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Unexpected Shops and Goods in NYC: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Business & Shopping You can purchase everything from graphic tees to superpower serums like Speed of Light and Mind Control at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (City Guide) 7/25
Unexpected Shops and Goods in NYC: Space Ninety 8 Business & Shopping Located in a multi-level space in Williamsburg, this establishment is host to a clothing store, a music shop, art galleries, and a rooftop bar—just to name a few of the attractions. (City Guide) 7/25
Unexpected Shops and Goods in NYC: Story Business & Shopping Story is a sort of “permanent pop-up” that changes its inventory every four to eight weeks to match a new theme or story. (City Guide)
How one jhol momo restaurant started a Himalayan food revolution in Queens Food & Drink For more than a decade, momo has been sold pretty much everywhere in Woodside and Jackson Heights, but in January, a momo seller named Januka Shrestha took her normal momo and covered them in cold broth. (The Daily News) 7/19
A Sandwich Shop’s Fake ‘Bullet Holes’ Cause Controversy in Brooklyn Food & Drink Gentrification is a powder keg, and this restaurant is a match. (Eater) 7/24
Reveal for Mixed-Use Building Coming to Flushing Real Estate & Development Flushing has been booming with new developments, as demand for more space in New York City’s largest Chinatown has continued to increase. (NY YIMBY) 7/19
Construction Update: 115 Delancey Street Real Estate & Development Site 2, located at 115 Delancey Street, features a 24-story tower with a five-story podium that will houses part of the Essex Street Market. (Field Condition) 7/21
Inside the Historic New York Telephone Building: The Residences at One Hundred Barclay Local Color & History The curved, vaulted ceiling contains painted mural panels that show the evolution of communication, placing the New York Telephone Company within this overarching narrative. (Untapped Cities)
The Jane Hotel Local Color & History This historic building housed the surviving crew members of the Titanic, who were left destitute after the wreck. (Atlas Obscura)
The Best Lobster Rolls in the Northeast: Pearl Oyster Bar Food & Drink This New England-style seafood spot is a longtime neighborhood favorite in the West Village, and the lobster roll is undoubtedly its best dish. (Thrillist) 7/17
Park Slope townhouse once asking $15M now seeks $10M Real Estate & Development It’s still one of Brooklyn’s most expensive homes for sale right now. (Curbed)
Hotel thought to be shelter is now closing News An East Elmhurst hotel previously thought to become a homeless shelter will close its doors on Oct. 1, due to “economic” reasons, according to a notice from the state Department of Labor. (Queens Chronicle)
Globes (Not Golden) Win a Film Role for a New York Landmark Local Color & History The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen building was used last week as a stand-in for The New York Times’s headquarters in the filming of “The Papers.” (New York Times)
William Lescaze Townhouse Local Color & History In 1930s New York City, William Lescaze used the design for his own Modernist house, the first in the city, to demonstrate his ideas about function over style. In the process, he created a new architectural fashion in America. (Atlas Obscura)
The Strange State of New York’s Street-Level Retail Storefronts Local Color & History The new Nike palace by BKSK, on Broadway at Spring Street, is a paradox, a small structure that contains an immense store and looks at first glance like it was always there. (New York Magazine)
Man fatally stabbed in chest during argument at Queens pub Mayhem A bitter argument in a Queens pub erupted into violence early Thursday, leaving a 55-year-old man dead from a stab wound to his chest, police said. (The Daily News) 7/14
Urban manufacturing in Brooklyn News The Navy Yard has spawned imitators in other cities. (The Economist) 7/13
Construction Update: 100 Norfolk Real Estate & Development With the removal of the scaffolding, the facade's floor-to-ceiling glass and diagonal structural elements are now fully revealed. (Field Condition)
Seven-Story, 20-Unit Residential Project Planned at 166-30 88th Ave. Real Estate & Development Amenities include an outdoor terrace on the seventh floor, a 10-car parking garage on the ground floor, and community facility space in the cellar. (NY YIMBY)
12-Story Mixed-Use Project with 90-Key Hotel Filed at 38-24 32nd St. Real Estate & Development The ground and third floor would contain 8,154 square feet of medical offices, followed by a 90-key hotel across the fourth through 12th floors. (NY YIMBY)
Tishman Speyer's 1,800-unit Long Island City rental, Jackson Park, will debut this fall Real Estate & Development The apartments will be spread out between three skyscrapers. (Curbed)
For the first time, this rare NYC rooftop cottage is for sale Real Estate & Development A sprawling East Village penthouse apartment, which just hit the market for $3.5 million, comes with a cherry on top: a rooftop cottage. (New York Post)
Here’s where Amazon is planning to open its next NYC bookstore Business & Shopping The e-commerce colossus will be taking the 7,354-square-foot space between Crosby and Lafayette Streets, currently home to a pop-up store for lingerie store Aerie. (The Real Deal)
The East Village Cocktail Bar Elsa Reopens in Cobble Hill Food & Drink Three years after it closed in the East Village, the cocktail bar Elsa has reopened in Brooklyn. (New York Times)
Cup & Saucer, Classic Lower East Side Diner, is Closing Next Week Business & Shopping The reason for the closure is a steep rent increase, to $15,000 per month including real estate taxes. The last day in business will be next Monday, July 17. (The Lo-Down)
Long Island City’s 5 Pointz-replacing rentals reach new heights Real Estate & Development One of the two rental buildings has made significant progress this year. (Curbed)
Checking in on Long Island City’s 54-story rental tower by Rockrose Real Estate & Development The nearly 600-foot-tall building will bring 790 apartments to the neighborhood. (Curbed) 7/5
Reveal for 30-80 12th Street, Large Residential Development Coming to Astoria Real Estate & Development The 711 apartments will break down between 565 market-rate and 146 affordable units, and the site is going to be developed in a configuration with two buildings. (NY YIMBY) 7/10
Five-Story, 10-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 2-22 51st Avenue, Long Island City Real Estate & Development There will be retail space on the ground floor, followed by 10 residential units across the second through fifth floors. (NY YIMBY)
For $1.68M, an expansive Queens home with sizable movie room Real Estate & Development From the outdoor space to the expansive interiors, you get bang for your buck with this home. (Curbed) 7/1
63-Story Apartment Building Set To Rise Next To LIC Clock Tower Real Estate & Development The Durst Organization plans to build a 63-story tower with 763 apartments and a public park in the lot next door to the landmarked Clock Tower building in Queens Plaza, city records show. (DNAinfo)
Redeveloped Rego Park Building Features Pet Spa And Children's Playroom Real Estate & Development A 16-story Rego Park rental from the 1950s was recently redeveloped into a luxury building featuring numerous amenities, such as a pet spa, children's playroom and bike storage, joining several recent developments in the neighborhood that boast upscale apartments, according to a brokerage firm. (DNAinfo) 7/6
Community Proposes Plan to Save Kew Gardens Bridge Real Estate & Development Representatives of the Kew Gardens community came up with a plan that envisions saving the Long Island Rail Road bridge as well as a dozen businesses built along it, as the MTA considers demolishing the aging structure, local officials said. (DNAinfo) 6/30
Entenmann's Outlet Site Bought by Controversial Developer for $11M Real Estate & Development A developer that owned the famed Hotel Chelsea for a contentious two-year period has purchased the Entenmann's Bakery Outlet site on Queens Boulevard for $11.8 million, according to the firm that brokered the sale. (DNAinfo)
At the Center of Change, Cherry’s Unisex Business & Shopping Saturday night in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where the salon is an almost always-open witness to a neighborhood in the throes of change. (New York Times) 7/7/17
The Macabre History of Central Park’s Waters Local Color & History Rare as they are, deaths in Central Park are far from new. Here’s an exhaustive list of every documented case, stretching all the way back to 1884. (Village Voice) 7/7/17
Two-Towered Development Coming to 202-208 Tillary Street, in Downtown Brooklyn Real Estate & Development The towers will consume an old storage facility, which is currently whitewashed and nondescript. (NY YIMBY)
Brooklyn Mirage, a Mammoth Club, Finally Opens in East Williamsburg Food & Drink After a year of false starts and legal imbroglios, the contentious nightclub Brooklyn Mirage opened last Saturday as a huge, architecturally ambitious destination for deep house and techno parties. (New York Times)
Reveal For 3301 Atlantic Avenue, Another Massive Mixed-Use Development Coming to East New York Real Estate & Development The building will rise 14 floors, with 415,476 square feet in total. 20,977 square feet will be set aside for ground-floor retail space, while the remainder will be split between 403 apartments. (NY YIMBY)
Greenpoint's First Condo Skyscraper Opens Sales With $1M One-Bedrooms Real Estate & Development Sales opened Thursday at the neighborhood's first condo skyscraper — a 40-story waterfront tower featuring luxe amenities like a BBQ beach, hammock grove, speakeasy and basketball court — with one-bedroom apartments going for nearly $1 million. (DNAinfo)
Two-Building, 13-Unit Residential Project Planned at 342 Chauncey Street, Ocean Hill Real Estate & Development One of the buildings will contain seven units and measure 6,350 square feet, while the second will contain six units and measure 6,140 square feet. (New York YIMBY)
The Best Bookstores: Every Thing Goes Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage Business & Shopping A literary oasis in the 5th Borough, Every Thing Goes Book Café and Neighborhood Stage is Staten Island's largest independent bookstore. (Timeout NY)
A Holdout Delays a Developer’s Latest High-Rise Dream News Sheldon Solow wants to demolish buildings on West 57th Street to put up a new tower housing a hotel and condominiums, but the owners of Metropolitan Fine Arts and Antiques say their lease is valid and they do not care to move. (New York Times) 7/4
A Bakery That Gives Back Opens on Wall Street Food & Drink Feed Your Soul, a bakery that donates its goods to nonprofits, has opened a cafe on Wall Street. (New York Times) 7/3
The Best Bookstores: Word Books Business & Shopping This lovely little bookstore's been gracing Greenpoint with the written word since 2007, offering a sharply curated collection within cozy stacks. (Gothamist)
The Best Bookstores: The powerHouse Arena Business & Shopping Dumbo darling powerHouse publishes its own coveted photo books, but the company's loftlike space and gallery sells everything from cheeky birthday cards to the hottest memoirs. (Timeout NY)
The Best Bookstores: Unnameable Books Business & Shopping If you’re on the hunt for bargain tomes, hit up the selection of used books, many of which can be found on carts outside the store for as little as $1. (Timeout NY)
The Best Bookstores: Books Are Magic Business & Shopping When author and Brooklyn resident Emma Straub learned that Cobble Hill book store mainstay BookCourt would be closing its doors, she decided to fill the void with her own venture. (Vogue)
The Best Bookstores: Assouline Business & Shopping Along with limited edition prints, candles, and vintage objects, the shop contains massive coffee table books on everything from Ibiza to Dior. (Vogue)
The Best Bookstores: Argosy Book Store Business & Shopping Browse six floors containing walls and shelves full of thousands of rare, out-of-print, and used books. (Vogue)
At Mysterious Bookshop in TriBeCa, a Hunt for Clues and Diversions Business & Shopping “Nobody shoplifts from a store that knows 3,214 ways to murder someone,” a sign at the Mysterious Bookshop in TriBeCa warns. But if the country’s oldest independent purveyor of mystery literature gets the ax, its owner will know why: money. (New York Times)
This rundown building was once a posh mansion Local Color & History Behind the scaffolding and broken windows lies the ruins of a Federal–style mansion built from 1809 to 1810—making it one of the city’s oldest houses, even predating the New York City street grid of 1811. (Ephemeral New York)
Sunset Park castle-to-school conversion will retain the building’s Romanesque charm Real Estate & Development They’re ditching the neighboring horse stables, though. (Curbed) 6/29
Inside the American Copper Buildings, Kips Bay’s transformative new rental Real Estate & Development Eye-catching architecture and on-trend finishes try to recast a sleepy neighborhood. (Curbed)
$48M penthouse of Flatiron’s tallest tower includes staff apartments, $1M parking space Real Estate & Development The crowning penthouse in the Kohn Pedersen Fox building measures over 7,000 square feet. (Curbed)
Photos Inside the Deutsches Haus in Greenwich Village’s Washington Mews Local Color & History With its beige facade, lined with red brick and decorated with a green double door and window shutters, the Deutsches Haus leaves a lot to the imagination. (Untapped Cities)
10 Fun Facts About The San Remo Luxury Apartment Building in NYC Local Color & History As the first historic twin-towered building in New York City, The San Remo commands a lofty presence thanks to its distinctive silhouette. (Untapped Cities)
Ground Breaks on Nest Micro Apartments in Journal Square Real Estate & Development Nest will offer residents amenities like a gym, coffee house, roof deck lounge with a grill and outdoor showers, and storage units. (Jersey Digs)
Long-Awaited Public Plaza Opens at Flatbush and Lafayette in Fort Greene Real Estate & Development Located at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette avenues, the elevated, wedged-shaped plaza gives the public access to open space at the center of the busy cultural district. (Brownstoner)
Two-Story, 7,500-Square-Foot Medical Office Building Coming to East New York Real Estate & Development The nonprofit Community Healthcare Network has filed applications for a two-story, 7,476-square-foot medical office building at 999 Blake Avenue, located at the corner of Linwood Street in East New York. (NY YIMBY)
Construction Complete on Eight-Story, 50-Unit Mixed-Use Building at 1007 Atlantic Ave. Real Estate & Development The project features 50 rental apartments. Of those, 10 units, or 20 percent, will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. (NY YIMBY) 6/26
NYC's Best Burgers: Duffy's Food & Drink Burgers are served on an English muffin instead of a regular bun; all the better for soaking up the meat juice, cheese and other flavors. (Staten Island Advance)
The Best Bookstores: Greenlight Books Business & Shopping Opened in 2009, this Brooklyn indie has quickly become a favorite of Fort Greene locals—including neighborhood authors like Colson Whitehead. (Timeout NY)
The best bookstores in NYC: Community Bookstore Business & Shopping This Park Slope bookstore has been around since 1971, and it just rocks. It's fun to peruse, it has a good selection, and the staff is great. (Timeout NY)
The best bookstores in NYC: Book-Off Business & Shopping This used bookstore in Midtown is the NYC outlet of a Japanese chain, and the discounts are particularly deep—check out the selection of $1 books. (Timeout NY)
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks Business & Shopping The East Village store, founded in 1997, is the place for chefs, gourmands and amateur home cooks to find literary inspiration. (Timeout NY)
The Best Bookstores: Albertine Business & Shopping Albertine offers the largest selection of French-language literature in the United States, with more than 14,000 titles from 30 French-speaking countries. (Timeout NY)
The best book/zine stores in New York: Dashwood Books Business & Shopping Keep an eye out for their rich oeuvre of photography books from global names. (Dazed)
The best book/zine stores in New York: Book Thug Nation Business & Shopping A culmination of four different book street vendors finally coming together under one roof, not only is the store delightfully named, but BTN also hosts regular events, including film screenings, readings, and lectures. (Dazed)
6 Independent Bookshops You Should Be Visiting: McNally Jackson Business & Shopping All of the literature in the dual-floored book depot is organized by country, and the shop’s entryway is lined with travel zines and journals, several of which are self-published. (Thrillist)
6 Independent Bookshops You Should Be Visiting: The Astoria Bookshop Business & Shopping The tiny storefront curates its collection based on local demand, for the time being, that’s largely contemporary fiction. (Thrillist)
6 Independent Bookshops You Should Be Visiting: Three Lives & Company Business & Shopping Named for a Gertrude Stein novel, the red-brick corner bookstore is every bit as humble and austere as it was at its founding in 1968. (Thrillist)
6 Independent Bookshops You Should Be Visiting: Bluestockings Business & Shopping True to its maxim, “98% Activism, 2% Glitter,” Bluestockings is a volunteer-run, collectively owned bookstore, powered entirely by women. (Trillist)
A Brief History Of The Strand, As The Legendary Bookstore Turns 90 Local Color & History For the better part of a century, the Strand has gifted book-loving New Yorkers with a haven of sorts, boasting stacks upon stacks of used, rare, and new literary finds. (Gothamist) 6/8
End is nigh for Watchtower sign: Iconic placard to come down after $340M sale Real Estate & Development Kushner Companies, CIM Group and LIVWRK plan to turn building into office complex. (The Real Deal)
Starbucks Will Open Its First Location in Bed-Stuy Business & Shopping A 2,500-square-foot Starbucks will open at 774 Broadway at the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard, the building where coworking company Bklyn Commons has signed on. (Commercial Observer) 6/27
Group Vows to Defend Old Kosciuszko Bridge From Demo With Swords and Wolves News A band of costumed warriors are pledging to defend the "true" Kosciuszko Bridge from demolition this summer with wolves and swords, according to a Facebook event that promises hundreds of attendees. (DNAinfo) 6/26
Red Rooster chef tabs Brooklyn complex for new restaurant Food & Drink The Marcus Samuelsson Group has signed a lease to open an eatery of more than 4,000 square feet at The Greenpoint, the nearly completed luxury residential complex rising on the East River waterfront. (New York Post) 6/27
A buyer with a Beverly Hills accountant is new owner of 580 Washington Ave. in Clinton Hill Real Estate & Development An old online posting says 580 Washington Ave. is 23 feet wide and has seven mantelpieces and original wood floors plus updates such as central air-conditioning. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 6/26
Pratt Sculpture Park is a Clinton Hill treasure Local Color & History Pratt Sculpture Park, as it's called, is open to the public. It is spread across the 25-acre campus, which is located at 200 Willoughby Ave. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 6/26
Fulton Mall, Amid Change Local Color & History “This is not going to be here in five years. I should make it a point to be here as often as I can.” (New York Times)
Around the World in an Evening at the Queens Night Market Food & Drink It was only 8 p.m., but at the Queens Night Market, next to the undulating walls of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the night already felt a little lawless, in the best sense of the word: emancipated from day and of unlimited promise. (New York Times)
Last Minute Deal Saves 67-Year-Old Donohue's Steak House From Closure Food & Drink A taste of old New York will remain on the Upper East Side's Lexington Avenue, where longtime restaurant Donohue's Steak House received a reprieve. (Gothamist)
Trump Golf Course Struggles in Bronx, Where Many Can’t Afford to Play News Two years after it opened, as Trump has ascended to the White House, his namesake golf course is struggling. (New York Times) 6/2
Lawmakers Question Trump’s Stake in Subsidized Housing Complex News Two congressional Democrats are demanding more information about President Trump’s potential conflicts of interest stemming from his part ownership of the nation’s largest federally subsidized housing complex, which they say could benefit financially from decisions made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Washington Post) 7/10
The Nut Store Is Closing Business & Shopping SP’s Nuts & Candy, the store at 166 Church that you probably know as We Are Nuts About Nuts, is closing at the end of July. (Tribeca Citizen)
At Don Peppe, Expect a Lot of Everything Food & Drink

Italian-American restaurant cooking is not an endangered species in New York just yet, but enough of its practitioners have closed or slumped into irrelevance to raise concerns about gene pool dilution. Don Peppe in South Ozone Park, Queens, is one of the few exemplars where pride and purpose, both essential to this cuisine, remain intact. (New York Times)

$2.3M Mansion Could Be Seized From Doctor Busted in Painkiller Scheme News Federal authorities want to seize a multimillion-dollar Staten Island mansion from a doctor indicted for flooding the streets with opioid pills and defrauding Medicare. (DNAinfo) 6/21
Brooklyn Heights Library demolished ahead of its condo-filled future Real Estate & Development This site will eventually sprout a 36-story condo building with a three-story library at the base. (Curbed) 6/19
Construction Update: Essex Crossing Real Estate & Development After mostly sitting vacant since 1967, a six acre area of the Lower East Side has begun it's transformation into a mixed use development with nine building sites. (Field Condition)
Staubitz Market in Brooklyn: 100 Years of Sawdust, Steaks and Chops Business & Shopping Not much has changed inside Staubitz Market in 100 years. (New York Times)
Kent Street Rentals With Bold Design Add to Greenpoint Building Boom Real Estate & Development A mixed-use apartment building with a striking look is rising on the site of a block-long lot at 44 Kent Street in Greenpoint, across from Transmitter Park, adding to that neighborhood’s post-2005 rezoning building boom. (Brownstoner) 6/12
Boutique Condos Rise at Site of Former Polish Bakery in Greenpoint Overlooking McCarren Park Real Estate & Development The site of a former Polish bakery at 585 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint has given way to construction on a mixed-use condo development designed by two noteworthy architects, and significant progress has been made on the building’s two six-story towers. (Brownstoner)
Controversial Plans for Outsize Vinegar Hill Development Dropped After Local Outcry Real Estate & Development In a rare case of community will prevailing over developer plans in Brooklyn, developer Paul Tocci of the Constellation Group has withdrawn a controversial proposal to build a nine-story, 72-unit rental building at 251 Front Street in Vinegar Hill. (Brownstoner) 6/7
Brooklyn’s first supertall tower is under construction, kind of Real Estate & Development Work has begun on the foundation of 9 Dekalb, poised to rise 1,066 feet along Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue. (Curbed) 6/9
Katz's Deli One of More Than 40 Vendors at Brooklyn's Newest, and Biggest, Food Hall Food & Drink The pastrami from Katz's Deli is being sliced for the first time in Brooklyn. It's the legendary eatery's first expansion since it opened on the Lower East Side 129 years ago. (NY1)
Red Hook's 160 Imlay Street is slowly shedding its warehouse past Real Estate & Development The former New York Dry Dock Co. is on its way to becoming pricey apartments. (Curbed) 6/14
Bridgewater buying 1.5-acre Greenpoint site for $61M Real Estate & Development Bridgewater Capital Partners entered contract to buy a 1.5-acre waterfront Greenpoint site for about $60.5 million. (The Real Deal) 6/14
Williamsburg Affordable Housing Debate Reveals Neighborhood's Ethnic Divide Real Estate & Development Deep-seated racial and ethnic tensions among Jewish and Latino communities who straddle two sides of the Broadway Triangle area resurfaced this week over a massive 1,146-unit apartment complex slated for South Williamsburg. (DNAinfo) 6/15
Red Hook Container Terminal could be ripe for redevelopment, says Port Authority chairman News The debatable idea is back up for discussion. (Curbed)
Checking in on Big New Apartment Building Coming to 276 Nostrand in Bed-Stuy Real Estate & Development Now topped out, 276 Nostrand’s steel-frame rises 6 stories and will be enclosed in a textured façade with golden accents designed by Input Creative Studio. (Cityrealty)
ODA Design for Rabsky’s Rheingold Build Shapes Up on Montieth Street in Bushwick Real Estate & Development ODA’s and Rabsky’s development on the former site of the Rheingold Brewery at 10 Montieth Street in Bushwick is beginning to assume its final form. (Brownstoner) 6/13
Reveal for 127-129 Troutman Street, Bushwick Real Estate & Development Regarding the design, YIMBY spoke with the architect, who said the building was “inspired by a luck of the drawer dresser,” and that the “facade is surrounded by a wooden frame, and a rigid geometry is broken to reveal recessed balconies.” (NY YIMBY) 6/14
Trump Tower police detail has finally been scaled back News With the first family now officially reunited in the White House, the NYPD presence around Trump Tower has been dramatically reduced — and police and nearby businesses are breathing big sighs of relief. (New York Post) 6/18
$10 Bodega Challenge with Wiki and Your Old Droog Local Color & History Together, Wiki and Your Old Droog breakdown the bodega dos and don'ts, examine the store's influence on New York hip-hop, and go on a luxurious $10 shopping spree. Who can make a dollar stretch the farthest on the Lower East Side? (First We Feast/YouTube)
Trump's NYC: Former Goldman exec trying to remove the Trump name from his UES building News Yet another New York building has started a petition to remove the president’s name from its own. This one is the Trump Palace at 200 East 69th Street, and the movement was started by former Goldman partner Laurence Weiss, who has been trying to sell his unit in the building since 2015. (Luxury Listing NYC)
Trump's NYC - Inside Trump’s Most Valuable Tower: Felons, Dictators and Girl Scouts News The 72-story building has housed frauds, thieves, boiler rooms and penny-stock schemers since Trump took it over in 1995 in what may be the best deal of his career. (Bloomberg)
Trump's NYC: Kushner Family's Jersey City Project Set to Lose $6.5 Million Annual Tax Credit News A project Kushner Companies is planning in Jersey City, already under pressure because of its controversial use of the EB-5 visa program, is in more hot water. (WNYC) 6/9
Trump's Boyhood Home Has Been Rented Out, Broker Says News The five-bedroom Tudor at 85-15 Wareham Place — where Trump was born and lived until he was 4 — was listed for rent Thursday afternoon and was leased out almost immediately. (DNAinfo)
Trump's New York: Abu Dhabi tourism office quits Trump Tower News Abu Dhabi's tourism office, which has been cited as a potential conflict of interest between President Donald Trump and his businesses, vacated its Trump Tower quarters days after the president was sworn into office.(Politico)
A Visit to Jersey City's White Mana, a Diner Relic of the 1939 World's Fair Food & Drink Robert Sietsema visits the aging diner on a quiet afternoon, for sliders, cheap sandwiches, and a heap of disco fries. (Eater)
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers: House burger at Freehold Food & Drink Chef Michael Boulos updates an otherwise textbook, fresh-off-the-grill patty—built with angus beef, American cheese and bibb lettuce—with the zip of pickled onions and a habanero-spiked special sauce. (TimeOut NY)
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers: The cheeseburger at Peter McManus Café Food & Drink Opened in 1932, Peter McManus is one of the oldest family-owned and -operated bars in New York, and its burger is far from ordinary, despite having tried-and-true beer-soaking abilities. (TimeOut NY)
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers: Cheeseburger at the Grand Bar & Grill Food & Drink Topped with aged white cheddar and slathered in a house-made pickled jalapeño mayo on an Amy’s Bread sesame-seed bun, it has a slight kick. (TimeOut NY)
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers: The Classic at Donovan’s Pub Food & Drink It’s big (eight ounces), broiled and back-to-basics, with a mix of coarse chuck and New York strip arriving medium-rare by default with a crusty exterior and a juicy interior. (TimeOut NY)
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers: Cheeseburger at Burger Joint Food & Drink One thousand patties are cooked daily, and each five-ounce round of Nebraska-sourced beef-shoulder clod is ground by two in-house butchers and cooked to order, then placed inside a soft Arnold bun and accented with mild Colby and white cheddar cheeses. (TimeOut NY)
Battle of the Burger’s 20 best burgers: In-house burger at American cut Food & Drink Iron Chef winner Marc Forgione’s modern steakhouse slings its not-so-secret off-menu burger in limited quantities in Tribeca, but its midtown offshoot flips the primo patty every day at lunch and at the bar for dinner. (TimeOut NY)
Construction Update: 100 Norfolk Real Estate & Development The steel and glass tower is designed by ODA with their signature boxy style. (Field Condition)
The 11 Best Burgers in NYC: Harlem Shake Food & Drink The classic at Harlem Shake is built with two patties, cheese, pickles, onions, and special sauce. (Bloomberg)
The 11 Best Burgers in New York City: Long Island Bar Food & Drink "The burger is about a half-inch thick, not so thick that you feel like you're eating a slice of meatloaf." (Bloomberg)
The 11 Best Burgers in New York City: Salvation Burger Food & Drink At Salvation Burger, April Bloomfield's newest joint in the Pod Hotel in midtown, she's buying whole cows to grind her own meat and even baking the buns from scratch. (Bloomberg)
The 11 Best Burgers in New York City: Bash-Style Burger at Burger & Barrel Food & Drink Burger & Barrel’s “bash-style” involves a sweet onion and bacon jam, pickles, American cheese, and special sauce. (Bloomberg)
The 11 Best Burgers in New York City: The Chargrilled Burger at the Spotted Pig Food & Drink It's pretty much perfect just the way it is: a half-pounder cooked over the grill and tucked inside a light, super glossy bun, dripping with blue cheese. (Bloomberg)
The 11 Best Burgers in New York City: The Cheeseburger at Joe Jr. Food & Drink What makes the burger at Joe Jr. extraordinary? "It's so good and so simple," says Bobby Hellen, the chef at GG's. (Bloomberg)
NJ's Best Burger: Park Tavern Food & Drink You could visit the Park Tavern tomorrow, and come back in 25 years, and it's doubtful nothing will have changed. (
NJ's Best Burger: Left Bank Burger Bar Food & Drink Pat La Freida for the meat, a brisket/chuck/shoulder blend. A cozy, unpretentious atmosphere; the space once housed a Greek restaurant. (
NJ's Best Burger: Bareburger Food & Drink "The brisket and the smoke sauce go so well together, it's insane,'' server Andy Rodriguez said inside Bareburger. (
The Absolute Best Burger in NY: Hard Times Sundaes Food & Drink The American cheese is less melted than infused; it’s unclear where yellow goo ends and meat and bun begin. And that bun — a Martin’s potato roll given a ride on an automatic butter-roller, then toasted on the griddle — manages to both contain the burger and cohere to it. (Grub Street)
The Absolute Best Burger in NY: Raoul's Food & Drink One bite — and maybe another, yes, dunked in the sauce — might even convince you that all burgers should be au poivre (and French). (Grub Street)
The Absolute Best Burger in New York: The Brindle Room Food & Drink The Brindle Room burger reminds us that burgers are, first and foremost, about the beef, but also that you can’t deny the supremacy of cheap buns and American processed cheese. (Grub Street)
The Absolute Best Burger in New York: Bowery Meat Company Food & Drink Seven ounces of 30-day-dry-aged custom-blended beef, smothered with caramelized onions and raclette, dressed with tomato aioli, and gently shoved into a well-tailored brioche bun. (Grub Street)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum: the history of the masterful New York building Local Color & History On the occasion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, a look back at his most famous New York building. (Curbed)
Fraunces Tavern Management Fires Back After DOH Temporarily Shutters It For 'Critical Health Hazards' News Fraunces Tavern, one of the oldest (if not the oldest) buildings in Manhattan, has been temporarily closed by the Department of Health after inspectors found several "critical health hazards" during an inspection earlier this week. (Gothamist)
Tour: 20 East End Avenue Real Estate & Development Construction is nearing completion on the facade of 20 East End Avenue, a prewar-inspired residential tower from Corigin Real Estate Group and Florida East Coast Realty. (Field Condition) 6/8
The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked: The Happiest Hour Food & Drink The Happiest Burgers' "double patties Voltron themselves together via the American cheese and meld in with the confit onions, pickles, and sauce to basically create a stronger, more handsome burger. (Thrillist)
The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked: Wilma Jean Food & Drink The patty is medium-thick with great char on either side. It's salty and buttery and has a clean beefy element. The American cheese melds with the beef, and there are the side accoutrements, of which you should merely add the pickles and a few onions to give it some acid and tang. It really needs nothing else. (Thrillist)
The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked: Bar Sardine Food & Drink If someone is sort of on the fence about putting crispy potato strings on a burger, you should go over to that fence and jump kick it over and tell them about the glory that is the Fedora Burger. (Thrillist)
The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked: Rose's Food & Drink "Imagine the best backyard cookout you'd ever had, with a wood-fired grill and handsome guests and cocktails and all of that. Imagine you are manning the grill, and you pull off a burger at just the right time, so it's salty and juicy but pink in the middle. Imagine you top that with just a quick smear of mayo and some Gruyère, pack it in a perfectly toasted sesame seed bun, and go about your business." (Thrillist)
The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked: JG Melon Food & Drink If you can't enjoy a classic cheeseburger in a classic New York restaurant teeming with watermelon pictures and statues, what can you enjoy? (Thrillist)
The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked: Red Hook Lobster Pound Food & Drink Who knew that a place known for making delicious lobster rolls also makes a damn delicious burger? (Thrillist)
These Are NYC's Best Croissants: Plain Croissant at Rockaway Beach Bakery Food & Drink One of the food highlights of Rockaway is the Rockaway Beach Bakery, where Tracy Obolsky serves up a whole bunch of creations, including a simple, plain, delicious croissant. (Gothamist) 6/2
These Are NYC's Best Croissants: Chocolate-Almond Croissant at Ceci Cela Food & Drink Ceci Cela created a hybrid almond-chocolate croissant that will make your mouth water. (Gothamist) 6/2
These Are NYC's Best Croissants: Almond Croissant at Mille-Feuille Food & Drink Mille-Feuille, a family-run joint with French flair, does just about everything right, including their frangipane-filled almond croissant, which delivers on flavor while remaining light and airy. (Gothamist) 6/2
These Are NYC's Best Croissants: Pretzel Croissant at City Bakery Food & Drink The pretzel croissant at City Bakery is a "destination croissant," one worth traveling for and centering your plans around. (Gothamist) 6/2
Queens man, 82, swindled out of $700 by fake cop who threatened to have his car towed News The 82-year-old victim had just left Stop & Shop on Farrington St. in Flushing last Saturday afternoon when the suspect pulled up alongside him in a mini-van, police said Thursday. (The Daily News) 6/2
Missing: Based on World (or at Least Brooklyn) Stops for Lost Dog Local Color & History A comic adaption of neighbors and strangers leading to a missing dog’s recovery. (New York Times) 6/2
Man shot in Washington Square Park Mayhem The 38-year-old man, who was shot in the leg, was found on the southwest corner of the Greenwich Village park just after 5:15 a.m., officials said. (New York Post) 6/2
New York Attorney General Shutters Bronx Non-Profit Selling 'Scam' ID Cards Promising Protection From Deportation News The order comes in the wake of an investigation that found Davila was selling ID cards for $200 that he promised in a promotional video would stop federal authorities from deporting the holder. (NBC New York) 6/2
Discover NYC's 'Lost Arcade' on your go-to video library Local Color & History The Lost Aracade, a documentary about Chinatown Fair, New York City's last true arcade, captures the camaraderie, grit and sex that was all part of that culture. (Endgadget) 6/2
Woman in police custody after allegedly throwing 2-year-old son in stroller down stairs in NYC subway station Mayhem A 25-year-old woman is in police custody after she allegedly threw her two-year-old son, who was strapped into a stroller, down a set of stairs in a New York City subway station Thursday, the NYPD said. (ABC News) 6/2
A guide to New York City residences that eight U.S. presidents have called home: Barack Obama Local Color & History At one point, he lived in a mottled gray building at 339 E. 94th St. that he described in “Dreams From My Father” as “part of the shifting border between East Harlem and the rest of Manhattan.” (Washington Post) 6/2
A guide to New York City residences that eight U.S. presidents have called home: Theodore Roosevelt Local Color & History The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace is a recreation of the original brownstone, which was torn down in 1916. (Washington Post) 6/2
Construction Update: Greenpoint Landing Real Estate & Development Significant progress is being made at Greenpoint Landing, the waterfront mega project from developers Park Tower Group, Brookfield Property Partners, and L+M Development Partners. (Field Condition) 6/2
New Design for Nine-Story, 83,000-Square-Foot Commercial Project at 23-20 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City Real Estate & Development Updated renderings have been revealed of the nine-story, 83,000-square-foot commercial building in the early development stages at 23-20 Jackson Ave. (NY YIMBY) 6/2
Bleecker Street’s Swerve From Luxe Shops to Vacant Stores Business & Shopping In the heart of the former shoppers’ paradise — the five-block stretch running from Christopher Street to Bank Street — more than a dozen retail spaces sit empty. (New York Times) 6/2
Kushner deal shines spotlight on Jersey City's struggling inner city News Residents and local leaders said the news illustrates the long-standing divide between the south side of the city, which struggles with poverty and crime, and a trendy downtown that is increasingly out of reach to residents of lesser means. ( 6/2
NYC Ferry's South Brooklyn route launches Thursday News The South Brooklyn route will run between Bay Ridge and Wall Street/Pier 11, making stops along the way at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 and Pier 1. (amNY) 6/1
Homeless man busted for breaking into Midtown church, threatening to kill all Christians Mayhem A homeless man shouting “Allahu akbar” busted a Midtown church’s door with a wrench and threatened to return and shoot all Christians, police sources said Wednesday. (The Daily News) 6/1
Firefighters battling Bronx blaze find man dead with gunshot wound to head Mayhem After firefighters extinguished the small blaze, which began in the victim’s bedroom, police found the dead man in his home on Gleason Ave. near Castle Hill Ave. in Parkchester around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. (The Daily News) 6/1
Apocalyptic swarm of mosquitoes hits La Guardia News Passengers at La Guardia are being hit with an apocalyptic swarm of mosquitoes feasting on their flesh as they dash to make their flights at one of the nation’s busiest airports. (New York Post) 6/1
MTA Allocates $4M to Study Rail Between Staten Island and New Jersey News The West Shore Light Rail, first proposed more than a decade ago, would run 13-miles along Staten Island from Richmond Valley to Elm Park then connect to New Jersey over the Bayonne Bridge. (DNAinfo) 6/1
Delivery Driver Sells $20K of McDonald's Food to Harlem Bodega News A truck driver sold $20,000 worth of McDonald's hamburger patties, McNuggets, fries and apple pies to a local bodega, police said. (DNAinfo) 6/1
Equinox sued over instructors who ‘scream out commands’ News Equinox gym instructors in the West Village are so intense that a man who lives one floor above the luxury fitness facility says he feels like the exercise classes are happening in his apartment. (New York Post) 6/1
Brooklyn’s Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower complex gets renderings for its future as Panorama Real Estate & Development The five buildings will be transformed into swanky offices and retail. (Curbed) 6/1
Spared by Sandy, but Still Agonizing Over What Comes Next Local Color & History Though they live just a half-mile from the Paerdegat Basin in Brooklyn, George and Laura Fishman were spared the kind of damage that upended their neighbors’ lives during Hurricane Sandy. (New York Times) 6/1
Foreclosure Reaches NYC Billionaires' Row With Condo Auction News Foreclosure is looming for a 56th-floor apartment overlooking Central Park, the first such seizure in the Manhattan neighborhood known as Billionaires’ Row because of its sky-high property prices. (Bloomberg) 6/1
Justin Timberlake shells out $20M for 443 Greenwich Street penthouse Real Estate & Development The multi-hyphenate performer and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, picked up a pricey penthouse. (Curbed) 6/1
27-Story, 211-Key Hotel Filed at 305 West 48th Street, Hell’s Kitchen Real Estate & Development Midtown-based Bright Management has filed applications for a 27-story, 211-key hotel at 305 West 48th Street, located just west of Eighth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen. (NY YIMBY) 6/1
Skinny supertall tower by Meganom unveiled for New York Real Estate & Development The supertall tower, called 262 Fifth Avenue, is slated to rise in the Nomad district near Madison Square Park. The skyscraper will ascend to 1,001 feet and will be "unlike anything else built in New York", according to the team. (Dezeen) 6/1
New York City Police Sergeant Charged With Murder in Bronx Woman’s Death News A New York City police sergeant who fatally shot a mentally ill woman in her Bronx apartment in October was charged on Wednesday with murder in the woman’s death. (New York Times) 6/1
Man charged in East Village slashing admits guilt, seeks deal News A man charged last year with slashing the face of a stranger on an East Village street sent a letter to the presiding judge admitting to the crime and asking for a sentencing deal, it was revealed in court Tuesday. (New York Post) 5/31
Step Inside This Extravagant Victorian-Themed Bar Dedicated To Oscar Wilde Food & Drink Opulent light fixtures, custom marble, antique fireplaces, scores of paintings and photographs, and two statues of Oscar Wilde are what await at a new bar in NoMad named for and dedicated to the Irish writer. (Gothamist) 5/31
Man shot dead outside Queens deli, gunman on the loose Mayhem The 39-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was blasted outside the 7 & 7 Deli & Supermarket at 162nd St. and Station Rd. in Murray Hill around 12:05 a.m., police said. (The Daily News) 5/31
Runaway horse gallops through Hell’s Kitchen during rush hour News A horse got loose and galloped through Hell’s Kitchen during rush hour Tuesday afternoon, cops said. (New York Post) 5/31
Slain Bronx EMT Memorialized in Soundview Mural News Arroyo's image now graces a corner of Morrison and Westchester avenues, steps away from a 6 Train stop, since May 24 — the very neighborhood where she worked as an EMT. (DNAinfo) 5/31
Police Search For Gunpoint Robber Targeting Bronx Businesses Mayhem Police were searching Tuesday for a suspect in a string of robberies targeting stores and restaurants on White Plains Road in the Bronx. (CBS New York) 5/31
Jersey City’s Dining Scene Has Finally Caught Up: Talde Food & Drink NYC chef Dale Talde transplanted his Brooklyn hit across the Hudson River, bringing his laidback style of Asian fusion to downtown JC. (Eater) 5/31
Federal immigration agents forced to call for backup after residents attempt to stop arrest in Queens News More than 30 angry Queens residents tried to stop federal immigration agents on Tuesday from arresting a neighborhood construction worker accused of burglary and illegally reentering the country. (The Daily News) 5/31
IEKEI-Style Ramen, A Cult Favorite In Japan, Lands In NYC Food & Drink The IEKEI style is basically a combination of Tonkotsu (fatty, milky, pork-based) and Shoyu (soy sauced, clear, chicken-based), so the broth here is both thick and surprisingly nuanced, with a stunning depth and complexity of flavors. (Gothamist) 5/31
Jersey City’s Dining Scene Has Finally Caught Up: Razza Food & Drink Tender Neapolitan pizza from a James Beard-nominated chef is the name of the game here. Beware that the restaurant can run out of dough some nights, so come early. (Eater) 5/31
New Dumplings to Hunt, by Way of Hong Kong: Pinch Chinese Food & Drink By Chinese restaurant standards, Pinch Chinese, in SoHo, has a fairly short menu. But some of the dishes are outstanding, like the Wind Sand Chicken — roasted, flattened, carved and blitzed with fried garlic. (New York Times) 5/31
New Dumplings to Hunt, by Way of Hong Kong: Tim Ho Wan Food & Drink Tim Ho Wan, an inexpensive dim sum restaurant that opened in Hong Kong in 2009, has grown into a global chain. The new Manhattan branch is its 45th location. (New York Times) 5/31
Six Great Things to Eat at the Gansevoort Market Food & Drink A week of grazing around the market demonstrated that, despite its ups and downs, there are great things to be eaten there. (Eater) 5/31
New York hospitals brace for bloodbath of pink slips News At Coney Island Hospital — where 300 of 2,500 employees could lose their jobs – an insider said workers are being called into meetings if they’re being spared. (New York Post) 5/31
What 8 Skater Types Wore to Their Lower East Side Coffee House Local Color & History Oliver Coffee is a new, of-the-moment hangout on the Lower East Side. Here's what regulars wore on a recent Monday. (New York Times) 5/31
Drawing Inspiration from Mexico City, Casa Pública Opens in Williamsburg This Week Food & Drink Look for homestyle Mexican dishes and large-format drinks (Eater) 5/31
North Carolina man cuffed for leaving gun at Brooklyn motel claims he didn’t know it was ‘such a big deal’ News A North Carolina man’s weekend trip to New York City to do “touristy stuff” ended with him locked up on Rikers — for leaving a pistol behind in his Brooklyn motel room. (The Daily News) 5/31
Pelham Bay Park’s Orchard Beach Pavilion to Receive $50 Million Renovation Real Estate & Development The pavilion was once the centerpiece of Pelham Bay Park, housing a music venue and concession spaces. (NY YIMBY) 5/31
Oculus is still leaking despite Port Authority saying it isn’t News The rain this past week caused puddles and slick floors near the balconies and elevators on both sides of Ground Zero’s $4 billion transit hub, and, at this point, the problem is considered chronic. (New York Post) 5/30
Rental Building Rises on Domino Sugar Site Real Estate & Development Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is set to shed another layer of its industrial past this summer with the opening of a 16-story rental building on the site of the former Domino Sugar refinery. (New York Times) 5/30
A First Look at the New Essex Street Market; City Seeks Two New Restaurants Real Estate & Development A year before the scheduled move of the Essex Street Market into a new home in the Essex Crossing project, city officials are going public with a few details about the new facility. (The Lo-Down) 5/30
In a Lonely Corner of Coney Island, a Fight Over Care for the Vulnerable News Life at Oceanview Manor Home for Adults is at the center of the latest court battle involving the New York State Department of Health. (ProPublica) 5/30
Street vendor turf war leads to brawl in Lower Manhattan Mayhem A video shows a battle for supremacy among dueling food vendors on Wall Street. (ABC7) 5/30
Chinatown Has A New Rooftop Bar With Spectacular Views Food & Drink Given Chinatown's low skyline, the views afforded from the 21st floor are pretty spectacular. (Gothamist) 5/30
Pissed off artist adds statue of urinating dog next to ‘Fearless Girl’ News City sculptor Alex Gardega — seething over the Fearless Girl statue being placed across from Wall Street’s Charging Bull — has decided to retaliate with a work of his own. (New York Post) 5/30
Planned Apartment Complex at Pfizer Site Now Up for Public Review Real Estate & Development Williamsburg-based developer the Rabsky Group began the public review process to turn two blocks of vacant land at 200 Harrison St. into an eight-building, 1,146-apartment mega-development that includes 859 market rate apartments and 287 subsidized apartments. (DNAinfo) 5/30
2 Men Shot in South Bronx in Broad Daylight Friday, Officials Say Mayhem Two men were shot in the south Bronx in broad daylight Friday afternoon, according to fire and police officials. (DNAinfo) 6/30
Battery Park City Is Home to Nation's Priciest Rents Real Estate & Development Battery Park City’s 10282 ZIP code was the most expensive, with average an average rent of $5,924 a month. (DNAinfo) 5/30
Subway performer attacked with own hula hoop for defending straphangers from dancers Mayhem A member of a subway dance group attacked another performer with his own hula hoop after he stuck up for two elderly straphangers at the Union Square train station, the victim said Monday. (The Daily News) 5/30
Two-car crash in Queens leaves woman dead, three others injured Mayhem A two-car crash on a Queens service road killed a woman several blocks from her home and left three other people injured early Monday, cops said. (The Daily News) 5/30
Queens casino keeps getting fined for fire code violations News The Queens casino has been fined three times in as many years for flouting fire codes, and each time the multi-billion dollar establishment rolls the dice on a costly appeal instead of just shelling out a few thousand dollars to settle the low-level violations. (New York Post) 5/30
Brooklyn Woman Loses Life Savings In Scam News On May 11, a woman stopped and asked her for directions at the corner of Nostrand and Church avenues – but the divulged that she was from Africa and had just inherited a lot of money that she could not take home. (CBS New York) 5/30
First Look: Anne Burrell’s New Brooklyn Restaurant Lacks a Central Concept Food & Drink But it does have something for everyone (Eater) 6/2
Gun-Toting Cyclist Shoots 4 Men on 14th Street After Dancing at Club Mayhem Police are searching for a bike-riding gunman who shot four people outside of an apartment building on West 14th Street early Saturday morning, after being caught on video dancing at a nearby bar, according to the NYPD. (DNAinfo) 5/30
NYC subway slashing victim wants to know why attacker targeted her Mayhem A woman was pushing her 18-month-old son in a stroller on a downtown No. 5 train Sunday when another passenger lashed out and cut her across her face, opening a 5-inch gash from the top of her forehead to the top of her left cheek. (The Daily News) 5/30
New Yorkers Eagerly Head to Ferries, and Grumpily Board Them News All-too-familiar problems with New York City’s overloaded subways have now made their way aboveground to the city’s newest transit option: ferries. (New York Times) 5/30
A Garden Is Bobbing off the Banks of Brooklyn Local Color & History There's something oddly soothing about watching Lower Manhattan bob in the background, beyond the newly-planted apple trees. It's a perspective unique to those who climb aboard Swale, a floating garden that's now docked off the pier at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (WNYC) 5/25
12-year-old busted for multiple attacks on 80-year-old woman in Brooklyn Mayhem A preteen's reign of terror in a Brooklyn neighborhood — that includes targeting and menacing senior citizens — is over, police sources said. (The Daily News)
One Of Brooklyn's Best Pizza Spots Is Coming To Manhattan Food & Drink Though it's not clear whether or not Emmy Squared's square pies will also be available, Manhattan diners will certainly be able to experience Emily's mind blowing burger, where moist dry aged beef, cheddar, and sauteed onions soak into a pretzel bun. (Gothamist) 5/25
Justin Bieber hits morning boxing classes in Manhattan News Biebs has been a regular at early-morning classes this week at Rumble Boxing on West 23rd Street. (Page Six) 5/25
Looming Target shakes up Queens shopping street Business & Shopping Target’s 23,580-square-foot store on a triangular parcel will consist of a ground-floor lobby and the entire lower level of the building, which is being developed by Sun Equity Partners and the Heskel Group. (New York Post) 5/25
Breezy Point, Queens: Tested by Hurricane Sandy Local Color & History Four and a half years after Sandy, Breezy Point is still under repair. Some houses are jacked up like cars, awaiting new raised foundations. (New York Times) 5/25
Forest Hills Fire Sparked By Overheated AC Unit, FDNY Says News Fire marshals investigating the blaze at a Forest Hills restaurant last week concluded that it was caused by an overheated air conditioning unit, officials said. (DNAinfo) 6/1
Four students stabbed in bloody brawl outside high school Mayhem A beef between students in Midtown spilled into the streets Wednesday — with four teens stabbed in front of their high school during a bloody, broad daylight brawl, officials said. (New York Post) 5/25
City To Widen Sidewalks on 7th Ave. While Closing 2 Broadway Blocks to Cars News The city is planning to widen congested sidewalks for pedestrians walking between Penn Station and Times Square, while closing a pair of busy blocks to vehicular traffic this summer. (DNAinfo) 5/25
Chinatown Hotel Apologizes for 'Opium Den-Themed' Lounge Following Backlash News Hotel 50 Bowery, a 229-room boutique hotel from Joie de Vivre touting Asian-inspired art and cuisine, opened its doors on May 16 and began advertising its many attractions, including an opium den-themed lounge called The Green Lady, according to a press release. (DNAinfo) 5/25
Eggslut Pop-Up Becomes Permanent — With a New Name Food & Drink Chef Alvin Cailan will also host a pop-up Filipino spot through the summer. (Eater) 5/25
City pols push back against effort to rebrand south Harlem as 'SoHa' News South Harlem residents and city politicians pushed back against a renewed effort to rebrand the neighborhood SoHa. (The Daily News) 5/25
The whole world in one layover: Aqueduct and Resorts World Casino Local Color & History You can still bet offseason—throughout the late spring and entire summer after live racing moves to Belmont—but prepare for a certain sallow spirit to the place, shuffling men and discarded slips and signs everywhere offer self-exclusion, whereby problem gamblers ask to be banned from wagering. (Parts Unknown) 5/25
The whole world in one layover: Kashkar Cafe Food & Drink A five-minute walk from the beach, the food is at least five thousand miles east of Moscow’s steamed fish and cold cuts. (Parts Unknown) 5/25
The whole world in one layover: Grassy Point Bar and Grill Food & Drink Off-duty Broad Channel volunteer firefighters played darts and razzed each other. Two brothers argued about the family business. The Yankees were on all the screens at once. (Parts Unknown) 5/25
The whole world in one layover: Singh’s Roti Shop & Bar Food & Drink There is no testament to West Indian authenticity like a line of homemade soft drinks whose taste and texture are largely unknown north of the Antilles. (Parts Unknown) 5/25
Artists Space Gallery Finds a New Home, in TriBeCa Business & Shopping Artists Space, the nonprofit gallery and pioneer of New York’s downtown art scene that was forced to move from its SoHo home last year when its landlord planned to build a penthouse on the building, has found a place to put down roots: 80 White Street, in TriBeCa. (New York Times) 5/25
First Impression: FM Jersey City Food & Drink FM Jersey City is a 1970s-inspired theme restaurant located at 340 Third Street, previously home to Union Republic. The restaurant serves classic American comfort food from the 70s with a modern spin. (Jersey City Upfront) 5/25
Off-duty corrections officer accidentally shoots himself, woman in NYC bar Mayhem An off-duty New York City Corrections Officer accidentally shot himself and an unidentified woman inside a Hell’s Kitchen bar Tuesday night, after inadvertently discharging his weapon – according to police. (New York Post) 5/24
A sneak peek inside New York City's first Amazon bookstore Business & Shopping Amazon's first New York City bookstore, Amazon Books, will open on Thursday morning, marking Amazon's highest-profile move into bricks-and-mortar retail to date. (CNBC) 5/24
At two hours, this Queens hospital has the longest emergency room wait in NYC News The average emergency room patient at the Queens facility waited 114 minutes to be seen by a doctor in 2016. (The Daily News) 5/24
David Adjaye’s Wall Street Tower, his first skyscraper in NYC Real Estate & Development Renderings uncovered by CityRealty show a gold-trimmed prism set against rigid rows of arched windows, as well as a glimpse at what the 244 apartments and amenity spaces will look like. (6sqft) 5/24
Michael Bloomberg Gives $75 Million to Shed Arts Center Real Estate & Development The ambitious new arts center known as the Shed, rising in Hudson Yards, has received $75 million from Michael R. Bloomberg, showing just how much the Far West Side continues to be shaped by a small group of influential billionaires. (New York Times) 5/24
Body found in Queens park identified as teen member of MS-13 gang; victim was stabbed 34 times Mayhem The youth was discovered by a bird watcher in Alley Pond Park on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The body had a half-dozen stab wounds in the chest — and 28 more in the back. (The Daily News) 5/24
UkeHut in Queens: Where No Ukulele Need Goes Unmet Business & Shopping Ukulele devotees know that good things come in small packages, in all manner of shapes and styles, which is where the UkeHut in Long Island City, Queens, comes in. (New York Times) 5/24
Drawing the Vanishing Restaurants of New York Local Color & History Only a post on this site and a tip from a friend alerted me to the end of Angelica Kitchen, which I captured on its last day, in a drizzle. (The New Yorker) 5/24
Governor Cuomo unveils ‘aggressive action plan’ to fix Penn Station, subway News The multi-part plan is intended to address New York’s myriad transit issues. (Curbed) 5/24
Missing college student found dead floating in river Mayhem The body of a missing college student was found floating in the Harlem River on Monday, authorities said. (New York Post) 5/24
Timelapse of Herzog & de Meuron's Latest Completed NYC Skyscraper Takes us to New Heights Real Estate & Development With its tall and slender silhouette, 56 Leonard Street is the latest in a series of contemporary skyscrapers punctuating Manhattan’s skyline. (Arch Daily) 5/24
Raspados in the morning, elote in the evening Local Color & History Juan starts the day at 7 a.m. He makes chicharrones. He’ll fry them, then let them cool, a two-hour process; prepping the cart takes a total of three hours. After that, he’ll head to this corner, where he will stay until 5 p.m.; sometimes he’ll leave earlier if he sells out, or if the weather is bad. (Parts Unknown) 5/24
A Tiny Park Fights for Sunlight Among New York City Skyscrapers Local Color & History Greenacre Park, a lunchtime oasis for workers in Midtown Manhattan created by Abby Rockefeller Mauze, is in danger of losing its sunlight. Rezoning might allow taller buildings that could block its afternoon sun. (New York Times) 5/24
The Complete Bushwick Dining Guide, Best sandwich shop: Little Skip’s Food & Drink Little Skip’s is a carburetor shop-turned-cafe built for curing hangovers: If the Counter Culture coffee doesn’t save you, the sandwich menu will. (Thrillist) 5/24
The Complete Bushwick Dining Guide, Best old-timey diner: Tina’s Place Food & Drink Tina’s has been serving comfortingly greasy diner food since it opened in the early 1970s -- making it a rare holdout of the Old Guard in a ‘hood that’s seen a lot of change. (Thrillist) 5/24
The Complete Bushwick Dining Guide, Best French: Le Garage Food & Drink Le Garage’s elevated New French fare is a testament to a growing taste for upscale food in the neighborhood, even if you may pass an overturned trash can or two on your way there. (Thrillist) 5/24
The Complete Bushwick Dining Guide: Best casual lunch spot: 983, Bushwick’s Living Room Food & Drink You won’t spot a single sofa in the eatery that dubbed itself “Bushwick’s Living Room,” but the American comfort food and easygoing attitude is enough to make you feel at home. (Thrillist) 5/24
The Complete Bushwick Dining Guide, Best Mexican, Guadalupe Inn Food & Drink There’s no shortage of quality taco trucks or torta-slinging bodega counters in Bushwick, but Guadalupe Inn introduced a new standard with a refined, modern menu that exudes Mexico City influences. (Thrillist) 5/24
Elite Brooklyn school won’t change prom date over Ramadan conflict News Students at elite Brooklyn Tech HS petitioned to change the date of their senior prom next month because it conflicts with the Muslim observance of Ramadan — to no avail. (New York Post) 5/23
Perv gropes woman, young girls at Queens shopping center News A man groped a woman and three girls at the SkyView Shopping Center in Flushing, Queens, authorities said Monday. (New York Post) 5/23
Man’s attempted joyride on dump truck takes deadly turn Mayhem A 29-year old man was crushed and killed by a dump truck near Times Square Monday evening when an attempted joyride turned deadly, cops said. (New York Post) 5/23
Battle of Diller Island Goes Another Round, With a Pier 55 Appeal News Pier 55, the long-planned $200 million performing arts center on a new pier in the Hudson River, is not dead yet. (The New York Times) 5/23
What to Eat at Canal Street Market, NYC's New Asian-Influenced Food Hall Food & Drink Canal Street Market, which takes up 12,000sqft at 265 Canal, opened its retail side back in December, but the food hall is brand-new, boasting spin-offs from several already-established NYC favorites like Nom Wah, Ippudo, Uma Temakeria, Boba Guys, and more. (Thrillist) 5/23
East Meets West, and Cafe Becomes Sake Bar, at Hi-Collar Food & Drink At Hi-Collar in the East Village, the bar menu includes takowasa, raw octopus chopped with wasabi. (New York Times) 5/23
At Olmsted, a Living Memory of a Farm-to-Table Meal Food & Drink For a $10 fee, customers can dig up an herb or pepper plant and take it home in a special little crate. (New York Times) 5/23
An Identity Crisis at Italienne Food & Drink At the Taverna, the menu veers to Italian snacks like panzerotti, stuffed with salumi and scamorza. (New York Times) 5/23
Masaryk Towers Path to Grand St. Settlement Will Remain Closed, Letter Says News A heavily trafficked pathway through a housing complex that for years had been used by seniors and youths to access services and programs at Grand Street Settlement will remain shuttered despite a collective outcry from locals. (DNAinfo) 5/23
Underground dance dangers in New York City warehouses News An undercover investigation into potentially dangerous underground dance raves reveals New York City is falling short on efforts to prevent a "Ghost Ship warehouse" type fire like the one last December in Oakland, California. (WABC) 5/23
Speculation about Webster Hall's closing date Business & Shopping Jay Marciano, chairman of AEG Live, told Billboard they will spend about $10 million renovating Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom, The Studio and The Marlin Room spaces "to bring them up to contemporary standards and add a few more customer features." (EV Grieve) 5/23
Famed NYC steakhouse Peter Luger sues rival over its name News Peter Luger, the famed Brooklyn steakhouse, has sued a rival restaurateur for running a similarly named restaurant in Pennsylvania, with plans to expand into Florida. (Reuters) 5/23
Queens Food Crawl via the ‘International Express’: John Brown Smokehouse Food & Drink Kansas City native Josh Bowen brings real deal low and slow Kansas City-style barbecue to Long Island City with his down-home restaurant that features kick-ass live blues in a garden out back. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Sugar Cube Dessert & Coffee Food & Drink Sugar Cube is the brainchild of architect Peter Zaharatos, who uses a 3-D printer to generate molds for his chocolates as well as the models for the shop’s sleek design. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Queens Food Crawl via the ‘International Express’: La Esquina Del Camarón Mexicano Food & Drink The best Mexican seafood restaurant in Queens isn’t a restaurant at all, it’s a two-table operation in the back of a bodega where Pedro Rodriguez whips up specialties from his hometown of Veracruz, including octopus tostadas, seabass empanadas, and Mexican seafood cocktails. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Queens Food Crawl via the ‘International Express’: Warren Street/Little Ecuador Food & Drink With more than half a dozen street food vendors selling everything from the succulent, crisp-skinned roast pig known as hornado Ecuatoriano sided with giant, starchy kernels of mote, or hominy corn, to guatita, tripe in peanut sauce, and bolons, mashed plantains stuffed with pork, the corner of Warren Street and Roosevelt Avenue is a veritable Little Ecuador. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Queens Food Crawl via the ‘International Express’: Desired Taste International Food & Drink Listed on the menu as “roast lamb leg,” kao yang tui is a haunch that sports a salty cumin and pepper scented crust that gives way to deep purplish flesh. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Queens Food Crawl via the ‘International Express’: Soy Bean Chen Flower Shop Food & Drink This bright and cheery spot run by Mr. and Mrs. Chen has the distinction of being New York City’s only place to get fresh flowers and even fresher tofu. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Queens Food Crawl via the ‘International Express’: Joe’s Steam Rice Roll Food & Drink There are over a dozen fillings available including beef, shrimp, pork liver, egg, red-tinged char siu, and roast pork with crisp skin. For an old school combo try shrimp and egg. (Parts Unknown) 5/23
Financial District becoming a mecca for movie theaters Business & Shopping Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is about to sign a lease to open a 10-screen, 40,000 square-foot luxury film complex next year at 28 Liberty St., the landmark skyscraper that was formerly known as Chase Manhattan Plaza. (New York Post) 5/23
In an open-air heroin den in New York City's South Bronx, the opioid epidemic plays out in plain view News There are several known heroin hot spots in Mott Haven and Hunts Point, but “the hole” is the most notorious. (The Daily News) 5/23
Old Bronx Borough Courthouse will be reborn as a Success Academy News The charter school is set to debut its space in August 2018. (Curbed) 5/22
NYPD links Bronx triple shooting to gang rivalry Mayhem The victims, ages 27, 26 and 18, were shot in the upper body by a gunman described by witnesses as clad in a robe. (The Daily News) 5/19
The haunting beauty of a brick Bronx factory Local Color & History The hauntingly beautiful structure is on Willow Avenue and East 135th Street in Point Morris, a South Bronx neighborhood three stops from Manhattan on the 6 train that was once a manufacturing hub. (Ephemeral New York) 5/19
The veteran bouncer who helped catch Times Square maniac News A fearless bouncer with more than 20 years’ experience helped bring down the suicidal motorist who went on a deadly, three block rampage in Times Square on Thursday. (New York Post) 5/19
Landmark Sunshine Cinema Sold to Developers for Retail Conversion Business & Shopping

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema has been sold to a pair of developers planning to convert the property into a combined retail and office space, one of the buyers confirmed. (DNAinfo) 5/23

The many lives of an 1834 wooden Village house Local Color & History With its steeply pitched roof and side staircase, the house at 6 Weehawken Street might be the most Dorian Gray of Village homes. (Ephemeral New York) 5/19
A lovely day to relax in Green-Wood Cemetery Local Color & History Green-Wood was one of the new “rural” cemeteries that allowed people to stroll the grounds, ride 17 miles of carriage drives, and picnic inside a necropolis of 150,000 souls by 1870, according to Lights and Shadows of New York Life. (Ephemeral New York) 5/19
Man Fought Off Would-Be Robbers At Bronx Subway Station Mayhem Police were searching Tuesday night for two suspects who attacked a man at a MetroCard vending machine at a Bronx subway station. (CBS New York) 5/19
Bed-Stuy Biggie Mural to Stay After Landlord's Change of Heart, Artist Says News The owner of a building emblazoned with a two-story mural of the Notorious B.I.G. has reversed his decision to remove the mural after an outburst of anger from hip-hop heads and Bed-Stuy residents.(DNAinfo) 5/23
City Greenlights Approval Process for Bedford-Union Armory Amid Protests Real Estate & Development The city is moving ahead with the official approval process for the controversial Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment, despite the loss of key City Council support for the project. (DNAinfo) 5/23
Video catches man pummeling two men on Manhattan sidewalk Mayhem The pugilist then can be seen wildly throwing fists, repeatedly slugging the victims in the face. (New York Post) 5/19
Six-Story, Eight-Unit Mixed-Use Project Planned at 89 First Avenue, East Village Real Estate & Development The project, measuring 11,056 square feet, will contain 907 square feet of retail space across the ground and cellar levels, followed by eight residential units across the second through sixth floors. (NY YIMBY) 5/19
Man fatally shot during argument near Queens playground Mayhem The victim, who’s in his 30s, was blasted once in the chest on 88th St. by Atlantic Ave. in Ozone Park, near the London Planetree Playground, just after 9:30 p.m., police said. (The Daily News) 5/19
11-Story, 104-Key Hotel Filed at 361 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Real Estate & Development The new hotel will feature retail space across the ground and cellar levels, followed by a 36-car parking garage on the second floor and the hotel across floors three through 10. (NY YIMBY) 5/19
In Times Square Attack, Bollards Stopped One Car. But What About the Next? News The city is considering adding bollards on sidewalks around Times Square to match those around pedestrian plazas. (The Daily News) 5/24
New Renderings and Photos of the Redevelopment of 425 Park Ave. Real Estate & Development British architect Lord Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners has designed what will read as an essentially new office building, rising 725 feet to the roof and 893 feet to the architectural top. (NY YIMBY) 5/19
A Sneak Peek At 700 Washington Boulevard, LeFrak’s Latest Project Real Estate & Development A modern residential building with over 16,000-square feet of ground floor commercial space could be coming soon to Jersey City’s Newport neighborhood. (Jersey Digs) 5/19
Construction Update: 10 Jay Street Real Estate & Development Curtain wall installation is underway at ODA Architecture's 10-story warehouse-to-office conversion at 10 Jay Street on the DUMBO waterfront. (Field Condition) 5/19
Pols slam NYCHA’s plan for de Blasio donor to build pricey apartments on public land in Manhattan Real Estate & Development A growing list of elected officials Tuesday came out against NYCHA's plan to build high-end housing on public land, with U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney talking about filing legislation that would stop it. (The Daily News) 5/31
Oculus developers start feud over signage News The $4 billion World Trade Center transit hub leaks in the rain, is facing a potentially costly wrongful-death suit — and now the Port Authority, developer Silverstein Properties and mall operator Westfield are at war over signs. (New York Post) 5/18
NYC hammers landlord for illegal Airbnb rooms on Brooklyn rooftop News The city has socked the owner of a manufacturing building in Dumbo with thousands in fines and a vacate order after finding tourists — including one who inspectors woke up — sleeping in rooms that the city says were illegally constructed on the roof. (The Daily News) 5/18
Crown Heights Homeless Shelter Can't Move In Any New Families, Judge Rules News A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order blocking more families from moving into the shelter at 267 Rogers Ave., according to the city and a representative of the Crown Street Block Association, which filed a lawsuit to stop the opening. (DNAinfo) 5/18
Amtrak May Relocate to Grand Central Terminal This Summer News Amtrak trains may be re-routed to Grand Central Terminal this summer while repairs are going on at Penn Station, according to the MTA. (DNAinfo) 5/18
Queens’s proposed elevated park the QueensWay gets new renderings News See what the first half-mile stretch of this park could look like. (Curbed) 5/18
Parolee's shooting death at Queensbridge Houses ends long period of peace for the development Mayhem The shooting death of a parolee a block from where he killed a man 17 years ago ended a long period of calm at a once crime-ridden Queens housing project, officials said Wednesday. (The Daily News) 5/18
An Epicurean Guide To New York’s Best Foodie Bodegas: Blue Sky Deli Food & Drink The chopped cheese is like a relaxed cheeseburger: Ground beef is spread on the griddle and topped with American cheese (and anything else you’d like on a burger), then pressed, in a satisfyingly sloppy manner, into a hero. (Village Voice) 5/18
An Epicurean Guide To New York’s Best Foodie Bodegas: Sley Deli Food & Drink Mexican popsicles are made in small batches in the back of the family-run bodega, and distributed throughout the year to other stores around the city. (Village Voice) 5/18
An Epicurean Guide To New York’s Best Foodie Bodegas: J&H Farm Food & Drink Next to the mozzarella cheese are dozens of plastic clamshell containers filled with kimchi — all made in the back of the shop by Sandra Kim, who owns the place with her husband, Sam. (Village Voice) 5/18
An Epicurean Guide To New York’s Best Foodie Bodegas: Cherry Valley Deli Food & Drink Cherry Valley ups the ante on Pittsburgh-style fries-filled sandwiches, adding waffle fries to its Coyote — along with chicken cutlet, bacon, mozzarella, and ranch dressing on a garlic bread hero. (Village Voice) 5/18
An Epicurean Guide To New York’s Best Foodie Bodegas: Tokyo Market Food & Drink You’ll find a good assortment of Japanese pantry goods — including Kewpie mayonnaise and soba noodles — between the Budweiser and tins of La Morena pickled jalapeños at this Astoria shop. (Village Voice) 5/18
Schiller's Liquor Bar to Close Due to Rent Hike, Management Says Business & Shopping The iconic bar at 131 Rivington St. will be forced to shutter after owners were unable to negotiate a manageable price for a new lease, said the general manager. (DNAinfo) 5/18
10 Must-See Buildings by Cass Gilbert in NYC: Woolworth Building Local Color & History The Broadway Chambers Building, Cass Gilbert’s first New York City building, was built in 1899 and was completed in 1900. The 18 floor building stands 225 feet tall in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture at 277 Broadway. (Untapped Cities) 5/18
10 Must-See Buildings by Cass Gilbert in NYC: Brooklyn Army Terminal Local Color & History The terminal was most used during WWII when it housed over 20,000 people ranging from military to civilians. (Untapped Cities) 5/18
10 Must-See Buildings by Cass Gilbert in NYC: Woolworth Building Local Color & History Built from 1910 to 1913 at 233 Broadway, the Woolworth Building, nicknamed the “Cathedral of Commerce, is a fifty-eight story skyscraper in the Gothic Revival style. (Untapped Cities) 5/18
Bartunek Hardware in Queens: Where Handymen Step Back in Time Business & Shopping Bartunek’s 1,000-square-foot space retains much of the ambience it had 92 years ago, when Calvin Coolidge was president. The tin ceiling is original; the wood and metal drawers behind the counter have been there since Day 1. (New York Times) 5/18
Brooklyn drive-by shooting that killed unborn child still has tragic consequences for young woman News A young woman may have complications having a baby in the future after she was shot five times during a drive-by shooting in Red Hook that killed her unborn baby and left her seriously injured, according to trial testimony. (The Daily News) 5/17
Five-Story, 10,300-Square-Foot Mosque Filed Real Estate & Development Brooklyn-based congregation Masjid Al-Arqam has filed applications for a five-story, 10,324-square-foot mosque at 651 Banner Avenue, located on the corner of Brighton 8th Street in Brighton Beach. (NY YIMBY) 5/17
Work Begins On 14-Story, 200-Key Ace Hotel Redevelopment Project at 225 Bowery Real Estate & Development The 10-story, 55,000-square-foot former Salvation Army shelter at 225 Bowery, on the Lower East Side, is now shrouded in construction netting ahead if its planned conversion into a 14-story, 200-key Ace Hotel. (NY YIMBY) 5/17
GWB Bus Station Finally Opens, 2 Years Behind Schedule News The bus terminal — which features seating for 125 people and disability-compliant gates — was slated to open mid-May 2015, but was delayed after encountering several “construction challenges” that pushed the date back even further. (DNAinfo) 5/17
Kitchen 21, Housing Several Restaurants, Opens in Brooklyn Food & Drink The fanciful arched Spanish revival building next to Ford Amphitheater on the boardwalk in Coney Island, once home to a Childs restaurant and now a city landmark, will serve summertime fare in a number of settings. (New York Times) 5/17
Flushing’s landmarked RKO Keith’s Theater will soon be engulfed by glassy condo Real Estate & Development The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a proposal by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners to subsume the theater’s landmarked interiors in a new building. (Curbed) 5/17
The Beatrice Inn’s Angie Mar Brings Badass Attitude To The NYC Steakhouse Food & Drink Her sensibilities are perhaps best illustrated with dishes like a hulking dry-aged cte de buf topped with blackberries, cooked in bone marrow with charred prawn butter, or a whole duck for two with cherry jus and fingerling potatoes Lyonnaise, flambed tableside for maximum dramatic effect. (Village Voice) 5/17
Video rental stores in NYC persisting in the age of Netflix Business & Shopping Though the store on 80th Street and Third Avenue still occasionally rents VHS tapes, most of the rental business stems from its collection of 25,000 DVDs and Blu-Rays. (amNY) 5/17
Japan’s and China’s Hottest Food Franchises Have Diners Lining Up in NYC: TsuruTonTan Food & Drink While there are well-executed traditional tempura and seafood options for udon newbies, TsuruTonTan really shines when playing with newfangled flavor combinations like mentaiko caviar and truffle creme with crab and mushroom. (Village Voice) 5/17
Japan’s and China’s Hottest Food Franchises Have Diners Lining Up in NYC: Tim Ho Wan Food & Drink Billed as “the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant,” this Hong Kong dim sum import, with 45 locations around the world, landed in the East Village this winter to three-hour waits for their signature pork buns and steamed rice rolls. (Village Voice) 5/17
Japan’s and China’s Hottest Food Franchises Have Diners Lining Up in NYC: Ichiran Food & Drink This Fukuoka-based chain specializes in one thing only: pork-based tonkotsu ramen, served to customers as they sit in individually partitioned “flavor concentration booths.” (Village Voice) 5/17
Horrified bystanders watch as woman is killed by garbage truck Mayhem A 60-year old female was struck and killed by a garbage truck in front of horrified bystanders in Greenwich Village Tuesday night, police said. (New York Post) 5/17
Don’t Pass Me By: River Deli, the ultimate neighborhood restaurant Food & Drink Located on one of the most idyllic corners in New York City, the Sardinian restaurant isn’t a deli at all. It’s a trattoria styled for families and lovers, friends and acquaintances. (Brooklyn Based) 5/17
Documenting the Demolition of Harlem’s Historic Lenox Lounge, Now Gone News It was known for hosting the greatest jazz musicians including John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. (Untapped Cities) 5/17
'Pot-Bellying' Bed-Stuy Building Has Collapsed News A witness captured video of the collapse. (Gothamist) 5/17
In Boerum Hill, bodega-replacing condos launch sales from $1.5M Real Estate & Development The building is now on the rise along Third Avenue at St. Marks Place. (Curbed) 5/17
Tragic teacher’s mom demands footage of fatal Oculus plunge News The mother of the woman who fell to her death from the Oculus transit hub at the World Trade Center is considering a wrongful death lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over the tragedy — but first she needs a video recording of the incident. (New York Post)
Runaway Horse Hit By Taxi Driver In Midtown, Witness Says News A horse was reportedly hit by a taxi driver in midtown at around 10 a.m., though police say they have not been able to locate either the horse or the cabdriver. No injuries have been reported. (Gothamist) 5/16
America’s first amusement park is still an NYC icon Local Color & History Coney Island’s history has vacillated between glamorous, seedy, and family-friendly, often embodying all three at once. (AV Club) 5/16
Woman threatened with acid attack, robbed at Upper East Side cash machine Mayhem “ A robber threatened to throw acid at a woman withdrawing cash at a Lenox Hill bank Monday afternoon — less than three weeks after a similar stickup at the same bank. (The Daily News) 5/30
This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC: An Choi Food & Drink A Lower East Side café founded several years ago by Vietnamese-Americans from Houston, where there’s a large Vietnamese population and some of the best pho in the country. (Eater) 5/16
This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC: Brooklyn Food & Drink Inside, the interior channeled the outdoor pho cafes of Hanoi, with hanging food signs in Vietnamese, colorful, mismatched furniture, and a summer-in-the-tropics vibe. (Eater) 5/16
This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC: Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen Food & Drink The fast-casual spot with a brief menu of pho and banh mi is nestled near the Myrtle/Wyckoff stop on the L with a single communal table squeezed into what had been a former appliance-repair shop. (Eater) 5/16
SL Development picks up Williamsburg warehouse for $23M Real Estate & Development Developer plans to convert former umbrella factory into 69 condos. (The Real Deal) 5/16
More Development Proposed For Downtown Jersey City’s Western Edge Real Estate & Development In another sign that the fringes of downtown can’t escape Jersey City’s building boom, a two-story auto facility and parking area at 400 Newark Avenue may soon be disappearing in favor of more residential development. (Jersey Digs) 5/16
How a Crown Heights Bar Combines Booze, Cake, and Politics Food & Drink They have sprinkles, blinkles, and a mission. (Eater) 5/16
City smacks landlord with lawsuit for illegal Airbnb rentals News A Lower East Side building owner has been slammed with a $1.2 million lawsuit by city lawyers alleging she illegally rented a slew of units in three buildings through the short-term rental service. (New York Post) 5/16
Burger King Wants to Serve Beer at Garment District Outpost, Board Says Food & Drink A Burger King on Seventh Avenue could start serving beer after the fast-food eatery's franchisee approached the local community board about applying for a liquor license. (DNAinfo) 5/16
Foundation Work Underway on 38-Story, 460-Key Virgin Hotel Real Estate & Development Foundation work is now underway on the 38-story, 460-key Virgin Hotel under development at 1227 Broadway, located between West 29th and 30th streets in NoMad. (NY YIMBY) 5/16
Century-old Harlem church will be razed for new apartment building Real Estate & Development The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church will be demolished for a residential building with room for a new church. (Curbed) 5/16
Two-Building, 13-Unit Residential Project Planned at 342 Rutland Rd Real Estate & Development The building at 340 Rutland Road will contain seven residential units and measure 6,491 square feet, while the second building will contain six units and measure 5,888 square feet. (NY YIMBY)
Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Rafe Bartholomew on Growing Up at McSorley’s Local Color & History First opened in 1854, the bar’s crowd was no less motley when the author Rafe Bartholomew started going there as a child in the 1980s. (New York Times) 5/16
Future South Shore Retail Complex in Search of Name News The developers of Riverside Galleria, the 470,000 square-foot plaza proposed on Arthur Kill Road near the Outerbridge Crossing, launched an online contest asking the public to choose a name for the project's food and beverage deck. (DNAinfo) 5/16
Food Stalls Finally Arrive at Canal Street Market Food & Drink There’s Uma Temakeria for hand-rolled sushi, Nom Wah Kuai for dumplings and rice bowls, Oppa for Korean barbecue items, Ilili Box for Middle Eastern, Boba Guys for milk teas, and Kuro-Obi by Ippudo New York for ramen. (New York Times) 5/16
Planning Commission Approves Scaled-Down 72-Unit Residential Project at 251 Front St. Real Estate & Development The New York City Planning Commission has approved plans for a 72-unit residential building at 251 Front Street, located on the corner of Gold Street in Vinegar Hill. (NY YIMBY) 5/16
Condo Tower to Rise Where Muslim Community Center Was Proposed Real Estate & Development The tower replaces the developer’s 2010 plan to build a 15-story Islamic mosque and cultural center on this site, an idea that erupted into a national controversy and cable news network bonanza. (New York Times) 5/16
In the South Bronx, Gang Violence Breaks With Old Loyalties Mayhem Jequan Lawrence was brutally murdered in an ambush at a housing complex. For detectives, it was a sign of a fissure running through gangs across the country, especially the Bloods. (New York Times)
1 man killed, 1 wounded in shooting Mayhem When officers arrived they found a 38-year-old man with gunshot wounds to this head and a 40-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his torso. (Associated Press) 5/15
NYC libraries plagued by leaky roofs, poor electrical systems, report says News The Countee Cullen Library in Harlem’s electrical systems are so old that the 76-year-old building has numerous power outages. (amNY) 5/15
Cops hunt pair who robbed Queens auto body shop at gunpoint Mayhem Cops are looking for two crooks who ordered a Queens auto body shop owner and four employees of to the ground and robbed them at gunpoint Saturday, authorities said. (The Daily News)
24-Hour Bagel Cafe & Grill To Open Soon On Foster Avenue Food & Drink After months of construction, Sunset Bagels cafe and grill could open in two weeks at 1501 Foster Avenue and Marlborough Road. (Bklyner) 5/15
Nine Story Building Could Replace Century-Old Cortelyou Road Church Real Estate & Development Applications have been filed for a nine-story, 76-unit mixed-use building at the home of Baptist Church of the Redeemer, 1921 Cortelyou Road and Ocean Avenue. (BKLYNER)
Chris Rock selling Brooklyn carriage house for $3.85M Real Estate & Development He moved out shortly after his 1996 marriage and has rented it ever since, asking anywhere from $7,950 to $15,000 a month in recent years. (New York Post) 5/15
5 Places to Visit in NYC to Celebrate the Art of Magic: Harry Houdini Museum of New York Local Color & History Located within Fantasma Magic, the Houdini Museum of New York is a unique experience and a great way to celebrate the most famous escapist of all time. (Untapped Cities) 5/15
5 Places to Visit in NYC to Celebrate the Art of Magic: Tannen’s Magic Shop Business & Shopping Although it has moved a few times since Louis Tannen first opened the magician’s playground, the store hasn’t lost sight of what his initial goal was: to help magicians, amateur and professional. (Untapped Cities)
Jeff Koons’ 45-foot Inflated Seated Ballerina Takes On Rockefeller Center Local Color & History The monumental sculpture is 45 feet tall and is part of the artist’s Antiquity series. (Untapped Cities) 5/15
The Absolute Best Halal-Cart Chicken and Rice in New York: Tariq’s #1 Halal Food Food & Drink The very popular Tariq’s is very similar to Rafiqi’s, especially in its salad offerings, which include corn, cilantro, shredded lettuce, tomato, and earthy stewed chickpeas, but the chicken, though similarly juicy and a bit spicier, cooked with slices of sweet onion, lacks a certain oomph, and the rice is on the bland side. (Grub Street)
The Absolute Best Halal-Cart Chicken and Rice in New York: Halal Guys Food & Drink The hype is not unwarranted: Their slogan is, “We’re Different,” and it’s true. (Grub Street)
The Absolute Best Halal-Cart Chicken and Rice in New York: Royal Halal Food & Drink The dark-meat chicken is finely chopped and juicy, and golden brown from its aggressive, deeply flavorful Indian-spice marinade, and flecked with sautéed onions and pepper. (Grub Street) 5/15
The Absolute Best Halal-Cart Chicken and Rice in New York: Kwik Meal Food & Drink The chicken in his chicken-and-rice platter is rubbed in a spice mixture and freshly grilled; then chopped into perfectly bite-size, slightly crispy, succulent chunks; and served with fragrant basmati rice and a salad that is dressed, unlike the usual cart offering of just plain shredded lettuce. (Grub Street)
Out East Is a Breezy, Stylish, New Addition to the East Village Food & Drink Here, tuna tartare made with yellowfin and served not with lemongrass and soy sauce, but with sunflower, basil, and the Yemeni hot sauce zhug. (Grub Street) 5/15
Brearley, Manhattan Girls’ School, Pursuing Allegations of Past Abuse News The Brearley School, a prestigious all-girls private school in Manhattan, announced on Friday that it had retained a law firm to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct at the school, and asked anyone with knowledge of possible abuse to come forward. (New York Times) 5/15
Teen arrested and charged with torching synagogue News The teen was busted Tuesday night at his home, which is not far from the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue at the corner of Broome and Suffolk streets. (New York Post) 5/18
Homes That Sold for Around $1.5 Million: Williamsburg Real Estate & Development A duplex condo with wide-plank floors, marble counters and two private terraces, in a doorman building. (New York Times)
Who Owns All the Property Along the Gowanus Canal News The real estate developer building one of the tallest skyscrapers on Manhattan's Billionaires' Row is poised to make the biggest impact on development along the Gowanus Canal. (DNAinfo)
Two stabbed, one fatally, in knife battle at Harlem homeless shelter Mayhem A knife fight between roommates at a Harlem homeless shelter Friday morning left one of them dead and the other in critical condition, police sources said. (The Daily News)
94 Kinfolk Local Color & History As an organization, Kinfolk is a creative collective that uses their space at 90 Wythe Avenue for various functions not the least of which are coffee shop, bar and restaurant. (Architzer)
Rockaway will get its first big apartment building since Hurricane Sandy Real Estate & Development The building on Beach 116th Street will bring 90 apartments to the area. (Curbed)
When Federal Agents Visit a Queens School, Outrage Flows News United States Citizenship and Immigration Services fraud investigators visited Public School 58 in Queens on Thursday. On social media, they were mistaken for immigration agents. (New York Post) 5/17
New Jersey man high on PCP busted after he stops car in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel to masturbate Mayhem When cops approached the car, they found him removing his clothes and “performing a lewd act,” a Port Authority spokesman said. (The Daily News)
Long Ago, a Pilot Landed on an Uptown Street. That’s Where the Bar Was. Local Color & History A plane sat on 191st Street in 1956 after its wings were removed for shipment. The pilot landed the craft on St. Nicholas Avenue, rear, as part of a barroom bet. (New York Times)
Teen alleges Queens charter school employee groped her throughout school year News Cops are investigating a teen’s claims that a 42-year-old employee at her Queens high school groped and forced kisses on her repeatedly during the school year. (The Daily News)
Hoboken Considering A “Railhead District” With Visitors’ Center, Murals News New signs and banners would be put up on the surrounding blocks with the “Railhead District” name, and painted murals on the sides of buildings appear to be an idea floated for the neighborhood. (Jersey Digs)
LeBron James-Backed Pizzeria Blazes Into Staten Island Food & Drink As if NYC needs more pizza chains, this one comes with A-list celeb backing, with investors such as LeBron James, Maria Shriver, and Patrick Schwarzenegger leading to this opening, the 193rd since 2012. (Eater) 5/12
At Manhattan’s Last Public Gun Range, Darren Leung Calls the Shots Business & Shopping Westside was opened in 1965, according to Leung, by two men with $5,000 apiece. Leung entered the picture around 1989, he said, when the old owner walked into a nearby Army and Navy store where Leung was employed. (NBC News) 5/12
The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Van Leeuwen Food & Drink This place is excellent, with a nice selection of big-tasting flavors across a wide range of sub-categories, including the amazing Honey Comb, which goes well with everything else. (Gothamist)
Teen friends fatally stabbed hours apart in separate incidents Mayhem Two Brooklyn best friends were stabbed to death a block from each other and less than five hours apart in unrelated attacks that devastated their families and classmates, cops said Thursday. (New York Post) 5/12
Head of mobbed-up pizzeria that dished cocaine gets prison time News The matriarch of a mobbed-up Queens pizzeria secretly serving up sides of cocaine was sentenced to seven years behind bars Thursday for her role in the scheme, which her lawyer called “Shakespearean in tragedy.” (New York Post) 5/12
Cuomo, Christie want Amtrak to cede control of Penn Station News Governor Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie want Amtrak to let them choose the private management company that would run Penn Station, saying that the train company has brought the situation at the hub from “bad to worse to intolerable.” (New York Post) 5/12
The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Ample Hills Food & Drink Ample Hills has been around for a half dozen years now, but judging by crowds that regularly run out the door at their Prospect Heights and Gowanus locations, no Brooklynites are even remotely tired of these unabashedly sweet, more-is-more concoctions. (Gothamist) 5/12
The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Soft Swerve Food & Drink The Ube, the Coconut, the Black Sesame, and the Matcha are all first rate, with a depth of flavor not usually found at such places. (Gothamist) 5/12
The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Morganstern's Food & Drink This Rivington Street parlor can be annoyingly crowded during high summer, but that doesn't mean the ice cream isn't worth the wait. (Gothamist)
The 12 Best Ice Cream Parlors In NYC: Ice and Vice Food & Drink Tea Dance (Nilgiri Tea Leaf, Lemon Charcoal, Salted Caramel) and On the Rocks (Persian Black Lime Cola, Cherry Poprock) are just as crowd-pleasing as gateway flavors like Milk Money and Basic B, the latter of which is the best vanilla you will ever eat. (Gothamist) 5/12
Where Can I Take My Hard-to-Impress Mom On Her Birthday? Food & Drink Sichuan crowd-pleasers like dan dan noodles and mapo tofu are well-executed, and the menu also offers bigger items like a lobster or steamed whole fish that will make the meal feel like a celebration. (Eater) 5/12
Witness Describes Arranging Meeting That Ended in Murder News On Tuesday, Mr. Pender, 38, took the stand as a witness for the prosecution to explain how he was instrumental in setting up the final meeting between his two friends, just before Mr. Woodard was killed. (New York Times) 5/25
Cabbie dies in crash after falling unconscious near World Trade Center Mayhem Investigators believe the Woodside, Queens resident had some sort of medical crisis, possibly a heart attack, before she crashed. (The Daily News) 5/12
Xi’an Famous Foods Publicly Blasts Customer for Calling Employees the N-Word News Xi’an Famous Foods co-owner and CEO Jason Wang posted a video to Facebook that shows a customer berating two black employees of the restaurant, eventually calling them the N-word. (Eater) 5/12
Cops nab sex offender charged with Harlem mugging, molesting of British tourist Mayhem The sexual predator wanted for beating and molesting a tourist in Harlem was nabbed in upstate New York Thursday morning, police said. (The Daily News)
Revealed: Five-Story, 12-Unit Residential Building at 1411 Bushwick Ave. Real Estate & Development There will be nine one-bedroom apartments, two two-bedroom units, and a one-bedroom duplex unit, Brownstoner reported. (NY YIMBY) 5/12
Construction Wraps On Five-Story, 24-Unit Mixed-Use Project Real Estate & Development Twenty-four residential units will spread across the second through fifth floors. (NY YIMBY )
See how Staten Island's neglected Sea View Hospital could be transformed Real Estate & Development Take a virtual reality tour of the development as imagined by the city. (Curbed) 5/12
Caffé Lanka, an Outpost of Island Cooking in the Bronx Food & Drink Caffé Lanka — part Sri Lankan restaurant and grocery, part pizzeria, with a sideline in quesadillas, falafel and panini — opened in March by the Castle Hill Avenue subway stop in Parkchester, the Bronx. (New York Times) 5/12
Landmarked Childs Restaurant is looking good Real Estate & Development Renovators have made great strides on the restoration of Childs Restaurant, which was constructed in 1923. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 5/12
State correction officer opens fire on ex-boyfriend, kills self outside Queens prison Mayhem A veteran state correction officer shot herself to death outside a Queens prison early Tuesday after firing at her ex-boyfriend and riddling his car with bullets, officials said. (The Daily News) 5/11
Blaze rips through vacant Bronx house leaving two men dead Mayhem Two people were killed in a fire that tore through a vacant Bronx house late Wednesday night — less than two months after that same house caught ablaze amid reports of squatters sneaking in and out, officials said. (The Daily News )
Katz’s Is Taking Its Pastrami Global Food & Drink The legendary restaurant is opening a place in New Jersey so that it can ship pastrami around the world (Eater) 5/11
Sweet Shop on Upper East Side Closed After Failing Health Inspection Business & Shopping The Sweet Shop on East 73rd Street, known for its huge variety of candy, doughnuts and ice cream, was temporarily closed over the weekend after health inspectors were unable to check its food-prep areas. (DNAinfo)
A Makeshift Bar on a Dusty Brooklyn Patch Food & Drink Housed in a shipping container without running water, it began selling alcohol in January, and has shown that something spontaneous and genuine can still thrive here. (New York Times)
Construction Update: Columbia University Manhattanville Campus Real Estate & Development Two of the phase one buildings at Columbia University's Manhattanville campus have completed construction and are now open. (Field Condition) 5/11
Proposed Queens Blvd. Revamp Adds Bike Lanes, Cuts 198 Parking Spots News The section of Queens Boulevard between Eliot Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard includes some of the busiest and most crash-prone intersections in the neighborhood, including at 63rd Drive. (DNAinfo)
Rio Market in Queens Offers a Brazilian Cure for Longing Business & Shopping Stretching along 36th Avenue in a pocket of Queens known as Little Brazil, Rio Market acts as an unofficial community center for Brazilians in New York: a Copacabana-style supermarket just off the N and W trains. (New York Times) 5/11
A second bookstore will be moving to Queens to fill the void left by Barnes & Noble Business & Shopping A bookstore with locations in Manhattan will be moving to Long Island City. Book Culture, which was founded in 1997, is an independent and academic bookstore that will add a fourth location at 26-09 Jackson Ave. (
New York City Teacher Fired After Ripping Hijab Off 8-Year-Old Girl News A New York City teacher has been fired after he allegedly ripped a hjiab off an 8-year-old girl in the classroom when she refused to take it off, police say. (NBC New York)
Unstoppable Poke Trend Has Infiltrated Kosher Dining Scene Food & Drink It’s apparently a conglomerate of Asian food du jour, serving poke bowls, sushi, and rolled ice cream, the Thai street food that’s been proliferating almost as rapidly as poke restaurants. (Eater) 5/11
The five coolest abandoned places in New York City: North Brother Island Local Color & History Though it's a restricted area, plenty of photographers have ventured there to snap pictures of the abandoned structures that still stand. (Time Out NY) 5/11
The five coolest abandoned places in New York City: Red Hook Grain Terminal Local Color & History The building is made up of a series of dilapidated silos, grain elevators and other infrastructure that's pretty incredible to look at. (Time Out NY)
City Offers Little Help to Rent-Stabilized Tenants Left Homeless by Fire News A group of tenants displaced from their homes by a massive blaze have been living in shelters for more than a year as their landlord drags his feet on repairing the rent-stabilized property with little challenge from city agencies, their lawyer says. (DNAinfo)
Finance firm in talks over Vornado’s jumbo skyscraper Real Estate & Development Vornado is presenting new building designs and not just the original 1,216-foot- tall Pelli Clarke Pelli design that passed New York City muster a decade ago. (New York Post)
Seven-Story, 41-Unit Mixed-Use Building Filed at 1801 Broadway, Bushwick Real Estate & Development There will be 6,078 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by a 9,836-square-foot children’s daycare facility on the second floor. (NY YIMBY) 5/11
Landmarks Approves Renovation, Restoration of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Recreation Center Real Estate & Development A recreation facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, built during the Works Progress Administration era will get some tender love and care that will allow it to better serve its community. (NY YIMBY)
Long-planned South Street Seaport supertall may be on its way Real Estate & Development Demolition permits signal movement at the South Street site. (Curbed) 5/11
Man Used Imposters of Dead Homeowners to Fake Deeds in Brooklyn News A Crown Heights man has been indicted for trying to steal six homes in Central Brooklyn using fake deeds — and imposters to pretend to be their owners, prosecutors say. (DNAinfo) 5/11
Suspect in random Bronx attack that left 83-year-old man critical found dead Mayhem The suspect accused in a random attack in the Bronx that left an 83-year-old man in critical condition was found dead of an apparent suicide. (WABC) 5/11
Eating along the J Line: Grotto Pizzeria Food & Drink In the early days, back before the Internet, the owner would settle into the book store nearest his house and pore over pizza dough recipes in cookbooks for hours. (The Daily News) 5/10
NYC considering 'Barnes Dance' at 25 intersections News For 25 seconds, this intersection belongs solely to pedestrians, who can cross without fear of getting hit. (WABC) 5/10
Woman’s Body Is Set on Fire in East Harlem Complex, Police Say Mayhem Emergency workers arrived to find the body in flames in the ninth floor stairwell of the 105th Street building, a result of an unusually chilling homicide, according to the police. (New York Times) 5/10
Gunmen blast 18-year-old rival in the head near Brooklyn school Mayhem Gunmen shot a rival in the head across the street from a Brooklyn school Tuesday, officials said. (The Daily News)
Oil spill in East River caused by ConEd transformer failure in Brooklyn News The NYC Ferry East River route was hit with delays on Tuesday due to an oil spill in the East River two days before, the service said. (amNY) 5/10
Miss Ada, Drawing on Middle Eastern Flavors, to Open in Brooklyn Food & Drink At Miss Ada, Tomer Blechman features Eastern European influences in dishes like herring crostini and shots of vodka garnished with pickled mushrooms. (New York Times) 5/10
10 Hidden-Away Bars in New York City: Attaboy Food & Drink “Using the model of a prohibition-era speakeasy, Sasha Petraske revived classic cocktails, with a stringent system of building drinks, a hand-cut ice program, and fresh ingredients." (Food & Drink) 5/10
10 Hidden-Away Bars in New York City: Sweetwater Social Food & Drink “The space dates back to the mid-19th century when it was a haunt for literary and artistic figures such as Walt Whitman. Over the years the space changed hands a number of times, becoming numerous bars, nightclubs, and even a brothel at one point.” (Food & Wine) 5/10
The Flipper's Playbook: How NYC Slumlords Terrorize Tenants And Get Away With It News An unlikely band of Brooklyn tenants takes on two landlord brothers hell-bent on flipping their rent-stabilized homes to the luxury market. (Patch) 5/10
Hudson Yards’s expansive shopping center and restaurants get new renderings Real Estate & Development There will be a total of 25 restaurants at Hudson Yards. (Curbed) 5/10
Built by Bread, This Prospect Lefferts Gardens Bakery Once Perfumed the Neighborhood Local Color & History You may not think to look at it, but the building that dominates a stretch of Flatbush Avenue near Prospect Park once filled the surrounding area of Prospect Lefferts Gardens with the delicious smell of bread. (Brownstoner) 5/10
Finally, an Entrance Worthy of the Brooklyn Bridge News A serious makeover by the city is transforming this dreaded corridor into a grand portal lined with shade trees and wildflowers. (New York Times) 5/10
Houston Bowery Art Wall Local Color & History This wall on a street corner in Lower Manhattan has been a blank canvas for a rotation of renowned artists since the 1980s. (Atlas Obscura) 5/10
New Property Owner Plans to Develop Mixed-Use Building Real Estate & Development The new property owner plans to develop a mixed-use building with a synagogue at street level and either apartments or a hotel on the floors above, Real Estate Weekly reported. (New York YIMBY) 5/10
Landmarks Rejects Bid to Save Famed Musican's Former House in Astoria News The Greater Astoria Historical Society submitted a Request for Evaluation to the LPC in March for the pale yellow 3-story house at 31-07 31st Ave. near 31st Street, which they say was home to Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken, a pianist, composer and music teacher. (DNAinfo) 5/9
Affordable Housing, Supermarket Heading to 11th Ave. Slaughterhouse Site Real Estate & Development More than 230 units of affordable housing, dorm rooms and a grocery store are heading to 11th Avenue as part of a plan to transform an NYPD parking lot into a mixed-use development. (DNAinfo)
430 Bags of Heroin, 6 Pounds of Pot Found During New Springville Raid Mayhem Police found 430 glassine envelopes filled with heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 cash during a raid at a New Springville apartment, authorities said. (DNAinfo) 5/9
Flushing Line Centennial, Part 4 Local Color & History Auto traffic had the full run of the plaza, which was created when the elevated was built between 1915 and 1917, until just a few years ago, but it’s now a pedestrian-only plaza with tables and chairs during the warm months. (Forgotten New York) 5/9
Harlem Library Named for Entertainer and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte News Belafonte's love of the library came full-circle Monday as the city renamed the 115th Street branch after the entertainer and civil-rights icon, marking the first time the library system has renamed a branch in a century. (DNAinfo) 5/9
A Floral Designer Is Turning NYC Garbage Cans Into Giant Vases Local Color & History Floral designer Lewis Miller has been going around the city in recent months leaving gorgeous flower displays in garbage cans, statues and anywhere else that inspires him. (Gothamist) 5/9
10-Story, 12-Unit Mixed-Use Project Moves Forward Real Estate & Development Design and development firm NAVA Companies is anticipating a $72.4 million sellout for its 10-story, 12-unit mixed-use building under development. (NY YIMBY) 5/9
Gulliver’s Gate, a fantastical model of Manhattan and beyond, opens in Times Square Business & Shopping The 50,000-square-foot miniature highlights some of Manhattan’s, and the world’s, most notable landmarks. (Curbed)
54 Bright Street Brings Jersey City Its First Living Moss Mural Real Estate & Development 54 Bright Street, by developer JMA Architects Atelier, is the site of the first exterior living green wall in Jersey City. (Jersey Digs) 5/9
Butcher Bar Bringing Its 'Meat Candy' To The Lower East Side Food & Drink Butcher shop turned smokehouse Butcher Bar opens its second location on Wednesday, expanding from Queens into Manhattan with a new Lower East Side restaurant. (Gothamist) (5/9)
Hunts Point station designed by Cass Gilbert may become a food hall Food & Drink A Bronx-based developer is looking to revamp the former station. (Curbed) 5/9
Cleaning Up the City’s Most Radioactive Block Threatened by Trump’s EPA Cuts News Before the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission started buying thorium byproduct from the Wolff-Alport Chemical Co. in Queens to make nuclear bombs, the chemical company thought it was worthless and dumped the radioactive sludge into the sewer or buried it under its triangular property on the border between Bushwick and Ridgewood. (City Limits) 5/9
Construction Update: 61 9th Avenue Real Estate & Development Superstructure is approximately two-thirds complete at 61 9th Avenue, a 170,000 square foot, nine-story office and retail building in the Meatpacking District from developers Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital Associates. (Field Condition) 5/9
Developer Plans 100-Unit Condominium Tower at 30 East 29th Street, NoMad Real Estate & Development The Rockefeller Group is in contract to acquire the three five- to six-story mixed-use buildings spanning 30-36 East 29th Street, located in NoMad, to make way for a 170,000-square-foot residential tower. (NY YIMBY) 5/9
City to makeover Manhattan Beach dog run News The Parks Department plans to build two separate areas, one for chihuahua-sized dogs and the other for larger, mastiff-types. (Brooklyn Daily)
Queens BBQ hotspot to open Lower East Side location Food & Drink 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)
City backtracks on promise to build affordable housing units News 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)
Manhattan strip club claimed dancers are like sex therapists to dodge $3.1M in state taxes News 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)
The Wild and Dark History of the Empire State Building Local Color & History 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)
Kushner Companies sells swanky Brooklyn Heights home Real Estate & Development 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)
Interview: Developer Ben Shaoul on 196 Orchard Street, his Lower East Side condo rising next to Katz’s Real Estate & Development 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)
A food tour of Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy Food & Drink At the Bronx's Arthur Avenue a more authentic Little Italy proves harder to get to for tourists but infinitely more rewarding to visit. (CNN)
A Shrimp Cocktail With a Jumbo Jolt, at La Esquina in Queens Food & Drink 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)
Phipps looks to rezone Bronx site for 220-unit Mandatory Inclusionary Housing project Real Estate & Development Developer says a “small portion” of units could be set aside for households earning up to $95K per year. (The Real Deal)
The secrets of NYC’s oldest bar Local Color & History “The people working here today are still only a couple of degrees of separation between them and 100 years of history." (New York Post)
LeFrak Goes Upscale With Its Latest Tower in Jersey City Real Estate & Development 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)
The past lives of the “bunker” on the Bowery Local Color & History 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 Death and Life of Jersey City Local Color & History 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)
Exploring Staten Island's Alice Austen House, home to a pioneering female photographer Local Color & History

Amid a development boom on Staten Island, this 17th-century homestead remains. (Curbed)

In our local landmarks spotlight, find out where a plane landed in Upper Manhattan – on a bar bet! Also, a deep dive in to a Houston Street art wall and the dark history of the Empire State Building.

The five coolest abandoned places in New York City

Long Ago, a Pilot Landed on an Uptown Street. That’s Where the Bar Was.

A plane sat on 191st Street in 1956 after its wings were removed for shipment. The pilot landed the craft on St. Nicholas Avenue, rear, as part of a barroom bet. (New York Times)

The five coolest abandoned places in New York City

Somehow, there are spaces across town that are completely abandoned—ruins of a New York of yesteryear. (Time Out NY)

Built by Bread, This Prospect Lefferts Gardens Bakery Once Perfumed the Neighborhood

You may not think to look at it, but the building that dominates a stretch of Flatbush Avenue near Prospect Park once filled the surrounding area of Prospect Lefferts Gardens with the delicious smell of bread. (Brownstoner)

Built by Bread, This Prospect Lefferts Gardens Bakery Once Perfumed the Neighborhood

Houston Bowery Art Wall

This wall on a street corner in Lower Manhattan has been a blank canvas for a rotation of renowned artists since the 1980s. (Atlas Obscura)

Houston Bowery Art Wall

A Floral Designer Is Turning NYC Garbage Cans Into Giant Vases

Floral designer Lewis Miller has been going around the city in recent months leaving gorgeous flower displays in garbage cans, statues and anywhere else that inspires him. (Gothamist)

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)

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