Just in time for summer, Chinatown got a new bubble tea parlor via Formosa Cafe, on Eldridge Street. Actually, this one is less of a parlor and more of a slick lounge, complete with pleather seating, wifi, and Shepard Fairy-esque art on the walls. If you’re in a rush for slush, check out the photo below and read on for the menu.
Lower East Side
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]
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]
Walking into the Company Gallery on the Lower East Side feels like stepping inside a Tumblr. Photographs of painted people, tinted by sunlight flooding in through colorful tissue paper, are interspersed with delicate ferns and towering bamboo sticks. A lithium drone within the gallery’s white walls is broken up by Night Soil – Fake Paradise, an experimental documentary film by Melanie Bonajo in which women from Brooklyn candidly discussion their deeply personal experiences with ayahuasca. Some of the revelations are blissful and mystic while others turn completely horrifying, melting the psyche down into utterly submissive goo — Bonajo’s way of reminding us of the immeasurable power of psychedelic substances.
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]
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]
When Vito Schnabel announced that he was hosting an art show in the iconic Germania Bank building at 190 Bowery, his invite made clear that it was a momentous occasion: “This is the first time this 1899 landmark building will be open to the public since the bank closed in 1966 and it became a private residence.” Needless to say, all hell broke loose.
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]
It’s that time of the week again. Scrambling to see what’s happening this weekend? Well, we don’t blame you for allowing yourself to check out of existence for the majority of the work week — attention spans are getting shorter and shorter as we hurtle toward holiday. Just kidding, we don’t get months off work to enjoy what little nice weather we’re blessed with each year, this isn’t freaking Europe. But at least you can pretend like something as blissful is on the horizon. We need something to keep us going and frequently lying to yourself works just as well as actual hope, for a brief time anyway. But you know what else helps to keep this awful world seem less so? live musical acts. So consider our weekly offerings after the jump.
A group of longtime residents of the Bowery will gather on the street in front of their homes Monday to officially announce their public fight against their landlord, who also owns nine other Bowery apartment buildings. A “couple dozen” tenants from adjacent numbers 83 and 85 have come forward to say they’ve been treated unfairly ever since the buildings were acquired by Joseph Betesh, according to Sarah Ahn, volunteer organizer for a tenants’ association that recently formed to address these issues.
Once upon a time there were things called subcultures, that managed to thrive despite promotion through “social channels” or sponsorships from energy drinks. Since 1980, 156 Rivington Street has been a subculture enclave for activists, artists, counter culturists, and assorted noisemakers, providing a non-profit space to exchange ideas and physically interact. It’s not secret that the hardcore punk scene was once a magnet for such individuals, so when the storied matinee shows at CBGB became too violent in the late-’80s, punk turned off the Bowery to Rivington Street to ABC No Rio.
A still-unnamed French-Catalonian restaurant with 100 seats will open early this summer on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. [Eater NY]