Twitter delights in Port Authority Dunkin’ with whimsical doughnut designs
A Dunkin’ in Port Authority is getting attention online for reportedly encouraging its employees to “follow their artistic dreams” via icing. Doughnuts have designs ranging from a watermelon to a flamingo, prompting delight on social media with various people expressing happiness over the whimsical and unique designs.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
Lots going on, as always, in the East Village and on the Lower East Side: Cal-Mex chain Calexico has opened at 99 Second Ave., as well as a coffee shop called 787 Coffee directly next door. Another Indian restaurant is opening at 175 Ave. B, where Old Monk and before that Babu Ji lived. It’s called Khiladi and will serve “south Indian tapas.” Music venue Coney Island Baby is closed for a “reboot,” though owners are mum as to what that entails, while Da Falafel Guys at 157 Rivington St. is closed permanently. But in nearby Chinatown, Time Café has opened at 105 Canal St. with cafe fare.
In Brooklyn, Ceremonia Bakeshop is now open in Williamsburg at 743 Driggs Ave. with avocado toasts, cakes, cookies, and more.
The Robs find comforting Southeast Asian fare in a clothing shop in East Harlem
New York magazine critics Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite this week spotlight Bangklyn East Harlem, a quirky combination clothing store and Southeast Asian comfort food cafe at 2051 Second Ave., near 105th Street. Owner Prasong “Pat” Kanhasura turned to food after sensing a decline in vintage clothing stores, his first trade, and the Robs find he “can really cook.” They delight in “simple, fresh, and flavorful food” like khao man gai and fried chicken over ginger rice. “Noodles here are as comforting as chicken soup,” they write, like the “creamier” and “crunchier” tamarind–coconut-milk noodles with pickled vegetables, fresh bean sprouts, and peanuts, or the pad Thai, which is “a special source of pride for the chef” and served unconventionally with a runny poached egg and pork belly.
Landlords must now report vacant storefronts to the city
A new “Storefront Tracker” bill will help track empty storefronts across New York City, a growing problem that rose from 5.6 percent in 2017 to 8.9 percent in 2018 — and that’s just from self-reported data. Now, landlords will be required to register all storefronts and second-floor commercial spaces with the Department of Finance, as well as the size, location, occupancy status, monthly rent, lease status, and owner contact information. The information will become part of a public database.
New York state passes new bill to regulate CBD sales
On the heels of a CBD crackdown in restaurants, the state has now passed a bill that would force businesses to obtain a license to sell anything containing hemp extracts, including the non-psychoactive marijuana component cannabidiol. Currently, bodegas sell CBD drinks and other products at will. It’s awaiting Cuomo’s signature.