Today’s News

A Quest to Stop Erasmus Hall Academy’s ‘Demolition by Neglect’ The two-story building has been closed for over a decade, and these days it is in an advancing state of disrepair. (New York Times)

A Quest to Stop Erasmus Hall Academy’s ‘Demolition by Neglect’

Queens Man Admits Smuggling Endangered Turtles in Packages Marked ‘Snacks’ A Queens man pleaded guilty on Monday to smuggling 10 of the turtles, which are protected under federal law and an international treaty, and dozens of other endangered turtles into the United States. (New York Times)

Strong winds topple gas station pumping station roof in Queens The cover nearly flipped upside down and was hanging sideways. (ABC7)

How a Museum in Queens Became a Neighborhood Ally For cultural institutions wondering how best to support immigrant communities in a hostile political climate, the outer-borough landmark provides some clues. (Next City)

Mayhem

Security guard at Oculus may have refused to help woman reach for hat before fatal plunge off escalator The New Jersey woman who suffered a deadly fall inside the Oculus transit hub was reaching for her sister’s hat — after a security guard refused to help retrieve it from the edge of an escalator, sources said. (The Daily News)

Security guard at Oculus may have refused to help woman reach for hat before fatal plunge off escalator

Mastiff mauls 75-year-old Queens woman to death; adult son also injured The horrifying attack happened just past midnight Monday inside the family’s Long Island City home on 27th St. (New York Times)

Mastiff mauls 75-year-old Queens woman to death; adult son also injured

37-year-old man dies of overdose in Brooklyn men’s shelter The man was found face-up in bed and not breathing on the second floor of the CAMBA shelter in Brownsville on Sunday just before 4 p.m., cops said. (The Daily News)

37-year-old man dies of overdose in Brooklyn men’s shelter

4 People Struck by School Bus That Jumps Curb on Upper East Side The bus, which had no passengers in it at the time, drove up onto the sidewalk at the northwest corner of East 85th Street and Third Avenue roughly 8:20 a.m., hitting a group of Doe Fund workers who were receiving their route instructions at their staging area before cleaning the streets and sidewalks, police said. (DNAinfo)

Real Estate & Development

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Buys $40 Million Manhattan Retirement Pad Howard Schultz has bought one of Manhattan’s most expensive penthouses as he prepared to leave his position as the chief executive officer of Starbucks and head into semi-retirement. (The Forward)

New Aerial Photos Showcase Almost-Finished 50 West Street in Financial District The Helmut Jahn-designed, 64-story skyscraper at 50 West Street is nearly complete and ready for residents, YIMBY has some stunning new photos, shot from a helicopter, of the 784-foot-tall tower in the Financial District. (NY YIMBY)

Huge 56 Leonard penthouse reappears as a $35M flip The apartment comes with “the most important terrace in New York City.” (Curbed)

9-Story, 31-Key Hotel Filed at 444 East 149th St. There will be 760 square feet of medical offices on part of the ground floor, followed by hotel rooms across the rest of the building. (NY YIMBY)

Food & Drink

French Dips and Jus-Soaked Cheeseburgers In Brooklyn Roast beef reigns supreme at NYC’s Brennan & Carr. (Eater)

French Dips and Jus-Soaked Cheeseburgers In Brooklyn

The Drink Will Close in Williamsburg After just over six years in Williamsburg, beloved neighborhood bar, The Drink will close Sunday, Feb. 19th. The building has been sold. (Eater)

The Drink Will Close in Williamsburg

The Absolute Best Italian Restaurants in NYC These restaurants, many of which are helmed by women with extensive experience in Italy, look across the Atlantic for inspiration to deliver seasonal, ingredient-driven, conservatively portioned dishes to the city’s tables. (Thrillist)

Newest Bar from NYC Clubstaurant King Has a Giant Fish Tank A “retro adult playground” — with fish. (Eater)

Business

Schmidt’s Candy in Woodhaven, Queens, has been handcrafting treats since the 1920s Rows of fresh dark and milk chocolates filled with nuts, jellies and creams line the shelves of wood and glass display cases in the Jamaica Avenue store. (amNew York)

JFK Airport’s luxury pet terminal, the Ark, has arrived The first phase includes stables and a comprehensive pet wellness center. (Curbed)


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