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Spitzer’s Williamsburg Plans; Year’s Best New Restaurants

Ethan Armen

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Seeking $300 million: the MTA, whose plans to improve the L train may include a subway entrance on Avenue A. [MTA]

Cherry Street’s former Pathmark Pharmacy is now the subject of a $50 million lawsuit. [NY Daily News]

Long-gestitating frozen vegan dessert shop DF Mavens might open this month on Second Avenue. [EV Grieve]

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Who’ll Be The First to Buy This J.Crew Williamsburg Tote?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg’s new J.Crew store has taken gruff from everyone from TV on the Radio to Reggie Watts, but that isn’t stopping it from selling these new totes. Now you can carry a constant reminder of J.Crew’s presence in the hood, as if all the times it comes up in shellshocked conversation weren’t enough.

The map, created for J.Crew by Brooklyn-based Maptote, which previously collaborated with Urban Outfitters on some Williamsburg shirts, points out the store’s location amidst handlebar mustaches, ping-pong parlors, Frenchies, fixies, record stores, and all the other things that may or may not still exist in Billyburg five years from now. The map, which only acknowledges Williamsburg above South 3rd Street, nods to places like Mast Brothers, Rough Trade, Radegast, Nitehawk, Crif Dogs and Spritzenhaus — because what better than a corporate megalith to tell you where it’s at in Williamsburg?

To be fair, the store is doing its best to serve the enduring cliche of a Williamsburger: when we stopped in just now, it was selling Burroughs Beard Oil and J.Crew iPhone cases.

So, yeah, look for all the cool kids tramping around the neighborhood carrying their latest Whole Foods purchases in their J.Crew totes. They’re only $28, y’all — less than the price of two cocktails at a local “dive” bar.

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Plywood Up at Soho House, Down at ‘Orchard Street Hell Building’

IMG_3613Two of the Lower East Side’s most controversial projects just entered new phases of construction. First up, the Ludlow Street outpost of Soho House, which faced considerable opposition from neighbors when it applied for a liquor license last year, has raised its sidewalk shed, obscuring the facade that had become a magnet for taggers and street artists while the building’s renovation seemed to sit in limbo.
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These Places Have Closed, But ‘Frozen Fantasies’ Are On the Way

IMG_3593Folks, a few closings to note. First off, a B+B reader who tried to go to the East Village location of DBA the other night found it shuttered. A Facebook message assures that, unlike the recent closing of its Williamsburg counterpart, this one won’t be permanent: “Don’t worry! We aren’t closed, we are just renovating…. new LOOS are on the way!”
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Inside Williamsburg’s ‘Super High-End’ Colombian Cafe-Roastery, Devoción

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A few weeks ago, Williamsburg’s newest coffee roaster and café quietly opened on the western fringes of Grand Street. But even if Bogota-based Devoción’s expansion hasn’t been as hyped as, say, Blue Bottle’s arrival from San Francisco, it’s attempting to do something equally — if not more — ambitious in a grand, gorgeous space.
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Apartment Building Replaces Stuyvesant PO; Champagne-Fueled Shopping

Kent Avenue

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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund announced plans to dole out $11 million in grant money to six projects.  The biggest benefactor is the Norman Avenue library, which will receive a $5 million facelift. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 E. 14th Street is the proposed home of an eight-story, 114-apartment, mixed-use building. [The Real Deal]

Paperwork was submitted for a seven-story, mixed-use building at 89 Bartlett Street/658 Broadway in Williamsburg. [The Real Deal]

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NYU Taps 9/11 Memorial Architects to Design Controversial New Building

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

With a lawsuit contesting the construction of NYU’s new Coles Sports Center up for appeal, the university has named the architects that will design the controversial building.

The school has tapped Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake, writes Alison Leary, NYU’s Executive Vice President for Operations, in a letter sent to university students and employees such as myself.
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