Coney Island 2008: The ‘Summer of Hope’Wrap up your week wetly, with a dead raccoon on the Upper East Side, a tiny woman on Coney, David Byrne way downtown, and some big breasts in the meatpacking district. All in today’s boroughs report!
The Partial Return of City Hall ParkBorough 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]