You don’t have to watch SNL’s Midterms ad to know you’re going to need a flower vase full of booze this Election Day. Luckily, some bars are giving it away. And you can score free food, rides, and coffee on Nov. 6, too (even if some of these promotions are of dubious legality). Here’s our growing list of discounts and freebies.
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Papaya King, the iconic hot dog brand that expanded to the East Village in 2013, has closed its St. Marks Place location in the face of impending redevelopment. Continental Bar, a neighborhood institution, will also close after 26 years.
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Sweetgreen is growing like a weed. The D.C.-born chain just opened a new one. Its 19th New York City location is in Greenwich Village, right off of Union Square and just a few blocks from the outpost that came to Astor Place a year ago.
Police arrested Brownsville resident Tony Thomas on Friday in connection with last week’s robbery of The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg. [NY Post]
Nie’s Service Center—an East Village massage parlor located next to a school—was shutdown after employees attempted to prostitute themselves to undercover police officers this spring. [DNA Info]
A liquor license was granted to Trionas’s, an Irish bar set to open its third NYC location in the former Croxley Ales space on Avenue B. [EV Grieve]
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As East Villagers prepare to rally against a Starbucks coming to the corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A, yet another chain is on the way. Washington, DC-based &pizza is opening its second Manhattan pizzeria, on the heals of a $25 million cash investment footing its expansion into the NYC market.
The shop at 740 Broadway, off of Astor Place, will open in fall of 2017 with a promotion offering free ampersand tattoos for the first 23 customers, according to a press release. It’s opening just a couple of doors down from another DC-based, feel-good chain, Sweetgreen, which opened at 10 Astor last August.
John Joseph, lead singer of the punk band the Cro-Mags, says he helped thwart the theft of two bikes Tuesday night in the East Village. [Bowery Boogie]
Check out a new rendering of the forthcoming Ace Hotel on Bowery, which is aiming for a Spring 2018 opening date. [Bowery Boogie]
Peruvian chef Franco Noriega, who owns the Allen Street eatery Baby Brasa, made the latest edition of People en Español’s “50 Most Beautiful” list.
[The Real Deal]
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As Amtrak and NJ Transit passengers gritted their teeth and cursed row upon row of “DELAYED” notifications during last night’s storm, they had no idea that it was their last dance with Penn Station’s beloved departure board. By this morning, the 16-year-old board had ceased operations, and was covered by a tarp on one side.
East Village resident Adrian Gilboe, who opened Wandering Dragon Trading Co. in the 90s—the predecessor to Obscura Antiques & Oddities—died last month at the age of 59. [EV Grieve]
Greenpoint Hill, a gallery that also sells ceramics and jewelry, officially opened yesterday on Freeman Street. [Greenpointers]
A rumor is circulating that Shake Shack might replace Pearl Paint, a former Canal Street institution. [Tribeca Citizen]
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If you haven’t heard, the old Allen Street bathhouse (called “comfort station” in polite parlance) may be getting a long overdue facelift. The poor thing had a short life– built in the 1930s, it was closed by the ’50s once the Second Avenue El closed down. Since then it just sits there, an odd sentinel on the Allen Street Mall, reminding passersby of a bygone era– and perhaps teasing them when they really need to go.
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Lit Lounge is closing after 14 years in the East Village and will reopen in Bushwick sometime soon. Co-owner Erik Foss, who will be joined by Trash Bar’s owner in the new venture, blames “the new East Village crowd and the flight of the creative types to creative Brooklyn. It was inevitable.” [Clubplanet]
In Greenpoint, 35-year-old Carmine’s Original Pizzeria served its last slice on July 1. [Brooklyn Paper]
Avenue A taqueria La Lucha has closed six years after its debut. [EV Grieve]