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The Absolute Best Lunch Spot in 40 NYC Neighborhoods: Gordon Savory - The shop also plays home to a handful of local goods, so pick up a hunk of Saxelby cheese or house-made bread on your way out. (Thrillist, 3/6/18)

First Impression: AI Pho & Vermicelli - AI Pho & Vermicelli is a recently opened Vietnamese restaurant in the former Big Chef space at 515 Jersey Avenue. (3/14/18)
The Biggest Chick-fil-A in the U.S. Opens Next Week - The Chick-fil-A at 144 Fulton, next to the Fulton Center, posted on its Facebook page that it’ll open next Thursday, March 29. (Tribeca Citizen, 3/19/18)
Dim Sum Palace planned for 59 2nd Ave. - The owners of the two locations of Dim Sum Palace in Midtown are planning to open a similar establishment at 59 Second Ave. between Third Street and Fourth Street. (EV Grieve, 3/19/18)
Façade Installation Nearly Complete for 196 Orchard Street, Lower East Side - The 11-story residential building stands above Houston Street, beside Katz Delicatessen. (NY YIMBY, 3/19/18, Photo: Google)
Permits Filed, Renderings Revealed for 85, 87 Calyer Street, Greenpoint - The two 49-foot tall structures will create two 4,000 square-foot townhouse apartments. (NY YIMBY, 3/19/18)

Metal detectors placed at entrances of Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel - Trinity Church has installed metal detectors at the main entrance to its Broadway parish out of an abundance of caution about the perils of the earthly world, which has too often made Lower Manhattan icons targets of terrorism, according to the venerable church’s rector. (Downtown Express, 3/8/18)

20-Unit Building Could Replace Jersey City C-Town - Plans to build a new mixed-use development in the main business district of the Jersey City Heights neighborhood have been revived. (Jersey Digs, 3/19/18, Photo: Google)
Staten Island Restaurant Accused of Rampant Sexual Misconduct - 7 women say a cook at Perkins behaved inappropriately for years (3/19/18)
There's A Hidden Gourmet Donut Shop In A New York City Car Wash - The “seeking gourmet donuts” crowd and the “needing to get my car washed and detailed next to the highway” crowd don’t overlap much in Manhattan, which I imagine is why so few people I talk to have been to Underwest Donuts. (Jalopnik, 3/19/18)
Public Meeting on New Homeless Shelter Planned, Blissville Residents Enraged at Shelter Overload - A public meeting will take place in the coming days for the community to discuss the new homeless shelter on Van Dam Street that will occupy the current site of the Fairfield Inn by Marriott. (Sunnyside Post, 3/2/18)
Midtown's Newest Food Hall Reveals Vendors, Report Says - Check out which food and drink vendors will ply their goods at the new Urbanspace food hall in Midtown. (Patch, 3/14/18)
The Absolute Best Lunch Spot in 40 NYC Neighborhoods: Frankel's - It would be easy to presume Frankel’s is Brooklyn’s trend-chasing Zabar’s or a Russ & Daughters knockoff -- but their classic Jewish fare is, without a doubt, the real deal. (Thrillist, 3/8/18, Photo: Official Website)
The Absolute Best Lunch Spot in 40 NYC Neighborhoods: My Cuban Spot - What Gowanus lacks in potable water, it makes up in a slew of repurposed factories-turned-bars and the best Cuban sandwich outside of Miami. (Thrillist, 3/8/18)

The Absolute Best Lunch Spot in 40 NYC Neighborhoods: Tanoshi Bento - By day, this spinoff of lauded Tanoshi Sushi serves generously portioned bento boxes, donburi rice bowls, and noodle soups (the grilled salmon bento is a crowd favorite). (Thrillist, 3/8/18)

The Absolute Best Lunch Spot in 40 NYC Neighborhoods: Smile to Go - The second outpost of the Smile’s counter-service, to-go spot in SoHo, Smile to Go offers excellent sandwiches, a daily rotating selection of market items, and a host of house-made pastries, which you would be remiss not to order. (Thrillist, 3/8/18)
The Absolute Best Lunch Spot in 40 NYC Neighborhoods: Tacos El Bronco - In the carnitas tacos, smoky bits of pork are plopped on freshly rolled corn tortillas, along with a spoonful of grilled green onions, cucumbers, and radishes. (Thrillist, 3/6/18)
Bay Plaza Shopping Center may include a new hotel - On Thursday, March 1, an application was filed that would pave the way for a top-notch six-story, 130-room hotel for the northeastern corner of the Bay Plaza Shopping Center. (Bronx Times, 3/17/18)
Richie's Gym at Myrtle-Wyckoff Is Closing Down Due to Building Violations - The Richie's location, at 5419 Myrtle Ave. near the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues stop on the L and M train, notified members that as of March 31, the gym will be shutting down temporarily. (Bushwick Daily, 3/14/18)
Abracadabra Magic Deli in Bushwick Is a Cafe and "Food Circus" - Abracadabra Magic Deli is a self-styled "food circus" near the Jefferson Street stop that does entertainment, artisanal cafe snacks, and Turkish cuisine with a twist. (Bushwick Daily, 3/16/18)

2 Dead, 9 Injured In Belmont Fire - According to the FDNY, the fire started inside a first floor apartment at 2381 Hoffman Street on Monday, March 5 at around 1:30 a.m. (Bronx Times, 3/17/18)

Mott Haven angered by Mayor’s jail plan, lack of support - The mayor released a plan to construct a jail on the vacant parcel that currently is used as a NYPD police pound and was the former site of Lincoln Hospital. (Bronx Times, 3/18/18)
Garlic & Tahini House of Shawarma Coming Soon to Hoboken - Another one of Washington Street’s long vacant retail spots is getting a new tenant, and a new Mediterranean-style eatery will be adding to the streetscape along Hoboken’s main artery. (Jersey Digs, 3/13/18)

Baby Jesus stolen from NJ church Nativity scene returned after nearly 100 years - Church staff called police for what they thought was a suspicious package, but it turned out to be a baby Jesus stolen from the Our Lady of Grace Church Nativity scene about 90 years ago. (PIX11, 3/16/18)

NY Waterway Founder To Hoboken Council: Leave Dry Dock Alone - The founder of NY Waterway has a message for the Hoboken City Council: "We're going to fight for the Dry Dock." (Patch, 3/16/18)
Coney Island boardwalk likely to be landmarked - LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said the boardwalk–its official name is the Riegelmann Boardwalk–could be protected as early as this spring or summer. (6sqft, 3/16/18)
New photos show Zaha Hadid’s stunning 520 West 28th Street in all its completed glory - Archinect reports that Zaha Hadid Architects have released new Hufton + Crow exterior facade images of the late starchitect’s recently-completed High Line-adjacent condominium development. (6sqft, 3/16/18)
Crown Heights’ oldest house debuts as a condo conversion, with two units each priced over $2M - The Susan B. Elkins House is a circa-1850s wood frame at 1375 Dean Street, and the only home in the neighborhood that dates back to when the area was rural. (6sqft, 3/15/18)
Proposed changes to 140 Broadway’s modernist plaza will go before LPC - A big planter is out, but changes on the Broadway side of the building remain. (Curbed, 3/16/18)
An Ex-Bodega Takes a Star Turn at Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca - At Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca, a bodega turned restaurant in Corona, Queens, the house specialty is tlayudas, built on monumental tortillas imported from Mexico, where the corn is starchier and stronger. (New York Times, 3/15/18)
The Beekman Hotel Brings In a Bar Czar - Adding to its buzzy restaurants, the lower Manhattan hotel will open a night club in April. (Wall Street Journal, 3/18/18)
The 1905 Hotel Broztell - 3-7 East 27th Street - The well-known tear drops are gone now, giving the Evelyn a less edgy appearance. The vibrant history that has played out within its walls far outshines the statley Beaux Arts design on the outside. (Daytonian in Manhattan, 3/17/18)
At Brooklyn’s Claro, Mole Is Smooth and Stunning - Critic Ryan Sutton declares the Gowanus restaurant’s dish a BUY. (Eater, 3/14/18)
Where to Go for a Gentleman’s Haircut - The second-story business, a fixture on Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets since it opened in 1913, has catered to generations of men. (New York Times, 3/15/18)
Essex Crossing Breaks Ground at Demolished Market Site for 8-Story Senior Housing - Demolition of the brick warehouse and the subsequent debris removal at 140 Essex (aka Site 8) officially completed last month. (Bowery Boogie, 3/14/18)
G & W Youngs' 1869 No. 47 Walker Street - While a coat of white paint has erased the abuse of the 20th century, one cannot help but lament the loss of the stately mansard roof. (Daytonian in Manhattan, 3/16/18)
Bronx cafe owner says community organization that was supposed to help did the opposite - Diaz says he borrowed $90,000 and last June he opened Da Boogie Down Café at 555 Bergen Avenue. But just two months later, he says SoBro opened a Starbucks on the 3rd floor. (Pix11, 3/14/18)

Bronx juvenile detention center’s conversion gets city council committee backing - The full City Council will vote later this month to approve the project. (Curbed, 3/15/18)

Kushner Conflict Cloud Hovers Over Brooklyn Sale Linked to Japan - Two months after Jared Kushner joined the White House as a senior adviser, his family firm sold a stake in a Brooklyn building to a unit of a company whose largest shareholder is the government of Japan. (Bloomberg, 3/15/18)
Elderly woman sucker punched in Brooklyn - A man sucker-punched an elderly stranger in an unprovoked attack on a Brooklyn street corner, police said on Thursday. (NY Post, 3/15/18)
Bus Lane Blocked, He Trained His Computer to Catch Scofflaws - Mr. Bell’s project focused on one city block — St. Nicholas Avenue between 145th and 146th Streets — over the course of 10 days. (New York Times, 3/15/18)
Permits Filed for the Bedford Union Armory’s 15-Story Residential Addition, Crown Heights, Brooklyn - Permits have been filed for a 15-story residential building at 1579 Bedford Avenue, also known as the Bedford Union Armory, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. (NY YIMBY, 3/14/18)
Video shows gun-toting man lurking before shooting victim - Police video shows a man creeping on the sidewalk with a gun in his hand moments before running up on his victim and shooting him in the Bronx, authorities said on Sunday. (NY Post, 3/11/18)
Jue Lan Kitchen opening uptown offshoot - An offshoot of upscale Asian eatery Jue Lan Club, named after a 1930s Chinese art society, is opening in Harlem. (NY Post, 3/4/18)
A Members-Only Medical Center for Hudson Yards Locals - The mixed-used neighborhood-in-the-making, which is being developed by the Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, is creating a medical clinic for the exclusive use of people who live or work in Related buildings. (New York Times, 3/9/18)
Black Iron Burger opening by Barclays Center - Black Iron Burger, an East Village hot spot voted “Best Burger Joint” by Zagat for the past three years, is opening by Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (NY Post, 3/4/18)
This fancy Upper West Side townhouse housed a sitcom star - Actor Richard Kind of sitcoms “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Mad About You” and “Spin City” once rented an apartment here before the home, at 144 W. 82nd St., was converted into a single-family manse. (NY Post, 3/7/18)
Opioid Protest at Met Museum Targets Donors Connected to OxyContin - Anti-opioid activists unfurled banners and scattered pill bottles on Saturday inside the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which is named for a family connected to the powerful painkilling drug OxyContin. (New York Times, 3/10/18)
Inwood Library redevelopment will create 175 affordable apartments - The apartments will be part of a 14-story building with a new three-story library at the base of the structure. (Curbed, 3/7/18)
A Brooklyn Bar Even Grandmothers Would Like - Montero Bar and Grill opened as a longshoremen’s bar in Brooklyn Heights in 1939. Now the next generation keeps its spirit alive. (New Yorker, 3/12/18)
Paintings worth nearly $2M missing from Brooklyn storage facility - A batch of 19th-Century paintings worth nearly $2 million vanished from a Brooklyn fine arts storage facility, and cops are hoping someone has seen the pilfered paintings. (NY Post, 3/8/18)
Sake is Brooklyn’s new hipster drink - Brooklyn Kura is NYC’s first-ever sake brewery. Located in Sunset Park’s Industry City complex, the taproom serves some half-dozen, fresh-pressed iterations of the rice-based Japanese drink, plus pours from lesser-known US and Japanese distillers. (NY Post, 3/9/18)
This senior citizen has been waiting 3 years for NYCHA to fix her mold-infested apartment - She has lived for 62 years in a complex in The Bronx, but ­Albertha Fernandez is now battling for her life because the New York City Housing Authority hasn’t removed mold that’s been infesting her apartment since 2015. (NY Post, 3/9/18)
Historic Bathhouse Studios for sale on 11th Street - The landmarked Bathhouse Studios on 11th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B is now on the market. (EV Grieve, 3/7/18)
The Top 10 Secrets of Hell Gate Bridge - The bridge is named for the once-dangerous channel it bridges, derived from the Dutch word hellegat, which means “hell channel.” (Untapped Cities, 3/9/18)
Man found dead in clothing donation bin outside 7-Eleven - A man was found dead with a belt around his neck inside a parking lot clothing donation box early Friday in Queens — and police are trying to identify him. (NY Post, 3/9/18)
Cops want to talk to this well-dressed man about shooting at mob-linked eatery - Surveillance footage released by investigators Friday night shows the man — decked out in a fedora and dark, waist-length coat — walking near the Marco Polo Ristorante around the time it was shot up. (NY Post, 3/10/18)
Uncharted Territory: Inside New York City’s School Of Last Chances - At a charter high school in a high-poverty area of Brooklyn, New York, many kids don’t graduate in four years. Seeing their achievements requires looking beyond the data. (Huffington Post, 3/9/18)
Permits Filed for 2250 Clarendon Road, Ditmas Park - The 60-foot tall structure will yield 19,590 square feet of space, with 14,910 square feet dedicated to residential use. (NY YIMBY, 3/9/18)
From Mansion to Sex Museum - Home today to the Museum of Sex; in 1861 it was the mansion of a colorful and controversial millionaire. (Daytonian in Manhattan, 3/8/18)
Bed-Stuy’s First Starbucks Prioritizes Job Training, Community Space - Starbucks, often seen as synonymous with corporate expansion and gentrification, is coming to Bed-Stuy—and so far, it’s being welcomed with open arms. (Bklyner, 3/8/18)
The Clark-Pratt Mansion - Much of the interior detailing has been preserved and the exteriors are almost perfectly intact, enabling the passerby to easily imagine carriages and limousines waiting for the Clarks and the Pratts at curbside. (Daytonian in Manhattan, 3/9/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Mussels): The Office - Leave it to the great Chicago maestro Grant Achatz to take a dish like steamed mussels, which jaded New Yorkers exiled to the trash heap of tired dining trends long ago, and imbue it with a new sense of grandeur and style. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Fish): Guan Fu Sichuan - There’s an aquarium’s worth of unusual sea creatures to eat at this Flushing restaurant, but one of the best dishes uses more common catch. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Soup Dumplings): Pinch Chinese - Just like at the mother ship back home, the dumplings here are handmade and thin-skinned and timed to arrive in their bamboo steamers when they’re perfectly done. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Sundae): Martina - he hazelnuts are candied; the chocolate syrup is spiked with amaro; and on top, instead of the jejune proverbial cherry, you’ll find a much more sophisticated drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of sea salt. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
Hallett’s Point megaproject’s first rental gets fresh renderings, teaser site - Leasing on the 405 apartments will kick off this summer. (Curbed, 3/7/18)
The Shed At Hudson Yards Announces First Commissions, Interior Renderings Revealed - As the largest planned development in the United States inches closer to completion, The Shed at Hudson Yards has announced the first group of commissions to be on display during the 2019 inaugural season. (NY YIMBY, 3/8/18)
Architects discuss the future of the NYPL’s soon-to-be-transformed Mid-Manhattan branch - The two projects architects broke down the 30-month renovation (Curbed, 3/7/18)
There Are Still DVD Rental Stores in New York - Video Room is considered one of the first — and now one of the last — storefronts in the city that rents movies. (New York Times, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Comfort Food): Don Angie - Pastina are the tiniest specks of pasta imaginable and, when served in chicken broth or with gobs of butter and loads of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, considered by mammas and nonnas to be the ultimate cure-all. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Pizza): Loring Place - At this downtown cocktail bar, the sole bowl contains nary a drop of pork juice. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Chicken Wings): The Lobster Club - How do you take a tired, populist recipe and update it with a sense of style and panache without losing the qualities that make it popular in the first place? (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Ribs): Vini e Fritti - After a toss in a sticky mix of Calabrian chiles, honey, vinegar, and the Italian fish sauce colatura, they emerge tender with just enough bite, sweet and sour, and as elegant a plate of finger food as you’ll encounter in the Eternal City or a Nomad hotel. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
The Best of New York Eating 2018 (Pizza): Loring Place - The edges are crisp, the crumb is springy, and most impressive of all, the flavor is unusually pronounced — toasty, tangy, wheaty, fresh. (Grub Street, 3/7/18)
See Inside Justin Timberlake's New York City Apartment - The singer is selling his three-bedroom penthouse in Soho for $7.995 million. (Town & Country, 3/7/18)
The Cult of the Jersey Diner Burger, with Padma Lakshmi - Alvin teams up with burger fanatic Padma Lakshmi to learn about New Jersey's mythic sliders at the landmark diner, White Mana. (First We Feast, 3/7/18)
Building Tour: 252 E 57 - Construction has wrapped up at World Wide Group and Rose Associates' 252 East Fifty Seven tower in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan. (Field Condition, 3/2/18)
Inside New York's oldest store in Chinatown: photo essay - Wing On Wo & Co was founded in 1890 by Walter Eng as a general store on Mott Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s budding Chinatown, originally selling products ranging from Chinese herbs to roast pig. (The Guardian, 2/23/18)
The Death and Life of a Great American Building - For decades, the St. Denis has been a haven for psychotherapists of every sort: classical Freudian analysts and new-age Zen psychologists, existential counselors and gender specialists, therapists who use art, dance, and neurofeedback. (NY Review of Books, 3/7/17)
Construction Tour: 277 Fifth Avenue - Superstructure has officially topped out at 277 Fifth Avenue, a 55-story residential tower from developers Victor Group and Lend Lease. (Field Condition, 3/7/18)

Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub (3/4) - Associated Press: Google is reportedly close to a reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add a landmark Meatpacking District building to its already substantial New York campus.

Trump’s Yanked Support for Hudson Tunnel Angers Those Who Saw a Done Deal (3/3) - New York Times: The latest and perhaps most ominous threat came late Friday night when it was revealed that President Trump had asked Republican leaders to withdraw federal funding for the project.


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