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$2,500 Apartments Bound For Ave D; SantaCon Is Coming to Town

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: Bowery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Renderings for a 12-story, 124-unit apartment building on Avenue D have been revealed. Rents at Alphabet Plaza are expected to be $2,500 to $3,600. [Curbed]

SantaConparticularly controversial this year — is coming to town on Dec. 14, and is expected to start at Tompkins Square Park. [DNA Info]

E-cig smokers showed up in force at yesterday’s City Council hearing and lit up indoors — but will they be able to in the future? [NY Post] Keep Reading »

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James Murphy’s Espresso Is Brewing; Knockout Attacks Due to ‘Resentment’?

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: East Village

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A newly elected councilwoman attempting to explain recent knockout attacks believes that for some African-Americans “the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.” [DNA Info]

A Twitter account claiming to represent Castle Braid, the apartment complex that was the subject of the Post‘s recent piece about old hipsters vs. new hipsters, is running its mouth, but who’s really behind it? [NY Observer]

A 19-year-old says he was the victim of a gunpoint robbery on South 9th Street in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]
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Less Chain Stores in EV, More in BK; a Williamsburg Shipping-Container House

Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]

And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]

The 10002 zip code added 10 national retailers and the 10003 zip code came in third with 170 stores (9 less than last year). [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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Dinner Boat Floats in Greenpoint; Lou Reed Mural in Williamsburg

Reclining

Photo: Scott Lynch)

Bushwick neighborhood groups are circulating a petition calling on the developer of the Rheingold Brewery complex to include affordable housing units that are in keeping with the neighborhood’s median income. [Brownstoner]

“Brooklyn’s first dinner boat,” a World War II-era minesweeper called The Water Table, officially launches for Friday and Saturday dinner service this week. [NY Daily News]
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Bushwick Shooting Victim Had Other Run-Ins; 5Pointz Developer Defends Whitewashing

So long, JR on Mulberry

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police say the emotionally disturbed Bushwick resident who was shot and killed by a rookie cop yesterday threw a baseball bat at an ambulance in 2011 and threw a hammer inside a high school in 2006. [NYDN]

The internet blew up today with news that 5Pointz was whitewashed by the developer who plans to turn the graffiti mecca into apartments. Daily Intel spoke to developer Jerry Wolkoff, who said, “I had tears in my eyes while I was doing it. I know it seems like a bitter pill to take, but it’s medicine.” [DI]

Meanwhile, a stalled hotel project on Great Jones Street is about to get new life and a giant mural from Jose Parla. [Curbed]
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Police Shot and Killed a Knife-Wielding Man in Bushwick

The crime scene in Bushwick. (Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

The crime scene in Bushwick. (Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

A police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man in Bushwick this afternoon after the man lunged at them with a kitchen knife, police sources say. [NYP, WSJ] According to News 12, police were responding to a landlord-tenant dispute.

Further to our shot of Pat Kiernan on the ice, The Cut has a fashion-focused slideshow of some of the first skaters at McCarren Rink. [The Cut]

And we’ll join The Cut in wishing a happy birthday to Chloe Sevigny. [The Cut]
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Swastikas, a Possible Hate Crime, and a Modesty Code Fight in Williamsburg

A Williamsburg resident says he was walking his dog when he was beaten by a stranger yelling homophobic slurs. Police charged a 35-year-old man with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. [Brooklyn Paper]

And this isn’t good either: Swastikas were found on a building on Bedford Avenue. [News 12 Brooklyn]
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Adios to Dijital Fix and Painting Lounge; Greenpoint’s $20 Million Question

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Cycle 10 of the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project is up on East First Street. Check out Scott Lynch’s photos above and in the Bedford + Bowery Flickr pool.

Dijital Fix, a fixture in the Bedford Avenue mini-mall since 2006, is the latest victim of North ‘Burg rent hikes (theirs will be nearly tripled) and will close up shop for good on September 29. But before they go, be sure to catch their clearance sale, starting today. [Free Williamsburg]
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Adios, El Sombrero; a Tale of Two Williamsburgs

(Animated GIF: Patrick Hogan)

As you’ll recall, Brooklyn artist Rostarr popped into our Newsroom this past weekend to paint a mural. We made a gif of the installation and now you can watch it, above, forever and ever and ever.

In other news: Judy Rapfogel, chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said she was completely in the dark about the fact that her husband allegedly stole more than $1 million from a poverty charity and stashed thousands in the couple’s Lower East Side apartment. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »