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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Behold! Eleven major changes to Williamsburg’s retail scene, including progress at the forthcoming Whole Foods. [Racked]
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]
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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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 »