Even if the actual ball drop is kinda hazy, as long as you’re reading this, you’ve made it to 2017. Congratulations. Seriously though, 2016 was the worst. Case in point: by the time Friday rolled around, it might have seemed like we were in the clear, but 2016 dropped a final insult on top of relentless injury on its way out the door: the death of Tyrus Wong, the artist responsible for Disney’s “Bambi.” You heard right, 2016 killed the dude who created mother-freaking Bambi.
Over the Weekend
Happy Martin Luther King Day, all. Here’s a guide to volunteering in North Brooklyn, care of DNA Info.
A police source tells the Daily News that a contractor who was owed $20,000 is being eyed as a suspect in the murder of Menachem Stark. [NY Daily News]
The Department of Buildings has given Extell permission to demolish a stretch of 14th Street so it can build a 7-story development with 39,310 square feet of commercial space. [The Real Deal]
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De Blasio says finding Menachem Stark’s killer is a high priority. [DNA Info]
The House of Yes has found a new space in Bushwick. It’ll have a larger stage and seating area, a smokehouse restaurant, a bar, and an outdoor lounge. [Brooklyn Paper]
Mellow Pages explains why they fibbed about turning down a $50,000 loan from Exxon: “We did it for the survival of the library. But we’re OK with the reality of the situation, that people will hate us now.” [Brokelyn]
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Menachem Stark, the Williamsburg developer who was abducted Thursday outside of his office and then found burned and asphyxiated to death in Long Island Saturday, was mourned as a charitable man by his neighbors but was “a lightning rod for fuming tenants and neighborhood activists across north Brooklyn,” per The Times. Though thousands attended Stark’s funeral, the New York Post accompanied its story with the front-page headline “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” Yesterday, as B+B reported, City Councilman Stephen Levin (and others, including Stark’s brother-in-law) condemned the headline as “offensive and horrific.” (The Post, reporting on a protest rally led by the Brooklyn BP, later said its thoughts and prayers were with Stark’s family.) Meanwhile, The Daily News says some relatives believe the mob was involved in the hit, or that it was a hate crime. The Post says Stark’s business partner is worried he’s next.
Good morning, all. Here’s what happened over the weekend.
As you can see from Francisco Valera’s photo above, we’ve survived another SantaCon — see Saturday’s slideshow for more shots, from Scott Lynch. The Red Menace officially dodged the Lower East Side this year, but that didn’t stop the angry Tweets from the East Village and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were no arrests, eight summonses for open alcohol containers and two summonses for disorderly conduct related to the event — a drop from last year’s numbers. But, yeah, check out this brawl outside of Joe Jr. in Gramercy.
Pretty much everyone who wasn’t in a Santa suit this weekend was seeing The Pizza Underground at Baby’s All Right. Gothamist has video footage of Macaulay Culkin’s kazoo solo. [Gothamist, Free Williamsburg, Stereogum]
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Mornin’, folks. Here’s what happened Over the Weekend.
As you may know from following B+B on Twitter, Barnes & Noble dropped news over the weekend that Morrissey would sign his new book at their Union Square location, only to say it was a big misunderstanding. Big mouth strikes again.
A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in front of Zocalo Mexican Restaurant in South Williamsburg. [NYP]
Mornin’, all. Here’s what happened Over the Weekend.
Speaking of Girls, Lena Dunham isn’t the only cast member who lives in all-grown-up Brooklyn Heights. Have a look inside Jemima Kirke‘s pad. [Refinery 29]
To make up for this weekend’s service outage, here’s some good news for L riders: the MTA is adding 8 round-trips ever weekday and 4 every Saturday and Sunday, which will bring shave 12 seconds off the time between trains from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 50 seconds off it from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. [Brooklyn Paper]
And in other transportation news, there’s now Select Bus service between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg. [News 12]