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Vital MePa Ice Skating Update: 1st Layer Down!; Admiral's Row Woe

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MEATPACKING DISTRICT?The Standard Hotel tweeted a picture of its new seasonal ice skating rink on Washington Street, saying the soft opening (and hard landings!) kicks off tomorrow. Take that, W Hotel! [Twitter]

BROOKLYN NAVY YARD?Preservation groups the Municipal Art Society and the New York Landmarks Conservancy are picking a fight with the U.S. Army National Guard over the declining state of the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Timber Shed and Building B, the two historic Admiral's Row buildings that are supposed to be preserved in the new-look Navy Yard. They're calling on the National Guard to take immediate action to stabilize the buildings. Here are some press release quotes! "The Municipal Art Society is deeply concerned that a heavy snow this winter could cause irreparable damage to the Timber Shed." And, "The National Guard has been woefully negligent of its duty and promises to stabilize and preserve the Timber Shed." It's war! [CurbedWire Inbox]