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Has Carrera’s Taqueria Served Its Last Super Taco?

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Cheap-eats lovers, get ready to cry into your napkins: Carrera’s, a small Mexican restaurant located off the Morgan L in Bushwick, may be taking a dirt siesta.
The consistently affordable prices at Carrera’s were a welcome comfort in the midst of a neighborhood that seems to be getting pricier by the day. Chips and salsa were free, chips and guac were $5, and their generously portioned entrees typically ran in the $7 to $11 range.
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The City Just Made It Harder For Your Landlord to Harass You

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(Photo: Tarika Roongsri)

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio signed three new measures into law to prevent the tenant harassment and shady practices that have become so commonplace among New York City landlords, particularly those who own rent stabilized units in rapidly gentrifying areas like North Brooklyn, the East Village, Bowery and the Lower East Side.

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Three Bowery Buildings Vacated After Wall Collapses On Workers

Outside 210 Bowery. (Photo Credit: Daniel Maurer)

Outside 210 Bowery. (Photo Credit: Daniel Maurer)

A brick wall collapsed onto two workers this morning as they renovated a building at Bowery and Rivington.

The workers were digging for concrete placement in an elevator pit at 210 Bowery when the incident occurred. Both men were able to extricate themselves from the debris and sustained minor injuries, according to the Department of Buildings. One worker was transported to Bellevue in stable condition, the fire department said. The four-story structure and the two buildings on either side of it were given vacate orders.

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Extell Mum About Height of LES Towers as Residents Complain About Construction

Anthony Abbruzzese gives a construction update. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Anthony Abbruzzese gives a construction update. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Extell Development addressed concerns last night about the massive towers that will rise on the former Pathmark site on Cherry Street, but refused to tell local residents just how tall they will be.

No height information was given about the massive condo tower or its smaller, more “affordable” sister, scheduled for completion in 2019.
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Comedian Damien Lemon Will ‘Get into the Deep Issues, But This Isn’t a TED Talk’

Damien Lemon.

Damien Lemon.

You’ve probably seen Damien Lemon on MTV 2’s Guy Code, or as the cabbie in one of those Spiderman movies or on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. This month you can find him doing stand-up at The Stand. Lemon first walked onto the stage in 2005, when he performed at Sal’s Comedy Hole, and since then he’s been dishing out laid-back advice and commentary on race, sex and, yes, Uber drivers. Lemon, who also co-hosts a podcast called #InTheConversation and co-anchors MTV 2’s Not Exactly News gave us insight into the comedians he most looks up to, the “two different Brooklyns,” and how he transforms “fucked up” shit into jokes that hit.

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Advocates of Small Business Protection Ponder Ways to ‘Take Back NYC’

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Panelists from left to right: Kelly Anderson, Dexter Ciprian, Ton Angoti, Sherri Donovan, and Steve Null (Photo: Jaime Cone)

“Right now there are banners up all over the city that say ‘New York City: real estate capital of the world,’ and that pretty much sums up what the basic civic religion is in New York City,” said Tom Angotti, author or New York For Sale. The Hunter College professor of Urban Affairs and Planning was a panelist at a Take Back NYC public forum Thursday evening, where he and a diverse group of experts spoke on the subject of small businesses in New York and answered questions relating to a proposed bill that aims to help the city’s small businesses survive.
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Bowery Tenants Protest Landlord They Say Is Pushing Them Out

(Photo: Tarika Roongsri)

(Photo: Tarika Roongsri)

About 100 people came out to the Bowery today for a press conference, where 27 families living in 83 and 85 Bowery spoke out against poor living conditions, according to David Tieu of The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The tenants say the new owner, Joseph Betesh of Milestone Equities, has allowed the buildings to fall into disrepair and is refusing to renew their leases, and they plan to fight back to remain in their homes.

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21 Post-It Notes That Reveal New Yorkers’ Concerns About Gentrification

In conjunction with the play Buzzer, Tracey Scott Wilson’s tale of an upwardly-mobile black attorney who buys an apartment in a transitioning neighborhood in Brooklyn, The Public Theater asked patrons to mark a map with a pushpin signifying how they felt about their neighborhood. “We thought about how we could connect everyone that comes through this building to this topic,” said Reynaldi Lindner Lolong, the Public’s Membership and Marketing manager. The colored pushpins point out exactly where people are from on the map, and the Post-Its allow them to choose a color (green for those worried about being priced out of their hood, orange for those who feel unsafe, red for both and blue for neither) and make an anonymous comment about their experience with gentrification. “What’s been really fascinating is seeing it’s not that all one neighborhood is green, or all one is red. Within the same block you’ll see all different reactions,” Lolong said.

The Buzzer runs until April 26 at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street.

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Williamsburg’s (D)evolution Captured in #MyChangingNeighborhood

(Photo by Stéphanie de Rougé/Instagram)

(Photo by Stéphanie de Rougé/Instagram)

When photographer Stéphanie de Rougé moved to New York in 2006 she settled on the south side of Williamsburg. “From the first day, I knew I was at home here,” she wrote on her website. “Williamsburg had it all: the Brooklyn grittiness, the sexy wild parties, the shady pharmacy, the old pigeon cooper and the sweet little café around the corner. Other than the fact that yellow cabs refused to cross the bridge, life was good.” Yes, yes it was. But then Starbucks moved in, and Whole Foods and Apple made their nefarious plans.

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Cash Mob Aims to Help East Village Blast Zone Businesses Find Their Feet

smallbizcrawlSmall businesses have been hit hard in the wake of the East Village explosion, so residents have conjured up a Small Biz Crawl in order to help. All walks of life are welcome to join the #SaveNYC movement at noon this Saturday, April 11, to visit the beloved establishments most affected by the explosion.

Participants will gather at Gem Spa, which has served the neighborhood since 1957, on the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, and then head to Himalayan Visions, a family-run shop selling an array of trinkets from jewelry to meditation supplies. A lunch break will follow, at B&H Dairy or Paul’s Da Burger Joint. With full bellies, the group will meander toward New Yorkers Market, to stock up on groceries for the week.

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