Prostitution Bust in Greenpoint; Attempted Rape in Williamsburg

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If you didn’t already think Greenpoint had all the makings for a great soap opera – what with all that big money waterfront development and a bunch of scary crime – an alleged prostitution ring at a Greenpoint massage parlor might help change your mind. [DNAinfo]

Police are looking for a man suspected of attempted rape in Williamsburg. The suspect broke into a 21-year-old woman’s window near Metropolitan Avenue and climbed on top of her; surveillance footage shows the man wearing a white t-shirt and jeans while wheeling a bike and looking — on more than one occasion — guiltily behind his shoulder. [Gothamist]

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Here’s Who Some of Your Neighbors Voted For Today, and Why

The scene in Bushwick. (Tamerra Griffin)

The scene in Bushwick. (Tamerra Griffin)

Lo and behold, even on iPhone Tuesday, some folks remembered to vote in the primaries — though from what we saw, not all that many. Around 9 a.m. today, we spotted City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez on the corner of East 12th Street and First Avenue, entering the home stretch of her race against her Harley-riding challenger Rick Del Rio. We know this much: she got the vote of State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, who tweeted about some “confusion in Stuy Town” that “sent voters to a nonexistent poll site.”
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You’re About to Catch ‘Feelings’ For Bad Girlfriend, Playing Glasslands Tomorrow

(Photo: Candice Lawler Roth)

(Photo: Candice Lawler Roth)

We’re calling it here and now: Bad Girlfriend, an all-girl group based in and around Williamsburg, is next-big-thing material. On the verge of breaking their debut full-length, due out this winter and produced by Chairlift co-founder Aaron Pfenning and School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis, this chic quartet offers an edgier, New York Citified answer to stylistic cousins Vivian Girls and Best Coast.

Bad Girlfriend is made up of singer/guitarist Christian Owens, bassist Savannah King, drummer/singer Lyla Vander, and singer/guitarist Brianna Lance. We spoke to Lance, who’s also head designer at local It Girl fashion favorite Reformation, ahead of tomorrow night’s show at Glasslands Gallery, where Bad Girlfriend will open for fellow North Brooklynite Luke Rathborne. Read the B+B Q+A — and listen to their eponymous EP and their new single, “Feelings” — below.
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A Visit With Karen O’s Designer, Christian Joy, Before Her Big Show This Weekend

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

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In the heart of working-class Greenpoint, a few blocks from McGolrick Park, lives the fashion designer who dresses one of our favorite rock stars. Christian Joy is responsible for creating the amazing and often outlandish vision that is Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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The NYC Cassette Fair Celebrated the Comeback of a Magnetic Medium

(Photo: Peter D'Amato.)

(Photo: Peter D’Amato.)

Saturday evening at Silent Barn, the usual bored-looking über-hip were outnumbered by beaming tape nerds manning tables topped with an array of brightly colored cassettes; friendly dudes and girls repped tape labels hailing from Brooklyn and beyond, at the first annual NYC Cassette Fair.
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District 2: This Harley Riding Pastor Wants to Be Your New City Councilman

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Aspiring City Councilman Rick Del Rio raps his gold-ringed knuckles on the table as he speaks, his colorful bicep tattoos (“Jesus Christ Is Lord” and “The Lion of Judah Has Conquered”) peeking out from beneath the sleeves of a black button-up.

“I’m a political outsider, and being a political outsider means I have a lot to learn,” he says in a gravelly, booming voice that one can easily imagine bellowing across a pulpit. “But I’ll learn it. Because whatever I have to do, I will do. I’ve got no issues with ego; I just want to serve. And I’ve got no fear.”
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How the Author of Killing Williamsburg Got Questlove to Do a ‘Suicide Set’

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

Tomorrow at Trash Bar there’s a book party for Killing Williamsburg, and it won’t be the usual wine-and-cheese affair: starting at 7 p.m., the one and only Questlove will spin songs by musicians who killed themselves. Morbid as it may sound, the night’s “suicide set” is in keeping with the book’s macabre plot: a cynical Williamsburger is jolted from his ennui when a plague of mysterious, gruesome suicides threatens to turn his “hip, hopping, happening” neighborhood into a ghost town.
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Up Against Vito, Antonio Reynoso Has Been Knocking On a Lot of Wood Lately

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

“I’ve got the easiest pitch in the city,’” District 34 City Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso said at a fundraiser earlier this year: “Hi, I don’t sexually harass my staff, will you vote for me?”

Media coverage of 30-year-old Reynoso’s campaign to win tomorrow’s Democratic primary has overwhelmingly focused on the bad behavior of his opponent, former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez, who is 72, resigned from the State Assembly last May when several female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Soon after, Lopez began raising money for a City Council run in District 34, which encompasses Williamsburg, Bushwick and part of Ridgewood, Queens.
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