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Developers' vision of the Two Bridges waterfront with four new mega-towers.
Developers’ vision of the Two Bridges waterfront with four new mega-towers.

Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week:

–The New York Court of Appeals declined to hear arguments from community groups, meaning the initial legal battle to stop three mega-projects in the Two Bridges area is over. But the community activists say their fight to stop the towers will go on. [The Real Deal]

–The Chinese American Planning Council celebrated the groundbreaking of its new residential, commercial and community complex on the former site of the fire ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue. [Real Estate Weekly]

–A 27-year old homeless man was stabbed to death inside Coleman Skatepark. [Daily News]

–A look at how Welcome to Chinatown, a startup community organization, became a fundraising powerhouse in support of devastated small businesses. [CNBC]

–On this holiday weekend, Kai Ng and Leland Yu are running 50 miles to raise money for the Chinatown Organization for Media Awakening, a group founded by the late photojournalist Corky Lee to combat negative stereotyping of Asians. [Channel 7]

–After a driver barreled through the storefront of November 19, a new store on Orchard Street, supporters have come forward to raise nearly $12,000 to help rebuild. [GoFundMe]

–A self-proclaimed celebrity chef in New Jersey ripped off Russ and Daughters’ signature style and then became outraged when he was called out on it. [Grub Street]

–Hannah Goldfield checks out Smashed NYC, the new Lower East Side spot for made-to-order burgers. [The New Yorker]

–“An ultimate stop for a soccer guy;” a profile of the Ground on Madison Street. [New York Post]