After over a decade of uncertainty, the city has struck a deal to acquire the final 11 acres needed to complete Bushwick Inlet Park. The parcel of land on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront, a subject of controversy for years, will be purchased for $160 million, according to announcement from the mayor’s office.
This Friday afternoon on Palmetto Street, a vigil will be held for Sharabia Thomas, the 17-year-old Bushwick student who died in 2004. Her alleged kidnapper and killer was indicted Thursday. [DNA Info]
In the next year, $1.7 million in new amenities (including sports courts and a skate park) will be added to Bushwick’s Rudd Park and Playground. [DNA Info]
Tuesday November 22, 7:30 pm at Light Industry: $8 at the door
Light Industry is billing next week’s screening event as a reading (“broadly defined”), which sounds interesting but also begs the question: lol what?
As you may or may not know, Light Industry is more or less a cinema and film discussion forum, but with Projective Life they’re opening up the floor to some good old-fashion poetry and prose, setting the stage for an interesting dialogue between the oral/literary and their usual video and projection modes and getting rid of the “sad exigencies of plot” altogether: “Under these conditions, a film can act as a reading and reading may become a kind of film.”
Yesterday afternoon on Knickerbocker Avenue, an alleged drunk driver who was going in the wrong direction hit a man in the foot after he first pushed his wife out of the car’s way, police say. [DNA Info]
A Rutgers University professor who lives in Greenpoint claims, “Trump’s crackdown on free speech has absolutely begun,” citing an incident that occurred Tuesday. That night, police took the Politicizing Beyonce author to Bellevue Hospital for a psyche evaluation after he tweeted what was interpreted as threats against white people. [NY Daily News]
Since word leaked in January that the MTA was planning to shut down L train service for over a year in order to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, the residents, small businesses, and restaurant and bar owners who belong to the grassroots L Train Coalition have desperately wondered what the extended vacation will mean in real terms. For almost a year now, they’ve been locked in a push-and-pull with the MTA and elected officials, all in an effort to get the facts straight and prepare for the impact. At a meeting last night dubbed “What the L?”, coalition members took matters into their own hands and unveiled a report that proposes a 14th Street “transitway” that would be closed to private vehicles and other measures to stave off the L-pocalypse.
Police released video of the suspected gunman from the Williamsburg triple shooting that occurred Sunday outside of Don Pedro. [DNA Info]
Casette, a year-old Greenpoint eatery partly backed by Kickstarter’s founder, will be replaced with a private event space. [Eater NY]
Three people were shot just before 2 a.m. yesterday when a pair of armed men began arguing outside of Don Pedro, a Williamsburg bar. None of the injuries are life-threatening and police arrested one of the shooters, a 36-year-old man who took a bullet to the knee. [NBC NY]
In Union Square, a 48-year-old man was arrested on a recent Saturday after allegedly threatening someone with brass knuckles and a hammer. [Town & Village]
Fives Leaves, the Greenpoint bistro that was the brain child of the late actor Heath Ledger, has ended its partnership with soon-to-rebrand neighbor Nights and Weekends and will now open outposts in other cities, beginning with Los Angeles. [Eater NY]
This month, three local leaders signed a letter asking Mayor de Blasio to support the East River Skyway, an aerial gondola that would aid residents who will be inconvenienced by the 2019 L train shutdown. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »
Saturday night a thief physically assaulted an employee of the Bushwick Hotel before making off with $1K in cash. [DNA Info]
When M train repairs begin as early as this summer in Bushwick, the MTA announced that increased L train service will go into effect. The L train’s own upcoming shutdown will not begin until 2019. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »
Shaun Martin—who crashed into an East Village storefront in 2013 while on drugs, killing a 62-year-old florist—was sentenced Friday to at least 20 years imprisonment. [NY Daily News]
On E. 12th Street Friday afternoon, a woman was left shaken after she fell from one roof to another while reportedly attempting to retrieve her drone with a handmade rope of tied-together sheets. [EV Grieve]
Around 3 a.m. yesterday in Williamsburg, a Lyft passenger urinated in the SUV and proceeded to punch the driver and steal the car after the driver called the police. The vehicle was later found abandoned on S. 1st Street. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »
This week the theoretical 16-mile route was unveiled for the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a 16-mile streetcar that would take at least eight years to construct. [NY Times]