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Stomach It: 5K New Units Means ‘Gigantic Sandwich Landing On Greenpoint’

Proposed Commercial Street Expansion (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Proposed Commercial Street Expansion (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

“Yes, there is a gigantic sandwich landing on Greenpoint,” said Ward Dennis. “The question is how can we make it better?”

During a community workshop last night at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (an invitation to a water treatment plant? how could we say no!?), the co-chair of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth managed to make us super hungry while talking about two housing developments – known as Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street – that already have full approval to add over 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores. Construction begins next year.
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7-Eleven Just Doesn’t Get That ‘This Is a Gritty Community By Choice’

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

A 7-Eleven opens once every three hours, according to Scott Teachenor, market manager for 150 of them around the city and Long Island. “We’re the largest retailer in the world,” he told residents of the Seward Park Housing Co-Op last night. “I’m kinda proud of that.”

At a sometimes contentious meeting to discuss the store’s second Lower East Side branch — slated to open next month at 403 Grand Street — co-op residents raised questions about everything from late-night robberies to the Kelvin temperature of the store’s light bulbs.
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Dissent Over a Clown, a Magic Show, and ‘Hangouts’ in Hasidic Williamsburg

Moishe's Place (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Moishe’s Place (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you were deep in the heart of South Williamsburg Monday night, you might’ve come across a baffling scene: four Hasidim stood outside 868 Bedford Avenue, chanting loudly in protest against the grand opening of Moishe’s Place, a kosher take-out and delivery restaurant that — in addition to falafel, soups and salads — serves a Shabbos menu on Thursdays.
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Bushwick Mansion Landmarked, Alligator Limbs Strewn Around Williamsburg

Erik Den Bree: FahionHeroesBowie, at Rag and Bone

A 28-year-old man was shot to death in Bushwick early this morning. No suspects have been arrested. [DNAinfo]

A man in a station wagon drove into the front gates of Tompkins Square Park in the early hours of the morning. [EV Grieve]

Really disturbing, strategically placed alligator limbs have been found strewn across Williamsburg. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Alaska May Be Closed For Weeks After ‘Freak Electrical Fire’

Cleanup early this morning. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

Cleanup early this morning. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

We’ve got an update for you about the incident that closed down Alaska last night. Skyler Insler, co-owner of the Bushwick drinks den, describes it as a “freak electrical fire.”

“Only a portion of the bar was damaged,” he told us. “Since the fire was in the wall, they had to tear a lot of the wall and ceiling down to extinguish it. I don’t think it will be months, maybe weeks.”

Insler said he was grateful for the fire department’s “amazingly fast” response and that nobody was hurt. “I think we’ll have a big party when we re-open, so looking forward to that!”

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New Gallery in Flower Shop Basement, Black Label Biker's First Solo Show

Liz Taylor: Virginia Woolf by Wayne Hollowell

Liz Taylor: Virginia Woolf by Wayne Hollowell

Tomorrow night at 365 Grand Street, a new gallery will bloom in the basement of Essex Flowers — one that harks back to the Lower East Side’s “scrappier days,” according to Gallerist. The kickoff, at 5 p.m., features the work of nine local artists in their early 30s who will curate subsequent shows at the space (which has a very minimalist website).

For more of this week’s openings and closings, see the B + B art calendar, or have a look at the highlights below.
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McCarren Park Pool Is OPEN (Don’t Worry, Swimmies Diapers Are For Sale)

(Photo: Sasha Von Oldeshausen)

(Photo: Sasha Von Oldeshausen)

“No urinating or defecating in the pools,” states the NYC Parks Department’s official “Pool Rules.”

Not so at McCarren Park Pool, where swimmers were once made to evacuate the pool when a “brown cloud” dispersed within its waters. And that wasn’t the only cloud hanging over the pool last summer.

Instances of lewd behavior sprang up multiple times alongside more sobering reports of assault and theft, which included a cop getting socked in the face, and lifeguards who were attacked by a bunch of rowdy, backflipping kids.

But that wasn’t enough to deter swimmers when the pool reopened today. By 10:30 a.m., a sizable line had already formed outside its gates.
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Staying at Miller’s Place in the Tropic of Condominiums

Introducing The 40-Year-Old Hipster. He’s returned to his stomping grounds of Williamsburg after several years away.

(Illustration: James Powers)

(Illustration: James Powers)

We’re subletting Henry Miller’s childhood crib in the burg, the wife and me. While I’ve read too much Miller (if you know his work, you’ll understand what that means) there’s something anti-Miller about this. For the record, we didn’t seek it out, it just happened to be the most economical.
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The Great Brisket Race: Can You Beat the Mighty Quinn’s Line By Crossing the River?

The weekend is almost upon us, which means it’ll soon be time to hit Smorgasburg for some Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Except for one thing: the line, always the line! It’s safe to say Mighty Quinn’s is the Shake Shack of Williamsburg. In fact, we’ve often found ourselves queuing for ‘que at East River Park and wondering if it’d be quicker to just hop on the L and get a brisket sandwich from the East Village location.

One day, we actually decided to find out, by donning some power-walking gear and challenging a hapless soul at the end of the line to a race. A race for brisket. Watch our video to see who got fed first.

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Don’t Even Think About Asking These Improv Legends to Do ‘Real Housewives’

(Photo: Facebook, Baby Wants Candy)

As mentioned in this week’s comedy roundup, the 15th annual Del Close Marathon kicks off this Friday, with 56 straight hours of improvised comedy taking place across 7 stages throughout the city, including East Village’s own UCB East theater and Theater 80 on St. Marks Place.

There’s reason to range beyond the Bedford + Bowery borders, as well: Baby Wants Candy — the long-running, Chicago-based improvised musical — is one of the most beloved institutions within the improv world and a Marathon fixture, having played over 1,700 shows worldwide.
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Revoke and Pose Do Bowery Wall, BrisketTown Gets Beer

Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
Revok and Pose bomb the Houston Bowery Wall

Scott Lynch was kind enough to drop the above photo into Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Artists Revoke and Pose were working on the latest Bowery Wall mural last night.

Today, a man went in to Molasses Books today asking to an exchange an Oscar Wilde book he’d bought because he “didn’t know he was gay.” Looks like somebody won’t be celebrating today’s SCOTUS victory. [Daily Intel]

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