‘Page Six’ Manages to Not Revel in Sarah Jessica Parker’s Failure Sarah Jessica Parker is not confident that her unreleased movie, Spinning Into Butter, will ever see the light of day. Barack Obama and his wife are slated to attend the opening of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Oprah on Thursday. Cosmetics heir Olivia Chantecaille got engaged to banker boyfriend Ren Grady. Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively took a bunch of friends shopping to Armani Exchange on Fifth Avenue. Shake Shack is opening a location on the Upper West Side! Sting, Diddy, and Josh Hartnett all hung out at Half Nelson producer Charlie Corwin’s birthday at Socialista, which is now back open after the hepatitis scare. Michael Musto will appear on the cover of The Village Voice spoofing this magazine’s Lindsay Lohan shoot.
Retail Deaths ‘Happen’ Sporadically, and So Do Subway RenovationsBrooklyn: Brownstone enthusiasts have begun to weigh in on one of the most serious questions of renovation – round toilet bowls or oval? [Brownstoner]
Brooklyn Heights: Uncommon Grounds coffee shop has closed for renovations – and will soon feature a full kitchen and expanded menu. They’ll also host private coffee parties! That’s so Brooklyn we could die. [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Chelsea: The Noose, on 19th Street, is closing because its owner died. The gentleman behind the counter of the shop told a customer that she died in her sleep. “She wasn’t old,” he said. “These things just happen.” Whoa. [Blog Chelsea]
Columbus Circle: Progress is slow and unsure at the big station under the Time Warner Center. But the tiling, you know, looks nice. [Second Avenue Sagas]
Dumbo: The price of the penthouse of One Main has been slashed by nearly a million, bringing it down to $7.8 million. Call this service journalism. [Curbed]
Staten Island: Friends and neighbors remember fallen Bravest member who fought this weekend’s World Trade Center fire. [Staten Island Advance]
Heatherette Classes Up Columbus CircleBoerum Hill: Smell a rat around here? Gee, maybe it’s that dead one that’s been peeping out of someone’s garbage can for several days. [Gowanus Lounge]
Chelsea: They were filming some dance movie on the High Line yesterday. Starring, uh, Craig. You know Craig, right? [BlogChelsea]
Clinton Hill: Did someone around here really lose a “mangy looking” pigeon with “black bits”? (Ooh, what are those?) Or is this sign some kind of birdbrained bluff? [Clinton Hill Blog]
Columbus Circle: It’s the Heatherette statute of a sneaker we’ve all been waiting for. [Copyranter]
Graniteville: Here on Staten Island, cops raided a home harboring 2,500 pounds of explosive materials. The owner was selling them over the Internet. [Staten Island Advance via Gothamist]
Harlem: They’ll be replenishing those wood chips in the dog run at St. Nick’s Park tomorrow … and they need your help! [Harlem Fur]
Park Slope: Grand Army Plaza could become safer, more serene, and more pedestrian-friendly. Really? [Brooklyn Paper]
Sometimes, like when it’s 90-plus degrees at the Columbus Circle fountain, it’s good to be a pooch.
Time Warner Center Jacks Up Apartment CostsYears after Time Warner Center put an expensive sheen on Columbus Circle, properties nearby are still basking in its reflected glory. Many apartments on the open-house list below reference the project as a not-so-subtle reminder to buyers that the area deserves as much asking-price respect as its neighbors, the increasingly posh Upper West Side and the trendy but unpolished Hell’s Kitchen. Still, deals exist in pockets, especially in no-frills walk-ups, though glitzy condos marble baths, concierge service, you name it can be had here, too. In fact, a few of them are going up within the shadow of the billion-dollar Time Warner Center itself. S. Jhoanna Robledo