About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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$1.7M Missing From Stark’s Account; Zosia Mamet’s $1M Home

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Court records show that $1.7 million was “improperly removed” from a bank account belonging to Menachem Stark, the slain Williamsburg developer. [NY Daily News, NY Times]

Zosia Mamet of Girls dropped a cool million on a fixer-upper in Bushwick [Daily Mail]

Twitter, which was rumored to be considering a move to 51 Astor, is moving to Chelsea instead. [NY Post]
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And With This, Christmas Is Officially Over

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This morning we spotted the folks at Illuminations — the Bushwick-based lighting company that brings holiday cheer to countless corners of the city — taking down the decorations over St. Marks Place. And with this, the Christmas season is finally over. If you have a tree lingering in the apartment even though Mulchfest came and went, it’s time to give it the heave ho. We know it’s hard to pack up the jingle bells — especially in this weather — but seriously: there are less than 100 days until the reopening of Rockaway Taco.

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This New Spot Is Serving the Warm Octopus Balls You Need On This Cold Day

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Sushi Lounge isn’t the only Japanese spot in the East Village that just moved to new digs on the same street. Over on East 9th, Otafuku has, as expected, moved over to a larger new space that — just like Egg’s upgrade — will hopefully put the kibosh on having to wait outside.
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Thousands Rode Citi Bikes During the Polar Vortex, and These Folks Have Something to Say About It

Citi Bike just sent out an e-mail sharing its top 10 “2013 highlights.” Among the accomplishments: Citi Bikes make up a third of all bike traffic in the program’s service area, each bike was ridden an average of six times per day over the summer, customer service gets an average of 1,300 calls a day, an average of 625 bikes are repaired each week, and Citi Bike riders took 6,000+ trips during the day of the Polar Vortex.
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City Drops Suit Against Williamsburg Shops; Vogue‘s Greenpoint Guide

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The city has agreed to drop its discrimination case against Williamsburg shops accused of enforcing dress codes to keep away women and non-Orthodox men. [NY Times]

With the death of his victim, the bail of the man alleged to have struck an East Village florist while drunk and high has been upped to $1 million. [NY Post]

In the wake of a hit-and-run accident last year, the DOT has proposed slowdown measures for Kent Avenue. [NY Daily News]
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Police Say This Guy Robbed Someone While Posing As a Cop

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(Photo: NYPD)

While you’re on the look-out for the bald, mustachioed scam artist, keep an eye out for this gent as well.

Police say that on the night of Dec. 15, he walked into the Maoz Vegetarian at 59 East 8th Street — an NYU hang — and approached a couple of customers sitting at a table. He told them he was an undercover cop and asked to see one of the guys’ wallet and ID. The victim, a 19-year-old, handed over some cash and the fake flatfoot gave only some of it back before taking off, police say.

The suspect is wanted for criminal impersonation.

Never fun when you go for a falafel and leave feeling awful.

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Sasheer Zamata’s Girls Tour; Video of 285 Kent’s Last Shows

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Watch Sasheer Zamata, who made her SNL debut Saturday, give a Girls tour of Greenpoint. [NY Observer]

Speaking of Girls, Lena Dunham is defending Vogue against Jezebel, which stirred up some controversy by publishing unretrouched photos from her recent shoot with the mag: “Vogue isn’t the place that we go to look at realistic women, Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what’s the problem?” [Today]

During the final show at 285 Kent, Fucked Up’s lead singer shared a fond memory: “Last time we played here it was like a million degrees, and I vomited outside.” [NY Times]
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