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Fire at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza; Astor Place Shake Shack

Early this morning, a fire originated inside the walls of the first Artichoke Basille’s Pizza on E. 14th Street, spreading to apartments above before firefighters were able to quell the blaze. [EV Grieve]

A man seated near the intersection of Norfolk and Rivington Street’s received a two-inch gash on the chin from a random passerby one week ago, per police. [DNA Info]

Shake Shack signed a lease at 51 Astor Place, where it is expected to debut later this year. [NY Post] Keep Reading »

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Pudge Knuckles vs. Kushner Companies; Samy Mafar’s Latest LES Buy

A former Trump Model who now co-owns Pudge Knuckles in Williamsburg claims the coffee shop is being evicted by it’s landlord, the real estate company owned by Jared Kushner’s family. [Gothamist]

On Houston Street, the 13-story Jones LES luxury rental building was sold to Samy Mahfar and his business partners for $61 million.
[The Real Deal]

At least three stenciled, misspelled, Neo Nazi slogans have recently been spray-painted on East Village sidewalks. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Rally for Loft Law Reform; Falafel Guys Money Woes

The married owners of the recently-closed East Village spot Joe and Misses Doe will helm Georges Vongerichten’s soon-to-open Fire Island eatery. [EV Grieve]

Local politicians and advocates will lead a rally Thursday night in Greenpoint for a better citywide Loft Law. That same night, a new exhibition space, the Batu Museum, will debut at Grand Street’s Shin Gallery. [Art F City]

At Falafel Guys on Rivington Street, the new owner (an immigrant from Bangladesh), is trying to quickly cobble together $10K for plumbing upgrades. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Peter Luger Steakhouse Lawsuit; Proposed Carpool Lane on the W-Burg Bridge

Last week, the team behind the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steakhouse in Williamsburg sued the owner of Carl von Luger Steak and Seafood in Scranton, Pennsylvania for copyright infringement. [Reuters]

The current iteration of Webster Hall will reportedly close during the second week of August. [EV Grieve]

In a meeting Friday at MTA headquarters, a Williamsburg Bridge high-occupancy vehicle lane was presented as an option to help alleviate some of the commuting inconvenience caused by the upcoming 15-month L train shutdown. [NY Daily News]

Starting today on Metropolitan Avenue property previously occupied by White Castle, 16 subsidized units at a forthcoming 81-apartment residence are available via a housing lottery. [Brokelyn]

Allen Street Peruvian eatery Baby Brasa recently debuted a second, larger outpost on Seventh Avenue. [Eater NY]

Scroll through a virtual college from last week’s 1th annual Dance Parade and Festival, which snaked through the East Village. [Gothamist]

Tour the new multi-million dollar apartments now occupying the former site of a Houston Street pentecostal church. [Curbed NY]

Night of Joy and Extra Fancy in Williamsburg made this round-up of “10 Brooklyn bars to impress your Tinder date with this summer.” [Brokelyn]

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Houston Street Theater Sold; Ovenly to Expand to Williamsburg

Jon P. Waulters, a 50-year-old Bushwick resident, was arrested Wednesday after attempting five Gotham bank robberies this week. [Bushwick Daily]

Landmark Sunshine Cinema was purchased for $31.5 million and will shutter in January, clearing the way for a retail and office development. [NY Post]

Paperwork was submitted for an 11-story, 104-room hotel planned for Bedford Avenue between S. 4th and 5th Streets. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Teen Arrested for Synagogue Fire; Central Station Might Shutter This Weekend

Police revealed that they arrested 14-year-old David Diaz for Sunday’s fire at the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. [NY Post]

Though unconfirmed, the Ace Hotel group is reportedly eyeing 225 Bowery for a 200-room getaway that could open next year. [Bowery Boogie]

Bushwick gastropub Central Station will close at the end of the week for an indeterminate length of time. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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Synagogue Fire Was Arson; Last Week for Empellón Cocina

Rosario Dawson, who was raised in the East Village, found her 26-year-old cousin and employee, Vaneza Ines Vasquez, dead inside the actress’s Venice, California home on Thursday. [TMZ]

According to the NYPD, Sunday night’s fire inside the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue was an act of arson. [Bowery Boogie]

Following a September fire, Caracas Arepa Bar will apparently not return to E. 7th Street, as the storefront is now for rent. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Schiller’s Liquor Bar to Close; Village Voice Pride Awards

Restauranteur Keith McNally will shutter 14-year-old Lower East Side spot Schiller’s Liquor Bar at the end of the summer. [Eater NY]

The city filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against a Rivington Street landlord for illegally renting out her units on Airbnb. [NY Post]

Next month during the city’ Pride Week, Alan Cumming will host the first annual Village Voice Pride Awards, featuring a performance from Tegan & Sara. [Brooklyn Vegan] Keep Reading »

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LES Synagogue Fire; Williamsburg Umbrella Factory Sold

More than 100 firefighters helped quell the blaze in last night’s three-alarm fire at Norfolk Street’s Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synsgogue. Two of them were treated for minor injuries. [DNA Info]

Now hospitalized in stable condition, a cyclist was hurt after riding the wrong way down Morgan Street and crashing into an NYPD SUV around 2 a.m. this morning. [DNA Info]

Lower East Side Rabbi Zvi Romm is displeased that the Henry Street Settlement invited Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour to participate in an upcoming panel.
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EV Bike-Nabbing Averted; Eat Like Aziz Ansari on Master of None

John Joseph, lead singer of the punk band the Cro-Mags, says he helped thwart the theft of two bikes Tuesday night in the East Village. [Bowery Boogie]

Check out a new rendering of the forthcoming Ace Hotel on Bowery, which is aiming for a Spring 2018 opening date. [Bowery Boogie]

Peruvian chef Franco Noriega, who owns the Allen Street eatery Baby Brasa, made the latest edition of People en Español’s “50 Most Beautiful” list.
[The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Bushwick Digs for Banksy Fans; Twin Peaks Trivia Night

Williamsburg construction company owner Michael Weiss was indicted on multiple charges yesterday stemming from the September 2015 death of an 18-year-old laborer on one of his properties. [The Real Deal]

Katz’s Delicatessen will soon christen a 30K-square-foot production facility in Hackensack, New Jersey, so that orders to Mexico and Canada can be filled by the year’s end. [Wall Street Journal]

Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm is no longer vying for 95 acres of New Jersey land that it had intended to develop and market to Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish population. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »