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  1. neighborhood watch
    Brooklyn Raccoons Fighting Back at LastBedford-Stuyvesant: Property prices are coming down here. Is the checkered hood the first to feel the mighty real-estate market tremble? [Brownstoner] Chelsea: As the Chelsea Hotel faces possible big changes, denizens last week went through the trash in front of the hotel to salvage art books featuring, uh, the hotel. How poignantly meta-something is that? [Living with Legends] Dumbo: What’s more exciting around here this week: Film-shoot sightings of that adorable Cameron and Ashton or news that Vinegar Hill will get its very own mom-and-pop pharmacy? You decide. [DumboNYC] Fort Greene: The city wants to use eminent domain to claim a liquor store turned just-finished arts venue as space for a dance company and new housing units. [Gothamist via Brooklyn Paper] Greenpoint: Edits on subway ads here for Tim Gunn’s new fashion makeover show indicate that locals would like it to feature more fried-chicken-eating chicks with dicks. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: Columbia upperclasspeople want the newbies to know that Harlem is not that dangerous and worth checking out — even if, yes, 125th Street is kinda trashy. [Columbia Spectator] Park Slope: The park’s geese, ducks, and raccoons are getting aggressive and biting residents. Maybe they’re just stressed from trying to get their broods into the hood’s top-ranked animal schools. [Gowanus Lounge]
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    Council Members Finally Wonder, Hey, What’s Up With the F Train?Coney Island: City Councilmen Simcha Felder of Borough Park and Dominic Recchia of Coney Island get behind an F Express plan, demanding the MTA to explain its foot-dragging. [Second Avenue Sagas] Dumbo: There are only three days left to appreciate the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s outdoor art display at Empire-Fulton Ferry and Brooklyn Bridge Parks. It’s actually quite nice – and you haven’t done much appreciating lately. [DumboNYC] Staten Island: Prosecutors have charged a handyman in a string of break-ins on the North Shore, but stop short of saying they’ve ended the notorious North Shore Burglar’s reign of terror. Man, Staten Island rules. [Staten Island Advance] Stuyvesant Town: Stuy Town’s new ad campaign reads, “Live closer to Greenwich Village than Greenwich, CT.” Mm. We didn’t know Connecticut was so, um, dormy. [Stuyvesant Town] West Bronx: Max Roach, the legendary jazz drummer, will be buried on Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery, near the tombs of Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. [West Bronx News] West Village: The Jefferson Market Library on Sixth Avenue is finally going to get its makeover. Knowing you, you’re just going to start complaining about the scaffolding. [Curbed]
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    It’s Grass, Not Garbage, That Attracts Rats in ChelseaBrooklyn Heights: If only the kids around here could reference MC Hammer correctly. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Bushwick: Gentrification is forcing frustrated superintendents to gussy up their own threatening signs. [Newyorkshitty] Chelsea: Blame the rat infestation in the park on Ninth Avenue on the plant liriope. It provides excellent cover for burrows. [Blog Chelsea] Cobble Hill: The home of the Independence Community Foundation is gone; look for six-story apartment building at 182 Atlantic, instead. [McBrooklyn] Coney Island: Want to work at a karaoke bar? One here is hiring. [Kinetic Carnival] Dumbo: Folks are moving into the J Condo and paying $300 to $350 a month for parking spaces. [DumboNYC] Park Slope: The Fifth Avenue dog run has too many overexcited dogs. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Prospect Heights: The Buildings Department blamed water damage and Forest City Ratner for the Ward Baking Co. collapse. [NYDN] West Bronx: Neighbors proved a point to gangs and drug dealers at last night’s “National Night Out.” [West Bronx News]
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    Botanical Fight: Who’s Got the Greenest Block in Brooklyn?Bedford-Stuyvesant: MacDonough between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues is the Greenest Block in Brooklyn, says the borough’s Botanic Garden. [Gothamist] Bushwick: New condos on Wyckoff Avenue are cheaper than much of the market, but that’s because the closest subway stop is Dekalb Avenue on the L. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: The grand opening of the Pearl Street Triangle is tomorrow at 12:30. Check out the benches, chairs, and potted trees. [Dumbo NYC] Greenpoint: What was that mysterious, brightly lit new storefront on Franklin last night? Hipsters? Poles? Fresh retail? [Greenpointers] Kensington: Folks in this up-and-coming enclave want you to know that recent crimes reported to have taken place here actually happened in Flatbush, okay? [Kensington (Brooklyn)] Long Island City: The neighborhood has spawned a new MP3 download service. [LICNYC] Williamsburg: Some locals dispute recent media assertions that the city has been cracking down on rogue construction around here. [Gowanus Lounge]
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    All the World’s a Duane ReadeBedford-Stuyvesant: With the real library closed (endlessly…) for renovations, a host for the “Free Children’s Library of Bed-Stuy” is sought. [BedStuyBlog] Coney Island: While Coney’s amusement-park future remains up in the air, live animals are thrown through the air at the nearby, sketchy Sea Rise housing projects. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Dumbo: Four West Coast street artists are putting up a pretty cool graffiti on Water Street at Pearl. [DumboNYC] Flushing: There are big puddles all over Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which are leading to swarms of mosquitoes, which are terrorizing people. [Queens Tribune via Queens Crap] Greenpoint: There’s no better way to undermine your attempt to build a period-looking brownstone than by sticking balconies on it. Real classy, Bridge Realty. [Newyorkshitty] Midtown West: God help us, it’s finally happened: two Duane Reades, right across the street from each other. [East Village Idiot] Park Slope: Anyone know if Shaya Boymelgreen has cleaned up the scaffolding around his Novo condo on Fourth Avenue that collapsed into the street Saturday? [Brownstoner]
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    Dumbo Gets All HistoricalBrooklyn Heights: Neighbors are riled over rumors of the murder of a century-old elm tree. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Bushwick: If you press a buzzer and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? [Newyorkshitty] Carroll Gardens: Don’t mess with the garden diva. Just don’t. [McBrooklyn] Cobble Hill: Will chain stores make this place more like the LES than the West Village? [NYT via A Brooklyn Life] Coney Island: Thor Equities tries to get all groovy in promoting its new attractions that no one seems to like. [Kinetic Carnival] Dumbo: The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 8-0 to consider the whole neighborhood for landmark status. [Dumbo NYC] Upper East Side: Sometimes a bookstore can make you forget what a giant expense hole we live in. [Around the Block on the Upper East Side]
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    High Line to Get New Glass TowerChelsea: Architect Stephen Holl surprised Charlie Rose last night when he announced on the TV show that he’s designing a glassy tower for the “spur” of the High Line, at 30th Street. [BlogChelsea] Dumbo: Some jerk decapitated the Urban Fossil Bird Woman sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park! That wasn’t very cool. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Locals will rally on Franklin Street tonight to say “No, No, No!” to harassment from landlords. [Newyorkshitty] Kensington: Check the expiration date on items from Foodtown, locals warn. [KensingtonBlog] Long Island City: Why is the Landmarks Preservation Commission fawning all over altered buildings on the LES but ignoring the historical buildings here? [Queens Crap] Times Square: Remember the halcyon days when a walk down 42nd Street would yield leers from a real live pervert … not a giant M&M ad? [Copyranter]
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    Park Slope Bullies Foreigner Into Changing Business NameBay Ridge: Allowing a Home Depot here will just open a Pandora’s box for other big stores, say opponents. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Cobble Hill: Book Court is expanding out back and hopes to bring in booze to attract the young folk. [The Brooklyn Paper] Dumbo: Unpopular landowner Baruch Singer bought a Bridge Street building and plans to convert it into 53 apartments. [Brownstoner] Gowanus: When the hard rain falls, move your stuff to high ground. [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: Beware the MetroCard machine at the Bedford Avenue L stop. There might be a dead rat blocking up the change chute. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwich Village: Neighbors fear noisy, lengthy MTA construction of an “emergency ventilation plant.” [Blog Chelsea] Park Slope: Proprietor changes the name of his store from “A.R.E.N.A. Bagels” to “A.R.E.A. Bagels” so customers won’t think he supports Atlantic Yards. [Brooklyn Paper]
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    Rats Attack Chelsea Health ClinicBattery Park City: The Solaire, which touts itself as “America’s first environmentally advanced residential tower,” is cracking down on bikes parked in hallways. [Streetsblog] Brooklyn Heights: The Love Lane Garage will close at month’s end, to make room for — OMG, this is so surprising! — new condos. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Central Park: Free classical music does nothing but bring out the rudeness in people. Fortunately, no fistfights. This isn’t Boston, after all. [City Specific] Chelsea: Ew, rats! No, not the condo developers — real rats! And all over the park in front of the Ninth Avenue city health clinic, no less. [Blog Chelsea] Dumbo: Is the spruced-up Pearl Street Triangle painted the same lime green as the city’s bike lanes because the Department of Transportation had extra paint left over, or because it really likes this color? [Brownstoner] Gowanus: A whole lotta enviro-cleanup is going to have to happen before the city can turn the parcel known as Public Place into the affordable-housing complex it envisions. [Gowanus Lounge] Upper West Side: Fights reportedly broke out at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods this morning as people queued up to by ecofriendly, $15 designer canvas “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” shopping sacks. [Gothamist]
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    Let’s Go to Red Hook and Burn Cars!Brooklyn Heights: The Henry Street bike lane has been painted solid green … and it looks kinda cool! Will other bike lanes citywide get the look? [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Even as the Chelsea Hotel, under new corporate management, prepares to go sorta fancy, it’s slashing nightly rates to as low as $99. What gives? [LivingWithLegends] Coney Island: The circus is coming here for a week starting July 30, complete with Pastel Poodles and the Human Cannonball! [KineticCarnival] Dumbo: The hood just wasn’t complete without a full-service pet-supply store–slash–kung fu academy. And now it has one. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: On Franklin Street, E.T. mounts a lemur from behind while simultaneously ruining your childhood. [Newyorkshitty] Red Hook: Ritual car-burnings on Beard Street continue here, even in the shadow of the in-progress Ikea. [GowanusLounge] West Village: Work is under way to bring some order to the chaotic (and a wee bit dangerous) meatpacking-district intersection of Ninth Avenue and 14th Street. [Streetsblog]
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    When Brooklyn Commenters AttackBoerum Hill: Brownstoner hates a Robert Scarano building, but commenters think the blogger has a grudge. [Brownstoner] Brooklyn Heights: Costume-makeup-sex-toy emporium Ricky’s is promising nervous locals that, when it opens on staid Montague Street in September, it’ll keep the dildos out of direct view. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Dumbo: Transformation of the Pearl Street Triangle has sparked a heated local debate (check the comments) on homeless people in the ever-more-gentrified hood. [DumboNYC] Maspeth: Might St. Saviour’s Church be saved from demolition on the grounds that the wreckers have broken federal law by cutting down trees harboring migrating birds? [Queens Crap] South Jamaica: “We’re losing our capes!” No, it’s not a superheroes’ lament. Just locals in this Queens burg mourning the supplanting of cute, small-scale homes with plot-hogging McMansions. [Progressive Southside] Upper West Side: It’s overpriced camp season again, which means a lot of bad chords coming from your kid’s bedroom. [Copyranter]
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    Red Hook Too Gentrified for Wild DogsBoerum Hill: The unidentified crapper has been caught in the act! [Curbed] Dumbo: The acronym may actually mean “Down Under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Overpasses.” [Dumbo NYC] Fort Greene: Architectural salvage up for grabs: mantels, mirrors, bathtubs, and more! [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: If you need a Panama hat or a fine Mexican wedding shirt, go to Huitzilli. [newyorkshitty] Long Island City: Pay $5,000 a month for 4,700 square feet. [OuterB] Red Hook: A couple of the wild dogs from the Revere Sugar Factory have found a new home in Pennsylvania. [Gowanus Lounge]
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    Pools, Parks, Protests!Astoria: The pool isn’t open yet, but at least there’s water in it now. [Joey in Astoria] Carroll Gardens: Since that F-train petition is so popular, why not one against too tall buildings? [Carroll Gardens Petition via 423 Smith] Dumbo: Work begins on the Pearl Street Triangle, but will the planned street furniture encourage the homeless to linger? [Dumbo NYC] Morris Heights: Roberto Clemente State Park’s pools open today! [West Bronx News] Willets Point: A contingent from this Queens industrial neighborhood protested eminent-domain abuse at City Hall yesterday. [Atlantic Yards Report] Williamsburg: East River State Park will be open seven days a week beginning July 3. [I’m Not Sayin, I’m Just Sayin]
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    Can Ethan Hawke Save the Chelsea Hotel?Astoria: A month after its opening day, the Astoria Park Pool is still closed. [LICNYC] Chelsea: Hood heartthrob Ethan Hawke stopped by the Chelsea Hotel to tell the new managers he’s watching them like a, well, hawk. [Living with Legends] Dumbo: Filming on the latest mind-bending Charlie Kaufman flick is taking place here. [DumboNYC] Flatbush: Finally see the faces behind all those snarky Brooklyn blogs … they were all here last night at café Vox Pop. [Flatbush Gardener] Long Island City: Gentrification has brought a bevy of laundromats to the area. Now where are all the damn cobblers? [LICNYC] Park Slope: Taggers don’t take kindly to a new Prudential Douglas Elliman office. [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Park: Cars aren’t supposed to be in the park after seven, but video surveillance by annoyed pedestrians catches violators. [StreetFilms via Gothamist]
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    Splasher Sighting at Dumbo Gallery?Carroll Gardens: With little legal recourse at this point, desperate locals are circulating this petition demanding that out-of-scale development stop at once. [Gowanus Lounge] Dumbo: Was the duo trying to set off a stink bomb at an art opening last night actually the Splasher, or is that too obvious? [Gothamist] Financial District: Has a little Greek church been bribed into not squawking that the forthcoming Chase tower’s cantilevered middle will block all its light? [Curbed] Harlem: So it looks like Trump won’t be building at 110th and Central Park West after all … “for now,” that is. [NYO] Prospect Heights: A man slept this week in the window of a Dean Street art gallery to make a statement about the controversial Atlantic Yards project soon to happen across the street. [Brooklyn Paper] West Village: As though its chattering, chain-smoking 12-steppers don’t make enough ruckus out on the sidewalk, the gay community center on West 13th will enjoy a $50-million expansion. [365gay via Kenneth in the 212]
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    Brooklyn: Now With More Endangerment! In a waterfront ceremony in Dumbo today, Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront was named one of America’s eleven most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Places. The designation doesn’t actually do anything to protect the endangered places, other than give them some press. Indeed: Construction continues all along the waterfront, endangering history by building Ikeas and knocking down sugar factories and all that. After the ceremony, the dignitaries went for a boat ride.
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    Scary Alpha Girls Terrorize Prospect HeightsBayside: No one’s angered residents of this pricey enclave more than violation-collecting developer Tommy Huang. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Brooklyn: It’s the third annual Tour de Brooklyn on Sunday; register to bike through Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Kensington. [Streetsblog] Chelsea: What’s more disturbing about this poster ad of hot torsos — its antigay graffiti or that the torsos lack navels? [Towleroad] Dumbo: Beware of attack dogs, poison, and deflated balloons if you’re thinking of living in the new luxury Bridgeview Towers. [McBrooklyn] East Village: Will Cabrini Stuyvesant Polyclinic become an eatery, a dormitory, or a condo? Only developer Herbert Hirsch knows … and he ain’t sayin’. [Villager via Curbed] Greenpoint: How can you protest this grocer’s $1.75 ATM fee when you get to watch a Bruce Lee clip while you wait for your money? [Newyorkshitty] Prospect Heights: Set It Off meets the Bratz gang in this chilling tale of local marauding female tweens. [The Brooklyn Paper] Rego Park: A developer says his new $550 million residential-retail complex will be an “architectural landmark.” How scared should we be? [Queens Times Ledger via OuterB] Williamsburg: Preservation-minded hipsters (and the bands they listen to) will rally Sunday to save the Domino Sugar factory. [Waterfront Preservation Alliance via Newyorkshitty]
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    Whole Foods Brings Beetles; Are They Organic?Brooklyn Heights: The focus is not on area kiddies but rather on their hardworking nannies in a St. Francis College photo exhibit. [Brooklyn Eagle] Chelsea: You’ve heard of slow food. Now get ready for a “slow park” — that is how starchitects Scofidio and Diller described their in-progress High Line last night. [Blog Chelsea] Downtown Brooklyn: While an Underground Railroad site fights for its life on one side of Duffield Street, 500 new hotel units are going up on the other. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: The streets are torn up because KeySpan is installing new power lines. But the utility company promises it’ll restore those prized Belgian blocks. Cobbly! [DumboNYC] Lower East Side: Ever since Whole Foods moved in downstairs, residents of the glossy new Avalon Christie have been facing a beetle deluge, they say. [Racked] Rego Park: A new shopping center in the shadow of Lefrak City will house a Kohl’s, a Century 21, and (yet another) Home Depot. [QueensCrap] Williamsburg: Oil has mysteriously oozed from the ground at North 11th and Roebling Street, and for some reason that’s making folks think twice about buying a swank new condo there. [Gowanus Lounge]
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    Enjoy Increased Public Space, for a Limited TimeBay Ridge: A construction dispute between two neighbors has escalated into an outer-borough version of the Hatfields and McCoys. [Brooklyn Eagle via McBrooklyn] Carroll Gardens: Get ready for an eight-story building on Smith Street and 2nd Place. [Curbed] Dumbo: The gritty Pearl Street Triangle will become a charming, Pratt Institute–conceived public plaza … for the summer at least. [Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Courier via Streetsblog] Greenpoint: It takes more than generic Pine-Sol to make this place smell good. [Newyorkshitty] Long Island City: A branch of Dumbo-based Recycle a Bicycle has come to 5th Street, and locals approve. [LICNYC] Park Slope: Movie-shooting season makes parking even scarcer. [Gowanus Lounge] Stuyvesant Town: The true mark of a city cyclist is getting “doored” for the first time. [Tommy Lane’s Web Log]
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    Upper East Side Now Open to LootersBedford-Stuyvesant: You can only wonder what owners of sober-faced neighboring brownstones think of this Santa Claus acid trip on Pulaski. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Dumbo: Now open for viewing, the meticulously restored antique carousel of Jane Walentas, wife of area hero-villain developer Dave. [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Every neighborhood should have its own billy goat. [Gowanus Lounge] Park Slope: Visitors want to ensure that any new plan for a green redo of Prospect Park’s Wollman Rink has plenty of parking. [Streetsblog] Upper East Side: Attention scavengers: Make an appointment to troll through an uptown mansion next week for some pre-gutting cash-and-carry. [Brownstoner] Williamsburg: In the bocce off-season, take up ping-pong. [Brooklyn Record]
  21. cultural capital
    Brooklyn Design Weekend Balances Shopping With Eco-Fear Got $12? Head to the canyons of Dumbo for BKLYN Designs, a three-day expo that kicks off Design Week today. You can browse end tables with spidery legs and kids’ chairs with Frank Gehry contours, all from local artisans. (New York is one of the event’s sponsors.) And since unregenerate consumerism is so, well, Manhattan, you can balance every splurge with an earnest discussion.
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    Gramercy Park: Now Elitist Only 364 Days a YearBrooklyn Heights: Does having the same landlord entitle you to “accidentally” park in your neighbor’s driveway? Vote now! [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Carroll Gardens: Starting this Sunday, it’s the attack of the weekend street fair. Beware of tube socks. [Gowanus Lounge] Chelsea: Times Square moves south with the arrival of advertising projected onto a building at 23rd and Eighth. [BlogChelsea] Dumbo: Beacon Tower residents are starting to move in. Lucky for them, they don’t have to endure those high-powered spotlights on the side of the building. [DumboNYC] Gramercy: Gramercy Park Day no longer exists, so the grubby public is shut out save for some Scrooge-like caroling on Christmas Eve. [NewYorkology] Prospect Lefferts Garden: Council Woman Letitia James doesn’t represent the district, but that doesn’t mean you can’t complain to her about supporting the loud circus that angers the neighbors. [Across the Park] West Village: Help wanted in getting rid of loitering teens. [Curbed]
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    Secret Art Pops Up in DumboBrooklyn Heights: The elevators at the Clark Street subway stop have broken down 400 times over the past two years, trapping riders inside more than twenty times. [NYS] Clinton Hill: There’s a vacant lot for sale on Greene and Grand. Please don’t do something awful with it. [Clinton Hill Blog Downtown Brooklyn: Dumbo realty mogul David Walentas’s new condos at the old McKim, Meade & White–designed 110 Livingston are 85 percent sold. [Brownstoner] Dumbo: French artist Space Invader has managed to slip at least two of his mosaics on the Brooklyn Bridge and elsewhere. [Dumbo NYC] Lower East Side: What you missed at the East Side Bike Polo invitational over the weekend. [Razor Apple] Nolita: For a little while longer at 11 Spring Street, you can still see the art on the interior walls. [Just Another White Guy via Curbed] Prospect Heights: According to this breakdown, parts of the Atlantic Yards project will not be fully built until today’s newborns are already in college. [Atlantic Yards Report]
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    When Demolished Buildings AttackDumbo: Neighborhood maps distributed by Two Trees Management show 77 retail outlets, up from a paltry 23 in 2002. [Brooklyn Eagle via Dumbo NYC] Long Island City: The New York Blood Center’s got swank new digs here, but at least one local would prefer a real hospital. [Queens Chronicle] Park Slope: The Department of Transportation is considering a new traffic safety plan for 9th Street, but residents and cyclists are clashing over it. [Streetsblog] Prospect Heights: After the Atlantic Yards demolition caused debris to rain down on Pacific Street, local politicians want construction to halt. [The Brooklyn Paper] Tribeca: Miffed residents want to know why plans for a massive sanitation garage were moved from the West Thirties to their area, within a stone’s throw of new luxury housing. [The Villager] West Village: Folks are massing against megadeveloper Related’s bid to turn sleepy Pier 40 into an entertainment complex they jeeringly call “Vegas on the Hudson.” [NYS]
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    Robert Moses’s BQE Dream HouseBrooklyn 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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    Eradicating Signs of Life in FlatironConey Island: What’s it look like when the Go-Kartz and Batting Cages get demolished? Thorasick Park, of course. [Kinetic Carnival] Dumbo: Turns out the 2 Trees condo tower is just outside the proposed historic district. Of course it is. [DumboNYC] Flatiron: Paging George Washington: Someone is chopping down cherry trees on Fifth Avenue. [Curbed] Greenpoint: The opening party for the Ikon had valet parking and sexy hostesses, but will that sell out 58 units? [Brownstoner] Harlem: The way to memorialize neighborhood heroes is with orange safety netting and construction that never ends. [Harlem Fur] Nolita: There’s some graffiti dissing at the new OMNI mural on Houston and Bowery. [RazorApple] Soho: Enthusiastic public comment means a community-board recommendation for bike lanes along Prince and Bleecker. [Streetsblog]
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    You’re Now Priced Out of Crown Heights, TooChelsea: If you want to keep your job at the (historically and refreshingly) unfabulous McBurney Y, you better be edgy. [Chelsea Blog] Crown Heights: Behold yet another gentrification benchmark: the first $1 million-plus condo. [One Hanson Place] Dumbo: Disagreement among residents (for) and developers (against) about landmarking the area is prompting sure-to-be a contentious public hearing. [DumboNYC] East Village: Opponents of a new NYU dorm on 12th Street continue to fight construction, which has been going on for eight months. The new target? Air rights. [Runnin’ Scared/VV] Flushing: Whatever that big box going up on 163rd Street is going to be, it’s going to clash with the traditional homes next door. Did somebody say “stop-work order?” [Queens Crap] Upper West Side: Residents (including, probably, Bill Moyers) fear that the Landmarks Commission has given New-York Historical Society the green light for changes including a view-crushing 23-story condo on its property. [NYS]
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    A Dumbo Developer by Any Other Name … Is Dumbo megadeveloper David Walentas the inspiration for the adaptation of an Elizabethan play that opens tomorrow night in the arty turned pricey hood? Spring Theaterworks is staging Arden: The Lamentable Tragedie of a Dumbo Real Estate Mogul. It’s the 1592 play Arden of Feveresham, which chronicles the gory end of a shady landowner (and some say was written by Shakespeare), relocated to modern-day Dumbo, where Arden lives in a sleek loft space. As for Walentas, he nearly single-handedly converted the area’s old industrial hulks into luxury condos, and he both supported and displaced local artists as he did it. He’s not named in the new script, but everyone’s buzzing that the lushly maned macher is the model for the new Arden, whose onstage death is plotted by his wife and her lover. (Walentas’ real-life wife, Jane, has plotted only to restore an old carousel — at least as far as anyone knows.)
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    Downtown Graffiti Goes CommercialChelsea: 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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    The Decline of West Village Sex ShopsBay Ridge: Sad to say, news of revived ferry service between the hood and Staten Island was simply an April Fools joke. [Bay Ridge Blog] Clinton Hill: The city will take a noisy church to court for gathering in a building zoned as an art gallery and irritating neighbors for fifteen years. [The Brooklyn Paper] Dumbo: A reward will be given to anyone who can identify this greedy mom who hoarded far more than her share of eggs at yesterday’s Brooklyn Bridge Park egg hunt. [Brooklyn Record] Lower East Side: Madonna’s hung up on 179 Ludlow, which she may convert into a three-floor Kabbalah center. [NYO] Park Slope: A falling glass shard from a decrepit brownstone nearly decapitated a prominent Windsor Terrace preservationist last week. [The Brooklyn Paper] South Bronx: Will the city pay for parking decks at Yankee Stadium, encouraging more cars to visit this asthma-choked area? [Streetsblog] West Village: Between the Internet and gentrification, it’s rough times for the area’s sex and fetish shops. [Manhattan Offender]
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    Giant Chain Store Priced Out of East VillageClinton 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]
  32. neighborhood watch
    Will the Knitting Factory Unravel in Two Years?Astoria: So are anti-gay comments actually homophobic or just a Borat-like hoax? [Astorians] Dumbo: The Beacon and J condo gets a resounding mediocre rating from architecturally demanding residents. [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: A Huron Street property is no friend of Magic Johnson’s new Green Street development. Time to go to court. [Curbed] Kips Bay: Strong anti-U.N. sentiment is fueling local pols’ opposition to a new office tower at Robert Moses Park on 42nd Street. [NYS] Lower Manhattan: Governor’s Island expands its access to the public this summer … but do most NYCers even know where it is or what’s on it? [NewYorkology] Tribeca: Now that its building has just been sold, will famed music venue the Knitting Factory meet a CBGB-like demise when its lease expires in two years? [The Real Deal]
  33. neighborhood watch
    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]
  34. neighborhood watch
    Truman Capote Slept Here, But Not for $40,000 a MonthBoerum Hill: Believe it or not, the new Boerum Heights Condos are 100 percent sold out even though they’re smack up against the Atlantic Yards project. [One Hanson Place] Brooklyn Heights: Rent 70 Willow Street (where Truman Capote used to live) for only $40,000 a month. Call Sotheby’s for details. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: Body-conscious Chelsea boys will no longer be tempted by the huge, pink rotating cupcake atop 23rd Street’s Burgers and Cupcakes. The store has 30 days to take it down. [Blog Chelsea via JamesWagner] Dumbo: With all these CGIs of planned improvements for the area (including a new Brooklyn Bridge walkway), it’s almost like they’ve already happened! [Dumbo NYC] Fort Greene: One resident is launching a campaign to get Zipcar to place some cars here and in Clinton Hill. [Brooklyn Record] Howard Beach: Was Liberace’s last bungalow mistakenly constructed in Queens? [Queens Crap]
  35. neighborhood watch
    Manhattan Too Inexpensive — for ParkingAstoria: The 121-year-old waterfront Sohmer Piano factory has been landmarked (despite the unlikely opposition of the community board) and will soon house 70 apartments. [Times Ledger via Queens Crap] Dumbo: Residents sickened by the area’s rampant condo-ization can now seek palliatives at a pharmacy coming to the first floor of the massive new J Condo. [DumboNYC] Harlem: Call it luxury lockdown. Jail turned condo 10 Mount Morris Park West is near-ready for its inmates — uh, residents. [City Specific] Manhattan: Blame the traffic congestion on free or cheap parking in the city. [Streetsblog] Tribeca: Jewish alterna-singles to descend on the land of JFK Jr. and Bubby’s when Makor moves to Hudson and Canal this fall. [92Yblog via Curbed] Upper West Side: The revolution will come with a schmear of cream cheese — when the area secedes from the city, that is. [Upper West Side Liberation Front via Curbed]
  36. neighborhood watch
    East Village Not Cool Enough to Justify Tiny Closet Chelsea: Tourists find Hotel Chelsea to be old and shabby. Well, yeah. [Notes from the Trenches via Living With Legends] Cobble Hill: Who says you can’t go (to his) home again? Walk to Cobble Hill Park and peer into the dank basement flat that once housed young scribe Thomas Wolfe. [Lost City] Dumbo: Angry phone calls succeed in putting the temporary kibosh on improper asbestos removal at 205 Water Street. [DumboNYC] East Village: Chic “lofted living” (right) can be yours for just $1,700 a month! Walk-in closet (for dwarves) included. [Craigslist via Curbed] Gowanus: City enviro-honchos have released a cleanup plan for the parcel of toxic soup known as Public Place — and locals will sound off on the parcel’s future at a meeting on February 22. [Gowanus Lounge] Jackson Heights: Next Tuesday, get a free stack o’ flapjacks at the Northern Boulevard IHOP when you make a donation to a children’s charity. [Joey in Astoria]
  37. neighborhood watch
    Times Square Streets Don’t Like to ShareDumbo: Vinegar Hill’s new Vista condo seems nearly ready for prime time … and it looks a helluva lot like fellow VH condo newbie the Nexus. [Dumbo NYC] Fort Greene: Uh, is that soon-to-open business in the old Blimpie’s spot on Lafayette and South Elliott a chain bakery or a … what? [Clinton Hill Blog] Harlem: The Upper West Side’s Animal General hospital wants to bring its pet-care services into Harlem … but it needs to find 1,700 square feet there to do it. Plus, a new BBQ place comes to 145th Street! [Harlem Fur and Uptown Flavor] Maspeth: Did the city and state deny St. Saviour’s Church landmark status even when they knew there might be human remains on the site? So claims the hoppin’-mad Juniper Park Civic Association. [Queens Crap] Times Square: Less than three months after they first appeared, the shared-bike-lane markers (or “sharrows,” as they’re called) on Seventh Avenue are fading away. Bikers, beware! [Streetsblog] Tribeca: Bikini basketball and naked dudes with puppies are just some of the lifestyle perks you can expect if you move (for $800,000 a studio) into André Balazs’ forthcoming Kubla-condo Beaver House. [Curbed]
  38. vu.
    Dumbo: Soho Like It Used to BeTalk about a transformation: Years ago, the 50-acre waterfront wedge down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass was forgotten, almost inhospitable. Then artists, edged out of Manhattan, found their way here; as did developer David Walentas, who gave it a name, and Dumbo was created. Legend has it that Walentas bought swaths of the neighborhood — two million square–feet of it, according to some press reports — decades ago, and, building by building, converted it into today’s high-end, Soho-like neighborhood (sans the clothing chains). Artists still live here, but increasingly, with prices among the highest in Brooklyn, bonus buyers and moneyed types have taken to it, too, lured by the cobblestone streets, the galleries, the restaurants (Superfine, Rice, River Café), and the mostly funky — though pricey — retail-mix (Jacques Torres, Modern Tots). But the biggest attraction is the great housing stock: once-decrepit warehouses turned luxury lofts, and brand-new high-rises built by developers seeking some of Walentas’ lucre. After the jump, some you can check out this weekend. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  39. neighborhood watch
    Even the Raccoons Move to BrooklynAstoria: 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]
  40. neighborhood watch
    What Do the Fortune-Tellers Know About Bay Ridge?Astoria: Got some genius idea for something fun to do in the waterfront park? Don’t hold your breath for a MacArthur … but apply for one of these mini-grants to bring your brainstorm to life. [Joey in Astoria] Bay Ridge: Looks like knowing the future really confers the business edge: These days, fortune-tellers are the only storefronts hanging in there. [Brooklyn Paper] Bedford-Stuyvesant: An entrepreneur’s poll of what new businesses are needed has unleashed a flood of pleas for nice groceries and wi-fi–enabled cafés. What new digs would you like to see in Bed-Stuy? [Brownstoner via Brooklyn Record] Crown Heights: Gentrification chatter! Everybody’s buzzing that Starbucks and Washington Mutual are poised to supplant fried-chicken joints on gritty Eastern Parkway. [Brooklynian] Dumbo: Not in my light-industrial backyard! Locals pressure city to landmark the area before old brick is dwarfed by shiny new glass towers. [DumboNYC] Harlem: Hancock Place Apartments are under construction, and 44 rental units will be for households making at or below 60 percent of the area’s median income. So that’s, at most, $37,680 for a family of four. [Uptown Flavor] Upper East Side: Pauper literati, get your asses over to that used bookstore on Lex between East 89th and 90th Streets. They’re closing, and last night they had tables groaning with free books! [Upper East Side Informer]
  41. neighborhood watch
    Brooklyn Streets Unsafe for ArtClinton Hill: Attention all potential butchers, bakers, and, um, ice-cream makers: Some folks want to help you open the Myrtle Avenue shop of your (and their) dreams. [Clinton Hill Blog] Dumbo: Sounds like there’s some improper asbestos removal going on amid the demolition of a nineteenth-century warehouse at 205 Water Street. Councilman Yassky, are you listening? [DumboNYC] Greenpoint: Mm-mm-mm! Who’ll be the lucky new owner of this old gem (complete with mucho parking space) at 155 Freeman Street? [Brownstoner] Park Slope: Willie lives! Dearly departed black lab of longtime Slope couple becomes namesake for their soon-to-open Fifth Avenue hot-doggery. [Brooklyn Record] Times Square: You’ll never again have to go to this tourist-infested zone to ogle the semiotics of the latter-day free market. This blogger shot every ad in Times Square! [Ironic Sans via Gridskipper] Upper East Side: Yearning for nights at the sorority house? Move up here. [Upper East Side Informer] Williamsburg: A price may soon be put on the head of “The Splasher,” who leaves behind pseudo-intellectual manifestos to explain his (her?) destruction of street art. [Gothamist]
  42. neighborhood watch
    We’re As Confused By the M&M Thing As You AreChelsea: Biker bar Red Rock West — a loud, white-trash holdout in overprecious art zone — seized for nonpayment of taxes. [Eater via BlogChelsea] Dumbo: Everything you wanted to know – and much more – about the refurb of the Jane’s Carousel, a nabe icon. [Dumbo NYC] Greenwich Village:White powder once again found near nose of towering British supermodel on Houston Street. [Copyranter] Jamaica:City officials want to rezone parts of the Queens neighborhood to attract investment; locals say it’s too crowded already. [Queens Tribune via Queens Crap] Lower East Side: Libation, among first joints to bring yuppies and Eurotrash to Ludlow Street, to close amid $5.5 mil asking price for building. [Curbed] Lower Manhattan: It’s like Stonehenge, sort of: A 50-foot-tall, floating, lime green M&M Statue of Liberty aligned with real statue this morning. [Gothamist] Park Slope: “You hate me, you really hate me!” Atlantic Yards starchitect Frank Gehry inverts Sally Field schtick in volley with a protester. [Atlantic Yards Report]
  43. neighborhood watch
    What Lies Beneath: In Gowanus, You Don’t Want to KnowDumbo: Those three empty townhouses on Old Fulton Street between Water and Front Streets are finally on the block — for $7.5 million. [DumboNYC] Gowanus: Sulfur and cyanide and SVOC s— oh, my! New plan catalogs the nasty goop that lies beneath the nabe. [Gowanus Lounge] Greenpoint: Borscht meets bling at the Polish hip-hop festival Friday. [Newyorkshitty] Midtown: The Bryant Park skating rink is closing — and just as it gets cold! — but there are still other places you can take your skates. [NewYorkology] Park Slope: Writer Adarro Minton hits the identity-politics jackpot with story collection Gay, Black, Crippled, Fat. He reads from it tonight at the Old Stone House. [Brooklyn Record] West Village: 2086: A Beer Odyssey. The Bedford Street building housing Chumley’s is up for sale, but the venerable pub’s lease lasts nearly another 80 years. [Curbed] Williamsburg: It’s a shonda: Built-in-a-fortnight shul just stands there buck naked. [Brownstoner]
  44. neighborhood watch
    UES Just Says No to Norman FosterBedford-Stuyvesant: Fledgling Bed-Stuy–Bushwick landlord launches (highly f**ckin’ profane) blog. [A Landlord’s Life via Curbed] Dumbo: Just in time for coldest winter week thus far, the barge swimming pool due to open this summer is spotted on Pier 2. [Curbed] Flushing: Butt-ugly new housing flushes Queens nabe’s charm right down the toilet. [Forgotten NY via Streetsblog] Lower East Side: Whole Foods makes its workers gather petition signatures to get permission for a liquor store next door to its imminent new Bowery branch. [Polis] Park Slope: There’s finally a name for the no-man’s-land at the juncture of Park Slope, Red Hook, and Carroll Gardens at the F train’s Smith-9th stop. It’s the Notary District! [423smith] Upper East Side: Landmarks committee to Sir Norman and Aby Rosen: Take that 30-foot glass tower off that art gallery! [Curbed]
  45. in other news
    Lucky Dumbo Artist Can Design Works to Match Hallway CarpetsThere’s nothing inherently wrong with this contest: J Condo — the surprisingly not-ugly 33-story building that sprung up, seemingly overnight, just north of Manhattan Bridge — is soliciting works from local artists to hang on its wall spaces. In fact, the initiative is perfectly in line with David Walentas’s master plan for Dumbo. It does make us wistful, however: Getting Dumbo artists to decorate a luxury condo is kind of like hiring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to play jazz in the lobby of the Northside Piers. A little more disturbingly, the “future residents of the building” get to pick the winners. With J’s prices approaching $1,000 per square foot, we wonder what the makeup of the jury is going to be like — and, frankly, if the total prize kitty ($16,000) isn’t a little stingy. Calling All Dumbo Artists [jcondo.com]
  46. neighborhood watch
    Brooklyn Tenants Rise Up Against LandlordsBoerum Hill: A construction project gives the whole area the DTs. [Brooklyn Record] Chelsea: The area’s highest building is going up on Sixth Avenue. Expect to buy condos there in 2008. [Curbed] Dumbo: J Condo invites local artists to submit work to be shown in the building. [Dumbo Improvement District via Dumbo NYC] Greenpoint: Tenants, get stoked! There’s a vigil tonight against landlord harassment at 6:30 at 202 Franklin Street, near Huron Street. [New York Shitty] Park Slope: Are families on the outs? Two new condos have mostly studios and one-bedrooms. [Brownstoner]
  47. neighborhood watch
    Bad Tourism Idea Moves South From BostonBrooklyn Heights: The Heights Players are doing Gemini, sadly without Danny Aiello and Kathleen Turner. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Dumbo: ModernTots furniture store is that latest example of family infestation. Is no part of Brooklyn safe? [Dumbo NYC] East Village: Liz Christy Garden, the city’s oldest community plot, has reopened to the public with a new lush look. [Curbed] Park Slope: Don’t worry, Blue Apron Foods will reopen in a couple of weeks as Grab. [Brooklyn Record] Red Hook: The Revere Sugar Plant might come down but not without a fight from the rats. [Gowanus Lounge] Times Square: Come spring, our tour buses will no longer feel inferior to Boston’s duck boats. Thanks, New York Splash Tours! [NewYorkology] Williamsburg: Spelling bee tonight at Pete’s Candy Store made more palatable by being a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Barely. [NYCStories]
  48. neighborhood watch
    Chelsea Hotel Opens Doors to the Dull Bay Ridge: At least someone is happy about Atlantic Yards. [Bay Ridge Blog] Chelsea: The doors of the Chelsea Hotel (right) are slowly changing into a boring black. [Hotel Chelsea Blog] Clinton Hill: Chicken and waffles comes to the neighborhood, but the fries aren’t so good. [Clinton Hill Blog] Dumbo: Reject the Swedes and shop at BoConcept, the Danish furniture store opening at 79 Front Street on Friday. [Dumbo NYC] Gowanus: The Empty Vessel Project sells the boat for a buck; new owners want “alternative weddings.” [Gowanus Lounge] Midtown West: In case you’re new, beat out the Amtrak amateurs at Penn Station by looking for your track listing on the monitors downstairs. [Inside Traveler via NewYorkology] Williamsburg: Rumor has it that Galapagos might close soon, too. [Brooklyn Vegan]
  49. neighborhood watch
    It’s Not Just a Bus Shelter, It’s Street Furniture! • Brooklyn: What was your worst meal in the borough this year? Complain away! [Brooklyn Record] • Chelsea: Trying to catch the east-bound crosstown bus at 23rd and Fifth? Well, you can’t anymore. [Chelsea.ClickYourBlock via BlogChelsea] • Clinton Hill: How did that hideous building get on Lefferts Place? [Brownstoner] • Dumbo: Coming soon to Jay Street: a much-needed, independent pharmacy. [Dumbo NYC] • Gowanus: Looking for as few windows as possible and a dreary concrete façade? There’s a new building on Bond Street just for you. [NYC.gov via Curbed]
  50. neighborhood watch
    Hottest Art Museum at 11 Spring Street (Till Monday) Brooklyn Heights: Join a pack of revelers on Saturday night and carol around the neighborhood. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: All this time we had our very own Boiler Room? [North Country Gazette via Sunset Parker] Crown Heights: Seen all that New York has to offer? Then it’s time for a Hasidic walking tour. [Brooklyn Record] Dumbo: Foragers Market is hosting a holiday party. With everything 10 percent off, maybe you can afford to shop there. Oh, and free champagne. [Dumbo NYC] Nolita: Visit 11 Spring Street this weekend for a last look at the graffiti before it goes condo. [Gothamist] Red Hook: Plans to redevelop the waterfront inspire an afternoon protest. [Gowanus Lounge]
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