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MTA Opts For 18-Month L Shutdown; Body Found in McCarren Park

After much debate about how best to repair Sandy damage, the MTA has decided to completely shut down L service in Manhattan and between Manhattan and Brooklyn for a year and a half, starting in January of 2019. [NY Times]

Early yesterday morning, an unconscious female was pronounced dead in McCarren Park. [Pix 11]

A man sustained head trauma and a woman emerged with back and neck injuries after they crashed the stolen motorcycle they were riding in Williamsburg yesterday morning. [NY Daily News]

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Adrian Grenier’s East Village Bar; Brooklyn Zine Fests

Nevada Smith’s soon-to-be replacement, bar/coffee house/record shop The VNYL, reportedly boasts Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier as a business partner. [NY Daily News]

This Monday night at Hope Gardens Community Center, local leaders will take suggestions for how the cash-flush Wyckoff Heights Medical Center can better serve its patients. [Bushwick Daily]

The city is seeking proposals for a new food stand to occupy the recently asbestos-abated Allen Street Mall bathhouse. [Bowery Boogie]

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Off-Duty Cop Charged With Manslaughter; Driver Who Hit EV Florist Convicted

Yesterday morning, the decomposing body of a 27-year-old male was discovered in an apartment near Essex and Rivington Streets with the owner of a hair salon downstairs reported a red stain on the ceiling. [NY Daily News]

Nicholas Batka, 28, was fired from the NYPD yesterday following his Saturday morning SUV crash in Williamsburg, which resulted in one fatality and three injuries. He has been charged with manslaughter, assault, and driving while intoxicated. [NY Daily News] The 21-year-old victim was identified as MIT student Andrew Esquivel. [Patch]

Three years after striking the late Mohammed Akkas Ali and two other pedestrians in the East Village while reportedly high on PCP and methamphetamine, Shaun Martin was convicted of murder this week. His sentencing has been set for September. [Streets Blog NYC]

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Orchard Street Gets Condo and Hotel; Noodle Lab in Bushwick

A 24-year-old off-duty police offer lost her uniform, badge and wallet when her car was broken into on Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg. [NY Daily News]

Developers who paid $15 million for 644-652 East 14th Street sold the property last month for $23 million. [The Real Deal]

Later this morning, the program City’s First Readers (aimed at kids under five) will kick off with free books and a raffle at Woodhull Hospital. [Bushwick Daily]

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Cake Shop Tries to Hold On to Show Space; Schumer Fights K2 in East Village

A Hudson Yards developer scooped up a Williamsburg trio (two buildings on Havemeyer Street, one on Lorimer Street) for $60 million. [The Real Deal]

Cake Shop, the financially-strapped Lower East Side performance venue, hopes to sell its street level cafe/bar but maintain possession of its subterranean digs. [Bowery Boogie]

During a press conference Sunday on Second Avenue, Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his proposed new drug legislation, inspired by nearly three dozen people overdosing on K2 last week. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Police Kill Suspect in W’burg; Off-Duty Cop Charged in Fatal Car Wreck

Early Saturday morning on Bedford Avenue, an off-duty police officer in an SUV allegedly hit four pedestrians, killing a 21-year-old. The officer was arrested for manslaughter and drunk driving. [NY Daily News]

While responding to reports of robberies being made at gunpoint in Williamsburg yesterday morning, two police officers shot a 42-year-old man who reportedly fired at them first. The man died at Woodhull Hospital. [ABC 7]

According to tenants at 184 Kent Avenue, four fires occurred at the Jared Kushner-owned building between May 27 and June 29. [Curbed NY]

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Five Leaves Chef Steps Down; Professional Pokemon Trainers

Ken Addington has stepped down as the chef at a pair of Bedford Avenue eateries: Five Leaves and Nights and Weekends. [Eater NY]

The long-gestating William Vale Hotel opened on Monday in Williamsburg.[Greenpointers]

As part of a $2.5 million project, the Department of Design and Construction is currently installing several Lower East Side pedestrian ramps. [Bowery Boogie]

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Lowline Wins City Support; Saturday Is Bicycle Fetish Day

The city awarded a conditional approval to the team that wants to break ground on the Lowline underground park in 2020. [Bowery Boogie]

Today the Bowery Market debuts outdoors near the intersection of Bowery and Great Jones Street. [Eater NY]

East Village landlord Raphael Toledano is financially supporting the maintenance of Alphabet City’s Creative Little Garden. [EV Grieve]

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Mascot Studio Leaves East Village; Business Bleed in Bushwick

The 480K-square-foot office space planned for 25 Kent Avenue won approval yesterday from two City Council subcommittees. [Bloomberg]

Frame and fine art purveyor Mascot Studio will decamp to Chelsea after 35 years on E. 9th Street. [EV Grieve]

With this past weekend’s closure of The Acheron, Bushwick has lost a total of nine-plus businesses thus far in 2016. [Bushwick Daily]

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EV Art Store Closing After 111 Years; Sunshine Cinema Expands Uptown

After eleven decades in business, New York Central Art Supply on 3rd Avenue will shutter later this summer. [Vanishing NY]

A real estate investment firm purchased two buildings at 192-194 First Avenue for a combined $13 million. [The Real Deal]

Houston Street’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema will  get a sibling this spring on W. 57th Street. [The Real Deal]

This weekend at SIGNAL gallery, the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair returns to the neighborhood for its fourth year. [Hyperallergic]

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St. Mark’s Ale House Is Closing; Bowery Gets an Outdoor Market

In the wake of numerous acts of police brutality nationwide, 1,000 NYDP officers will soon don body cameras to patrol as part of a test program. [Brokelyn]

Real estate investor Raphael Toledano, who is currently buying 11 East Village buildings, plans to sell six of the multi-family neighborhood addresses he already owns. [The Real Deal]

Early this month, St. Mark’s Ale House shuttered after 21 years in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

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Boxcutter Attack at M Station; Verboten Can Be Yours

Police say Janina Glasov, 25, died Tuesday of a heroin overdose in her Bushwick Avenue apartment. [NY Post]

Early Sunday evening, a 45-year-old man had his phone stolen at the Essex-Delancey Street subway station, confronted the thief following their M train ride to Brooklyn, and sustained a face gash with a boxcutter. [NY Daily News]

Georgia heavy metal band Black Tusk was unable to play their show at the soon-to-shutter Bushwick venue Acheron last night because their van/trailer were hit by another vehicle. No serious injuries were reported. [Brooklyn Vegan]

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