The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday

Hard Rock Cafe plans to open a steakhouse in the new Yankee Stadium. [Crain’s]

Broadway and 134th Street is pounded by the “crushing fist of gentrification.” [Curbed]

Judge Judy has built herself a 13-bedroom, mini-palace in Greenwich, CT. And you thought the McMansion was dead! [NY Post]

Governor Paterson denounced the perks bestowed upon MTA board members as demonstrating an “utter contempt for average New Yorkers.” [City Room]

Coney Island’s recently crowned Queen Mermaid has declared a hunger strike before Saturday’s parade. [Gothamist]

The Cooper Square Hotel — a.k.a. the “sore-thumb building” — ranks high among the ugliest buildings in New York, according to the readers of AMNY. [Urbanite]

Tips for scoring big at a sample sale from a blogger who calls herself “Cheap Jap.” [via Eater]