Today’s News

Staten Island Chuck Predicts Early Spring for New York City Staten Island Chuck, the famed furry weather reporter, predicted the city will see an early spring this year during a Thursday morning ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo. (DNAinfo)

Neighbors of Manhattan tailor raising money to help 78-year-old recover from brutal stabbing Neighbors of a Manhattan tailor are raising money to help the hardworking 78-year-old make ends meet as he recovers from a brutal stabbing. (The Daily News)

Neighbors of Manhattan tailor raising money to help 78-year-old recover from brutal stabbing

School employee used emergency contacts to hawk insurance policies A paraprofessional at a Queens elementary school used a database of emergency contact numbers for parents to deal with her own urgent need — peddling insurance policies. (New York Post)

Frank Pellegrino Sr., 72, Is Dead; Proudly Rebuffed Would-Be Diners at Rao’s Frank Pellegrino Sr., a sometime actor and the unflappable gatekeeper of Rao’s, his family’s clannish, celebrity-studded and prohibitively exclusive restaurant in East Harlem, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. (New York Times)

Frank Pellegrino Sr., 72, Is Dead; Proudly Rebuffed Would-Be Diners at Rao’s

Mayhem

Man Walks Down Street After Setting Himself on Fire A Brooklyn man accidently set himself ablaze while smoking crack on a Bedford-Stuyvesant street, where his fiery brush with death was captured on video. (DNAinfo)

Suspected drug fiend stabs Queens clerk 20 times A 24-year-old drugstore clerk found dead in a Queens basement apartment had been stabbed “some 20 times” during the violent fight over drugs that led to his death, officials said. (The Daily News)

Crook pulls off series of robberies at Bronx stores by threatening employees with needles A 32-year-old employee confronted him, and he again brandished a needle and threatened to stab her with it, cops said. He fled the store towards Southern Blvd. (The Daily News)

Real Estate & Development

Eight-Story, 250-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 350 Clarkson Ave. A rendering has been revealed of the eight-story, 250-unit mixed-use building under development at 350 Clarkson Ave., in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. (NY YIMBY)

Eight-Story, 250-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 350 Clarkson Ave.

Six-Story, 130,000-Square-Foot Commercial Project at 333 Johnson Ave. The project will feature office space, retail space, a restaurant and a community garden. (NY YIMBY)

Six-Story, 130,000-Square-Foot Commercial Project at 333 Johnson Ave.

A Tower Rises in Queens Leasing has begun at a 44-story glass rental tower near the Queens entrance ramp to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, the latest addition to a high-rise neighborhood sprouting up in a formerly industrial stretch of Long Island City. (Wall Street Journal)

Business

At Mysterious Bookshop in TriBeCa, a Hunt for Clues and Diversions In an era of e-books and online ordering, the store moves ink-on-paper volumes by supplementing its 10,000 or so titles with rare books, like a first-edition of “The Maltese Falcon” ($8,500), first-run British imports and hundreds of signed titles, marked by neon-pink paper strips along the spines. (New York Times)

At Mysterious Bookshop in TriBeCa, a Hunt for Clues and Diversions

Food & Drink

Wine-Centric Cafe to Open on Ditmars Blvd. in Former Waltz-Astoria Space A new bar and cafe will open on Ditmars Boulevard specializing in wine from local and family-owned wineries. (DNAinfo)

Hong Kong-Style Egg Waffles Coming to ‘Bubble Bar’ on W. 14th Street A cafe that serves bubble tea and Hong Kong-style egg waffles popular in China is bursting into the neighborhood. (DNAinfo)

FM Jersey City to open in former Union Republic space The latest restaurant to join the Jersey City dining scene will be FM, a 1970s inspired theme restaurant that’s taking over the former Union Republic space at 340 Third St. (Jersey City Upfront)


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