The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

The proposal to establish a Business Improvement District for Chinatown is polarizing one of Manhattan’s last ethnic enclaves and raising the specter of gentrification for small retailers. [The Villager]

"Eating Cock in Bay Ridge"–their words, not ours. In any case the story is about Turkish cuisine for the dirty minded among you. [Village Voice]

Up-and-coming designers turn DUMBO into the city’s latest "fashion Mecca." [Brooklyn Paper]

Now that the New York City Housing Authority is trying to go green, you swank condo owners are running out of excuses. [Metro]

Divine miracle or coincidence? A 40-pound beaver was rescued from the Hudson River during a security sweep for the Pope. Man or beast, we are all God’s children. [City Room]

Tis the season for mini-skirts, tank tops, and sundresses. Timely enough, the blog Death by the Hipster ranks the bars with hottest female clientele in the city. Rose Bar came in first, followed by Beatrice Inn, and Goldbar. What, no Porky’s? [DPTH]

Eater is accepting nominations for the worst restaurant tables in the city. For inspiration they pick the table by the hostess stand at Balthazar. [Eater]

TransGas put out a fantastically, Marxist-rant of a press release today about scrapped proposals for the Williamsburg power plant. [Curbed]




The Afternoon Wrap: Friday