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Bat Signal to Light up Domino Sugar Factory For “Batman Day” (9/21)

The Bat Signal (courtesy of silvery/Flickr)

The famous bat signal will light up landmark buildings around the world on Saturday night for Batman Day, including the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, the NY Times reports.

The event marks the 80th anniversary of the caped DC Comics character and the lighting starts this Saturday at 8 p.m., more from the NY Times:

The bat-signal will be projected onto the sides of landmarks in each of 13 cities for four hours, beginning at 8 p.m. locally. A Batman Bat-Tracker clock on the DC website is counting down to the first lighting at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia. In New York, the signal will be projected onto the former Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The other cities on the bat-rotation are Tokyo, Johannesburg, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, London, São Paulo, Montreal and Mexico City.

The final lighting will be at City Hall in Los Angeles, the location of a bat-signal in 2017 to honor Adam West — the Batman of the camp 1960s television series — when he died, at age 88.

 

 

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Waterfront Rising: Williamsburg and Greenpoint Towers Advance Toward Completion

1 S. 1st Street development: (Photo via YIMBY/Michael Young)

The residential high-rise construction along the contentious Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront is moving forward during the frigid winter months with towers advancing toward completion.

On the South Williamsburg waterfront, the rising towers at 1 S. 1st St. are being structurally connected, as YIMBY reports.  When completed, the conjoined building will have 330 apartments (66 will be affordable) spanning 462,000 square feet directly next to Domino Park. The completion date for 1 S. 1st St. hasn’t been announced but the incongruent tower will count as the second residential building at the former Domino Sugar Factory, where two more towers are planned at the southern end of the site.

S. 1st St. rendering via COOKFOX Architects

1.2 miles north of S. 1st St. along the waterfront, “The Greenpoint,” is “awaiting imminent completion” according to YIMBY, and the 392-f00t-tall shiny glass tower is currently open for leasing/selling with 500 condos and rentals. A one bedroom rental at the namesake 39-story tower is going to set you back as much as $4,020 per month.

“The Greenpoint” at India Street on the waterfront (via YIMBY/Michael Young)

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North Brooklyn Farms is Open For The Season

North Brooklyn Farms’ new pupper friend

Over the past few years, North Brooklyn Farms, the working urban farm that lets you get your hands dirty, has become a waterfront haven and a surefire spot for cool events. Their farm stands allow you to literally see the plot your food comes from and gave you to a reason to eat your hard-earned volunteer work. The crowds last year showed that North Brooklyn Farms had definitely become a part of the neighborhood. Despite its popularity, the farm faced a huge challenge over the winter. Two Trees, the company developing the Domino Sugar complex, began building Water Street, taking a good chunk away from the farm and the neighboring dirt bike course. The construction is just a reminder that the farm is on borrowed time, a utopia that must come to an end. But until that happens, North Brooklyn Farms will be living it up, with its new layout. Continue reading

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Feminist Tattoos, Putin + Trump Lovefest, and CB1 Livestreams — The Hook-Up 2/17

McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann
McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann

In case you missed it, an illustrated image of Putin/Trump embracing was projected onto a building on North 6th Street this week.

Police are investigating after an apartment building with mostly Hasidic residents in Williamsburg was vandalized with swastika graffiti.

Hurrah! Community Board 1 will now be livestreaming their lengthy meetings! Here’s the meeting from earlier this week, which runs almost four hours.

Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box St.) hosted a tattoo event to benefit Planned Parenthood last week, which got completely booked up, drawing crowds from all around the city.

Applications for affordable housing ($596 for a studio!) at the Domino Sugar Factory reached a whopping 87k—only 104 are available, with half designated to go to residents of CB1.

Will makeup giant Sephora be coming to Williamsburg? It’d probably look right at home next to the Apple Store, Levis Store and Whole Foods.

Following two pedestrian deaths, neighbors are speaking up about making Grand Street a safer place to walk.

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North Brooklyn’s Hidden Treasure: The Farm on Kent

The Farm on Kent
The Farm on Kent

The fight for Bushwck Inlet Park has made one of our community issues very clear: Greenpoint & Williamsburg get the short end of the stick when it comes to green space. We simply don’t have enough of it. This trickles into another issue: we also don’t have many community gardens or places that aren’t packed on the weekend where we can put our fingers in the dirt. In Greenpoint, we’re limited to the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and the Java Street Community Garden. This lack of uncrowded green space where we can relax with neighbors, help plant a few things, and enjoy a nice evening sunset is what makes The Farm on Kent one of our hidden little gems. And tomorrow, they’ll be celebrating this glorious summer by becoming a sunset beer garden! Continue reading

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“Save the Palestine” Water Tower is Now Just Grey

The iconic water tower, now grey ©Ona Abelis

First, 5 Pointz was shut down to make way for a new complex of gleaming residential high-rises. Then, Domino Sugar factory was salvaged for “industrial artifacts” ahead of developers’ plans to raze the buildings and create a “mini-neighborhood of apartments, offices and parks.” Now, this past weekend, another Brooklyn icon went silently in the night—Greenpoint’s famous steel water tower, inscribed with the Polish flag on one side and “Save the Palestine” on the other, was painted over with a coat of grey. Continue reading

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The Art World Near You—A Weekend Adventure in Brooklyn

On view now: Kara Walker's "A Subtlety" at the Domino Sugar Refinery ©Wikipedia

Some of you have already resolved to spend the weekend by the barbeque. But for those of you commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in an art gallery, we have your weekend exhibitions right here. This Friday, July 4, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is showcasing art from multiple north Brooklyn artists (8pm-1am). This Saturday, July 5, Odetta Gallery has an opening called “Eden,” featuring five NY/Hudson Valley artists (6pm). Also, this Saturday, July 5, the Bishop Gallery is having a closing reception for “Girl on Fire” (6pm). And then, of course, this is the last weekend to see Kara Walker’s work at the Domino Sugar Refinery (Sat & Sun 11-7pm). Go! Go! Go!

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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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DOMINO Community Meeting Tonight (3/31) & City Council Hearing Tomorrow (4/1)

Speak up! This is your community!

This isn’t a joke. TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will be holding a PUBLIC HEARING on the Domino Sugar redevelopment proposal by Two Trees Management. The hearing starts at 9:30am on Tuesday in City Council chambers. Arrive earlier than 9am to make sure you can get in and sign up to speak. Continue reading

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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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