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A Bronx Librarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books Colbert Nembhard, a librarian, with children at the Crotona Inn homeless shelter in the Bronx, which he visits each week as part of a New York City literacy project.

Owner of a Brooklyn Brownstone From ‘Crooklyn’ Sees Herself Caught in Airbnb Crossfire The owner of a B&B sees herself as a casualty in a battle over Airbnb, the online rental service, even though she does not list her $195-a-night-and-up accommodations on the website.

Tell City How to Spend $30M for Highbridge Park Parks Department and elected officials are inviting avid users of the park, local residents and kids to a “Community Visioning Session” Monday night to share their ideas, concerns and different ways to renovate Highbridge Park.

Post-it Notes With Encouraging Messages Take Over 7 Train Station in LIC The grimy wall of a Long Island City subway station was transformed this week after residents covered it in dozens of Post-it notes bearing encouraging messages.

Real Estate & Development

Putting a Skyscraper on a Pedestal The $1 billion skyscraper, called 1 Manhattan West, will not simply sit on a pedestal. It will balance on it.

An Uncertain Future for East Village Rowhouses The three-story rowhouse, built around 1843 and served as the model for “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie,” is entering what is likely its final chapter.

4-Story, 3-Unit Mixed-Use Project Planned At 35-48 32nd St. The project will measure 3,068 square feet, including 1,331 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by three residential units across the floors above.

Local Color & History

More Than Coffee: New York’s Vanishing Diner Culture The Metro is a treasure trove of local history. It is in one of the few wood-frame buildings left in Manhattan.


A Tiny Home That Floats A profile of a tenant living on a houseboat in the 79th Street Boat Basin on the Upper West Side.

When Bob Dylan Practiced Downstairs In 1974, I lived in a $200-a-month loft on the fourth floor of 124 West Houston, on the edge of Soho, then still an industrial wasteland. Dylan had a practice space on the first floor, right around the corner from his MacDougal Street residence.

Food & Drink

The Best Bloody Marys In NYC This city’s got its share of stellar, unique Bloody Marys to help get you back on your feet, before promptly knocking you back off of them.

Eating Ramen by Yourself Is an Antidote to Everything The ramen restaurant Ichiran, in Bushwick, offers personal “flavor-concentration booths,” where patrons, who are perhaps tired of talking about certain subjects, can experience “low-interaction dining.”

Cajun-Style Cooking Comes to Cobble Hill Called the Gumbo Bros, the 16-seat dining spot opens on Dec. 2 in Cobble Hill.

Mumbai Xpress, a Good Reason to Stray for a Snack Mumbai Xpress specializes in chaat, a vast genre of Indian snacks fueled by salt and tang, typically cooked on hot plates at roadside carts and stalls, assembled with bare hands and presented on leaves or in tin bowls or bundled into bouquets of newspaper.


Worker loses hand after it was mangled in ‘grinder’ machine at food factory “(He) was putting fish in the grinder and turning it off and taking off the cover to check on the fish,” said one worker. “He did it a few times. I guess he forgot to turn it off the last time and his hand got stuck.”

Thanksgiving Fire Leaves Seven People Homeless in Staten Island A Thanksgiving afternoon fire left seven people homeless, officials said.

Police Shoot Allegedly Armed Bronx Man While Responding To Domestic Violence Call Police shot a man who was allegedly wielding a kitchen knife on Wednesday after he refused to drop his weapon and wasn’t subdued by pepper spray, authorities said.

Man Fatally Stabbed On Queens Sidewalk Police are investigating the killing of a 23-year-old man on a Queens sidewalk Nov, 24.

Man, 39, found dead on bench on Penn Station subway platform Police are trying to figure out what killed a 39-year-old man who was found dead on a Penn Station subway platform early Sunday.

Bronx man succumbs to knife wound from fellow resident at home for mentally ill A 70-year-old Bronx man knifed in the neck for refusing to loan money to another man last month has died from his wounds, officials said Friday.

Massive fire breaks out at Manhattan apartment Firefighters fought off a massive fire at a Manhattan apartment building Friday morning.

Man, 20, shot through foot on street The shooter fired one shot at the man on Beach Channel Drive near Mott Ave. in Far Rockaway just before 12:00 a.m., cops said.


Go inside Facebook’s awesome Manhattan offices Photos of the social media company’s Broadway digs are here and they’re awesome

Lenox Lounge Demolition Either two stories will be added to the historic space, or the whole thing will be torn down and replaced.

Mrs. Green’s Shutters West Village Grocery Store The store, which focuses on organic and locally-sourced food, opened at 585 Hudson St. near Bank Street in August 2015 after a year of delays and amid controversy over a labor-related lawsuit.

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