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Robberies Up in Bushwick; Rents Up in Williamsburg

The Greenpoint neighbors of the late Krystyna Nowak, a Polish immigrant who died last month at age 78, raised more than $3K to pay for her funeral. [DNA Info]

During the 28 days prior to Monday, the number of robberies in Bushwick was up 12 percent from the same dates a year ago. [DNA Info]

On N. 6th Street between Driggs and Kent Avenues, rents on retail spaces rose an average of 24 percent in the past year, an increase that exceeded everywhere else in Brooklyn. [Commercial Observer] Keep Reading »

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Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Fest Will Be a Glugapalooza

(Credit: Village Voice Brooklyn Pour)

(Credit: Village Voice Brooklyn Pour)

Forgot to book your ticket to Munich for Oktoberfest this year? You can still get your beer fix this Saturday at the Village Voice‘s Brooklyn Pour beer festival. Dozens of breweries will gather at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint for one of the biggest beer tasting events of the fall. Represent the five boroughs by slugging beers from local favorites like Flagship, Big Alice, Rockaway Brewing Co., and Other Half, and compare New York’s best to the wares of national players like Allagash, Victory, and Sierra Nevada. Or get snickered at by the craft beer cognoscenti by sipping on macrobrews like Singha, Guinness, and Kronenbourg 1664.

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K2 Bust in Brooklyn; Bushwick Affordable Housing Up For Grabs

Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with 30K+ packets of K2 (synthetic marijuana) that were discovered at a Brooklyn storage unit. [DNA Info]

A report released by Mayor de Blasio’s office states that the number of cyclist deaths rose 25 percent in the 12 months that ended this June 30. [Gothamist]

According to a local real estate firm, between July and August 2016, Bushwick rent prices for studio apartments climbed an average of 10 percent. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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JEFF Bros. and Three Other Shows Not to Miss This Week

(Flyer via Aviv)

(Flyer via Aviv)

Dream Crusher, NAH, Girlpusher, Tony Seltzer, Hounds
Wednesday September 21, 8 pm at Aviv: $10

It’s just about time to start gathering your crew for the last stretch at Aviv as we know it. The venue is closing at the end of October and fingers crossed they find a new space, but until then me and you and everyone else who does the Brooklyn DIY thing should get it in while we still can.

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Latest Lowline Proposal Revealed; Hillary Clinton Art Fair

A woman received a cut on her neck while another was pushed to the ground in a pair of Grenpoint attacks last week. [DNA Info]

While his tenants rally outside Manhattan Criminal Court, notorious East Village landlord Steve Croman will go before a judge once again today as he faces a criminal indictment for mortgage fraud. [EV Grieve]

The latest edition of the Lowline proposal—now with an estimated price tag of $83 million—has been revealed. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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Elizabeth Street Garden Threatened Again; Avenue A’s Transformation

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Thursday afternoon, police say a 66-year-old man was found dead on a bench in front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. [NY Daily News]

On Bedford Avenue, a sleeping man’s Rolex was stolen last month by the trio of men he invited over after meeting them in a neighborhood bar. [DNA Info]

Just months after the fate of the Elizabeth Street Garden finally seemed secure, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is interested in building a housing development for senior citizens on the site. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Gets a Sibling; Weedmaps Moves to LES

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Israel Perlmutter, the former business partner of the late landlord Menchem Starkpurchased a 63-unit residence on Williamsburg’s White Street for $27.5 million. [The Real Deal]

Paperwork was submitted for Myrtle Avenue’s Bossa Nova Civic Club to get a another sibling—a concert hall/nightclub/restaurant with a 1,300-person capacity—on Randolph Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

Apparently, the opening of 21 Greenpoint this weekend, where Bill Murray will be bartending, is actually a closed event and not open to the public. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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Momofuku Ssäm Bar Upgrades; Morrissey Sets Up Shop in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Friday on Avenue B, GUAC Tacos + Tequila will start serving up Mexican cuisine plus 11 different types of guacamole. [Time Out NY]

Bill Murray will reportedly be bartending this weekend at 21 Greenpoint, the new venture from his son, Homer, and Syd Silver, in the space previously occupied by their restaurant River Styx. [Eater NY]

This Saturday, the free, third annual Greenpoint Arts Block Festival will take over Norman Avenue.
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These 4 Food Fests Are Here to Plump You Up

The NYC Wine and Food Festival returns in October, but who the hell wants to pay $195 for a chicken tasting, even if its hosted by Whoopi Goldberg? Opt for these homegrown fests instead.
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Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Sept. 18, 1pm to 5pm at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the North Brooklyn scene, this ticketed block party offers the opportunity to sample from 50+ local establishments, including cocktail hideaway Fresh Kills, French favorite Le Fond, Spanish spot El Born, wine bar The Camlin, and the Museum of Food and Drink. In addition to these relative newcomers there’ll be neighborhood fixtures like Maison Premiere, Pies’n’Thighs, Brooklyn Star, and Anella. If nothing else this is a chance to get a taste of the highly lauded Lilia without having to beg for a reservation– while Blonde Redhead plays, no less. See here for the fest’s full lineup as well as tickets, which range from $24.50 (four tastes and two beverages) to $70 (12 tastes, 6 beverages).

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Yer Week in Gigs: The Teaches of Peaches and the Lure of Boone’s Farm

Peaches (Image via Rough Trade)

Peaches (Image via Rough Trade)

Peaches
Monday September 12, 8 pm at Rough Trade ($30) and Tuesday September 13, 7 pm at Webster Hall ($25)

About a year ago, Peaches– aka Jessica Hopper, the Canadian electroclash artist best known for her transgressive, hyper-sexual, feminist dance music– broke her six-year silence with a new album, Rub, which Pitchfork declared had “arrived at a moment when the world needs Peaches most.” 

That might be an even more appropriate thing to say now, as feminism, women’s rights, and the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman President of the United States have taken on a whole new feeling of urgency. Though we’ve come so far in the fight for women’s equality, we’re still knee-deep in a cesspool teeming with indignity, unequal pay, unpaid labor, obstacles to reproductive health, and widespread abuse– sexual, physical, and psychological. And we’re just talking the privileged Western world, baby.

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Oh, Hail Yes: Checker Cabs Ride On in NYC, and You Can Totally Rent Them

“Greenpoint is basically the Checker capital of New York City,” says Mark Briggs, a resident of the neighborhood who rents out the iconic yellow cabs.

He makes a point. If you’ve spent any time in Greenpoint, you’ve probably seen the vintage yellow cabs (made internationally famous by shows and movies like Taxi and Taxi Driver) outside of the Henry Norman and Box House hotels. They sometimes spring into action at the request of guests who prefer the throwback rides to the hotels’ sleeker BMW shuttles. A couple of years ago, Box Street played host to the Checker Car Club of America’s annual convention, attended by about 120 Checker enthusiasts. At the time, experts estimated that just 600 to 1,000 of the vehicles were still running.

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Parm Comes to Williamsburg; Rogaine Thieves Hit Duane Reades

Police are searching for a pair of thieves who nabbed Rogaine, Crest Whitestrips and over-the-counter medications from eight Duane Reades between May and August, including the 194 Second Avenue location. [DNA Info]

Protestors recently called for the removal of Dr. William Jusino, principal of the Williamsburg high school Grand Street Campus, following Jusino’s decision to suspend head football coach Bruce Eugene for unknown reasons. [Brooklyn Paper.]

Today, Interboro Spirits and Ales will debut its brewery, distillery and taproom on Grand Avenue in Williamsburg. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »