The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

For your weekend enjoyment: A map of the best outdoor watering holes in the city. [Down by the Hipster]

Home owners in the outer boroughs are making curb cuts to extend entrances to their driveways, making enemies with neighbors in the process. [City Room]

Forbes ranked New York the fourth most stylish city in the world. We don’t know whether to be pleased or offended that Sydney beat us. [Forbes]

Fascist night-time raids in the most liberal nabe in Brooklyn? Cops have been sweeping the Cobble Hill park at night to enforce the curfew, handing out citations to evening carousers. [Brooklyn Paper]

To some, Duane Reade is a nefarious global corporation taking sway of the city’s streets and displacing mom-and-pop retailers. But to the city’s bikers, the drug store chain’s 150 locations in the five boroughs may soon become ports in a storm of urban congestion. [Streets Blog]

Harking back to the outcry over Columbia’s aborted plans for a gym in Morningside Heights four decades ago makes the university’s most recent public review process look like a relative cakewalk. [City Room]

To kick-off national gardening month, the city is hosting the NYC Grows 2008 Garden Festival through the weekend. Events like “Making Plant People” and “The Greatest Garden Stories Ever Told” will be offered at parks across the five boroughs. [via Gothamist]

The best neighborhoods in New York that you’ve (probably) never heard of. [Time Out]

On a sunny day like today, joining your friends after work for an outdoor cocktail sounds a lot better than hitting the gym. With these outdoor running spots, you have no excuse but to exercise. [Gridskipper]

More on the imminent luxification (we made that up) of Chelsea’s “last ungentrified block.” [Curbed]

A real-estate developer has decided to get the “townsfolk involved” in his search for a restaurant venue, offering a $5,000 finders fee to whoever picks a good spot. [Grub Street]

The Afternoon Wrap: Friday