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Rumblings and Bumblings: Special Death of Retail Edition

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) Gramurray: A reader emails, "For a couple of months now, all the street-level businesses in the buildings on the west side or Park Avenue South between 27th and 28th streets in Manhattan have been closing. The block is one large multi-story building, three smaller 5 or 6 floor buildings, and a single-floor bank on the corner at 27th. Someone is now starting to tear down the smaller buildings. Anyone know what’s going on, what will be put up there, and has anyone considered southbound traffic on Park Ave. South?" This just might be the rumored Gansevoort Hotel spinoff, of which another tipster emails, "I heard the Gansevoort Hotel is building on the SW of Park Ave South and 29 street. About a month ago they put up scaffolding and they have started demolition. If true that will add a little coolness to that long overlooked hood." But seems our tipsters are talking about two adjacent blocks (above). Anyone know for sure what's what here?

2) West Village: Speaking of hotels, another reader queries, "Any info on the proposed hotel on the site of the car wash, corner of Leroy/West side hwy?"

3) Harlem: Asks another, "Is it over for the Shell Station on 122 and St. Nich? Walked by and they had 'no gas' signs on the pumps. Any idea what's going on?"

4) Long Island City: "Anyone know what's going on with the old Greenpoint Bank building in Queens Plaza LIC? It was also a club called The Vault for a while. They've removed the billboard superstructure that used to be on top of the building and now it's surrounded by scaffolding. Is this another luxe condo conversion?"