Today’s News

Safes Are Safe. Except for Two on New Year’s Eve. Surveillance video showing two people hitting a sixth-floor door with hammers was taken immediately after midnight, the police said, when the sound of cheers would have most likely drowned out any banging. (New York Times)

Manhattan couple hasn’t paid rent on their $4,754-per-month apartment in almost 7 years A couple living in notoriously expensive Manhattan haven’t worried about paying the rent on time for the past seven years – because they haven’t been paying it at all. (The Daily Mail)

GWB guards say harsh working conditions hurt security The men and women employed as unarmed security guards at the George Washington Bridge, the busiest span in the world and a prime terror target that connects New Jersey and New York, say dangerous and unsanitary conditions threaten their work and the bridge. (

GWB guards say harsh working conditions hurt security

Man Chucks Block of Cheese at Morton Williams Shopper, Police Say During the dispute, a man threw a block of cheese at another man’s stomach causing “substantial pain,” police said. (DNAinfo)

Cops hunt armed thieves who tried to rob Brooklyn barbershop, but were stopped by employee Cops released dramatic footage of two armed thieves attempting to rob a barbershop in Brooklyn, and the brave barber who fought them off. (The Daily News)

Tech International to close, conceding defeat Tech International Charter School in Kingsbridge will close its doors at the end of the school year, conceding it has fallen short of its goals. (Riverdale Press)

‘Pizza Nazi’ Cut Hole in Wall of Former Restaurant to Take Oven, DA Says Whitney Aycock and a friend cut a window out of a wall of the former Whit’s End Pizza on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 97th Street on Nov. 1, 2016, police said. (DNAinfo)

Man suspected of selling heroin, cocaine at Manhattan homeless shelter arrested The NYPD arrested four residents of the Bellevue Homeless Shelter on drug possession charges, including one man who allegedly had 39 bags of heroin and 67 bags of crack cocaine. (The Daily News)

Man suspected of selling heroin, cocaine at Manhattan homeless shelter arrested

Food & Drink

An Eater’s Guide to the Lower East Side Critic Robert Sietsema recommends the best spots for snacking and dining. (Eater)

Paraguay and Venezuela, Together at the Table, at Karu Café in Queens Venezuelan arepas, airy corn cakes barely a finger’s width thick, may share the table with Paraguayan chipas — dense, bulging curls of cassava flour and cornmeal fattened by cheese, eggs, milk and butter and looking like lopsided bagels. (NY Times)

It’s Always A ‘Good Day’ For Cantonese Cuisine In Bensonhurst Good Day, which used to be known as World Tong under previous ownership, is a go-to dim sum spot for many locals. (BKLYNER)

It’s Always A ‘Good Day’ For Cantonese Cuisine In Bensonhurst

A Look at the New Bunker, Jimmy Tu’s Ambitious Bushwick Vietnamese Restaurant Chef Jimmy Tu opened the doors on the newest version of his punk rock Vietnamese street food restaurant Bunker, simmering beef pho and steaming whole fish. (Eater)


Strangled NYC gay club owner knew his killer, roommate claims The man who likely killed Midtown gay club owner Sayvon Zabar knew the victim and had visited him hours before the murder, a roommate said Saturday. (The Daily News)

Bronx woman fatally struck by stray bullet while carrying home McDonald’s food for her kids A gunman aiming for a 19-year-old man squeezed off an errant shot, killing a devoted Bronx mom who was carrying food from McDonald’s for her children. (The Daily News)

Neighbors react to death of 7-month-old Residents of Elie Court in Staten Island were shocked after hearing that a newborn baby housed in their development was pronounced dead, with signs of trauma. (Staten Island Advance)

Firefighters battle bitter chill putting out Brooklyn apartment fire A fire ripped through a three-story home in Brooklyn Sunday, injuring two people. (PIX11)

Local Color & History

Meet Ray Of Ray’s Candy Store, An East Village Institution While the majority of the city sleeps, Ray Alvarez deep fries Oreos, slathers chili and cheese on hot dogs, and keeps the coffee pot full at his eponymous shop on Avenue A. (Gothamist)

Meet Ray Of Ray’s Candy Store, An East Village Institution

How Caris LeVert, a Rookie With the Brooklyn Nets, Spends His Sundays LeVert sometimes stops at the West Fourth Street Courts, also called the Cage, in Greenwich Village, to talk to players in pickup basketball games. (NY Times)

Remembering the Carnegie Deli Massacre of 2001 On May 10, 2001, at the height of the theater rush hour, five people were shot in an apartment above the fabled noshery. (Untapped Cities)

Remembering the Carnegie Deli Massacre of 2001

Remembering 18th Avenue’s Walker Theater The Walker Theater opened in the January of 1926 and was turned into a multiscreen when it was taken over by United Artist’s Theatres in 1986 before closing in 1988 after 62 years. (BKLYNER)

Real Estate & Development

New renderings of Court Square City View Tower, Queens’ future tallest building In addition to 360-degree views of Manhattan, the tower will offer an all-glass curtainwall facade, a retail base, and a slew of corner-apartment balconies. (6sqft)

Sheldon Solow Files Plans for 19-Story Building at 7 West 57th St There are plans to knock down a little office building at 7 West 57th Street, to make way for a 19-story residential building. (NY YIMBY)

Mixed-Use Project with Residential Units Planned at 191 Harrison Ave. The new owner plans to build a mixed-use project with community facility space, geared toward the Orthodox Jewish community, and residential units. (NY YIMBY)

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