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Greenpoint Filmmaker’s Christmas, Again Is Taking Sundance By Storm

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Director Charles Poekel knew he wanted a real Brooklyn Christmas tree stand for the backdrop of his first feature film, “Christmas, Again,” but tree salesmen are a tough crowd to get in with; he wasn’t sure how he was going to conduct research or get permission to film his low-budget flick. His solution? He became a bona fide tree salesman himself, setting up shop as McGolrick Trees for three cold Christmas seasons.
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Subway Busker Sues City; Pizza Pop-Up On LES

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

In Williamsburg, two Havemeyer Street apartment buildings plus a third at 442 Lorimer Street were sold for a combined $48.1 million. [Real Deal]

Third Avenue neighbors Excel Custom Framing and E.V. Cheese Shop are rumored to be closing to make way for another East Village Duane Reade. [Curbed NY]

Subway busker Andrew Kalleen, who spent five hours in jail following an October performance at the Metropolitan Avenue G train station, filed a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the city. [Brooklyn Paper]

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6 Snowmen That Will Melt Your Heart

We met this guy outside of Veselka last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We met this guy outside of Veselka last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

So it wasn’t the blizzard of the century – but it was enough to bring some new faces into our midst. There’s always an industrious few who try to make life from the scant snowfall we tend to get in this city, and this time around there was actually some material to work with. Behold, the best of this storm’s snowmen (and women, animals, etc.). They don’t have much longer, so join us in honoring our guests before they go grey and slushy.
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Bushwick Teen Arrested for Emoji-Filled Tweets; Action Bronson Gets Animated

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Osiris Aristy, a 17-year-old boy from Bushwick, was jailed for making terrorist threats after posting a series of tweets containing both police officer and gun emoji. [Gothamist]

A big ass blizzard is predicted to ravage the city tonight.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was arrested last week on corruption charges, will reportedly resign from his government post as soon as today. [NY Daily News]

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Van Leeuwen Gets Frozen Out, Scoops Itself Up and Reopens in Greenpoint

(Photo courtesy of Van Leeuwen)

(Photo courtesy of Van Leeuwen)

If you’ve been panicking ever since Van Leeuwen closed its Greenpoint store over New Year’s, a) you might have an ice cream problem, because it is freaking winter. And b) take a deep breath and update your address books: the store just reopened store six doors over. The new location, at 620 Manhattan Avenue, opened just minutes ago.
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Three Kings Tattoo Gets Into the Gallery Game

(Photos: Ian Frisch)

Matthew Marcus (l) and Daniel Albrigo (r). (Photos: Ian Frisch)

Eight hours before the grand opening of Three Kings Studios, a bi-level art gallery at 754 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, owner Matthew Marcus locked its front door from the inside. He stood, back to the street, sending e-mails on his iPhone and corralling a small staff to help with last-minute preparations for the inaugural show yesterday evening, featuring Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Albrigo.
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Construction Worker Trapped On Grand St.; Sheldon Silver Arrested

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New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Lower East Sider who has represented the neighborhood for nearly four decades, was arrested on federal corruption charges; he allegedly failed to disclose payments he received from a law firm. [NY Times]

Firefighters rescued a trapped construction worker on Grand Street yesterday after the ground underneath him collapsed while he attempted to install subterranean piping. [NY Daily News]

An investment company has agreed to pay $33 million for the unfinished 98-room hotel at 139-141 Ludlow Street. [NY Daily News]
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Man Shot While Parked in Williamsburg; Woman Who Paved the Way at McSorley’s Dies

Sweet Toof at Pandemic Gallery

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A car passenger was shot in the ribs while parked on S. 3rd Street in Williamsburg on January 12; police say he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Two days later, a Driggs Avenue bodega employee was robbed at knifepoint while working an early afternoon shift. [Brooklyn Paper]

Next week, the city’s DMV will host a safety hearing resulting from the 2011 hit-and-run death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre, who was struck by a 28-ton truck in Williamsburg driven by Leo Degianni. [Gothamist]

Faith Seidenberg, one of two plaintiffs in the 1970 discrimination lawsuit that resulted in McSorley’s Old Ale House opening its doors to women, died in upstate New York at age 91. [Daily News]

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Condo Dwellers Flock to ‘Rat Castle’; Moscot Turns 100

Not their first rodeo

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At 179 Ludlow Street—the building known as “Rat Castle” during years of stalled construction—all the condos have been claimed two months after leasing began. [The Real Deal]

Those new tenants might want to stop by Community Board 3′s Rat Prevention Training course on the afternoon of February 6 at BRC Senior Center. [Bowery Boogie]

Thursday at 7 p.m., actor/filmmaker Simon Helberg will discuss his romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, co-starring Zachary Quinto and Melanie Lynskey, at the Apple Store in Soho (Free, RSVP here).

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Affordable Housing Threatens Community Gardens; SNL’s Bushwick Sketch

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A man in Bushwick was arrested when police found a single-use grenade launcher during a drug raid in his Knickerbocker Avenue apartment. [Gothamist]

Bushwick’s Evergreen Lots and Williamsburg’s La Casista Verde are among the community gardens that could be replaced by affordable housing. [Curbed NY]

Bowery Coffee on Houston shuttered last week. [EV Grieve]

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Diarrhea Outbreak in Williamsburg; Stare at Reggie Watts

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In the past two months, 80 cases of a diarrhea-inducing infection caused by Shingella bacterium have been reported in Williamsburg and Borough Park, mostly among children. [CBS NY]

Police are looking for this man, who allegedly stole $1K+ of a fellow diner’s pricy fashion accessories from the Greenpoint restaurant Anella two weeks ago. [DNA Info]

As part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival, tonight between 7 and 9 p.m. anyone can stare at Reggie Watts for five minutes as he channels Maria Abramović. [The Skint]

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Festival Frenzy: Northside Badges On Sale, Mexican Summer Launches ‘New Myths’

New Myths (main)Take a break from scouring Airbnb for remotely affordable places to stay during SXSW, cuz passes just became available for a couple of other first-rate festivals. First off, early-bird badges went on sale today for Brooklyn’s own Northside Festival, set for June 8 to 14 this year. Prices are $25 for Film (around 50 films are expected), $70 for Music (around 400 bands), and $245 for Innovation (around 150 speakers).
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