broiler] Flushing: A Fan Ti is doing amazing things with lamb. [Gothamist] Long Island City: Water Taxi Beach to throw a “vegan extravaganza” on Saturday. [Joey in Astoria] Lower East Side: Herring season has arrived at Russ & Daughters. [VV] Park Slope: Rose Water chef Ethan Kostbar to leave in a few weeks. [NYT]

Brits Complain About How Expensive New York Is

Battery Park City: Move over, David Rockwell and your high-tech playground, there's another kid in the sandbox. Frank Gehry's now designing a $4 million kiddiespace for the Battery. [Gothamist] Chelsea: The London Times complains about how much it costs to call London from New York ($35 for five minutes from the Chelsea Hotel). But doesn't everyone just use cell phones? [London Times via Living with Legends] Hell's Kitchen: Locals meet tonight to formulate their official suggestions for desnarling congestion on Ninth Avenue near the Lincoln Tunnel. Good luck to them. [Streetsblog] Park Slope: Enrique Norten will follow Richard Meier as the next starchitect in the area, designing a swank condo on Garfield Place, complete with English garden. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brownstoner] Willets Point: Wi-Fi at Shea Stadium? Not so much. [East Village Idiot] Williamsburg: Sweet! Get inside the Domino Sugar factory. [BlueJake]

Öko Enters the Yogurt Wars Armed With Green Power

In the heat of the current gelato-and-frozen-yogurt wars, you might not think there was room for another major frozen-dessert concept. But while Grom, Pinkberry, Yolato, and the rest compete in Manhattan, Öko, a greener-than-green business serving two flavors of Greek-style frozen yogurt in a store in which nearly everything is biodegradable, has tailored itself for Park Slope. The walls and counter are made of compressed sunflower seeds; the spoons and straws, from potato starch. Even the plates, though seemingly made of transparent plastic, are actually composed of processed corn. The toppings are also all-natural, mostly fruit — blackberries, mango, kiwi pieces, and the like — along with dry toppings like shaved coconut, sliced almonds, dark-chocolate chips, and dried Turkish apricots. “This is just our first store,” general manager Mateo Braghieri tells us. “We want to open more.” Because, you know, there aren’t enough high-powered frozen-yogurt chains around. Related: An Interactive Tour of the Country’s Greenest Food Business

Closing of East Village Pork Store Causes Polish Homemaker to Clutch Bosom

Dumbo: Not only will cookbook author and multiple James Beard Award winner Rozanne Gold be a guest host at Tuesday night’s food benefit for the American Cancer Society, there’ll also be lots of New York brews. [American Cancer Society] East Village: Fifty-year-old Kurowycky Meat Products Inc., known for its sausages and internal smokehouse, closes, and a Polish homemaker, dismayed, clutches her bosom. [NYT] Midtown West: Appreciating modern art just got easier: MoMA’s got a brand-new (seasonal) bar. [NewYorkology] Park Slope: Store owner harassed for putting the word “arena” in the name of his new bagel shop, as suggested by his teenage children. [NYT] Red Hook: 360 should reopen structurally upgraded, but mostly unchanged, though even the owner’s not sure when. [VV]

Park Slope Gets Its Own Pastry-Chef Spinoff

Now that star pastry chefs are spinning off their own restaurants (Sam Mason at Tailor, Pichet Ong at P*Ong), it’s high time that some of the less famous names have the chance to do the same on a smaller scale. Hence Emily Isaac’s journey from being the pastry chef at Union Square Cafe to her new place behind the counter of her own bake shop in Park Slope. Trois Pommes Patisserie, which Rob and Robin include in this week’s Openings, has twelve seats and an open kitchen where Isaacs cooks up “greenmarket-inspired fruit pies and ice cream,” not to mention a wide selection of other pastries. The iced coffee is pretty good too. Restaurant Openings: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Lola, Le Barricou, and Trois Pommes Patisserie [NYM]

Brighton Beach Restaurant Manager Fights Thief, and Loses

Brighton Beach: Manager of Little Odessa restaurant Tatiana wrestled a thief with gun, but the intruder got away with holiday-weekend earnings of $100,000 after brandishing a knife. [NYDN] Chelsea: There’s speculation that Little Seoul has closed, but it sounds like the restaurant just took a long weekend. [Blog Chelsea] Greenwich Village: Hopes that Cedar Tavern would return from the condo-development grave seem dashed, though neighbors don't seem too disappointed. [Gothamist] Park Slope: Bierkraft’s free “Bizarro” beer tasting at 7 p.m. tonight includes cheese pairings. [Brooklyn Record] Prospect-Lefferts-Gardens: Met Foods open! [Across the Park]

Enjoy Increased Public Space, for a Limited Time

Bay Ridge: A construction dispute between two neighbors has escalated into an outer-borough version of the Hatfields and McCoys. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Carroll Gardens: Get ready for an eight-story building on Smith Street and 2nd Place. [Curbed] Dumbo: The gritty Pearl Street Triangle will become a charming, Pratt Institute–conceived public plaza … for the summer at least. [Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Courier via Streetsblog] Greenpoint: It takes more than generic Pine-Sol to make this place smell good. [Newyorkshitty] Long Island City: A branch of Dumbo-based Recycle a Bicycle has come to 5th Street, and locals approve. [LICNYC] Park Slope: Movie-shooting season makes parking even scarcer. [Gowanus Lounge] Stuyvesant Town: The true mark of a city cyclist is getting "doored" for the first time. [Tommy Lane's Web Log]

Upper East Side Now Open to Looters

Bedford-Stuyvesant: You can only wonder what owners of sober-faced neighboring brownstones think of this Santa Claus acid trip on Pulaski. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Dumbo: Now open for viewing, the meticulously restored antique carousel of Jane Walentas, wife of area hero-villain developer Dave. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Every neighborhood should have its own billy goat. [Gowanus Lounge] Park Slope: Visitors want to ensure that any new plan for a green redo of Prospect Park's Wollman Rink has plenty of parking. [Streetsblog] Upper East Side: Attention scavengers: Make an appointment to troll through an uptown mansion next week for some pre-gutting cash-and-carry. [Brownstoner] Williamsburg: In the bocce off-season, take up ping-pong. [Brooklyn Record]