Rosario Dawson, who was raised in the East Village, found her 26-year-old cousin and employee, Vaneza Ines Vasquez, dead inside the actress’s Venice, California home on Thursday. [TMZ]

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]

Actor Val Kilmer will make his Gotham art world debut this weekend with “VALHOLLA,” his installation at Eldridge Street’s Woodward Gallery Windows. [Eater NY]

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]