Jerry's Newstand, Astor Place

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Landmarks Preservation Committee approved plans to convert the landmarked portion of the Domino Sugar factory into office space with a four-story glass addition on the roof and a three-story addition on the back side. [Brownstoner]

In case you missed our update yesterday, police have arrested Fermin Flores, a 32-year-old Washington Heights resident, in the rape of an East Village woman early Monday morning.

A new app lets you check L train arrival times on your phone. [Brokelyn]

Median apartment and condo sales prices rose last year in the East Village, LES, Williamsburg and Greenpoint — but were down in Bushwick. [Crain’s]

A police officer testified in the attempted murder trial of the man who shot at him on the Lower East Side two years ago. [CBS NY]

This May, Fourth Arts Block will put on a variety of events to celebrate what they’re calling Lower East Side History Month. [LES History Month]

The owners of 449 Troutman Street are marketing the building while also trying to get it converted to legal residential use via Loft Law. []

Virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman did some slumming downtown, performing at SubCulture earlier this week. [NY Times]

The state Court of Appeals has agreed to weigh in on whether a new restaurant can take over the Union Square Pavilion. [NY Daily News]

The Diamond is putting on its third annual ski trip to Plattekill Mountain with an after-party back in Greenpoint on January 25. [Brokelyn]

Greenpoint just got a Portuguese restaurant, Raizes Churrascaria, where the dishes are based on family recipes. [Greenpointers]

Bushwick’s Cafeteria La Mejor has opened a second location. [Brownstoner]

Picnic has officially closed in the East Village. [Fork in the Road]

Goods are 50 to 75% off at Freemans Sporting Club. [Racked]