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Williamsburg Gets ‘Swanky Vegan’; East Village’s New Hospital Building

A rendering was released of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel building bound for the East Village as early as 2020. [NY1]

On Avenue B, 16-month-old Indian restaurant Babu Ji must contend with its second lawsuit since June for withholding tips and paying staffers less than minimum wage. [Eater NY]

Stage and screen actress Cynthia Nixon now co-owns an E. 3rd Street co-op worth $1.5 million. [Luxury Listings] Keep Reading »

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Zoltar Pops Up in Greenpoint; Ken Bone Honored By Vinny’s Pizzeria

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A lawyer representing the city in a Manhattan Supreme Court case filed in Spring 2015 by a group of Second Avenue neighbors who lost their homes in a gas line explosion said that the fault lies with other parties. [NY Post]

Meanwhile, The Grand Street Guild Apartments on the Lower East Side are among the city’s 1,700 New York City Housing Authority-owned residences currently without gas. [Curbed NY]

Dieci (Italian for “ten”), the Japanese-owned Italian restaurant on E. 10th Street, shuttered after its namesake number of years. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Heart Found in East Village Trash; ‘Merica-Themed Restaurant Opens

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

According to police, a 68-year-old man found a pink box in the garbage containing a heart that “appeared to be human” Wednesday morning outside of a housing project on FDR Drive in the East Village. [NY Daily News]

A real estate firm secured a $139 million loan to refinance 12 Williamsburg properties. [The Real Deal]

In Williamsburg, a private equity firm will assist a real estate investment firm with buying the Brooklyn Bowl/Brooklyn Brewery complex for the previously published sum of $37 million. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Bushwick Gets New Pizzeria and Taqueria; Bike Messengers Race in Williamsburg

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

While responding to an unrelated call yesterday in Alphabet City, EMT workers disarmed a man with a knife. [NY Daily News]

Proprietors of an unknown restaurant have applied for a liquor license at 29 Second Avenue, which formerly housed The Cock. [EV Grieve]

Four hundred international participants are expected for this weekend’s North American Cycle Courier Championships, happening in Williamsburg. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Ramones Way Is Coming to Queens; City’s Best Hard Cider Spots

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A 73-year-old woman was struck and killed by an M14 bus Tuesday morning near Houston and Avenue D. [DNA Info]

Next Friday, Hanksy will revive his 2015 show, “Surplus Candy LA,” on Grand Street with that help of virtual reality. [Bowery Boogie]

In Queens later this month, the corner nearest to Forest Hills High School (the band’s alma mater) will be renamed Ramones Way. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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Trader Joe’s Comes to LES; New Norbert’s Spot Opens With Free Pizza

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Two Williamsburg residents were tricked into giving more than $13K in cash and gift cards to phone scammers last month. [DNA Info]

At 300 Nassau Avenue, rent-stablized tenants forced from their homes in late 2013 by the building’s “unlivable” conditions were able to return recently following building improvements. Their landlords,  Joel and Amrom Israel, face criminal charges for fraud, grand larceny and unlawful eviction. [DNA Info]

Trader Joe’s will debut a Lower East Side outpost at 145 Clinton Street in 2018. [Crain’s NY] Keep Reading »

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Greenpoint Church Doubles as Venue; Bushwick Church Conversion Draws Ire

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Sunday, a memorial was held for 25-year-old Carolyn Bush at Wendy’s Subway, a nonprofit library and reading room she co-founded in Williamsburg. Bush was allegedly stabbed to death by her roommate in their Queens apartment six days ago. [DNA Info]

Silent Barn‘s proprietors are not happy that the music venue is being touted as a local amenity in a real estate listing for a Bushwick church-turned-apartment building. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Two Franciscan friars have been implementing some unorthodox strategies to try and save San Damiano Mission, a Greenpoint church. [NY Times]

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Brooklyn Is America’s Most Unaffordable Place; Greenpoint Robbery and Assault Spree

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Gary Bias, 23, was arrested this weekend for allegedly killing his great grandmother and attempting to kill his mother inside the Lillian Wald Houses on E. 4th Street. [NY Daily News]

The NYPD has called on helicopters to help find Decatur Gooden, a 21-year-old Williamsburg resident who went missing Thursday following an argument with his mother. [Bushwick Daily]

Last Sunday before dawn in Greenpoint, three separate men were assaulted by a small group, a fourth was threatened with a knife, and all were robbed. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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All-You-Can-Eat Bacon Festival; Roller Derby Girls Wanted

At the Greenpoint French/Catalan eatery Cassette, chef Norberto Piattoni now helms the kitchen. [Eater NY]

Falafel Shop on the Lower East Side appears to have shuttered after four years in business. [Bowery Boogie]

On E. Sixth Street, the same fate has befallen Tonkatsuya, a Japanese restaurant that debuted in March. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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It’s National Coffee Day; Jimmy Fallon Got Down at Manitoba’s

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As part of The Little Italy Street Art Project, Shepard Fairey is currently painting a mural at the corner of 11th Street and 1st Avenue. [Bowery Boogie]

In Williamsburg, a cocktail bar called The Twenty recently debuted at 177 Grand Street. [Eater NY]

On E. Sixth Street, the Moroccan and Mediterranean eatery Zerza will reportedly be replaced by the artery-clogging Merica NYC. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Gas Explosion Site Sells For $6M; Score Free Studio Space

Near the corner of Graham Avenue and Ten Eyck Street yesterday afternoon, a driver was critically hurt after suffering a seizure and hitting a B57 bus with his SUV. Three others also sustained injuries. [DNA Info]

Yesterday, the members of three local couples—including a landlord with properties in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Shlomo Kubitshuk—were arrested for allegedly cheating the government out of $1.3 million in benefits since 2001. [DNA Info]

The site where Pommes Frites stood prior to the Spring 2015 gas explosion, 123 Second Avenue, was reportedly purchased for $6 million. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Guilty Charge in Killing of Williamsburg Landlord; Robbery Spree in Greenpoint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday, Kendel Felix, 29, was found guilty of kidnapping and killing Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark in January 2014. [DNA Info]

In addition, former assistant principal William Abreu was convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl who who had graduated and was working in the office of his Williamsburg high school in 2009. [DNA Info]

Between September 19 and 25, seven robberies were reported in Greenpoint, and police believe those to blame are delinquents from Queens. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »