What Happened in New York This Week: 8 Stories You Need to Read

By Sybile Penhirin on August 29, 2014 3:33pm 

 Shadow Boxers will be more "upscale" than the other Boxers locations, its owners said.
Shadow Boxers will be more "upscale" than the other Boxers locations, its owners said.
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NEW YORK — This week in New York, we learned that thousands of affordable units are getting revamped, some apartments sellers are cutting their prices and the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg just opened a new beer hall in Crown Heights.

Here are some of the stories you may have missed this week:

MAP: Thousands of Affordable Units are Getting Renovated
Find out where the thousands of new affordable housing units are located (hint: they're mostly in Brooklyn and in the Bronx). The 4,000 affordable apartments are part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s housing plan, which aims to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments throughout the city over the next 10 years.

Boxers to Open a More Upscale Venue in Midtown
The gay sports bar's new Midtown venue, set to open Sept. 2, will be a little more restrained than its Chelsea and Hell Kitchen locations so it can reach a broader clientele, its owner said. Shadow Boxers, which aims to appeal to office workers and theater crowds, will feature a “man cave”: a 1,500 square-foot private underground space with leather couches and dart boards. Boxers’ bartenders, who are famous for working shirtless, will be fully dressed during lunchtime at the new location, the owner said.

See which neighborhoods had the most apartment price cuts
Sellers being unrealistic about unit prices, an influx of novice brokers who aren't pricing right and fewer buyers on the market are some of the reasons that led to an increase number of housing price cuts in several neighborhoods this month. See why and where apartments sellers are cutting prices.

Video: Good bye Roseland Ballroom
The famous 52nd Street concert hall is being tore down to build a residential building with a ground floor retail space. The veteran music venue, which has hosted scores of stars and smaller acts since the 1950s, closed last year.

Long-awaited beer hall opens in Crown Heights
The founders of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg just opened a 9,000-square-foot beer hall and food court at 899 Bergen St., between Classon and Franklin avenues. The Berg’n menu includes a dozen kinds of beer on tap, over 25 bottled suds as well as several types of wine and non-alcoholic sodas. Four food vendors from Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg also got a brand new brick-and-mortar stalls at Berg’n.

MAP: The Latest Updates on the Willet Point Redevelopment Projects
Thousands of housings units, new hotels, a mega-mall, a convention center, a school and new parks are set to be built in Willets Point, Flushing and Corona. They’re all part of a large-scale project aiming to overhaul the area, which has polluted brownfields. Browse which projects are moving forward.

Police Arrest Fake Cabbie After He Sexually Assaulted a Mother and Attacked Her 3 Kids
Police arrested the fake cab driver who sexually assaulted a 26-year-old mother in his car while the victim’s three terrified children looked on.  As the mother tried to leave the car with her kids on Sunday, Pedro Vargas, tossed the woman’s baby to the ground and elbowed her toddler in the head, surveillance footage shows. The 46-year-old suspect, who is from Yonkers, was charged with two counts of felony assault, misdemeanor assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Good Samaritan Rescues Man from Risky Ice Bucket Challenge Stunt
Artur Mierzejewski said he did not hesitate to jump in the East River when he saw a man struggling to swim back to the shore after he had yelled “ASL Challenge” and jumped into the river. Both men made it to the pier safely, after fighting a strong current. The man told Mierzejewski he was never going to pull such a stunt again. Thousands of poeople have created online videos where they dump a bucket of ice water over their heads in order to raise awareness about the debilitating neurological disease.

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