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‘We Won’t Move’ Exhibit Recalls — and Spurs — Tenant Activism

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Can’t get your landlord to fix your sink? Is there a nebulous blob of black mold festering on your bedroom ceiling? Well maybe you and your roommates can pick up some hot tips on how to stick it to your slumlord from a new exhibition at Interference Archive which focuses on collective action organized by tenants in a city that often seems to choose development over preservation. “We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City” opens tonight (7-10 pm) at the Gowanus archive and event space dedicated to social movements, labor history, and activism.

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A Closer Look at Level Hotel, a Gentle Giant Due to Hit Williamsburg By Year’s End

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When the 21-floor Level Hotel opens in Williamsburg, on the corner of Wythe Avenue and North 13th Street, it’ll have a look that’s closer to The Standard, High Line than to the neighboring Wythe Hotel. The owners, Yoel Goldman and Zelig Weiss (Weiss also owns the Condor Hotel in Williamsburg) considered going the red-brick route, but decided against creating “this big giant building and pretending that it was always there” in part because “that’s not what the neighborhood is about,” said Mordy Steinfeld, director of operations and development with Riverside Developers. “It’s about authenticity and creating the space you need for the area you serve.”

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Motorgrrl Peals Out of Williamsburg So Apartment Complex Can Go Up

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In yet another example of unique Williamsburg institutions being displaced by the standard apartment building de jour, Motorgrrl has officially moved to Greenpoint. The motorcycle garage and storage facility, which has an interest in empowering female riders, began transitioning into its new digs at 42 Dobbins Street in December. Meanwhile, a permit was filed Monday with the Department of Buildings to demolish Motorgrrl’s former location.

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Bushwick Inlet Park Advocates Will (Literally) Shed Some Light On the Issue

The Illuminator's work during Occupy Wall Street.

The Illuminator’s work during Occupy Wall Street.

The future of Bushwick Inlet Park looks bright — or at least, it will be on Friday night. North Brooklyn residents will push for the conversion of the CitiStorage site into a park by projecting “light graffiti” on the building’s charred remains.

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Revisit the ’90s Squatter Scene at the Release Party For Kill City

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East Village survivors and history buffs should plan to head over to Dumbo on April 2, to celebrate the publication of Ash Thayer’s Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000. The book is a visual time capsule, catching a time when the streets of Alphabet City teemed with junkies and crawled with criminal activity. At the same time, “there was a sense of openness and possibility about the East Village then,” Thayer tells the New York Times.

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First Look at the Williamsburg Hotel’s Water-Tower Bar, Rooftop Pool, and More

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News that the incoming Williamsburg Hotel would feature a rooftop bar inside of a water tower really made a splash earlier this month. Now we’ve obtained renderings of the seven-story hotel that show it will offer an outdoor rooftop pool, a basement dance club, and a “stylish restaurant,” among other splashy amenities.
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That Time We Chilled With Sheldon Silver, Before the Federal Investigation Heated Up

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver must be sweating bullets after being arrested this morning for allegedly securing millions in bribes and kickbacks — but we’ve seen the State Assembly Speaker survive the hot seat before. Namely, that time we bumped into him while he was shopping for an air conditioner.
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Broadway Triangle Developer Says Allegations of Housing Discrimination Are Anti-Semitic

Diana Reyna addresses the crowd at a City Hall rally protesting the development of the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Diana Reyna addresses the crowd at a City Hall rally protesting the development of the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Protesters rallied against the development of Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg, saying the proposed housing heavily favors the Hasidic Jewish population over blacks and Latinos. But the property’s developer says it’s all the opposite: opponents of the affordable units are being anti-Semitic.
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East Village’s Newest Dorm Building Drops the Drapes

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Between the Cube going bye-bye and the ongoing construction of a new pedestrian plaza, Cooper Square has been a mess lately. But at least there’s this: just shy of a year after the foundation was poured, the construction netting is now completely off of the controversial dorm building that replaced a historic row house at 35 Cooper Square.
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Greenpointers Are Dogged About Plans For Newtown Barge Park

An artist's rendering of the expanded Newtown Barge Park waterfront.

An artist’s rendering of the expanded Newtown Barge Park waterfront. (Photo courtesy of Stantec)

Greenpoint residents raised concerns last night about the expansion of Newtown Barge Park, with some pushing for a much-needed dog run and others complaining that they hadn’t been given a fair chance to weigh in on the $7 million project’s design.
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