New Eats in East Village

Chinese hot pot in East Village!  Yes, the Dolar Shop is making its way to the East Village. A new restaurant that has 55 locations around the world has just made its debut here at 5 Third Avenue, St. Marks Place.  According to manager Johnny Sleek, since they see Manhattan as “the center of the restaurant world,” East Village is a great start.  Future franchises are planned for Chelsea and Midtown.

Another new kid on the block is chef Hong Thaimee’s East Village pop-up.  Ngam restaurant owner will be selling home-style Thai food in the East Village using ingredients she grows herself at her Hudson Valley Heermance Farm.

Cutting Congestion in Manhattan?

Congestion in Manhattan has long been a huge problem.  But now, part of that may be eliminated, at least to a certain extent.

With two modifications being made in the New York City Charter, the Department of Transport is anticipating a spillover into Manhattan’s traffic issue.  A month from today, those commercial vehicles that double park for 20  minutes or more will be fined.  This will be in Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan and neighboring areas.

The way the law currently stands is that such vehicles are permitted to double park so long as they do not block the only lane.  Also, the Department of Transport has now mandated that the streets (First through Eighth Avenues between streets 14th through 60th)   that do not allow for deliveries between 7am to 7pm  will be expanded to 12th Avenue.