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Alexander Skarsgård Considers an EV Address; Subway Therapy Book Underway

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Chef Damon Wise recently agreed to oversee kitchen operations at both Sauvage in Greenpoint and its sibling restaurant, Maison Premiere, in Williamsburg. [Grub Street]

True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgård recently toured the three-bedroom penthouse above the East Village’s Anshei Meseritz synagogue. [NY Post]

In October, a book called Subway Therapy will forever capture the thousands of uplifting Post-It notes that appeared in the Union Square subway station following the election. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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All John Gotti Wanted For Christmas Was This Infamous Address

This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

Nothing, at least nothing widely known, has happened at the Ravenite Social Club since Christmas Eve thirty-one years ago, when it became the court of John Gotti. Some 200 well-wishers filed across its rosette-tiled floor to pay their respects to the newly anointed boss of the Gambino crime family. FBI detectives concealed in a van watched the procession as the start of a new dynasty began.

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Hallelujah, Film Forum Is Screening the Leonard Cohen Tour Doc, ‘Bird On a Wire’

If you’re still mourning the loss of Leonard Cohen last month, this may help: Film Forum is screening Tony Palmer’s classic documentary Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire for two weeks starting January 18. A lovely antidote to all those “Hallelujah” covers, the doc follows Cohen on a month-long tour of Europe in the spring of 1972, after his salad days in New York City. While it starts off with the obligatory footage of the band boarding planes and signing autographs (Cohen was already a big deal at the time, having released his first three albums), it soon takes a far more pensive turn.

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Is Mission Chinese Planning a Vietnamese Offshoot?

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz for Grub Street)

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz for Grub Street)

Mission Cantina has apparently closed after three years of serving up Mexican-Chinese-whatever food, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Danny Bowien’s Lower East Side empire is shrinking. According to a Community Board 3 calendar of meetings sent out today, an entity by the name of Mission Vietnamese is interested in a liquor license in the former Pies ‘n’ Thighs space.

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This ‘Squirranha’ Maker Is Just One Reason We’ll Miss the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Before the Morbid Anatomy Museum suddenly ceased operations in Gowanus, we stopped by its holiday flea market at Bell House and met Wilder Duncan, who, among other things, conducted “skeleton workshops” at the museum. The artist and rogue taxidermist was just one member of “a community that gathered regularly to celebrate those strange, liminal ideas that led to the unexpected places where death, beauty, science and spirit meet,” as Evan Michelson, co-owner of Obscura Oddities and Antiques, put it in a eulogy for Morbid Anatomy. Duncan describes his work– including his “queer deer” series and his half-squirrel, half-piranha “squirranha”– as “a combination of morbid and humorous.” Watch our video and you’ll see why.

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Live in Bret Easton Ellis or Aaron Neville’s Pads; Jude Law Hits Economy Candy

Tour the penthouse that until recently belonged to Grammy-winning singer Aaron Neville, who recently unloaded the $2.6 million property on E. 9th Street. [NY Post]

Baci e Vendetta, a wine bar/trattoria/cafe replacing 10 Degrees Bistro, opened last week on Avenue A. [EV Grieve]

At Central Avenue’s Maite, a whole roasted pig will be served Saturday night as part of a special Chistmas Eve dinner. [Bushwick Daily]

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Newly Signed Law Will Help Keep OId Folks Homes From Becoming Rich Folks Homes

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

It’s too late to save Rivington House, the former HIV treatment facility that a non-profit nursing home operator unexpectedly flipped to a luxury developer after the city quietly lifted a deed restriction. But a bill signed into law today should do something to prevent buildings designated for community use from becoming luxury condos.

The new law requires the city to maintain a searchable online database of properties with deed restrictions, and forces developers who want to have them lifted to inform their local City Council member, community board, and borough president. The law requires the mayor, a specially formed committee, and the Department of City Planning to review any such requests, and approve them with the mayor’s personal sign-off only if they’re deemed to be in the city’s best interest. While there had been talk of requiring the city’s stringent Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in such scenarios, the new law stops short of that.

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Eerotica Comes to PBS: Eero Saarinen Documentary Premieres Tuesday

If last week’s groundbreaking at the TWA Flight Center has you super excited to see it become a hotel, you may want to tune into PBS on Tuesday, December 27, at 8 p.m., for Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future. The hour-long documentary about the Flight Center’s visionary designer is the latest in the American Masters series, which previously turned its lens on Saarinen’s early collaborator, Charles Eames. If none of that gets you excited, well then: Moby did the music?

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Now You’ll Definitely Want to Catch Nile Rodgers at the Public

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When the Public Theater announced that musician/producer extraordinaire Nile Rodgers would grace its stage in January, we knew our fingers would be on the trigger the second tickets went on sale (which, by the way, is today, December 22, at 2pm). But things just got a whole lot more interesting: On Tuesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Rodgers will be inducted during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in April.

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Knife Attack on G Train; Happy Birthday, Jean-Michel Basquiat

Three knife-wielding attackers assaulted a 50-year-old man on December 14 inside the Broadway G train station before helping themselves to his cash and cell phone, according to police. [DNA Info]

On Tuesday afternoon in Williamsburg, police say two teens threw blocks of ice at an Orthodox Jewish man, hitting his back and car while screaming, “South Side Jew.” [DNA Info]

Earlier this month, Jorge Velazquez, 39, was arrested while attempting to break into a safe at 10 Union Square East. [Town & Village] Keep Reading »

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Before You Toss That Latte, Watch These Folks Dance Atop Empty Coffee Cups

How many times have you passed a city trash can overflowing with coffee cups and thought to yourself, “Damn, do the Olsen twins live around here?” Even in Greenpoint, where trash bins have been replaced by Big Belly solar compactors, you’ll often see the green beasts serving as unwitting Starbucks counters. What’s it going to take to end the scourge of empty cups? Does Camelbak need to come up with a coffee version, so baristas can pipe the brown stuff straight into our backpacks? Should we all start snorting caffeine in powder form?

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