Category: Local

The New York Public Library announces its favorite 125 books of its lifetime

New York Public Library has given its regal lions, Patience and Fortitude, some massive books to read. For its 125th anniversary and to announce its new list of its 125 favorite titles of the last 125 years, the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building has placed large versions of The Great Gatsby and Beloved on top of the lions’ paws—and it’s super cute. The list of 125 books takes into account titles (12 forms and genre) the library has had in its stacks from the very beginning (since May 23, 1895). The librarians’ picks were chosen because they “generate excitement around books and a love of reading,” are ... Read more

Woodside Cop Gunned Down 50-Years Ago To be Honored With St. Sebastian’s Church Service Friday

Photo (New York City Transit Police Department, New York) Feb. 24, 2020 By Rob MacKay and Christian Murray A memorial service is being held at St. Sebastian Church this Friday in honor of a fallen NYPD transit officer from Woodside who was gunned down on the streets of Manhattan 50 years ago. Patrolman Michael Melchiona, a St. Sebastian School graduate who grew up at 53-13 Skillman Ave., was shot dead on the job on Feb. 28, 1970 while in pursuit of a gunman. Melchiona was 29-years-old at the time of his death and left behind a wife, a two-year-old and ... Read more

Capital One Closing Greenpoint Savings Bank Branch in May

The historic Greenpoint Savings Bank building (807 Manhattan Ave.) is undergoing changes. The Capital One branch inside of the historic Greenpoint Savings Bank building (807 Manhattan Ave.) will close on May 18th, according to a Greenpoint branch employee. After May 18th, the nearest Capital One branch for people living in Greenpoint will be at 244 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg. There are currently no plans for another tenant to take up space in the front of the landmarked building, but in 2016, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved redevelopment of the buildings’ rear, or annex, for the construction of condos on the ... Read more

Activity at the fire-damaged Cafe Mocha

This past week, workers covered up the windows at Cafe Mocha, which was wiped out by the three-alarm fire on Feb. 10 at 48 E. Seventh St./116 Second Ave. Workers were also spotted removing debris from the retail space as well as the rest of the building (thanks to Steven for the photos on Friday)… There is a full vacate on the property, though the city is allowing emergency work, including sealing the roof. Cafe Mocha has taken a hopeful approach about possibly reopening. A sign on the door and a message on their Instagram account thanks neighbors and customers ... Read more

Levain Bakery set to open first downtown Manhattan location

Fans of Levain Bakery’s gargantuan cookies have been lining out the door of the jewel-box sized storefront on the Upper West Side for nearly a quarter century. But come February 26th, this perennial favorite amongst New Yorkers and tourists alike will have a downtown location for one of the best cookies in NYC.  Photography: Time Out / Ali Garber Customers have been asking about a downtown location for years, say co-owners Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald, but the pair pair decided on NoHo for its “amazing energy.” The bakery is located in a landmarked building and will be the sixth ... Read more

In the News: P.F. Chang’s coming to Fulton Street

  View this post on Instagram   There are four basic types of ramen: Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy), Tonkotsu (pork bone), and Miso (savory), but the variations on these foundations are endless. Which is your favorite? A post shared by P.F. Chang’s (@pfchangs) on Feb 22, 2020 at 8:16am PST PF CHANG TO GO COMING TO FIDI The Commercial Observer reports that P.F. Chang is launching its new takeout model — the first in the city — in Fidi at 60 Fulton. The store will be 2000 square feet and named P.F. Chang’s To Go. The first one opened in ... Read more

We spent the night at the American Museum of Natural History

At 3am this past Sunday, I was in the cool darkness of the American Museum of Natural History, illuminating the femur of a massive Titanosaurus with my flashlight. I’m not a paleontologist or a character from 2006’s Night at the Museum—In fact, I was sleeping over as part of AMNH’s popular Night at the Museum for Grown-Ups. Many of us have heard about this unique event, but few have actually experienced the full thing from start to finish, so we asked the museum if we could be invited to the party and take in the whole thing with fresh eyes. ... Read more

Tuesday Morning City Council Hearing on BQE

While the expert panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio recently released its report on renovation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the City Council also commissioned a report on that topic by the urban design firm ARUP. That report will be released this Tuesday morning, February 25 at 10:00 a.m., at a public hearing on “The Future of the BQE” in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Representatives of the Department of Transportation will be there, and will answer questions from council members and other elected officials. There will also be testimony by representatives of the Brooklyn Heights Association and other community groups. Before the hearing there ... Read more

Bronx Night Market has announced its 2020 opening date and new vendors!

New Yorkers love a good open-air, food-centric market—ehem Smorgasburg—but the Bronx Night Market not only brings amazing eats, it celebrates all that the incredible northernmost borough has to offer. Bronx Night Market has officially announced their opening weekend date to kick off their third bustling season. On Saturday, May 2, you can cruise uptown to the weekly fete which runs between 4 and 10pm. Every year there’s thumping live music, performances, local merchants, and Bronx-based vendors, serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations. This season welcomes new vendors to the mix such as Mao’s Baos, Rooster Boys, ... Read more

Trash talk on 7th Street

Someone has made homemade signs pointing out who is managing the buildings on Seventh Street between Avenue A and First Avenue where the trash routinely overflows on the sidewalk… The signs are in front of buildings owned by the Kushner Companies and managed by its subsidiary Westminster, per a tipster on the block… (they note “A Kushner Production”) Per the tipster: “They refuse to hire a super on Sundays to prevent this mess every week. And the fine from sanitation is less than what they’d pay him anyway. Saving money by trashing the hood.” Last March, The Wall Street Journal ... Read more