Brooklyn gets 'Little Caribbean,' Croman is home for the holidays, more

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How much total do you plan to tip the building staff this year?

The owner of the Crown Heights bar and restaurant falsely promoted as having bullet holes in its wall has plastered over the holes. But will the controversy die? (Gothamist)

With a new city Office of Nightlife on its way and a proposed repeal of the anti-dancing cabaret law before the City Council, New York's nightlife is getting a shot of legitimacy (NPR)

Convicted fraudster and notorious landlord Steve Croman is accused in a new lawsuit of illegally renting out basement apartments, overcharging tenants, and running an illegal hotel in a Chelsea building (DNAinfo)

Croman's sentencing, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until after the Jewish High Holidays (The Real Deal)

Parts of Flatbush and Prospect Lefferts Gardens are being formally designated "Little Caribbean" (Brooklyn Paper)

Take a photo tour of Battery Weed, a massive granite fortification built on Staten Island in the mid-1800s to protect New York from invasion by sea (Staten Island Advance)

Activists are staging a Renter Week of Action to address the affordable housing crisis in cities nationwide, and they're holding up New York's anti-harassment measures as a model (Next City)