The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

A Korean couple has opened a new pool hall on a strip of Jamaica Avenue in Queens that was once clustered with billiards clubs. But their effort to reclaim the glory days of billiards in Richmond Hill has been thwarted by the State Liquor Authority’s refusal to give them a permit to sell alcohol. [City Room]

Columbia has paid almost $7 million for the Nebraska Meat Building on 12th Avenue and 131st Street, in the footprint of the university’s controversial expansion. [TRD]

Here’s the scoop on tonight’s French Revolution-themed protest against the Lower East Side’s most maligned landlord. In honor of Bastille Day, demonstrators are encouraged to wear white wigs, wave French flags, and bring along any other pharaphernalia symbolizing the excesses of the ancien regime. [Neither more nor Less]

Alas, the owner himself, Alistair Ekonomakis, will not be in town to witness the mini-revolution, but he posted a rebuttal to the flier on his Web site, denying that he ever directed the phrase “Let Them Eat Cake” at the tenants he is trying to evict. [Curbed]

If you’re in the mood for a less rebellious Bastille Day celebration, Sunday is the annual “Petanque” tournament on Smith Street in Cobble Hill. Chances of actually competing are slim, but there will surely be plenty of French flags and frites. [Brooklyn Paper]

Wachovia and SL Green sell 1372 Broadway… at a loss. [Crain’s]

Here’s a look at the most expensive home on earth, a $500 million cliff-top villa in Monaco. We’ll give you three guesses on where the owner comes from. (Here’s a hint: he’s obviously not American.) [Buzz Feed]

It’s been a rough week for Lehman Brothers chief Dick Fuld, so how will he “chillax?” [Dealbreaker]

Tribeca’s new J. Crew is taunting the previous tenant of the retail space, the Liquor Store Bar, whose liquor license was denied after a Herculean struggle with locals. Shockingly callous, especially for a buttoned-up clothing label. [Grub Street]

The Afternoon Wrap: Friday