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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Snag an Andy Warhol Christmas Mug at This New Kitchenware Shop

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(Courtesy of Cucina & Tavola)

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

North 6th Street

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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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More Students for the EV; E-Cigs Banned Indoors; Stop-and-Frisk Snow Globe

Fun City

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Sure enough, the City Council voted to enact a ban on indoor e-cig smoking. [Daily Intel]

With asking prices ranging from $795,000 for a studio to more than $3.5 million, The Jefferson condominiums are all sold out on East 13th Street. [The Real Deal]

More drama at Gwynett St.: the chef quit suddenly because, he says, “”the association with international drug trafficking, Federal informing, and recent financial troubles all made the restaurant unworkable for me.” [Eater]
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You Know Where to Find 1 Knickerbocker, Now Serving Fried Pig Ears and Roast Elk

(Courtesy of 1 Knickerbocker)

(Courtesy of 1 Knickerbocker)

Not too far from where The Johnsons opened last week (and from where Radio Bushwick opened last month), Bushwick just got yet another eatin’ and drinkin’ establishment.

Jesse Levitt of Minor Arcana and Kings County (yep, the Bushwick bar that held the smallest penis contest) has opened 1 Knickerbocker. It’s located at, yes, 1 Knickerbocker Ave., which is “in the heart of Brooklyn’s emerging Bushwick arts community,” per a website that says the restaurant and saloon “revives an age-old New York glamor.”
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Someone Who Hates NYU and/or Loves Philip Seymour Hoffman Paid Almost $10K For an Acting Lesson With Him

The new South Village Historic District.

The new South Village Historic District. (Map: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)

While the St. Mark’s Bookshop has extended its auction to Dec. 22, Faculty Against the Sexton Plan’s fundraising auction is now over, and someone has paid a whopping $9,950 for an hour-and-a-half-long acting lesson with Philip Seymour Hoffman. For that kind of dough, you presumably have the right to request a sex scene (sorry for that image).
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