The Afternoon Wrap: Monday

A visit to the Merrill Lynch boardroom before the collapse. [City Room]

Ray’s Candy chops the price of ice cream and fries down to a buck. Avenue A punks and their dogs rejoice. [NMNL via Curbed]

Retail brokers predict big rise in vacancy rates during the first quarter of 2009. [TRD]

Fight over the Queens racino. [City Room]

The Hub—Melrose’s popular, yet chaotic shopping district—to become pedestrian paradise. [BoogieDowner]

An independent bookstore in Cobble Hill expands?! Somebody isn’t worried about the economy. [Brownstoner]

A rare piece of good news from the MTA: The Transit Authority and the Transport Workers Union are engaged in “secret negotiations” and close to smoothing out a new contract months ahead of schedule. [Transit Blogger]

...And more bad news: With the MTA’s financial troubles, the future of the long-delayed Fulton Street Transit Hub remains cloudy. [Second Ave. Sagas via City Room]

The variety and value of Bushwick’s supermarkets are more than enough reason to avoid a trip to Manhattan’s Trader Joe’s. [BushwickBK]

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