(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A $150K fundraiser for money needed to take Cooper Union to court ends Friday night. Currently, the student/faculty/alumni group is less than $4K short of their goal. [Art F City]

Check out the fashions of the women who work at Vice in Williamsburg. [Racked NY]

City Council member Margaret Chin is lobbying to turn a garage on Essex Street into 90 units of affordable housing. [Curbed NY]
Read about New York Observer owner (and Donald Trump son-in-law) Jared Kushner’s Lower East Side development blitz. [The Real Deal]

A years-long construction hiatus on the hotel-in-progress at 139 Orchard Street may be nearing an end. [The Real Deal]

grand piano that was found in the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge in late May is still there. [NY Daily News]

And today in Williamsburg, Levi’s launches a pop-up shop/commuter workspace to celebrate its menswear collection of city cycling attire. Through July 26 at 261 Metropolitan Avenue, there will be denim repairs, Grady’s Cold Brew coffee, free bike fixes and more. [Racked NY]

Plus, newly-minted New York magazine  destination Black Seed begins delivering bagels today for those looking skip the line in Nolita. [Eater NY]

The team behind Sushi Dojo on First Avenue plans to open another East Village eatery, Dojo Izakaya, in Cafe Rakka’s former space on Avenue B. [EV Grieve]

Where Silver Spurs stood on the corner of 9th Street and Broadway, a Teavana outpost is moving in. [EV Grieve]

Several months after closing its Lower East Side street wear boutique, Community 54 has reopened at 186 Avenue B. [Bowery Boogie]

Today in Greenpoint, Adaptations NY kicks off a four-day vintage furniture pop-up shop in Dalaga‘s former Franklin Street digs. [Greenpointers]

North 8th Street (between Driggs and Bedford Avenues) in Williamsburg will be closed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for a block party. [Free Williamsburg]

At Bushwick Beverages, a block party happening July 26 on Troutman Avenue, attendees will be able to taste beer and wine from more than two dozen craft breweries. Admission is $20 in advance or $30 the day of the fest.[Bushwick Daily]

Design the best flag representing a Brooklyn neighborhood and win $1,000 from The Brooklyn Flag Project. [Bushwick Daily]

At the end of the month, Smorgasburg-spawned Yuji Ramen will close its pop-up shop at Whole Foods Bowery, redirecting diners to chef Yuji Haraguchi’s new Williamsburg restaurant Okonomi. [Park Slope Stoop]

Podunk tea room in the East Village is selling half-priced iced tea to visitors of its Instagram page, and Contra on the Lower East Side is hosting a $70 tasting tonight and tomorrow with food by Copenhagen chef Jonathan Tam.  [Grub Street]

Bushwick comedian Lisa Haas stars in the The Foxy Merkins, a film about lesbian prostitutes in NYC inspired by My Own Private Idaho, which screened earlier this year at Sundance. [Bushwick Daily]

Archaeologists will let participants in an upcoming East Village pub crawl try an “Elixir of Long Life” made from a recently-found 19th-century recipe. [DNA Info]

Someone made a very ambitious map of 200 NYC locations referenced in pop songs. [The Atlantic]