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Hamster Wheel Art, a Bank Robbery, & 5Pointz Demolished– The Hook Up (3/7)

Demolition Begins on 5Pointz © Court Square Blog

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.”

Oh, and a group of thieves stole a painting worth $10,000 during an art heist at the Cotton Candy Machine gallery (235 S. 1st St). Two pieces (worth $8,000 each) are still missing. (CBS Local) Continue reading

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Raekwon + Beard Transplants – The Hook Up (2/28)

Fox News Interviews "Hipsters" About Their Beards (this is real life)

This week in local news…..

Raekwon showed up at a Williamsburg fried chicken restaurant to rap abut ice cream.

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)

Brooklynites are taking over Berlin, one dance club at a time. (NY Times)

People paid $65 to do yoga and then eat silent dinner at EAT. That sounds all well and good but isn’t it a little pricey, not to mention sweaty before dinner?

The forthcoming Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg has been approved for its very own bar/restaurant, which Gothamist has dubbed “Urban Drunkfitters.”

Oh and you can pay $7,000 for a beard transplant. Yeah. Then Fox News picked up the story.

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Cragels & Chutzpa–The Hook Up (1/21)

Don't dress to impress on Lee Ave, © Stefano Giovannini/VINNews.com

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

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Film Crew Polluters, Pulaski Lane Shift, Blocked Messages, The Noise Police, Sweet Buns — The Hook-Up (11/4)

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

 

Just when you thought film crews on our streets couldn’t get any more annoying, the producers of “The Knick” decided to dump all of their waste into the sewers on Milton Street after filming a storm. Well they got an unintended stormy scene from the Milton Street Block Association who were justifiably upset by this illegal action. Dear Steven Soderbergh, we are especially sensitive about illegal dumping in our neighborhood!

Walking over the Pulaski Bridge will get a lot safer next year when a new bike lane will replace a lane currently being used by speeding drivers. In the short term, this may actually lead to more accidents for bicyclists, but let’s hope it works itself out. (Daily News)

As most of you probably know, Banksy spent the past month putting up his legendary street art throughout NYC. Some people love it, some people hate it and others just don’t understand, but every property owner in NYC  who got their building painted by the famous artist cashed in on the new addition except one guy in Greenpoint. (Gothamist)

In addition to not enjoying free famous street art, some Debbie Downers in our neighborhood made a big deal about silencing our friends at Adelina’s “quietest DJ night in Brooklyn” because absolute silence is what you should expect when you move into an apartment above a restaurant on Greenpoint Avenue.

In local foodie news, move over Cronut lovers, this article from Brooklyn Based about made to order cinnamon buns from Greenpoint’s River Styx looks amazing and I want one of these right now!

And finally, in developer news, have you seen this Leonard Street church that got transformed into expensive condos? Regardless of what you think about the changing neighborhood, can you at least admit that the restoration from drab vinyl siding to beautiful bricks at least brightens up the block? (Daily News)

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Historic Greenpoint Drama, Color Wars, NBBC, Civilian Patrols – The Hook-Up 9/2

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

 

Always classy New York Post did an article on new restaurants in Greenpoint.  Actually, their choices were pretty good.

Read about the drama and hanky panky that transpired at Manhattan Avenue’s 19th century Edwards Hotel. (Brownstoner)

Greenpoint Landing now comes in two flavors: Sailboat Blue and Massacre Red. Did you read about the battle of the renderings?

There’s a Google Glass Art Stalker in Bushwick. (DNAInfo)

The NY Times did an article this week on the 190 member-strong North Brooklyn Boat Club.

And finally, if you didn’t know yet, the NYPD approved the use of  ‘Civilian Patrolling’ in Greenpoint because of the spike in violent crime. What could possibly go wrong with that?

 

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Bill Murray, Healthcare, Governors Island Mall?, DIY Networking, Rooftop Camping: The Hook-Up – 7/28

Summer Sunset at Bushwick Inlet

• Yes way! Bill Murray was at Briskettown! (Free Williamsburg)

• All you need to know about Low Cost Healthcare For Freelancers & Artists (Bushwick Daily)

•  Rezoning is paving the way for retail on Governors Island (Curbed NY)

• Brooklyn Based pays a visit to Greenpoint’s The Perfect Nothing Catalog 

• It isn’t just graphs and maps, understanding urban existence requires observation of social behavior (GOOD)

• Great advice on throwing an awesome DIY Networking Party (Brooklyn Based)

• New Brooklyn Commmunity Talk Show Broadcasting From McCarren Park: Bittersweet (Greenpoint Gazette)

• If this isn’t DieHipster fodder, I don’t know what is! Camp in rooftop tents in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Paper)

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Art Rundown, “Artisanal” Subway Newstand, Citibike in Greenpoint, Happy Greenpoint: The Hook-up (6/22)

All you need to know about art in (mostly North) Brooklyn according to The L Mag

The hipster “invasion” has gone under ground with an artisanal newstand in the subway (Gothamist)

• Since the G won’t be running a bunch of weekends during the summer, MTA may fork over the dough for Citibike in Greenpoint (Daily News)

• Art about why you don’t make art (Hyperallergic)

Bushwick Restaurant Week Picks by Brooklyn Based – Thru Today (6/22)

• Obviously Greenpoint rates the happiest in this NYC Mood Chart (the Atlantic Cities)

Amazon may be moving to Kent Ave (Gawker)

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1/2 Brooklyn’s Stylish Women Greenpointers, Liquor Curfew, Go Monsanto!, Rockaways Dome, Domino Video, Gay Marriage: The Hook-Up (3/30)

• Don’t worry the Sunday Night Liquor Curfew is not happening in Greenpoint! (Bushwick Daily)
• But Silent Barn got a liquor license (Brokelyn)!
• MoMA PS1 has installed a temporary geodesic dome in the Rockaways to serve as a center for culture, education, and community.
My Free Concert & Brooklyn Vegan are psyched about Brain Cave Festival – so are we!!!
• Girls is missing out on some sweet spots in Greenpoint (Brooklyn Magazine)
Go Monsanto! “Congress passed a bill last week that included a provision which “protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.” (GOOD)

Amber Chambers

• Half of Brooklyn’s most styish women live in Greenpoint (Brooklyn Exposed)
Stop-Motion video of Domino Sugar Factory stars a package of Domino sugar (Animal NY)
Vinnie’s Pay tribute to Game Of Thrones (FreeWilliamsburg)
Gay marriage as measure on Facebook “when this movement goes down in the history books, it won’t just include photos of Harvey Milk, but screengrabs of fuzzy viral jpeg artifacts, too.” (Fast Company)

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