Apartment Burglaries Up in North BK; Alleged Police Impersonator Nabbed

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The girlfriend of Michael Silver, the Bushwick man shot in the stomach by police officers while wielding a large knife Wednesday night, says her boyfriend was threatening to kill himself with the sharp object, not attack the cops. [Daily News]

A man named Mill Basin, 47, was indicted on eight charges after allegedly pretending to be a police officer in order to sexually assault an 18-year-old woman in Bushwick this past October. [Brooklyn Paper]

Dozens of tenants of the Hope Gardens public housing project in Bushwick, who sued NYC Housing Authority in November for a variety of complaints, say they’re enduring this winter without heat. [Daily News]

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Williamsburg Hotel Wins Early Support For Rooftop Water-Tower Lounge

Plans for the hotel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Plans for the hotel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A forthcoming Williamsburg hotel’s bid to pour liquor won the tentative support of a Community Board 1 committee last night, but not before co-chair Thomas J. Burrows blasted hoteliers for building in the hot neighborhood without any input from the community “until you want a liquor license.”
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‘Operotica’: It’s When Burlesque and Opera Come Together

If you tend to doze off at the opera, rest assured this one’ll rouse (and arouse?) you: Sarah Screams’ forthcoming show at Drom will combine opera and burlesque to create what can only be called “Operotica.” As if that’s not enough, the night of arias and areolas will also feature excerpts from a bonkers-sounding “porn opera.”
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Bushwick Photographer Captures Williamsburg’s ‘Major Transformation’

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Louis Mallo)

Brooklyn, 2001-2. (All photos: Luis Mallo)

Luis Mallo was searching for an apartment in Williamsburg with his then-girlfriend, Ana, in 1994, when a woman in her 70s sitting outside a building caught his eye. “She was this older, Polish lady sitting in front of a door. I thought, ‘Should I ask? What are the odds?’ I said to her, ‘My girlfriend and I are looking for an apartment. Do you know of anything available?’ She looked me up and down, paused for a minute, and said, ‘Come with me.’”
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Hundreds Gathered in Union Square For Charlie Hebdo Victims

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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Hundreds gathered in Union Square last night to show solidarity for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris. A crowd of a few hundred people — many of them French speakers and many holding signs proclaiming “Je Suis Charlie” — silently huddled together in the biting cold and occasionally broke into chants of “Egalité!”, “Expression!”, “New York est Paris,” and “Nous sommes Charlie! We are Charlie!” A candlelit memorial displayed the controversial covers that may have caused at least two gunmen to storm the satirical magazine’s offices yesterday, killing 12 and wounding others.
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Cops Shoot Man in Bushwick; Schlitz Brewery Goes For $33.7M

Bedford Avenue

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A 26-year-old man sustained a non-lifethreatening gunshot wound to the stomach from police officers who say he lunged at them with a foot-long kitchen knife last night inside a Bushwick apartment. [Daily News]

Late last month, a 25-year-old woman needed stitches after a 22-year-old woman cut her with a glass during a 3 a.m. sidewalk alternation on Berry Street. [DNA Info]

The former Schlitz Brewery on Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick was purchased for $33.7 million by developers planning an office/retail complex. [Commercial Observer]

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Condo-mania: Three New Buildings Coming to East 13th

Looking West on East 13th Street between Avenue A and 1st Avenue.

Looking West on East 13th Street between Avenue A and 1st Avenue. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

A trio of residential buildings is set to change the look of East 13th Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue.

The facelift will be courtesy of two developers, one planning to transform two stubby garages into slender twin condos and another looking to tear down the former post office across the street to make way for an eight-story rental building. Construction-permit applications were filed for all three buildings in recent weeks.
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We Bugged a Bunch of New Yorkers to See If They’d Eat Insects

After attending a bug banquet in the East Village, we were determined to preach the gospel of insect eating. So we stopped by Toloache in the South Village to get some grasshoppers, put them on toothpicks, and offered them to total strangers. Watch the video to see who jumped at the opportunity and who bugged out. 

Lower East Side’s Black Tree Is Bringing a Chef’s Counter to Williamsburg

Black Tree's Thanksgiving sandwich.

Black Tree’s Thanksgiving sandwich.

After a one-night stand in Bushwick, one of our favorite Lower East Side spots, Black Tree, is settling down in Williamsburg. The sandwich shop turned proper nose-to-tail, farm-to-table restaurant is aiming to open an outpost with chef’s counter at 261 Metropolitan Avenue this spring.
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Three Kings Travel to City Hall to Protest Dorming of P.S. 64 Building

District Leader Anthony Anthony Feliciano addresses the crowd

District Leader Anthony Anthony Feliciano addresses the crowd. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Mayor de Blasio received an unusual gift on Three King’s Day when picketers gathered outside City Hall to protest the loss of a beloved East Ninth Street community center. The protestors, backed by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, collected more than 500 signatures to go along with nearly 2,000 holiday cards, all addressed to the mayor and asking for just one thing this holiday season: That the former CHARAS/El Bohio building be returned to the community.
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