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

Ethan Armen

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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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Plywood Up at Soho House, Down at ‘Orchard Street Hell Building’

IMG_3613Two of the Lower East Side’s most controversial projects just entered new phases of construction. First up, the Ludlow Street outpost of Soho House, which faced considerable opposition from neighbors when it applied for a liquor license last year, has raised its sidewalk shed, obscuring the facade that had become a magnet for taggers and street artists while the building’s renovation seemed to sit in limbo.
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These Places Have Closed, But ‘Frozen Fantasies’ Are On the Way

IMG_3593Folks, a few closings to note. First off, a B+B reader who tried to go to the East Village location of DBA the other night found it shuttered. A Facebook message assures that, unlike the recent closing of its Williamsburg counterpart, this one won’t be permanent: “Don’t worry! We aren’t closed, we are just renovating…. new LOOS are on the way!”
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Apartment Building Replaces Stuyvesant PO; Champagne-Fueled Shopping

Kent Avenue

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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund announced plans to dole out $11 million in grant money to six projects.  The biggest benefactor is the Norman Avenue library, which will receive a $5 million facelift. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 E. 14th Street is the proposed home of an eight-story, 114-apartment, mixed-use building. [The Real Deal]

Paperwork was submitted for a seven-story, mixed-use building at 89 Bartlett Street/658 Broadway in Williamsburg. [The Real Deal]

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Three More Holiday Shopping Hoo-Has (Two of ‘Em With Free Booze)

Forma de Ser.

Forma de Ser.

Been too busy drinking to get any holiday shopping done? You know you can combine those two things, right? And maybe you better, because you’re about a week away from making your loved ones feel very unloved. Here are the latest one-stop shopping experiences we’ve caught wind of.
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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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Meet the Kitties of Meow Parlour, NYC’s First Permanent Cat Cafe

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon.

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Spot, Squinkles's sister.

Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Seven-month-old Squinkles.

Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Just minutes from now, at precisely noon today, New York City’s first permanent cat café will open its doors, and your Instagram feed will look something like the slideshow above. We got a sneak peek at Meow Parlour this morning and can confirm that this isn’t a sick social media experiment: this cat café is 100% real.
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Teacher Accused of Tat Trip; Two Boots Opens ‘World’s Smallest Screening Room’

Adam Dare

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Late Friday afternoon in Soho, a 66-year-old woman died after falling or jumping from the window an 11th-floor apartment on Greene Street. [NY Daily News]

A Brooklyn teacher and her husband were arrested for child endangerment on Thursday after allegedly abandoning their kids (ages 4, 5 and 12) to get drinks and tattoos on the Lower East Side. [NY Daily News]

Grande Monuments, a generations-old maker of headstones, has shuttered in Williamsburg. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

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SantaCon Plays Nice While Beasticon Rears Its Head

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

With a “day of anger” expected to keep police busy and SantaCon’s organizers asking its drunken devotees to stick to a list of participating bars in Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen rather than marauding through the streets, the annual Running of the Santas promises to be a lower-key affair this year (an as-yet mysterious “exciting starting point” will be revealed tonight). But while SantaCon may be playing itself down, Beasticon has come back like a thing possessed.
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This Week In Film: The Stoner Detective, Javanese Vibes, And Exploding Heads

Wow it’s been a whole week since we brought you a list of films, which means it’s time for another list of movies screening this weekend and beyond. We’ve brought you a whole bunch of films that are a little more mind-blowing than you might be used to– apparently there are some seriously mystical vibes in the moving image stratosphere right now.
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Amy Sedaris Pops Up On LES; ‘Bushwick-Inspired Hotel’ Opens

Black Lives Matter

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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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EV Fire Victim Was BK Bar Owner; Another Kushner Buying Spree

Space Jesus

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The woman who died in her East Village apartment early yesterday morning after a power strip caught fire—who was initially reported to be 20 years old—was actually 33-year-old Evelyn Dahab, who  penned a memoir in 2011, co-owned the Gowanus bar Lucey’s Lounge, and appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light. [NY Daily News]

Real estate/newspaper mogul Jared Kushner paid $131.5 million for a parcel of 16 apartment buildings, including 104 E.7th Street and 438-440 E.13th Street. [NY Post]

Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel will represent SantaCon participants vying for a right to party. [Gothamist]
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