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The Taco Bell Speakeasy Is the Hottest Restaurant in New York Right Now


Sure, solo spots at Aska might be fully booked for the rest of the month and for all but one day in February, but the New Nordic fine-dining spot in Williamsburg isn’t the hottest restaurant in New York right now. That would be the Taco Bell Speakeasy. The naked marketing ploy for the Naked Chicken Chalupa plunked down on Lafayette Street, inside of the Astor Wines & Spirits building, yesterday. The pop-up continues for just another day today, but a call to the reservation number reveals that it’s all booked up. Patrick Bateman has a better chance of scoring a table at Dorsia than you do of setting foot inside of the Taco Bell Speakeasy.

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L Train Repairs Running Late; Greenpoint’s Fireplace Bars

Yesterday Josie “Fresh” Tavera, 26, pleaded guilty to running his family’s Williamsburg-based heroin ring. His associate Jason Collazo also submitted a guilty plea. [DNA Info]

In the midst of labor contract negotiations, B&H Photo announced that they will close their Bushwick and Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouses, relocating their employees to New Jersey. [Hyperallergic]

The MTA and Department of Transportation will host February and March meetings in the East Village, Williamsburg and Bushwick to discuss travel alternatives with L train riders who will be inconvenienced during the 2019 shutdown. [Gothamist] Said L train repairs are reportedly over budget and behind schedule. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Richard Gere’s Place Going for $20K/Month; Star-Shaped Pizza Pies

Eswin Gramajo, 27, was arraigned Saturday for allegedly stabbing two brothers during a Williamsburg soccer game on December 11, one of whom died from his injuries. [DNA Info]

Bushwick-born actress Rosie Perez gave a speech at the NYC’s Women’s March this weekend. [Bushwick Daily]

While a bevy of construction will soon happen around Shapiro Hardware on Lafayette Street, the shop opened a “new and improved” location at 7 Great Jones Street. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Porsche Strikes Teen in Greenpoint; Subway Fare Hike in Play

A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized in serious condition after a Porsche struck him on a Grenpoint sidewalk early yesterday evening . The driver was arrested for reckless endangerment. [NY Daily News]

Kenneth Bryan was found guilty Friday of shooting and killing Demetrius Mayo, then 28, inside a Bushwick nail salon in October 2014. Sentencing will take place in Brooklyn Supreme Court on February 8. [DNA Info]

Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett died Thursday at the age of 71. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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Protesters Sound Off About LES Skyscrapers; ‘Stay Nasty’ Show Raises $50K

Bushwick Economic Development Corp., the non-profit that oversees the Bronx property where twin sisters died last month because of an errant radiator, had as many as 185 open violations at a separate Bronx site it operates. [The Real Deal]

Police arrested a 22-year-old man for burglary last Friday, alleging he stole a $400 bicycle from a Clinton Street apartment last month. [DNA Info]

Residents of the Lower East Side met with developers for a second time Wednesday to voice concerns about a series of planned waterfront skyscrapers. [Curbed NY] In addition, protesters interrupted the meeting. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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‘Thanks Obama’ Dance Party; Bushwick Thriller at Sundance

A 22-year-old man was arrested last Thursday night inside the First Avenue L train station for possession and trespassing. [Town & Village]

Check out a rendering of the forthcoming 68-room Williamsburg Hotel on N. 13th Street. [NY YIMBY]

Greenpoint tavern Northern Territory will host a free “Thanks Obama” dance party tonight beginning at 7 p.m, while Williamsburg’s Call Box Lounge will host a $5/person one tomorrow (proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders). Also tonight, a Planned Parenthood benefit called, “Trump, Keep Out” will take place at Broken Land. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Celebrate Leonard Cohen With a Tribute Concert and Film Series

The next month or so will bring many an opportunity to honor the late, great Leonard Cohen. You’re already aware that Film Forum is screening the tour documentary Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire. And you may have heard about “Sincerely, L. Cohen,” the tribute concert scheduled for January 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets went on sale today). That show will feature Joan as Policewoman, Richard Thompson, Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Group, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Ian O’Neil of Deer Tick, and Hannah Cohen (no relation), among others. To top it all off, Anthology Film Archives has announced a film program that will pay tribute to the Canadian crooner, who died in November.

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New One From El Cortez; Egg-Waffle Cones Hit LES

Members of the Williamsburg Montessori School community are advocating for a crossing guard, speed bump and school zone signs on Kent Avenue, where a 21-year-old man died in December after he was pulled under the wheels of a tractor-trailer. [DNA Info]

In Williamsburg’s Hasidic enclave last Tuesday, police say two Yiddish-speaking men in a van attempted to entice a 12-year-old boy and then a 10-year-old girl with a lollipop. [Patch]

On E. 2nd Street, Houston Street Beer Distributors recently encountered the wrecking ball, making way for a seven-unit residential building. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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LES Residents Are ‘Rent Burdened’; Cookie Pantsuit For Hillary

According to the real estate brokerage firm MNS, Lower East Side tenants are among the city’s most “rent burdened” because on average, household incomes are lower than many other neighborhoods. Residents paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent are considered rent burdened. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., financial and real estate professional (including notorious landlord Ben Shaoul) will participate in a talk at Landmark Sunshine Cinema called, “L.E.S. is MORE.” [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

Bushwick-based photographer Delphine Diallo collaborated with Shepard Fairey on a portrait that will be used prominently in “We The People,” an Amplifier Foundation-backed social justice campaign kicking off on Inauguration Day. [Bushwick Daily]
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City Adds 22K Affordable Housing Units; President Sanders Film Festival

The loss of two young Bronx sisters last month blamed on a malfunctioning radiator has caused Public Advocate Letitia James to investigate the Bushwick-based non-profit that oversees the shelter where they died. [DNA Info]

In a lawsuit, five disabled or mobility-impaired tenants of 946 Bushwick Avenue accuse their landlord, GRJ LLC (helmed by brothers Graham and Gregory Jones), of violating their civil and housing rights. [DNA Info]

Last year, the city built or preserved nearly 22K units of affordable housing, a 27-year high. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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New Vietnamese Spots in East Village; Planned Parenthood Benefit at MHOW

Ha Noi House debuted yesterday at 119 St. Marks Place, while fellow Vietnamese eatery Madame Vo is bound for E. 10th Street. [Eater NY]

The latter’s neighbor will be Patisserie Florentine, a new bakery offshoot of the eponymous Englewood, New Jersey-based French cafe. [EV Grieve]

Alex Dimitrov, owner of Ludlow Street bar Mehanata, now oversees a Williamsburg restaurant bedecked in Hogwarts-inspired decor called Pasta Wiz. [Gothamist]
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A Talking Astor Place Cube, Queer Vloggers, and More Performance Picks


(flyer via Wild Project)

(flyer via Wild Project)

F*@#d in the East Village
January 11-17 at The Wild Project, 7:30 pm: $20, $16 students/seniors.

The East Village isn’t what it used to be, I think we all know that. Samantha Fontana and Roger Manix especially do, so much that they’ve crafted a comedic play all about it. F*@#d in the East Village is one of those plays where two people play many characters, but in this case the show begins with only two people: a “recently dumped high school senior” who meets “her twentysomething gay man self in 2005.” Now that that pattern of logic has been established, the audience will go on a journey back in time to the East Village of the past, only it’s a little weirder and more surreal. Not in the sense of there being more avant-garde art spaces, but like, in the sense that the Astor Place Cube is granted the ability to speak. You know, just average stuff like that. Fontana is a born-and-bred East Villager, so this isn’t a mediation on “old New York” by people whose first interactions with the city included Duane Reades and Starbucks on every corner already.

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