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East Village Murals Vanish; More Development in Williamsburg and Bushwick

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Does Bushwick Collective (above) have to get all the murals? Chico’s wall, located at the corner of East Houston and Avenue B, was painted over without explanation this weekend, according to EV Grieve, who also noticed that the Joe Stummer mural on the side of Niagara has disappeared. But don’t despair, Strummer is coming back.

The recent string of crime in Greenpoint makes it seem like the neighborhood must have seen safer times, right? Well, an info graphic – comparing this year to last, and (for some serious perspective) 1993 – might make you feel a little better about the North Brooklyn neighborhood in 2013: while incidents of rape are up, robbery is down 22%. [Greenpointers]
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Ridgewood Is the New Bushwick; Man Seeks Missing Puppet

If you do go to Out in the Streets in Ridgewood, take note: that’s where everyone is moving now that the average rent for a studio in Bushwick ($1,675) is up 27 percent in the last year. [NYT]

Meanwhile, studios at The Williamsburg, in (you guessed it) Williamsburg start at $2,290. That gets you two landscaped courtyards, a fitness center, laundry room and private storage. Check out the photos. [The Real Deal]

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Greenpoint Perceived to Be NYC’s Most Dangerous Hood, Despite Retro Cabs

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Con Artist, an artist collective that’s operated out of a basement for most of its three-and-a-half year existence, is finally opening a gallery and workspace at 119 Ludlow Street. [Bowery Boogie]

Landlords and brokers are beginning to make graffiti on the walls of their apartments a selling point. Incredibly, this seems to be working. [DNAinfo]
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Home Invasion Spree in Greenpoint; Bold Bike Thief in East Village

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

The onslaught of disturbing criminal behavior continues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Police apprehended a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and robbing two others in their homes during a crime spree last night. The husband of one of the women was stabbed during one of the attacks. [Greenpointers, Gothamist, NY Daily News]

Watch an EV burglar’s step-by-step visual guide for expertly stealing a bike locked to a parking sign – and think twice about ever leaving anything, locked or otherwise, outside ever again. [EV Grieve]
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Greenpoint Pistol-Whipping Update; More on the Suicide of Colin Devlin

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

An officer at the 94th Precinct gave Greenpointers a play-by-play of the Greenpoint pistol-whipping we reported Sunday. Apparently it started when the suspect asked for change for a dollar: “As the man went into his pocket for change the robber beat him with a gun and went through his pockets.” [Greenpointers]

In this week’s issue of New York magazine, we hear more about the suicide of DuMont owner Colin Devlin. Rebecca Flint Marx writes, “Whatever the ultimate reason he took his own life, the loss of Devlin seems like evidence of a harsher Williamsburg than the one where he opened DuMont’s doors a decade earlier.” [Grub Street] Keep Reading »

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Dead Shark Mystery Solved; CBGB Movie Trailer a ‘Love Letter’ to Hilly

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Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope

Feel unsafe walking home at night in Greenpoint, what with all the disturbing behavior in the neighborhood? Jay Ruiz, founder of the borough’s popular two-wheeled escort service, Brooklyn Bike Patrol, said Greenpointers shouldn’t hesitate to call for a cycle home. Ruiz also encourages local volunteers to put their own bikes to good use. [Greenpointers]

The mystery of the dead shark on the N train yesterday has been solved: photos surfaced from earlier in the day of kids on Brighton Beach holding the fanged fish, which had purportedly washed to shore. A report provided by a family friend assured that it was, indeed, the same shark. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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Brooklyn Gets a New Fake Neighborhood; Heartbeet Juicery Opens

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Heartbeet Juicery, which we told you about a few weeks ago, opened yesterday. Juice for everyone! [B+B]

So apparently the neighborhood where Bushwick and Bed-Stuy meet is called “Bedwick.” Will the neighborhood naming madness never end? [Curbed]

A LES resident recently launched Get Off My Bike Lane, in which he documents his tumultuous daily commute to and from Chelsea. [Lo Down]

CVS is coming to East Houston in a big way. [Bowery Boogie]

First Russ & Daughters and now Katz’s is publishing a book. [Zagat]

WSJ did a feature on everyone’s favorite open-air theater experience: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot [WSJ]

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Rheingold Brewery Redevelopment OK'd by CB; Burglaries in North BK

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Community Board 4 voted to recommend rezoning for development on the former Rheingold Brewery site behind closed doors. [Bushwick Daily]

Here’s the latest on Jules de Balincourt’s to outsmart the prohibitively expensive local real estate market: he and 75 other Bushwick-based artists may secure lucrative work spaces with pooled funds. [WSJ]

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