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Own a Piece of Rat Castle; Photos of 1940s LES

Gaia gate, Empellon Cocina

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For $1.65 million, you can own a condo inside 179 Ludlow Street—nicknamed “rat castle” by locals during its years-long construction. Units are set to hit the market in mid-September. [The Real Deal]

Death & Co. veterans soft opened a new Rivington Street bar, One Fifty One, where snacks include frozen Girl Scout cookies. [Eater NY]

Alex Stupak’s casual new restaurant opening next month in the Sushi Lounge‘s old digs will be called Empellón al Pastor, specializing in al pastor tacos. [Grub Street]
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Bushwick Film Fest Returns; Chloe Thinks East Village Is ‘Like a Frat House’

Buff Monster on Bowery

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Police are looking for a foursome—two men and two women, all likely in their late teens—who they believe committed three Lower East Side robberies in a couple hours between late Wednesday and early Thursday. [DNA Info]

East Village jewelry store C’est Magnifique, which spent its first 57 years in the West Village before relocating in 2012, closed for good this past weekend. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Chef and Pies ‘n’ Thighs co-founder Stephen Tanner and Harvey Milk bassist Chris Young will follow-up their Williamsburg restaurant, The Commodore, with a two-story Bushwick dive bar serving BBQ/Mexican fusion called El Cortez. [Grub Street]

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Missing Model Found; Fall’s Most Anticipated Restaurants


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An employee at an unidentified hospital tipped off police that Lower East Side model Ataui Deng has been admitted as a patient. She’d been missing for 12 days. [NY Daily News]

Police say a 29-year-old man was robbed of his camera, laptop and wallet by a woman who’d accompanied him to his Allen Street hotel room on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

A Bushwick woman whose iPhone was stolen at gunpoint from her front stoop Monday night had her property returned to her by police after she used the “Find My iPhone” app. The phone was found in a car along with marijuana and a gun sans serial number. The car’s three male passengers were arrested. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Fire in East Village; Brooklyn Leads in Rat Complaints

21st Precinct Street Art Exhibit: Curb Your Ego

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Yesterday morning there was a “multiple dwelling” fire at 92 St. Mark’s Place near First Avenue. [EV Grieve]

In Williamsburg Friday afternoon, a 36-year-old woman chased a 13-year-old boy who allegedly stole her cellphone and held him in a bear hug until police arrived and made an arrest. [NY Post]

Rockaway Beach lifeguards ordered everyone out of the water Saturday afternoon when there was a supposed shark sighting; more likely, the culprit was a dolphin. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

Shakespeare & Co. Will Close; Dead Man Found in East River

(Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

(Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Yesterday at 8 a.m. in Williamsburg, a dead man was found floating in the East River in front of the restaurant Giando on the Water, near Broadway and Kent Avenue. [DNA Info]

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers will close its Greenwich Village location at the end of the month. [Gothamist]

Five tenants at 309 E.8th Street are suing their landlord, Steven Croman, hoping to halt construction-in-progress that they say is putting the rest of the building’s structural integrity at risk. [The Real Deal]
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Affordable Housing For Greenpoint; Mast Brothers Expands

Danielle Mastrion does the Beastie Boys, at Paul's Boutique

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Police are searching for two missing East Villagers: 13-year-old Shaun Tanner, last seen at his E.10th Street apartment on July 28; and 21-year-old Brianne Dougherty, last seen on E.13th Street on August 1. [Town & Village Blog]

Approximately 10 storefronts on E.14th Street between Avenues A and B were razed to make way for a seven-story condo. [EV Grieve]

Elsa, the E.3rd Street cocktail bar named for iconic designer Elsa Schiaperalli, recently shuttered after occupying three addresses in the East Village since November 2008. [EV Grieve]
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Schwimmer Wants to Be ‘Accepted Totally’ By East Village; ‘Rape Cop’ Sues


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David Schwimmer finally talks about his rocky start as an East Villager. “My plan is to demonstrate that we’re good neighbors,” he says, explaining that he and his wife “really hope that in time we’ll just be accepted totally by everyone.” [Wall Street Journal]

Former police officer Kenneth Moreno, who was acquitted of raping a 27-year-old East Village woman in December 2008, filed a $175 million lawsuit against his accuser. [Gothamist]

Yesterday afternoon a man committed suicide by jumping in front of an F train at the Broadway-Lafayette Street subway station, according to police. Two witnesses suffered minor injuries. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

Fast-Food Freakout in Union Square; Scar-Jo Dines in Williamsburg

Nick Kuszyk, RRobots, on Rag and Bone

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Passersby who came across a bleeding pit bull on Meeker Avenue in Greenpoint early last night believe the dog may have been thrown from a car driving along the BQE. Police are investigating, and the dog—who suffered a broken tooth, a collapsed lung, and an injured front leg—is expected to make a full recovery. [DNA Info]

Nicholas Melendez, 23, was arrested for assault after allegedly punching and slapping an employee at the Union Square McDonald’s last week. [Town & Village Blog]

More than 600 people have contributed $41K+ via Kickstarter. to help former Williamsburg event space House of Yes reopen in Bushwick, where the owners have signed a 10-year lease. Eight days remain in the fundraiser, which aims to raise $60K. [Gothamist]

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Brooklyn Brewery Eyes Staten Island; Farewell, Kim’s Video

Looking For a Girlfriend

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Yesterday afternoon Charles Mozdir—who police have been searching for since 2012, alleging that he had inappropriate relationships with children—shot two U.S. Marshals and a detective while working at Smoking Culture head shop on West Fourth Street. Mozdir, 32, was shot and killed, and the three law enforcement officials were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. [NY Post]

Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Brewery wants to build a $70 million production facility in Staten Island. [Crain's NY]

Mission Cantina on the Lower East Side now delivers to Noho and the East Village sans $10 surcharge. Delivery orders must exceed $20. [Grub Street]
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‘Babe Magnet Pad’ in Williamsburg; Citi Bike Getting a Boost?

Red & Gold Crab Shack is replacing Japadog on St. Marks Place.

Red & Gold Crab Shack is replacing Japadog on St. Marks Place.

At an apartment near Meserole Street and Bushwick Avenue, a 26-year-old woman was pinned to the ground by one man while his partner in crime stole her computer. No arrests have been made. [DNA Info]

Citi Bike is reportedly poised to sign a multi-million dollar deal that will double the number of vehicles in NYC, from around 6,000 to 12,000. [Wall Street Journal]

Business at Katz’s Deli has yet to bounce back from the days pre-water main break. [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

Preview Billy Reid’s 10th Anniversary Sample Sale, Launching Tomorrow

Billy Reid's sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Billy Reid’s sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

This year, Billy Reid turns 10. And to celebrate the big one-oh, the high-end Americana clothier (originally hailing from the South), is holding a blow-out sample sale at 57 Bond Street, just steps away from its usual NoHo storefront.
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Car Break-Ins in Williamsburg; East New York the Next Bushwick?

King of Hester Street

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Kim’s Video & Music in the East Village could shutter before the month’s end. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Robert Durst, the real estate developer who sold 234 Union Avenue in Williamsburg for more than $21 million this month, was arrested in Houston for allegedly exposing himself and urinating on a CVS cash register. [NY Daily News]

Yesterday 28-year-old Google engineer Jason Chan was arraigned on charges that he raped a 19-year-old woman in his East Village apartment in June. [NY Post]

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