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The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

Amid mounting pressure from her constituency, Harlem Councilwoman Inez Dickinson spoke out against the rezoning of 125th Street at today's hearing. [City Room]

Marriott is revamping its courtyard hotel chain to appeal to a younger, "edgier" clientele. One of the new amenities being added to attract more twenty-somethings is a "Starbucks style" coffee bar. Since when is Starbucks edgy? [USA Today]

The New York Aquarium The New York Aquarium first opened on December 10, 1896, at Castle Garden in Battery Park, making it the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States. Its first director was the respected fish expert, Dr. Tarleton Hoffman Bean (1895-1898).  euthanized Bertha (above), the oldest sand tiger shark of any aquarium in the world, last weekend at the age of 43. [Gothamist]

Meet Akitusaaq, the newest Walrus walrus, marine mammal, Odobenus rosmarus, found in Arctic seas. Largest of the fin-footed mammals, or pinnipeds (see seal), the walrus is also distinguished by its long tusks and by cheek pads bearing quill-like bristles.  to join the New York Aquarium and one of just six surviving U.S.-born walruses in the past 31 years. [Vice TV via Gridskipper]

A round-up of some of the April Foolery on the Web today. [Curbed]

A group of Williamsburg property owners is threatening to sue the city over last week's downzoning of a 13-block swathe swathe 1  
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Greenwich Village has gotten too expensive for even parasitic souvenir shops now. A self-proclaimed "legendary" store that sells CBGB's memorabilia is losing its lease. [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York New York, state, United States
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Graydon Carter speaks out on the Rudins' plans for Greenwich Village. [Media Mob]
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Author:Lysandra Ohrstrom
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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