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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]

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]

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]

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.

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]

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]

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!

By Arianne Cohen

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.

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]

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]

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

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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]