Siberia Search: Westmoreland Now Considering Crown Heights
The search continues for a location that’s seedy enough to be called Siberia.By Daniel Maurer
The search continues for a location that’s seedy enough to be called Siberia.By Daniel Maurer
Jesus is waiting for followers in Sunset Park, lenders are waiting for Damon Dash in Tribeca, cute kitties are waiting for homes in Kingsbridge... and today’s boroughs report is waiting for you to click through!
If you were Lady Liberty, they'd pay $150,000 to see if it was safe for people to walk on your head. That's status! Plus news from Crown Heights, the LES, Clinton Hill, and Wash Heights, in the week's final boroughs report.
A pizza truce in Sunset Park, and more evidence to suggest Veselka's burger is serious, in today's neighborhood food news.
A better look at a bad burger and an insider tour of Flushing's Chinatown, in today's neighborhood food news.
But he's close to a deal in midtown.
The noisy rooster of Sunset Park, the apartment-phobic tenant of West 57th Street, the crumbling misogynist statue of Kew Gardens … and other true tales, in today's boroughs report.
Dutch Kills: Seems that by the time they finish zoning this swath of Long Island City against tall hotels, it'll already be chock-full of 'em Ground's been broken on too many to stop. [NYDN] East Harlem: In other critter news, this story about a poodle named Miss Bea — rescued from a closet after so much neglect that her matted, dirty coat became "like a tortoiseshell" — will probably make you cry, barf, or both. [NYDN] Hell's Kitchen: We must say, we remain fascinated with the charmingly boring blog of this HKer who posts such daily banalities as photos of his dishes in local eateries and accounts of his walks around town. [Hell's Kitchen NYC]
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Can't tell a hanging corner turret from a hanging corner bay from a tripartite bay? Read this post and you'll never walk illiterately through brownstone Bed-Stuy again. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Cobble Hill: Council member David Yassky didn't want a middle school going in a Dumbo apartment tower ('cause it could block views of the Brooklyn Bridge), but he might support selfsame school sharing space with the jail here on Atlantic Avenue. Way to put the kids first, Yaz. [Brooklyn Paper] East Village: The alley behind the new Avalon condo on 1st Street is supposed to become a boutique-filled "slice of the Left Bank," but right now it's just a dump. [Vanishing New York]
East Village: Do a piercing salon, tattoo parlor, and bong shop qualify as the "community facilities" a developer said he'd rent to in return for being allowed to build bigger than code here on St. Marks? Discuss. [Neither More Nor Less] Elmhurst: A skater boy rescued a newborn baby, umbilical cord intact, from a freezing Dumpster. Troubled young moms, New York law says it's okay to abandon babies … as long as you leave them somewhere safe and warm where they can be found! [Newsday] Flatbush: Locals here called in more noise complaints in the second half of 2007 than in any other Brooklyn hood. So does that make Flatbush the borough's noisiest hood or just full of its noisiest kvetchers? [Ditmas Park Blog via NYDN]
Dumbo: Admission to Taste of Spain at the Dumbo Arts Center from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight includes a wine tasting and tapas. [Dumbo NYC] Flatiron: Boqueria is throwing a "Cava fueled fiesta" for New Year’s Eve. [Snack] Prospect-Lefferts-Gardens: The empty space on the corner of Flatbush and Beekman will become a Subway, and one blogger isn’t so upset: "At first we were disappointed that a big chain was coming in, but … some Subways even have full blown salads." Nice! Just like McDonald’s. [Across the Park] Sunset Park: Sietsema may have had to crash a Chinese wedding to figure this out, but dim-sum go-to Pacificana is also good for dinner. [Eat for Victory/VV] West Village: Bar Blanc seems to be in soft-open mode. [Eater]
Astoria: “A lot of people in town are excited” about the 7-Eleven that just opened on 30th Avenue and 30th Street, so much so that the Slurpee machine may have broken from overuse. [Joey in Astoria] Clinton Hill: No more soft opening! Speakeasy from former Top Cheftestant Josie Malave opens tonight, and photos taken of the menu in the window reveal such inspired dishes as zucchini sticks and fettuccine with spinach and sun-dried tomato. [Clinton Hill Blog] Flatiron: Dévi reopens tonight, and the dinner menu will be 20 percent off through November 20. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Little Italy: Papabubble’s grand-opening party went well on Saturday; as you can see from these pics, the “walls were fully stocked with fresh candy, open jars with samples were everywhere, and … stateside Papabubble proprietors, even put on a little candy making show.” [Down by the Hipster] Lower East Side: Fat Baby and Spitzer’s Corner owners Rob and Will Shamlian seem well on their way to opening a rockabilly bar and restaurant at 133 Essex Street, minus a liquor license and a mechanical bull. [Eater] Sunset Park: Pepper and salt fish are tiny fish deep-fried in a batter that puffs up like funnel cake; they go well with abundant mini-shots of beer, and conveniently both are served at Ren Ren on Eighth Avenue every day until 3:30 a.m. [Eat for Victory/VV]
Dumbo: Will local megadeveloper hero-villain Dave Walentas really subject himself to a carnival-type dunk tank at an arts festival Thursday night? [DumboNYC] East Harlem: Mt. Sinai will offer free prostate-cancer screenings on Thursday. Says an official there: "Smart men get checked annually." But what do you call men who get checked more? [Uptown Flavor] Lower East Side: The city's looking to remove those Essex Street stalls selling things like religious figures and Uzbek haircuts. [Vanishing New York] Nolita: Dandies, fops, feys, and flaneurs are the hot new archetype here. Wilde! [Gridskipper] Prospect Lefferts: Why can't that annoying marching band practice on the other side of Prospect Park … you know, where Jennifer Connelly lives? [Across the Park] Roosevelt Island: If you take a daytrip to this loo-deprived isle, you better hold off on the bottled water or cross your legs real tight. [Roosevelt Islander] Sunset Park: Oh my God, you guys, could we really get a park alongside some of that desolate postindustrial waterfront here? That would be awesome. [Brownstoner]
Hell’s Kitchen: Kyotofu has planned a sake dinner for August 26 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. that features five types of sake, a tasting menu, and cocktails for $60. [Grub Street] Lower East Side: Moishe’s bakery at 504 Grand Street will soon serve wholesale products from recently closed-out kosher competitor Gertel’s. [Lost City] Spitzer’s Corner began its soft opening this weekend and was already chock-full of jolly drinkers. [Eater] Midtown West: BLT Market (from this week’s Openings) won’t be serving dinner until Thursday, but here’s a peek at the interior to sate any premature curiosity. [Restaurant Girl] Sunset Park: The taqueria Tacos 2004 draws legions of immigrants who come to twirl the waitresses across a teeny dance floor. [NYT] West Village: Next Monday at 7:30 p.m. winemaker Alain Rochard of the Languedoc will host a four-course dinner and wine-pairing at Provence restaurant. [Strong Buzz]
Battery Park City: Flurt frozen yogurt looks almost complete on South End Avenue. [Eater] East Village: Wannabistro 26 Seats has just changed owners, but for now the menu will remain the same. [Grub Street] Flatiron: The Gansevoort people plan to open another hotel on Park Avenue South somewhere in the Twenties. [Down by the Hipster] Midtown East: Gilt will close for the last two weeks in August, before chef Christopher Lee debuts the fall menu. [Grub Street] Sunset Park: Sunset Park locals fight to keep out Papa John’s pizza: “I feel like this is the neighborhood’s last stand,” says one pie protester. [NYT] Upper West Side : Aix brasserie will host a six-course wine dinner next Monday night showcasing rosé. [Grub Street]
Astoria: Tonight at the Beer Garden, it's Harry and the Potters. Get drunk with your fellow nerds! [Joey in Astoria] Downtown Brooklyn: New buyers into 110 Livingston will be relieved of common charges for six months if they can convince a bud to buy in the building, too. [Curbed] Harlem: Rumors are flying that rich, new white residents want the name of Marcus Garvey Park — longtime site of the Saturday-night African drumming circle — changed back to Mount Morris Park. [Amsterdam News via Harlem Fur] Kensington: Local watchdogs regret to inform you that the hood ain't got much crime, save the occasional Peeping Tom or delivery-boy mugging. [Kensington Blog] Northwest Bronx: When Bronx councilmember Joel Rivera didn't show up at a meeting to address restaurant workers' rights, the workers flooded his office with "menus" demanding he hear them. [WestBronxNews] Sunset Park: Construction is under way here on … no, not a new luxury condo, but an actual public high school, complete with bright yellow squares on it! [IMBY] Upper East Side: Old-timers oppose a bike lane on a stretch of 91st Street that's become an unofficial park over the years. Younger locals support it. [Streetsblog]
Astoria: More and more folks are discovering the quiet charms of Hallets Cove, the East River tributary just a short walk from Vernon Boulevard. [Waterwire via Joey in Astoria] City Hall: Ever wanted to know what the old City Hall subway station looked like? Prettier than most others. And that's why it's closed. [Gothamist] Clinton Hill: Looks like the raccoons that have been plaguing outer Queens are now encroaching on Kings County, too. At least they're not buying up all the brownstones. [Brooklynian] Dumbo: Avant-tots, rejoice! A bunch of "old German hippies" will design a super-cool playground for the southern end of the waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park. [The Brooklyn Paper] Inwood: The kids are climbing the walls at Intermediate School 52! Or is it just a really cool artist-student collaboration? [Wooster Collective via Razor Apple] Sunset Park: Locals force a stop-work order at 420 42nd Street, a site whose plans were "self-certified" by the twelve-story tower's architect. But will it last? [Brownstoner]