Above, go behind the scenes of the making of Man in a Cube, a stunt about a man who pretended to call the Astor Place Cube his casa. [Curbed NY]
Shaking hands with Chris Williams and Jeff Schroeder immediately made me feel not only very un-tan but also very un-rad. The two friends recently moved from California and have opened up Union Surfboards in their new neighborhood, Greenpoint. We met inside their studio that’s just big enough to sand off a board and drink a few beers in the process. The place is dusty, but in a clean beachy sort of way and is by no means a faddy showroom– it’s a real workshop. As we spoke, Williams, despite having a broken hand, would compulsively polish one of the boards propped up on a saw horse.
Following an article in The Post about the number of sex offenders residing in a Kip’s Bay homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services relocated the 12+ men to a facility on Greenpoint’s Clay Street. [NY Post]
Ben Shaoul’s real estate company received a $97 million loan for a planned residential complex at 196 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. [The Real Deal]
Saturday night, a teenager was shot in the torso and buttocks on Humboldt Street near Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg. He would not ID his assailant. [Brooklyn Paper]
Since it’s Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio will introduce his Zero Waste plan today, aiming to decrease NYC’s trash output by 90 percent in the next 15 years. [NY Daily News]
NBA Hall of Fame center and real estate investor David Robinson and partners procured three Ridge Street residential buildings on the LES for $50 million. [The Real Deal]
Murals have returned to the corner of Bowery and Houston, as you can see in the above photo. Ron English broke in the new wall. [Animal]
On Saturday night in Williamburg, a 19-year-old was shot in the stomach near the Bushwick Houses project. [Gothamist]
A lawsuit was filed against the East Houston Hotel for defaulting on loan payments. [The Real Deal]
Everyone knows the quickest way to turn your lame tech-bro pad from drab to authentic cool is to fill it with a bunch of vinyl. Just, please, if you’re going to do that at least take the records outside of their plastic casing and rough them up a bit so it looks like you actually listen to them. Oh, and hot tip: make sure you actually have a record player, too — extra points for knowing how to turn it on.
Michael Keating, who fled to Jamaica after a jury found him guilty of killing a Bushwick teen in 1997, was extradited back to Brooklyn and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. [Brooklyn Paper]
Just after 5 a.m. this morning, three people received non-life threatening knife injuries as two groups argued in the Union Square subway station. [NY Daily News]
Brothers Joel and Aaron Israel—who own apartment buildings in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick—were arrested for various landlord violations. [NY Times]
Sup guys? Stuff got a little out of hand last week with all those space films and so this time around we’re bringing you back down to earth. Though as always we’re keeping it weird. This week we’ve got surreal takes on film strips that have been sliced, diced, and “inappropriated.” Also in our lineup (which doesn’t include this week’s standout Tribeca Film Festival screenings; click here for those) is an account of the cray stuff that can happen when IRL begins to reflect art. So welcome back to hell, we’re glad you could join us once again.
Alter, the mid-scale, vaguely alt Brooklyn fashion boutique, has expanded its lineup to include a vintage store located directly across from its Franklin Avenue flagship location in Greenpoint. “They started out as vintage, but are now getting back into it,” a polished but bubbly shop guy named Lawrence told us. The new storefront offers men’s, women’s, and kid’s vintage clothing.
Brian Montes, a 16-year-old who allegedly groped an 11-year-old boy at a Williamsburg bus stop this weekend, told police that he spent days following the victim. [NY Daily News]
A student at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math on the Lower East Side uploaded today’s date and lyrics from the Johnny Cash song “The Man Comes Around” onto Instagram, which some parents interpreted as a threat to their children’s safety. [NY Daily News]
In Williamsburg, a developer is in the process of purchasing 180 Bedford Avenue for $36 million dollars. [The Real Deal]
Brian Montes, 16, was arrested yesterday for groping an 11-year-old boy at a Williamsburg bus stop this past Sunday. [NY Daily News]
Yesterday 33-year-old Fermin Flores received a 14-year sentence for raping a woman in her E. 7th Street apartment in January 2014. [NY Daily News]
Seven hundred dollars and two watches were stolen from the apartment of an elderly Manhattan Avenue couple last month as the pair sought medical attention for the husband’s heart attack. Also in Williamsburg, on April 8 more than $1K was looted from the register of Graham Avenue liquor store. [Brooklyn Paper]
It’s finally almost here, New York’s Alright 2015! Get excited for this year’s all things punk fest where tons of related official and unofficial happenings are being held in and around Bushwick, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, and the Lower East Side. And you can stop screaming now, this isn’t a festival in any traditional / horrendous sense of the word, meaning you can put all your eggs in a basket marked “no” as in no you aren’t going to find anyone looking “Coachella as fuck” at this event. Or maybe you will. I haven’t turned on any TVs in a while so there’s a distinct possibility I’ve just been asleep at the wheel and Coachella hats are the new normcore. Well, normcore be damned — it’s time to break out your spikes, boys and girls (but only if you like saxophones).