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Rumblings & Bumblings: Junked Cars, Stalled Projects

Curbed readers ask good questions. You have the answers. We know you do. Send them, along with digital photography, and more questions to tips@curbed.com. Or leave 'em in the comments below. The sanitized results Thursday.



1) Carroll Gowanus: A reader sends the picture above and asks, "What is this? Does anyone have any idea? It on the corner on Bond and Carroll Sts. in Gowanus/Carroll Gardens, right on the canal."
2) East Village: "Do you folks have any news on the 1-story taxi garage at 62 east 1st street (between 1st and 2nd avenues)? It appears to have closed up... This garage has been open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for as long as I can remember. It's been closed since New Year's and even the old awning is gone. They've even dumped a junked classic car out on the street that used to be kept inside (no, it hasn't been towed yet)."
3) Greenwich Village: Questions about on University Place: "pls verify rumours that (1) Cedar tavern has sold it's air rights, now that the (2) zoning on university place has changed? someone intends to build a high rise there? true? has the zoning on west side of university pl really changed? when? could they really build a highrise where D'Agostino now is?" And, finally, this one doesn't have a question mark, but that doesn't mean you can't answer: "SW corner 14th and university pl:heard that a 14 story high rise will be replacing the demolished Morris Lapidus odd job lot bldg."
4) Gramercy: "I wonder if Curbed.com and its readers can give me an update on the huge empty lot on the SW corner of E 23rd St and Third Ave (see 4th item). I live in the coop across the street and can see through my windows that there has not been any construction behind the fence for months. Last I heard it is suppose to be a 40+ floor condo building. Is it because the motel/pawn shop building refused to sell, or the fear of a cooling market that is hindering construction?"
5) Tribeca: "do you know anything about the opening of Loft Hotel at 130 Duane? Is it true it's locked up in a legal battle with the neighbors?" [Last month, HotelChatter noted the lack of chatter about this space (scheduled to open April 2006) and concluded: "maybe that means they are keeping their heads down and getting the job done." Such optimism!]