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Community Board 1 pushed back its vote on Starbuck’s proposed liquor license for its forthcoming N. 7th Street location in Williamsburg because the coffee empire apparently hasn’t been clear enough with neighborhood residents about its plans. For example, the word “Starbucks” was absent from a flyer circulated to notify locals about the liquor license request. [Eater NY]

Paperwork was submitted for a new 40-story, 554-unit apartment building at Williamsburg’s 2 N.6th Place. [Brownstoner]

According to a new real estate report, Bushwick rents are up an average of 23 percent this year. [DNA Info]

Noodle shop chain Xi’an Famous Foods will open a Greenpoint location later this year at 648 Manhattan Ave. [DNA Info]

Mercer Street Italian eatery Galli will expand to the Lower East Side imminently, when it takes over ‘inoteca’s former Rivington Street space. [Bowery Boogie]

International design and gift shop Kiosk—whose Spring Streed location shuttered this spring—kicks off a pop-up shop today at 540 LaGuardia Place, which will run through February 1. [T]

Nolita clothing boutique Babel Fair debuted a new Williamsburg outpost. [Racked NY]

Preschool/daycare center Learning Steps is coming to 544 Union Avenue in Williamsburg. [Brownstoner]

Read a TMI-filled account of what exactly goes down at Greenpoint’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. [Gizmodo]

And a brief history of the Washington Square Arch. [Off the Grid]

In honor of its 10th anniversary, here are six ways Freemans restaurant on the Lower East Side changed NYC foodie culture. [Refinery 29]

Tonight at 7 p.m., Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman will talk with This American Life‘s Sarah Vowell at Barnes & Noble Union Square, where they’ll be promoting the paperback edition of his book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: Principles for Delicious Living. [The Skint]

Attend tonight’s $25/person Friends of the Greenpoint Library fundraiser—taking place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and featuring Brooklyn Brewery booze and Milk Truck snacks—to receive free admission all weekend to the Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center. [Brokelyn]