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The Paper of Record for East and West Villages, Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Chinatown

August 20, 2015 • FREE Volume 5 • Number 13

Challah baaaaack! B&H dairy restaurant reopens on Second Ave. BY YANNIC RACK


B&H continued on p. 8

South St. luxury tower is going up, but exactly how high, no one is saying BY YANNIC RACK


xactly how high will a new apartment tower rise on South St.? That question is currently hard to answer. On July 29, the community room on the second floor of Two Bridges Tower once again filled up with worried residents who demanded


fter its doors were shuttered almost five months ago, the B&H kosher dairy restaurant on Second Ave. finally reopened last Fri., Aug. 14, with a line of loyal customers stretching out the door. The restaurant, an East

Village staple since the 1930s, closed in the aftermath of the gas explosion that destroyed three buildings on the same block back in late March. Fawzy Abdelwahed, who has run the dairy with his wife, Ola, since 2003, struggled to pay the $30,000

answers about the massive development currently being built next door. The quarterly meeting was a chance for Extell Development to present neighbors with an update on their new residential tower — located right next to the Manhattan Bridge — which, once comSOUTH ST. continued on p. 4

“My dog is very friendly. They’re loving animals,” Cole, a young crusty traveler from Portland, said on Sunday evening Aug. 9, before dropping down and tongue kissing with his pit bull, Riley. He and fellow travelers were hanging out on Second Ave. in front of the March 26 gasexplosion site. Riley, who had been quietly napping, didn’t even seem to notice when a small dog walked by.

Crusty pit bulls gone wild; 1 dog dead, 2 men attacked BY LINCOLN ANDERSON


ast week a third victim of an attack by a crusty pit bull came forward as fears of a “sharknado” of violence by the homeless youths’ rampaging pits continued to grip the East Village. Michael Puzzo, 47, said he was bitten on Tues., Aug. 4, around 2 a.m., as he was walking his girlfriend’s miniature dog, Bobito, along E. Sixth St. between Second and First Aves., the East Village’s

Indian restaurant row. “It hurt like a motherf-----,” Puzzo told The Villager this week, recounting how a 50-pound pit bull chomped him under his right arm and then wouldn’t let go. Puzzo, a playwright and actor, played “the non-pederast priest” in “Doubt.” He has lived in the East Village for 18 years “and nothing ever happened, knock on wood,” he said. But then, one night earlier this month, they came upon a crusty traveler who was sleeping smack in

the middle of the sidewalk, his pit bull beside him. “My dog is a little muppet, like a nine-pound rag doll,” he said of the Havanese-Maltese mix. “The crusties like to hang out on that block because a lot of the restaurants have sunken areas where they like to go to sleep or fiddle on their iPads. We all know these people aren’t homeless,” he scoffed. Anyway, he thought the pit bull was also asleep — PIT BULLS continued on p. 28

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