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Today’s News

Failing Bronx junior high school set to close at end of year A struggling junior high school in The Bronx will reportedly shut down at the end of the academic year. (NY Post)

Millionaire returning $4M piece of Manhattan to Indian tribe An architectural historian and activist for Native American causes, is in the process of transferring the deed of his $4 million, landmarked West Village house to a nonprofit controlled by the Lenape tribe, the original Manhattanites. (NY Post)

Millionaire returning $4M piece of Manhattan to Indian tribe

Tenants of 43 Essex Street Harassment Reach Settlement in Lawsuit with Galasso Brothers This week, a group of tenants from 43 Essex Street announced that they’ve reached a settlement in their hazardous conditions and harassment lawsuit, filed more than a year and a half ago. (Bowery Boogie)

You Will Be Able to Dangle Above Bronx River on New Bronx Zoo Zip Line The zoo said it plans to build the ride so that brave visitors can criss-cross the Bronx River 45 feet in the air. (DNAinfo)

US Marshal arrested for pointing gun at McDonald’s cashier The fried lawman began yelling at the cashier about the long wait for his food, police sources said. (NY Post)


Times Square victims were ‘stabbed in anger’ The victims, both 25, were knifed during a fight with the attacker in front of Madame Tussauds wax museum on W. 42nd St. near 8th Ave. around 2:15 a.m. (NY Post)

Brooklyn apartment fire that killed 1-year-old takes aunt’s life, too A baby-sitter, after a two-day fight for her life, died Friday from injuries suffered in the same raging apartment fire in Brooklyn that killed her 1-year-old nephew, sources said. (The Daily News)

Car Plows into Staten Island Restaurant, Hurting 5 Five people were hurt when a car plowed into a Staten Island restaurant, shattering the storefront and crushing furniture before coming to a rest in the middle of the business, fire officials and witnesses say. (NBC New York)

Car Plows into Staten Island Restaurant, Hurting 5

Police Searching for Man They Say Fatally Shot Homeless Man Near Bryant Park Sources said it happened around 2:21 a.m. near Bryant Park, when two men exited a subway station at the corner of West 40th St. and 6th Ave and began fighting. (NY1)

Woman Dies in Bronx Apartment Fire, Police Say A Bronx apartment building caught fire Saturday morning, killing one woman, police said. (DNAinfo)

Local Color & History

East 26th Street: New York’s “Misery Lane” It was in a part of Manhattan, at the edge of a poor neighborhood of tenements and groggeries, where no one wanted to end up. (Ephemeral New York)

Inside The Sherry-Netherland, The Most Whimsical Old Hotel In NYC When it comes to iconic New York hotels, somehow the Sherry-Netherland gets overlooked, despite being one of the most iconic in town. (Gothamist)

Inside The Sherry-Netherland, The Most Whimsical Old Hotel In NYC

Baruch Baths, a Historic Landmark on the Lower East Side is Off-Limits to the Public The Baruch Baths, located at 326 Delancey Street is a large, neoclassical building, a 115-year-old landmark along the easternmost section of Rivington Street. (Untapped Cities)

The missing terra cotta bank clock on Avenue C It’s a wonderful burst of color among the tenements and occasional weedy lot on Avenue C: a three-story 1920s building with an elaborate terra cotta and tile ornament above the entrance. (Untapped Cities)

Food & Drink

The Absolute Best Slice of Pizza in New York It’s all about the slice, the economical, accessible, on-the-go meal in its many styles. (Grub Street)

Real Estate & Development

Wedged and Softened to Fit in on the Upper West Side The building at 210 West 77th features a brick and bronze exterior with mahogany French doors. (New York Times)

68-Story East Harlem Tower Would Have 1K Homes and New School Buildings Plans to build a 68-story tower in East Harlem have been laid out to the neighborhood’s community board. (DNAinfo)

Gowanus Playground Renovation Approved After Tweaks Plans to renovate Ennis Playground are moving forward with a slightly different look. (DNAinfo)

9-Story Hotel Planned for Vacant Crescent Street Lot in Long Island City A developer is planning to build a nine-story hotel with 88 rooms on an empty lot near Queensboro Plaza. (DNAinfo)

9-Story Hotel Planned for Vacant Crescent Street Lot in Long Island City


A Manhattan Yoga Studio for Bad Backs Clients with arthritis or back pain move with a targeted, extra level of precision in a yoga class at Samamkaya Yoga on West 23rd St. (NY Times)
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