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These Places Have Closed, But ‘Frozen Fantasies’ Are On the Way

IMG_3593Folks, a few closings to note. First off, a B+B reader who tried to go to the East Village location of DBA the other night found it shuttered. A Facebook message assures that, unlike the recent closing of its Williamsburg counterpart, this one won’t be permanent: “Don’t worry! We aren’t closed, we are just renovating…. new LOOS are on the way!”
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Apartment Building Replaces Stuyvesant PO; Champagne-Fueled Shopping

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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund announced plans to dole out $11 million in grant money to six projects.  The biggest benefactor is the Norman Avenue library, which will receive a $5 million facelift. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 E. 14th Street is the proposed home of an eight-story, 114-apartment, mixed-use building. [The Real Deal]

Paperwork was submitted for a seven-story, mixed-use building at 89 Bartlett Street/658 Broadway in Williamsburg. [The Real Deal]

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NYU Taps 9/11 Memorial Architects to Design Controversial New Building

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

With a lawsuit contesting the construction of NYU’s new Coles Sports Center up for appeal, the university has named the architects that will design the controversial building.

The school has tapped Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake, writes Alison Leary, NYU’s Executive Vice President for Operations, in a letter sent to university students and employees such as myself.
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Williamsburg Lumberyard Heist; ‘Saddest Building in Brooklyn’

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Almost $10K in cash was looted from a lumberyard on Williamsburg’s Stewart Avenue. [The Brooklyn Paper]

If all goes well for developers, the warehouse at 105 S. 5th Street in Williamsburg will become 55 units of affordable housing. [NY YIMBY]

A six-story, 10-condo structure is also in the works for 138 N. 10th Street. [NY YIMBY]

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They’re Putting the ‘Art’ in Cartography and Taking Subway Maps to New Places

L train map by Lynch.

L train map by Andrew Lynch.

There are few useful maps that blur the lines between reality and fantasy as completely as a subway map. Curves are smoothed, the space between stations is adjusted and even geography itself is modified, all in the name of helping riders understand which train will take them where they need to go.

“It’s both form and function,” said Andrew Lynch, a New York City-based artist and cartographer. He’s part of a vibrant community of armchair urban planners who spend their spare time reinventing official transit maps. Their work, scattered across the blogosphere, is mostly functional but mixed with a healthy dose of creative license. Some maps add in entirely new subway lines where none exist in real life, citing ridership data that supports their presence. Others are unashamedly pop art, an abstract series of lines and circles representing routes and stations. The maps are making a big impact, though — both as art and as a source of ideas for actual improvements to transit systems.
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Office Building Rises on Kent, Uruguayan Food Comes to LES

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Thanks to a $70 million construction loan, an eight-story luxe office building will rise in Williamsburg at 25 Kent Avenue. [The Real Deal]

Box Kite’s former chefs will co-own Bruno’s Pizza, aiming for a February opening at 04 E. 13th Street. [Grub Street]

Williamsburg’s first outpost of the local salad chain sweetgreen officially opens today on N. 4th Street. [Eater NY]

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James Franco Screened a New Film, Held Forth About Teaching Among ‘Shitheads’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

James Franco drew a line when he appeared at the Strand last week and is making headlines on Gawker today, but only a few dozen people filed into Village East Cinema last night for an under-the-radar q&a following a screening of his new film The Color of Time.
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Teacher Accused of Tat Trip; Two Boots Opens ‘World’s Smallest Screening Room’

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Late Friday afternoon in Soho, a 66-year-old woman died after falling or jumping from the window an 11th-floor apartment on Greene Street. [NY Daily News]

A Brooklyn teacher and her husband were arrested for child endangerment on Thursday after allegedly abandoning their kids (ages 4, 5 and 12) to get drinks and tattoos on the Lower East Side. [NY Daily News]

Grande Monuments, a generations-old maker of headstones, has shuttered in Williamsburg. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

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This Week In Film: The Stoner Detective, Javanese Vibes, And Exploding Heads

Wow it’s been a whole week since we brought you a list of films, which means it’s time for another list of movies screening this weekend and beyond. We’ve brought you a whole bunch of films that are a little more mind-blowing than you might be used to– apparently there are some seriously mystical vibes in the moving image stratosphere right now.
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Amy Sedaris Pops Up On LES; ‘Bushwick-Inspired Hotel’ Opens

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During her walk to her Greenpoint school Monday morning, 15-year-old Amanda Alvarado went missing, according to police. [Brooklyn Paper]

Police officers also believe that the man in this surveillance footage pocketed $6K from a Bedford Avenue bakery on December 2. [Brooklyn Paper]

A former manager at Bleecker Kitchen & Co. in Noho is suing owner Joshua Berkowitz for discrimination, claiming Berkowitz dispensed advice such as, “People with big butts don’t work fast,” when it came time to hire servers. [NY Post]
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