A broken boiler leads to a chalk protest, the greenest blocks in Brooklyn, and more

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East Villagers take to the sidewalk with chalk to protest lack of hot water (EV Grieve)

An Empire State building ... but in Brooklyn? (New York Daily News)

In this "extreme" rental market, would-be tenants are going to the extreme to nab the perfect apartment (New York Observer)

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has spoken, and Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene have some of the greenest blocks in the borough (Gothamist)

Hello Kitty's moving to Times Square—temporarily (The Real Deal)

Should you warn your friend about a "potentially crappy roommate?" Advice columnist Julie Klam shares her wisdom (Dame Magazine)

Somebody's being creative along the Hudson River Parkway (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)