Welcome to February. Today, we’ve got a good mix of news from a reprieve for Wilbur, an unwelcome milestone for the Second Avenue subway, and a guide to the foods of Elmhurst, Queens.

Today’s News

Community Opposition Slows Approval Process For Controversial Crown Heights Armory Project City Hall plans to develop a vacant, century-old armory in Crown Heights, a few blocks from the coffee shops and boutiques of Franklin Avenue, has hit multiple roadblocks in recent months as long-time residents protest a project they fear will price them out of the neighborhood. (Gothamist)

Community Opposition Slows Approval Process For Controversial Crown Heights Armory Project

Wilbur the Staten Island Pig Given Reprieve From City-Ordered Eviction The 180-pound Juliana pig’s owner had been ordered by the city to get rid of the porker by Thursday because city law forbids the animals from being kept as pets. (DNAinfo)

Dangerous levels of lead found in Bay Ridge Middle School’s drinking water Drinking water at McKinley Junior High School in Bay Ridge contained dangerously high levels of lead — in some cases higher than those found in Flint, Michigan last year — the city discovered. (Brooklyn Daily)

Dangerous levels of lead found in Bay Ridge Middle School’s drinking water

Ex-Con Twins’ Controversial Restaurant is a Popular Spot for Politicians Mayor de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton and other local politicians have hosted fundraising events at a controversial restaurant that felons operate and that owes hundreds of thousands in unpaid city, state and federal taxes, court and city records show. (DNAinfo)

Man Offers to Pay Officers $100 to Let Him Go Free A man offered to pay police officers $100 if they freed him after he was arrested for driving without a license and weapons possession, prosecutors said. (DNAinfo)

Mayhem

Brooklyn man, 29, shot to death after his girlfriend got in fight A “pointless” fight between a group of young women sparked the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old Brooklyn man, neighbors and police sources said Tuesday. (The Daily News)

East Village eatery robbed at knife point A thief seemed to know what he was looking for when he entered an East Village restaurant and demanded at knife-point that a worker give him “the money from the bottom,” police said. (New York Post)

Man found dead on Second Ave. subway on Upper East Side A man was found dead on the Second Ave. subway early Tuesday, officials said. (The Daily News)

Food & Drink

An Eater’s Guide to Elmhurst, Queens Elmhurst has the most Southeast Asian restaurants in the city, including two dozen or so small Thai cafes, anchored by Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram, a Buddhist temple near the corner of 46th Avenue and 76th Street, one of the largest in the city. (Eater)

An Eater’s Guide to Elmhurst, Queens

The New Chumley’s Raises the Culinary Bar Pete Wells reviews the restaurant, which reopened on Bedford Street in October. In 2007, the building was in such disrepair that it had to be torn down and rebuilt, a process that took nearly a decade. (New York Times)

Mr Bing, Selling Beijing Street Food, Opens in Midtown Manhattan Mr Bing in Manhattan sells rolled crepes typical of Beijing street food. (New York Times)

Get Excellent Southern Dive Bar Bites At Greenpoint’s The Drift The Drift is excellent, both as a straight-up bar and a place to grab some Southern-style grub. (Gothamist)

Get Excellent Southern Dive Bar Bites At Greenpoint’s The Drift

Real Estate & Development

First Look at Two-Building, 518-Unit Development Planned for Crown Heights The new zoning would pave the way for two 16-story, 175-foot-tall buildings at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street. (NY YIMBY)

First Look at Two-Building, 518-Unit Development Planned for Crown Heights

Construction Begins on Six-Story, 45-Unit Mixed-Use Building at 380 Newark Ave, Jersey City The 77,000-square-foot project will contain 45 condominiums, ranging from one- to three-bedrooms, in addition to 3,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 20-car parking garage. (NY YIMBY)

Office, Retail Restaurant Complex Slated for Williamsburg Printing Building A sprawling office complex with a restaurant, retail space and community garden is slated for construction at the site of an old printing company. (DNAinfo)

Residential Conversion to Be Proposed for 5-Story Warehouse at 56-10 Decatur St. Isaac Chetrit’s AB & Sons is preparing to formally propose rezoning the property from its current manufacturing zoning to a residential zone that allows for apartments. (NY YIMBY)

Residential Conversion to Be Proposed for 5-Story Warehouse at 56-10 Decatur St.

Local Color & History

Tattooing Was Banned In NYC For Nearly 40 Years The “Tattooed New York” exhibit is opening at the New-York Historical Society on February 3, and while it will examine three centuries of tattooing in New York. (Gothamist)

Business

Queens Prop Shop Has Crafted Real Name for Itself in Booming Industry A prop shop in Queens is lending a hand in making magic happen for some of the biggest names in movies and television. (NY1)


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