On 2/21, a 25-year-old wild woman jumped the entrance at the Metropolitan Avenue G station. When she was finally caught by a cop, she punched, kicked, and BIT him (and was ultimately charged with a felony assault). GOOD JOB!
In other weird crime news, a pair of ski-mask-wearing bandits robbed a man as he was walking home from the train on Metropolitan and Graham. They took one look at his bag and returned it to him. No one was injured.
ALSO a bank robber took off with nearly $2,000 after threatening to shoot the teller at a “financial institution” (not specified) on Manhattan and Greenpoint. The robber reportedly handed the bank teller a note (at 1:40pm) that said “10 seconds to give me $2,000 or I shoot her…Test me.”
Building owners are cheating the system by advertising “affordable” housing on obscure government websites that no one can actually find. And the online applications are only in English, making it more difficult for non-native speakers. The most recent case is at 59 Orient Ave in Williamsburg, the past home of the Kate Winslet’s character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind (random trivia fact to keep in your back pocket). (The Brooklyn Paper)
A guy in Williamsburg built a 1600 sq foot home out of shipping containers and other found materials at 351 Keap Street. Another shipping container condo building, albeit a fancier “luxury” one is being assembled at 2 Monitor St. (NY Times)
Would you drop $2 million for this “fisherman style” townhouse? (Curbed)
Bedford + Bowery takes a walk down Manhattan Ave, which they say is right on the edge of gentrification…do you agree??
CBS News did a video segment on a wilderness survival course…that is being taught under the Pulaski Bridge at the North Brooklyn Boat Club outpost. The tone is 100% serious, as the newscaster comments on the joys of scavenging for wood scraps in dumpsters…as a matter of LIFE AND DEATH.
The Nordic coffeehouse Budin opened this morning at 114 Greenpoint Ave and apparently wins the prize for the most expensive latte in the neighborhood, pricing out at $7. Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Paper takes the prize for the most cringeworthy pun headline ever, i.e. “A Whole Latte Money!”
Greenpoint resident, Jeffrey Newman, talked about his mission to deliver a positive message to people with HIV/AIDS by eliminating many of the stigmas and misinformation attached to the virus. (Greenpoint Gazette)
In case you didn’t notice the SNOW out there or the fact that at least one person you know posted a screenshot of the weather forecast on Instagram this morning, we are in the midst of an official Winter Storm. Consider yourselves warned in advance?
Hey, remember when the owner of Gwynnett Street got busted for trafficking molly from China? That was weird. After the incident, the restaurant closed temporarily to re-group and the head chef and much of the kitchen staff quit. The space recently re-opened with a new name, chef (from Allswell) and menu. Lachlan, according to the team, is the result of the decision to “take our restaurant in a different direction,” but we all know that the real reason: Google. No one wants to find out that their dinner spot was a stop on the drug ring. The good news? The menu is way more affordable. (Eater) Continue reading →
Speaking of McCarren, our humble park may be the future home of a giant bubble. Inside this bubble, there will be tennis year ’round, for a price.
Some camels strolled down Graham Ave to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Totally normal.
ICE + FIRE = an epic blaze that lasted over 5 hours at a Brooklyn lumber yard.
Local real estate developer, Menachem Stark, was kidnapped from his office last week. His body was found on Friday, in Greak Neck, Long Island, and confirmed to be the missing man on Saturday; over a thousand mourners gathered for the funeral in Hassidic Williamsburg. According to the NY Times, he owned several neighborhood buildings, including the Greenpoint Hotel and 239 Banker Street, which he converted from a factory to trendy lofts. Both had some serious building violations and the latter was vacated in 2009, leaving him with more than a few enemies, but investigations into the murder have yet to be resolved.
Williamsburg developer and super-bully, Victor Einhorn, the new landlord of the city-run Swinging Sixties Senior Center building (211 Ainslie St), has given 200 seniors and preschoolers until the end of January to vacate the premises, before the community center is torn down to make way for new condos. Way to pick on the underdog, Victor. Seriously.
Two Boots is moving in and Foodswings is priced out of North Brooklyn (bye, Vegan wings). 285 Kent is also rumored to be closing down (bye, DIY music).
Williamsburg is now a place that you can dine on gourmet SPAM, reviewed by the NY Times.
In further gentrification news, you rich bastards can now purchase the most expensive condo in Brooklyn, (in so-called gritty South Williamsburg) where you can relax in your giant tub, read in your private library, and roll around naked on your “exquisite” marble floors. If you need an apartment-sitter, you know who to call.
And last but not least, Greenpoint is officially better than it’s sister hood, Gowanus, according to a vote hosted by Curbed. Both places are home to megadevelopment and toxic water, but we have kielbasa. We also beat Governor’s Island, not surprisingly, because it’s not a neighborhood (i.e. it’s an island that no one lives on). Now, we’re challenging NoMad for the championship. Go Greenpoint!
Vinyl is alive and well. Besides a smorgasbord of little and medium-sized record stores throughout north Brooklyn, today marks the opening of Rough Trade, a 10,000 square foot monster of a music store with all the bells & whistles. (NY Times)
Speaking of big buildings, the Pencil factory building next door to where Kickstarter has opened for business on Greenpoint Avenue is for sale. “The three-story structure includes 17,485 square feet of space and is zoned for hotel, retail or office use” As long as it doesn’t become a Duane Reade I’m good. (DNA Info)
The push to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan continues locally with the help of the owners of Dalaga who are asking for much needed supplies, including: energy bars, tents clean blankets, towels, batteries, soap and medications. They will also be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the store’s own line of jewelry, greeting cards and tote bags to the cause. Awesome. (Greenpoint Gazette)
New website, Walkscore, gives Greenpoint a 94/100 rating for walkability in NYC, but also ranks it as the 58th most walkable neighborhood in NYC. This site says that Washington Heights, Harlem & Crown Heights are all more walkable, but don’t you think they should factor in the increased chance that you’re going to get jacked for your iPhone as a walking factor? Or what about street harassment? I’m not sure the ranking system is cohesive enough.
Joe Lentol is getting the MTA to bring us more G & L trains next Summer. Thanks, Joe, now let’s see if we notice a difference.
The Atlantic did a piece about New Yorkers moving to Jersey City that described moving there as much more welcoming than when you move to NYC neighborhoods that are gentrifying so quickly that there’s an inherent rivalry between new transplants and longtime residents. Greenpoint was described as “totally bipolar” because of this dynamic.
According to a recent survey conducted by NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Greenpointers have less sex partners than most New Yorkers. It also probably means that there are more non-cheating couples in our neighborhood than most of Queens and downtown Manhattan.
And finally, North Brooklyn’s freshest butcher, the Meat Hook, will open a sandwich shop at 495 Lorimer next to Gimme Coffee in January. According to their email blast, expect “cold beer” and “sandwiches like momma used to make, if momma was drunk.” Yum. (Grub Street)