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‘There’s No More Artists’: This Boutique Is Leaving Williamsburg to the J.Crew Shoppers

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

Speaking of J.Crew (or rather TV on the Radio was speaking of them), Lavai Maria is leaving Williamsburg after five years, and its owner says a new breed of local shopper is to blame.

“I’m moving because of the changes in the neighborhood,” Vania Scharbach told us just hours before she’ll close Lavai Maria on North 5th Street, where everything is 50 percent off today.
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SantaCon No Longer Bushwick Bound; Bowery Bank Building Under Contract

Retail For Lease

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Greenpointers bearing proof of residence can vote today and Saturday for how the next parcel of Exxon-Mobil settlement funds gets distributed within the neighborhood. [Greenpointers]

On Bowery, the 72-room Beaux Arts building occupied by photographer Jay Maisel since the ’60s is currently under contract to be purchased for an undisclosed amount. [The Real Deal]

Too-small Bushwick won’t be the site of SantaCon 2014 after all, organizers announced last night. [am NY]

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Bushwick Councilman Wants SantaCon Gone; Enough ‘New Brooklyn’ Trend Pieces

Cern One Wildlife Refuge

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Two real estate companies partnered to purchase five floors of 101 E. 10th Street—a School of Visual Arts dorm—with plans to rework the building into regular rentals. [The Real Deal]

Rafael Espinal Jr., a Brooklyn City Councilman, voiced his stance against SantaCon in Bushwick. [NY Daily News]

Newtown Creek Alliance member Michael Heimbinder created a wearable air pollution detection device called Air Casting Greenpoint. [The Brooklyn Paper]
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Bowery Bank Building Auctioned; Williamsburg Indie Film Fest

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France’s Yonathan Souid, 23, was arrested yesterday on various charges after scaling the Brooklyn Bridge for a photo op. [Gothamist]

Five floors of Bowery’s East West Bank building are being auctioned, with bids starting at $5.5 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Siempre Verde Community Garden supporters hope Community Board 3′s Thursday night meeting might help derail plans to clear the site for incoming developers. [Curbed NY]
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This New Home-Design Store May Spare You a Trip to Ikea

The store's window and gift wrapping was created by Damien Correll.

The store’s window and gift wrapping was created by Damien Correll.

With nesting season officially upon us (triple ugh), the opening of a new home design store in Greenpoint couldn’t be better timed. On Sunday, the husband and wife behind Franklin Street clothing boutique Wolves Within will open a sister store just a few doors down – namely, the first permanent location of Home of the Brave, the home-furnishings pop-up they operated on West Street for a few months earlier this year.
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Facebook Throws a Housewarming; ‘Fairy School’ in Greenpoint

Buff Monster

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Last night Facebook feted its new three-floor, 185K-square-foot office space at 770 Broadway near E.9th Street. [Wall Street Journal]

In Noho, a 38K-square-foot property at 623 Broadway is reportedly under contract for a $56 million sale. [NY Post]

An incarcerated Williamsburg woman, who had punched a hole through the bedroom door of her Morgan Street apartment before her recent arrest, was robbed of $850, plane tickets and family memorabilia by a thief who took liberties with the hole she created. [DNA Info]

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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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Five Leaves Expands; East Village Gets a $30M Apartment Complex

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A building management company wants to replace the East Village’s recently shuttered Mobil Station with a $30+ million, 10-story, 46-unit apartment complex. [Commercial Observer]

Greenpoint brunch spot Five Leaves will be twice as large when it soon takes over the former Sharkey’s Driving School site. [Greenpointers]

This compendium of 44 specialty food shops highlights Honest Chops in the East Village, BabyCakes NYC bakery on the Lower East Side, O Live Brooklyn in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. and many more. [Grub Street]
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Alex Karpovsky at Russ & Daughters; Grumbles About a Greenpoint Shelter

Katz's / E. Houston Street

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Dr. Craig Spencer, the first person in New York City to receive an Ebola diagnosis, has recovered and will likely check out of Bellevue Hospital today. [NY Times]

District 1 council member Margaret Chin says she’s going to pitch new traffic safety legislation after four pedestrians were struck and killed near the LES/Chinatown border between August and October. [Bowery Boogie]

Some North Brooklynites are unhappy with plans to open a new homeless shelter at 56-66 Clay Street in Greenpoint. [DNA Info]

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Body Found in Greenpoint; Shooting in the East Village

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Saturday morning in Greenpoint, a 51-year-old man was found dead in an empty lot on Manhattan Avenue near India Street. Police said his body indicated no signs of trauma. [NY Daily News]

A man was shot inside of a vehicle outside of an East Third Street housing development. [CBS Local

During his arraignment Friday, Kelsey Smith, 20, was charged with murdering his three-year-old stepdaughter last month in a Bushwick homeless shelter. In February 2015 he'll return to court. [Gothamist]

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Now Showing: Squatters, Urban Farmers, and Kids With Machine Guns

Halloween hangover? We’ve got a cure for you– one horror film serves as your hair of the dog, and one kidsploitation flick will loosen you up before a few buckets of cold water bring you back to reality.
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