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First Look at Danny Meyer’s Sky-High RestaurantThe Bay Room proper is along the south and west sides, with jaw-dropping views of the harbor, 70 Pine, the East River, the World Trade Center, and much more. (Tribeca Citizen, 6/20/18)
Permits Filed for Storage Facility at 2036 Webster Avenue, East TremontPermits filed for 2036 Webster Avenue reveal a new, four-story self-storage building coming to the East Tremont neighborhood of The Bronx. (NY YIMBY, 6/20/18)
Watch: How to Eat Pho Like a ProJimmy Ly, chef-owner of Madame Vo in Manhattan’s East Village, is here to breakdown the rice-noodle commandments. (First We Feast, 6/17/18)
They Started School Afraid of the Water. Now They Are Saving Lives.Grover Cleveland High School in Queens has earned a reputation for training many of the lifeguards who work summers at New York City pools and public beaches. (New York Times, 6/18/18)
Leonelli Taberna Opens in NoMadA sweep of bar and nicely set tables in a bright room with brown accents are ready for the chef’s take on Italian food. (New York Times, 6/19/18)
How to Enjoy Brooklyn’s Prospect ParkThe 585-acre oasis remains a beautiful respite from the bustle of city life, 151 years after it opened. Summer is its best season. (NY Times, 6/19/18, Photo: cgc76/Flickr)
Stabbing on Bronx River Parkway leaves boy, 14, critically injuredA group of attackers chased a 14-year-old boy onto the Bronx River Parkway and repeatedly knifed him in the chest Monday afternoon, leaving him critically injured, police said. (NY Daily News, 6/18/18)
Bronx Museum of the Arts Hires New DirectorDeborah Cullen, director of the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University, will be the next director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. (New York Times, 6/19/18)
Hotel Group Says Chelsea Guitars Can StayChelsea Guitars owner Dan Courtenay will remain behind the counter at his beloved 224 W. 23rd St. store, having signed a lease that locks in the current rent until 2021. (Chelsea Now, 6/19/18)
Discovering the Art of CraftBehind every great restaurant is a finely tuned team — and hours and hours and hours of work. A New York Times photographer shadowed the staff at the chef Tom Colicchio’s Manhattan flagship. (New York Times, 6/19/18, Photo: @craft_newyork/Instagram)
24 hours at my local Dunkin’ DonutsThe Dunkin’ sits in a perfect in-between space, equidistant from the very-gentrified bars and cafes of Franklin Ave. and the not-quite-gentrified takeout joints and discount stores over on Utica. (The Outline, 6/18/18)
Prisoners Endure A Nightmare 'Gulag' In Lower Manhattan, Hidden In Plain SightHalf a block behind Manhattan’s federal courthouse, two blocks from City Hall, three blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, and less than a mile from the hustle-and-bustle of Wall Street, sits a detention center that has been condemned by a United Nations human rights expert for exposing its inmates to conditions akin to torture. (Gothamist, 6/19/18, Photo: Bing)
Man Sentenced For Assaulting Homeless Man And Streaming Attack On Facebook LiveKing began by tormenting the “visibly intoxicated victim” according to the investigation, taking money out of the victim’s pocket, tossing it to the floor, and holding the elevator doors shut, trapping the victim inside for several minutes. (Bklyner, 6/18/18, Photo: Google)
Cyclist dies after fall from bike path on Manhattan BridgeA cyclist died when he fell and hit his head on a support beam on the Manhattan Bridge, police said Monday. (NY Post, 6/18/18)
Woodside Library Receives $6.5 Million For Renovation WorkThe Woodside Library will soon undergo a massive redesign, as officials announced the allocation of $6.5 million for renovation work at the center. (Sunnyside Post, 6/18/18, Photo: Google)
Cat sanctuary struggling to provide care after water shut offOperators of a feline sanctuary say they are struggling to care for their 22 “Island Cats” after the corporation that controls utilities on the island cut off the facility’s water. (NY Post, 6/18/18)
What’s That White Thing on 56 Leonard?The perforated white whatsit was hoisted up to the balcony on June 3, then subsequently unwrapped. (Tribeca Citizen, 6/19/18)
Permits Filed for 173 Lefferts Place, Bedford-StuyvesantThe development will pair with 171 Lefferts Place, for which permits were filed last month. (NY YIMBY, 6/19/18)
Una Pizza Napoletana Sets a High BarAdmirably ambitious small plates and thrilling desserts complement wood-fired pizza by the self-taught pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri. (New Yorker, 6/25/18)
Manhattan’s First Carl’s Jr. Location Shutters After Less Than 5 MonthsThe burger chain’s Midtown West location opened in February with much fanfare. (Eater, 6/18/18)
A Tulum-Inspired Taqueria Is Headed for Union SquareThe Gerber Group (Mr. Purple, the Campbell) is opening a taqueria at 201 Park Avenue South at 17th Street, serving up tacos, tequila, and mezcal in the 1,600-square-foot space. (6/18/18, Eater)
Behold Kish-Kash, Einat Admony’s Ambitious New Couscous RestaurantLabor-intensive Moroccan couscous is now front and center at Admony’s bright new restaurant. (Eater, 6/18/18)
Public hearing set for plan to build ferry maintenance yard in HobokenA public hearing has been scheduled for the controversial plan to build a ferry maintenance yard along the Hoboken waterfront. (6/17/18, NJ.com, Photo: Google)
See Inside Cole Porter's New York City TownhouseThe songwriter's former home in Manhattan recently sold for $4.8 million. (6/18/18, Town & Country)
Huge Woodside residential complex rejected by Queens CBCommunity Board 2 has voted to reject the developer’s bid for a zoning variance that would allow for the 561-unit project (6/12/18, Curbed)
Thieves wanted for stealing $10,000 in designer watches from Queens Center storePolice need the public’s help in tracking down two crooks who swiped thousands of dollars in designer watches from a store at Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall. (6/17/18, Qns.com)
Saying goodbye to the old Essex Street MarketA stroll through today’s Essex Street Market is still a comforting visit to an older Manhattan (6/14/18, Curbed, Photo: @essexstreetmarket/Instagram)
How Corey Johnson, City Council Speaker, Spends His Sundays: L&M DeliIt’s been there for almost 40 years. That’s how I get my day going, with the largest iced coffee you’ve ever seen. (6/15/18, New York Times)
4 hurt after shooting outside lounge in Greenwich VillageAuthorities say three people were shot and another was injured outside a Greenwich Village hookah lounge early Sunday. (6/17/18, WABC, Photo: Google)
Untrodden Broadway: The Hidden Gems of a World-Famous StreetBeyond the Battery and the Great White Way lies Broadway’s less-traveled northern stretch: Manhattan’s Inwood section. (New York Times)
In Astoria, Lining Up for the Souvlaki LadyThe Souvlaki Lady, a.k.a. Elpida Vasiliadis, has been a fixture on the corner of 33rd Street and Ditmars Boulevard for 28 years. (6/13/18, New York Times)
Harvey Keitel's 13-year-old son assaulted in lower ManhattanTough guy actor Harvey Keitel’s teenage son Roman was beaten up in Tribeca by teens who demanded he get off his bicycle, police sources said Wednesday. (NY Daily News)
Eight Firefighters Suspended After FDNY Finds 'Disturbing Video' Of Drunken BrawlEight members of the FDNY were reportedly suspended for participating in a drunken firefighter-on-firefighter brawl outside a Bronx bar over the weekend. (Gothamist)
Williamsburg's South 4th Bar Closing As Landlord 'Seeks Gross Amount Of Rent'"Unfortunately, the Sauron of the small business world, greed, has ensnared us in its shadow." (Gothamist)
Teachers, students tell ‘real story’ behind fatal classroom stabbingThe story received substantial coverage, but his teachers and friends say the media missed the real story. (New York Post)
New City Proposal Limiting Food Vendors Near WTC Is ‘Islamophobic,’ Advocates SayThe bill would get rid of 22 street vendors, 18 of which are Muslim. (Eater)
Not That Long Ago, New York City Really Was Run From a Smoke-filled BackroomAs late as 1989, an undemocratic entity called the Board of Estimate made the city’s key decisions. When it was banned, a new political era was born. (New York Magazine)
Renderings Revealed for 123 Hope Street, WilliamsburgThree years after construction started, the building is finally nearing completion. (NY YIMBY)
Construction Tour: 53 W 53Curtain wall installation is nearing completion at Jean Nouvel's 53W53 tower in Midtown. (6/13/18, Field Condition)
Craigslist founder gives CUNY journalism school $20 millionCraigslist founder Craig Newmark donated $20 million to fund programs at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism — and to honor his gift the school is changing its name. (The Daily News, Photo: Google)
Campion HouseIn 1984 Campion House was converted to apartments. In stark contrast to the sympathetic architectural alterations that were made in 1931, the Thomas Graham's stately mansard roof was brutally butchered to provide an additional story. (Daytonian in Manhattan)
Basketball Court Could Be Closed for YearsGrand Canal Court, the park at the northeast corner of Canal and Sixth Ave., is likely to be closed for a while, possibly up to nearly four years. (Tribeca Citizen, Photo: Google)
New Target stores planned for Kings Highway worry small businessesBklyner reported in 2016 that many residents and business owners were unhappy with the Midwood Target coming to the neighborhood after national chains such as TJ Maxx, Starbucks and Chipotle established stores in the area. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
From the ‘Queens Riviera’ to Robert Moses: The history of Rockaway BeachThe Rockaways ushered Henry Hudson into the New World; Walt Whitman into paradise; Hog Island into oblivion; and the Transatlantic Flight into existence. (6sqft)
Tenants in flux on Park Slope's Fifth AvenueA Korean restaurant called The Haenyeo is moving to 239 Fifth Ave., into the corner space Le Pain Quotidien vacated. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Correcting decades-old ‘Verrazano’ typo could cost $350,000State Sen. Marty Golden is sponsoring legislation that could correct the spelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by adding an extra “z” for the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano’s name — a move that could prove costly. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Man shot in the arm Saturday morning in Jersey City, authorities sayThe incident occurred near New Street and Ocean Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said. (NJ.com)
Offered $54 Million for Air Rights, Co-op Says ‘No Thanks’The developer wanted to build two extra-tall towers adjoining the former Bialystoker Center & Home for the Aged, next to the Seward Park Cooperative. (New York Times)
Permits Filed for 89 West End Avenue, Manhattan BeachPermits have been filed for an eight-story mixed-use building at 89 West End Avenue in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. (NY YIMBY)
One Vanderbilt Begins Gaining Prominence On The Midtown East SkylineOver 1,000 feet remain before topping off. (NY YIMBY)
Body Found Floating Near Kings Plaza MarinaFDNY units removed the body of a 55-year old man from the water and EMS transported the victim to Beth Israel hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. (Bklyner)
Requiem for the Irrepressible ‘Mayor’ of West 83rd StreetMr. Coleman lived in a six-story apartment building on the block, between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive, and could often be found on its stoop smoking his Marlboro reds and sipping on a Bacardi and Coke. (New York Times)
David Adjaye reveals new renderings for Financial District towerUnlike many of its glass-clad contemporaries, dark, angled concrete panels as being used for the building’s facade, which Adjaye described to the Times as acting to break up rainwater running down the face of the building. (Architects Newspaper, Photo: @130William/Instagram)
Carmenta's Italian Specialties is Not Your Typical Corner DeliThe Rigatoni pasta dish is their number one pasta entree, featuring a spicy vodka sauce, guanicale, and grana pandano. (Bushwick Daily)
What to Order at Bunna Cafe: a Vegan Ethiopian Spot Perfect for GroupsHead to Bunna for quality vegan Ethiopian food and quality time with friends. (Bushwick Daily)
New Parks Sprout Around New YorkDomino Park, an inventive six-acre, quarter-mile stretch on the East River by the Williamsburg Bridge, for example, has a new road cutting through it. (New York Times)
Man riding dirt bike struck, killed in ManhattanA man is dead after he rear-ended a van while traveling down a Manhattan street on a dirt bike Saturday night. (Pix11)
Construction Tour: 30 WarrenSuperstructure has topped out at Cape Advisors' 30 Warren, a 12-story condo building in Tribeca. (Field Condition)
Saving the Merchant’s House MuseumNew development threatens the 200-year-old home, a living link to New York’s past. (Curbed)
Brooklyn apartment fire kills a mother and adult son after erupting in garbage bagA fast-moving fire killed a mom and her son after erupting in a trash bag in their Brooklyn apartment early Wednesday, officials said. (NY Daily News)
Pill Bottles Beside the Dead Shared a Doctor’s NameIn 2017, after a lengthy investigation, the police arrived at Dr. Choy’s office and found it in shambles, with folders, papers and garbage strewn across the floor. (New York Times)
New Hyatt Place Hotel at 350 West 39th Street Tops OutDeveloped by New York hotelier Sam Chang, a new 180,000-square-foot Hyatt Place has officially topped-out, yielding one of the largest hospitality developments in the Garment District and Times Square neighborhoods of Midtown, Manhattan. (NY YIMBY)
Upper East Side dentist gets jail-free deal in sex abuse caseThe dentist tried to yank the 24-year-old man's pants off despite his repeated shouts of "No! No! No!" according the criminal complaint. (NY Daily News)
Nathan's Famous sues fired hot dog vendor for selling wieners from 'Natten's Famous' cartA fired Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs vendor is in hot water for operating a “Natten’s Famous Hot Dog” cart at Central Park South and Sixth Ave. (NY Daily News)
In 'Huge Turnaround Story,' a Peck Slip Park Plan That People LikeThis month, city Parks Department officials and their designers revealed a reimagined look for the .65-acre stretch between South and Water Streets. (Tribeca Trib)
The Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza Now OpenHours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 30. (Tribeca Trib)
At Davelle, a Son of Hokkaido Puts Luxury in ReachOden, a wintry Japanese stew that dates back centuries, is traditionally served with all the ingredients crowded in a single bowl. (New York Times)
Some Pension Funds Profit From New York Real Estate. Why Don’t the City’s?The ownership of 55 Water by the Alabama pensions is a reminder of how differently, and at times purposely inefficiently, the city’s retirement systems carry out their task of investing. (New York Times)
Judge Halts Deportation Of Detained New York Pizza Delivery ManA federal judge in New York City has halted, for now, the deportation of a pizza delivery man at least until a hearing on July 20. (NPR)
Rendering Revealed for 110 East 16th Street by Union SquareThe current structure, a nine-story parking garage, may be one of the few in the area whose demolition won’t cause a stir. (NY YIMBY)
After 3 decades of serving Hoboken, supermarket closing its doorsJimenez has decided it's time to call it quits after the business has not been as profitable as recent years. (NJ.com)
See the transformation of Williamsburg’s Domino ParkThe waterfront open space debuts this week. (Curbed)
Vanishing: Caffe Vivaldi"With heavy hearts we announce the upcoming closure of Caffe Vivaldi and the conclusion of our 35-year run at this magical room on 32 Jones Street in our beloved West Village." (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)
Brooklyn TaxidermyAt this hidden studio, the dying art of taxidermy is alive and well. (Atlas Obscura)
Venetian RoomThis lavish room at NYC's French Embassy is a rare relic from the end of the Gilded Age. (Atlas Obscura)
10-Unit Building Planned Where 19th Century Building Once StoodAs Jersey City continues to become home to more modern residential developments, some of the city’s oldest structures are being torn down in order to clear the way. (Jersey Digs)
Permits Filed for 61, 63, 65, and 67 Thompson Street, StapletonThe 48-foot tall buildings will yield a combined 16,880 square feet, with 13,980 square feet dedicated to residential use. (NY YIMBY)
Teacher arrested after ‘horse play’ turns into real fight with students“It began as innocent horse place and rough housing” between Guerrero and a 16-year-old boy, a law enforcement source said, “that turned into fight.” (New York Post)
One Vanderbilt to 1 WTC: My view’s $5 nicer than yoursSL Green says average ticket price for observatory will be $39 (The Real Deal)
See What Was Found In The Gowanus Canal During The 4th Street Basin DredgingOn Monday afternoon, the EPA presented some of the debris construction crews have recently excavated from the bottom of the Gowanus Canal during the pilot dredging project at the 4th Street Turning Basin. (Bklyner)
7 New Rooftop Bars Where You Can Soak Up Summer in New York City: ElsewhereWhile the warehouse venue celebrated its opening in the fall, its rooftop officially opened for business over Memorial Day weekend. (Vogue)
7 New Rooftop Bars Where You Can Soak Up Summer in New York City: Arlo SohoViews of the Hudson River pair nicely with a new cocktail menu curated by Employees Only's Milos Zica. (Vogue, Photo: Arlohotels/Instagram)
7 New Rooftop Bars Where You Can Soak Up Summer in New York City: Broken ShakerOnce you're in, sip on The Smillie, a healthier take on a cocktail with turmeric and juice, or a Cocoa Puff Old Fashioned, if you're feeling nostalgic. (Vogue)
7 New Rooftop Bars Where You Can Soak Up Summer in New York City: OpheliaSituated on the 26th floor of The Beekman Tower in Midtown East, Ophelia's secluded roof space is the ideal setting for a mezcal drink that comes with real smoke. (Vogue)
Sausages for the Grill From a Popular Brooklyn ButcherThe Meat Hook, a shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, now sells several styles of sausage throughout the borough and beyond. (New York Times)
86th Street station in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, getting an elevator by 2020$1.4 billion has been allocated to make a total 26 stations accessible. (amNY, Photo: Google)
Club Lust in Brooklyn shuts downThe popular Club Lust in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood has shut its doors. (News 12)
Designer Kate Spade Found Dead In Upper East Side ApartmentFashion designer Kate Spade was found dead today in her Upper East Side apartment, according to multiple reports. She was 55. (Gothamist)
Lord & Taylor to close storied flagship on Fifth AvenueLord & Taylor is abandoning plans to keep a store in the Fifth Avenue flagship it is selling, as the chain’s owner closes more stores and focuses on online sales. (Associated Press)
Police hunt man who stole chain off elderly man’s neck in Sunset ParkPolice are searching for a man who stole a chain off the neck of a 73-year-old man on 48th Street in Sunset Park on May 27. (Brooklyn Daily)
Man Tased after wild brawl outside funeral homeA wild brawl erupted outside a Harlem funeral home on Monday, leading to the arrest of two people – one who was Tased by a cop, police and witnesses said. (NY Post)
Urban Living Enhanced: 240 Central Park SouthIn October 1977 The New York Times architectural critic Paul Goldberger put together his list of "The City's Top 10 Apartment Buildings." At the top of the list was 240 Central Park South. (Daytonian in Manhattan)
Construction Making Headway at 805 Washington Avenue, Crown HeightsThe building is now expected to become a nine-story residential, part of a revision to the permits made in April of this year. (NY YIMBY)
Penthouse Sale in Chelsea Sets Downtown RecordA penthouse at the Getty, a brand-new boutique condominium hugging the High Line in West Chelsea, sold for $59.06 million, setting a downtown record. (New York Times)
Developer, senior citizen trade accusations in dispute over home saleThe First Street property is the last lot real-estate developer Peter Mocco needs to build an apartment building in Downtown Jersey City. (NJ.com, Photo: Google)
Permits Filed for 510 Driggs Avenue, WilliamsburgThe lot is currently vacant, meaning construction can start as soon as permits are approved. It is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. (NY YIMBY, Photo: Google)
One Seaport Nears Topping Out in The Financial DistrictFaçade installation has reached the 24th floor, right before the mechanical rooms on floors 25-26. (NY YIMBY)
Building a Community in Brooklyn’s BackyardsIn 1983, neighbors on an unusual block agreed to create a more open, shared space behind their homes. What they built remains a special slice of nature in a bustling city. (CityLab, Photo: Google)
The rogue world of one of New York’s major trash haulers.The headquarters of Sanitation Salvage, one of the largest private trash haulers in New York City, is a squat brick building that sits unremarkably amid the garbage dumps and razor wire of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. (ProPublica, Photo: Googla)
Construction Update: Apple Fifth AvenueThe iconic glass cube has returned at the future home of Apple's expanded Fifth Avenue flagship store. (Field Condition)
Jersey City Enacts New Rooftop Bar Rules Along Pedestrian PlazaAs part of an effort to stem the tide of nighttime noise along Newark Avenue, Jersey City recently passed new regulations that will limit the hours of operation for rooftop bars along the Downtown pedestrian plaza. (Jersey Digs)


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