Looking festive, DUMBO dog shrine

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A State Supreme Court judge has blocked about half of NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan, saying that the city unlawfully turned over park land without first getting approval from the State Legislature. But the school says it can still move forward with the first tower, which could be as tall as 26 stories. [NY Times]

The New York City Economic Development Corporation has recommended 11 new ferry stops, including Grand Street in Manhattan. [DNA Info]

Apartments in a converted church on North 6th may hit the market soon. [Brownstoner]

$847-per-month studios have opened up at Alphabet Plaza, the new building on East Houston and Avenue D. [The Lo-Down]

Rough Trade is hosting an exhibit of pictures and artifacts from the book Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 and Bruce Pavitt, who photographed the band during its European tour, will sign copies on Jan. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. [Brokelyn]

Dumont has closed for renovations “due to certain unforeseen circumstances,” but expects to be back open soon. [Eater]

Nights and Weekends got a menu revamp. [Eater]

A slew of Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurants, including outposts of Umami Burger and Parm, are among the year’s most anticipated restaurant openings. [Brooklyn Based and Timeout via Free Williamsburg]

Brooklyn Brewery is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new lager featuring labels designed by local artists. [Greenpointers]

Here’s what the vacant Amato Opera House is looking like these days. [Untapped Cities]

Check out this “wonderful documentary about New York City in the ’90s,” made by the one of the owners of Nolita and Lafayette Street shop Liquid Sky. [Paper]