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Williamsburg Lumberyard Heist; ‘Saddest Building in Brooklyn’

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

 

Almost $10K in cash was looted from a lumberyard on Williamsburg’s Stewart Avenue. [The Brooklyn Paper]

If all goes well for developers, the warehouse at 105 S. 5th Street in Williamsburg will become 55 units of affordable housing. [NY YIMBY]

A six-story, 10-condo structure is also in the works for 138 N. 10th Street. [NY YIMBY]

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Three More Holiday Shopping Hoo-Has (Two of ‘Em With Free Booze)

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Forma de Ser.

Been too busy drinking to get any holiday shopping done? You know you can combine those two things, right? And maybe you better, because you’re about a week away from making your loved ones feel very unloved. Here are the latest one-stop shopping experiences we’ve caught wind of.
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Rudy’s Barbershop, a Sibling of Ace Hotel, Has Opened in Williamsburg

(Courtesy Rudy's)

(Courtesy Rudy’s)

Rudy’s — the rock-n-roll barbershop that Alex Calderwood and Wade Weigel launched in Seattle in 1993 before going on to create the Ace Hotel — has finally opened its Williamsburg outpost.

After expanding along the West Coast, Rudy’s debuted its first NYC location in the Ace in 2012. Calderwood picked out the Williamsburg location — inside of a 125-year-old bank at 33 Grand Street, adjacent the waterfront — about three years ago, before his unexpected death last year. A quote from him (“I’m just a barber and a tattoo pimp”) now hangs from the tall ceilings of the new spot along with banners quoting Oscar Wilde and Charles Bukowski.
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They’re Putting the ‘Art’ in Cartography and Taking Subway Maps to New Places

L train map by Lynch.

L train map by Andrew Lynch.

There are few useful maps that blur the lines between reality and fantasy as completely as a subway map. Curves are smoothed, the space between stations is adjusted and even geography itself is modified, all in the name of helping riders understand which train will take them where they need to go.

“It’s both form and function,” said Andrew Lynch, a New York City-based artist and cartographer. He’s part of a vibrant community of armchair urban planners who spend their spare time reinventing official transit maps. Their work, scattered across the blogosphere, is mostly functional but mixed with a healthy dose of creative license. Some maps add in entirely new subway lines where none exist in real life, citing ridership data that supports their presence. Others are unashamedly pop art, an abstract series of lines and circles representing routes and stations. The maps are making a big impact, though — both as art and as a source of ideas for actual improvements to transit systems.
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‘Starrs’ of Bushwick Collide For Some Literary-Musical Performance

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Roarke Menzies. (Photo: Benjamin Lehn)

For those of us who use “right off of the Jefferson L” to describe where we live, Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies are familiar faces at the very least. Rome manages and Menzies works at the Wyckoff Starr — a coffee shop that’s two doors down from the train’s entrance — and both are a part of a wave of artists that was beginning to put down roots in Bushwick in the early aughts.
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Office Building Rises on Kent, Uruguayan Food Comes to LES

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Thanks to a $70 million construction loan, an eight-story luxe office building will rise in Williamsburg at 25 Kent Avenue. [The Real Deal]

Box Kite’s former chefs will co-own Bruno’s Pizza, aiming for a February opening at 04 E. 13th Street. [Grub Street]

Williamsburg’s first outpost of the local salad chain sweetgreen officially opens today on N. 4th Street. [Eater NY]

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Williamsburg Dance Destination TBA Tries to Bounce Back From Shutdown

(Photo: TBA's website)

(Photo: TBA’s website)

TBA Brooklyn, a stripped-down South Williamsburg bunker for house and techno music that operated away from the flash of the Northside’s clubbing district, has been closed by the city, but it’s trying to bounce back via a fundraising party and campaign.
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James Franco Screened a New Film, Held Forth About Teaching Among ‘Shitheads’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

James Franco drew a line when he appeared at the Strand last week and is making headlines on Gawker today, but only a few dozen people filed into Village East Cinema last night for an under-the-radar q&a following a screening of his new film The Color of Time.
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Rostarr’s New Mural On the Roof Of The Standard Will Floor You

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rostarr, the artist who did a mural for our pop-up newsroom a little over a year ago, has taken things to a whole new level — the rooftop level of The Standard, High Line, to be exact. On Friday, friends of Romon Kimin gathered in the hotel’s gift shop to raise their champagne glasses at his epic new work covering the ground of Le Bain, the hotel’s 18th-floor lounge.
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Meet the Kitties of Meow Parlour, NYC’s First Permanent Cat Cafe

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon.

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Spot, Squinkles's sister.

Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Seven-month-old Squinkles.

Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Just minutes from now, at precisely noon today, New York City’s first permanent cat café will open its doors, and your Instagram feed will look something like the slideshow above. We got a sneak peek at Meow Parlour this morning and can confirm that this isn’t a sick social media experiment: this cat café is 100% real.
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