BROOKLYN, NY - The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in an unexpected news conference, announced the reclamation of CroutonBoy and Oodgie's den.
The den, which had been buried for over a year in debris, refuse, and items placed there when CroutonBoy and Oodgie first moved in, had originally been pronounced "a lost cause" by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Requests for federal aid had been repeatedly denied, and it had been expected that the small room, which had once been imagined as "an office" and "a place where I can watch Sealab 2021 while you watch ER", would eventually be impenetrable, save for a small path to Cheeky's room.
Witnesses at the scene of the massive clean-up describe the results as "astonishing." The room was revealed to indeed have corners, not rounded, junk-filled cave-ins as was originally predicted. Furthermore, several major archeological discoveries were made in the process, including a leather chair, a coffee table, and "that chest with all the sports stuff in it."
CroutonBoy and Oodgie expressed delight and relief at the effort. "Hopefully we can actually use this room to...you know...live in, which is why we had it in the first place," claimed CroutonBoy. Oodgie made it a point to thank ECG, who removed a major obstacle to the clean-up by taking "The Destructor" for several hours on Sunday and Monday.
In a related story, Paco II, a replacement for a christmas pepper plant violently murdered last year, was planted and now shares a window next to Clark, the apartment's landmark ficus. The original Paco's corpse, which had been lying in state on the fire-escape since November 2005, was given a proper burial.