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Rumblings & Bumblings: New School Update, East Chelsea Razing, and Praying for Something Big in Gramurray

If it's Tuesday, and there's development, there'll be Rumblings & Bumblings. If you've got an answer to one of the reader queries below, leave a note in the comments. If you've got another question, or a sweet, sweet digital photograph, drop a line to Answers Thursday.

1) Greenwich Village: A reader writes, "It appears that the New School has plans to tear down its building at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street and replace it with a taller building that will better accommodate its needs. A merchant who now rents one of the retail spaces on the ground floor on 14th Street told me about the plans and that he has to vacate by the end of the year." Last we heard, the boxtastic rendering at right was slotted for this space. Any new intel is most welcome.

2) Chelsea: Last spring, the Sun reported the sale of an entire block of 6th Ave., between 30th and 31st St. to Herald Square Development. Looks like they've made some headway, per this eyewitness account: "The entire frontage has scaffolding and the northern corner is in demolition. By the looks of it the entire eastern end of the block is going to go. Another rental tower to finish out the strip? This is not to be confused with the construction site for the 55-story hotel/condo tower immediately south."

3) Upper West Side: Another reader asks the pressing question, "Has anyone heard about a development proposal for the Cathedral Station post office on West 104th? There are rumors going around the neighborhood."

4) Gramurray: Finally, some religious intrigue in the good old East 20s. To wit, "There's a 2-floor building just off the SW corner of 23rd and 3rd that formerly had an office supply store on the ground floor, and the printing company upstairs has a 'we are relocating' sign in their door. A worker at a nearby business says the building was sold to Japanese investors for 6 million, and they're going to build 'something big.' I had occasion to pass by the building last friday, saturday, and sunday, each time around noon. All three times, the doors were wide open, and a half dozen people were having (I guess) a Shinto ceremony of some sort. When I came by again at night, the place was closed up. Anybody know what is planned for the site? Anybody know what sort of ceremony lasts three or more days, but takes evenings off?"