News

Neighbors want to know why cops haven’t closed brothel yet Neighbors of Tao — a storefront operation on 257 Smith St. where a Post reporter was propositioned for sex during a massage – say they’re angry cops still haven’t closed the bordello.

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Stapleton man accused of stealing MTA bus from ferry terminal again A Stapleton man with a history of stealing city buses took an empty MTA bus from the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George early Friday morning, police allege.

Swastika and ‘Praise Trump’ Scrawled Inside Hell’s Kitchen Phone Booth A swastika and the words “Praise Trump” were found scrawled inside a phone booth on Ninth Avenue, the NYPD said.

S.I.’s first special needs gym: ‘Where you never have to say you’re sorry’ The first of it’s kind on Staten Island, We Rock the Spectrum is a “sensory” workout for children with autism, special needs, neurotypical development and other developmental disabilities.

Local Color & History

Little known details surrounding the 1876 Brooklyn Theatre fire that killed hundreds of people One hundred and forty years ago, Brooklyn Theatre attendees experienced true hell on Earth just weeks shy of Christmas the night of Dec. 5, 1876.

Mayhem

MTA Worker in Hijab Called ‘Terrorist’ and Attacked in Grand Central A 45-year-old worker, whose name wasn’t released, was on a 7 train approaching the 42nd Street station about 7 a.m. when a man on board called her a terrorist and said, “You should not be working for the city,” according to police.

Contract killer sought in fatal Brooklyn shooting of off-duty NYC correction officer Cops recovered security video that appears to show the gunman reverse his car into a parking spot and then lay in wait for about an hour until ambushing Bryan when she got into her car, the sources said.

Long Island man indicted for killing Brooklyn pizza shop owner during robbery attempt Andres Fernandez was indicted for the murder and attempted robbery of 61-year-old Louis Barbati, the co-owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens.

Man Exposes Himself to Woman on Staten Island Railway, Prosecutors Say A woman was riding the train towards St. George on Nov. 29 when a man exposed himself while sitting next to her near the Tompkinsville stop at about 7:35 a.m., according to his criminal complaint.

Kings forward Matt Barnes, accused of choking a woman at NYC nightclub, claims he was defending himself  Police sources said an argument between Barnes and an unnamed 26-year-old woman who was sitting at a table inside the club escalated and the NBA player allegedly put his hands around her neck.

Food & Drink

Black Walnut Is Chef Rob Newton’s New Modern–American Restaurant in Brooklyn Rob Newton’s stage is bigger than ever with Black Walnut in Downtown Brooklyn’s Hilton Brooklyn, a 102-seat space that opens for breakfast and dinner this week.

Queens Crossing adding to its trendy restaurant lineup Queens Crossing in Flushing — a mixed-use development from F&T Group, with retail, office, community, entertainment and dining space — is launching three new food concepts in its trendy food hall.
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Meet the Person Behind a Brand-New Kosher BBQ Restaurant in Mill Basin, Brooklyn After years of barbecuing upstate, local Richie Grin and friends from the neighborhood realized there was an opening to bring a different kind of brisket to the neighborhood.

Vanishing: Finnegans Wake The bartender, a very friendly guy, informed me that a 33-story tower is coming.

Meatless Butcher’s Shop To Bring Wheat Steaks and Sausages to Bed-Stuy New Bed-Stuy store Monk’s Meats is serving up steaks and sausages made of “wheat meat.” The vegetarian purveyor, already well knows from its Smorgasburg stall, will be opening in its first brick-and-mortar location this spring.

Real Estate & Development

Design Revealed for 2-Towered, 1,350-Unit Mixed-Use Project Proposed at 260 South St. As currently proposed, the towers would stand 69 and 62 stories in height, rising 798 feet and 728 feet to their roofs, respectively.

One Vanderbilt unveils plans for soaring 1,020-foot observation deck The supertall office building rising next to Grand Central Terminal will have an observation deck at 1,020-feet above ground.

Former Pearl Paint Building’s Redevelopment Stalled at Landmarks The proposal for the pair is to add two stories on top to allow retail on the first floor and eight residential units above.

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Development Across From Pier 40 Gets OK From Council Committees The St. John’s Terminal development across from Pier 40 inched closer to final approval, when it was voted through two City Council committees.

Business

Hylan Plaza stores to close as $150M mall takes shape Kids Place, a store which held a temporary lease with the Long Island-based Kimco Realty Corp., the shopping center owners, is liquidating its stock as the retailer’s lease expires at the end of the month.

Brooklyn Steel, the Bowery Presents’ Latest Project, Cements Its Presence  A building at the corner of Frost Street and Debevoise Avenue is scheduled to open in April as Brooklyn Steel, a concert hall that can hold 1,800 people, with shows by indie-rock stars like PJ Harvey, the Decemberists and the Pixies.

 

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