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Katz’s Deli Pays Tribute to Carnegie Deli; Williamsburg’s Newest Hotel

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Gowanus Canal may be synonymous with grime, but could it one day be full of gondolas? New York Councilman Stephen Levin waxed about Gowanus’s similarities to Venice. [Crain’s NY]

Jake Dell, the owner of Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street, wrote a letter to the editor toasting his former business rival, The Carnegie Deli, which will shutter today. [NY Times]

Last week, Top Chef alum Sam Talbot opened Pretty Southern, a Bedford Avenue eatery serving gluten-free fried chicken and mac and cheese. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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Katz’s Deli Expands to Brooklyn; Lena Dunham’s New Show

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

New mural by Dasic Fernandez on St. Marks. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday morning a 37-year-old woman died after being crushed by a semi truck near the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. [Patch]

Thursday night a Greenpoint man was attacked and robbed by two assailants outside his Freeman Street residence. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Two thieves stole Apple products and camera equipment from a Thames Street apartment in Williamsburg one week ago. [The Brooklyn Paper]

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Katz’s Delicatessen Is Opening a Pop-Up

(Courtesy of Katz's)

(Courtesy of Katz’s)

Not to be outdone by the forthcoming Russ & Daughters Cafe, that other East Houston Street institution, Katz’s Delicatessen, has just announced its own plans for an expansion — albeit a temporary one. As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Katz’s is moving into the adjacent storefront it usually rents out (it was last occupied by Tim Horton’s) and opening The Space, a two-month-long pop-up that will “celebrate all the local artists and designers that live and work and create art down here on the Lower East Side,” per owner Jake Dell.
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Kids Celebrates 20 Years; Equinox Gym Opening Next to Katz’s

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Kids will celebrate its 20th anniversary at BAM on June 25 with a Q&A with Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Larry Clark.  [Gothamist]

B&H Dairy, the diner that’s served three generations of customers in the East Village, launched a $10K fundraiser to in the hopes of re-opening following March’s Second Avenue explosion. [Grub Street]

The 72-room former Germania Bank building on Bowery, which was recently sold after decades of use as a private residence, will be open to the public for an art show Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. [The Lo-Down]

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Jim Gaffigan Hits Katz’s With Adam Goldberg, Offers a Taste of Gaffigan Show

Jim Gaffigan, last seen being pious on the streets of Nolita, filmed on the Lower East Side with Adam Goldberg this morning, as you can see from the below Instagram video. It’s not the first time the comic has stopped into Katz’s — just check out the new extended version of the above teaser for The Jim Gaffigan Show, a full episode of which will go up on JimGaffigan.com on May 15. “I eat before I do standup, after I do standup,” he tells Goldberg while knocking down some pastrami. “Still trying to figure out a way to eat while I do standup.”

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Mini Mastication Madness: ‘Broke Mo’Fo’s Brunch’ and Katz’s Pastrami Cupcake

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Two vital updates from the world of tiny food. First off, at left, ChikaLicious is currently taunting “broke-%ss mo’fo” types, as their sandwich board puts it, by reminding them that a miniature breakfast is all they can afford, and they have to “git in line” for it. Their “broke mofo’s brunch” is available daily. Thankfully you can still get a plate of actual pancakes for about this same price at Odessa. Have a closer look below — and below that, check out the cupcake that Eat Good NYC made for food blog First We Feast. It features mini Katz’s sandwiches and a box of Artichoke pizza.

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Katz’s Sues Katz and Dogz, Car Plows Through Crowd at SXSW

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Katz’s is suing a competing pastrami truck for naming its operation “Katz & Dogz.” We are currently fashioning our “Team Katz’s” -shirts in order to capitalize… er… show our support. [NY Daily News]

Two are dead and many are injured after a car evading a drunk driving stop plowed through a crowd at SXSW. [Austinist]

Check out the glitzy new interior of the restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank. [NY Times]

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Here’s Adam Sandler Getting Taken For a Ride at Katz’s

1459061_10152016313904837_778091153_nAs you know from reading Lil Nugs, the LES blogs have been all atwitter about Adam Sandler filming his new one, “The Cobbler,” in the neighborhood. Last week a storefront on Forsyth Street was transformed into Simkin Shoe Repair for the comedy about a cobbler who can metaphysically step into the lives of his clients. Today, the Lo-Down has some photos from yesterday’s shoot and news that the crew will be back in the hood, at 400 Grand Street, the week of Dec. 8.

But this photo,  just posted by Katz’s, really takes the babka. Sandler popped into the deli yesterday and posed with a couple of fans, by the looks of another photo posted on Reddit. The comments, of course, immediately devolved into two eternal debates: is Sandler funny and are the sandwiches at Katz’s overpriced?

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The Katz’s Pop-Up Got Its First Celebrity Patron

After just a couple of weeks on Houston Street, the Katz’s Deli pop-up has its first celebrity buyer. According to its Facebook page, longtime Katz’s cat Jerry Stiller bought the Young and Sick piece that was going for $5,000.

We recently popped into the pop-up to speak to fifth-generation owner Jake Dell about this wild experiment in deli-inspired artwork. Watch the video above to see what he had to say.