Centre-fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 15: Basil

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police say the cyclist in this photo allegedly stole residents’s packages (which he later abandoned) from the lobby of a Bushwick apartment building. [Gothamist]

Sushi Lounge supplanter Empellon Al Pastor expects to open within a week at the corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A. [Eater NY]

Next Tuesday night, party at former LES music venue The Living Room‘s soft opening in Williamsburg at 134 Metropolitan Avenue. [Free Williamsburg]

Baby’s All Right in Bushwick fetes its first anniversary with shows all week long. [Brooklyn Vegan]

To enter Speakeasy Drop Dead—a new 25-seat bar below North River on First Avenue that also serves Burger King-style black burgers—customers have to press a secret button and await instructions. [Eater NY]

Tonight from 6 to 10 p.m, San Francisco’s BeGood green clothing shop will host a housewarming (with free cocktails) at its 355 Bowery pop-up, open now through Sunday evening. [Racked NY]

Tomorrow at University Settlement, there will be a free reception for the new book Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars by Richard Ocejo, followed by a panel featuring Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman, The Bowery Mission‘s Matt Krivich, and others. [EV Grieve]

Saturday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m., Back Forty in the East Village will have a $50/person cider-swilling event. [Eater NY]

Authors Rick Gomes and Brian Merlis (brimerl@aol.com) seek pre-1980s photo submissions for their new book, Brooklyn’s Historic Greenpoint.  [Greenpointers]

Supermodel Cara Delevigne’s favorite downtown hangouts include East Village Japanese restaurant Shabu-Tatsu and Lower East Side tattoo parlor Bang Bang. [NY Observer.]