(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Complaints about homelessness and panhandling are up 78 percent in the East Village and LES. [DNAinfo]

A proposed Lower East Side Historic District is picking up support. [The Lodown]

Greenpoint is getting 500 news trees. [Brooklyn Paper]

Get square versions of Roberta’s pies during this week’s “Kitchen Takeover” at East Williamsburg’s Humboldt & Jackson. [Gothamist]

The Times has filed its obit on Mars Bar owner Hank Penza. [NYT]

The Museum of Food And Drink Lab is now open in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper, Gallerist, NYO]

A 2003 Times article, “Has Billburg Lost Its Cool?”, flashes back to the days, in 2003, when Williamsburg “started to get too cool.” [Gothamist]

A q&a with Greenpoint resident Alan Palomo, frontman of Neon Indian. [Noisey]

Eater critic Robert Sietsema drops into Arepa Factory in the East Village. [Eater]

The Voice visits Porsena, the five-year-old “palace of pasta” in the East Village. [VV]