Hey, if Awkwafina can pen a New York City guide, why shouldn’t Abbi Jacobson of Broad City do a NYC coloring book? Like Onur Tukel, Jacobson is that rarest of combos, an actor-illustrator, and next month she’ll talk about Color This Book: New York City at the Strand, which is actually featured in the book alongside Washington Square Park, UCB, Artichoke Pizza and other landmarks.
A developer has proposed a 112-room hotel for 71 White Street in Bushwick, formerly home to ViceVersa Vintage. [The Real Deal]
Bushwick’s Community Board 4 promised to end to closed-door debates about new liquor licenses. [DNA Info]
Eight months after Sutra ended its 10-year run, its replacement is now open. Bar Akuda comes from the owners of 1 Republik, a sports bar with locations in Hoboken and North Arlington, New Jersey. Kenneth Caulfield, who owns the self-described “premier sports bar” with childhood friend Keith McKeon, told us that once his gas service is upgraded the “upscale gastropub” will serve an array of burgers with “a lot of different spices and seasonings from all over the world.”
According to the NYPD, an arrest is imminent in Monday’s shooting death of a 39-year-old Bushwick man, which they believe to be connected to the fatal stabbing that occurred the next day in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]
Fourteenth Street will be the site of 56K-square-feet of new retail space between Avenues A and B. [Real Estate Weekly]
Genesis Bridal Shop, which closed its Clinton Street location last week after three decades, will reopen just three blocks away at 309 East Houston Street, replacing a salon. [Bowery Boogie]
The opening of East Village Organic isn’t the only recent change on First Avenue. Right next-door, soccer and rugby bar Lunasa recently shed its old image to become The Grafton. Named after the “Madison Avenue of Dublin,” hometown of Grafton bartender Gary Gregg, it’s still owned by Gavin Whiston and Patrick Byrne (both also originally Dubliners) but now features a made-over front seating area, tweaked menu and spruced up backyard perfect for enjoying a pint on a summer evening.
Police released security footage of a man they believe sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman in her Williamsburg apartment building on April 18. [ABC 7]
Last Wednesday, a man who said he had a gun threatened to rob a Bedford Avenue taco truck, but left empty-handed. [Brookyln Paper]
Bushwick’s Community Board 4 allegedly broke state laws by banning the public from discussions determining whether local businesses will receive liquor licenses. [DNA Info]
Given all the advertising around town, you probably already know about Red Hot + Arthur Russell!, the tribute to legendary East Village musician Arthur Russell that’s happening May 29 and 30 at BAM as part of the same Red Bull Music Academy Festival that brought La Monte Young out. If the $35+ entry free is discouraging you from buying tickets (still available) to see Devonté Hynes, Cults, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters pay tribute to Russell (Hynes, by the way, recently posted some new music to YouTube), you may want to hit Baby’s All Right tonight for what’s sure to be an equally stirring tribute to the influential composer and cellist.
Last night Dennis Sanchez, 39, was killed after being shot in the face near Beaver Street and Bushwick Avenue. Police are searching for suspects. [News 12 Brooklyn]
An autistic 11-year-old’s bike was stolen by two men who hit in the head with a metal rod earlier this month at Lindsey Park in Williamsburg. An anonymous good samaritan bought the child a new bike and helmet. [ABC 7]
Two East Village firefighters chased down a pickpocket on foot yesterday. [ABC 7]
Well, that was fast. Just a handful of months after Giulio Adriani transformed his Italian spot Forcella into a tapas bar named Espoleta, he’s bowing out to let Forcella’s former general manager Gianni Nocella open a — yes — Italian spot in the space. Que sera, sera.
Saturday night an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg on Avenue C near 5th Street following an argument. [NY Daily News]
Authorities have determined how a coffin full of bones wound up in Bushwick a week ago. [NY Times]
Williamsburg’s first Whole Foods is likely a year away from its first day of business. [Gothamist]
If you totally blew Mother’s Day and are scrambling for a belated gift, you may want to hit up The Standard, East Village this weekend — especially if your máthair is Irish. Makers & Brothers — a pair of Irish brothers who’ve done pop-ups in London, Dublin, and Berlin — have installed a shed in the hotel’s garden where they’re selling their own home goods as well as objects by likeminded makers. At a preview party last night, we spotted glasses by Irish crystal cutter J. Hill’s Standard, a stool by Irish woodworker James Carroll, napkins from Ferguson Irish Linen, scented candles inspired by Norse-Gaels, and some items designed by M & B: everything from cocktail muddlers to these cute stuffed animals.