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  1. new york city
    The Tech Industry Is Remaking New York City — Even Without Amazon’s HQ2As tech occupies an ever-larger place in the economy, it will continue to affect the city’s physical shape — but perhaps in more heterodox ways.
  2. the city
    Interview With the Amazon SlayerThe nomination of State Senator Mike Gianaris to a powerful post was the beginning of the end for HQ2. His next target: vast corporate tax breaks.
  3. just asking questions
    New York City’s Development Czar Alicia Glen Talks Amazon HQ and HousingNew York City deputy mayor Alicia Glen discusses the Amazon HQ deal and why New York is an affordable-housing leader of the “goddamn world.”
  4. cityscape
    Amazon Can’t Monopolize New York CityThe company shouldn’t be seen as a threat. Besides, the world’s great urban center of commerce doesn’t tell anyone to get out of town.
  5. cityscape
    What to Expect When Amazon Lands in Long Island CityPricier lunches and more transit needs.
  6. tags
    Artists Won the 5Pointz Case, But the Decision Was Terrible for ArtThe landowner who made his building a graffiti haven should not have been demonized.
  7. from the archives
    Looking Back at Long Island City’s Slow SizzleThe last time we called the neighborhood hot, we might have been a little ahead of schedule.
  8. properties
    Life in Long Island City, the Country’s Fastest-Growing NeighborhoodThe neighborhood’s transition has been a long time coming.
  9. stand clear of the closing doors
    G Train to Cause More Trouble Than Usual for Greenpoint Residents The line won’t run between Nassau Avenue and Court Square for five weeks.
  10. crimes and misdemeanors
    Graffiti No Longer Allowed at Former Graffiti Haven 5PointzSix people were arrested for vandalism at the newly white warehouse.
  11. 5pointz
    5Pointz Building Owner Defends Paint Job, Demolition: ‘It’s Best for Everyone’“They’re misguided,” says Jerry Wolkoff.
  12. neighborhood news
    Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz Painted White Before Becoming Luxury CondosThe walls of 5Pointz are being buffed, to add insult to injury.
  13. sad things
    Police Are Not Giving Up Search for Avonte OquendoBut after two weeks, officials seem no closer to finding the autistic 14-year-old.
  14. sad things
    Search for Autistic Teen Missing From Long Island City School Continues Avonte Oquendo has been gone for over a week.
  15. awful things
    Interracial Couple Attacked in Long Island City Hate CrimeAwful.
  16. neighborhood watch
    Greenpoint Subdivided: Do You Live in Garbagetown or Sewagetown?Quick, someone bandage that bleeding Lady of Mercy in the Bronx, mourn the Purchase Building in Dumbo, and scold that greedy Long Island City sweatshop! So much to do in today’s boroughs report!
  17. neighborhood watch
    Bedbugs Threaten Boerum Hill Bastille Day’Real World’ rumors hit Carroll Gardens, strange “vocational” lions hit Staten Island, the “Beaver Butler” hits the financial district, and more, in today’s boroughs report.
  18. neighborhood watch
    Cool Nuns Will Build Houses for Environment, Old PeopleGenerous nuns heed the earth in Bedford Park, an anti-Greek wind blows in the East Village, and sulfurous yet minty odor pervades Long Island City, all in the final boroughs roundup of this awesomely sunny July week!
  19. neighborhood watch
    Can Regina Spektor Make Murray Hill Cool?Regina Spektor moves into Murray Hill, Carroll Gardens’ Ivy League hipster types strike back against last week’s maudlin anti-yuppie video, and a celeb hip-hop stylist’s body turns up in the Bronx. Plus, news from Red Hook, Long Island City, Dumbo, and Coney in today’s boroughs roundup.
  20. neighborhood watch
    Avenue A’s Most Famous Appendage Perks UpSay hello to “The Collection” in Carroll Gardens, a possible good-bye to notorious Club Kalua in Jamaica, and plain old “WTF?” to a Staten Island kid who won’t give up his Confederate-flag T-shirt. That and more in our daily boroughs report.
  21. neighborhood watch
    Brighton Beach Baths: Too Good for Manhattanites?Is the city really dumping trash in a Ridgewood wetland? How could we have missed the Sinatra tribute in Williamsburg? And how would you get by without your daily boroughs report?
  22. neighborhood watch
    Notorious B.I.G. Biopic Returns to Bed-StuyThe Long Island City sculptor behind last night’s ‘Gossip Girl’ art, a possible hotel for part of Williamsburg’s Domino plant, misplaced political graffiti in Bushwick, and more in our daily boroughs report.
  23. neighborhood watch
    Long Island City Gets a BreakdownNaked butts in Prospect Heights, Pope dreams in Mott Haven, and a touching tale of man and squirrel out of Prospect Park. What other fun-size borough bites await in our daily Neighborhood Watch?
  24. neighborhood watch
    John Varvatos’s CBGB Store Mildly ProtestedThought you knew all of New York’s quirky neighborhood names? What about New Dorp? We thought not.
  25. neighborhood watch
    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.
  26. neighborhood watch
    First Crane Raising Since Midtown Disaster Draws a CrowdHelp Moby get a buyer of his Upper West Side penthouse past his co-op board and you may win $75,000! That and more in today’s reports from hoods around town.
  27. neighborhood watch
    Brooklyn Heights Residents Are Always Bringing It Back to PoopBrooklyn Heights: This post is about the neighborhood’s best dog walker, and those who try to pull it off-message and make it about dog poop instead will be frowned upon, okay??? [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Carroll Gardens: Robert Scarano’s 342 Bond Street building not only aesthetically attacks locals with its bunker-like façade, now it’s literally attacking them: Its guard dogs reportedly escaped and mauled one couple’s adorable little puppy (see pic). [Gowanus Lounge] Clinton Hill:The Broken Angel building became the center of controversy when its quirky turret was torn down a few years ago, and then again when the owners decided to convert it into condos. Now, it’s the subject of a legal smackdown between its documentarian and her cinematographer. [NYDN]
  28. neighborhood watch
    That Amazing House From ‘Moonstruck’ Is Still Up for Grabs, Only Now It’s Cheaper!Brooklyn Heights: The sale price of the Cranberry Street house where they filmed Moonstruck has dropped from $5 million to $3.95 million since early 2006. That’s still très Cher! [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Coney Island: Astroland opens Sunday … possibly, for the second year in a row now, for its last season before major Coney development begins. [amNY] East New York: It’s “the new Harlem,” did you know that? So if you’re bitter you didn’t buy uptown twenty years ago, you’ll want to buy here, where cribs are going for up to $300,000. [NYDN]
  29. neighborhood watch
    Spitzer’s Departure Bad for Moynihan Station, Too!Cobble Hill: Just as young parents here suffer the creeping feeling that their edgy youthful coolness is slipping away between their fingers, along comes an Urban Outfitters to profit off all their insecurities! [Cobble Hill Blog] Clinton: Spitzer’s resignation may put a further drag on the development of Hudson Yards and Moynihan Station, already slowed by the credit crisis. [Crain’s NY] East Village: Lest you think Trader Joe’s mania was dropping off, please note that the line to get in was back this weekend. No frozen organic brown rice for you, little low-income vegan! [East Village Idiot]
  30. neighborhood watch
    The G Train to Get 50 Percent Less Hateable in 2008Bedford-Stuyvesant: Wait a minute. Is this entire building just a carefully executed, giant beer bong? [Newyorkshitty] Dumbo: This hood’s waterfront is getting rezoned. What does it mean for you and your view? [DumboNYC] Long Island City: The G train might be 50 percent more useful? Stop the world, we wanna get off! [Clinton Hill Blog]
  31. neighborhood watch
    Take a Walk Down Tin Pan Alley, Er, 28th StreetEast Village: Right across from its iconic 1859 building, Cooper Union wants to build a corrugated, spiky new thing by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. Um…yeah, we’ll skip the stupid, vaguely racist sushi joke. [NYO] Flatiron: The next time you walk down nondescript 28th between Broadway and Sixth, sing out “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” or “In the Good Old Summertime” to commemorate that the block was once the famed Tin Pan Alley. There’s no plaque or anything that denotes as much. And that’s a sad song. [Lost NYC] Gowanus: Take a look at the residential-retail complex the Toll Brothers would like to build along the canal. Nothing like mixed-use magic alongside the miasma! [Gowanus Lounge]
  32. developing
    Developer’s Dreams Deferred in Long Island City Long Island City won’t be transitioning from Next Big Thing to Big Thing quite as quickly as some were planning. In August 2006, Alan and Stuart Suna, the brothers who run Silvercup Studios near the Queensboro Bridge, unveiled city-approved plans for Silvercup West: a new soundstage and offices and 1,000 apartments (150 priced for people of moderate means), plus retail, a gym, and an esplanade on the waterfront, all designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Richard Rogers and set to begin construction in 2008. But it’s taken a year, Silvercup CEO Alan Suna says, to get permission to enter the site and test the soil around a power plant the team will have to clear. And now that the builders have gotten into the dirt, they’ve discovered that the bedrock was not where they expected it to be. Is there something toxic in there? Nobody will say. So when will we get this handsome new neighborhood? “We really can’t give a target date at this point,” says Silvercup spokesperson Cara Marino Gentile. Adds Rogers spokesperson Paul Stelmaszczyk, “We are not currently working on any adjustments to the design.” That’s the sound of a project stalling out. LIC loft-dwellers have a little more time, it seems, to relish that pioneer spirit. —Alec Appelbaum
  33. neighborhood watch
    Flatbush to Rise?Bedford-Stuyvesant: Guess which dark lord lives in this sleekly hideous black fortress? It’s your dad, Luke Skywalker! [Newyorkshitty] East Village: Big-time developer Ben Shaoul thinks the East Village will always be “gritty and inexpensive and arty,” even though he’s renting $7,500 marble-bedecked apartments here. [NYO] Flatbush: Look for some major redevelopment on shabby Flatbush Avenue, where the Pintchik family, long the owners of the local hardware store, own about $100 million in property and are readying to class it up to the level of Park Slope or Cobble Hill. [NYS]
  34. neighborhood watch
    It’s Raining Cristal! Oh, WaitBay Ridge: The congregation of a pretty 108-year-old stone church here wants it torn down to make room for condos and a smaller house of faith, but preservationists and bloggers are trying to stop them. [RightInBayRidge] East Village: There’s a super-deluxe penthouse atop the Bowery Hotel for rent for $30,000 a month. And whoever wrote this e-mail pitch apparently thinks it’s okay for would-be renters to “piss Cristal off the balcony.” [Curbed] Forest Hills: If you want nice local businesses like Laytner’s to survive over skeevy stores, you have to shop local, instead of paying slightly less at the big chains. And here’s the receipt to prove it. [Forest Hills 72]
  35. neighborhood watch
    Battery Pier: A Beautiful Disaster?Battery Park: Are we weird because all the decrepit buildings the city wants to renovate — like this pier with a Victorian clock tower — we think are beautiful just as they are? Yeah, we’re probably weird. [NYT via Curbed] Greenpoint: It was difficult to visit friends yesterday at this crazy-ass apartment because “the buzzards” weren’t working. Well, it was a holiday, after all. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: The Rev. Al Sharpton said yesterday that if MLK were to walk through Harlem today, he might not like what he saw. You mean his dream didn’t include “the gentrification people”? [NYS]
  36. neighborhood watch
    Bed-Stuy Invades BushwickBushwick: Have Bedford-Stuyvesant landlords pushed the media to join them in identifying Bed-Stuy locales as part of trendier Bushwick? This blogger says that this fire really took place in the Stuy, but that’s not how the news reported it. [BushwickBK] Chelsea: The old-school drunks still gather at the old-school Peter McManus Cafe, but after 7 p.m., THE KIDS arrive. Beware! [Vanishing NY] Clinton: Folks from the 34th St. Partnership are trying to build a bike parking lot (isn’t that crazy!) on 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth. If you have the $200,000 they need to pay for it, let them know. [Gothamist]
  37. neighborhood watch
    The East Village Has Gone Euro. No, Really.Coney Island: Here, 105 years ago today, Thomas Edison electrocuted a rogue elephant to prove the power of direct (versus alternating) current. He even filmed it. And where was PETA? [Gothamist] East Village: Local biz owners are banding together against chain stores. Meanwhile, the trendy hood’s so overrun with Euros that stores have started accepting, uh, euros. [Vanishing New York] Long Island City: Bollywood comes to LIC, hip-hop style, in this cute video. Shakalaka, baby! [LICNYC]
  38. neighborhood watch
    The Bike Shelters Are Closing InBushwick: Recently, a bunch of so-called freegans built a mountain of thrown-out breadstuffs here to protest food waste. Yum. [WildGreenYonder] Long Island City: The long-anticipated bike racks with sleek shelters have arrived, absolutely essential for … uh … not burning your butt on a sun-soaked banana seat? [Curbed] Lower East Side: The Streit family wanted $25 mil for their Rivington Street matzo factory (which’ll likely go condo), but it looks like they may get more. That’s a fact we’ll leave unleavened by humor. [Vanishing New York]
  39. neighborhood watch
    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]
  40. neighborhood watch
    Newfangled Toilets Make Us Wonder What They’ll Look Like When They’re Oldfangled Bushwick: All the ‘swhik kids are chipping in to help Steve Trimboli, who runs local indie-rock mecca Goodbye Blue Monday, pay his mountain of post-cancer bills. That’s nice. [VV] Carroll Gardens: Who is trying to destroy the hood’s “Democracy Wall,” where locals post anti-development propaganda? Could it be … Councilmember Bill DeBlasio? [Gowanus Lounge]Flatiron: The new Cemusa toilet’s going up in Madison Square Park! Weird to think that something so sleek will soon be crawling with germs. (Or are these things self-cleaning?) [Curbed, Promediacorp]
  41. neighborhood watch
    Love and Herpes, in GreenpointBowery: The first visitors to the New Museum this weekend were given candy, then yelled at for eating it. [Curbed] Dumbo: A black disabled woman is suing local megadeveloper Dave Walentas for shutting her out of a luxury rental, saying he excluded her based on quibbles like an outstanding cable bill of $1.61. [NYDN] Greenpoint: He wants her to know that his bedbug scare and her possible case of genital herpes are no reason they shouldn’t have a torrid affair. Especially now that he’s exterminated his bedroom. [Newyorkshitty]
  42. neighborhood watch
    Battery Park, Do We Need More of It?Battery Park City: Should the hood, itself built on landfill, be extended out into the Hudson with more landfill? The local community board says, “No, no, no!” [CityRealty] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Herewith, twenty reasons to love the hood’s hated-on, not-so-trendy north side. (“11. The selection of current bootleg DVDs at the laundromat.” Can’t argue with that.) [Bed-Stuy Banana] Downtown Brooklyn: One of those sleek, new bus shelters has been smashed to pieces … again! [McBrooklyn]
  43. neighborhood watch
    Coney Island: The New Blackpool, England?Astoria: Everyone’s all excited about this new apartment building, but doesn’t it kind of look like a seventies computer or TV set? [OuterB] Brooklyn Heights: Now that Norman Mailer’s dead, the hood’s most famous resident could well be right-wing scribe Peggy Noonan. How depressing. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Coney Island: If new visions for the amusement zone ever take hold, it may end up looking something like … Blackpool, England! Check out that twister coaster beside the tram. [Kinetic Carnival]
  44. intel
    The City Is Tired of You Getting Your Bike Seat WetBehold the city’s newest benefit for bicyclists: a sleek public bike-parking shelter that will start rolling out next month. The structures are from the same company that’s installing those adorable new bus stops around town. As you can see, they look very similar, except they’ve removed the side and rear panels for easy access for up to eight bikes. (And their ad panels will show off the city bike map or reminders to pedal safely.) The Art Commission approved the design yesterday, and the contractor will build the first 5 of 37 at commuting hubs. Look for them at 17th and Broadway, DeKalb and Flatbush, Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road, Jackson Avenue at 50th Street in Long Island City, and the St. George Ferry Terminal. “You judge a good street by how you see people going out and using the space,” Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told us. “We’re working hard to make sure that the materials we put on the street are high quality and sustainable.” And, from the looks of it, pretty. —Alec Appelbaum
  45. neighborhood watch
    How About Some Gargoyles for Your Halloween?Bay Ridge: If you see lots of nooses tonight, don’t bug out and call Rev. Al. It’s Halloween, people — the night when nooses are exempt from Jim Crow overtones. [Bay Ridge Rover] Harlem: Did you know that the gargoyles on this old building tell a story about chicken soup? Check them out, ‘cause they’re plenty creepy-lookin’ for the holiday. [The Weblicist] Hell’s Kitchen: Does the forbidding of a sax player from practicing in his apartment signal the morphing of Manhattan Plaza from an artists’ enclave to a yuppie one? [NYDN]
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    Don’t Worry, There Will Still Be Four Starbucks at Astor PlaceAstor Place: If ever a Starbucks were to be missed, it might be this big one, where the world meets up. But it’s not closing … they’re just fixing the sign. And yet, the longtime newsstand here will be replaced with a shiny glass box. [Vanishing New York] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Cops are — wisely — advising parents not to let their kids play with a toy 9 mm that looks uncannily realistic. [Bed-Stuy Blog] Ditmas Park: A bit less than $800,000 will get you this picture-postcard of domestic bliss: cute white house, front yard, white picket fence … and roaring street-level subway just ten feet away! [Ditmas Park Blog] Harlem: Paging Tracy James, paging Tracy James. (That’s Diana Ross’s designer turned supermodel character in Mahogany, FYI.) Please report to the Apollo this Sunday for the 50th annual Ebony fashion fair… [Uptown Flavor] Long Island City: The city thinks this burgeoning condo-tower haven is “poor” and “underdeveloped” enough to make it worth wooing colleges to move here. [NYS via Queens Crap] Sheepshead Bay: Um, not to sound peevish, but would someone please dredge the entrance to the bay before it gets any narrower? Pretty soon a clam roll won’t be able to sail through here. [Gerritsen Beach] Williamsburg: Advertising for the Edge condo takes a page from the Basic Instinct flash-that-muff playbook. And how bold to pair sex and Asian men. [Copyranter via Curbed]
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    Coen Brothers Un-Brooklyn the HeightsBrooklyn Heights: For a new film, the Coen Brothers repainted and tweaked the façades of some brownstones here to make them look more like D.C.’s Georgetown hood. Now that ain’t right. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: After disappearing from Seventh and 23rd for a while after the cops (reluctantly) busted him for playing an amped guitar, scruffy Vlad is back … with an even louder steel resonator guitar they can’t nab him for because it’s acoustic. [Blog Chelsea] Greenpoint: Enviro-crusadress Julia Roberts — uh, Erin Brockovich — may be here again this month to blast Exxon for its subterranean oil spill just revealed to be nearly twice as big as thought. Meanwhile, Sotheby’s has arrived in this scrappy hood. [NYDN] Long Island City: Did you know that the huge Citibank building here is actually the spire of a giant sundial? Neither did we. And even after reading this, we can’t figure out how this thing works. [OuterB] Maspeth: Bloomberg’s people will meet with folks here protesting to save a church, even though one of the rabble-rouser’s posters claimed he wanted to hang the mayor. [Queens Crap] Times Square: An old vaudeville theater turned porn emporium on Eighth and 44th will be torn down. [Postcards from Hell’s Kitchen] Williamsburg: Uh, maybe somebody should shore up that scaffolding at 70 North 9th Street before it collapses and hurts someone. [Gowanus Lounge]
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    Hipsters and Bushwick and Bedbugs, Oh My!Bushwick: Even hipster buildings get bedbugs. [Curbed] Greenpoint: A new park opens at month’s end right alongside terrifically toxic Newtown Creek. [Newyorkshitty] Harlem: There’s finally a veterinary clinic here. Word! Woof! Meow! [Harlem Fur] Long Island City: Dwellers in the new Arris condos who are disappointed by shoddy construction and a desolate neighborhood may be relieved to know there’s one area amenity they needn’t do without — hookers. [Queens Crap] Park Slope: It’s sad that all of the neurotic parenting here has very likely led to children who are Satanic graffiti artists. [Gowanus Lounge] Soho: Protesters plan to crash this Wednesday’s launch party for the Trump SoHo “condo-hotel.” [Blog Chelsea] Upper West Side: A man in Rollerblades climbed to the top of the giant globe outside Trump International yesterday, threw out flyers for a rock concert, and ate an orange. [Gothamist]
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    Trader Joe’s Wants You … to Vaseline Your TeethBay Ridge: They’re saying that Representative. Fossella hasn’t come through on promises to help save a beautiful Methodist church from being razed for condo development. [Queens Crap] Coney Island: We are increasingly intrigued by Rose, the compellingly coiffed lady who delivers terse morning weather reports on this blog from a tower high atop Coney. Let’s hear more about Rose! [OTBKB] Dumbo: Looks like yuppies and Farragut Houses residents alike will be rubbing shoulders over toothpaste and T.P. at the “New Pharmacy Coming Soon!” to Gold Street. [Brownstoner] Forest Hills: If you’re an ambitious, adventurous, values- and people-oriented foodie who smiles easily, then the new Trader Joe’s here wants you! [Forest Hills 72] Harlem: With HIV infections in the city’s young gay men up a third since 2001, the biggest jump in that group is here and East Harlem. Come on, brothas and papis — and Chelsea boys too, for that matter — rock the cock sock! [NYS] Long Island City: Sounds like there’s an itty-bitty park planned for that waterfront lot at the end of Vernon Boulevard. Nice. [LICNYC] Melrose: Who’s going to plunk down $25 mil to buy the fabulously rococo, former Bronx County Courthouse? And what’ll they use it for? [Curbed]
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    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]
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