New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday evening in Greenpoint, a thief tricked a man into hugging him in order to nab the victim’s phone. [Brooklyn Paper]

Per a survey by advocacy group Riders Alliance, 77 percent of L train riders would prefer a complete shutdown of their subway line lasting 18 months over a piecemeal closure stretched out over years. [Gothamist]

Employees of Babeland—the sex shop with a Lower East Side location plus two more in NYC—have joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. [NY Times]

The Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial Landscape, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, reopened to the public last week for the first time in nine decades. [DNA Info]

Meet Todd Patrick (aka Todd P), the impresario behind Bushwick’s Market Hotel and a veteran of underground music events. [Crain’s NY]

Peek inside the new, Kickstarter-funded graphic novel Williamsburg Shorts by Lucio Zago. [Hyperallergic]