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Murray Klein, Zabar's Co-owner, Dies at 84

Murray Klein, who as much as anyone was the founder of the Zabar’s we know today (he created the mezzanine and expanded the store vastly beyond its original scale), died Wednesday night at the age of 84. He was one of the last of the old-time Jewish businessmen, one who would rather sell caviar at a loss than back down from a fight with Macy's. His obituary is in the Times, but his monument is on Broadway and 80th Street. Former Co-Owner of Zabar’s, Murray Klein, Dies at 84 [NYT]

Reasons to Stay in Williamsburg; Green-Tea Cupcake in West Village

Battery Park: The Treats Truck will be on hand at CultureFest NYC on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. [Treats Truck] Clinton Hill: Two armed men robbed the White Castle at 531 Myrtle Avenue yesterday. [Clinton Hill Blog] Meatpacking District: Next Tuesday is Dirty Bingo night at Paradou. [Paradou NYC] Midtown West: The Royalton hotel has reopened after a brief renovation and has already started serving breakfast at Bar Forty Four. [NewYorkology] Upper West Side: Thankfully, the old-school Murray’s Sturgeon Shop holds a long-term lease because the neighborhood’s "soul currently hangs on the continued existence of a few shops, among them Zabar’s, Fairway, Citarella, H&H Bagels, Barney Greengrass, Gryphon Book Store and Murray’s." [Lost City] West Village: The green-tea cupcake Josh DeChellis serves at BarFry is not only intensely and deliciously flavored, it’s also " a study in green: the kind of snack a stay at home Incredible Hulk would send off to the school bus in dozens if his kid were having an in-class birthday party." [Gothamist] Williamsburg: In an effort to dissuade those thinking of leaving Brooklyn for greener (cleaner) pastures out west and elsewhere, one blogger has compiled this list of some of the hood’s best dishes. [Cakehead]

Chicken Soup for the House-Bound Soul

Right now there are two kinds of New Yorkers: those with a cold, flu, cough, sniffle, ache, or fever, and those trying to ward off everyone else’s germs. Our advice: Stay close to home, and let the chicken soup and orange juice come to you.