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Manhattan strip club claimed dancers are like sex therapists to dodge $3.1M in state taxes

Today: Unicorn frap lawsuit, secrets of McSorley’s, and a food tour of Arthur Ave in the Bronx.

Today’s News

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino sued by NYC cafe in trademark case The End Brooklyn in a new lawsuit accuses Starbucks of trademark infringement, arguing that the color-changing “Unicorn Frappuccino” recently introduced by the Seattle chain overshadows the smaller company’s health-conscious “Unicorn Latte.” (USA Today)

$2 million worth of cocaine hidden in wrapped candies seized in Queens drug bust An estimated $2 million worth of cocaine is off the streets after authorities caught an alleged drug dealer “with evil ingenuity” carrying the narcotics concealed in candy wrappers Wednesday, officials said. (PIX11)

City backtracks on promise to build affordable housing units The de Blasio administration is reneging on the city’s decade-old promise to replace parkland lost during the construction of the new Yankee Stadium in favor of a high-rise development. (New York Post)

Third Avenue is Bay Ridge’s bicycle graveyard Patches of the thoroughfare are crammed with cycles chained to lamp posts, trees, and parking meters. And opportunists have taken the opportunity to swipe parts, leaving dozens of stripped bikes abandoned on Bay Ridge streets. (Brooklyn Daily)

Manhattan strip club claimed dancers are like sex therapists to dodge $3.1M in state taxes A midtown strip club tried to get out of paying $3.1 million in state taxes by claiming that its dancers are love doctors offering the same nontaxable services that a massage therapist or a sex shrink provides. (The Daily News)

World Trade Center’s $4B Oculus continues to leak water day after heavy rains ravaged NYC rails, roads Water was still finding its way into the World Trade Center’s brand-new $4 billion Oculus on Saturday — a day after a heavy downpour showed just how porous the roof is. (The Daily News)


Brooklyn man swinging 3-foot sword at Times Square tourists cuffed after he nearly slashes cop He nearly slashed one of three officers who tried to arrest him, authorities said. (The Daily News)

Cops on alert after robberies surge around Brooklyn men’s homeless shelter Cops on alert after robberies surge around Brooklyn men’s homeless shelter. (The Daily News)

Cops on alert after robberies surge around Brooklyn men’s homeless shelter

Crook who tried to rob Bronx street purse vendor comes back with his buddies to beat him up Cell phone video shows the thief and his friends continued their assault even after he fell to the ground, slamming his head on the sidewalk. (the Daily News)

Man arrested for stabbing NYPD cop during daughter’s First Communion party in Queens Police arrested a man who allegedly stabbed a cop twice in his left arm while the off-duty officer was celebrating his daughter’s First Communion in Queens, officials said. (The Daily News)

Local Color & History

Terra cotta figures that adorned building demolished for One Vanderbilt construction seek a new home A rescued collection of terra cotta building facade figures–including naked cherubs, smiling porpoises and the head of Neptune–that once adorned an 18-story office building next to Grand Central Station are in need of a new home. (6sqft)

Terra cotta figures that adorned building demolished for One Vanderbilt construction seek a new home

The Death and Life of Jersey City The downtown boom, visible in the new night-life scene along Newark Avenue, poses a threat to the urban pioneers from the city’s grittier days. (New York Times)

The Death and Life of Jersey City

The past lives of the “bunker” on the Bowery At the time, the Bowery was a cacophonous circus of vaudeville theaters, beer gardens, pawnbrokers, rowdies, and streetcars all under the screeching rails of the Third Avenue elevated train. (Ephemeral New York)

The past lives of the “bunker” on the Bowery

The secrets of NYC’s oldest bar “The people working here today are still only a couple of degrees of separation between them and 100 years of history.” (New York Post)

The Wild and Dark History of the Empire State Building While the building is often used in popular culture as light-natured fodder—such as the opening back drop to your favorite cookie-cutter rom-com or the romanic meeting spot for star-crossed lovers—the building’s past is far more ominous than many of us realize. (6sqft)

Food & Drink

A food tour of Arthur Avenue, the Bronx’s Little Italy At the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue a more authentic Little Italy proves harder to get to for tourists but infinitely more rewarding to visit.

A Shrimp Cocktail With a Jumbo Jolt, at La Esquina in Queens At La Esquina del Camarón Mexicano, inside a bodega in Jackson Heights, Queens, empanadas are sealed around sea bass and finished with mayonnaise, cilantro and a slice of avocado. (New York Times)

Queens BBQ hotspot to open Lower East Side location A barbecue bar on the Lower East Side promises to give foodies a taste of different BBQ styles when it opens on May 10 at 146 Orchard Street. (New York Post)

Real Estate & Development

Interview: Developer Ben Shaoul on 196 Orchard Street, his Lower East Side condo rising next to Katz’s Adjacent to the famed Katz’s Delicatessen, the building will ultimately top out at 11 stories tall and host 94 condos when it’s completed next year. (6sqft)

Kushner Companies sells swanky Brooklyn Heights home A townhouse developed by Jared Kushner, when he was CEO of Kushner Companies, has sold for $12.9 million, it’s the second-highest Brooklyn residential sale of the year. (New York Post)

LeFrak Goes Upscale With Its Latest Tower in Jersey City The LeFrak Organization’s latest project in Newport, a rental building named the Ellipse, will open this summer with 381 apartments and starts leasing on Monday. (New York Times)

Phipps looks to rezone Bronx site for 220-unit Mandatory Inclusionary Housing project Developer says a “small portion” of units could be set aside for households earning up to $95K per year. (The Real Deal)

(Feature photo, Alec Perkins; Other photos: Google Street View)

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