Crime + Community

No Comments

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.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

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!”

No Comments

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.
Keep Reading »

3 Comments

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.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Mayoral Candidates Say They Wouldn’t Stand For Greenpoint Affordable Housing Fiasco

MF4

If you missed last night’s NYC Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing, don’t worry: this was one you could afford to miss.

Even Adolfo Carrion, the first candidate to roll into the swealtering Calvary/St. George’s Church, didn’t show up until half an hour after the appointed start time. He was followed by Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Anthony Weiner walked in during the forum’s “lightning round” of questioning, claiming that he had been held up by his son getting burnt by hot tea. John Liu was last to show, but also last to leave.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Skater Joel Meinholz Grabs Sloppy Cemitas En Route to Slappy Sundays

There’s a good chance that before you’ve finished watching the video above, professional skateboarder and event promoter Joel Meinholz will have hatched five new ideas.

As we followed the Milwaukee native around on a humid Sunday, he schemed something on each block – everything from a skateboarding play based on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to an initiative that would turn boring blocks into obstacle courses by adding transitions to existing architecture.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

East Villagers, Will You Like 7-Eleven Now That It’s Holding On to Your Spare Keys?

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)

7-Eleven, ruthless corporate hegemon and tyrannical purveyor of Slurpees, has become something of a pariah in the East Village as of late. But with the advent of a new 7-Eleven-based startup, which promises to combat “an insanely annoying problem that every single person in this city faces,” might the Big Gulp goliath finally succeed in getting into the good books of East Villagers (and not just Jimmy McMillan)?
Keep Reading »