Category: Local

Construction watch: 799 Broadway

[Photo from Saturday] Workers are starting on the fourth floor of the incoming 12-story zig-zagging office complex on the southwest corner of Broadway at 11th Street. The address was the former home of the recently demolished St. Denis building. Normandy Real Estate Partners bought the property for somewhere in the $100 million ballpark back in 2016. According to a news release about the address: “799 Broadway will feature floor-to-ceiling glass, private terraces, and 15 foot high ceilings. This combination of highly desirable location and state-of-the-art design will appeal to New York’s most progressive and creative companies.” And (previously revealed) renderings ... Read more

Hoboken’s O’Bagel offers eye-popping $135 jumbo bagel

Cartoonishly large food that doubles as Instagram bait is no stranger to the tri-state area (See PHD Terrace’s hot chocolate, so big that a spill would be an equivalent of a scolding volcanic eruption spewing chocolate lava). Over in Hoboken, New Jersey, a new giant has entered the scene. The jumbo bagel at O’Bagel is a behemoth sized load of carbs. First introduced to the bagelry in 2017, it’s the mastermind of co-owner and head chef Stephen El-Hassan. Customers can get the big boy in everything, plain or sesame.  The catch? The eye-popping prices of the jumbo bagels range between $45-$135, ... Read more

In the News: Soho rezoning has critics

SOHO REZONING REPORT DISSED amNY reports that more than a hundred people came to a CB2 Land Use Committee meeting last week to express their opposition to possible new development in Soho and Noho, all in reaction to the report commissioned by BP Gale Brewer, Councilwoman Chin and the Department of City Planning. (There were certainly plenty of public meetings leading up to the report.) I have not had the heart to dig into it yet, but will get to it. It’s here in the meantime. ‘HONKY TONK’ ON CHAMBERS STREET The Patriot gets a mention in the Post’s round up ... Read more

Classic Nassau Avenue Deli Closed by Department of Health

  Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is closed following an inspection on January 16th by the NYC Dept. of Health. The cherished McGolrick Park-adjacent Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), which is in a storefront that has been home to a deli since the 1930s, faced closure in 2017 when deli owner Krystyna Godawa struggled with a more than 100 percent rent increase. Broadway Stages stepped in and covered the difference in rent and saved Park Deli from shuttering. A health inspection of the deli last week racked up 65 points (a “C” is 28 or more points) for evidence of unsanitary conditions that ... Read more

Is Williamsburg Getting A Vessel at the Domino Development?

A new installation at the Domino development in Williamsburg is taking shape. Photo: @marc @lucas_scherrer_production The French street artists JR is working on a large-scale installation with shipping containers on the Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino development that is soon to open. A Brooklyn Museum multimedia installation “JR: Chronicles” also currently displays work from the artist, whose images usually touch on social issues while utilizing size with massive paste-ups and portraits. Stacks of over a dozen blue shipping containers were placed in a triangle formation at the Domino development last week. JR posted an Instagram update last Thursday indicating that ... Read more

Where to catch the Manhattanhenge sunrise tomorrow

The glorious phenomenon that is Manhattanhenge is back, but this time, you’ll need to get up early if you want to see it. The Instagrammable moment when the sun shines through the Manhattan grid at just the right angle is happening again on Wednesday, January 22 at around 7:15am. And the best place to see it? 41st Street and Fifth Avenue. There are moments in January each year that Manhattanhenge occurs (this year it also happened on January 11 and 12) and it is very street-dependent, according to Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. “There are lots ... Read more

The Sunshine Cinema closed 2 years ago today

Foundation work continues for the 9-story office building coming to 143 E. Houston St. between Eldridge and Forsyth … at night, the site looks like the bombed-out ruins of a building… The property was home for 17 years to the five-screen Landmark Sunshine Theater. The Sunshine closed two years ago today — Jan. 21, 2018. East End Capital and K Property Group, who bought the property for $31.5 million in the spring of 2017, are putting in the office complex with retail space. The links below have more details on what has transpired and what’s to come. And look back ... Read more

NYC restaurants and bars in "Awkwafina is Nora From Queens"

Awkwafina, the rapper-slash-actress and Queens native, is set to release her new Comedy Central show, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, on January 22nd. The autobiographical TV show is a comical homage to her roots in Forest Hills and when she was known as Nora Lum (that is, prior to going viral on Youtube, winning her recent Golden Globe for The Farewell and being the breakout star in films such as Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians…and, of course, as our very own Time Out New York cover girl). As you might’ve read from us, Awkwafina’s voice has taken over the announcements on the 7 train ... Read more

2nd Avenue gas explosion trial recap

[Image via CBS 2] A recap from the gas-explosion trial in case you were away this past holiday weekend. The sentencing took place on Friday… • Trio responsible for the deadly 2nd Avenue gas explosion sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison (Friday) • Convicted gas explosion landlord Maria Hrynenko out on bail; contractor, plumber remain behind bars (Saturday) Meanwhile, here’s a look from Sunday at the new building going up on Second Avenue and Seventh on two of the three lots destroyed on March 26, 2015… Workers have been quickly erecting the Morris Adjmi-designed building at 119 Second ... Read more

Bait & Hook has closed

The now-former home of Bait & Hook is for lease on the northwest corner of 14th Street and Second Avenue. EVG reader Jimmy reports that a “closed for renovations” sign arrived last week… … followed by the arrival of the for rent sign on Friday. (And H/T Shiv and Pinch!) Bait & Hook opened as an alleged seafood restaurant in September 2012. Per the press release at the time: Bait & Hook offers a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere where seafood is the star. Diners can enjoy a reasonably priced meal without compromising high-end, quality cuisine and service. Bait & Hook provides ... Read more