Wilson Avenue gallery Outlet Fine Art has shuttered after five years in business. [Bushwick Daily]
You might have noticed that since the election, stories of hate crimes and swastika sightings have been everywhere. But the increase isn’t simply due to a greater public interest in issues like police brutality and racially-motivated violence– hate crimes themselves have actually been on the rise. And quantifiably so: in the first 10 days after Trump’s victory, the Southern Poverty Law Center documented 867 “bias-related incidents” across the country. (And yet, the government itself has no reliable way of tracking hate crime. “That’s because reporting of hate crimes is voluntary, not mandatory,” CNN reported yesterday.)
As New Yorkers, we live in one of the most progressive and diverse cities in the nation, so we might think that hate crimes only happen in rural America, and are therefore not our problem. Unfortunately, that’s just patently false. Back in November, Governor Cuomo said that the “ugly political discourse” of the campaign trail has only gotten worse, having transformed into an all-out “social crisis” of hate crime and intolerance. “This fear and this anger, misdirected, seeks an enemy,” he said. “It seeks a target and that target has become people who we see as different than ourselves.” Recently, Cuomo launched a Statewide hotline for reporting “incidents of bias and discrimination.” According to the NYPD, hate crimes have been on the rise in the last year right here in New York City– as of November 13, 328 had been reported since the start of 2016. (As Gothamist noted, that’s a 31.5 percent increase since 2015.)
Ok, that’s a little overwhelming. So how can we even begin to respond to awful garbage like this?
According to police, members of the Hells Angels are declining to assist with an investigation following a non-fatal shooting that occurred Sunday outside their East Village headquarters. The police have searched the facility and issued a subpoena for all of its video. [NY Post]
City Council member Stephen Levin will host a talk tonight at the Automotive High School in Greenpoint about how to bring hate crimes to a halt. [DNA Info]
Wednesday, December 14 at The Rosemont, 9 pm: FREE
This event is for the later crowd, especially if you like to experience a show and a party all at the same time, in the same place. Queers, colorful folk, and nightlife crawlers alike will gather in jazzy Bushwick cocktail bar The Rosemont (opened by Trash Bar’s Aaron Pierce) for a night of lip-sync and general debauchery. The lineup, hosted by Andrew Ayres, includes ultra-flexible burlesque babe Apathy Angel, “vegan goddess” Slater G. String, photographer and performer Gypsy Hill, and “part dandy part showgirl” Nellee Dii. Rounding out the evening is Neon Music, spinning tunes all night. Performances begin at 11 pm, which is late enough to feel mysterious and nightlife-y but early enough for people to actually be conscious for them. Grab one of the Rosemont’s bespoke cocktails (or a beer and a shot) and prepare for a “Sexxxplosion.”
Renderings have been released of a 39-unit residence set to rise at 16 Charles Place in Bushwick. [NY YIMBY]
Following a late-night soccer game, a 31-year-old man died and his brother, 29, was hospitalized when they were stabbed around 2 a.m. yesterday outside a Heyward Street high school in Williamsburg. [NY Daily News]
The Bronx apartment where a pair of sisters, ages 1 and 2, were killed Wednesday when the radiator malfunctioned is owned by the Bushwick Economic Development Corp, which is facing other allegations of misconduct. [DNA Info]
These days, there are countless ways to act like an entitled jerk even if you don’t go around launching empty Turkey’s Nest cups into McCarren Park (pretty sure NYC squirrels are just paid actors anyway). For starters, Amazon Prime, Seamless, Caviar, and eBay have all contributed to a massive increase in packaging waste. But starting this week, if you live and/or order takeout food within the Greenpoint area, you can sign up for a new eco-conscious initiative that will help you hate yourself a little less. Patrons of two local restaurants will be given free takeout food containers that can be returned to the restaurant for reuse.
A while ago, while strolling around Bogota, I stumbled on a double decker bus that doubled as a café, and I thought to myself, “They don’t have anything like this in New York.” Happily, I now stand corrected: The Lot Radio has parked a vintage bus inside of its tiny triangular lot near the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border, and soon you’ll be able to sip a beer inside of it while listening to one of the city’s best internet radio stations.
The Department of Transportation debuted a new pedestrian plaza Friday in front of Bushwick’s Myrtle-Wyckoff subway entrance. [Curbed NY]
Williamsburg resident Moshe Weiner, 21, was killed yesterday when he was hit by a tractor trailer, which proceeded to drag him down Kent Avenue. [DNA Info]
According to a report by Cleanup North Brooklyn, many Bushwick children suffer from asthma owed to a diesel fuel pollutant emitted by the private waste transfer station Brooklyn Transfer LLC. [Gothamist]
This week the three business partners behind Bushwick’s most beloved pizza, Roberta’s, are in court hammering out their “conscious uncoupling.” [NY Post] Meanwhile, yesterday Roberta’s debated a two-month pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. [Eater LA] Keep Reading »
Tuesday, the former chef and co-owner at East Village vegan eatery Quintessence, Dan Holt, plead guilty to harassment in a January incident where he was photographed masturbating on an N train. [NY Post]