Pizza delivery man detained by ICE gets stay of deportation
NYC pizza delivery man Pablo Villavicencio was granted a stay of deportation this weekend, saving him from being sent back to Ecuador and separating him from his family. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Villavicencio last week after he delivered pizza to Brooklyn military base Fort Hamilton and could not provide identification. The stay is in effect until July 20. Villavicencio was in process of applying for citizenship alongside his American wife and children when he was detained; New York lawmakers are demanding his release.
Problems are only starting for the Brooklyn chef who poisoned his neighbor’s tree
Bar Salumi chef Adam Harvey became infamous last week when news broke that he’s facing criminal charges for allegedly trying to poison his neighbor’s 60-year-old maple tree to get more sun on his solar panels. Now, the Post reports that prosecutors are also pursuing additional charges for having landscapers trim the tree without permission. Those charges would be in addition to arborcide, a crime that carries up to a year in prison.
A spate of closings across NYC, plus some openings and coming attractions
Japanese steakhouse Ikinari is readying an Upper West Side location to open July 6 at 2233 Broadway, while pizzeria Oath Pizza will open nearby at 2169 Broadway. But Tribeca is down a pizzeria now that Slice Joint at Rossettis Pizza at 114 Sixth Ave. closed this weekend, as well as Anyway Cafe at 519 Broome St. After 36 years on the Lower East Side, candy shop the Sweet Life will close due to increased costs. Bowery restaurants Hecho en Dumbo and Cherche Midi also shuttered this weekend, along with 14th Street cafe Mr. Moustache. In a bit of positive news, Chinese restaurant Silky Kitchen is headed for 137 East 13th St.
Hot dog vendor ordered to stop selling Nathan’s knockoffs
A Manhattan federal judge ordered a Central Park hot dog vendor to cease operations for trademark infringement. Samir Ibrahim, reportedly angry that he lost his job at a Nathan’s cart, started selling franks from a Natten’s Famous Hot Dog cart instead. Nathan’s sued, leading to this injunction. At the time, he told the Daily News it was a scheme to “make more money.”