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New York’s Annual Panettone Festival Returns This Weekend

Plus, Williamsburg’s Trader Joe’s faces foreclosure — and more intel

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A tall, domed Italian bread, panettone, sits on a baking pedestal.
The New York Panettone Festival returns on December 15.
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The New York Panettone Festival returns this weekend from December 15 to 17. The free festival, which got its start in 2021, showcases the tall Italian breads in a range of traditional and modern styles: They are sold with caramel, coffee, white and dark chocolates, pistachio, and more, with vegan and gluten-free options, too. Most panettone cost between $50 and $70. This year’s festival is held at the Piazza at Hunter’s Point South Park (5241 Center Boulevard, near Borden Avenue) in Long Island City, Queens. The event description notes that panettone can sell out early. Pre-orders are available online.

A holiday market at Una Pizza Napoletana

Also this weekend: Una Napoletana Pizza is holding a holiday market (175 Orchard Street, between Houston and Ludlow streets). The popular pizzeria, once said to be the best in the world, is selling panettone, vintage kitchenware, and olive oil, and more on December 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and December 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the market, owner Anthony Mangieri will sell mortadella sandwiches and torta Caprese al limone, an Italian cake with almonds, white chocolate, and lemon.

Williamsburg restaurant flips into a music bar

Bar Beau closed in August after a five-year run; at the time, owner Claire Chan announced that she was keeping the space to flip it into a bar. Called Mr. Melo, the bar advertises a state-of-the-art sound system, and a menu featuring bites described as “new Greek,” including a feta brine martini. For her new venture, Chan is joined by co-owners Nikolas Vagenas and Nate Ulsh, who both worked at Bar Meridian in Prospect Heights, among other cocktail bars across the city. The bar opens on Friday, December 15 at 61 Withers Street, at Lorimer Street. — Emma Orlow, reporter

Brooklyn Trader Joe’s faces foreclosure

A waterfront property that’s home to Williamsburg’s only Trader Joe’s faces foreclosure, the Real Deal reports. G4 Capital, an investment firm, filed foreclosure proceedings at 200 Kent Street, at North Third Street, after lending the building’s owner $84 million to build the property; the company now claims it’s owed $140.5 million. Trader Joe’s only opened at the address in 2021, but the five-story building remains under 50-percent occupied. An auction date is set for January 23.