Pies-n-Thighs Lower East Side

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Two Bushwick landlords allegedly paid city housing department inspectors to issue vacate orders to their tenants. [NY Daily News]

According to Citi Habitats, the East Village had Manhattan’s highest apartment vacancy rate of any neighborhood in January (2.5 percent). [The Real Deal]

Marcha, the Washgton Heights tapas bar, will open an Alphabet City location in May. [NY Post]

Eddie Huang’s fast-cas E. 14th eatery Baohaus now boasts an mornings-only pop-up java shop, Stand Coffee, which sources its beans from Cafe Grumpy. [EV Grieve]

Smorgasburg-spawned Bruffin Cafe shuttered on the Lower East Side following a four-month run. [Bowery Boogie]

Azaleas in the East Village hosts a lingerie shopping event with free champagne tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. [Racked NY]

Tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. at Strand, a free Mast Brothers chocolate tasting will take place. [Strand]

Tuesday the Astor Center will present The Color of Sake, a tasting catered by 17 sake brewers, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The first 300 tickets cost $30/each. [Eating in Translation]

Roberta’s in Bushwick marks Valentine’s Day with a festive spread that includes cherry cola truffles and mulled wine. And on February 22, DGBG on Bowery will welcome several guest brewers to discuss their craft snack-side (tickets are $25). [Eater NY]

This fall’s fifth annual Greenpoint Film Festival is currently seeking submissions. [Greenpoint News]

See if you can tell which products come from Williamburg, Brooklyn versus Colonial Williamsburg. [Bustle]