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Will Your Lamb Gyro Survive NYC’s New Styrofoam Ban?

The city’s sytrofoam ban could affect food truck vendors like this one. (Photo: Tara Yarlagadda)

Along with pillowy heaps of steaming rice, hot sauce and shredded meat, Styrofoam containers are practically ubiquitous among the city’s halal food carts. The foam trays contribute to the food trucks’ tantalizingly cheap offerings. But your favorite corner gyro or chicken biryani could soon leave you scrambling for extra change.

Last week, New York State Supreme Court judge Margaret A. Chan allowed a ban on single-use Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam products and loose fill packaging (aka Styrofoam cups, containers and packing peanuts) to move forward. The ruling effectively ended a three-year legal battle between the city’s Department of Sanitation and the Restaurant Action Alliance, which opposed the new law.

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Shrooms Bloom On Bedford Avenue, By Way of a French Chocolatier

(Photo Courtesy of Michel Cluizel USA Facebook)

(Photo Courtesy of Michel Cluizel USA Facebook)

Look out, Mast Brothers. French chocolatier Michel Cluizel has opened its second New York location, right in Williamsburg. The new shop, at 279 Bedford Avenue, offers signatures like the chocolate mushroom. Relax, Deadheads, there’s no fungus involved– the stem is made from caramel coated in white chocolate while the crunchy cap is double dipped in dark chocolate. The store also offers rich hot chocolate that’ll make you toss those Swiss Miss packets out the window.

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iGot a First Look at Williamsburg’s New Apple Store

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

For all the Williamsburgers out there who are worried about being cut off from Manhattan in 2019, here’s some good news: you now have one less reason to trudge into the city, because after much anticipation/consternation, Apple has finally built its first storefront in Brooklyn.

Days ahead of its opening this Saturday at the corner of Bedford Avenue and N 3rd Street, press were given a chance to tour the new store earlier this morning.

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WeWork Co-Working Drops Down Next to Future Williamsburg Whole Foods

Free beer, all day, all night. (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Free beer, all day, all night. (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

WeWork‘s expanding co-working empire has touched down in Williamsburg at 24o Bedford Ave, around the corner from the future Whole Foods and hovering over Scotch & Soda and Levi’s. (These days, North 4th Street would feel like a mall in the ‘burbs, except we don’t think there are any WeWorks out there– yet.)

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La Nonna’s Bedford Avenue Location Is Finito

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Less than a couple of years after it was featured in Gothamist’s “Still Got It” column celebrating eateries that “continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded,” La Nonna ain’t got it no more. We’re talking about the trattoria’s Bedford Avenue location, which opened in 2006 and closed this week.
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