Greetings From the Heartland

The City Concealed: Staten Island Greenbelt from Thirteen.org on Vimeo.

Strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride around the state and the Internets.

Take a $#&*@! bow, Rochester, the fourth most swear-prone city in America. [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle]

A proposed Second Avenue redevelopment [Local East Village] could displace East Village dive the Mars Bar. [EV Grieve — which was, by the way, awarded Best Neighborhood Blog by the Village Voice Tuesday night.]

There is an auction in Midtown on Thursday of the macabre author/illustrator Edward Gorey’s artifacts and possessions. He was into fur. Floor-length tanuki coat, anyone? [Morbid Anatomy via Boing Boing]

As Cathleen P. Black hedged on whether she would send her children to public schools, many, including Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, were unimpressed. [The Daily Politics]

A video walking tour of the green heart of Staten Island [Channel Thirteen via Huffington Post]…

…and an exploration of the extinct neighborhood of Pigtown, Brooklyn, home of a young Rudolph W. Giuliani. [Ephemeral New York]

Can Whole Foods cut it on the Park Slope Food Co-op’s home turf? [New York Observer]

The rent’s too damn high and the apartment’s too damn cold: no-heat complaints are up 8 percent over last year. [Daily News]

Another Village Voice Web Award winner: Best Blog Post for “Justice in Brooklyn,” Whatever Whenever’s tale of getting his stolen bike back.

The man who broke Roosevelt Island’s camera is caught on camera. [Roosevelt Islander]

Insta-legal Roundup: A woman says the police beat her over dog poop [Daily News]; an elderly woman is hit with a $100 ticket for tossing newspaper in a trashcan [New York Post]; a Hindu priest says he was kept as a slave in a Queens ashram [Daily News]; and a Buddhist monk at a Chinatown temple was accused of strewing mucus, urine and cat feces at colleagues. [AM New York]

Every Ikea worker in America is getting a free bike from the boss for Christmas. [Urban Velo]

Least surprising poll stat of the day: 89 percent of New Yorkers agree that state “government is broken and needs to be fixed.” Most are skeptical that the new governor can accomplish the task. [Capitol Confidential]

A guide to Brooklyn-themed holiday gifts for men. [Brooklyn Based]

A new iPhone app calculates the movement of subway trains. [Gadget Lab]

Holiday tourists: don’t let the name King Tut fool you. It ain’t like the ’70s version of the exhibit. [Joe Sharkey at Large]


Today’s contributors: Nicholas Confessore, Mary Ann Giordano, David Goodman, Corey Kilgannon, Alexis Mainland, Andy Newman, Emily S. Rueb. Have a tip? E-mail [email protected] or send a Twitter message to @cityroom.

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