[Here at Curbed, we get emails. Curious readers often want to know what's going on in their neighborhood, but damned if we know what that gaping pit is going to become. So, every Tuesday, we'll be throwing these queries open to the general Curbed public. If you've got a question (bonus points if you include a digital photo of the site in question!), or an answer, drop a line to email@example.com. Reader responses will appear every Thursday.]
1) East Village: "Do you or any of your readers know what is going on with St. Ann?s Church (on E. 12th Street between 2nd & 3rd)? A sidewalk bridge was previously up at the adjacent rectory, which was torn down a few weeks ago, and it went up at the church last week."
2) Lower East Side: "There's a tiny empty lot, must be one of the last, that's now a small parking lot on Stanton between Bowery & Chrystie (holds 3 cars). It doesn't have anything to do with the MTA hole. It's right off bowery and there's a drilling truck parked there making test holes the past few days. I happen to live in the 1st walk-up right there. Could be possible another bohemoth is going up in place of one of the restaurant supply stores and the Sunshine Motel? I don't imagine our landlord selling out though."
3) Dumbo: "Could someone please tell me what the space at 3 main street in dumbo is being renovated into?"
4) Bed Stuy: "I recently bought a new condo in a new development on Spencer Street between Willoughby and Dekalb in Bed Stuy (or Clinton Hill according to the Developers Group). Anyways, we've been seeing major construction behind our building that is rumored to be a Home Depot. I'm trying to find out if these rumors are true. Any clue?"
5) Park Slope: "I was wondering if you had any information on the building that has been under construction for seemingly 3 or 4 years at 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Park Slope. It is a remarkable building, seemingly constructed out of bits of other existing brick buildings. However, looking through the windows (on the second floor, I believe) it becomes evident that beyond the façade on the left side of the building there is no roof. After remaining in that state for some time a new element of the building rose up several additional on the south half of the building composed of EIFS- the fake stucco product- rather than re-used brick. The building can be seen from the bar/restaurant across the street, the Café Steinhaus. I'd encourage you to enjoy some German beer and schnitzel to revel in the architectural disaster across the street if you haven't done so."
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