According to the NYPD, Sunday night’s fire inside the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue was an act of arson. [Bowery Boogie]
Following a September fire, Caracas Arepa Bar will apparently not return to E. 7th Street, as the storefront is now for rent. [EV Grieve]
Following Saturday’s service, chef Alex Stupak will close Empellón Cocina for good in the East Village. [Eater NY]
This Thursday, four artists will learn whether they can remain in their Grand Street studio of two decades despite the space having no external windows, a requirement since Mayor Bloomberg updated the Loft Law. [DNA Info]
Subway stations in Williamsburg and the East Village will among the ones stocking Twin Peaks Metrocards for a limited time.
Read a Q&A with Rafe Bartholomew, author of the new book Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me. [Gothamist]