(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Gowanus Canal may be synonymous with grime, but could it one day be full of gondolas? New York Councilman Stephen Levin waxed about Gowanus’s similarities to Venice. [Crain’s NY]

Jake Dell, the owner of Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street, wrote a letter to the editor toasting his former business rival, The Carnegie Deli, which will shutter today. [NY Times]

Last week, Top Chef alum Sam Talbot opened Pretty Southern, a Bedford Avenue eatery serving gluten-free fried chicken and mac and cheese. [NY Times]

On N. 10th Street, The Williamsburg Hotel‘s soft opening is now underway. [Eater NY]

Tour a two-bedroom Greenpoint apartment near McCarren Park, currently on the market for just under $1.1 million. [Brownstoner]

Food critic Robert Sietsema wrote a history of New York restaurants where people gladly queue up outside, rain or shine. [Eater NY]

The Standard East Village, The Fondue Chalet in Williamsburg and Le Fond in Greenpoint made this round-up of seven winter fondue destinations. [Gothamist]

Read about the Lower East Side origins of the 89-year-old Hanukkah song, “I Have a Little Dreidel.” [Bowery Boogie]