Man Poses as Property Owner to Fake Sale of Crown Heights Storefront

Today, New York City’s best Indian restaurants, via Grub Street, Molotov chucking mayhem in Staten Island, a look at some interesting new plans at Citicorp Center, and a beautiful old home in Forest Hills, Queens.

Today’s News

Man Poses as Property Owner to Fake Sale of Crown Heights Storefront A man posed as the owner of a Crown Heights storefront and took $45,000 from a 40-year-old man who sought to buy the property, police said. (DNAinfo)

Man chucks Molotov cocktail at NYPD command post in Staten Island Police monitoring the command post on Jersey St. between Hendricks and Benziger Aves. saw a wine bottle with a flaming wick sticking out of it flying through the air at about 2:45 a.m., officials said. (The Daily News)

Month From GWB Terminal Opening Date, Fraction of Tenants Have Stores Ready The nearly two dozen small business tenants who have signed leases inside the building are banned from starting construction on their storefronts until after the union workers have finished building the terminal. (DNAinfo)

Month From GWB Terminal Opening Date, Fraction of Tenants Have Stores Ready

Queens pol fuming that troublesome jiggle joint won’t be stripped of its liquor license just yet Queens community leaders are blasting a judge’s decision to allow a Long Island City jiggle joint where a shooting took place last year to keep its liquor license for another month, officials said. (The Daily News)

In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ready for ‘the Billie’ to Return The Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn is undergoing a $4.1 million renovation. A ribbon cutting is planned for May. (New York Times)

In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ready for ‘the Billie’ to Return


Victim Speaks Out After Good Deed Ends In Beatdown At Brooklyn Restaurant Two more men joined the first pair, dragging Molohon out of his booth, kicking him in the head and body and beating him with his cane, causing fractures and lacerations. (CBS2)

Man conked by falling ice in Midtown The 20-year-old pedestrian was walking through a tunnel at the Plaza Arcade building at about 1:44 p.m. when a piece of ice plummeted from above and hit him in the head, officials said. (The Daily News)

Home invaders beat woman, plant coke in kid’s toys

Home invaders beat woman, plant coke in kid’s toys Home invaders beat a woman and then planted cocaine in one of her children’s toys, took a photo of it and threatened to dime her out to authorities if she called cops, police said. (New York Post)

Food & Drink

The Absolute Best Indian Restaurants in New York At some point the script flipped, and with a few exceptions, the city’s top spots for Indian food are now in Manhattan. (Grub Street)

Mettā Opens in Brooklyn With a Focus on Open-Fire Cooking While not every single dish will be cooked over an open fire (there’s one electric oven for prep and baking), all dishes will touch a component of fire in some way. (Grub Street)

Now Serving in Williamsburg: A Bar Hidden in a Deli Furnished with a disco ball, smoke machine, ambitious sound system and strong margaritas, it has all the fiesta of Señor Frogs in a fraction of the space. (New York Times)

Now Serving in Williamsburg: A Bar Hidden in a Deli

Real Estate & Development

Renderings revealed for former Citicorp Center’s proposed new ‘Market Building’ Designers envision a 200,000-square-foot “Market Building,” which will consist of a new outdoor plaza and terraces, as well as an interior atrium space that will host trendy dining and retail options. (6sqft)

Renderings revealed for former Citicorp Center’s proposed new ‘Market Building’

DDG Partners’ development on the Upper East Side continues to raise eyebrows The project has become embroiled in a zoning furor with neighbors, experts, politicians, and the Department of Buildings. (The Architects Newspaper)

$1.8M Forest Hills home has an English garden, attic studio, and a unique history These rarely-on-the-market homes–like this semi-detached brick townhome at 20 Ingram Street–have withstood the test of time, possessing both a timeless quality and, in this case, a fascinating sense of an early modern era long past but still somehow present in these unique rooms. (6sqft)

Cornell Tech unveils details about its Roosevelt Island campus hotel The hotel, designed by Snøhetta, will “reference the history of Roosevelt Island” but will also provide modern amenities and a “comfortable residential aesthetic” geared toward the families of students. (Curbed)


Where Fountain Pens Are Saved and Sold If your definition of a fine writing instrument is a plastic ballpoint with a smiling tooth and your dentist’s address printed along its side, then a visit to the Fountain Pen Hospital in Lower Manhattan might be revelatory. (New York Times)

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions: 112 East 23rd Street Blue Dog Cafe has signed a two-year lease, with an option for an eight-year extension, for a 2,500-square-foot ground floor space in this five-story commercial building, built around 1900 in Gramercy Park. (New York Times)

Local Color & History

Long Live Shea Stadium After running afoul of the N.Y.P.D. and the Fire Department, the club cited “increasing pressure from the local authorities” as its reason for suspending operations. (The New Yorker)

Inside McSorley’s Old Ale House, NYC’s oldest bar Award-winning photographers James and Karla Murray visit Saint Patrick’s Day with a look inside McSorley’s Old Ale House. (6sqft)

(Feature photo, Alejandro Forero Cuervo; Other photos: Google Street View)

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