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Brooklyn’s Katy Perry, Gentrification Thoughts, & de Blasio on Colbert–The Hook Up 7/18

Catey Shaw is Brooklyn's own Katy Perry knock off #livinthedream

 

If you want to be irritated, watch this cringe-worthy music video, which is basically a knock off of California Girls, sung by a party girl who dances around Williamsburg in a Nets hat.

Bill de Blasio played it cool with Colbert this week and denied being a socialist (even though we all know he’s a communist spy infiltrating the city to spread universal pre-K).

Both GIRLS and Boardwalk Empire are shooting in the hood today.  Speaking of which, have you heard of Film Complaint 11222? Local resident, Rolf Carl, is Greenpoint’s own film shoot monitoring vigilante, removing tape from irresponsible crews and keeping 311 on speed dial.

The NY Times finally publishes a thoughtful piece on gentrification from a writer who has lived in Brooklyn since the 70′s.  Continue reading

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The New Kosciuszko, Lobster Crack Rolls, & Greenpoint-Inspired Tunes– The Hook Up 7/11

Kosciuszko of the FUTURE

The new Koscuiszko Bridge renderings have been released and they look pretty goddamn sleek. For a cool $770 million, they very well should.  Meanwhile there’s some concern about crossing the current bridge, which has been deemed “structurally unsound,” with a lifespan of only 3 more years.

In foodie news, a new crepe shop just opened on Manhattan Ave. The owner chose Greenpoint because, in his words: “They were asking me to pay $25,000 a month to rent a space in Williamsburg,” said Grzedzica. “You’d have to make cocaine in your basement to afford that kind of rent.”

Maybe that’s what the folks at Littleneck are doing to fund their new outpost at 128 Franklin… lobster rolls are almost as expensive (if not more so?) than crack/cocaine.

And the new restaurants keep on comin.’ Pasar Malam, a new Malasian “night market-inspired” restaurant is opening at 208 Grand Street, adding one more cuisine variety to North Brooklyn.

And in other edible content, the Daily News has some mouthwatering local breakfast recommendations. Continue reading

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Public Pools, Church Condos, & VICE’s $$$ – The Hook Up (6/27)

Head on over to your nearest swimmin' hole, 'cause all 55 New York City pools open today.

 
A 21-year-old jumped off the Kent and N. 1st Street pier around 5am on Thursday and was immediately carried away by the current. Police are continuing to search the water for him. Although the East River often looks calm, it has deceivingly fast moving currents and swiftly changing tides that can push swimmers north at a rapid rate of approx. 1.5 nautical mph.

The recent White Lung show at St. Vitus witnessed a pretty epic mosh pit, complete with beer throwing, flower smashing, and some “undirected air punches” from the crowd.

Is it sacrilegious to convert your local historic church into a condo? WNYC & DNA Info investigate. See St. Vincent De Paul on North 6th, which is now the “Spire Lofts.”

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Sinkholes, L Train Rents, & the Invasion of the Chain Gyms– The Hook Up 6/20

It’s like India Jones out there, guys. A 6-foot sinkhole opened up on Driggs and Metropolitan on Wednesday, to the horror of passerby’s. Thankfully, CBS had a live chopper that had no where better to be.

Audi has installed a massive LED scoreboard on the shores of Greenpoint, using the World Cup as an opportunity to make their company more appealing to hip Brooklynites…has anyone seen this thing?

On the subject of the ol’ waterfront, more affordable housing was just approved at 145 and 155 West Street, as part of a new 39-story mixed-use development.

The New York Post says that “hipsters” are “hijacking” Brooklyn juries because they are well-educated and confident (serious over generalization??). They’re calling it the “Williamsburg Effect,” which leads juries to rule against defendants, and place more trust on police.  Continue reading

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Shrunken Heads, Quooklyn, & More G Train – The Hook Up 6/13

Just another neighborhood skull collector, © Time Out NY

This bone collector lives just around the corner, as does his creepy collection of deformed cats. He also has a preserved monkey, a 2,000 year old mummy head, and an a “two-bodied pig”, which he “pickled” himself. Still have your appetite?

WTF is Quooklyn? One New York Times writer ventured to Ridgewood and coined a horrible new term.

Good (and rare) transportation news. G train service will increase by 25% during afternoon rush hour. Continue reading

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New Warsaw, Williamsburg Bros, & Beyonce – The Hook Up (5/23)

© Brooklyn Mag

The New Warsaw Bakery will be moving to a new location, after 20 years on Leonard. We will miss the smell of fresh baked bread wafting down the street, but luckily they’ve promised to keep the family business alive elsewhere (maybe even another spot in Greenpoint).

We also got a disturbing piece of news: an unidentified buyer snapped up a large development site on the waterfront, known as 49 Dupont Street, meaning that an additional 3 residential towers could be built there (that’s in addition to the 10 Greenpoint Landing towers).

On a happier note, the NYC beaches open for the Summer Season this weekend! We got word that Rockabus won’t be running this year, but you can still take the NYC Beach bus to sandier shores (starting 5/26) and apparently they give you free Sixpoint on your way. Continue reading

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Urban Cowboys, Domino Sugar, & a Sugary Sphynx Vulva– The Hook Up (5/16)

The Jetsons Hotel Mock-up for 55 Wythe Ave....the future is scary, guys.

Apparently people are jumping on the Wythe Hotel success bandwagon by building more hotels in the area, like this Jetsons-inspired hotel (I’m afraid) and (no joke) an Urban Cowboy bed and breakfast in Williamsburg…

Hyperallergic called Greenpoint Gallery Night a laid back antidote to Frieze. And the art world went crazy, in praise of Kara Walker’s Sugary Sphynx installation at the Domino Sugar Factory, which had lines down the block during its debut weekend. This might also be your only chance to read the word “vulva” in the New Yorker, so there’s that…

Speaking of Domino, the City Council just approved the 55 story  condos that will take its place on waterfront. Construction is expected to take begin in 6-8 years, so don’t hold your breath. Also if you haven’t heard, the buildings are shaped like demented legosContinue reading

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Williamsburg Then & Now, Hot Tub Parties, & a Bicycle Thief – The Hook Up (5/9)

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These then/now photos of Williamsburg are neat.

The killer of Menachem Stark, the man who went missing in South Williamsburg and whose body was later found in a dumpster on Long Island, was finally identified and is being held without bail on murder charges. Apparently he unexpectedly died during a struggle in the backseat of the getaway car, post-kidnapping.

In lighter news, Greenpoint got some love on the NY Times interactive coffee map, although they forgot a few favorite spots, ignored the Bronx completely, and didn’t feel like  going any deeper into Brooklyn. Continue reading

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A Pot O’ Coins, W’Burg’s New Club Scene, & the NY Times $$$ Lifestyle –The Hook Up (3/28)

Verboten is the newest addition to the "Williamsburg club scene"

Is Williamsburg suffering from megaclub mania? Verboten, a new nightclub, just opened its doors on Wythe and N11th, right near two-story club, Output and nighttime hotspot, Brooklyn Bowl. These venues have arguably created a new Meatpacking District vibe with King & Grove and Kinfolk. The Verboten brand initially started as a pop-up house and techno party before moving to its new Williamsburg home and will specialize in “underground house and techno music” (which they say is emphatically not EDM).

Some adorable pets found new homes at the Vans X ASPCA Event last weekend and our hearts were warmed. (Gothamist) Speaking of which, these dogs from soon-to-close Unleash still need homes!

On Tuesday 3/25, a man jumped into the L train tracks to retrieve a woman’s cell phone, laid down as the approaching train ran over him (although some accounts differ on whether or not he was hit), emerged unscathed, and then vanished into the night… Continue reading

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Leech Therapy, Drag Pageants, & Paulie Gee – The Hook Up (3/21)

 

Would you let this man give you leech therapy? © Nina Roberts/The Guardian

Leech therapy is a thing now. Andrew Plucinski, is apparently running a leeching therapy service out of his Greenpoint loft, which he’s dubbed the “Silesian Holistic Center.” It’s like super DIY.  Now, to get one of our writers to try it…. (The Guardian)

A new massive sports club is slated to open near Berry Park and will have four floors, a rooftop deck, and two endless pools… because the wealthy Williamsburg condo owners need an equally fancy place to workout. We’ll be the ones sneaking in.  (Bedford + Bowery)

Polish immigrants in Greenpoint are concerned that Russia’s power over Ukraine could spill over to their home country. Fears have been steadily rising in the Polish media. Many worry that Putin will want to re-exert the power that Russia once had over Poland before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Continue reading

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