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As City Plans Live-Work Space For Artists, Developer Starts Building Studios

Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect

Rendering: Gene Kaufman Architect

Mayor De Blasio isn’t the only one pushing workspace for artists — it’s also being added by at least one private developer. Gene Kaufman — an architect better known for his controversial hotels – has designed a mixed-use studio building in East Williamsburg that will open in fall of 2016.
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Björk Dropped Into Good Room, Tiki Disco Up Next

(Photo: Julie Thevenot)

(Photo: Julie Thevenot)

Warning: Björk is going to be everywhere in March. Not only is she playing dates at Carnegie Hall and New York City Center, but a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art promises to “chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance,” according to details just dropped by the museum. The MoMA show will culminate in “a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk.”
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The Owners of Pardon My French Want You to Give ‘French Tapas’ an Effing Try

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“French tapas” may sound like a contradiction, but it’s the direction French cuisine is heading in, according to Antonin Brune. The waiter at East Village longtimer Casimir partnered up with Mario Carta, the bistro’s owner, about eight months ago and within the next couple of weeks, they’ll relaunch it as Pardon My French.
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Keith Haring’s NSFW Bathroom Doodles On Display at Relaunched LGBT Community Center

Liz Taylor by Andy Warhol.

Deborah Kass, “Deb,” 2012. Screenprints, edition of 60, 24 x 24 inches each.

Some of the city’s most colorful characters flocked to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center last night to celebrate the completion of a $9.2 million renovation project. A sparkling rainbow ribbon was cut by Edie Windsor, who famously caused the Supreme Court to change its exclusively heterosexual interpretation of marriage through a civil rights case that is now a historical milestone for the LGBT community. Cheers resounded as it fell to the floor.
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This Man Ran Rampant With a Boxcutter in Union Square, Police Say [Update: Arrest Made]

Update, Feb. 6, 8:30pm: The police have arrested Derrick Mcleod, a 24-year-old Bed-Stuy resident, and charged him with five counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say a man wielding a boxcutter attacked four people early this morning in Union Square. The string of assaults started on a 4 train around 1:20am, when the suspect punched a man in the face while gripping the weapon. As the suspect fled from the Union Square station, he slapped a woman in the face and then slashed a man in the face after the man refused to give him $2. The spree continued on 14th Street, where a 59-year-old man was slashed in the face after he declined to give up $1.

Here’s the police department’s description of the attacks, along with a photo of the suspect.
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Black Seed Takes Over De Robertis Space; Fake UPS Man Commits Gunpoint Robbery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

At 3:30 a.m. on January 27, three individuals followed a man home to his S. 6th Street apartment, where they assaulted him into unconsciousness and stole his wallet and electronics. [Brooklyn Paper]

A man impersonating a UPS delivery person and his two accomplices robbed a Williamsburg couple at gunpoint in their apartment on Saturday, according to police. The thieves made off with $300. [DNA Info]

De Robertis Caffé‘s home for the past eleven decades will soon be occupied by a new tenant: Black Seed, the Nolita-based bagel shop. [Grub Street]
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Activists and Assemblyman Demand Air Testing in Wake of Williamsburg Fire

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber of Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber of Razberry Photography)

State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol is the latest to express concern about the possible health impact of the massive blaze that erupted on the Williamsburg waterfront early Saturday morning.
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As Church Offers Rest For the Weary, Greenpointers Are Wary

"Glowing Homeless," a neon sculpture made in response to the death of a man in McGolrick Park. (Photo: Fannie Allie)

“Glowing Homeless,” a neon sculpture made in response to the death of a man in McGolrick Park. (Photo: Fannie Allie)

At the start of last week, as the streets of Greenpoint became eerily empty, ten homeless men crawled into roll-out cots found in the basement of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. While the rest of the city braced for the onset of a blizzard, these men were able to close their eyes with pillows under their heads rather than the usual wooden park benches.
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At New Museum, Pole Dancing Without the Tassels and Police Hassles

(Photo courtesy of New Museum)

(Photo courtesy of New Museum)

If you thought pole dancing was just a thing for strippers and dance instructors (or strippers turned dance instructors), you thought wrong. It’s a thing for art galleries too. This Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly will be showcasing their exhibition P.O.L.E.—People, Objects, Language, Exchange—at the New Museum Lobby Gallery. The exhibit will be on daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. from February 4 to 15. The main attraction is Two Brothers, where a colorful array of entertainers—from exotic dancers to contemporary artists to those ever embattled subway performers —will perform around two 16-foot brass poles.
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Beloved Deliveryman Dies; Tenants Return to Building After Alleged Slumlord Banned

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Beloved delivery man Bill Meier of Williamsburg’s Best Pizza died yesterday. He was in his 50s. [Eater NY]

During day one of his manslaughter trial yesterday, it was revealed that the fingerprints of ​Julio Acevedo—the driver involved in a March 2013 hit-and-run that killed an expectant couple—were found on a bag of frozen rats retrieved from the trunk of the BMW he allegedly left behind. Prosecutors said the rats were intended to feed Acevedo’s pet boa constrictor. [NY Post]

Rent-stabilized tenants of 300 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint will be able to return home following an exodus more than a year ago when owner Joel Israel allegedly axed the electrical system. A judge has banned Israel from entering the building. [Brownstoner]

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