Three men were sentenced for kidnapping and robbing two victims in Greenpoint in December 2013. The assailants tortured one victim with a blowtorch and lit cigarettes until he revealed where he stored his cash. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
At 110 Green Street, a developed ponied up $103 million dollars for Greenpoint’s priciest residential sale, which covered 130-unit, six-story property. [Real Estate Weekly]
Plans to convert the former Greenpoint Hospital into affordable housing have been put on hold again because the site is currently being used as the laundry facility for shelters city-wide. [DNA Info]
When we last checked in with Kay Kasparhauser, frontwoman of The Prettiots, she told us, “I’m a city girl so I need to wear a shoe on my head and play ukulele.” But she also seemed pretty over the NYC scene. “How many nights have I spent in the basement of some Lower East Side venue or bar trying to look cute? I’m jaded, and I sound like an old lady, but I’d much rather go home and watch Law and Order by myself.” So it’s no surprise that a) a song off the new Prettiots album, Funs Cool, is an ode to Law and Order detective Elliot Stabler, and b) the band’s latest song is about what every jaded New Yorker seems to be doing these days: moving to LA.
The first rows of the City Council chambers were packed with red shirts yesterday. Members of the AARP were there to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis and create 200,000 units over the next decade. But council members representing North Brooklyn aren’t so sure about the plan.
Police arrested five people in connection with the gas explosion that rocked Second Avenue last spring and brought down three buildings. The tragedy, which killed two men, seriously injured 13 people and obliterated hundreds of peoples’ homes, is said to have been caused by an illegal gas hookup guarded in a secret room in the basement of the building’s sushi restaurant, locked and inaccessible to restaurant workers or ConEd inspectors.
Huitzilli, a colorful boutique specializing in Mexican clothing and jewelry, is vacating its home of seven years after its building was sold. Emily Cantrell, the shop’s owner, tells us she was considering reopening at the same address in the future, but Williamsburg’s changing demographic is making it harder and harder for small businesses to remain operational.
It’s offish, Powrplnt is open (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Powrplnt– the ambitious non-profit pet project of artist, proud weirdo, and retired Bushwick party girl Angelina Dreem– has officially flipped on the lights and begun watering the plants, so to speak. “Hey–” she started, glancing over at Jake Sollins, one of the teachers setting up to teach teens about Photoshop and Illustrator for a class called “How to Make Money.”
Longtime Lower East Side poet John Farris died of a heart attack at his E. 3rd Street apartment on January 22. He was 75 years old. [The Villager]
Next week a trio of local business owners will lobby Community Board 3 with their plans to replace the onetime Nevada Smiths on Third Avenue with a bar/coffee house/vintage record store called Vinyl, a tribute to the Irish band Thin Lizzy. [EV Grieve]
While the city council was busy debating high-level zoning changes to promote affordable housing, Community Board 3 also engaged in the ongoing effort to battle the effects of the city’s red-hot real estate market, putting forward ideas for new zoning to preserve downtown Manhattan’s traditionally vibrant retail scene.
Chef-owner Kazuya (left) tops off an order of Spicy Tan Tan Men. (Photo: Karissa Gall)
Remember when we told you there were four new ramen spots to try? Well, make that five. Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn opened at 513 Grand Street on February 1 and they’re serving up a secret dish. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to name it, but I can tell you that it’s one of the most popular broths in Japan. Chef-owner Kazuya Miyashita says it’s very time-intensive to make, so he’ll only be making 10 servings a day. Those 10 servings will go to the first 10 customers who ask for the flavor by name.
Continues through February 11 at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village. 7pm; tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
For the fifth time, comedienne and cabaret songstress (as well as “entertainer, dream maker, chanteuse, [and] superstar“) Lady Rizo will enchant your Hump Day with her unique renditions of the great soul singer’s work. She’ll be joined by a live band and some choice special guests, including TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, The Wiz‘s Mykal Kilgore, and Carol Lipnik. Rizo has been acclaimed for both her vocal prowess and her comedic quirks, so expect a hearty serving of both.
As inevitable as your student loan bills, Valentine’s Day is once again around the corner. If you’re inclined to celebrate it ironically rather than romantically, fret not: this is, after all, a city of misanthropes. At these Valentine’s weekend events, there’ll be nary a chocolate heart in sight.
Yep, this is actually a thing (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Last weekend marked a victory for goths, Tarot freaks, and magic nerds everywhere as the second annual Occult Humanities Conference convened at NYU for a sold-out marathon of lectures with names like “Blues Magic,” “Bohemian Occult Subculture in Britain’s 1890s,” and “The Cut in Ritual Psychoanalysis and Art.” And while, yes, in many ways this was an academic-ish conference, organized by Pam Grossman (founder of the esoterica blog Phantasmaphile) and Jesse Bransford (Chair of the Art & Art Professions Department at NYU), the convening of occultists and occult obsessives still managed to keep it real.