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Esme Brings Tap Cocktails and Outdoor Dining to Greenpoint

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“How’d you find out about us?” Brandon Chamberlain wondered. After all, the new restaurant he owns along with Matt and Nathan Ricke (with whom he also shares a bar in Williamsburg, The Exley) had its soft opening on Tuesday with little fanfare.
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Greenpoint Film Festival; Meet the Creffle (Crepe + Waffle)

Monsieur André

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Police say this tattooed, 5-foot-7-inch guy used fire escapes to loot four Greenpoint apartments Monday afternoon. [Gothamist]

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation claims that new oil deposits are being dumped into Newtown Creek. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The city told landlord Ben Shaoul that he has 60 days to remove the problematic penthouse at 515 E. 5th Street. [Curbed NY]
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Manhattan Ave Gets Octopus Balls, Tapioca Balls, Meatballs

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

Greenpoint’s gradually gentrifying Manhattan Avenue got a couple more newcomers in recent weeks. But don’t worry, they aren’t serving trendy kale salads. Well, actually, one of them is, but it assures us it’s authentically Sicilian. Here’s what’s new on the strip.
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A Subterranean Steampunk Party, Plus Brouhahas in a Bathhouse and Boathouse

Tired of getting your wrist stamped at the same ol’ boring clubs? Check out these parties in some very far-out locales.

poster-2Rock the Pulaski Benefit Concert
Sept. 20th from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Broadway Stages Boatyard, 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn; entry $5
The Brooklyn Blowhards, Semi Femme, and Twin Wave are among the bands that will be jamming atop shipping containers alongside Newtown Creek — which, in this instance, Justin La Mort of the North Brooklyn Boat Club describes as a “superfun(d) site.” He promises the fun(d)raiser for the boat club will involve “grilled delights, cold beer, and joyous dancing.”
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Greenpoint Loses a Record Shop; Friends Cafe Pops Up Today

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Greenpoint crime news: Police say a 29-year-old was assaulted and robbed by a group of assailants on September 8 at 2:30 a.m.; a robber who held up a Kingsland Avenue at gunpoint made off with $200 late Thursday afternoon. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Williamsburg crime news: A 16-year-old girl was punched in the eye by three brass knuckle-weilding peers Thursday at 3:30 p.m.; four 20-and-30-something men were stabbed Sunday morning at 4:30 a.m. while exiting a bar at Keap Street and Broadway. [The Brooklyn Paper]

A reported deal could see the sales of 103-119 N.3rd Street and 188-190 Berry Street in Williamsburg for a combined $100 million. [The Real Deal]
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Norman Siegel Wants ‘Lots of Reform in the NYPD,’ But Is OK With Stop-and-Frisk

Norman Siegel and listeners. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Norman Siegel and listeners. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Insisting he is not “anti-cop,” only “anti-bad cop,” civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel last night called for the creation of a New York State prosecutor to investigate police misconduct in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner. At a community forum at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the West Village, he also recommended that training for cadets be extended from six months to a year.
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Gun Violence Persists in Bushwick; Meatball Shop Inspires Sit Com

Feast of San Gennaro 2014

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Although crime citywide is down almost 4 percent this year, the NYPD attributes the 10 percent increase in the number of shootings to gang violence in neighborhoods like Bushwick. [NY Post]

Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe debuted its third North Brooklyn location at 912 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. [Greenpointers]

Nick Arrojo, the hairstylist featuring on the long-running TLC series What Not to Wear, will open a second location of his eponymous salon in Williamsburg at 11 Broadway. [The Real Deal]
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Boozy Starbucks Stumbles in Williamsburg; Ron Swanson in Union Square

Rat trap overseer

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Community Board 1 pushed back its vote on Starbuck’s proposed liquor license for its forthcoming N. 7th Street location in Williamsburg because the coffee empire apparently hasn’t been clear enough with neighborhood residents about its plans. For example, the word “Starbucks” was absent from a flyer circulated to notify locals about the liquor license request. [Eater NY]

Paperwork was submitted for a new 40-story, 554-unit apartment building at Williamsburg’s 2 N.6th Place. [Brownstoner]

According to a new real estate report, Bushwick rents are up an average of 23 percent this year. [DNA Info]
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Bushwick’s 10 Biggest Fall Events; Brooklyn’s Best BYOB

Snoeman

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A 23-year-old woman chased down the thief who stole her iPhone Sunday in  Williamsburg, but was unable to reclaim the contents of her wallet. Also, two Subarus and a motorcycle were stolen from North Brooklyn this weekend. [DNA Info]

In this surveillance video from Friday, watch a man steal a family bike near McCarren Playground in under 10 seconds. [Gothamist]

Brooklyn’s median rent price in August ($2,808) was down 1.5 percent from a year ago, ending a 14-month streak of increases. [The Real Deal]
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Russ & Daughters Expands Uptown; Bushwick Is World’s 7th Coolest Neighborhood

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A $65 million, 75K-sqaure-foot mixed-use building is planned for 120 Union Avenue in Williamsburg. [The Real Deal]

When the 10-unit apartment building 42 Crosby Street is complete, its parking spaces will cost $1 million apiece. [NY Times]

Houston Street staple Russ & Daughters will open a 75-seat cafe inside Fifth Avenue’s Jewish Museum. [NY Observer]

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Bushwick’s 10 Best Restaurants; SJP and Matthew Broderick’s Crib For Sale

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An uninsured 37-year-old female cyclist caught on camera sustaining serious injuries from a hit-and-run driver in Bushwick last month says the NYPD won’t interview the driver who allegedly collided with her. [Gothamist]

Thanks to a $2.8 million gift from the city to Brooklyn Public Library, two Bushwick branches—the Bushwick Library and the Washington Irving Library—have added Saturday hours beginning October 4. [DNA Info]

Plans have been submitted in Williamsburg for a nine-unit apartment building with 400-square-feet of retail space at 153 Berry Avenue. [NY YIMBY]
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