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  1. vu.
    The Apthorp Goes Condo Officially — and at a PremiumThe Upper West Side landmark is going to make its offers to tenants this week, but it will cost up to 20 percent more to buy an apartment than many anticipated.
  2. neighborhood watch
    Carroll Gardens: There Are Still Real Italians ThereWill your relationship survive Red Hook’s new Ikea? Will Carroll Gardens old-timers continue to make-a da pizza? Will the Upper West Side open-house thieves cop a plea deal? More questions and even fewer answers in today’s borough report.
  3. neighborhood watch
    Queens: Hollywood East?What has today’s boroughs report got for you? A rash of stabbings in Billyburg, expanding movie studios in Astoria and Long Island City, and much (well, a bit) more!
  4. neighborhood watch
    Andrea Peyser — Wait for It — Thinks Someone Is a BoneheadThat delightful harpy harshes on Dumbo, Robin Quivers leaves Staten Island for the Upper West Side, and a white Seattle woman gets stuck in Harlem and lives to tell. That and more tales of the miraculous in our daily boroughs report.
  5. neighborhood watch
    ‘Jeffersons’ Producer Moves On Up to Wrong SideWhat’s more dangerous, crossing the street to the park in Prospect Lefferts, having pot smoke blown in your face in Crown Heights, or living amid a bunch of rich bankers on Central Park West? You decide … in our daily boroughs report!
  6. neighborhood watch
    Park Slope Moms Terrorize the ChildlessNow that’s a plot for Darren Star’s new show. Also Schnabel spotted near his pink palace! And a pink turtle in Billyburg, in our daily borough report.
  7. neighborhood watch
    Park Slope Already Nervous About Their Portrayal on Darren Star’s ShowWill ousted tenants in W’burg ever be allowed home? Will anyone go to SoBro for the floating pool? And will you make it to Monday without our daily boroughs report?
  8. cultural capital
    ‘Times’ Gets Kinda Pervy in Miley Cyrus ArticleAlso, New York schoolgirls reveal whether they’re standing by Hannah Montana or dropping her like a too-difficult calculus class.
  9. neighborhood watch
    Cobble Hill: Still Brooklyn Enough for a Park CurfewYoung’uns vs. old-timers in the East Village, cops vs. citizens in Cobble Hill and Madonna vs. co-op board on the UWS (with Madge victorious!). More brawls ahead in our daily boroughs report.
  10. vu.
    Madonna Does Heart New York, Now That Her Real-Estate Troubles Are OverAfter resolving a dispute with her Central Park West co-op board, Her Madgesty is moving forward with plans to expand her apartment.
  11. in other news
    Upper West Side Lawyers Strong-arm Smoking Neighbor Into SubmissionJonathan and Jenny Selbin, the lawyer couple who sued their next-door neighbor, saying that the cigarettes she smoked in her own apartment were endangering their 4-year-old son, seem to have gotten their way. But are they terrible people? You be the judge.
  12. 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.
  13. 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]
  14. intel
    Upper West Side Parents Bid Like Mad for Albany Tour With New Gov The hottest item up for grabs Saturday night at the Booker T. Washington Middle School spring auction was a tour for four (two kids, two adults) of Albany conducted by none other than Governor (as of 1 p.m. today) David Paterson. The lovable gov, whose son attends the Upper West Side school, had offered the outing way before his former running mate Eliot Spitzer’s call-girl troubles. Bidding began at an impressive $2,000 — the initial bidder had to leave the party early and left his offer by proxy — but quickly climbed to a final price of $3,700. The item “obviously got a lot cooler in the last week,” announced the auctioneer, who added that any money collected would be returned “if, with everything that transpired, David is not able to honor it … We haven’t been able to get a hold of him.” The winner, who had been bidding determinedly but wouldn’t discuss his prize with this reporter, won’t be able to ask Patterson about the events that led to his new position, however. A caveat included with the description of the item read: “In order to comply with New York’s ethical and legal guidelines, consistent with the public trust, and to prevent actions that are intended, or appear to be intended, to achieve personal gain or benefit by the successful bidder of this item, kindly refrain from the discussion of specific professional and government business activities during your visit.” This is as it should be; Paterson clearly understands that people should be paying big bucks for a good time with him, rather than vice versa. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  15. neighborhood watch
    Sharks on Coney Island! And Expensive Ones, at ThatBowery: No sooner had this lovable bum moved out of the street box he lived in and into a proper $300-a-month room than his troubles began. [NYT] Bushwick: Behold the new ‘swhick-specific haiku trend: “Dude with the corn rows/Stop selling crack, you scumbag/Sell good pot instead.” [BushwickBK] Coney Island: The fancy exterior redo for the New York Aquarium may have to be, uh, scaled back due to a planned $64 million exhibition on sharks. [Coney Island via Curbed]
  16. neighborhood watch
    Bedford-Stuyvesant Not So Sold on the ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ Parts of This ElectionBedford-Stuyvesant: Some folks are skeptical that anything will change here, no matter who’s elected in November. And they’re employing their mailboxes to say so. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwich Village: After renovations of Washington Square Park found human remains there, folks will protest there tonight, saying the city should merely “repair” the park and not upset buried bones with a full-scale redo. [Metro] Jackson Heights: This is the home of the largest of 47 rent-stabilized apartment buildings throughout Queens just purchased for $300 million by Vantage Properties. Housing advocates fear the new owner will systematically push out low-rent-paying tenants in the nearly 2,000 units. [The Real Deal]
  17. neighborhood watch
    Beware Midtown Fortune-Tellers! (As If You Weren’t Wary Before)Chelsea: All the fabulous old Chelsea freaks and bohos partied at Cindy Gallop’s wacky loft in the old YMCA building, but this time, sadly, the waiters kept their pants on. [Living with Legends] Midtown: It’s funny/sad that a fortune-teller here duped an entrepreneur out of nearly half a million by telling him he was cursed, but it’s just plain funny that the Post said the guy was from “tony Wilson, Wyoming.” Bitchy! [NYP] Red Hook Guess which “degentrifying” hood had the distinct honor of producing confetti for today’s Super Bowl–victory parade? Local hearts were “aflutter” with pride…get it? [The Real Deal]
  18. photo op
    Every Day Would Be Better With a Seal in ItThis picture was taken today near West 79th Street. Okay, a seal on the Upper West Side? Adorable. Look at his little face! Look at that fuzzy-wuzzy wittle face. OMG, he’s rolling around! Hello there. Hello. Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy? What could be a cuter, more uplifting surprise on a cold, rainy winter day? Mmmm. Maybe a seal rolling around in something other than decades’ worth of goose poop. A Seal Pays a Visit to The Upper West Side [City Room/NYT]
  19. neighborhood watch
    Flatbush Is Even Noisier Than Your HoodEast Village: Do a piercing salon, tattoo parlor, and bong shop qualify as the “community facilities” a developer said he’d rent to in return for being allowed to build bigger than code here on St. Marks? Discuss. [Neither More Nor Less] Elmhurst: A skater boy rescued a newborn baby, umbilical cord intact, from a freezing Dumpster. Troubled young moms, New York law says it’s okay to abandon babies … as long as you leave them somewhere safe and warm where they can be found! [Newsday] Flatbush: Locals here called in more noise complaints in the second half of 2007 than in any other Brooklyn hood. So does that make Flatbush the borough’s noisiest hood or just full of its noisiest kvetchers? [Ditmas Park Blog via NYDN]
  20. 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]
  21. neighborhood watch
    Should Stuyvesant Heights Secede?Bushwick: This blogger hates on gritty Bed-Stuy, claiming that it’s nothing compared to its slicker, ‘shwick-er neighbor. That’s harsh, but maybe he’s right to suggest that pretty Stuy Heights secede from the rest of the hood. [BushwickBK] Chelsea: Even before 100 Eleventh Avenue developers could obscure Knox Martin’s landmark mural next door, they’ve covered his signature with their ad. It’s a proto-dis! [Chelsea Blog] Coney Island: An ice-skating rink at the base of the Wonder Wheel? That’s bigger than Wollman? That’s a summertime sailing pond? Yes, yes and yes! [NY1 via Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]
  22. neighborhood watch
    Architecture Has Gotten Too ‘Fun’ in ChelseaChelsea: When they put that “decorative” rail around that “edgy” new glass box on 18th and Eighth (RIP the restaurant), they probably didn’t expect dozens of hip-hoppy schoolkids to hang on it all afternoon. Hee-hee. [Vanishing New York] Forest Hills: The hood might be losing newcomers to hipper zones like Fort Greene. And all because the cribs here look like grandma-type places. And not even cool Golden Girls–type grandmas. [Forest Hills 72] Jamaica: Should the Macy’s turned Colosseum Mall here, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merril in 1947, be considered a mid-century-modern gem? [Brooklyn Rail] Park Slope: Just when you thought the Slope’s collective ego couldn’t get any bigger, one of its own — painter Joan Snyder — has to go and win the half-mil MacArthur Genius Award. Great. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn] Roosevelt Island: The marriage of real estate and money has become a permanent fixture here … the sculpture exhibit, that is! [Roosevelt Islander] Upper East Side: New evidence finds that if you are a (presumably straight) guy walking around this hood with a popped pink Izod collar, you are very likely a douche bag. [78thand2nd] Upper West Side: Does Queens council member (and dulcet-toned sometime vocalist) Melinda Katz care more about preserving the UWS’ character and scale than hoods in her own borough? [Queens Crap]
  23. neighborhood watch
    Children Banned From Hotel Chelsea LobbyChelsea: Children have been banned from the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, reportedly because a rude kiddie called a maid a bitch. [Living with Legends] Flushing: Angry residents have stopped the LIRR from cutting down trees along the rail line, which they did to keep wet, slip-slidey leaves off the tracks. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Greenpoint: It’s getting ugly between outspoken hood blogger Miss Heather and commenters who appear to be linked to 110 Green Street, the noisy condo-in-progress that Miss H. and other locals hate. [Newyorkshitty] Gowanus: Brooklyn parrots have landed in Thomas Greene Park — and they’re so cute! (Though the linked photo, while of a Brooklyn parrot, wasn’t taken in Gowanus. Aw.) [Gowanus Lounge] Prospect Heights: Locals cleaned up the hood this weekend while socking it to Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner. [Atlantic Yards Report] Times Square: Thankfully, there’s plenty of places on Seventh Avenue where you can buy computers, cameras, luggage and … galerie? What’s galerie? [East Village Idiot] Upper West Side: The line outside the Delacorte for tickets to tonight’s free 40th-anniversary staging of Hair is out of control! [Newyorkology]
  24. neighborhood watch
    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]
  25. neighborhood watch
    ‘Post’ Suspiciously Favorable of AstoriaAstoria: Which major Astoria developer paid the Post for this long-form blow job extolling the virtues of the vibrant hood? [NYP via Queens Crap] Bushwick: Anyone who shells out $668,000 for a unit in the hood’s first Scarano building will enjoy funky radiators, the rumble of the nearby M train and exactly zero amenities. [BushwickBK] Greenpoint: The soon-to-open Gutter, the first bowling alley in Brooklyn in 50 years, looks right out of 1975. Cool! [Gothamist] Park Slope: We don’t know what’s weirder: That this mom lets her son take a leak on the subway in this bright red potty or that she schleps all the way from the Upper West Side to hit the food co-op here. [Gowanus Lounge] Roosevelt Island: Should locals be elated to finally have their very own Duane Reade or miffed that Jenny Holzer picked that other Roosevelt Island (in the Potomac) to do her latest installation? [Roosevelt Islander] Upper West Side: With Spanish-designed newsstands now joining their bus-shelter cousins, the relentless Eurosleekification of the city proceeds apace. [Curbed]
  26. in other news
    Brangelina to Occupy New York, City’s Diversity UnaffectedOh yes! Oh no! Oh yes! Oh no! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their United Colors of Benetton brood are moving to New York City. “Page Six” reports that the family has been spending a lot of time at Angelina’s Upper West Side condo lately, and that they’ve enrolled their eldest son Maddox at the Lycee Francais. The Tomb Raider star has long said she likes to move the kids around to avoid the media attention, but we’ve always wondered — don’t they need other friends? It’s all well and good to hang out with movie stars all the time, but at some point, someone is going to need to beat the hell out of Maddox (for that G-D mohawk) or else he’s going to be warped for life. Hopefully, for his sake, they’ll stick around for a while. For our sake, well, we’re not sure how to feel. The last time we were so conflicted over a piece of news, it was when Heidi and Spencer got engaged on The Hills, which was like two weeks ago so apparently we confound easily. Brangelinas Kids Go French [NYP]
  27. neighborhood watch
    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]
  28. intel
    There Goes the Neighborhood: Longstanding UWS Lefty Emporium to Close Isn’t the Upper West Side — especially the upper reaches of the eighties and into the nineties (and well into the hundreds) — supposed to be for lefty intellectual sorts following familiar routines in their sprawling, rent-controlled prewars? Not anymore, it increasingly seems. The owners of Liberty House, a neighborhood fixture on Broadway and 92nd, posted a sign two days ago announcing it will close its doors after 39 years in business, leaving area residents wondering where they’ll find antiwar posters, jewelry handmade by local artisans, and Frida Kahlo tchotchkes.
  29. in other news
    Real-Estate Porn: Behold a Beresford Penthouse Been shopping for a place on Central Park West? Curbed noticed the listing today for a three-bedroom park-facing duplex penthouse in the famous Beresford, just north of the Museum of Natural History and home to celebrities from Jerry Seinfeld to John MacEnroe. It hasn’t been renovated in a while, but it’s also only been lightly used: The current owner is apparently an Indian media mogul who only stays there two weeks a year. (It seems it’s good to be an Indian media mogul.) The price tag: a mere $28 million. Hey, maybe it can be your uptown pied-à-terre. (Curbed has floorplans, too.) On the Market: Beresford Penthouse for $28M [Curbed] Earlier: Rich Uptowners Ruin It for Everyone
  30. the morning line
    Mr. Ethics, Meet the Ethics Board • The newest chapter in the fast-developing Spitzer scandal: The State Ethics Commission, which definitely has subpoena power, has joined the State Senate in requesting the documents from the Bruno investigation. Not looking good. [amNY]
  31. neighborhood watch
    Chelsea Turns Lost Property Into a Casual EncounterBushwick: Angry residents are not hesitant to make graffiti jokes about presidential anatomy. [Newyorkshitty] Carroll Gardens: Folks watching for the F train from the vantage point of Smith and Second look like some kind of strange human art installation. [McBrooklyn] Chelsea: Was your camera stolen? The one with the picture of the naked guy in the Mets hat? Yeah, someone found it. [Craigslist via Curbed] Coney Island: Area megadeveloper Joe Sitt has allegedly welshed on his promise to preserve some of the amusement site’s most historic buildings. [amNY] Greenwood Heights: Price cuts suggest that the condo boom here was a little overenthusiastic. [Brownstoner] Upper West Side: Is the Time Warner Center really “the gateway” to this storied neighborhood? [The Weblicist of Manhattan] Williamsburg: It’s official — the McCarren Park Pool has been landmarked, ensuring its status as hipster shrine for eons to come. [Gowanus Lounge]
  32. neighborhood watch
    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]
  33. neighborhood watch
    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]
  34. vu.
    Look Past Retail on the Upper West SideHaters will complain that this neighborhood has turned into a mall, and they’re not that wrong. Broadway’s dominated by Circuit City, P.C. Richards, Victoria’s Secret, and Gap, among other chain retailers. But no matter how shopped out the main thoroughfare has become, there’s no denying the singularly New York charm of this section of the Upper West Side. Sandwiched between Central Park and Riverside Park, it doesn’t lack in green space and playgrounds. Columbus Avenue still retains that mom-and-pop flair (fossil store Maxilla & Mandible survives against all retail odds), the public schools are excellent, and of course, there’s the enviable (and expensive!) housing stock: blocks of magnificent brownstones and prewar co-ops with canopied entrances. Traipse through them at open houses in the coming week, listed after the jump. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  35. sex diaries
    The Randy Opera SingerOnce a week, Daily Intel takes a peek at what your friends and neighbors are doing behind doors left slightly ajar. Today, the Randy Opera Singer: female, 35, Upper West Side, married, and polyamorous. DAY ONE 9:30 a.m.: Got up briefly, went back to bed and spooned up against my husband’s back, pressing up against him naked. Started feeling horny but still sleepy. 10 a.m.: Hubby rolled over on his back. I grabbed his morning stiffy; unfortunately, no time for sex because I had an audition. So I masturbated, trying not to wake him up. 1:30 p.m.: Admired a cute ass in jeans on the subway. 6:00 p.m.: Sent my boyfriend a text message telling him that I can’t wait to satisfy all his pent-up desires when he returns in a few days. He’s been gone a while. 6:30 p.m.: Told my husband he should surprise me sometime in his hot pants. I nuzzled, kissed, and licked his neck. 10:55 p.m.: Chatted with a platonic friend who is into BDSM and asked him why he wasn’t out at a dungeon. I told him how excited I am to have my boyfriend — who will be very horny after a month without sex — return. 1:30 a.m.: Another text message to the boyfriend.
  36. 21 questions
    Pat Kiernan Is Saving Up for a Slurpee MachineName: Pat Kiernan Age: 38 Job: Morning anchor, NY1 News and (as of July 9) host of VH1’s World Series of Pop Culture. Neighborhood: Upper West Side Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Peter Jennings. He made it seem so easy.
  37. neighborhood watch
    Murray Hill Is Tragically MisunderstoodBrooklyn Heights: A couple moved into a new building in 1901 and later passed the apartment on to their son. When he died in March, he was paying $451 a month for a two-bedroom. [Brooklyn Eagle via Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: Depending on which typo you follow, dumping at this building on Emerson will cost you either $3,000 or $3 million in fines. [Clinton Hill Blog] Fort Greene: Does a plywood fence at Carlton Mews mean work will finally begin there? [Brownstoner] Greenpoint: Oversize ads drilled into vinyl siding wouldn’t last a second in Williamsburg or Park Slope. So why here? [newyorkshitty] Murray Hill: Unless the frat boys have all moved away, this is no “lagoon of calm.” [Curbed] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Miss the PLG house tours over the weekend? There’s a slideshow to keep you sated. [Planet PLG] Upper West Side: Tonight, take a rare chance to complain about how cruddy the subway station is at 96th and Broadway. [Second Avenue Sagas]
  38. intel
    Upper West Side Middle-School Search Seeks Weapons, Phones As if middle school wasn’t filled with enough drama — the cliques! The science projects! — students arriving at M.S. 54, the Booker T. Washington School, on the Upper West Side today were surprised to find cops using metal detectors to check their backpacks for weapons this morning. Was there a reason to be worried? Nope — a 311 operator says these “random, unannounced” visits are “a new safety initiative by the NYC police department.” The non-weapon-toting kids weren’t concerned about guns; they were worried about their cell phones, which are technically banned from schools and presumably would show up in the search — and, if found, won’t be returned till Tuesday. It’s one way to put the kibosh on excessive text messaging. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  39. 21 questions
    Don’t Get Martha Plimpton Started on Duane ReadeName: Martha Plimpton Age: 36 Job: Actress; Tony nominee for The Coast of Utopia; host of the 826 NYC fund-raising concert, Tiny Smooshy Sunday On Fire, on June 3. Neighborhood: Upper West Side Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Quentin Crisp and Holden Caulfield. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York? It’s a tie, I think, between anything at Peter Luger and the insanely delish bacon death at Gramercy Tavern. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I put dead people’s hair on my head and speak loudly in front of hundreds of strangers while pretending they are not there.
  40. 21 questions
    Musicians, Pass Your Hat to Yoko Ono Name: Yoko alias Ono alias Lennon Age: Variable Job: Being a woman. She will appear in conversation with Anthony DeCurtis on June 18 at the 92nd Street Y. Neighborhood: The universe. Actually, I’m proud to be a West Sider. Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Living. Me. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York? The breakfast omelette my son, Sean, cooked for me.
  41. intel
    Morris Brothers No More And another landmark store bites the dust. Morris Brothers, the sportswear purveyor on 84th Street and Broadway, which has been selling the required T-shirts, tube socks, and name tapes to campgoing youngsters on the Upper West Side for the past six decades, unveiled new window displays this week and they’re not pretty. Banners proclaiming final sales because of their imminent departure from the neighborhood were unfurled. According to local buzz, the rent for the 5,000-square-foot space has more than doubled, sending the owners packing. No word yet on what’ll set up shop there once the sale ends in July, but we’d be happy to start a pool: bank branch, Starbucks, or nail salon? Heck, it’s a big enough space, maybe all three! —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  42. photo op
    One of These Things Is Not Like the OthersThe curmudgeonly Copyranter noticed this ad for the NYU Child Study Center posted on the Upper West Side. “Social phobia is intense shyness and pathological self-consciousness,” reads the explanatory text. (Click here for a larger, readable version.) Indeed. It is hard to be a black kid in the land o’ Zabar’s. It IS Hard For Black Kids to Fit in on the Upper West Side [Copyranter]
  43. buy low
    No Frills But Value on the Upper West Side The asking price of this two-bedroom, two-bath at 314 West 94th Street has just been marked down 11 percent to $995,000 after barely three weeks on the market. That places it well within bargain territory, at least for a neighborhood that routinely sees apartments of this size going for more than a million. It also means you won’t have to pay the one percent mansion tax levied for properties that go for seven figures, which could garner a savings of at least $10,000. The building’s no-frills — there’s no doorman, only a video security intercom — and the kitchen may need some updating, says listing broker Tony Rivera of Prudential Douglas Elliman. But it’s a pet-friendly condo with low common charges just a half-block away from Riverside Drive, he adds. The building’s also investor-friendly, so if you want to buy and rent out, perhaps to students attending Columbia University twenty blocks north, you’re good to go. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
  44. party lines
    Say Good Night, Alice, As Construction Work Starts It’s been a big few days for the reconstruction of Lincoln Center, and last night Center president Reynold Levy and emcee Tom Brokaw hosted a “Good Night, Alice” party to mark the closure of Alice Tully Hall for renovation. Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, and Kelli O’Hara performed, and there were fireworks, but otherwise this was simply a dressed-up version of college kids hosting one last blowout before they moved out of their rented apartment. There were flasks of cosmopolitans and dirty martinis distributed — and even allowed (gasp!) inside the theater — plus appetizers served in construction-themed lunch pails. (Surprisingly, the general letting-down-of-hair resulted in the audible shattering of only four martini glasses.) Over the next two years, crews will install fancy glass walls overlooking Broadway, weather-protected bleachers, and even a bar, which led Levy to pledge Lincoln Center wouldn’t “close it until you do” each night. One important thing won’t change about the hall, though: its cushy leg room. The six-foot-two Tully ensured there’d be at least one theater in Manhattan where she’d be comfortable, Levy promised. “Some people want Alice Tully back so she can design airplanes,” he added. “Especially coach class.” —Jocelyn Guest Earlier: Lincoln Center Holds a Press Conference on Overhaul, Tells Us Mostly What We Already Knew; Also: LEDs!
  45. neighborhood watch
    Come and Listen to a Story ‘Bout WilliamsburgBrooklyn Heights: A Remsen Street building catches fire for the second time in six months, and word is an older third-floor tenant is responsible for both. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Clinton Hill: A new private school, Phyl’s Academy, appears to be going up on the empty lot at Classon and Quincy. [Brooklyn Record] Park Slope: Times-reading neighbors want to know: Does “hipster” refer to all of Brooklyn, or just Williamsburg? [Brooklynian] Times Square: The buttons to the elevator in Renzo Piano’s new Times building are actually … in the lobby! [Curbed] Upper West Side: Trying to avoid rabies shots, a Central Park jogger wants to know the identity of the dog that bit him. [Curbed] Williamsburg: Is there more black gold under Williamsburg? Monitoring wells at Roebling Street will find out. [Gowanus Lounge]
  46. developing
    Lincoln Center Holds a Press Conference on Overhaul, Tells Us Mostly What We Already Knew; Also: LEDs! Will LEDs and info displays seem as quaint in the 2050s as the white-walled, elevated Lincoln Center seems now? Not if architect Liz Diller has the touch her clients say she does. At a construction update today, Diller detailed how Diller Scofidio & Renfro, with FXFowle and other design specialists, plans to festoon every border of the twelve-institution center with a constant stream of showtimes and words as part of the $900 million effort to refresh the fifties-era complex. After recounting already-established plans at the press conference — a new lawn, outdoor restaurants, a sexed-up fountain — Diller told us more about the electronic displays, which, she said, will really grab passersby at key spots on 65th Street and on Broadway.
  47. intel
    Pocket Full of School Fund-raisersGruppy parents expecting nothing more than heated hors d’oeuvre, questionable D.J.-ing — La Isla Bonita, anyone? — and fevered over- bidding for class projects at an Upper West Side public-school auction Friday night got a rare treat when Chris Barron, lead singer of the Spin Doctors, took to the school’s stage for a surprise set. Barron, whose child attends the school, worked the crowd into a near-fever pitch, sending them back to grungy college years — when school auctions were so, well, uncool — with his biggest hits, including “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes,” both from Pocket Full of Kryptonite, the Doctors’s triple-platinum debut album. Does Barron, like other, crankier musicians, resent having to play old standbys decades after they first hit the charts? “That’s silly,” he said. “Those are great songs.” Agreed. —S. Jhoanna Robledo Chris Barron [MySpace]
  48. the morning line
    Subway Worker Killed • An MTA worked died yesterday after being hit by the G train at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, the second such incident in one week. His colleague is at Bellevue in stable condition. Worst train in the city. [MetroNY] • The NYPD is using so-called “scarecrows” — unmanned cop cars — to spook drivers into obeying the speed limit on Belt Parkway, L.I.E., and elsewhere. A spokesman was quick to note that the practice is not related to the department’s short staffing. [NYDN] • The Upper West Side’s Claremont Riding Academy, one of the oldest stables in the country, shut its doors Sunday. There were tears, from mothers more so than from daughters. [NYT] • When we read the headline “New York City Bar Urges Bush Administration to Abandon Restrictions,” we were briefly awed by our drinking establishments’ political sway. But it was merely our lawyers lobbying the White House to stop placing blame at Guantánamo on, well, lawyers. [WHDH-TV] • Joe Torre’s brother Frank, 75, is getting a kidney transplant tomorrow; he had a new heart put in eleven years ago. One of his daughters will be the donor. [NYP]
  49. the morning line
    Council: 2; Mayor: 0 • The City Council overrode Bloomberg’s veto and instituted a ban on metal baseball bats in high schools. And council members did the same with his veto of pedicab restrictions. A two-hitter, if you will. [Bloomberg] • President Bush is in town today for a speech and a photo op at the Harlem Village Academy Charter School, because it’s been doing well under the No Child Left Behind act. We’re sure the city had nothing to do with the improvement! At any rate, enjoy the gridlock. [amNY] • Historian David Halberstam, Pulitzer-winning legend of New York journalism died in a Bay Area car crash. Halberstam covered the Vietnam war for the Times and went on to write dozens of widely read books on that and other subjects. [WNBC] • The condo-weary Upper West Side is making like the Lower East and mulling a height limit on buildings. Under a proposed plan, all new construction west of the park between 97th and 110th Street would top off at about fourteen stories. [NYDN] • And the Waverly Inn — still not officially opened! — got slapped with 38 points for nine violations by the Health Department, including “mouse activity.” We’re sure our Grub Street brethren will have more to say, so let us just quickly smile at Mr. Carter’s plan for a “Waverly cat” to deal with the mice. [NYT]
  50. developing
    On the Upper West Side, a Rare Win for TenantsScore one for the renters: Über-developer Kent Swig has hit a major snag in his plans to add a nine-story condo atop 201 West 92nd Street and 200 West 93rd Street, two adjoining six-story rental buildings he owns along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. The Department of Buildings has issued an immediate stop-work order on the project and is said to be revoking a previously greenlit application for construction.
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