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Washington Heights

  1. thank you for being a friend
    The New Golden Girls Café Is a Love Letter to Rue McClanahanRue La Rue in Washington Heights manages to appeal to lovers of both comfort food and sitcom nostalgia.
  2. Closings
    Another Classic Dive Closes: Reynold’s Cafe Is GoneAfter 50 years.
  3. school daze
    Washington Heights School’s Bathrooms Are BadThat might not even be the worst part of this story.
  4. Teen Girls Went on a Monday Morning Mugging SpreeOne hour, four victims. 
  5. Man Fatally Struck by Amtrak Train in Washington HeightsHe was reportedly walking his bike near the tracks.
  6. Wild Horses
    New Restaurant’s Logo Looks an Awful Lot Like Ferrari’sMaranello Restaurant & Lounge opens in Washington Heights tonight.
  7. More Motorcycle Madness Caught on Video in Washington Heights [Update]Madcap mayhem.
  8. Sidewalk Garbage Can Is Not the Best Place to Dispose of a Taxidermied Deer It’s creepy.
  9. Sad ‘Baby Hope’ Mystery Finally Solved [Updated]A cousin was arrested for the 1991 murder of the 4-year-old girl.
  10. Video: Hero Saves Man From Burning ApartmentThis is intense. 
  11. Washington Heights Abduction Caught on TapeA portion of the Washington Heights incident was captured by a surveillance camera.
  12. Washington Heights Man Stabs Neighbors, SelfChristian Falero attacked anyone unlucky enough to answer their door.
  13. Closings
    Chicken Bits: KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) Celebrates While CFC (Caporal FriedGood news and bad news in the fried-chicken world.
  14. Crime Scenes
    Mofongo Murder?A knife fight turned deadly in Washington Heights.
  15. Blechtacular
    Eaten Anything Gross Lately?Had any downright awful meals lately? Please do tell!
  16. Closings
    Another Papaya Dog Goes to HeavenAnother Papaya King knockoff has bit the dust.
  17. Openings
    Beauty Bar in Brooklyn, and Fourteen Other New Places to DrinkWhat’s new and notable in nightlife.
  18. neighborhood news
    Washington Heights Vetoes Parking Permits for TeachersSays current levels of choking car exhaust are satisfactory.
  19. I.M. Pei to Appear in ChinatownThe reclusive architect will show up at the reopening of the Museum of Chinese in America, the ‘pop-up park’ gets another month in Brooklyn Heights, and a pretty new footpath uptown on the High Bridge doesn’t mean you still can’t find drugs in the park! All in today’s boroughs report.
  20. In Greenpoint, the Rainbow Is Somewhere Under an Oil SlickIf 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.
  21. Now Brooklyn Heights Is Climbing Aboard the Ikea Whine WagonThe Wonder Wheel is 88! On 8/8/08! Whee! Climb aboard the daily boroughs report and drink in the view!
  22. Openings
    Modern-Day El Morocco Brings Zebra Print to Hamilton HeightsMany have tried to replicate the legendary El Morocco nightclub but few have actually taken the name. That’ll change when El Morocco opens with a VIP party.
  23. The New York Diet
    Writer-Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda Tells Where to Go In the HeightsThe writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda didn’t actually grow up in Washington Heights, the milieu of his Broadway smash, In the Heights. But that means his favorite neighborhood hangs range beyond just upper Manhattan.
  24. Mediavore
    Danny Meyer in Harlem; El Morocco in Washington HeightsDanny Meyer might open a café in Harlem, what Grant Achatz did when he was diagnosed with tongue cancer, and a new incarnation of the legendary El Morocco.
  25. Mediavore
    Smoothies at Starbucks; Searching for New SandwichesStarbucks will introduce “smoothie-like” drinks this summer, the ‘Times’ sets out to find the next great New York sandwich, and a former Frank Sinatra hangout will reopen in Hell’s Kitchen come June.
  26. Rising Rents Aren’t the Only Things You’ll Have to Swallow in Coney IslandThey’re downing coat hangers in Coney, resenting the gentry in Fort Greene, and freezing the teardowns in Prospect Heights. That and more in our daily borough news report.
  27. Brooklyn Bridge Park May Be Bad for the FishesBrooklyn Heights: In addition to being way over budget, long-planned Brooklyn Bridge Park may damage marine life with its expected rowing and kayaking facilities, says state enviro-honchos. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: Work has been stopped on “car-chitect” (he-he) Annabelle Selldorf’s much-hyped condo tower that allows folks to take their car right up to their own sky-high garages. “The pillars forming the exterior walls are misaligned,” says a city buildings-department flack. “This could be characterized as a structural deficiency.” Gee, you really think so? [Curbed] Coney Island: In the era of whole hoods going bank branch and condo, don’t you just want to smack someone for grumping that the historic Child’s Restaurant building will become a roller rink this summer? Come on, Grumpums, that’s cool! [NYDN]
  28. Sharks on Coney Island! And Expensive Ones, at ThatBowery: No sooner had this lovable bum moved out of the street box he lived in and into a proper $300-a-month room than his troubles began. [NYT] Bushwick: Behold the new ‘swhick-specific haiku trend: “Dude with the corn rows/Stop selling crack, you scumbag/Sell good pot instead.” [BushwickBK] Coney Island: The fancy exterior redo for the New York Aquarium may have to be, uh, scaled back due to a planned $64 million exhibition on sharks. [Coney Island via Curbed]
  29. Feral Cats Displaced in Favor of Waterfront FunBay Ridge: Gotta love this “crazy super,” whose psychotic signs routinely threaten to kill tenants who don’t take out their trash properly. [Right in Bay Ridge] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Elation erupts upon news of an imminent Duane Reade: “No longer will we have to drink Tropical Fantasy ginger ale. We’ll be able to step it up a notch with the effervescence of Schweppes.” [Bed-Stuy Blog] Greenpoint: A colony of feral cats will have to be displaced as part of plans for a concrete waterfront park here, which will include a twelve-foot view-blocking fence. [Newyorkshitty]
  30. After Taco Bell, Rodents Take On Cobble HillClinton Hill: What? You say you weren’t at the Pratt annual antique steam-whistle concert on New Year’s Eve at midnight? Like, where else could you have been? At least it was captured on this YouTube video. But, dude, it’s not the same thing as being there. [Clinton Hill Blog] Cobble Hill: Is that a squirrel or a rat sunning himself in the window of that shamefully derelict Kane Street walk-up? Locals are bitterly divided over the answer. People, can we all agree that it’s a rodent? [Lost New York City] Dumbo: Will the new owners of an old Water Street warehouse really build a theater and host a Korean film festival in there? We’ll see, kimchee. [Brooklyn Eagle via DumboNYC]
  31. RIP Burgers and CupcakesChelsea: The Iron Cupcake of 23rd Street has fallen! And there was much rejoicing. [BlogChelsea] South Williamsburg: Are policemen beating up people in Billyburg? That’s what one anonymous poster paster thinks. [Gowanus Lounge] Washington Heights: Apparently, on 181st Street, “abomination” and “promiscuous” are the new gay slurs. And they can kill! [Coypranter] West Bronx: Foreclosure numbers in the third quarter of this year (unsurprisingly) were the highest they’ve ever been in the borough. But the neighborhood may have a remedy. [West Bronx Blog] Williamsburg: Aggressive (and sometimes threatening) graffiti taggers still make us laugh. Ha ha — kill all the rich people making our neighborhood nicer — ha! [Curbed]
  32. Social Unrest on G PlatformGreenpoint: 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]
  33. Stay Off the Grass. No, Really.Astoria: How cool would it be to rent an apartment in a house with secret passageways? (Scooby snacks not included.) [OuterB] Brooklyn Heights: You might want to stay off that swank new Astroturf in Cadman Plaza Park on hot sunny days, when the turf (allegedly) hits 125 degrees. Talk about smokin’ grass! [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Condo-in-progress the Caledonia will sport fancy glass sheathing to help distinguish it from the nearby projects. [Blog Chelsea] Long Island City: The guy who’d hold parking-lot spaces for folks in exchange for a cup of coffee, profiled recently in the Times, is being wedged out of that ad hoc job by — you guessed it — a condo. [Long Island City] Lower East Side: That mesh-y cladding for the new New Museum on the Bowery was supposed to be zinc-plated steel. But workmen are saying it’s aluminum. What kind of a, uh, shell game is this? [Curbed] Rego Park: Devotees of the area’s last kosher deli don’t care that the Health Department just closed it. Seems that it beats a Russian pharmacy or a Bukharian plumbing-fixtures shop any day. [Queens Central] Washington Heights: Tonight, Da Heights becomes the latest hood to be sprayed down to prevent West Nile virus. Locals are warned to stay indoors and to clean their swimming pools and hot tubs. Because you know how many of those there are in these parts. [Gothamist]
  34. A Higher Level of Cleanliness in Washington HeightsBrooklyn Heights: An 1844 train tunnel, rediscovered in 1980, is now open to tours, via a manhole at Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. [NewYorkology] Chelsea: Health clinic’s trash is a rat magnet. Yum! Medical waste! [Blog Chelsea] Clinton Hill: Pratt students, not the projects on DeKalb Avenue, are the source of filthy sidewalks on Kent Avenue. [Brownstoner] Kew Gardens: Queens beep Helen Marshall wants a grimy statue of a zaftig naked dude taken down because she thinks it’s sexist. [NYS via Queens Crap] Little Neck/Douglaston: Tired of trust falls? Alley Pond Park has a huge ropes course. [Gothamist] Washington Heights: Sounds awesome, but exactly how much does the Grand Ba Ba, “ascended master of cleaning,” cost? [Copyranter]
  35. Horseshoe Crabs Invade Washington HeightsBay Ridge: A community board here enthusiastically green-lighted a new Home Depot at 200-plus housing units. [The Brooklyn Paper] Chelsea: The don’t-walk signal on Eighth Avenue and 19th Street has mysterious stigmata. [Blog Chelsea] Cobble Hill: Freebird Books and Goods is up for sale on Craigslist; $45,000 will buy you the store with inventory and liquor license. [Brownstoner] Maspeth: An ugly confrontation took place yesterday between tree-cutters and protesters at the site of the set-for-demolition St. Saviour’s Church. [Queens Crap] Washington Heights: How did a dead horseshoe crab come to be on 185th Street? [Copyranter] West Village: Nothing ruins a birthday cruise for 3-year-olds more than spotting a body in the water. [Gothamist] Williamsburg: Locals are pissed that the brand-new East River State Park closes before 8 p.m. on beautiful summer evenings. [Gowanus Lounge]
  36. Park Slope Kids Experiment With Spontaneous PlayBrooklyn 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]
  37. No Olympics, But Maybe the X Games? Not content to sprinkle skate parks amid its acreage, the city will open its first BMX and mountain-bike trail this Saturday in Washington Heights’s Highbridge Park. The three miles of trail includes jumps and a BMX track and will give cyclists a legal place to ride. “We had had mountain bikers riding through historic landscapes, so we had to criminalize it,” says Parks Commission Adrian Benepe. “This was a way to come up with a positive use for a remote area of the park.” The New York City Mountain Bike Association supported the trail with money and volunteers, and the commissioner hopes the peer endorsement will keep kids from turfing the city’s lawn. —Alec Appelbaum All-City Cross Country Race [NYC Mountain Bike Association]
  38. No Pets, Less Money in Washington Heights Even for affordable Washington Heights, this 862-square-foot two-bedroom at 143 Bennett Avenue near the Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park seems reasonable at $459,000. The kitchen and bath have been renovated and the co-op’s gilded to the hilt with parking, storage, a tenant’s lounge, and a children’s play space. The catch? “The building doesn’t allow cats or dogs,” says listing broker Simone Song, who cites 143 Bennett’s pet aversion as a big reason the unit hasn’t moved. There’s another two-bedroom on the block, so if you know how to wheel and deal, you may be able to use it as leverage to negotiate an even better price. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  39. Park Slope: The MovieBrooklyn Heights: The city recently took Red Hook Lane, one of the borough’s oldest pathways, off its official map in order to make way for development. [110 Livingston via McBrooklyn] Fort Greene: Residents will rally this Wednesday against development of an eighteen-story condo that would tower over its three- and four-story neighbors. [Brownstoner] Gowanus: Seems like work is moving forward on Whole Foods on the Canal … but why are the workers dressed in what look like Hazmat outfits? [Curbed] Jamaica: The city has yet to take action against a developer whose crane smashed the windows of an adjacent apartment, according to its tenants. [Queens Crap] Park Slope: Behold the inevitable … the hood will be the set for a forthcoming flick (with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) about, big surprise, yuppie parenting. [Gowanus Lounge] Washington Heights: An uptown resident’s association is saying “no” to those who can’t say “no.” They want to block a proposed drug-treatment facility for 200 clients on 159th Street. [Uptown Flavor]
  40. Parched Residents Demand Clinton Hill Beer GardenClinton Hill: Thanks to the advocacy of Clinton Hill Blog–master Robin Lester, you might not have to go to Astoria’s beer garden anymore. [Gothamist via Clinton Hill Blog] Fort Greene: Will the guy who eats local fauna get a visit from the authorities soon? [Brooklyn Record] Greenpoint: Do we detect just a touch of resentment from blogger Miss Heather now that someone else is stealing some of her anti-poop thunder? [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: When the BBC shot in Sylvia’s last week, tempers flared over crime and gentrification. [Uptown Flavor] Midwood: Poaching of Brooklyn parrots is on the decline, but it will take several years to repopulate the bird colonies. [Gowanus Lounge] Rosedale-Laurelton: Denizens of this quaint stretch of Queens are fed up with zoning that allows for McMansions on small plots — and they yelled at a councilman to prove it. [NYDN] Washington Heights: Someday, the gentrification chroniclers will look back and say it all started with the loss of the cheap roast-chicken place. [NYPress]
  41. Greenpoint DIY Just Got EasierAstoria: 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]
  42. Arcade Fire Is Coming Back to New York, This Time Way Uptown Arcade Fire played five shows in a Greenwich Village church last month, and now the band is set to announce tomorrow that it’s coming back to New York at the beginning of May — and to an equally head-scratching venue: the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. The former movie palace at Broadway at 175th Street — currently home of the Reverend Ike’s Christ Community United Church — will start hosting rock shows next week, when Bloc Party becomes the first band to play the way-uptown venue. And Modest Mouse, Björk, and Iggy and the Stooges are booked there in the next few months. (Okay, fine: Arcade Fire is doing a Radio City show in May, too.)
  43. Upper Upper West Side Story New York’s Jeremy McCarter loved In the Heights, a new musical at 37 Arts, and he’s not the only one. At an all-high-school matinee organized by the Theater Development Fund yesterday, a packed house of almost entirely black and Latino teens from Washington Heights screamed and stomped wildly through the show, which weaves hip-hop, salsa, and old-fashioned storytelling into a nouveau–West Side Story tale of love, loss, dreams, and change in the gentrifying-but-still- mostly-Dominican Heights. The kids went crazy from the first (rapped) mention of the D.R., and they stayed entranced through the electrifying dance sequence at the end of Act One to the hysteria-inducing moment when hunky heartthrob Christopher Jackson (who plays limo dispatcher Benny) sauntered onstage for a raucous audience Q&A after the show. It was quite a scene to take in, like being in the audience for the very first B’nai Brith night at Fiddler. After the talkback, we asked six audience members — all Heights residents, all seniors at the neighborhood’s International High School of Business and Finance — how the show stacked up against their hood.
  44. You Can Still Find Bargains in Upper ManhattanThe southwestern corner of Washington Heights once was part of John James Audubon’s estate, Minnie’s Land, hence the area’s name, Audubon Terrace. These days, the neighborhood — in the West 150s — is in transformation. The high-crime era of the late eighties and early nineties isolated it from many would-be homeowners, but in the recent housing boom, its turn-of-the-century buildings with high-ceilinged, prewar-ornamented apartments and evocative names like the Grinnell and the Riviera, have been rediscovered. Many apartments are still rentals, but some graceful buildings near Riverside Drive have gone co-op, inviting others to buy into its charms. (A small institutional complex, home to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Boricua College, anchors the area.) Like most places in the city, property values have soared, so Audubon Terrace isn’t quite the bargain it once was. But it still seems fairly — if barely — within reach. Stop by open houses this weekend — we list some after the jump — to see why prescient buyers started flocking here years ago. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  45. Waiting Out a Profit in Washington HeightsCould this be the cheapest three-bedroom in Manhattan? If not, then it’s close, at $320,000. Sure, it’s smallish (a little under 800 square feet, based on the floor plan) and it’s in a prewar co-op at 478 West 158th Street that has a flip tax in place, but it’s tempting. Especially considering it’s been overhauled from floor to ceiling. (The hardwood’s so new it’s practically sparkling.) The building’s pet-friendly, and there’s no board approval, either. Common spaces are slated for renovations and living in a construction zone could easily turn into a colossal headache, but considering the upside — you wind up in a prettier place than the one you moved into — it may be worth the agita. Besides, after all that work, your property values will likely rise. That should ease the pain, too. —S. Jhoanna Robledo