Morning Reads: Accused Rapist’s Claims, NYCHA Maintenance Mess, Inoteca’s Goodbye

An accused rapist claims his victim had been drinking heavily and that he was invited into her apartment (Post).

News flash: NYCHA finally fixes a bathroom at the Baruch Houses (NY1).

The state law authorizing NYC’s use of red light cameras his up for renewal (Epoch Times).

Real estate developer and nightlife mogul Michael Shah talks about (among other issues) his split with Matt Levine at Sons of Essex (Observer).

A loving goodbye to Inoteca (Village Voice).

Vicky & Lysander,” the internet series from two of our friends at the LES Film Festival, returns for another season (Huff Post).

Morning Reads: Cop Shooter Conviction, Bet Pays Off at 51 Astor Place, Inheriting Affordable Housing

Luis Martinez faces 25 years-life, after a jury convicted him in the shooting of a cop on the Lower East Side in 2012 (Daily News).

Edward Minskoff defies conventional wisdom, making a success of 51 Astor Place, an audacious commercial development (WSJ).

On the market for $25 million: a former Con Ed substation on East 6th Street that served as the creative nerve center for artist Walter De Maria (NYT).

Don’t hate them too much: New Yorkers born into low cost housing (NYT).

More clues about what’s ahead at the former 7A space (EV Grieve).

Morning Reads: Chinese New Year Holiday, Robin Thicke & Kendrick Lamar at Pier 36, Callicoon Fine Arts Expands

Sheldon Silver and Daniel Squadron push for a Lunar New Year school holiday (NYT).

ESPN is hosting an invite-only Super Bowl party at Pier 36 featuring performances by Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar (Post).

Callicoon Fine Arts is moving from Forsyth Street to a larger gallery space at 49 Delancey St. (Gallerist).

Remembering Mike Bakaty, who owned New York’s longest-running tatoo parlor (EV Grieve).

Inside the Poetry Brothel at the Back Room (Untapped Cities).

Morning Reads: Super Bowl Prostitution Bust, NYPD Transparency, Chin’s 2014 Goals

The State Attorney General busts a Super Bowl prostitution ring; suspects are being brought to the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side (Post).

City Council member Dan Garodnick urges the NYPD to make precinct crime information available to neighborhood-based news outlets (Capital).

City Council member Margaret Chin talks about her 2nd term priorities (Epoch Times).

Cash4 and a few other graffiti artists were arrested at a building on Avenue A (Post).

Take a look at the Cool tags throughout the East Village (EV Grieve).

Morning Reads: Seaport Plan Stopped, Crime Wave?, Recalling Street Art of the 70’s & 80’s

The controversial redevelopment plan for the South Street Seaport has been put on hold (Tribeca Trib).

A $70 million pay day for Ben Shaoul, who turned an East Village nursing home into luxury housing? (Post)

Tabloid fear mongering: the backlash against “stop and frisk” is responsible for a 33% spike in murders (Post).

Returning to Ridge and Stanton — and reflecting on the graffiti art of the 70’s and 80’s.  More than 150 works from Martin Wong’s remarkable collection have gone on display at the Museum of the City of New York (NYT).

“Ten Thousand Saints,” a TV adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s 1980’s themed Lower East Side novel, begins shooting on East 9th Street (EV Grieve).

Morning Reads: Cop Shooting Trial, 7-Eleven’s Rough Reception, Subway Trash Strategy

A man on trial for shooting a police officer on the Lower East Side in 2012 testified that he acted out of fear (WSJ/AP).

Witnesses say an NYU student was naked, high on mushrooms before plunging to his death (Post).

7-Eleven is now up to 37 stores in Manhattan but the chain is finding New Yorkers to be (surprise, surprise) tough customers (Crain’s).

The MTA is planning to remove trash cans from subway stations on the J and M lines to reduce litter (Daily News).

“Stay in Love,” an exhibition at two Lower East Side galleries (Hyperallergic).

Morning Reads: Silver-de Blasio Honeymoon, Rapfogel Update, Endangered Restaurants

Sheldon Silver and Bill de Blasio hope a strong alliance will advance their common progressive agenda (NYT).

Report: William Rapfogel may be getting ready to plead guilty (Daily News).

Meet the freshman City Council member from the Bronx who’s replacing LES rep Rosie Mendez as head of the public housing committee (Daily News).

Cops grouse about being held accountable for traffic enforcement (Post).

“Dual at the Old Fulton Fish Market;” Robert LaValva battles to save the historic neighborhood (NYT).

Making one reporter’s list of endangered restaurants: Yonah Schimmel, El Sombrero (Daily News).

Checking in on the last day at 7A (EV Grieve).

Remembering Chinatown activist Paul Lee (Open City).

Morning Reads: Pedestrian Safety, Economy Candy, School for Womanly Arts

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wants community boards to submit lists of the most dangerous intersections (NY1).

Economy Candy’s secrets to long-lasting success (Forbes).

Here’s a look at Narcissa, the new restaurant in the Standard East Village hotel (Eater).

A top flight pet detective is on the hunt for a puppy named Georgie (Post).

A look at one of the Lower East Side’s more unusual ventures, the School for Womanly Arts (Daily News).

Morning Reads: De Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan, Peels Closes, Macauley Culkin’s Band at Moscot

A look at the mayor’s lofty goal of creating or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing (NYT).

More on the new City Council leadership assignments, which left local Council member Rosie Mendez without a committee chairmanship (Daily News).

Residents would really like the 7-Eleven on Avenue A to shovel the sidewalk (EV Grieve).

Peels on the Bowery has closed (Grub Street).

“Here Be Sirens,” a “substantial” new musical theater piece at Dixon Place (NYT).

The Pizza Underground, Macauley Culkin’s Velvet Underground tribute band, performs at Moscot tonight (AMNY).

Morning Reads: Developer Death Threats?, Council Committee Assignments, Robert James’ Brooklyn Bureau

The legal battle over a stalled Orchard Street hotel project takes another bizarre turn as a “debt-ridden developer (allegedly) threatened to rape and kill his adversaries.” (Post)

City Council committee assignments will be announced today.  District 1’s Margaret Chin is apparently going to chair the aging committee.  She had requested transportation but that post is reportedly going to Ydanis Rodriguez (Capital).

Sheldon Silver seems to be claiming the middle ground between Cuomo and de Blasio’s pre-k plans (Daily News).

The mayor shovels his sidewalk and responds to griping about the city’s handling of yesterday’s snow storm (Politicker).

Lower East Side designer Robert James opens his new Brooklyn store; Leo DiCaprio has already been a customer (Bedford & Bowery).

Morning Reads: Safe Streets Campaign, Rosario Dawson’s New Film, LES Change-Aerial Edition

The mayor makes pedestrian safety a high priority (NYT)

Rosario Dawson says her new film, Gimme Shelter, struck a personal nerve, reminding the actress of her Lower East Side upbringing (Daily News).

Robert Sietsema outlines an “historic restaurant preservation plan.” (Eater)

Aerial photos show how the Lower East Side’s landscape has changed over the years (LESNYC).

Basquiat “reclining nude,” a photo exhibit at 76 Grand St. (EV Grieve).

“People are doing their sexy thing” at Wise Men on the Bowery (New Yorker).

Morning Reads: 20 MPH Proposal, Yippie Museum, Andy Warhol’s “Empire”

A state Assemblyman wants to reduce the speed on city streets to 20 m.p.h. (Daily News).

The mayor decides to appoint a new head of the Housing Development Corp., a key player in financing affordable housing (City & State).

The latest on the Yippie Museum legal battle (EV Grieve).

While two productions are “remarkable,” the American Realness Festival at the Abrons Arts Center is not so much “cutting-edge” as  “thoroughly fringe and largely kitsch.” (NYT)

Andy Warhol’s “Empire,” at the James Fuentes Gallery; “monumental cast but not much plot.” (NYT)

Space of the Week: Inside Con Artist’s “clubhouse.” (NYM)

Morning Reads: Kushner’s East Village Empire Expands, Rape Suspect Plea, Bowien on Jimmy Fallon

Jared Kushner keeps up his East Village real estate spending spree (Real Deal).

Steve Cuozzo: “Developers can relax — Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t turn New York City into a communistic realm where no one can build a candy store without including ‘affordable’ apartments.” (Post).

The suspect in an East Village rape pleads not guilty (Post).

Sheldon Silver was “unspecific” when asked about the future of Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who’s been accused of sexual harassment (Capital).

Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese/Cantina makes fried chicken wings with Jimmy Fallon (Grub Street).

Lower East Side collector Lisa Cooley talks about Ileana Sonnabend’s MOMA exhibition (NYT).

Recalling the days when 98 Avenue A was a movie theater (EV Grieve).


Morning Reads: Alleged Rapist Arrested, Intercity Bus Study, Apartment Prices Rising

Police arrest a suspect in the rape of a young woman on East 7th Street (Daily News).

A new study shows that intercity bus travel is much cheaper than driving and that the “number of scheduled discount intercity bus trips increased 72 percent since 2010,” (Bloomberg)

The median sales price of apartments on the Lower East Side is up sharply from 2012 (Crain’s).

More on the plans for the former Bowery Salvation Army building site (EV Grieve).

Video: Sheldon Silver’s comments on Albany scandals and education funding (Times Union).

A Community Board panel says the guy who wants to create Beastie Boy Square on the Lower East Side needs more petition signatures (WCBS).

Morning Reads: East 7th Street Rape, Jerry’s Newsstand Saved, Max Fish Alumni Report

Surveillance video: suspected East 7th Street rapist (WABC).

Silver: not ready “to blow up the state- yet” over Pre-K (Daily News).

Thanks to Mayor de Blasio, Jerry’s Newsstand is going to reopen (NYT).

The Salvation Army’s old building on the Bowery is set for demolition (EV Grieve).

Checking in with three former Max Fish bartenders (Bedford & Bowery).

Saying so long to Milady’s in Soho (NYT).