Tuesday: Lesbians, the Outer Boroughs

  • Ellen DeGeneres nests with girlfriend Portia de Rossi. The world drools. (Defamer)
  • Another New York emblem to undergo transformation: Victoria Theater in Harlem. Two finalists are duking it out to lead the new $115 million design that includes a hotel, ballroom, community theater, exhibition space and a B.B. King supper club. (New York Daily News)
  • Yes, even in Woodside, Queens people get uppity about downzoning. Variances builders have requested–to increase the size of constructions–have been met, as expected, with resistance. (New York Daily News)
  • Speaking of Queens, the borough’s East River waterfront may finally see the greenway that neighbors have been promised for some time: “City Councilman Eric Gioia is providing $500,000 in city money for the project, and the city’s Parks Department was able to secure an additional $2.6 million in federal funding.” (New York Daily News)
  • All hail 2006 as the year for development in … Brooklyn. Wait … what was 2005, then? (New York Post)
  • Queens Councilman Peter Vallone really hates graffiti. He has called Sony PlayStation Portable’s graffiti-style ad campaign illegal, despite the fact that it appears on permissible advertising posts. Apparently, “it encourages vandalism.” Is Queens getting a bad rep today? (United Press International)
  • Honestly, do you think trolleys could really make a comeback, Mr. Melnick? That Brooklyn might once again be crisscrossed by 1,800 pollution-free vehicles? If Disney Land water rides come to Randalls Island, anything can happen. (The New York Times)
  • Julianne Moore is famous, beautiful, rich and seemingly well-liked in Hollywood. Now, she also has an apartment on Bethune Street in the West Village with her adorable husband. (The New York Times)
  • If you’ve ever been to Long Beach, you know that it is most certainly a stretch to compare it to the Hamptons. Alas, traffic, Max Gross, is in fact “a beach.” (New York Post)
  • Brooklyn Views discusses Frank Gehry’s project. (Brooklyn Views)
  • Maura Moynihan’s efforts on behalf of the new Penn Station, which will be named after her father, get a nice fat profile. (Metropolis Magazine)
  • – Riva Froymovich

    Tuesday: Lesbians, the Outer Boroughs