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Alleged East Village Rapist Pleads Not Guilty; Cabin in a Bushwick Loft

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The hunt for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealers led cops to a Mott Street apartment where they busted four people after finding a “mother lode” of heroin, per the . According to an online heroin review site cited by Brooklyn Paper, Ace of Spades — the dealer of which police are still searching for — could be found on the streets of Williamsburg as recently as last month.

A San Loco employee who’s accused of raping a woman in her East Village apartment says she gave him permission to follow her home and the sex was consensual. [NY Post]

More about House of Yes’s plans to reopen — with a full-fledged bar and restaurant. [Bushwick Daily]
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Hours; Rents Down in Bushwick and Greenpoint

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours included a stop into his usual coffee shop, dinner at Automatic Slims, and a phone call to his longtime girlfriend during which he seemed high, per CNN. Police are looking for the actor’s drug dealer after dozens of baggies of heroin were found in his apartment.

Frank Prisinzano, the owner of Frank, said on Instagram that Hoffman was a regular and “a real New Yorker and a super low key.” Yesterday, Ajay Naidu recalled being taken under the actor and director’s wing.

Rents went up in Williamsburg in December but down in Bushwick and (for studios and two-bedrooms, anyway) Greenpoint. [MNS]
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Another Warhol Superstar Has Died; Would-Be Cop Killer Gets Convicted

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First Taylor Mead and now this: Rene Ricard, the East Village “poet, painter, art critic, scene-maker, ex-Andy Warhol super-star, subject of one of Allen’s most penetrating portraits,” has died of cancer at 67. Among other things, he’s credited for propelling Basquiat to fame. [Allen Ginsberg Project, Gallerist]

Luis Martinez has been convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a police officer on the Lower East Side. He had claimed it was self-defense. [NBC 4]

Todd P has responded to grumblings that he put the 285 Kent space up on Craigslist: “People seem all up an arms about this, and while this particular ad is not my doing, so what if it had been? The place closed for good reason: it couldn’t be made ‘legal’ and people were going to end up in jail if it kept operating.” [Brooklyn Vegan]
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Crown Heights Is the ‘New Williamsburg,’ East New York Is the ‘Next Bushwick’

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Is East New York the “next Bushwick”? [Untapped Cities]

And is Crown Heights the “new Williamsburg”? [Curbed]

The owners of the Jarmulowsky Bank building have decided to restore its dome as they convert it into a hotel managed by Ace. [The Lo-Down]
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NYPD Seeks NYU Student's Shroom Dealer; Carmellini Takes Former Peels Space

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The NYPD are looking for the drug dealer who, they say, provided shrooms to Titan Lee-Hai before he plunged from an NYU dorm. [DNA Info]

A faux ConEd bill collector is getting Williamsburg shopkeepers to turn over bundles of cash. [Brooklyn Paper]

In Greenpoint, a 25-year-old is accused of jumping off his moped to bash strangers with a metal pipe. [Brooklyn Paper]
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NYU Student ‘Not in His Senses’ Before Fall; Rally For Pedestrian Safety in BK

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A police source tells the Post that NYU freshman Titan Lee-Hai was high on mushrooms when he plunged from the roof of Third North. A fellow student says that Lee-Hai, who was clearly “not in his senses,” punched him in the face shortly before the fatal fall. [NYP, NY Daily News]

Rapping under the name Trizzykid, the Trinidadian had built a substantial following of fans, and was remembered fondly. [NY Observer]

200 people gathered in Bushwick to mourn traffic fatalities and rally for safer streets. [The Weekly Nabe]

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$1.7M Missing From Stark’s Account; Zosia Mamet’s $1M Home

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Court records show that $1.7 million was “improperly removed” from a bank account belonging to Menachem Stark, the slain Williamsburg developer. [NY Daily News, NY Times]

Zosia Mamet of Girls dropped a cool million on a fixer-upper in Bushwick [Daily Mail]

Twitter, which was rumored to be considering a move to 51 Astor, is moving to Chelsea instead. [NY Post]
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City Drops Suit Against Williamsburg Shops; Vogue‘s Greenpoint Guide

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The city has agreed to drop its discrimination case against Williamsburg shops accused of enforcing dress codes to keep away women and non-Orthodox men. [NY Times]

With the death of his victim, the bail of the man alleged to have struck an East Village florist while drunk and high has been upped to $1 million. [NY Post]

In the wake of a hit-and-run accident last year, the DOT has proposed slowdown measures for Kent Avenue. [NY Daily News]
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Sasheer Zamata’s Girls Tour; Video of 285 Kent’s Last Shows

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Watch Sasheer Zamata, who made her SNL debut Saturday, give a Girls tour of Greenpoint. [NY Observer]

Speaking of Girls, Lena Dunham is defending Vogue against Jezebel, which stirred up some controversy by publishing unretrouched photos from her recent shoot with the mag: “Vogue isn’t the place that we go to look at realistic women, Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what’s the problem?” [Today]

During the final show at 285 Kent, Fucked Up’s lead singer shared a fond memory: “Last time we played here it was like a million degrees, and I vomited outside.” [NY Times]
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American Apparel's Merkined Mannequins; Gunman Arrested in Bushwick

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As you can see from this and other photos Scott Lynch added to our Flickr pool, the mannequins at the American Apparel on East Houston got a merkined makeover. A company employee tells the Observer “rawness and newness” to Valentine’s Day.

Curbed takes an in-depth look at Bloomberg’s rezoning of the industrial waterfront and its effect on manufacturing. []

Cops took down a gunman in Bushwick yesterday with the help of a brave bystander. [NY Daily News]

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East Village Florist Dies; 2,000-Capacity Venue Bound For East Williamsburg

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The East Village florist who was struck by a drunk, high and speeding driver in June has died while on life support. [NY Daily News]

Police may have found the minivan used to abduct Williamsburg developer Menachem Stark. [NY Times]

Nearly $1.2 million in “unauthorized” withdrawals were made from Stark’s corporate bank account in the weeks before he died. [Newsday]
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