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Robert Moses's BQE Dream House

Brooklyn Heights: It was bound to come to this: Bar bocce is now cutthroat and competitive. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Central Park: The Claremont Riding Academy is closing because of a lack of business. The stable has been on the west side of the park since 1892. [NYP] Cobble Hill: Part of Mayor Bloomberg's long-term plan for the city calls for covering nine blocks of the BQE to create additional space for housing. [NYP] Dumbo: Artist Jane Walentas, wife of theatrically lampooned area megadeveloper David, wants to put her restored carousel in the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. [NY1 via DumboNYC] Fresh Meadows: Queens councilmember Tony Avella was among 75 who massed Saturday to protest a new building that violates just about every code in the book. [Queens Crap] Greenpoint: The line of demarcation between Greenpoint and Williamsburg is formed from waste. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: South Harlem will get its first veterinary clinic this summer on 112th and Frederick Douglass. [Harlem Fur] Prospect Heights: Demolition began at the Atlantic Yards site today, and so did the protests. [The Brooklyn Paper]

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Hipsters on a Rampage

Chinatown: In a fit of ironic violence or violent irony, a hipster mob (including, reportedly, Neckface) trashed an empty building slated for demolition. [Gawker via Curbed] East Village: A pane of glass crashed down from the Toll Brothers’ accident-prone condo project at 110 Third; an improvement over the last time, when it was an eight-ton crane. [Gothamist] Harlem: Locals with pups weighing between five and fifteen pounds are sought for a focus group by a resident aiming to build a better doggie carrier. [Harlem Fur] Prospect Heights: When Forest City Ratner starts tearing down buildings tomorrow for its Atlantic Yards project, it’ll be met by protesters. [DDDB] Red Hook: Time Out says this waterfront enclave "until recently wasn’t a neighborhood," faces the wrath of area longtimers. [Gowanus Lounge] Upper West Side: Look out, Critical Mass, here comes National Velvet! Yes, horses have invaded the West 90th Street bike lane. [Streetsblog]

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Downtown Graffiti Goes Commercial

Chelsea: Maritime partiers, take note: The Frying Pan, that "legendary party vessel," has moved from Pier 63 a few blocks north to 66. [Curbed] Downtown Brooklyn: City Council is in no rush to hold hearings about the future of the Duffield Street homes that may have been Underground Railroad stops. [The Daily Gotham via Gowanus Lounge] Dumbo: Local megadeveloper Thomas Arden is the subject of a new adaption of the 1739 play Arden of Feversham, now titled The Lamentable Tragedie of a Dumbo Real Estate Mogul. [The Real Deal] Greenpoint: Vice's online video channel will run a new exposé on the toxic sludge that lies beneath the ground here and in Williamsburg. [VBS.tv via A Brooklyn Life] Nolita: Seven graffiti artists are painting a fake subway car on Houston and Lafayette as guests of Adidas, much to anti-graffiti councilman Peter Vallone Jr.'s dismay. [Razor Apple and Newsday] Soho: Has the city's plan for a bike lane on Houston Street been quietly abandoned? [On NY Turf]

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Giant Chain Store Priced Out of East Village

Clinton Hill: Somebody lose a cat around Green and Washington? [Clinton Hill Blog] College Point: The area will be the site of a new, 30-acre state-of-the-art police academy that will replace the cramped, LBJ-era facility in Manhattan’s Gramercy district. [NYS] Dumbo: Bunnies get a bridge view at tomorrow’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Spring Fling Egg Hunt. Hop to it! Just don't mention Easter. [DumboNYC] East Village: The Barnes & Noble at Astor Place will close at the end of the year, making Manhattan too expensive even for giant chain stores. [NYP] Norwood: Jenny from the block … across town? J.Lo went home to the Bronx this week — just not the side of the borough she’s actually from. [Norwood News] Prospect Heights: The Atlantic Yards brouhaha has lent new oomph to the push to get the area, chock-full of Romanesque Revival architecture, landmarked. [Gothamist]

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Greenpoint DIY Just Got Easier

Astoria: Some days, it just smells like crap around here. [Astorians] Clinton Hill: Forgot your Seder supplies? Catholic St. Joseph's College is offering $1 Seders-in-a-box, with the necessary prayers and ritual items. Also good for Holy Thursday celebrations. Coming soon: kosher communion wafers. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: No matter how nice the design, Thor's proposed 40-story towers will look ridiculous on Coney Island. [Gowanus Lounge] Dumbo: It's up to you to decide what will happen to the Pearl Street Triangle. Or you can at least take a survey about it. [Dumbo Improvement District via Dumbo NYC] Greenpoint: It'll be easier than ever to make your own merch with the new Staples on Morgan and Meeker. [Racked] Prospect Heights: There are naked men jogging or roller-skating through the hood, apparently. Very seventies. [Daily Heights] Washington Heights: Drug agents bust an apartment cultivating 700 marijuana plants with stolen electricity. [WNBC via Gothamist]

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How Bad Is Your Post Office?

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Brooklyn Heights: Did Tim Robbins move in? There was a spotting on Henry Street. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Harlem: If your kids don't say "I Want!" to you enough, take them to the new toy store on 120th and Lex. [Harlem Fur] Kensington: After a YouTube clip of a Harvey Fierstein–voiced crazy going, well, postal at the notoriously dysfunctional P.O., some other dissatisfied customers chimed in. [Gowanus Lounge] Lower Manhattan: In a process akin to finally removing a tumor eating at New York City's soul, demolition of the 9/11-contaminated Deutsche Bank building finally begins. [Downtown Express] Prospect Heights: A dozen residents could lose their apartments to make way for one family's need for a five-bedroom house. [The Brooklyn Paper] Williamsburg: (Well, the Williamsburg Bridge, that is.) Fresh off this gushing Village Voice profile, street artist Deuce 7 drops a new stunner. [Razor Apple]

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Will Gramercy Succumb to High-Rise Condos?

Clinton Hill: Cops will respond to the recent spate of thefts and break-ins around here, but only if you actually report them. [Clinton Hill Blog] Gramercy Park: How long will it take for the abandoned buildings at 23rd Street and Second Avenue to go high-rise condo? [This Is What We Do Now] Prospect Heights: Ratner's Atlantic Yards project starts to become real as demos proceed within the project's footprint — save those lots whose owners have filed suit, that is. [Atlantic Yards Report] West Village: From top loin to Thom Browne? Yep, it looks like Barneys might be opening a new store in the meatpacking district's former home of Western Beef. [Curbed] Williamsburg: Government environmental honchos want City Councilman Tony Avella to know that everything is all right with that oil oozing out of the ground at North 11th and Roebling. How reassuring. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Prospect Heights Does More Than Just Hate Bruce Ratner

East Village: Beloved St. Brigid's Church has been spared the Catholic archdiocese's wrecking ball yet again — at least for a few more months. [The Villager] Fort Greene: The landlord at 20 Grand Avenue is trying to evict its creative-type tenants from the 60,000-square-foot, commercially zoned warehouse. [Brownstoner] Harlem: What's that weird plant hanging from the wall at the cute new florist shop on 123rd and Freddie Douglass? It's a staghorn fern, duh. [Harlem Fur] Prospect Heights: Opponents of the Atlantic Yards project flew into action last week … to help find an activist's black Lab, Lady Day, after she was dognapped. Is Ratner involved? [Brooklyn Paper] Upper West Side: If this condo tower gets built above West-Park Presbyterian Church, the poor folk inhabiting subsidized units will have to use a different entryway — and stay out of the gym. [NYS] Willets Point: The "Iron Triangle" of car-related businesses near Shea Stadium is up for redevelopment — but with no sewers in the area, what toxic goop lies beneath? [Curbed]

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The Partial Return of City Hall Park

Borough Park: Due largely to its prolific Orthodox Jewish community, this hood holds the city's record for most babies, pumping out an average of thirteen daily! [Fort Greene Courier via Brooklyn Record] Brooklyn Heights: Some beautiful old sgraffito façade work at 177-179 Columbia Heights will likely go unrestored due to prohibitive costs. Quel dommage. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] City Hall: After years of public pleading, City Hall Park will partially reopen in July. [Tribeca Trib via Curbed] East Village: Guess what's arrived at that longtime mystery lot bounded by Second, Third, 13th, and 14th? Drumroll, please: It's …a bank ad! Wow. [Curbed] Harlem: Would Langston Hughes have hung out at Starbucks? A new book finds that the uptown scene may be most compromised by the city's increasing "suburbanization." [City Limits via Uptown Flavor] Prospect Heights: A petition is circulating to spare the lovely 1911 Ward's Bakery building from Atlantic Yards–related demolition. [Gowanus Lounge]

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You, With the Pet Raccoon! Time for Your Rabies Shot

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Chelsea: When you buy into "the most coveted new address" in "New York City's most desired neighborhood," hot babes in fishnets await you on your couch. [Curbed] East Harlem: Were you one of the two white thirtysomethings wearing scrubs who brought that injured raccoon to the 110th Street animal shelter Tuesday? Well, you better call the Health Department, because that little mofo was rabid! [Flatbush Gardener] East Village: Complaints from upstairs neighbors have led to a ban on live music at Avenue B punk dive Manitoba's, owned by Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators [Brooklyn Vegan] Prospect Heights: Those long-sought financials for the Atlantic Yards project are finally out. Now just try to understand them. [Brownstoner] Sunnyside Gardens: Residents want to turn the pretty area into a landmarked historic district, but their state senator opposes the idea. [Queens Crap via Queens Gazette]* Sunset Park: A high-rise threatens to obscure the view of Lady Liberty from one of the highest points in Brooklyn … and residents are fuming about it. [NY1 via Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] *Correction: An earlier version of this story suggested that Sunnyside Garden residents opposed the area's historic designation while their state senator supported it. Also, the original item was found in the Queens Gazette, not the Queens Courier.

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There's Nothing Temporary About Twenty Years

Brooklyn Heights: At St. Francis College last night, they were hootin' down plans to finance Brooklyn Bridge Park with luxury condos, restaurants, and office space on the 70-acre site. [MetroNY] Harlem: You and poochie can make new friends this Saturday when you help move a big pile of wood chips at the soon-to-be-rehabbed St. Nicholas Park dog run. [Friends of St. Nicholas Park Blog via Harlem Fur] Lower Manhattan: Plans for Santiago Calatrava's much-hyped tower of "stackable" condo cubes for 80 South Street are reportedly "still alive." [City Realty via Curbed] Midtown East: For whatever reason, the Rite Aid in Grand Central is selling cereal for $1.79 a box. Even the kind that usually costs $6. Run, before the Cap'n Crunch is gone!. [This is What We Do Now] Prospect Heights: Those "temporary" parking lots planned for Atlantic Yards already aren't very popular. Could they actually last up to twenty years? [Brooklyn Speaks] Soho: In a refreshing change of paint, uh, pace, the latest street-art defacing comes not from the hardworking Splasher, but from … Katsu! [Gothamist via Razor Apple]

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Forest City Ratner Wants to Hear Your Complaints

Clinton Hill: Whoever thought that a bar-hopping query would be so charged with race and class drama? [Brooklynian] Clinton: Thanks to Renzo Piano's eco-swank Times tower, the legendarily scuzzy Port Authority district is now safe for top-line businesses. [Gothamist] Gowanus: Park Slopesters want the Whole Foods megastore coming to 3rd Street and Third Avenue to swap its planned rooftop parking deck for solar panels. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: A new luxury condo from architects Feder & Stia will soon cantilever boldly over the 116th Street mosque where Malcolm X once held court. [City Realty via Curbed] Nolita: Sure, the billboard on Houston and Lafayette is for a clothing line, but what if "Come as you are" was the new neighborhood tagline? [Copyranter] Prospect Heights: Come vent! Forest City Ratner, developer of Atlantic Yards, has opened a "community liaison" office. [Brooklyn Speaks via No Land Grab]

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Chickens Further Brooklyn Gentrification

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Battery Park: This funky glass carousel thingy could serve as a spot that links park visitors to the Coney Island aquarium via a ferry. [Kinetic Carnival] Clinton Hill: Why go to a food co-op or the farmers' market when you can raise chickens right behind your own brownstone? [Brownstoner] East Village: A first peek inside (and through the windows of) the Bowery Hotel, where rooms start (for now) at $245. [Hotel Chatter via Curbed] Gowanus: Oh, boy! It's the four-part lecture on the history of the canal we've all been waiting for. [Brooklyn Record] Morningside Heights: Columbia students use clever street art to strike back at their school's real-estate takeover of the area. [Gothamist] Prospect Heights: Have you met Sydney, Hudson, Jenny BiBabe, and Dakota on MySpace? They're the new condos that want to be friends with you. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Public Art Stops Traffic in Red Hook (For Half a Day)

Fort Greene: Happy birthday, Tillie's! The pioneering boho café on DeKalb is marking its tenth anniversary with a month of events showcasing Brooklyn-based music, arts, and writing. [Clinton Hill Blog] Harlem: Rumors are flying that the (refreshingly contextual) Gateway II condo project at 114th and Frederick Douglass may unravel, leaving early buyers in the lurch. [Wired New York via Curbed] Jamaica: The city's proposal to build up the Hillside Avenue commercial strip is causing a stir among local pols and residents. [Times Ledger via Queens Crap] Long Island City: If you come, they will build it: a better bike route over the 59th Street Bridge. The MTA wants your input on improved cycling in (and out) of Queens. [Astorians] Prospect Heights: When the Atlantic Yards–themed "Footprints" exhibition opens February 13 at the Brooklyn Public Library, one work — depicting Ratner's project as a giant looming toilet bowl — will not be on display. Censorship? [Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn via Brooklyn Record] Red Hook: At the dangerous intersection of Van Brunt and Dikeman en route to the Fairway, a mysterious "traffic-stopper" sculpture was removed last weekend almost as soon as it appeared. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Last Call at Northsix

Clinton Hill: Lots of abandoned homes up for sale—for first-time homebuyers, that is, not folks looking to trade their tiny co-op for a spacious fixer-upper. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: Developing Coney Island isn't "financially feasible" without high-rise housing on Stillwell Avenue, says Thor Equities. [Kinetic Carnival] Harlem: That empty lot at 1405 Fifth Avenue will soon be low- and middle-income housing. [What About the Plastic Animals?] Prospect Heights: Turns out there are still five privately owned acres smack in the path of Atlantic Yards. [Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Would expanding the historic district help prevent new development eyesores? [Across the Park] West Village: Which fashion label will grace the N.J. Turnpike–size billboard being affixed to the Gansevoort Hotel? [Curbed] Williamsburg: Catch the last show at Northsix before the space closes to magically transform into the Music Hall of Williamsburg. [FREEwilliamsburg]

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The Sky Is Not Falling (in Carroll Gardens, at Least)

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Who's this mysterious "Michael," whose handwritten notes left on doorsteps offer to pay for Brooklyn homes in cash? [Brownstoner] Carroll Gardens: Is the sky falling? Nah, it's just corrugated steel from a condo conversion crashing down near neighbors' windows. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: On the 23rd Street strip that once hosted New York's flagship Krispy Kreme, the newish Burgers & Cupcakes -- complete with giant, spinning cupcake -- draws mixed nabe reviews. [Chelsea.ClickYourBlock via BlogChelsea] Chelsea: Will landmark 1971 Knox Martin mural "Venus" be eclipsed by sleek new Jean Nouvel condo tower? [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Is Pratt planning to destroy these beautiful, boarded-up townhouses on Willoughby Street? [Clinton Hill Blog] Prospect Heights: With stakes raised by Sunday Times coverage, the backlash against the street art–defacing "Splasher" intensifies. [Englishman in New York] Red Hook: There are good places to eat in a nabe that's "not just for crackheads anymore." [Chow via Brooklyn Record]

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Chelsea Hotel Basement Gets Snobbier

Chelsea: Serena's out and Star Lounge is in underneath the Chelsea Hotel. Owner Charles Ferri promises a more "elitist crowd." Sounds fun! [NYP] Fort Greene: Liquors restaurant isn't reopening in the spring, or ever. [Clinton Hill Blog] Midtown East: On a date but haven't sealed the deal? Wow her with a late-night trip to the Empire State Building. [NewYorkology] Prospect Heights: Warm weather rouses mosquitoes. Do they spray for West Nile Virus in January? [Brooklynian via DailyHeights] Soho: Donald Trump will love the new Department of Sanitation garage on Spring Street and West Street. [Curbed] Williamsburg: The new, unnamed space on North 6th Street and Wythe will have a media lounge in the storefront and a performance space out back. [Brooklyn Record]

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Are the Writers Leaving Brooklyn?

The Bronx: It's about time for a Web video series about bodegas. [The Daily Reel via Gothamist] Carroll Gardens: Renaissance Pharmacy closed over the weekend, leaving you with few options that don't rhyme with CVS. [Brooklyn Record] Fort Greene: Take your Christmas tree to Fort Greene Park this week and go home with a bag of mulch. (BYO bag.) [Clinton Hill Blog] Gowanus: Wannabe scared off by a few toxic fumes. Bah! [Gowanus Lounge] Park Slope: The Rushkoffs are leaving? Will the Jonathans flee the neighborhood next? [A Girl Grows in Brooklyn via Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Prospect Heights: What's the best way to get home from JFK? It might just be the Air Train. [Brooklynian via Daily Heights]

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Act Like a Third-Grader in Prospect Heights, on UES

Long Island City: Use this photo map to see what the area looks like without actually having to ride the 7 Train. [LICNYC via Gothamist] Manhattan: Appeal to your inner agoraphobic in 2007 and observe the city with these 50 Webcams. [NewYorkology] Park Slope: We're the fourth-best eco-neighborhood in the country. Take that, Chicago. [Natural Home magazine via Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Prospect Heights: Brooklyn Heights can have bocce. After all, we have dioramas! [Brooklyn Record] Upper East Side: Prospect Heights isn't regressing far enough. We've upped the stakes with dodgeball. [Upper East Side Informer] Williamsburg: Celebrate the new year by falling into a sinkhole on North 11th Street. [Gowanus Lounge]

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Toxic Plume Gets Uppity, Moves to Park Slope

Brooklyn Heights: Within a year, there will be clear signage for the Brooklyn Bridge footpath. [Brooklyn Papers] Clinton Hill: Does actor Daniel London actually live here, or are we just spreading rumors? [Clinton Hill Blog] Fort Greene: Neighborhood caroling tonight! [Brooklyn Record] Gowanus: The toxic plume that started here is now gentrifying Park Slope. [Brooklyn Papers] Prospect Heights: Bruce Ratner is watching you with 29 CCTV cameras. [Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn]

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