Today’s News

Upscale NYC supermarket has become social club for junkies Substance abusers, drug dealers and homeless people are turning the sunny cafe area, where shoppers can dine on pulled pork or Vietnamese sandwiches, into their own private social club for the cost of a cup of coffee or nothing at all. (New York Post)

Upscale NYC supermarket has become social club for junkies

A ‘Billion Dollars’ Worth of Comedians’ for $14 and a 2-Drink Minimum On Wednesday night, the club’s audience was treated to spur-of-the-moment performances by, among others, Aziz Ansari, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld. (New York Times)

Brooklyn landlord leaves tenants without heat, hot water in freezing temperatures for nearly a week Tenants in the three-story Canarsie building were bundled up for another long and cold weekend after not having heat or hot water since last Monday. (The Daily News)

Trump Visits Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse The Presidential election has crushed businesses around Trump Tower, but the proprietor of the West Fifty-sixth Street restaurant is still pro-Trump. (New Yorker)

Trump Visits Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse

Landlord Who Bragged to NY Times of Flipping Homes Sued by Disabled Tenants A group of disabled and mobility-impaired tenants at 946 Bushwick Ave. sued the landlord of their building for civil and housing rights violations. (DNAinfo)

Local Color & History

Behold the Next New Astor Place After several years of construction on the knot of streets and plazas, the fences have been peeled away like bandages, leaving a broad and orderly plain designed by the New York architecture firm WXY. (New York Magazine)

Behold the Next New Astor Place

A Queens Man Culls Relics From the Junk The staggering collection of salvaged items he has amassed over his 30 years in the business is an open secret in this neighborhood on the Brooklyn-Queens border. (New York Times)

Imelda Marcos Owned Monets, and Now They’re Trapped in Brooklyn For years valuable art hung in an Upper East Side townhouse owned by the Philippines and a Fifth Avenue apartment across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Today, they sit in a high-security, climate-controlled warehouse in Red Hook, the focus of a contentious legal battle raging across multiple New York courts to determine ownership of the artwork. (Bloomberg)

Imelda Marcos Owned Monets, and Now They’re Trapped in Brooklyn

Food & Drink

There’s Now A Harry Potter-Themed Pasta Restaurant In Williamsburg “We decided Pasta Wiz, it’s like a wizard magical place, so we’ve made it Harry Potter-style. We decorated in a Harry Potter-style,” owner Alex Dimitrov told Gothamist. “The magic is making the pasta so fast, and so good.” (Gothamist)

Island-Hopping in Flatbush Critic Robert Sietsema takes a winter tour of Caribbean fare in Brooklyn. (Eater)

Island-Hopping in Flatbush

The Sound and Fury of Handmade Dough at Very Fresh Noodles “Biang biang” is both the sound of the snapping and the name of the noodles made at Very Fresh Noodles, opened last February by Peter Tondreau and Victor Huang. (New York Times)

South West NY, Long-Established BPC Eatery, to Be Rebranded as Beer Hall Owner Merchant Hospitality, Inc., has announced that it will be closing its Mexican-style restaurant at the end of this month and in March reopen it as a beer hall and restaurant called Treadwell Park. (Tribeca Trib)

Annisa, a West Village Standout, Will Close The acclaimed West Village restaurant Annisa, a showcase for the innovative chef and restaurateur Anita Lo, will close in May after 17 years in business. (New York Times)


Mother of man shot dead by police returns to Queens home where he threatened to kill her with screwdriver The mother of a man fatally shot by cops after he threatened her with a screwdriver made a somber return to her Queens home Sunday morning. (The Daily News)

Mother of man shot dead by police returns to Queens home where he threatened to kill her with screwdriver

Woman sets herself on fire in Brooklyn after losing custody of her children The woman, who is in her 20s, had just handed her kids over at St. Vincent’s Services, a social service agency for children on Boerum Place near State St. in Downtown Brooklyn, officials said. (The Daily News)

Elderly Woman Dies In Queens House Fire Authorities are working to determine the cause of a fatal house fire in Queens that left an elderly woman dead Friday night. (CBS New York)

Real Estate & Development

Permits Filed: 9-Story, 30-Unit Apartment Building at 41-14 27th St. One of the last lots to be spoken for near Queensboro Plaza is becoming a nine-story residential building. (NY YIMBY)

Permits Filed: 9-Story, 30-Unit Apartment Building at 41-14 27th St.

WXY and Local Projects-designed theater included in new Bronx affordable housing complex In a distinctive twist, the mixed-use project is grounded by a 14,000-square-foot, 300-seat arts and cultural center and performance space. (The Architects Newspaper)

Photos: 301 E 50 The 29-story tower was designed by COOKFOX Architects, a firm known for combining high design with sustainable principles. (Field Condition)


Closing: Fong Inn Too Fong Inn Too is the oldest family-run tofu shop in New York City and, quite possibly, in the United States. Founded on Mott Street in Chinatown in 1933, it closes forever Jan. 15. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)


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