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East Village »

City Waited 3 Decades to Rule Yaffa Cafe's Back Patio Illegal, Manager Says

Yaffa Cafe ran its backyard eating area for 31 years, but the city only ruled it illegal last month.

Fort Wadsworth »

Construction Crew Hit With $67K in Fines After Lying About Asbestos: City

Crews demolishing Mount Manresa falsely claimed there was no asbestos in the building, the city said.

East Village »

Yaffa Cafe Closes After 31 Years on St. Marks Place

The East Village restaurant announced its closure on Twitter Wednesday night.

Times Square & Theater District »

Building Beam Falls Onto Broadway, Hurting Tour Bus Workers

A metal pole hit two Big Bus Tours supervisors in Times Square, witnesses said.

Lower East Side »

City Halts Conversion of Former Public School Into Cooper Union Dorms

The Department of Buildings issued a partial stop work order at the former P.S. 64 building Tuesday.

Midtown »

Head Cashier at DOB Indicted for Stealing $68,000, DOI Says

Charise Brody, 44, allegedly stole $68,000 from the DOB from January 2008 to July 2012, the DOI said.

Kips Bay »

Shelter Where Kids Went Missing Lacks Permit to Operate Legally, City Says

Kids were reported missing nearly 1,600 times from the Administration for Children's Services center.

Kips Bay »

Kids Went Missing 1,600 Times From One City-Run Children's Facility

Many of the abused and neglected children were returned to the ACS-run center in handcuffs by the NYPD.

Financial District »

Airbnb-Style Rentals Offer Businesses an Office by the Hour

Local startups are using a new service that allows them to have office space only when they need it.

Cobble Hill »

Solar Energy to Help Power Film Screenings at Cobble Hill Cinemas

The indie movie theater is installing solar panels on the building's roof, owners said.

West Village »

DOB Slaps West Village Construction Site With Stop Work Order After 2 Hurt

Two construction workers were taken to Bellevue after getting hurt at 16 Morton Street, officials said.

East Harlem »

Fire Rips Through Troubled East Harlem Apartment Building

The blaze broke out around 1:25 a.m. and was brought under control about an hour later.

Lower East Side »

Mission Chinese Sues Landlord Over Mouse Infestation That Forced Closure

Chef Danny Bowien and his business partners sued the landlord of their shuttered eatery on Orchard St.

Greenwich Village »

2 People Hurt After Elevator Plummets in Greenwich Village, Officials Say

The building has been plagued with elevator problems, including 10 open violations, officials said.

Inwood »

Mormon Church-Owned Building the Latest Victim of Rogue Strip Club Ad

Sin City Cabaret's ad is being illegally projected onto an Inwood building yet again. 

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