Christmas trees, East Village

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

LES development Essex Crossing will include a new 14-screen Regal Cinemas upon completion, making it the largest Lower Manhattan multiplex below Union Square. [DNA Info]

Near the Montrose Avenue L stop, a commercial property at 7 Bushwick Place was purchased for $12.5 million by a Williamsburg-based real estate group. [Wall Street Journal]

Landlord Steve Croman was on the losing end of a lawsuit and must pay a six-figure broker’s fee on the purchase of a five-story East Village apartment building he picked up in 2012. [The Real Deal]

Formerly of Momofuku and French Louie, respectively, chef Ian Alvarez and drinksmith Kyle Storm debuted a French/Japanese restaurant called Bara last night on E.1st Street. [Eater NY]

Following a fire last month on a neighboring property, Gaia Italian Cafe is open once again on Houston Street. [Bowery Boogie]

An incorrect rendering was posted outside the construction site at 67 Avenue C. [Curbed NY]

Check out a recipe for Cinnamon and Sugar Hole-Less Donuts courtesy of The Fat Radish on Orchard Street. [Edible Manhattan]