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Home Invasion Spree in Greenpoint; Bold Bike Thief in East Village

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

The onslaught of disturbing criminal behavior continues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Police apprehended a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and robbing two others in their homes during a crime spree last night. The husband of one of the women was stabbed during one of the attacks. [Greenpointers, Gothamist, NY Daily News]

Watch an EV burglar’s step-by-step visual guide for expertly stealing a bike locked to a parking sign – and think twice about ever leaving anything, locked or otherwise, outside ever again. [EV Grieve]
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Let’s Just Say North Brooklyn Had Some Infrastructure Issues Today

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Leaking parapet at 349 Bedford (Photo: Anna Silman)

A quick update on those four manholes that caught fire near 176 Maujer Street, where three residences were evacuated due to CO readings. ConEd says the cause of the fires has yet to be determined, but there are no customers without power. And the FDNY says the fire, which broke out shortly before 1:08 p.m., was under control by 2:20 p.m., with no injuries to report.

While trouble came from below in Bushwick, it came from above in Williamsburg.
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A Teenager Was Attacked By a Mob and Stabbed On the Lower East Side

(Photo: Ron Castellano)

The aftermath of the stabbing. (Photo: Ron Castellano)

A teenager was stabbed last night after a mob ganged up on him on the Lower East Side.

Ron Castellano, a resident, said that around 11:10 p.m. he heard yelling outside of his workplace, coming from the intersection of East Broadway and Essex. “I opened up the door and looked out and it was like 30 to 50 people in a swarm – like a tornado going through the street.”
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Where to Chill Like a Williamsburg Internet Mogul, Per the Google Killers at Karta

A sneak peek at Karta.

A sneak peek at Karta.

It’s hard to keep track of everything this city has to offer and it’s hard to effectively brag about all the cool places you go if no one (not even you) knows where those places are. That’s why two Williamsburg residents – Samia Saleem and Dana Steffe – invented Karta, a shareable mapping system that allows users to make and trade maps of all their favorite spots.
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LES’s Cheeky Sandwiches Is Bringing a ‘Breakfast Club’ to Greenpoint

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

Greenpoint has seen so many new bars and restaurants open in the past few months (not to mention coffee shops), those living on the Northside can be forgiven for feeling an onset of  “up-and-coming neighborhood” fatigue. Still, there’s plenty to be excited about in the arrival of Bread for the Eater, a new café/bar from the team that brought Cheeky Sandwiches to the Lower East Side. The excellence of Cheeky is already well established, and a location in the mostly (for now) bar-free McGolrick Park area means a potential break from the foodies and beer nerds littering Manhattan Avenue.
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Night Is Already On Our Mind, Thanks to This New Oliver Video

Brooklyn label Fool’s Gold just released a video for “Night Is On My Mind,” the infectiously danceable single off of electro-funk duo Oliver’s “Mechanical” EP. It was filmed under the Williamsburg Bridge, just a stone’s throw from the label’s shop on Metropolitan Avenue, and may single-handedly bring back light-up LA Gear kicks (and maybe light-up nipples, too).
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Double-Live Late-Breaking Developing News Alert: Someone’s Moving Into the Schwimmer Mansion

photo(1891)Is the urn you see here David Schwimmer’s personal urn? It may well be, because at the time of this writing, a moving truck is parked in front of the so-called Schwimmer mansion, unloading boxes. So many boxes. The movers are making damn sure nobody gets a peek inside the mansion, the bottom floor of which is still behind plywood. In fact, there’s a man at the plywood door, pulling it closed with a string every time one of the movers enters or exits (sorry, we forgot to Vine it).
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Greenpoint Pistol-Whipping Update; More on the Suicide of Colin Devlin

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An officer at the 94th Precinct gave Greenpointers a play-by-play of the Greenpoint pistol-whipping we reported Sunday. Apparently it started when the suspect asked for change for a dollar: “As the man went into his pocket for change the robber beat him with a gun and went through his pockets.” [Greenpointers]

In this week’s issue of New York magazine, we hear more about the suicide of DuMont owner Colin Devlin. Rebecca Flint Marx writes, “Whatever the ultimate reason he took his own life, the loss of Devlin seems like evidence of a harsher Williamsburg than the one where he opened DuMont’s doors a decade earlier.” [Grub Street] Keep Reading »

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Have You Seen This Baby Dragon? A Mystical Portal Has Been Pilfered

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A little while ago we told you about “13 Portals,” the mystical, interactive public-art game taking place this summer throughout the East Village. Now, some dastardly art thief (albeit one with a highly attuned sense of irony) has made off with Portal 3 — the Portal of Movement. That’s right: it’s been stripped from its hanging-place on East 10th, between B and C.
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