About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Rumors Fly in Menachem Stark Case; Bill Murray Melted Hearts in Williamsburg

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Police now say Menachem Stark was squashed to death. “It might be that they sat on him to get him under control and that they wound up killing him that way,” a police source tells the Daily News. [NY Daily News]

According to the Post’s sources, Stark’s business partner told police they owed money to characters who could be involved in the killing. [NY Post]

Meanwhile, rumors are flying in South Williamsburg: “One rumor had it that Mr. Stark had told his wife in recent weeks that he was being followed by men in a car. Another held that Mr. Stark had borrowed $500,000 from a mysterious, unidentified lender the day of his kidnapping.” [NY Times]
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Here’s Everything Olek Swaddled in Yarn Last Year

Last time we saw Olek in action, she was yarn bombing a car in Williamsburg. So where’s she been since then? Just about everywhere, it turns out. The mad crocheter just posted a sizzle reel of her work from last year and in it you’ll see swaddled versions of a statue of El Cid in Seville, Spain (where she now has an exhibit up), a shopping center in Russia, a locomotive in Poland, some half naked people at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, and the amazing Doggie Diner heads on Treasure Island, in San Francisco. Not that any of them beat her experiment in Cubism.

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Slain Developer Was Loved and Hated; Arrest in 'Knockout' Attacks

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Adam Green has a new exhibit at The Hole. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Menachem Stark, the Williamsburg developer who was abducted Thursday outside of his office and then found burned and asphyxiated to death in Long Island Saturday, was mourned as a charitable man by his neighbors but was “a lightning rod for fuming tenants and neighborhood activists across north Brooklyn,” per The Times. Though thousands attended Stark’s funeral, the New York Post accompanied its story with the front-page headline “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” Yesterday, as B+B reported, City Councilman Stephen Levin (and others, including Stark’s brother-in-law) condemned the headline as “offensive and horrific.” (The Post, reporting on a protest rally led by the Brooklyn BP, later said its thoughts and prayers were with Stark’s family.) Meanwhile, The Daily News says some relatives believe the mob was involved in the hit, or that it was a hate crime. The Post says Stark’s business partner is worried he’s next.

A Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with what the Daily News says is five and the Post says is at least seven “knockout” incidents.

Some 200 firefighters spent nearly five freezing hours battling a five-alarm fire in a Greenpoint lumber yard early Saturday. [WABC, NY Post]
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Shots For Tots! Two Bars Bought More Than 700 Toys For Their Needy Neighbors

20131223-195512.jpgA couple of bars on Avenue C raised more than just a ruckus last night – The Wayland and Summit Bar teamed up to buy over 700 toys for residents of the housing projects an avenue over.

Pete Canny, a bartender at The Wayland, said he was working the bar’s sandwich shop, Animals, when a couple of officers from the adjacent station house mentioned that donations for their annual toy drive were a few thousand dollars short this year. So Canny decided to team up with Pete Chelly, of Summit Bar across the street, to donate an evening’s worth of their tips toward the cause.

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Snag an Andy Warhol Christmas Mug at This New Kitchenware Shop

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So, yeah, Grand Street sure has popped off since the B+B Newsroom was there in October — in addition to and Sha-Fa, a new cookware and dinnerware store opened on Williamsburg’s Mason-Dixon line earlier this month, across from the recently opened Brooklyn Running Co. and next to a recently opened outpost of State Farm Insurance.
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Williamsburg’s Newest Boutique Has Roots in Polish Greenpoint

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(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

How convenient: next to Williamsburg’s new custom-motorcycle café, you can now buy women’s clothing inspired by racing gear. Sha-Fa opened this past weekend, and, among other things, the boutique sells motorcycling-inspired mesh leather tops by the newly launched Canto NYC label.
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March Into This ‘Slow Fashion’ Bunker and Strap On Some Bow-Ties

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A military-minded purveyor of “slow fashion” has pitched his tent in Williamsburg.

Kai D. Fan was creative director at Nautica before he “burned out on the corporate career” and shifted to consulting for brands like Jon Varvatos and Lacoste. In 2009, he started Kai D. Utility and opened up a short-lived shop selling “tools and clothing for artisans” on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand.
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Bklyn Beast Closes; Stabbing in Bushwick; $700 Roberta's Tank Top

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A Williamsburg resident facing a predicament from a bygone era was forced to put up a sign: “Please Do Not Smoke Crack in Our Building.” [NY Times]

That incident ended politely, but this one didn’t: an off-duty cop was stabbed in the neck after he asked his cousin to stop smoking pot in his Bushwick home. [NY Daily News]

Bushwick parkour studio Bklyn Beast is closing after 230 Bogart was hit with a vacate order. The owners say they “had no choice but to move forward in seeking a new location.” [Brooklyn Paper, New York Shitty]
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This Greenpoint High-Rise Gets to Rise Higher, With More Affordable Housing

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The City Council has agreed to let the developer of 77 Commercial Street stack a total of 35 more stories onto two-high rises bound for the Greenpoint waterfront. In return, the neighborhood will get 200 more units of permanently affordable housing, funding for a park where an MTA parking lot now sits, and — among other concessions — assurances that a WalMart isn’t on the way, Council Member Stephen Levin’s office has announced.
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