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Opening a DIY Venue? ‘Leases Are Much More Confusing Than French Philosophy’

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Over the last few years, as the number of city crackdowns on quasi-legal do-it-yourself venues in Brooklyn has risen, the community that organizes, fosters and sustains such spaces has shifted focus, ever so slightly, toward maintaining long-term viability. Which is why last night, at the The Silent Barn in Bushwick, a four-person panel and about 50 attendees came together to discuss “Legalizing DIY.”
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And We’re Liveblogging the Schwimmer Mansion Move-In

They're back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

They’re back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Monday, Bedford + Bowery broke news that the so-called Schwimmer mansion is finally getting a tenant. This afternoon the gargantuan moving truck returned to East Sixth Street, and we’re determined to find out whether that tenant is David Schwimmer, as has been widely reported. Stay with us. This is history in the making.
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Ray Abeyta Apologizes If He’s Ever Ruined Your Quiet Brunch at Five Leaves

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Ray Abeyta goes way back with Williamsburg. The 56-year-old painter arrived in New York from New Mexico in 1986. A few years later, he met his future wife Alyssa and, together with Zeb Stewart, they opened local fixtures Union Pool and later Hotel Delmano. The couple (separated but still friendly) and their teenage children have been fixtures at many Williamsburg haunts — including Five Leaves, where Ray has been a regular since the start.
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Greenpointers Protest ‘Homogenized, Pasteurized, Sanitized, Supersized’ Waterfront Development

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

There was no lack of drama last night at Automative High School in North Brooklyn, where residents gathered to speak out against Greenpoint Landing – a series of ten towers that will plop nearly 5,000 new apartments, a public school, and a park on Greenpoint’s quiet shores.
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Here's Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin's Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.

Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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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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