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Weather Up Brings Petraske's Presbyterians to Prospect Heights

Weather Up
After a few weeks of preopening buzz, Weather Up has opened and owner Kathryn Weatherup (as you’ll recall, an original partner in East Side Company) tells us that by the end of the week there will be eleven classic cocktails on the menu (including an old-fashioned, a Brooklyn, a Florida daiquiri, a Presbyterian, a honeysuckle, a Sazerac, an aviator, and a bee's knees) plus a weekly pick from bartenders Eliza Rose (formerly of Veritas) and James Arnold, who were trained by Milk and Honey’s Sasha Petraske. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 7 p.m. till 3 a.m. Will this reliquary get mobbed as quickly as the Hotel Delmano did? For anyone planning to go there, we hope not. Weather Up, 589 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. Dean St., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; no phone yet. Earlier: Prospect Heights Cocktail Den Promises Back Garden, Oysters

The Army Occupies East 103rd Street; Residents Displeased

East Harlem: There's outrage over a new Army recruiting center on East 103rd Street, on the heels of Army promo teams here this summer that included gals in camo midriffs and short shorts. [NY Latino Journal] Jackson Heights: Starbucks is here! Gentrification officially begins! [Curbed] Northwest Bronx: So many parks are being repaired here that there's no place for the massive youth baseball league to play this spring! [Norwood News]

‘Queen of Delancey Street’ Killed in Accident

Dumbo: From the offices of "legendary" Brooklyn Paper editor (and self-encourager) Gersh Kuntzman comes news that he's auctioning off his ankle cast, signed by (self-encouraging) beep Marty Markowitz, with proceeds going to Markowitz's Camp Brooklyn. The bid's up to $41! [eBay] Jamaica: Sure, Jamaica Center may look a bit rough, but you can still haggle over prices here, and find great real-estate deals posted to trees! [Queens Crap] Lower East Side: RIP to Josephine LaPlaca, the 83-year-old "Queen of Delancey Street," who was struck dead by a car Wednesday night at the dangerous intersection of Delancey and Allen. [Gothamist]

Prospect Heights Cocktail Den Promises Back Garden, Oysters

Weather Up, the new cocktail bar in Prospect Heights, should open in a couple of weeks, says owner Kathryn Weatherup, an original investor in East Side Company Bar. Weather Up's partner Matthew Maddy, who cut his teeth with a design firm that worked on the Box and Stanton Social, is turning a former storefront church (Google street view, above) into a “jewel box” of sorts by installing an old mahogany bar with a custom-made brass bar top, a tiled vaulted ceiling, stainless-steel and onyx light fixtures, and banquettes of buffalo-skin leather. Add to all that a back garden and you have a drinks temple fit for barkeeps trained by Sasha Petraske. There will be oysters and cheese plates, but obviously the thing that’ll drive people here are the classic cocktails, with the menu changing every couple of months. Soundtrack: jazz, blues, and local cocktailians smacking their lips. Weather Up, 589 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. Dean St., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; no phone yet.

Battle Over Randalls Island Playing Fields Wages On

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Here's an arty do-it-yourself interpretation of the glassy standard bus shelter that's taking over the city. No surprise this is for the bus that goes to Williamsburg, where all those arty DIY kids live! [Bed-Stuy Banana] East Harlem: Locals are still waging a legal battle against the city's plan to take $52 million over twenty years from top private schools like Dalton and Spence in exchange for the schools' use of most of the Randalls Island athletic fields during peak after-school hours. [Newsday] Forest Hills: Sure, that mini-mall on Austin Street is pretty hideous-looking, but it still has a Thai restaurant, a Greek restaurant, a creperie, a skater shop, and a comic-book emporium, so let's stop complaining about its ugliness and count our blessings! [Queens Central]

The Bike Shelters Are Closing In

Bushwick: Recently, a bunch of so-called freegans built a mountain of thrown-out breadstuffs here to protest food waste. Yum. [WildGreenYonder] Long Island City: The long-anticipated bike racks with sleek shelters have arrived, absolutely essential for … uh … not burning your butt on a sun-soaked banana seat? [Curbed] Lower East Side: The Streit family wanted $25 mil for their Rivington Street matzo factory (which'll likely go condo), but it looks like they may get more. That's a fact we'll leave unleavened by humor. [Vanishing New York]

Ditmas Park Manse Finds a Fixer to Up It

Ditmas Park: Remember that beautiful, dilapidated mansion on the market for $1.75 mil that New York featured a while back? It just sold for $1.55 mil. Happy fix-up, somebody. [Ditmas Park Blog] East Village: Gentrification haters have two fun protests tonight — one of the imminent Cooper Square Hotel, another of a local shoot for SATC ripoff Lipstick Jungle. [Vanishing New York] Greenpoint: Chuck, fuck, but definitely not marry. That's how Miss Heather feels about the daily papers that rip stories off from her posts (like last week's one about sneakers hanging from phone lines) without crediting her blog. Girl, you gotta change that scatological blog title … yeah, even for the gutter mouth Post! [Newyorkshitty]

Children Banned From Hotel Chelsea Lobby

Chelsea: Children have been banned from the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, reportedly because a rude kiddie called a maid a bitch. [Living with Legends] Flushing: Angry residents have stopped the LIRR from cutting down trees along the rail line, which they did to keep wet, slip-slidey leaves off the tracks. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Greenpoint: It's getting ugly between outspoken hood blogger Miss Heather and commenters who appear to be linked to 110 Green Street, the noisy condo-in-progress that Miss H. and other locals hate. [Newyorkshitty] Gowanus: Brooklyn parrots have landed in Thomas Greene Park — and they're so cute! (Though the linked photo, while of a Brooklyn parrot, wasn't taken in Gowanus. Aw.) [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Heights: Locals cleaned up the hood this weekend while socking it to Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner. [Atlantic Yards Report] Times Square: Thankfully, there's plenty of places on Seventh Avenue where you can buy computers, cameras, luggage and … galerie? What's galerie? [East Village Idiot] Upper West Side: The line outside the Delacorte for tickets to tonight's free 40th-anniversary staging of Hair is out of control! [Newyorkology]

Social Unrest on G Platform

Greenpoint: Long waits for the G train are breeding angry calls for socialized medicine. Plus, who impaled these poor tomatoes? [Newyorkshitty] Downtown Brooklyn: A bunch of Morgan Stanley employees were caught on camera cornholing in Cadman Plaza Park yesterday. [McBrooklyn] Dumbo: Yep, Dave Walentas — and a few other big local developers — went down in the dunk tank last night at a fund-raiser to preserve the hood's brick streets. [Brownstoner] Harlem: Columbia has bought a site to build new homes for people its expansion will displace, but the folks in question weren't consulted beforehand. [Columbia Spectator] Prospect Heights: The hood may get landmark status, which some locals hope will protect against the ripple effects of the massive ongoing Atlantic Yards development. [Atlantic Yards Report] Washington Heights: Police broke up a coke ring run out of a deli. God, imagine snorting blow with a slice of rolled-up salami… [NYS] Williamsburg: The city wants to kick out La Marqueta's food vendors to make room for affordable housing, but locals doubt they'll benefit from the new units. [amNY]

Trying to Get to Know Your East Village Neighbors? Don't.

Carroll Gardens: Fussy organic types will be delighted to hear that a McDonald's may be coming to Court Street. Meanwhile, the Blessed Mother visited controversial development site 360 Smith Street. [Curbed and Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: They don't appreciate being serenaded beneath their windows with a guitar at 1 a.m. around here. Funny, that. [11222] East Village: It's sweet when people move here from Virginia and invite their neighbors in for cookies. They'll learn. [East Village Idiot] Harlem: Less-than-accurate tour-bus guides are dissing the hood right into their megaphones … even while they plug the H&M there. [NYP] Prospect Heights: Who is scamming area yard-salers by asking them to break his fake $20 bills? And just when this nabe was getting hot. Tsk, tsk. [DailyHeights] Roosevelt Island: The winged progeny of Central Park West celebuhawk Pale Male may be roosting here. Talk about generational downward mobility. [Roosevelt Islander]

Buttoned-Up Gowanus? Now That's a Theoretical Rendering.

Bushwick: Hoo-boy. We're worried that this very outspoken gentrifying gay blogger — "The Ghetto Gauntlet"? "Shitbag bodegas"? — is cruising for a serious, Bushwick-style bruising. [Bushwick] Gowanus: Only more shocking than this rendering of a massive glass tower planned for Third Avenue and 6th Street is its imagining that, in the near future, people in this skanky/hip hood will be wearing suits and ties. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: A very angry-sounding Katrina two-year-anniversary rally is planned for 125th Street this afternoon. [Uptown Flavor] Meatpacking District: How could we have missed that the spike-heeled Carrie Bradtrons who've overrun the meatpacking district have their very own blogger? (And we love that she thinks area designer Thom Browne might be straight. Come on, girl. The guy wears short shorts.) [Stilettos on Cobblestones] Prospect Heights: In a nice match, newcomers here sound about as unpretentiously boring and nondescript as the neighborhood itself. [Daily Heights] Tribeca: Area landlords are saving on exterminator dollars by recommending that their tenants let loose "Gecos" [sic] on insect invaders. As in the salamander-type creature that's the car-insurance mascot. Yes, it's come to that. [Curbed] Willets Point: Did the city encourage blight in the decrepit Iron Triangle area of the Bronx in order to evoke eminent domain and gentrify it? One columnist thinks so. [NYO via OuterB]

Thor Struck Down on the LES; Bruni Rides the Bull in Midtown West?

Clinton Hill: Recent openings: Manee Thai from the owners of Myrtle Thai and Nuevo Latino spot Tamboril. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: The world’s largest “lollypop” has been installed by an artist to commemorate Philip’s Candy (1930–2001). [Kinetic Carnival] Long Island City: LIC Bar at 45-58 Vernon Boulevard is hosting a BBQ and free concert with local bands this Sunday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. [Joey in Astoria] Lower East Side: Thor gets gutted with no warning. [Eater] Midtown West: Frank Bruni contemplated riding the bull at Johnny Utah’s. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Prospect Heights: Rye with fresh blackberries, mint, and ginger beer, and gin with peaches and homemade thyme syrup are among cocktails available at Flatbush Farm Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. during a farmer’s-market tasting event. [A Brooklyn Life]

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]

Free Tequila in Tribeca Tonight

Astoria: The Greek Orthodox feast of St. Irene Chrysovalantou began on Thursday but will continue through the weekend with celebrations and copious amounts of street food. [Joey in Astoria] Harlem: House of Seafood may be the next victim of “adverse possession,” by which small business are being pushed out by property managers to make way for gentrification. [Amsterdam News via Uptown Flavor] Meatpacking District: 4foodies, an online community site, is launching with a dinner Tuesday at 5 Ninth that includes a meet-and-greet with the chef. [4Foodies] Midtown East: The new Pret a Manger on Madison between 48th and 49th Streets is giving away a limited supply of free prepackaged lunches today to promote Monday’s official opening. [Grub Street] Sherry-Lehmann wine store is orchestrating a move from its longtime home at 679 Madison Avenue to Park and 59th; the plywood covering the construction is a fabulous shade of plum. [Lost City] Prospect Heights: Vanderbilt Avenue now boasts an old-fashioned ice-cream shop, the Old Brooklyn Parlor, that offers contemporary flavors like ginger crème brûlée. [Eat for Victory/ VV] Tribeca: Tonight at Brandy Library from 6 to 8 p.m., David Suro hosts a free tasting of Tequilas Siembra Azul. [Brandy Library] Upper East Side: Multiple local bars are registered for BuyYourFriendADrink.com, a service that allows you to purchase drinks and bar tabs in advance online. [Upper East Side Informer] Williamsburg: A new Pinkberry clone joins the fro-yo fray on Driggs Avenue near North 9th Street with a mango lassi flavor standing in for green tea. [Eater]

Hookers Don't Bow to Brooklyn Gentrification

Boerum Hill: OMG, there are still hookers here? It seems so, but new euphemisms from the yups include "sex care workers." We love that. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: A bank may occupy one of the first-floor biz units of the Chelsea Hotel, under new corporate management. What's next? The eviction of the age-old Dan's Chelsea Guitars store? [Living with Legends] Coney Island: Will the kiddie rides in Wonder Wheel Park be next to go? [Gowanus Lounge] Cypress Hills: The criminals-posing-as-cops vogue spread to this sketchy Brooklyn hood, where five thugs faking an NYPD drug bust tied up folks and picked their apartment clean. [Gothamist] East Village: Even in a holiday week with barely any passengers, the L train will still screw you. [East Village Idiot] Greenpoint: Word drifts back our way that an area bookseller was hurt that we tittered over her announcing an "adults only" Harry Potter party. Didn't she kind of set herself up for that? [Newyorkshitty] Prospect Heights: Residents are still waiting for that Atlantic Yards ombudsman who was promised to the community two months ago. [Atlantic Yards Report]

Splasher Sighting at Dumbo Gallery?

Carroll Gardens: With little legal recourse at this point, desperate locals are circulating this petition demanding that out-of-scale development stop at once. [Gowanus Lounge] Dumbo: Was the duo trying to set off a stink bomb at an art opening last night actually the Splasher, or is that too obvious? [Gothamist] Financial District: Has a little Greek church been bribed into not squawking that the forthcoming Chase tower's cantilevered middle will block all its light? [Curbed] Harlem: So it looks like Trump won't be building at 110th and Central Park West after all … "for now," that is. [NYO] Prospect Heights: A man slept this week in the window of a Dean Street art gallery to make a statement about the controversial Atlantic Yards project soon to happen across the street. [Brooklyn Paper] West Village: As though its chattering, chain-smoking 12-steppers don't make enough ruckus out on the sidewalk, the gay community center on West 13th will enjoy a $50-million expansion. [365gay via Kenneth in the 212]

Scary Alpha Girls Terrorize Prospect Heights

Bayside: No one's angered residents of this pricey enclave more than violation-collecting developer Tommy Huang. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Brooklyn: It's the third annual Tour de Brooklyn on Sunday; register to bike through Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Kensington. [Streetsblog] Chelsea: What's more disturbing about this poster ad of hot torsos — its antigay graffiti or that the torsos lack navels? [Towleroad] Dumbo: Beware of attack dogs, poison, and deflated balloons if you're thinking of living in the new luxury Bridgeview Towers. [McBrooklyn] East Village: Will Cabrini Stuyvesant Polyclinic become an eatery, a dormitory, or a condo? Only developer Herbert Hirsch knows … and he ain't sayin'. [Villager via Curbed] Greenpoint: How can you protest this grocer's $1.75 ATM fee when you get to watch a Bruce Lee clip while you wait for your money? [Newyorkshitty] Prospect Heights: Set It Off meets the Bratz gang in this chilling tale of local marauding female tweens. [The Brooklyn Paper] Rego Park: A developer says his new $550 million residential-retail complex will be an "architectural landmark." How scared should we be? [Queens Times Ledger via OuterB] Williamsburg: Preservation-minded hipsters (and the bands they listen to) will rally Sunday to save the Domino Sugar factory. [Waterfront Preservation Alliance via Newyorkshitty]

Secret Art Pops Up in Dumbo

Brooklyn Heights: The elevators at the Clark Street subway stop have broken down 400 times over the past two years, trapping riders inside more than twenty times. [NYS] Clinton Hill: There's a vacant lot for sale on Greene and Grand. Please don't do something awful with it. [Clinton Hill Blog Downtown Brooklyn: Dumbo realty mogul David Walentas's new condos at the old McKim, Meade & White–designed 110 Livingston are 85 percent sold. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: French artist Space Invader has managed to slip at least two of his mosaics on the Brooklyn Bridge and elsewhere. [Dumbo NYC] Lower East Side: What you missed at the East Side Bike Polo invitational over the weekend. [Razor Apple] Nolita: For a little while longer at 11 Spring Street, you can still see the art on the interior walls. [Just Another White Guy via Curbed] Prospect Heights: According to this breakdown, parts of the Atlantic Yards project will not be fully built until today's newborns are already in college. [Atlantic Yards Report]

When Demolished Buildings Attack

Dumbo: Neighborhood maps distributed by Two Trees Management show 77 retail outlets, up from a paltry 23 in 2002. [Brooklyn Eagle via Dumbo NYC] Long Island City: The New York Blood Center's got swank new digs here, but at least one local would prefer a real hospital. [Queens Chronicle] Park Slope: The Department of Transportation is considering a new traffic safety plan for 9th Street, but residents and cyclists are clashing over it. [Streetsblog] Prospect Heights: After the Atlantic Yards demolition caused debris to rain down on Pacific Street, local politicians want construction to halt. [The Brooklyn Paper] Tribeca: Miffed residents want to know why plans for a massive sanitation garage were moved from the West Thirties to their area, within a stone's throw of new luxury housing. [The Villager] West Village: Folks are massing against megadeveloper Related's bid to turn sleepy Pier 40 into an entertainment complex they jeeringly call "Vegas on the Hudson." [NYS]