SantaCon is coming to Williamsburg on Saturday, despite a noble effort to rebrand it Santana Con. According to an official map, the red menace will kick off at McCarren Park at 10am and move on to Verboten, Viva Toro, The Hall, and Villan, as it’s misspelled on the map. (From there, it’s on to the Lower East Side, where at least one would-be SantaCon partner has pulled out of the merriment.) Bedford + Bowery called up some other Greenpoint-Williamsburg watering holes and asked if they too will be receiving Santas, naughty or nice. We got a stockingful of responses, ranging from Christmas cheer to many a sneer. Here’s who’ll be saying “Ho ho ho,” and who’ll be saying “No no no.”
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City and state government officials are cracking down on landlords who collect tax benefits for affordable housing incentives but don’t follow through on their obligations. This practice was one of the major criticisms of the 421-a tax incentive leveled by activists and city leaders in favor of repealing the rent laws that governed the incentive when they were up for renewal over the summer.
The East Village is getting not one but two new outposts of South Korean coffee chain Caffebene this month. The first opened Monday at 208 Avenue A, on the corner of 13th Street, and the other will open next week at 24 St. Marks Place, in the former home of Pinkberry. A soft opening is scheduled for Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Monday for financial corruption, including charges of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. Silver, who represented most of the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan, was elected to the Assembly forty years ago and held the speakership for over twenty years.
On the heels of AUrate’s pop-up in Williamsburg comes another place to score some stylish bling. Lizzie Fortunato just opened a holiday shop at 34 East 7th Street, off of Cooper Square. The founders and managers are twin sisters (it’s a trend!)– Lizzie Fortunato is the designer and Kathryn Fortunato manages sales and operations. They sell jewelry and leather accessories “influenced by fine art, travel, and artisanal craftwork.” According to an Instagram post, their pop-up will sell “jewelry, leather good[s], travel finds, wall art,” much of which is also available for purchase on their website. The holiday store will be open Sunday through Wednesday, 11am to 7pm and by appointment.
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“Before opening a new restaurant you need a bottle of aspirin and your wife’s permission, which can take a few weeks and is sometimes harder to secure than a loan,” Shane Covey said to laughs. Covey was seated at Edwin and Neal’s, a seafood restaurant he’s opening on East 6th Street, just a shell’s throw away from his First Avenue oyster bar, Upstate.
We definitely did a double take earlier this year when Cafe Figaro became La Esquina Burrito & Bar. The logo of the new Mexican joint on the corner of 10th Street and First Avenue had a red-and-green color scheme similar to that of La Esquina, the perennial Nolita hotspot.
Wednesday’s party at Bolivares, the newest men’s boutique on Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip, was “a nice mix of Latin rhythm with a New York and Latin vibe,” according to Lucho Bolivar, the brand’s founder. Photographer Ricky Powell, doorman and cafe owner Simonez Wolf, DJs Stretch Armstrong and Blaze were among those who stopped by to celebrate Bolivar’s 35th birthday and check out photographs taken during one of his recent trips to Peru, where he sources and manufactures all of his products.
A lot has changed since we headed down to Angelika Film Center on Tuesday and were able to get right in to see Nymphomaniac with Shia LaBeouf. Around 11 a.m. this morning, a line wound back and forth across the Center’s lobby and spilled out the front door and down the block.
This weekend Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers is hosting a sale at its Williamsburg warehouse, soon to be replaced by a new facility on Montrose Avenue.
“We are just clearing out old stuff we don’t want to take with us to the new warehouse,” co-owner Jonas Kyle told us over the phone. The “hodgepodge of stuff” includes art books, poetry, and literature.
Trash and Vaudeville is going, St. Marks Sounds is gone, and a Caffe Bene is on the way. But, as noted in a new history, St. Marks Place “will probably always elude true respectability.” Indeed, the block between Second and Third Avenues just got a new sex shop.