Just How Sweet Is the Domino Deal?

Yesterday we reported that the city had struck a deal with the developer of the Domino Sugar factory site that would bring some 700 units of affordable housing to the Williamsburg waterfront. Here now is our handy-dandy chart showing differences between the previous developer’s plan, the current developer’s Bloomberg-era plan, and the plan that will be put to the City Planning Commission’s vote this week.
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The Directors of Fort Tilden Traveled From Williamsburg to Rockaway to SXSW

(Photo courtesy of "Fort Tilden")

(Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott in Fort Tilden.

It’s hard to get accepted by the South by Southwest film festival — especially if you’re not from New York. This year’s festival features eight films, chosen from 1,324 submissions, and more than half of them have roots here: The Heart Machine, directed by Village Voice film critic Zachary Wigon; Wild Canaries, Lawrence Levine’s Brooklyn-based film; The Mend, set in Harlem and directed by John Magary, who attended Columbia University’s graduate film program; Brooklyn resident Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns; and the world premier of Fort Tilden, about two girls’ “needlessly complicated” bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway’s Fort Tilden beach, co-directed by two NYU MFA film candidates.
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Art Thief Swipes Snoop Lion Portrait; Mini Mini Market Closing After 14 Years

Phetus

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Pols have redoubled their calls for traffic safety in the wake of a Williamsburg traffic death. [Brooklyn Paper]

A variety of projects are vying for grants from a $19.5 million Greenpoint oil spill fund. [NY Times]

Slain real estate developer Menachem Stark and partner Israel Perlmutter owned around 1,000 apartment units. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

Richard Hell Will Chat With Robert Christgau Tomorrow Night

CleanTramp-pb-c-copyIf you missed your chance to dine with Richard Hell, you’ll have a chance to see him for free tomorrow night when the punk-rock royal signs copies of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (just released in paperback) at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The East Villager’s former band, Television, played its first show at CBGB 40 years ago this month.

That momentous performance may well be talked about during his interview Tuesday with Robert Christgau, who spent more than three decades as The Village Voice‘s chief music critic. Following the discussion, Hell will answer a few questions from the audience before signing books, according to powerHouse Arena’s events coordinator, Justin Levine.

Seating for the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are encouraged via RSVP@powerHouseArena.com.

If you’d rather see him in Manhattan, he’ll be at The Strand on March 20, in conversation with Bryan Waterman, who penned the 33 1/3 about Television’s Marquee Moon album.

The East Village’s Newest Coffee Shop Slides Open Its Back Bar This Week

(Photo: Janice Yi)

(Photo: Janice Yi)

The Roost is the OG hip-as-hell coffee shop of our wildest hopes and dreams: Brooklyn Roasting Company single origin beans, Balthazar pastries, fresh flowers and — come Wednesday — a monstrous speakeasy offering up to 16 lines of craft beer (naturally the coffee shop of our dreams is also a bar). It’s even got an OG East Village owner, Vito DiTomaso, who opened the original Luca Lounge on the very same block (in the space The Roost now occupies and the adjacent space) in ’97.
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Steve Buscemi Chilled With Anthony Weiner, Is King of Mardi Gras

680Former Lower East Sider Steve Buscemi has been bouncing around town lately — and we’re not even talking about Big Lebowski burlesque. Last week he dropped into Greenpoint’s Over the Eight to participate in what was apparently a “surreal” talk with actor Kevin Corrigan, comic Janeane Garofalo, and surprise guest Anthony Weiner. And tonight, he’ll be crowned King of Mardis Gras at the fifth annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
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As Landlord Gives It the Boot, Gathering of Tribes Asks For a Leg Up

(Photo: Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society)

(Photo: Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society)

Steve Cannon, the owner of A Gathering of the Tribes, seems to have finally lost his years-long fight to keep his East Village gallery space. But he isn’t giving up just yet.

In a letter to supporters, the gallery says, “Our landlord Lorraine Zhang has put 285 E. 3rd St. on the market, and is moving to evict Steve Cannon and Tribes on April 15.” According to the letter, the gallery, which has been in the neighborhood for some 24 years, has exhausted all appeals – so it’s looking for someone to buy the historic building, between Avenues C and D, and turn it into a residence for creative types.
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Sarah Gregory and Christine Femia on Girls: ‘Another Episode About Mortality!’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Sarah Gregory (L) and Christine Femia

Sarah Gregory (L) and Christine Femia

The text in blue belongs to Sarah Gregory, one-fourth of the creative power behind The Gregory Brothers where she serves as the Director of Diversity (she’s the lone female). The Gregory Brothers make music and YouTube videos, and broke out with their “Auto-Tune the News” series. Watch the group’s videos on their two YouTube channels, Schmoyoho and The Gregory Brothers. Sarah lives in Greenpoint with her husband, Evan Gregory.

The text in gray belongs to her friend Christine Femia, who lives in East Williamsburg. Christine has contributed to Bust magazine and The Complete Guide to Everything podcast. She’s participating in the upcoming National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.
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Hyper-Gentrification vs. Super Gentrification; How to Squat in NYC

Nelson Mandela

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Congrats to Lower East Sider Spike Jonze, who took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay last night. [B+B Twitter]

On hyper-gentrification, super gentrification and the third wave of gentrification. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Gothamist uses the closing of Williamsburg’s Supercore to ponder gentrification some more. [Gothamist]
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