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‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Guy Evicted; Williamsburg White Castle’s Replacement

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Following a $23 million sale, Williamsburg’s White Castle will be supplanted by an 81-unit apartment building. [Real Deal]

A judge dismissed Jimmy McMillan’s lawsuit against his landlord, and the Rent is Too Damn High party founder will be evicted from his St. Mark’s Place apartment of 38 years. [Daily News]

On E. 11th Street, Soon Beauty Lab will shutter today. Three locations of the salon mini-chain remain. [EV Grieve]

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Bourgeois Pig Closes; Bill Cosby Mural On Rivington

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

250N10, a 240-unit apartment building that touched down on N. 10th Street in Williamsburg last year, is on the market and predicted to sell for around $100 million. [Crain's NY]

A new restaurant called Doka Hot Pot applied for a liquor license at 141 Eldridge Street, formerly home to Marly Building Supply. [Bowery Boogie]

Following a rent increase, 10-year-old wine bar The Bourgeois Pig closed this weekend on E. 7th Street. A new location is open at 127 MacDougal Street. [EV Grieve]

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Subway Busker Sues City; Pizza Pop-Up On LES

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

In Williamsburg, two Havemeyer Street apartment buildings plus a third at 442 Lorimer Street were sold for a combined $48.1 million. [Real Deal]

Third Avenue neighbors Excel Custom Framing and E.V. Cheese Shop are rumored to be closing to make way for another East Village Duane Reade. [Curbed NY]

Subway busker Andrew Kalleen, who spent five hours in jail following an October performance at the Metropolitan Avenue G train station, filed a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the city. [Brooklyn Paper]

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6 Snowmen That Will Melt Your Heart

We met this guy outside of Veselka last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We met this guy outside of Veselka last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

So it wasn’t the blizzard of the century – but it was enough to bring some new faces into our midst. There’s always an industrious few who try to make life from the scant snowfall we tend to get in this city, and this time around there was actually some material to work with. Behold, the best of this storm’s snowmen (and women, animals, etc.). They don’t have much longer, so join us in honoring our guests before they go grey and slushy.
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Silver Helped Knickerbocker Village Weather the Storms, Tenants Say

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

It’s safe to say the political tide has turned against Sheldon Silver, as Democrats in the State Assembly press him to resign. But tenants of Knickerbocker Village continue to shower him with praise for having helped them rebound from Superstorm Sandy. (It’s the kind of praise Andrew Cuomo is hurting for this morning, in the wake of the blizzard that wasn’t.) When the longtime Assembly speaker was arrested on corruption charges Thursday, some of those who watched him in action during the crisis at the Lower East Side complex were nothing short of blown away.
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Bushwick Teen Arrested for Emoji-Filled Tweets; Action Bronson Gets Animated

No prob bro, done

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Osiris Aristy, a 17-year-old boy from Bushwick, was jailed for making terrorist threats after posting a series of tweets containing both police officer and gun emoji. [Gothamist]

A big ass blizzard is predicted to ravage the city tonight.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was arrested last week on corruption charges, will reportedly resign from his government post as soon as today. [NY Daily News]

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Continental Files For Bankruptcy; Wedding Salon For ‘Very Brooklyn Brides’

Claw Money

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Expelled NYU student Jaime Castano, 20, returns to court today after allegedly setting blaze to a female student’s comforter—while singing—and documenting the act via Snapchat last August. The woman sustained burns and scarring. [CBS NY]

Two female employees at the E. 8th Street outpost of Tom Colicchio‘s sandwich chain, ‘Wichcraft, filed a lawsuit accusing the Top Chef judge of violating labor laws and practicing sexism. [Page Six]

Continental Bar on 3rd Avenue, which hosted OG legends like Patti Smith and The Ramones in its former incarnation as a music venue, recently filed its second bankruptcy in six years. [Crain's NY]

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That Time We Chilled With Sheldon Silver, Before the Federal Investigation Heated Up

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver must be sweating bullets after being arrested this morning for allegedly securing millions in bribes and kickbacks — but we’ve seen the State Assembly Speaker survive the hot seat before. Namely, that time we bumped into him while he was shopping for an air conditioner.
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Construction Worker Trapped On Grand St.; Sheldon Silver Arrested

NYC Christmas tree trash

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New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Lower East Sider who has represented the neighborhood for nearly four decades, was arrested on federal corruption charges; he allegedly failed to disclose payments he received from a law firm. [NY Times]

Firefighters rescued a trapped construction worker on Grand Street yesterday after the ground underneath him collapsed while he attempted to install subterranean piping. [NY Daily News]

An investment company has agreed to pay $33 million for the unfinished 98-room hotel at 139-141 Ludlow Street. [NY Daily News]
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Man Shot While Parked in Williamsburg; Woman Who Paved the Way at McSorley’s Dies

Sweet Toof at Pandemic Gallery

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A car passenger was shot in the ribs while parked on S. 3rd Street in Williamsburg on January 12; police say he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Two days later, a Driggs Avenue bodega employee was robbed at knifepoint while working an early afternoon shift. [Brooklyn Paper]

Next week, the city’s DMV will host a safety hearing resulting from the 2011 hit-and-run death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre, who was struck by a 28-ton truck in Williamsburg driven by Leo Degianni. [Gothamist]

Faith Seidenberg, one of two plaintiffs in the 1970 discrimination lawsuit that resulted in McSorley’s Old Ale House opening its doors to women, died in upstate New York at age 91. [Daily News]

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Condo Dwellers Flock to ‘Rat Castle’; Moscot Turns 100

Not their first rodeo

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At 179 Ludlow Street—the building known as “Rat Castle” during years of stalled construction—all the condos have been claimed two months after leasing began. [The Real Deal]

Those new tenants might want to stop by Community Board 3′s Rat Prevention Training course on the afternoon of February 6 at BRC Senior Center. [Bowery Boogie]

Thursday at 7 p.m., actor/filmmaker Simon Helberg will discuss his romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, co-starring Zachary Quinto and Melanie Lynskey, at the Apple Store in Soho (Free, RSVP here).

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