Morning Reads: IBM at 51 Astor Place, Charter School Study, Parking Ticket Ice Rage

IBM’s Watson will become a major new player at 51 Astor Place (Forbes).

Study: Charter school students are not more likely to transfer than traditional public school students; but charters lose special needs students at a high rate (NYT).

Parking ticket outrage! Cops target cars stuck in the ice (Post).

10 questions in the East Village for 2014 (EV Grieve).

“Mega Muse” Natalie White is back at the Rox Gallery (Complex).

Morning Reads: Schmoozing with Silver, LES Museum Featured, Pearl & Ash Q&A

“They came, they schmoozed, they noshed;” scenes from Sheldon Silver’s bagel breakfast (Capital).

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is profiled (Metro Focus).

An owner of East 10th Street restaurant Quintessence dies; an effort is underway to save the business (EV Grieve).

Random questions for the guys behind Pearl & Ash (The New Potato).

Morning Reads: NYU Expansion Ruling, Jerry’s Newsstand, Silver Backs de Blasio Tax

A New York state court blocks part of NYU’s expansion plan (NYT).

Mayor de Blasio is “working to reach a better outcome” for Jerry’s Newsstand (Daily News).

Silver: Albany would clear the way for de Blasio’s plan to tax the rich (Politics on the Hudson).

In Chinatown, is the old garment district becoming a high fashion destination? (Open City)

It looks like 7A, the popular East Village bar, is closing at the end of the month (EV Grieve).


Morning Reads: Jerry Appeals to de Blasio, Cuomo Goes Easy on Silver, Billboard Spotting With Joel Grey

Jerry Delakas fights to keep his newsstand (NYT).

Jerry meets the mayor and prepares for a court date (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

The governor “threw Sheldon Silver a bone” yesterday, “saying that combating sex-harassment scandals in the Assembly requires changes in rules, not in leadership.” (Daily News)

New Museum head Lisa Phillips is one of the names being floated for the top job at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (Gallerist).

Joel Grey indulges his billboard obsession on the Lower East Side (WSJ).

Inside Szeki Chan and Richard Lai’s thoughtful 450 square foot Clinton Street apartment (Design Sponge).

So long Sapporo East (EV Grieve).

Morning Reads: Catching Up With Judith Malina, Saul Leiter Documentary, Mr. LES Crowned

Living Theater co-founder Judith Malina may have departed the Lower East Side but she still thinks it’s a place where a “beautiful, nonviolent revolution” can occur (NYT).

Sheldon Silver appoints the husband of a top Assembly staff member to the state ethics commission (Daily News).

Educational Alliance bought uniforms for kids at P.S. 188 (NYT).

ICYMI: “In No Great Hurry,” the documentary about downtown photographer Saul Leiter debuts (NYT).

The  NSFW recap of the 15th annual Mr. LES Pageant (Slum Goddess).

Morning Reads: Charter School Stance, Hot Real Estate Market, Old Man Hustle’s Random Bunch

New York’s new schools chancellor side steps questions about charter schools (WNBC).

In the final quarter of 2013, New York’s residential real estate market heated up (Curbed).

ICYMI: Alan Cumming buys East 9th Street townhouse for $4.65 million (Post).

Old Man Hustle: the most random group of people you’ve ever seen (New Yorker).

1 Minute Meal: Clay pot rice at A-Wah (Serious Eats).


Morning Reads: Vladeck Houses “Shake Down,” Silver Punishes Lawmaker, Sexy Rabbis

A former employee at the Vladeck Houses is accused of “shaking down” tenants in exchange for lower rent (Daily News).

NYCHA head John Rhea resigns (Daily News).

Sheldon Silver punishes an Upper East Side Assemblyman who sexually harassed staff members (NYT).

Silver intends to push for a minimum wage increase by the end of next year (Daily News).

The CBGB film will be available on dvd today (Broadway World).

A local rabbi makes the “sexiest rabbis of 2013″ list (Times of Israel).

Midday Reads: In Defense of de Blasio’s Housing Hire, Preservation Debate, Mikvah History

Some supporters argue Bill de Blasio’s new deputy mayor for economic development is the right woman to stabilize NYC’s affordable housing (Crain’s).

Preservationists and real estate developers renew their debate over landmarking (Curbed).

Shocker: a would-be Republican candidate for governor wants to make Shelly Silver a campaign issue (Daily News).

Where to eat now? A few Lower East Side spots — including Cata, Mission Cantina, Pearl & Ash and Skal — make New York Magazine’s annual list (NYM).

Recounting the history of the East Broadway building housing the neighborhood’s last mikvah (Bedford & Bowery).

Lawsuit watch: former lady Gaga hangers-on may be going to court (


Morning Reads: Hotel Boom Predictions, NYCHA’s Police Protection, Michael Che Ready For Big Year

Hotel transactions are expected to pick up in 2014; the Lower East Side will almost certainly continue to be a hot spot (Commercial Observer).

A look at the potential impact of ending NYCHA’s payments to the police department, an unpopular practice Bill de Blasio has pledged to end (NYT).

The controversial eviction of an Essex Street Market vendor hits the Spanish-language press (Voices of NY).

Residents are steamed about a food cart on Avenue A and 2nd Street (EV Grieve).

LES born and raised comic Michael Che is poised for his big screen closeup in 2014 (Daily Record).

Morning Reads: Stray Voltage, Christmas at the Bowery Mission, Icy & Sot on Allen Street

Con Ed inspects sections of 2nd and 7th streets for stray voltage (EV Grieve).

Christmas at the Bowery Mission (NY1).

Christmas cottage industry: Jewish tours of the Lower East Side (Fox NY).

Another holiday tradition, the Matzo Ball, attracts more than 1000 to Bowery events venue (WSJ).

Street artists Icy & Sot are back with a new mural on Allen Street (Street Art News).

Morning Reads: Goldman Exec Heads City Housing, Silver on Latest Albany Scandal, LES Gallery Glut?

De Blasio chooses a Goldman Sachs exec as deputy mayor of housing (NYT).

Sheldon Silver says a Buffalo Assemblyman should resign if sexual harassment claims made against him are true (Daily News).

Silver is making passage of the DREAM Act a top priority (Albany Times Union).

A mixed-use building on East 11th Street is sold for $57 million (EV Grieve).

Art dealer James Cope backs away from plans to open a gallery on the Lower east Side, saying the neighborhood is over saturated; instead he’s going to Texas (The Art Newspaper).


Morning Reads: Salvation Army Building Demolition, Met Council Money, Top Hops Profiled

Interior demolition of the Salvation Army’s former East Village Residence is set to begin (EV Grieve).

In the aftermath of the William Rapfogel scandal, the Met Council is cleared to accept public funds (Daily News).

Sheldon Silver expresses concerns about a plan to share student data with a private company (Daily News).

Photo essay: Santas from the Bowery (NYT).

Top Hops: “high class beer, low key surroundings.” (NYT).

Made in the Lower East Side’s latest endeavor: Featherbed Lane (Gothamist).

Morning Reads: Chin Backs Apparent Speaker-in-Waiting, NYPD Goes Silent, Streit’s Documentary

De Blasio ally Melissa Mark-Viverito declares victory in the the Council Speaker race; Council member Margaret Chin among her supporters (Observer).

De Blasio hires a budget director, a longtime aide to Shelly Silver (Crain’s).

NYCHA Chairman John Rhea has no regrets about his tenure; LES residents still waiting for repairs/upgrades (Daily News).

What’s behind the NYPD’s sudden decision to freeze out reporters at local precincts? (Gothamist).

A new report from the city illustrates how Chinese immigration is remarking New York (NYT).

The old 9th Street Bakery will be replaced by a juice joint (EV Grieve).

Keith McNally’s Pulino’s will close December 29 (Eater).

Revisiting the Streit’s documentary project (New Jersey Jewish News).

Morning Reads: Bowery Ace Hotel, New Apartment-Rocket Included, Feltraiger’s Farewell

Plans emerge for the new Ace Hotel in the former Salvation Army shelter at 225 Bowery (Real Deal).

A couple found a rocket inside their new East Broadway apartment (Post).

More about the campaign to save Jerry’s Newsstand (EV Grieve).

The Acme and Indochine teams prepare to open a Mexican/Asian restaurant in the old Laugh Lounge space in the spring (Zagat).

Feltraiger is having a party Thursday night before moving to Brooklyn (Feltraiger tumblr).



Morning Reads: Tenement Museum’s New Benefactors, SantaCon Wrapup, Odessa Cafe Update

The developers of the Essex Crossing project are helping to fund the Tenement Museum’s expansion (Real Deal).

Opinion: It’s time to dump the scaffold law (Daily News).

SantaCon recap (WSJ).

SantaCon: roll the videotape (Gothamist).

The Odessa Cafe is not reopening (EV Grieve).