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Spitzer’s Williamsburg Plans; Year’s Best New Restaurants

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Seeking $300 million: the MTA, whose plans to improve the L train may include a subway entrance on Avenue A. [MTA]

Cherry Street’s former Pathmark Pharmacy is now the subject of a $50 million lawsuit. [NY Daily News]

Long-gestitating frozen vegan dessert shop DF Mavens might open this month on Second Avenue. [EV Grieve]

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‘Starrs’ of Bushwick Collide For Some Literary-Musical Performance

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Roarke Menzies. (Photo: Benjamin Lehn)

For those of us who use “right off of the Jefferson L” to describe where we live, Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies are familiar faces at the very least. Rome manages and Menzies works at the Wyckoff Starr — a coffee shop that’s two doors down from the train’s entrance — and both are a part of a wave of artists that was beginning to put down roots in Bushwick in the early aughts.
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Office Building Rises on Kent, Uruguayan Food Comes to LES

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Thanks to a $70 million construction loan, an eight-story luxe office building will rise in Williamsburg at 25 Kent Avenue. [The Real Deal]

Box Kite’s former chefs will co-own Bruno’s Pizza, aiming for a February opening at 04 E. 13th Street. [Grub Street]

Williamsburg’s first outpost of the local salad chain sweetgreen officially opens today on N. 4th Street. [Eater NY]

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Shop For Chicken-Foot Charms and Magical Remedies at This Witchy Holiday Market

Katelan Foisy (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Vendor Katelan Foisy (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Leave it to Catland, our favorite Bushwick-based esoteric and occult bookstore to host a local vendor’s holiday market with a witchy twist. Feast of Fools, a local organization that hosts events on magic and spirituality, teamed up with the bookstore for its second annual holiday market, Yeast of Yules, which runs today until 10 pm. So if you’re getting sick of all this Judeo-Christian hullabaloo but are still in the mood for festivities, we suggest you head straight to Catland ASAP.
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Spawn of Parquet Courts & PC Worship Made A Book, Want You To Party With Them

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Local garage punks Parquet Courts, AKA Parkay Quarts, did a really confusing thing recently and teamed up with another  band of similar musical tastes, PC Worship. Together these Brooklyn bands gave birth to PCPC, a bb that could play sick shows right out of the womb. But apparently music isn’t something the only thing these guys are keen to collaborate on. Tonight at Trans Pecos, AdHoc is throwing a party for the release of 2014, a book by A. Savage and Justin Frye.

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Public Advocate Blames AirBNB For Brooklyn’s Affordable Housing Crisis

17-airbnb-logo.w245.h368.2xPublic Advocate Letitia James is calling on AirBNB to boot its “illegal hotel kingpins” and blaming the apartment-sharing service for an affordable housing crisis in Bushwick, Greenpoint and other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Last month, a nationwide survey found that Brooklyn had the least affordable housing of any county in the nation, with 98% of the average family’s wages needed to cover the median home cost. James thinks Airbnb is one of the culprits. “By helping turn a portion of our scarce housing supply into short-term rentals,” she writes in a letter to the company’s co-founder and CEO, “Airbnb and the illegal hotel operators it enables are contributing to the affordable housing crisis.”
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Amy Sedaris Pops Up On LES; ‘Bushwick-Inspired Hotel’ Opens

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During her walk to her Greenpoint school Monday morning, 15-year-old Amanda Alvarado went missing, according to police. [Brooklyn Paper]

Police officers also believe that the man in this surveillance footage pocketed $6K from a Bedford Avenue bakery on December 2. [Brooklyn Paper]

A former manager at Bleecker Kitchen & Co. in Noho is suing owner Joshua Berkowitz for discrimination, claiming Berkowitz dispensed advice such as, “People with big butts don’t work fast,” when it came time to hire servers. [NY Post]
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14-Screen Movie Theater Coming to LES; Croman Loses Lawsuit

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LES development Essex Crossing will include a new 14-screen Regal Cinemas upon completion, making it the largest Lower Manhattan multiplex below Union Square. [DNA Info]

Near the Montrose Avenue L stop, a commercial property at 7 Bushwick Place was purchased for $12.5 million by a Williamsburg-based real estate group. [Wall Street Journal]

Landlord Steve Croman was on the losing end of a lawsuit and must pay a six-figure broker’s fee on the purchase of a five-story East Village apartment building he picked up in 2012. [The Real Deal]

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Our Miley Moment, and 99 Other Images From Art Basel and Miami Art Week

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For me, Peak Basel came sometime around midnight Saturday, when a young man toting a volume of F. Scott Fitzgerald strolled into Nobu flanked by a pair of semi-naked women with disco-ball pasties and lampshades for heads; the dining room burst into adoring applause as the trio briefly presented itself to a corner booth occupied by Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
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Conviction in Williamsburg Stabbing; Lox Factory Up For Sale

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While protests against police brutality turned violent in Berkeley, Calif. over the weekend, New York demonstrations continued on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with marchers taking over locations such as the Apple store in midtown, Macy’s, and Grand Central. [NBC NY]

Rafael Vargas, 46, was convicted of stabbing and killing 39-year-old Anthony Dash in Williamsburg last year following an $8 drug deal. [DNA Info]

Jonah Hill covered a Drake song at Vice‘s 20th anniversary party this weekend. ScarJo was there, too. [Vulture]
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Getting High at the New Home of The Muse, Bushwick’s Future ‘Circus Heaven’

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

In the farthest reaches of Bushwick, right on the border of Knollwood Cemetery, Moffat Street drops off into oblivion. The sidewalks are cracked and few working street lights are there to illuminate the barren warehouses. Last night, long after the sun had set, I was walking down this end of Moffat in search of The Muse‘s new space.
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Cat Cafe Now Taking Reservations; Top 10 East Village Eateries

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On Clinton Street, the six-story tenement building that houses recently revamped bar Barramundi is on the market for $7 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Chef Marco Canora and wine connoisseur Paul Greico—whose 11 year business partnership includes overseeing Hearth restaurant in the East Village—have decided to go separate ways. [Eater NY]

Through December 19, Lu Magnus Gallery on Hester Street will be the site of a video “portal” where visitors can communicate in real-time with citizens of Iran (appointments required). [DNA Info]
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