Morning Reads: Restaurants on the Ropes, Preservation Plea, TV Star Candidate

Another look at the escalating commercial rents pushing restaurants out of Manhattan (Epoch Times).

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation wants the city to …

Morning Reads: Speaker Silver’s Legal Fees, St. Mark’s Bookshop 2.0, Chinatown After Dark

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has spent $30,000 from his campaign account for legal fees related to the Vito Lopez lawsuits. Since 2004, he’s used $285,000 …

Morning Reads: BP Station Property Sold, New Buildings Commissioner, Chinatown BID’s Coop Plan

The site of the former BP gas station on 2nd Avenue has been sold for $32 million (Real Deal).

The mayor finally picks a buildings …

Morning Reads: Rapfogel Sentencing Delayed, McEnroe’s Son Arrested, Pier 17 Update

William Rapfogel was scheduled to be sentenced for his role in the Met Council embezzlement scheme yesterday, but a judge has now given him another …

Morning Reads: Johnny Marines Profiled, Saving Punjabi Deli, Nine-Man Volleyball on the LES

“The man behind the man;” Lower East Side native Johnny Marines, who works closely with Latin musical star Romeo Santos, is profiled (Daily News).

Today …

Morning Reads: West Bank Tensions-New Museum Show, Ben Shaoul Hearing, Pleading For a New Bus Terminal

Ramallah-based Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar  was supposed to play a key role in events surrounding the New Museum’s exhibition of  art from the Arab World, …

Morning Reads: Gambling Den Buyer, Bus Stop Shutterbug, Gallery Closure

The previously undisclosed buyer of the East Broadway building siezed in a 2012 gambling raid and sold at auction in March turns out to be …

Morning Reads: 1928 Library Notice, Art Exhibit of Subway Ads, Tenants and Landlords

An overdue library book notice from 1928, unearthed on Orchard Street, is now on display at the Tenement Museum. (Gothamist)

Decaying subway advertisements as art, …

Morning Reads: Stalled Orchard Hotel, NYCHA Funding, Street Art Tours, Clinton Street Retail

A court decision means forward movement for the long-stalled boutique hotel at 139 Orchard St. (The Real Deal)

Now being marketed to tourists: Walking tours …

Morning Reads: Parking Garage Redevelopment, Bridge Trouble, EV Gas Update

Council member Margaret Chin says the Essex Street parking garage should be converted to affordable housing as part of the Seward Park redevelopment project. (WSJ/subscription …

Morning Reads: Feral Cat Fight, Daring Bank Robbery, CitiBike Maps, Meals for Kids

Shareholders at Amalgamated Dwellings on Grand Street clash with co-op management over the fate of long-supported feral cat colonies. (The Villager)

Robbers sawed a hole …

Morning Reads: Mural Time Machine, 204 Forsyth Update, Air Guitar, Shadow Transit Systems

Thanks to the tech wizards over at the New York Public Library, you can now peel back the paint on the Bowery & Houston mural …

Morning Reads: More White New Yorkers, Camera Club’s New LES Facility, Fireworks Guide

A new census report shows New York’s non-Hispanic white population continues to grow (NYT).

More apartments are available in New York compared with last year …

Morning Reads: Bereket Closes, Gas Station Updates, Getting Naked on Ludlow

Bereket on East Houston Street and Orchard Street has closed after 20 years (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

The BP gas station on East 1st Street is …

Morning Reads: Eldridge Street Murder, LES Gets More Council Dollars, Graffiti Wall Through the Years

A man accused of killing his sister in their Eldridge Street apartment claims self defense (Post).

A real estate investment firm, Four Winds, lists Gotham …