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Cafe Olimpico (Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

A defunct destination for smokers-of-certain-tastes – Velvet Cigar Lounge – hopes to re-open shop at 13 E. Seventh Street, next to McSorley’s. [EV Grieve]

Botanica is also slated to re-open on Thursday, fancy facelift appended. [Bowery Boogie]


Free Williamsburg has a sneak peek inside of Drink the Norseman, one of three forthcoming North Brooklyn nightspots profiled in NY Mag’s fall preview. [Free Williamsburg]

Development in The Burg creeps east: renderings of a 53-unit complex planned for 42 Maspeth Avenue include a backyard and underground parking for 27 lucky bastards with cars – which is especially awesome for them because the Graham Avenue L is a full two blocks away. [Brownstoner]

Remember that “gigantic sandwich” set to land on Greenpoint, starting next year? Two separate renderings – one by the developer and one by its opposition – have surfaced; one looks a lot more appetizing than the other, but not the version you might think. [Brownstoner]

Chef Nick Subic of King Noodle in Bushwick has created a culinary guide to his new hood. Spoiler alert: a little known hole-in-the-wall called Roberta’s made the list, as well as reliable burger from Fritzl’s Lunch Box. [Serious Eats]