In Bushwick, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced that 180K people applied for a lottery to live in 14 units of affordable housing. [DNA Info]
Chef David Chang signed a decade-long lease on the ground floor at 196 Stanton Street, which will be the newest kitchen for his food delivery app, Maple. [Commercial Observer]
Clinton Street between Grand Street and East Broadway will be the site of a new mid-block crosswalk and traffic signal this spring. [Bowery Boogie]
Downtown’s stay-at-home gourmands already have a bevy of options for food delivery: back in June, we test-ran the latest of them: Munchery, Caviar Fastbite, and Uber Eats. Now Seamless addicts have yet another alternative: David Chang’s Maple service just announced that tomorrow it’ll expand to Greenwich Village, West Village, Soho, Tribeca, Nolita and Little Italy.
Back when David Chang’s delivery service, Maple, came to Greenwich Village and the West Village, we noted that the LES and East Village were prime candidates for the next phase of expansion. That moment is now upon us: the service, which delivers daily specials made in a commissary kitchen rather than a restaurant, will be available everywhere below 14th Street starting tomorrow.
Call us intrepid reporters: we waited in line for 40 minutes today for a first taste of Fuku, the spicy fried chicken joint David Chang just opened in the former Momofuku Ko space at 163 First Avenue, near East 10th Street. The budding chain specializes in one thing: a crunchy, tender, magical chicken sandwich that comes on a steamed potato-bread bun with a fermented-chickpea butter spread, pickles and accompanying hot sauce. The room is a tight squeeze (hence the line twisting out the doorway and around the block this afternoon). But we managed to speak to some customers (all intense David Chang fans). Click through the slideshow to see what they had to say before and after (sometimes during) their first bites. Fuku is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.
Whelp, that was fast. Less than half an hour after an e-mail went out this morning announcing that tables were available at Ruth Krishna’s Tandoori Steakhouse, David Chang’s pop-up with chef Akhtar Nawab was completely booked.
Ruth Krishna’s first made an appearance as one of “America’s Next Best Restaurants” in the “fantasy issue” of Chang’s Lucky Peach, which imagined it serving an “irreverent mash-up of northern Indian standbys and steakhouse favorites. (Think spice-rubbed twenty-one-day dry-aged ribeye cooked in a tandoor and creamed saag paneer.)” Now the fantasy is coming to life during a one-night-only dinner, on Sept. 17, in the former Spina space at 175 Avenue B. Among the menu items: Biryani Onion Rings and Aloo Bhaji Hashbrowns.
Chef David Chang partnered with Nike for a $110, limited-edition shoe that will be available Thursday morning at one of his East Village eateries, Fuku, the day before it arrives arrives at the footwear purveyor’s outposts. [Eater NY]
A diverse crew of friends, colleagues and admirers of David Mancuso got together in Tompkins Square Park this past Saturday for a candlelight vigil in honor of the underground nightlife pioneer who died last month at the age of 72.
As of Friday morning, a 15-year-old boy was in critical condition after he was struck by a red minivan in a hit-and-run the previous night on Broadway between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue. [Gothamist]
Despite the storm, on Saturday 400 people attended Donut Fest NYC at Verboten in Williamsburg. [NY Daily News]
In the same nabe the next day, many residents were displeased with the lack of snow removal. [Yeshiva World News]
Mourners laid flowers and outside David Bowie’s apartment on Lafayette Street (Kavitha Surana)
By now you’re well aware that David Bowie has died, just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album. During the wee hours of January 10, it was announced that the beloved glam-rock icon who embraced androgyny and far-out, endlessly influential aesthetics “died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.”
After finding fame in his hometown of London and absconding to the U.S. in 1974, Bowie moved amongst New York’s downtown crowd, popping up at places like Andy Warhol’s Factory and Max’s Kansas City, before relocating to Los Angeles. We consulted a number of publications — one of them yet to be published — that offered an eye into Bowie’s life in early-’70s NYC. More →