Flatbush Enters the Food Co-op FrayChelsea: The proliferation of noncontextual glass condos is driving area high schoolers to stab one another in front of the construction sites. [Vanishing New York]
Flatbush: Watch your back, Park Slope Food Co-op. The one here is moving into an old Associated market, and they’ve poached a Trader Joe’s staffer to be their produce czar. [Ditmas Park Blog]
Jackson Heights: Wow, the scrappy hood beat out Manhattan’s newly hot financial district in Curbed’s Best Nabe of ‘07 competition. Now, can it trounce — gulp — Tribeca? [Curbed]
Beware of British Men Bearing ‘StachesDitmas Park: That bright-red trail of blood at the Newkirk subway station? No worries, just a guy who slashed his hand while playing with a pen knife! [Ditmas Park Blog]
Dumbo: Wow, look at the big fat space on Main Street where performance den Galapagos will go in the wake of its move from Williamsburg. [DumboNYC]
East Village: Who’s the dude with the mustache, British accent, and “big soulful brown eyes” who’s ripping off small, women-owned boutiques? [Vanishing New York]
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Barrister Wannabe Loves Spending Our Worthless Dollars
British litigator-in-training Shivi Ramontar loves living in New York these days. “Everything’s kind of half-price!” she exclaims, chagrined only a little by taking advantage of today’s flaccid dollar (she must be paid in pounds). Ramontar shares her purchases and confesses her favorite city to Amy Larocca in this week’s Video Look Book.
Shivi Ramontar [Video Look Book]
Bed-Stuy Fires Back at the ‘Shwick!Bedford-Stuyvesant: Uh-oh. Bed-Stuy just upped the stakes in the blog battle between it and Bushwick. They even dis ‘shwick homegirl Rosie Perez. This is war, muthaf*ckas. [Bed-Stuy Blog]
Coney Island: So many people showed up last night at the first public meeting on the city’s plans for Coney that it had to be canceled for lack of space. Wow. This should be an epic novel. [Gowanus Lounge]
Jackson Heights: The hood’s got a new bulletin board! Where else will you learn where to get the area’s best pizza, Mexican cocoa power, and $5-or-under eyebrow threading? [Jackson Heights Life]
We’ll Make It, I Swear … to the Governor’s Mansion?Jon Bon Jovi lives in Soho but is keeping a house in Jersey because he may run for governor there one day. Alec Baldwin is worried that Hillary Clinton won’t vote “no” on a $10 billion farm bill that subsidizes farmers who provide fattening foods to schools. Kelly Ripa claims she treats her butt like her breasts by buying really tight jeans and pushing her cheeks together. Cindy Adams claims that Time Warner may be looking to sell People magazine and In Style to Hachette. A stylist for Frederic Fekkai had to wear rubber gloves before shampooing a tweaked-out, sweaty Brandon Davis. High-end TV network Plum TV laid off a bunch of people and may be closing. Makeup maven Olivia Chantecaille has a new banker boyfriend. Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant are still buddies and attended a dinner party at the Upper East Side townhouse of Valentino.
Heath and Michelle Disorient Their ChildHeath Ledger and Michelle Williams are creating identical bedrooms for their daughter at their respective abodes in Soho and Brooklyn. Sumner Redstone and his daughter have reconciled after a lengthy feud over money. A Detroit preacher has come to the defense of Star Jones, who was accused of skipping out of a charity event for overweight girls. Office mates John Krasinski and Rashida Jones canoodled at an SNL after-party. Brandon Davis was “surprisingly sober-esque” at the fifth-anniversary party for Butter, only falling down once. Philanthropist Loida Lewis sold her Fifth Avenue co-op for $33 million ($12 million less than the asking price).
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Little Marvin Sports ‘Broke Baroque’ in Soho
Little Marvin, son of Big Marvin, recently returned from French Fashion Week. Though he picked up his “broke baroque” style from the streets of New York, he has a soft spot for Parisians. “Everybody is so individual,” he says. “You don’t feel like everybody is wearing what’s hip and what’s cool. People really do their own thing.” So does Little Marvin, so we’re glad he’s one of ours.
Video Look Book: Little Marvin
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Soho Shopgirl Likes Taxidermy, Comfort Zones
When Amy Larocca ran into Theresa Dapra in Soho recently, Dapra was wearing clothes inspired by the movie Party Monster. Shod in Roman shoes and socks from mom, she is also into taxidermy. But mostly, she wants her clothes to suit her: “If I’m not in clothing that fits the mood that I feel inside, then I’m not comfortable going outside my house.” Watch the Video Look Book for more sage fashion advice.
Theresa Dabra [Video Look Book]
Miranda, Steve, and Brady Live in Clinton Hill?Astoria: The Slurpee machine has already broken down at the new 7-Eleven. (Oops, was that supposed to be a Grub Street item?) [Joey in Astoria]
Clinton Hill: Is this really the brownstone they’re using as Miranda and Steve’s place for the Sex and the City movie? [Clinton Hill Blog]
Greenpoint: Once the hood was full of movie houses and low on banks. Now there are too many banks and no movie houses. [Newyorkshitty]
Glass Goes Up on Trump SohoWe couldn’t help but notice today that glass is finally going up on Trump Soho, the controversial hotel-tower that he has been shilling for the past few months. You can see it on the bottom of the picture to the left (it’s blue!). You can bet that Soho and Village protesters will have a lot to say about this. We’re not sure we have an opinion, except that this accelerated progress is only going to mean that Trump will be hanging out in our neighborhood more often. Which is never good.
Earlier: The Donald Celebrates Trump Soho Sales
Black-and-White-Cookie Contest: A Tie!Brooklyn Heights: Your vote can help the Floating Pool of the Summer of ‘07 beat out the iPhone for a top design award. Meanwhile in the hood, Brad Pitt sported big hair. [McBrooklyn]
East Village: Bitchy blogger Chris is showing his soft side by raising funds for a local school for autistic kids. We like. But we no like his Red Sox cap. [East Village Idiot]
Greenpoint: A self-described illegal immigrant is mad as hell he didn’t get paid for some contracting work … and he wants Mayor Giuliani [sic] to know it. [Newyorkshitty]
Jerome-Gun Hill: It got ugly last weekend in the Boogie-Down when judges called a tie in the World Black-and-White Cookie Eating Championship. [West Bronx Blog]
Soho: Many a government employee parks illegally every day on Crosby Street. How do you people live with yourselves? [Streetsblog]
Park Slope: The food co-op is finally accepting debit cards, turning it into the mean, lean grocer machine it must become to compete with the coming Whole Foods. [Brooklyn Paper]
Village: Red and blue dildos paired with white laminated condom guidelines made for a patriotic display at an NYU health fair. [Copyranter]
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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Trump Triumphs Over Soho, Tumbles Under O’DonnellDonald Trump comes out a winner and a loser in the Post today. It’s reported that the city will back his 46-story condo-hotel in Soho, despite neighborhood protests that it will change the character of the area and that it violates zoning laws. The building is already eleven stories high, and Trump says, “it will be one of the finest buildings of its kind anywhere in the world.” Which is all great and happy-making, but we’re a little disappointed with his performance in his latest spat with former View host Rosie O’Donnell. “Page Six” reports that in O’Donnell’s book, Celebrity Detox, she takes some potshots at the real-estate mogul. She calls him “a slug,” “a torn scarecrow,” and “wrinkled, old and empty, with a Jell-O orange combover.” Pretty poetic imagery! But all that the usually verbose Trump can come up with in response was “Rosie is a loser and a very sad case — unattractive both inside and out. I’ll wager my book sells a lot more than hers.” Oh, come on! It’s Monday morning. At least call her fat!
Trump Triumphs [NYP]
Rosie and Trump ‘Slug’ it Out [NYP]
The Horny HedgieOnce a week, Daily Intel takes a peek at what your friends and neighbors are doing behind doors left slightly ajar. Today, the Royal the Horny Hedgie: female, 26, hedge-fund analyst, Soho, cohabiting with boyfriend.
6:15 a.m.: Boyfriend rolls over and kisses my shoulder. I don’t react. Spoons me and pushes himself into my back. I shrug him off. He kisses me on the cheek and gets up. He’s so nice. I smile.
7 a.m.: Brushing hair, brushing teeth, lathering on lotion. Boyfriend moves in behind me and grabs my breasts; I welcome the support as I’ve yet to put a bra on. He says something about how I make him hot. I roll my eyes and motion him out the door.
7:30 a.m.: As we leave apartment, we kiss. He moves his hands down my neck and shoulders bringing them in and resting them on my breasts. He smells unreal, and for a minute I consider a quickie, but it’s a fleeting thought. Don’t want to endure wrath from tight-ass coworkers for being late.
3:30 p.m.: Bored. Scroll through AmateurEros.net. Love the real pics of girls. Imagine three-way with boyfriend and the girl with large nipples. Way too much of a sissy to bring it up, annoyed with self for not being more open.
7 p.m.: At home, changing for gym but decide to linger around in a thong. Making conversation with boyfriend, pretending not to notice he’s turned on. Start kissing in the kitchen, and he’s tracing my breasts with his fingers. Strip each other down. Straddle him as he sits on the edge of the bed. I come first within minutes; he’s not far behind.
‘If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Probably Be Screaming’Bronx: A city inspector went to the basement of 1912 Holland Avenue to check on a hot-water heater, but he ended up contacting the police because he found a crazy laboratory, complete with vials of acid, and preserved bones and organs. As one resident said, “If these walls could talk, they’d probably be screaming.” [Gothamist]
Cobble Hill: A planned new building next to the incoming Brooklyn Trader Joe’s has caused a kerfuffle – developers want to build higher than zoning permits, but Borough president Marty Markowitz doesn’t want to set a bad precedent. Mm. We’re not sure “kerfuffle” is the word he’d use. [Brownstoner]
Downtown Brooklyn: The city has decided to use its powers of eminent domain to seize 21 downtown Brooklyn lots that are said to have been a part of the Underground Railroad. Oh, and the city is also about to spend $2 million to commemorate abolitionist activity in the area. [McBrooklyn]
Forest Hills: A planned shopping center in the hood hasn’t received approval, despite signage to the contrary. The suspicious civic association, naturally, have their caftans in a twist. [Forest Hills 72]
Soho: A giant, boxers-clad poster of Michelangelo’s David dominates Lafayette, trying to get you to donate sperm. Because, you know, Lafayette has the best daddies. [Copyranter]
Underground Railroad Landmarks to Become Underground GarageChelsea: This lost cat should be easily identified based on this accurate and lifelike illustration. Or, wait, is that a kangaroo? [Blog Chelsea]
Coney Island: Was someone cyber-posing as a circus executive to undermine the Cole Brothers big top that came here recently? [Gowanus Lounge]
Downtown Brooklyn: It’s increasingly likely that those Duffield Street homes believed to have been stops on the Underground Railroad will soon be replaced by, among other things, an underground parking garage. Inspiring. [Brooklyn Eagle via Duffield St. Underground]
Greenpoint: Looks like an open-air weekend art-and-antiques fair is coming to, uh, Grinpoint. [Newyorkshitty]
Harlem: A packed room at a community-board meeting was so opposed to Columbia’s expansion in Harlem that even eminence noir David Dinkins, who supports the growth, was booed and heckled. [Harlem Fur]
Lower East Side: Residents of the Rutgers Houses and Knickerbocker Village don’t want all those Chinatown buses congregating on a two-block stretch in their midst. [Chelsea Now via Streetsblog]
Soho: “If you had to find one word to describe Soho, it would be ‘beauty,’” writes this flack-y blogger. Funny, that. We thought it would be “mall.” [Weblicist]
Hunting for Yuppies in GreenpointCorona: Is this the hot new Queens nabe? Is there a truly hot Queens nabe? [OuterB]
East Village: So the new marketers of Stuy Town are spinning the open lawns there as “a park.” But say some they’re not, technically. Ouch. [Atlantic Yards Report]
Gowanus: Swank new condos are slated for the canal. How Venice — stench included. [BrooklynPaper]
Greenpoint: The hood’s old-timers (or maybe it’s just kooky blogger Miss Heather) want to fuck up smack-talking yuppie insurgents. [Newyorkshitty]
Kensington: Around these parts, they sneak pics of taggers, then pedal away like hell when the taggers spot ’em. Brave. [KensingtonBlog]
Soho: Just because that proposed sanitation garage on Spring and Washington might be colorful doesn’t mean locals are any happier about it. [The Villager]
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She Does Her Little Turn on the Catwalk
Amy Larocca met Akia and Sahriya Baily in Soho recently and discovered that pageant queen and makeup artist Akia is now entering her daughter Sahriya in the contests. Sahriya will get only some blush and bronzer. No teeth whiteners! Check out Sahirya’s excellent walk by watching this week’s Video Look Book.
Akia and Sahriya Baily [Video Look Book]
Countdown to iPhone: Someone Left the Line Out in the Rain
You know what’s tons of fun? Sleeping out for three days to get an overpriced cell phone! You know what’s even more fun? Sleeping out in the pouring rain for an overpriced cell phone!
Patrick and Ryan Brave the First Storm [Flickr via Gridskipper]
Earlier: Daily Intel’s team coverage of the iPhone.
The Subway Transfer We’ve All Been Waiting ForBedford-Stuyvesant: A new building on Spencer Street turns out to have some Technicolor character. [Bed-Stuy Blog]
Bushwick: Doing wonders to improve the area’s reputation, kids hit new trees with baseball bats. [BushwickBK]
Carroll Gardens: A self-described distant relative of Frank Lloyd Wright is organizing opposition to a massive, shiny condo planned for brownstone-y Smith Street. [Gowanus Lounge]
Red Hook: It appears that Willy Wonka’s dream house has officially relocated here. Actually, this artifact-packed domicile has been here a while. [McBrooklyn]
Soho: Plans are finally underway to renovate the Broadway-Lafayette/Bleecker Street subway station, where only the very clued-in escape paying twice to transfer from the 6 to the B/D/F. [Second Avenue Sagas]
Upper East Side: Phone ads dissing the area, meant actually for the Upper West Side, were stupidly posted here, causing local dudgeon. [Radar]
West Village: A large, glassy, undulating condo is coming to that big empty lot at Eighth Avenue just below 14th Street. [Curbed]
The Peripatetic Hot Young Thing Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek at what your friends and neighbors are doing behind doors left slightly ajar. Today, the Peripatetic Hot Young Thing: female, 20, Soho, food-manufacturing administrator, straight.
Midnight: Party at my house.
1:00 a.m.: Roommate’s friend tries to hook up with me, as he generally does when he’s drunk.
2:00 a.m.: Matt arrives. Two weeks ago I was totally crushing on him and we still have that awkward sexual energy.
3:00 a.m.: We leave together to visit a friend in Brooklyn.
7:00 a.m.: He begs me to stay out longer and come over, but I decide to be a responsible adult and come home.
Gwathmey Shocker: Soho Condo to Look Like Soho!Celebrity architect Charles Gwathmey didn’t make himself many East Village friends with his last project here, the so-called Sculpture for Living on Astor Place, which was widely derided as out of context for the neighborhood. Perhaps he’s learned his lesson. We got an early peek at Soho Mews, his newest local effort, and it’s a tasteful, intriguing new condo that’s a clever update of Soho’s cast-iron factory tradition. The façade uses different treatments of glass, frosted here and unvarnished there, to create what Gwathmey describes as an “active Tartan grid” that will glow with different colors at different times of day. And the block-through lot, with a courtyard between the West Broadway and Wooster Street entrances, allows a sumptuous lobby that recalls the classic uptown prewars. “It’s a courtyard model that is unique in the city and patterned on the great old hotels,” the architect told us. “This is a loft tailored for a design-savvy customer.” And one who likes his Soho to look like, well, Soho. —Alec Appelbaum
Kylie Minogue’s Giant Head Protects SohoBrooklyn Heights: This posh hood got a little grittier yesterday when a truck carrying tons of “deep, rich loam” overturned on Cadman Plaza West. [Curbed]
Chelsea: Even the famously shabby Chelsea Hotel is freshening up, now with a new awning. [BlogChelsea]
Downtown Brooklyn: There were fake-blood-soaked dummies and actors galore yesterday for the 7th Annual EMT/Paramedic Competition. [McBrooklyn]
Kensington: You know Brooklyn’s gotten trendy when none other than J.C. Penney starts shooting catalogs in its parks. [Kensington]
Soho: Grey Gardens–obsessed Kylie Minogue will replace Madonna (and her boobs) as the face of H&M staring down on Houston Street. [Copyranter]
Williamsburg: Get some sun Saturday in the new East River State Park, which for now is open only on weekends for “passive recreation.” [Metro NY via i’m not sayin’, i’m just sayin’]
Outside the Grid Is a Senseless, Scary WorldClinton Hill: Of the two area buildings called “The Chocolate Factory,” which one actually used to make chocolate? [Clinton Hill Blog]
Greenpoint: How to keep dogs off your grass? Say it’s intoxicated. [Newyorkshitty]
Greenwood Heights: Neighbors are petitioning the Department of Buildings over unsafe conditions at 18-20 Jackson Place. [Gowanus Lounge]
Long Island City: Throw out your trash in Court Square so you can try out the solar-powered garbage compressor. [LICNYC]
Lower Manhattan: A gridless world proves confusing to an Upper East Sider. [The Upper East Side Scene]
Soho: The Mulberry Street branch of the New York Public Library opens today. [Gothamist]
Trump’s Condo-Hotel Gambit Works; City Approves Soho Tower
That sound you just heard is the last huff of Soho’s industrial grit. With unceremonious filings last night, the city cleared the Trump Organization to build a 41-story tower on one of Soho’s last scraps of industrial land. The Trump Soho project calls itself a “condo-hotel,” a taxonomy that lets its developer build what some might call a residential tower in a manufacturing zone without special permits. The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation calls it a precedent for sneaking other condos into other manufacturing zones around town, distorting property values and sundering urban character. For months, GVSHP has urged city agencies to drag the project through a public zoning review to air its potential neighborliness. But on April 26, the development team promised to let shareholders use the units for a maximum of 120 days a year (and for only 29 of every 36 days). Now, GVSHP chief Andrew Berman tells us: “This is a case of the city not enforcing its own laws, and that makes them vulnerable to a lawsuit.” Does that mean he’s threatening one? —Alec Appelbaum
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]
Home Sweet Warehouse in Red HookBedford-Stuyvesant: A bus ride along Throop Avenue will show all the local sights, plus an outstanding “Wall of Fame” mural. [Bed-Stuy Blog]
Clinton Hill: Does anyone have information on the SUV driver who hit a local motorcyclist Saturday morning on Kent and Flushing — leaving her brain-dead? [1010 WINS via Clinton Hill Blog]
Coney Island: Thor Equities, which is leading the controversial redevelopment of the amusement park, has set up shop there with its own project trailer. [Kinetic Carnival]
Park Slope: Megadeveloper Shaya Boymelgreen’s bringing yet another condo project to the area’s southern flank, this one called the Heritage. [Curbed]
Red Hook: Looking to live in a 5,000-square-foot, red-painted warehouse? It can be yours for $1.4 million. [Brownstoner]
Soho: Prince Street might get a bike lane to alleviate unsafe traffic on Houston. [Streetsblog]
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]
At William Beaver House, Brand Early, Brand OftenAstoria: Did a Bauhaus-era South Beach hotel fly through the air, Oz-like, and land on 21st Street? How else to explain the new Astoria Windsor apartment building? [Curbed via Queens Crap]
Boerum Hill: Perhaps where an air conditioner used to cool is now a shrine to the Virgin Mary and, uh, Barbie. Is the Bethlehem Barbie Dreamstable somewhere nearby? [Lost City]
Governor’s Island: So NASCAR didn’t work on Staten Island. What about Indy racing here? [NYS]
Kensington: The jilted neighborhood is conspicuously absent from Brooklyn Record’s breakdown. What gives? (Blog fight!) [Kensington Blog]
Lower Manhattan: At the construction site for André Balazs’s super-hyped Beaver House condos (studio: $870,000), even the construction crane is part of the branding. [Curbed]
Soho: Madonna and her cleavage will be overlooking Houston & Crosby on behalf of H&M for a while. [Copyranter]
Move to Soho for Free Cable!
Who says multi-millionaires don’t enjoy a perk or two? (See swag bags.) Anyone who shells out $2.995 million for this 2,300-square-foot loft on Broadway just south of Broome will get cable gratis, and much more. So much more. In fact, the lucky buyer will pay “zero maintenance.” Yes — zero. The building’s so financially sound, says broker Wendy Maitland of Brown Harris Stevens, that it doesn’t have to charge a monthly fee. (As if getting to live in an iconic Soho loft drenched in what the listing describes as “buttery light” weren’t enough.) The cherry on top of an already decadent treat: It’s a condop (a co-op that functions more like a condo), which usually means fewer confining rules. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
There’s Nothing Temporary About Twenty YearsBrooklyn Heights: At St. Francis College last night, they were hootin’ down plans to finance Brooklyn Bridge Park with luxury condos, restaurants, and office space on the 70-acre site. [MetroNY]
Harlem: You and poochie can make new friends this Saturday when you help move a big pile of wood chips at the soon-to-be-rehabbed St. Nicholas Park dog run. [Friends of St. Nicholas Park Blog via Harlem Fur]
Lower Manhattan: Plans for Santiago Calatrava’s much-hyped tower of “stackable” condo cubes for 80 South Street are reportedly “still alive.” [City Realty via Curbed]
Midtown East: For whatever reason, the Rite Aid in Grand Central is selling cereal for $1.79 a box. Even the kind that usually costs $6. Run, before the Cap’n Crunch is gone!. [This is What We Do Now]
Prospect Heights: Those “temporary” parking lots planned for Atlantic Yards already aren’t very popular. Could they actually last up to twenty years? [Brooklyn Speaks]
Soho: In a refreshing change of paint, uh, pace, the latest street-art defacing comes not from the hardworking Splasher, but from … Katsu! [Gothamist via Razor Apple]
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Well, It’s a Marvelous Night for Luxury Condos
Fulton Mall isn’t the only cityscape element earmarked for the insta-nostalgia scrap heap today. Moondance Diner, the Soho staple beloved by tourists and film crews, is heading into the sunset as well. And as much as we’d love to tell you that the diner and its adjacent parking lot are being replaced by a community center teaching disadvantaged kids interior design and molecular gastronomy, that’s not the case. The case is l-u-x-u-r-y c-o-n-d-o-s. (When the city is entirely luxury condos, where will people eat? Shop? Park? Are we the only ones who wonder this?) It remains to be seen if the developer, Hudson Island LLC, will add insult to injury by, say, appropriating the shimmery texture of the Moondance logo for the lobby walls.
Goodnight, Moondance [NYS]
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Trump Goes to Soho, Builds for Transients
The 45-story Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium is close to getting the go-ahead, today’s Daily News reports. The “Trump” and “SoHo” parts are self-explanatory — The Donald is establishing a foothold below Houston. As usual, superlatives abound: It will be the tallest building between 23rd Street and the financial district; David Rockwell will design; there’ll be rooftop cabanas; it’ll be yooge. But one thing is less clear: What the hell is a hotel condominium?
Well, a hotel condominium is what you build when you really want to build condos but zoning only allows you to build a “transient” (the city’s term) hotel. In other words, the 411-unit pile will essentially be an apartment building by another name — but owners will have the option of renting out their units, like hotel rooms, when they’re not there. This gambit unsurprisingly irks some of Trump’s detractors, who aren’t thrilled about the tall monstrosity’s impending arrival in an otherwise low-slung neighborhood. Under their pressure, the Buildings Department might restrict owners to only 100 or 150 days of occupancy a year.
Maybe the buyers can live the rest of the year at the Plaza Residences.
SoHo’s Trumped [NYDN]
Williamsburg’s Spawn Indoctrinated EarlyBoerum Hill: For those keeping score at home, that’s 583 car crashes on Atlantic Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and the river since January 2005. [Brooklyn Record]
East Village: East Village blogger Jim returns from Scranton to find his neighbors filching his online style. [Neither More Nor Less]
Prospect Heights: If a 95-year-old bakery can’t get landmark status, none of us can. [Brooklyn Papers]
Soho: Following the close of disreputable bar, the Falls, the space is reincarnated as an Indian restaurant. Better luck to Midnight Cafe II. [Villager]
UWS: Metropolitan Montessori School saves energy by switching over to wind power. No word on whether this will make annual tuition dip to $20,000. [NAW via Metadish]
Williamsburg: Beatles covers for your own little hipster-in-training. Yikes. [Willy Bees]
Condos and Beer (Which Could Well Be New York’s New Motto)Bed-Stuy: A new wave of Bed-Stuy condos go where no condos have gone before. (East, of course). [Brownstoner]
Boerum Hill: Mmmm, beer: Cask Ale Festival kicks off at the Brazen Head on Atlantic Avenue. [Brooklyn Record]
Soho: Bedbugs chase Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson from Greene Street. [NYP]
Financial District: A 24-hour diner will invade Gold Street in January. As if bankers don’t just order in, anyway. [MetroNY]
East Village: “Loanshark Bob” Marion returns to Avenue A after years of absence. Hooray. [Neither More Nor Less]