Adam Fujita mural at Bushwick Open Studios 2014

(Photo: Michael Tapp)

At the end of the month, 15-year-old Verb Cafe on Bedford Avenue will close for good following a 70 percent rent increase. [Gothamist]

The destabilized Lower East Side building at 255-259 Houston Street/171-173 Suffolk Street—where a daycare was forced out due to safety concerns—is on the market for $36 million. [Massey Knakal]

A Manhattan judge awarded The Beastie Boys $1.7 million in an breach of copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink, who used the band’s music without permission to promote a snowboard competition. [Stereogum]
Last Wednesday, a unidentified person allegedly threw fireworks under an outdoor table at The Coffee Shop in Union Square, scaring customers and causing burnt clothing before pedaling away on a bike. [Town & Village Blog]

A newlywed who says she was forced to find a last-minute wedding venue because her reserved synagogue—Ansche Chesed on the Lower East Side—was in danger of physical collapse is suing the Angel Orensanz Foundation, the organization who oversaw the rental. [NY Daily News]

A disgruntled Greenpointer has attempted to contact Judd Apatow’s production company because signs dating back to April filming for the HBO series Girls are still affixed to neighborhood poles. [The Brooklyn Paper]

East Village Shoe Repair, which closed this past fall on St. Marks Place after nearly two decades in business, has opened a new location in Bushwick. [Bowery Boogie]

Now that its liquor license has been approved, French-Mexican restaurant La Contenta will officially replace Saro Bistro on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Huntress Home, a Brooklyn Flea vinatage housewares vendor, opened a pop-up shop in the City Reliquary. [Racked NY]

This guide to ice brew versus cold brew coffee gives shout outs to the java at Hi-Collar in the East Village, Gasoline Alley in Noho, Gimme! Coffee in Williamsburg, and Café Grumpy in Greenpoint. [Fork in the Road]

McCarren Park and 50 Kent in Williamsburg, as well as McGolrick Park and Transmitter in Greenpoint, will begin hosting free yoga classes this weekend. [Greenpointers]

All through June, Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg will serve $1 Pink Baby frozen cocktails (grapefruit vodka, mate, lemon juice) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [Baby’s All Right]