To Spiti, the name of Alma Selmanay’s new Greek takeout joint, means “my home” in her native language. Her home was Athens before she moved to the United States a handful of years ago and got a front-of-house job at Anthis on the Upper West Side. “I worked there five years, I said, ‘I open my store,'” she told us. Now her home is on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, where she’s making what she insists is “the best” lamb-beef gyro as well as other “traditional, traditional” dishes such as moussaka, tzatziki, babaganoush, and taramasalata.
According to the Coast Guard, Saturday in Greenpoint a recently-sunken construction barge was recovered in Newtown Creek without causing any leaking to the city’s fuel pipelines. [DNA Info]
Construction work obscuring the forthcoming Lower East Side hotel at 263 Broome Street was taken down over the weekend. [Bowery Boogie]
After Luke Cage blew up Horseshoe Bar back in July (the bar appears in this scene of Jessica Jones, and in the trailer), everyone’s favorite thick-skinned Avenger is back on the scene. This time, it looks like Jessica Jones’s hubby is doing it up in Williamsburg. The Marvel character (played by Mike Colter) is the hero of a forthcoming Netflix show, and “Tiara” (its production title) will be filming at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow. This afternoon, the venue was transformed into Harlem’s Paradise, a nod to the neighborhood where Luke was born before he was falsely imprisoned and then went on to develop superpowers, yada yada yada. Fun fact: Luke at one point was in the Defenders, and worked for Nighthawk. (The superhero, not the movie theater.)
First the sad news about St. Mark’s Bookshop, and now this. Spoonbill & Sugartown’s three-legged cat, Rainer, a perpetual fixture in the nooks and crannies of Williamsburg’s favorite little bookstore, has gone to the eternal remainder bin.
Friday morning, a 54-year-old man died after collapsing while pedaling down Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint during inclement weather. [NY Daily News]
Ludlow Coffee Supply, which will include a barbershop, will officially replace The Pink Pony at 176 Ludlow Street. [Bowery Boogie]
Principals behind The Late Late and Webster Hall filed paperwork to replace Hop Devil Grill and Nino’s Pizza, adjoining spaces at the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Avenue A, with a bar/restaurant/co-working space called The Honey Fitz. [EV Grieve]
When 2nd Floor on Clinton closed last July….a lot of people had no clue (it was a speakeasy, after all).
But for those who liked to head to the back of Barramundi’s (which also shuttered) for a chance to be whisked upstairs, a giant hole opened up in their LES nightlife options. Where to surprise that date when you’re feeling fancy, or unwind after going a little too hard at Pianos? Second Floor was always the perfect combination of class and comfort, with some of the most inventive cocktails around (I was once served a drink garnished with a cluster of enoki mushrooms).
A lawyer for the struggling St. Mark’s Bookshop tells us “they’re probably not going to be around much longer, we’re talking days.” Since we last reported on the shop’s fight against eviction in the face of $62,000 in back rent, its problems have only mounted in the form of a $34,400 tax lien and a dispute with one of its biggest book distributors involving thousands more dollars in debt. Yesterday, the shop announced a “clearance sale” in a last-ditch effort to raise money before a forthcoming auction.
Forget the Super Bowl and go on the hunt for a super bowl.
Brooklyn Hidden Treasures, a one-stop shop for all of your vintage furniture and knick-knack needs, is expanding to a new location in Bushwick and will be inaugurating its massive warehouse with a soft opening this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carbs of the kind that inhabit creatures like bagels and baguettes may have gone out of fashion. And even those of us who choose to enjoy life had to take four months off the damn things during the temporary closing of Kossar’s, the 80-year-old Lower East Side bakery specializing in bialys (which are decidedly not bagels, y’all). I bet your mother even accused you of being skinny over the holidays, and you know that squeezing compliments out of her is like slurping the bitty remnants of your day-one juice detox (i.e. painful for everyone). Forget all that, and check out the new digs– maybe you’ll even be inclined to enjoy at least a few of these babies to the face. Think of it as making up for lost time.
Police are looking for a man who forcibly touched a woman on Eldert Street in Bushwick on January 17. [News 12 Brooklyn]
Today Mayor de Blasio will reportedly reveal plans for the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a streetcar that would stretch 16 miles between the two boroughs. [NY Times]
In April, the Queens Museum will unveil a retrospective titled, “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” [NY Times] And today is the 40th anniversary of the band’s classic, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” [NY Daily News]