Trump. That’s all that was spelled out this afternoon when artist David Datuna laid down some cool art in Union Square. The all-caps letters were made of large blocks of dry ice that emitted fog that drifted away in the wind. On top of the blocks, some of which were cracked, were notes that said #thistooshallpass.
Drunk NYU students are ruining the East Village. At least, that’s what a lot of residents and business owners said last night while discussing a zoning plan aimed at preserving the character of the neighborhood.
Yesterday landlord Steve Croman—whose 140 New York City buildings include several in the East Village and on the Lower East Side—plead guilty yesterday to mortgage and tax fraud. He will pay a $5 million settlement and spend a year in Rikers Island. [NY Daily News]
A 13-story Grove Street building’s sponsor will sell 65 percent of its stakes.
If you’re one of the 23 percent of New Yorkers who own a car and happen to need a free parking spot in the East Village, you’re in luck. We’ve found the rarest of commodities: a stretch of curb that doesn’t have any parking regulations. Seriously. None.
Following the murder of Terrell Ortiz—a 26-year-old Bushwick resident—early Friday evening near the intersection of Broadway and Lawton Street, police are circulating security footage of his alleged assailant. [Bushwick Daily]
Collaborators on the forthcoming hotel-condominium at 215 Chrystie Street refinanced the project with a loan exceeding $173 million. [The Real Deal]
In late May while an L train was stopped at Bedford Avenue, police allege this woman instigated an argument with a man over his coughing, and proceeded to Mace him before bolting from the scene. [DNA Info]
Per Manhattan Supreme Court filings, Maria Hrynenko—the landlord facing manslaughter charges for the Spring 2015 gas line explosion on 2nd Avenue—contends that the true responsible party is the management company who installed gas meters at one of her three properties. [NY Post]
The death of Sergio Reyes—the 18-year-old Bushwick student who was killed by police in February after holding up a local bodega with a fake gun—has sparked a soon-to-be-filed $10 million lawsuit brought forth by his relatives. [DNA Info]
In his Wednesday court appearance, the teenage boy who allegedly set fire to Norfolk Street’s Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue last month was reportedly not charged with committing any crimes. [NY Post]
On Wednesday, a Community Board 3 committee will host a public forum on E. 12th Street to hear arguments for and against establishing a special district, meaning that that there would be the possibility of capping the number of new bars and restaurants to encourage the emergence of other types of businesses. [EV Grieve]
Last month, when we told you that Al Franken would be in town to promote his new memoir, Giant of the Senate, our headline was: “Here’s Your Chance to Ask Al Franken If Everything’s Going to Be Okay.”
Jonathan Alter, the journalist who led yesterday’s conversion at Barnes & Noble Union Square, must’ve read that. The first thing he told Franken was, “The basic question I hear all over the place is simply: Are we going to be okay?”