Today’s News

Governors Island Will Open Early This Year Governors Island will open one month early this year, on May 1st, giving New Yorkers the ability to explore the area during spring for the first time in history. (Gothamist)

Governors Island Will Open Early This Year

United Nations Hotel named New York City interior landmark The United Nations Hotel’s first-floor interior including a mirrored windowless restaurant was designated a New York City landmark on Tuesday by a city commission, honoring it as representative of 1970s and ’80s architectural style. (Reuters)

Driver Escapes After Crashing Stolen BMW Into SoHo Art Gallery Law enforcement officers are searching for a driver who managed to evade New Jersey State Police, speed through the Holland Tunnel, crash into a SoHo art gallery, and fled to parts unknown in the early morning hours Tuesday. (Gothamist)

Party murder suspect butchered man, fearing prison, lawyer says The adopted son of celebrity Manhattan jeweler Jeffrey Rackover viciously murdered a Connecticut man before crudely trying to dismember him all because he didn’t want to go back to prison, according to stunning court papers filed in the case. (New York Post)

Raids Turn Up Illegal Cigarettes at 3 Staten Island Stores, Court Docs Show The city wants to shut down three Staten Island delis after police found hundreds of packs of untaxed cigarettes for sale inside. (DNAinfo)


Woman allegedly slashes man’s face with wine glass at 40/40 club A woman slashed a man across the face with a shattered wine glass at an upscale nightclub owned by hip-hop star Jay-Z, early Saturday morning, police say. (New York Post)

Man shot 7 times in barber’s chair in Bronx A 23-year-old man is clinging to life Tuesday after being shot seven times as he got a trim at a Bronx barbershop, apparently in retaliation for a murder that took place a few blocks away last month, police sources said. (New York Post)

NYPD officer with gambling, drinking problems kills himself in Staten Island A 31-year-old police officer who shot himself in the neck at his Staten Island home early Tuesday has died, police sources said. (New York Post)

Woman’s body parts found at Bronx waste transfer station A bulldozer operator made a grisly discovery as he worked at a Bronx waste transfer station — a dismembered corpse missing a head, arms and one leg that someone had thrown in the trash. (New York Post)

Woman’s body parts found at Bronx waste transfer station

Death Of Woman, 85, Found Wrapped In Plastic In Queens Ruled Homicide The death of a grandmother whose corpse was found wrapped in plastic in a Ridgewood, Queens home has been ruled a homicide, police said Tuesday. (CBS New York)

Graphic Video Shows Bus Driver Running Over Woman In Brooklyn Crosswalk, NYPD Sees No Criminality On Friday afternoon a woman was run over in Brooklyn by a school bus driver as she walked across the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue M. (Gothamist)

Real Estate & Development

Photos: Journal Squared Journal Squared’s complete master plan calls for 2.3 million square feet spread amongst three towers for its site adjacent to the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City’s historic Journal Square neighborhood. (Field Condition)

Supertall 111 West 57th Street Nears the 16-Story Mark One of many supertall buildings rising in Manhattan is about to mark a milestone, as the tower portion of 111 West 57th Street is about surpass the height of the landmarked Steinway Hall. (NY YIMBY)

Supertall 111 West 57th Street Nears the 16-Story Mark

42-Story, Mixed-Use Tower Climbs to 5th Floor at 685 First Ave. Construction is now five stories above street level on the 42-story, 556-unit mixed-use tower under development at 685 First Avenue. (NY YIMBY)

Historic Mott Haven home with a modern interior revamp seeks $800,000 The lovely townhouse is part of a tiny Bronx historic district. (Curbed)

Food & Drink

Panda Express Brings Its Sticky Sweet Orange Chicken to Brooklyn The chain opened in Flatbush, the first in Brooklyn (Eater)

Ichimura, Omakase From an Acclaimed Chef, to Open in TriBeCa Mr. Ichimura plans to import most of his fish from Tsujiki market in Tokyo. (New York Times)

Slurping Solo, in Sweet Isolation, at Ichiran in Brooklyn

Slurping Solo, in Sweet Isolation, at Ichiran in Brooklyn According to the company, which has around 60 locations in Japan, these are “flavor concentration booths” designed to put the focus solely on the ramen. (New York Times)


Tiffany blames Trump Tower security for poor holiday sales The high-end jeweler reported that November and December sales at its flagship location dropped 14 percent from a year earlier — a drop “which we attribute at least partly to post-election traffic disruptions,” the company said in a statement. (New York Post)

Local Color & History

New Culture Hot Spot in New York: The 2nd Avenue Subway Last weekend, the stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets were still bringing in waves of subway tourists eager to check out the architecture of almost a century’s planning, as well as the public art lining its subterranean walls. (New York Times)


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