1) Little Italy: From a curious reader: "I live on the sixth floor of a six floor walk-up on Mulberry Street between Broome and Grand, which is one of the only blocks that is actually still Little Italy, though the idiots that manage my apartment listed it as Nolita. Anyways, we hang out up on the west-facing roof a lot, and our building is back to back with a row of absolutely sick townhouses on Centre Market Place, including one with an outdoor half-court basketball court on the roof. The court is surrounded by wire mesh to keep balls or kids from falling off the roof, and topped by a huge wire mesh dome. I've never seen anything like it."
2) West Village: Is New York's own Big Dig almost finished? A tipster writes, "As God is my witness, they were actually paving 13th Street West of 6th Avenue this afternoon.... a more beautiful sight these eyes have never seen." [CurbedWire Inbox]
3) Upper East Side: A reader provides this intel on 157 E. 84th St., the teetering development that forced evacuations in nine other UES buildings this morning: "This is the building (next to Evans Towers, btw Lex/3rd) that was formerly a parking garage, and according to the bldg permits plastered all over it, is being converted for residential use. At any rate, it would appear that the removal of the original facade to allow for larger windows has caused some problems. The poor kiddy day care center next door is still shut down. Speaking of this conversion, there has been little of any chatter about it. Nobody seems to know squat. Help?" [CurbedWire Inbox]