Do developer-owned coffee houses accelerate NYC gentrification?

Ed Garcia Conde shows us Melrose in the Bronx in an excellent Village Voice series on neighborhood guides by local residents. (You’ll see more of those here.) Also, a look at coffeehouses and gentrification, another delay at the WTC and a burned investor leaps from a luxury Midtown hotel.

Today’s News

Donald Trump’s Modest Boyhood Home in Queens Sells for Millions President Trump’s childhood home in Queens has sold at auction for $2.14 million. (New York Times)

In Brooklyn’s Kosher Pizza War, Modern Tastes Battle Ancient Law

Veteran charged with murder as terrorism in landmark New York City case for allegedly killing black man “Last week, with total presence of mind, he acted on his plan, randomly selecting a beloved New Yorker solely on the basis of his skin color, and stabbing him repeatedly and publicly on a Midtown street corner.” (ABC News)

Do developer-owned coffee houses accelerate NYC gentrification? It’s important to take a close look at how these coffee house brokers operate before painting them as villains in the gentrification saga. (Curbed)

In Brooklyn’s Kosher Pizza War, Modern Tastes Battle Ancient Law Perhaps nothing compares to a kosher pizza war, pitting 21st-century foodie-ism against the decidedly 19th-century world of an insular Hasidic neighborhood. (New York Times)

World Trade Center performing arts center could be delayed by federal funding cuts Ongoing issues between Port Authority and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation are at the root of it all. (Curbed)


Brooklyn man gets shot like ‘zombie’ with crossbow in feud with drug dealer His dealer rolled up in a Black Jeep Cherokee with Connecticut plates, and two other people in tow, he said. As they talked, the rear window opened, and someone said, in Russian, “Go ahead,” he said. (The Daily News)

Investor burned by Madoff leaps to death from luxury hotel balcony A hedge-fund executive who lost millions in Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme jumped to his death from the luxury Sofitel New York Hotel. (New York Post)

Investor burned by Madoff leaps to death from luxury hotel balcony

Famed owner of Da Silvano badly injured in Greenwich Village choke attack Famed restaurateur Silvano Marchetto was choked so hard that his trachea was fractured in a Greenwich Village attack by two men, police sources said. (The Daily News)

Famed owner of Da Silvano badly injured in Greenwich Village choke attack

Local Color & History

Your Guide to Melrose When you walk through the streets of Melrose, you’ll be hard-pressed to find signs of the urban decay most of the world thinks of when they hear the words “South Bronx.” (Village Voice)

Your Guide to Melrose

Deconstruction of the Third Avenue El in photos at new Transit Museum exhibit At 17, photographer Sid Kaplan captured the end of the line. (Curbed)

Food & Drink

Longtime East Village Vegan Spot Angelica Kitchen Will Close After 40 Years The restaurant’s last service will be April 7th, ending a 40-year run, first on St. Marks Place, followed by its current home on East 12th Street. (Gothamist)

The 14 Best Cookies In NYC You’re never too far from that sweet, chewy (or crisp!) satisfaction: there are a lot of excellent bakers in New York City, making a lot of excellent cookies. (Gothamist)

Real Estate & Development

Plans filed for “upscale religious housing” at former Pfizer site Abraham Brach is teaming up with Parkview Management to develop a mixed-use project in South Williamsburg (The Real Deal)

Plan for New Pier Along Manhattan Is Jeopardized by New Ruling The proposal for Diller Island, a $200 million performing arts center on a new undulating Manhattan pier along on the Hudson River, is taking on water. (New York Times)


Just Bulbs: Still Burning Bright on the Upper East Side Just Bulbs is moving its longstanding shop on East 60th Street on the Upper East Side to a larger space a couple of blocks away. (New York Times)

First Official Co-Working Office Space Coming To The Bronx Finishing touches are being made at Bronx Coworks, an office sharing space at The Hub in the South Bronx. (Welcome 2 The Bronx)

(Feature photo, Peter Burka; Other photos: Google Street View)

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