Police are searching for a cab driver who repeatedly hit a 21-year-old female passenger with a belt on August 23 when she attempted to leave his vehicle in Williamsburg without paying. [DNA Info]

Taj Patterson, a gay man who was left blind in one eye after a brutal 2013 beating at the hands of Hasidic Jewish watch group members in Williamsburg, testified Wednesday against one of his alleged attackers, Mayer Herskovic. [NY Post]

An eight-story, seven-unit residence is vying to replace Houston Street Beer Distributors in Alphabet City. [EV Grieve]

East Village hangover-fighter Artichoke Basille’s Pizza will open its seventh New York location in the Wyckoff Avenue storefront that formerly belonged to Northeast Kingdom. [DNA Info]

Cheeseboat, a new Berry Street eatery specializing in the Georgian dish Adjaruli Khachapuri, starts serving up customers today. [Gothamist]

Tomorrow, (le) Poisson Rouge will be the site of Dollypalooza: An Epic Fan Tribute to Dolly Parton. Tickets are $27/each.

First Avenue sandwich shop Schnitz, whose digs are currently available to rent, has been closed for several days. [EV Grieve]

It remains unclear why the West Nassau Meat Market, colloquially known as Kiszka, closed a few months ago after decades in business. [Greenpointers]

The comedian who survived being struck by the B train in Noho in 2014, Liza Dye, now 27, launched a $1K crowdfunding campaign to help pay her costs of living when she attempts to to further her career.