Today’s News

Bronx Pol Blows $72K in Campaign Cash At Brother’s Restaurant The lawmaker’s January filings with the state Board of Elections show him settling up with his younger brother on several accounts. (The Observer)

Pace University launches $190M plan to upgrade lower Manhattan campus In the first phase of Pace’s multiyear, three-phase plan, the 111-year-old private college will spend $45 million to upgrade its two main campus buildings adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge and on Park Row. (The Daily News)

Bronx pastor forgives woman busted for stealing cash from church donation box Cops arrested a woman for stealing $300 from a donation box at a Bronx church, but the charges were dropped when the kind-hearted pastor declined to prosecute, officials said. (The Daily News)

Bronx pastor forgives woman busted for stealing cash from church donation box

Terror victim asks US government to seize 650 Fifth Ave. A complaint filed in a New York federal court requests that the federal government seize 650 Fifth Avenue from the Alavi Foundation, a nonprofit alleged to have deep ties to the government of Iran. (The Real Deal)

Terror victim asks US government to seize 650 Fifth Ave.

Skull & Bones Found Inside Flushing, Queens Park Badly decomposed human remains were found inside a park in Flushing afternoon, police say. (CBS New York)

Mayhem

Gunman Ambushes 2 Men in The Bronx, Killing 1, Wounding the Other Two men, ages 18 and 24, were walking past 1195 Sherman Ave. about 9:10 p.m. when the gunman hopped out from behind a parked car to shoot them, sources said. (DNAinfo)

Gunman Ambushes 2 Men in The Bronx, Killing 1, Wounding the Other

Upper East Side doorman dies after he slips on steps, falls through glass window and slashes throat The 59-year-old man smashed through the pane glass window to the left of the front door, suffering severe cuts to his neck, throat and face, police sources and family members said. (The Daily News)

Staten Island house fire kills 1, injures 14 others amid raging snowstorm A raging fire inside a Staten Island home left one person dead and 14 others injured — including the dead man’s brother — as heavy snow blanketed the city, officials said. (The Daily News)

Local Color & History

Surveying the NYC toxic sites owned by the Trump family The Trump organization and Jared Kusher own New York properties that would benefit the most from EPA assistance. (Curbed)

Surveying the NYC toxic sites owned by the Trump family

The $20 million jewel in Grand Central Terminal The “golden” concourse clock, as it was called in a 1954 New York Times story about the clock’s restoration, might be the most valuable, to the tune of $20 million. (Ephemeral New York)

Loving the Bodega Downstairs “Once I come back from running, I’ll go in and order, walk Tyson, and by the time I get back, they have everything done,” he said. “He eats his egg, I eat my sandwich, then I take a shower and we go off to work.” (New York Times)

Retro Roller Skating Under the Strobe Lights RollerJam, on Staten Island, is New York’s only indoor, year-round skating rink. (New York Times)

Real Estate & Development

Harlem Building Will Be One of Most Energy Efficient in US An apartment complex that developers claim will be one of the largest energy efficient buildings in the country is planned for East Harlem. (DNAinfo)

21-Story, 110-Unit Mixed-Use Project Tops Out At 237 Duffield St. Construction has topped out on the 21-story, 110-unit mixed-use building under development at 237 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn. (NY YIMBY)

21-Story, 110-Unit Mixed-Use Project Tops Out At 237 Duffield St.

Food & Drink

Thai Food to Hearten the Homesick at Dek Sen in Elmhurst, Queens Dek Sen serves food as balm for the homesick, speaking directly to the Thai immigrants who live in the neighborhood. (New York Times)

Business & Shopping

Hidden Gems: These NYC Boutiques Deliver a World of Unexpected Finds In the shop-and-ship era of Amazon, when convenience is king, a handful of pint-size stores are offering up one-of-a-kind selections, personal services, and gallery-like experiences you just can’t get online. (Village Voice)


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