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LES Community Garden Reportedly Safe; Public Wi-Fi Access Coming to the EV

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Supporters of the development-threatened Simper Verde Garden on the Lower East Side are claiming victory after learning that the city will reportedly transfer control of the garden to the Parks Department. [The Lo-Down NY]

This week Mayor de Blasio pledged to keep the potential Bushwick Inlet Park real estate condominium-free. [Brooklyn Paper]

A $10K online fundraising campaign is underway to help those who’ve been homeless since Tuesday’s deadly fire at 30 Richardson Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

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‘Community Gardens District’ Would Prevent Gutting of Greenspace

(Photo: Siempre Verde)

(Photo: Siempre Verde)

While Community Board 3 is staunchly opposed to synthetic greenery, it’s doing everything it can to preserve actual greenspace. The board wants to designate all of the East Village and Lower East Side’s community gardens as parkland, so that they’re protected from future development. Last night, it overwhelmingly approved a resolution to request that the city officially name its area Community Gardens District.
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Siempre Garden Issues a Cry For Help as Developer Moves In

Siempre Verde garden on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Siempre Verde Facebook)

Siempre Verde garden on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Siempre Verde)

In 2012, a blighted sliver of land between two buildings at 181 Stanton Street was transformed into a blooming green space by the hands of local volunteers. Siempre Verde is one of the most recent additions to the number of miniscule community gardens dotting the Lower East Side, but its existence is already threatened by a proposal for luxury housing.
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Drunk Driving Arrests Up in Bushwick; Beep Pushes Affordable Housing

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An uptick in traffic checkpoints more than doubled the NYPD’s number of drunk driving arrests in Bushwick last month. [DNA Info]

Starting Saturday, Cloak & Dagger clothing boutique will consolidate its 441 E.9th Street and Boerum Hill stores into one larger space at 334 E. 9th Street in the East Village. [Racked NY]

If Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gets his way, 51 units of affordable housing will rise at 695 Grand Street. He’s also supporting the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site and the Broadway Triangle. [Crain’s NY] Keep Reading »

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Street Artist Arrested in Bar Fight; Indian-Food Pop-Up in Williamsburg

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Davide Perre, a well-known 39-year-old street artist, was arrested early yesterday morning for felony assault in the East Village after allegedly hitting a fellow Ace Bar patron in the face with a beer mug. [NY Post]

Community Board 3 voted this week to endorse the preservation of the Lower East Side’s Siempre Verde Garden, turning its nose up at three proposed affordable housing units. [Curbed NY]

Nearly a dozen Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick bars/eateries earned props in The Village Voice‘s “Best of New York” issue. [The Village Voice] Keep Reading »

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Cross-Dresser Shot in Bushwick; Bank Becomes Beer Hall

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An 82-year-old woman who lived in the East Village was struck by a party rental van and killed Thursday afternoon while crossing Elizabeth Street around 1:30 p.m. An investigation is ongoing and charges have not been filed against the driver. [Gothamist]

Police say a 22-year-old man dressed in women’s clothing was shot in the buttocks around 7 a.m. Saturday after being chased by three men yelling homophobic slurs near the Bushwick corner of Broadway and Putnam Avenue. Matthew Smith, 21, was charged with first-degree assault; Cody Sigue, 22, and Tavon Johnson, 17, were charged with menacing and third-degree hate crime. [NY Daily News]

A Williamsburg bank that shuttered a century ago at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street will be reincarnated as Witlof, a Flemish beer hall/restaurant from the owner of nearby Radegast Hall. [Gothamist]
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Bowery Bank Building Auctioned; Williamsburg Indie Film Fest

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France’s Yonathan Souid, 23, was arrested yesterday on various charges after scaling the Brooklyn Bridge for a photo op. [Gothamist]

Five floors of Bowery’s East West Bank building are being auctioned, with bids starting at $5.5 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Siempre Verde Community Garden supporters hope Community Board 3’s Thursday night meeting might help derail plans to clear the site for incoming developers. [Curbed NY]
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