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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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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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Public Advocate Blames AirBNB For Brooklyn’s Affordable Housing Crisis

17-airbnb-logo.w245.h368.2xPublic Advocate Letitia James is calling on AirBNB to boot its “illegal hotel kingpins” and blaming the apartment-sharing service for an affordable housing crisis in Bushwick, Greenpoint and other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Last month, a nationwide survey found that Brooklyn had the least affordable housing of any county in the nation, with 98% of the average family’s wages needed to cover the median home cost. James thinks Airbnb is one of the culprits. “By helping turn a portion of our scarce housing supply into short-term rentals,” she writes in a letter to the company’s co-founder and CEO, “Airbnb and the illegal hotel operators it enables are contributing to the affordable housing crisis.”
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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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Reggie Watts Jumped Into a Ball Pit, Lobbed Shots at J. Crew and Starbucks

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

If you spotted Kim and Kanye, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Drake at Tumblr’s 2014 Year in Review party, you can stop spazzing — they were just celebrity impersonators. But Reggie Watts in the ball pit? That shiz was 100% real.
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Film This Week: Ice-Cold Club Kids, Xmas Horror, and Rare Glimpses of Vaudeville

Sup guys? Darkness reigns right now, so instead of pining away for the sun when it sets just two hours after freaking lunch, forget about it. Embrace the season of death by spending it far, far away from things that are a reminder you’re stuck on planet Earth till (real) death do y’all part. The best way to do that, in our opinion, is to get to a cinema theater.
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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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Cat Cafe Now Taking Reservations; Top 10 East Village Eateries

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On Clinton Street, the six-story tenement building that houses recently revamped bar Barramundi is on the market for $7 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Chef Marco Canora and wine connoisseur Paul Greico—whose 11 year business partnership includes overseeing Hearth restaurant in the East Village—have decided to go separate ways. [Eater NY]

Through December 19, Lu Magnus Gallery on Hester Street will be the site of a video “portal” where visitors can communicate in real-time with citizens of Iran (appointments required). [DNA Info]
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Get Your Photo Taken With Santa (Drunk or Sober) at These Ho-Ho-Holiday Markets

HOLIDAYFUNFORALL_Sq_FinalwSTNICKSlogoIf you were too busy, oh, say protesting police brutality on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t worry — you’ve still got a couple more awesome opportunities to grab some gifts for the ones you love. In addition to the initial 10 holiday markets, and the ones we’ve added to the list here and there, two latecomers just came down the pike.
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Cat Cafe Now Hiring; 911 Landlord Going to Jail

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Police are conducting a missing person search for Brandyn Simmons, this 28-year-old Williamsburg resident last seen Sunday night on 12th Street and 3rd Avenue in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

A 57-year-old man walking past 6 Avenue B Tuesday night suffered a broken foot from falling debris. [The Lo-Down]

Williamsburg landlord Louis Segna, who called 911 hundreds of times on his tenant, Konditori coffee shop, was sentenced to six months in jail. [NY Daily News]
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McCarren Park Unveils Ice Skating RInk; ‘West Bedford’ Tries to Be a Thing

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A young man was arrested near N. 7th Street in Williamsburg last Wednesday for this alleged hat trick: hitting a pizzeria employee in the head with a chair, threatening to rob a neighboring restaurant, and injuring a cop‘s neck and back at the Meserole Avenue police station. And a middle-aged man was taken into custody the next day for allegedly beating his mother with a pan on Huron Street. [The Brooklyn Paper]

More family strife: on Friday at around 3 a.m., a 43-year-old man was charged with assault after allegedly attacking his brother with a tennis racket on Seigel Street. Later that day, a 24-year-old woman walking on Graham Avenue was robbed of an envelope she held carrying $600. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Next week Mayor de Blasio will introduce a bill that he hopes will bring the end of horse-drawn carriages on city streets by mid-2016. [NY Times]

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