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After 90 years, NYC’s legendary 21 Club will close

By Devin Gannon, Mon, December 14, 2020

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 14, 2020

Photo by Marianne O’Leary on Flickr

Midtown Manhattan’s historic speakeasy 21 Club plans to close for good next year. The Prohibition-era restaurant on 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, known for its art collection, jockey figurines, and A-list clientele, has been closed since the coronavirus pandemic first hit New York City in March. But as amNY reported, the closure appears to be permanent.

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Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 14, 2020

Photos by Scott Heins/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

This morning, Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, received the first COVID-19 vaccine in the nation. She received the Pfizer vaccine, which was approved by the FDA on Friday, following which the first shipments arrived in New York City. “I feel like healing is coming and this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe,” said Ms. Lindsay.

Watch a video of the momentous occasion

affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 14, 2020

All images courtesy of Phipps Houses

A housing lottery launched last week in the South Bronx for over 200 affordable homes set aside for extremely-low to moderate-income households. Located in Soundview, the newly-constructed 12-story Metcalf Avenue Apartments offers residents on-site laundry, children’s playroom, roof deck, landscaped courtyard, and a community room. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 30, 50, 70, 90, and 110 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, which range from $354/month studios to $2,346/month three-bedroom apartments.
Find out if you qualify

Harlem, Manhattan, Restaurants

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 14, 2020

Photo courtesy of Thrillist

Noncelebrity New Yorkers will finally be able to taste the iconic Italian food of Rao’s, long considered the city’s most exclusive restaurant. As part of a joint program led by culture brand Thrillist and ghost kitchen operations company Zuul, the East Harlem institution will offer delivery of its signature dishes for the first time ever. As part of the program, ten New York City restaurants will lead a two-week chef residency with limited-edition menu items available for takeout and delivery.

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Cool Listings, Soho

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 14, 2020

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Six-and-a-half years ago, Rhonda Sassoon, fourth wife and widow of famed hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, dropped $5.8 million on this stunning Soho loft at 133 Wooster Street. Not only is it notable for its sprawling 3,600-square-foot layout, but for the fact that she bought it from Dean & Deluca co-founder Jack Ceglic, who created his cookbook right in this very kitchen. Sassoon has now put the co-op back on the market for $5.8 million, hoping to break even.

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Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 11, 2020

Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash

Or “living room gatherings,” as Governor Cuomo likes to call them. In a press conference today, just before announcing that indoor dining in New York City would shut down on Monday, the governor provided an outline of how the coronavirus is being spread throughout the state. Based on 46,000 data points gathered by contact tracers between September and November, 74 percent of the state’s COVID spread is coming from household gatherings. And with the holiday season in full swing, this number is expected to grow.

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Policy, Restaurants

Indoor dining in New York City will shut down next week

By Devin Gannon, Fri, December 11, 2020

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 11, 2020

Photo by Billie Grace Ward on Flickr

Indoor dining in New York City will end on Monday as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to climb, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday. Outdoor dining, delivery, and take out can continue. According to the contact tracing data from the governor’s office, restaurants and bars account for 1.43 percent of the spread of the virus in the state of New York. Indoor household gatherings making up nearly 74 percent.

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East Village, Restaurants

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 11, 2020

Photo by James and Karla Murray for 6sqft. See more here >>

When Veselka first opened on the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 9th Street in 1954, the business was a small candy shop and newspaper stand. Sixty-years later, and the Ukrainian restaurant serves up 21,000 pierogis, 2,500 latkes, and 110 gallons of borscht each week. That is until the pandemic hit. In September, owner Tom Birchard spoke about how the restaurant was struggling. But thanks to a dedicated customer base filling its heated sidewalk seating and indoor tables, as well as a growing delivery and national shipping arm, Veselka is expanding to the space next door, as was first reported by EV Grieve. The addition will be complete with a new “sushi bar-style counter that will showcase the restaurant’s pierogi-making process,” according to the New York Times.

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Art, City Living, Museums, Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , December 11, 2020

The Museum of the City of New York opened an outdoor photo installation this summer titled “New York Responds,” Photo courtesy of MCNY

The New York City Council on Thursday passed legislation permitting cultural institutions to use public outdoor space for events and performances. Sponsored by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, the bill requires the city to create the “Open Culture” program, modeled after the city’s successful outdoor dining initiative, which lets restaurants set up seating on sidewalks and some streets closed to cars. The program is set to be established by March 1, 2021.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , December 11, 2020

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The listing for this Chelsea one-bedroom says it “delivers sensations of a tranquil Zen Garden.” From the hand-carved, fern-leaf motif window shutters and doors to the woven bamboo bedroom ceiling to the hand-painted woven fabric wall coverings, the 875-square-foot home mixes its classic co-op details with unique Asian-inspired decor, all of which was envisioned by designer Paul Ochs. It’s located at 465 West 23rd Street, the iconic London Terrace Towers, and is asking $1,495,000.

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