Police uncovered $100K worth of heroin and cocaine at Gates Candy in Bushwick yesterday. [Bushwick Daily]
Remember Ben Sargent (aka. Dr. Klaw) and his underground lobster-roll delivery service, conducted from his basement apartment in Greenpoint? If you do, you’ll probably recall that he went radio silent for a while, only to resurface a couple of years ago on social media with cryptic messages about a “crazy idea” involving a trip, an epic search for Dr. Klaw, and a bewildering image of a motorcycle dressed as a lobster. He finally revealed his plans to us back in April, and now it’s official: Sargent just launched his Kickstarter, grandiosely titled “The Hunt for Dr. Klaw – Take Back the Underground.” That custom ride we’ve seen peeks of? Turns out its name is “Lobby The Lobstah Bike.”
Video footage was released of the man who allegedly slashed a 25-year-old woman’s neck on a Bushwick street during an attempted rape early Sunday morning. [Gothamist]
On Friday, Williamsburg pop-up nightclub Mirage experienced its second shutdown of the month, this time for safety concerns. [Free Williamsburg]
The Astor Place cube is set to return to Alamo Plaza on Wednesday. [EV Grieve]
Yesterday morning, the thief who stole a cab on Essex Street was arrested after he crashed the vehicle in Battery Park City, injuring three people. [ABC 7]
A Friday night party at Chinatown Soup on Orchard Street was shutdown early when attendees reportedly got rowdy while waiting for a performance from rapper Theophilus London. [Bowery Boogie]
Elected officials and neighborhood activists brought the contest over the long-promised Bushwick Inlet Park to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront this morning when they publicly posted their ultimatum notice for the developer hanging onto the would-be parkland.
The Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho is a bleak, desolate landscape that reminds one how ineffectual words can be when describing a landscape truly bleak and desolate. The remains of a volcanic eruption 2000 years ago, the vista is perhaps better described more symbolically. A Shoshone-Bannock myth, recorded by Ella E. Clark, describes an immense serpent that coiled its body around a mountain. Angered by lightning, the snake tightened its coils until the stone of the mountain melted; the serpent squeezed out liquid rock until it caught fire and was killed.
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Curtis Peterson, who shot five Bushwick family members in 2013 and then fled his trial while out on bail in May, was re-arrested and will now serve 40 years in prison. [DNA Info]
Watch the video of an attempted robbery at a Bushwick Avenue Pay-O-Matic Tuesday, in which two assailants threw batteries at the attendant and sprayed an unknown liquid. [Gothamist]
Alaska, the Ingraham Street dive bar, will shutter on July 3rd. [Bushwick Daily]
Actress Drea de Matteo and 35 other plaintiffs who lost their homes in last spring’s Second Avenue gas explosion filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city, Con Edison and other parties. [Gothamist]
This week Community Board 1 rejected a liquor license application from Williamsburg pop-up nightclub Mirage. [Brooklyn Paper]
Monday night in Bushwick, an argumentative 40-year-old man was arrested at the Happy Fun Hideaway for assaulting the bouncer and threatening to “shoot this place up and get my fifty just like Orlando.” [NY Daily News]
At a Williamsburg grocery store on Thursday morning, two hoverboard-riding men were arrested for wrestling a female customer to the ground, then hitting her in the face with a peach. [Brooklyn Paper]
In other W-burg supermarket news, Foodtown’s owners sued the developer of the neighboring Bedford Avenue building that will house Whole Foods for allegedly ignoring the city’s zoning laws, a move that would cause future traffic bedlam. [The Real Deal NY]
As a work-resident of Greenpoint, I feel lucky that I can reap the benefits of the neighborhood without having to pay the increasingly steep average rent. My existence up here is dependent on a fair amount of lying to myself– that I can afford to eat at the nice restaurants here (false), that the nice people who work in the hip boutiques actually believe I’m going to buy something this time around (so false). But what really charms me about the neighborhood are its eccentricities– the picture window on Franklin decorated neatly with dozens of bobble heads gyrating in unison, the Polish bars where you can bet there’s a strange scene going down or at the very least some $1 Jell-o shots to pick at, and of course the ancient bag lady who shuffles along Manhattan Avenue screeching in a mix of gibberish and maybe Old Church Slavonic, sometimes disappearing down into the subway or inside an apartment, knowing that she can safely leave her bags and carts anywhere she pleases.