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Party in the Face of Domino’s Impending Doom Tomorrow

(image via Save Domino's press release)

(image via Save Domino’s press release)

The Domino Sugar Factory’s demolition is scheduled to start this month, but opposition organization Save Domino isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. What to do when protests, community organizing, and dissident light displays have all failed to get results? Throw a rager, of course.
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Williamsburg Is Getting Yet Another Gene Kaufman Building

83 Kent Avenue. (Photo: Jia Guo)

83 Kent Avenue. (Photo: Jia Guo)

There’s yet more change coming to Kent Avenue, just a few blocks from where a chunk of the Domino site is headed for demolition. A filing with the Department of Buildings indicates that the owner of 83 Kent Avenue is seeking to build a seven-story building on the lot near North 9th. Reached by phone yesterday, Jay Weitzman, a member of the LLC that owns the lot, told B+B the new building would include affordable housing units, but didn’t want to speak further about the project.
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Stephen Pierson Told Some ‘Awesome’ Greenpointers to Keep Fighting the Towers

City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Last night, around 80 Greenpoint residents – kids, lifers, parents, artists and seniors  – gathered on the quiet grounds of Newton Barge Playground. Across Commercial Street, a series of large and barren lots extended beyond a low chain-link fence, looking magically forgotten in comparison to Manhattan’s sprawling towers.

In a tailored suit and casual ankle boots, City Council candidate Stephen Pierson gripped a megaphone. “Tonight is about hearing your views,” he said to those wielding signs reading “The Roof Is Too Damn High” and “Greenpoint [does not equal] Midtown.”
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CB1 Has Just a Few Requests Regarding Those Greenpoint Waterfront Towers

Melanie Meyers of Greenpoint Landing Associates address CB1 Land Use Subcommittee members. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Melanie Meyers of Greenpoint Landing Associates address CB1 Land Use Subcommittee members. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 is on track to issue its final demands regarding a dozen residential towers, a school, and a pair of parks headed for Greenpoint beginning next year. Last night, the Land Use subcommittee released a document calling for more affordable housing units for seniors and disabled residents, cheaper market-rate units, and better integration between the units, among other things.
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Here’s How The Creeper Got Its Name

They’re the Urban Campers. We’re knocking on their doors and having a look inside.

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Walking down Wythe Avenue in Greenpoint, it’s hard to miss Beth O’Brien’s baby-blue Ford Econoline, haphazardly decorated by orange foot and paw prints. “When I first bought it I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna repaint this because it’s kind of embarrassing,’” O’Brien said. “But, to be honest, I’m a little bit charmed by it.”
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‘Self-Aware Gentrifiers’ Had a Tactical Meeting in Bushwick Last Night

Image via The Base's Facebook page.

Image via The Base’s Facebook page.

“I’m a transplant, and I wonder if I’m part of the problem,” said a young Bushwick resident last night at The Base, the neighborhood’s new leftist community center. “Is there anything we can do? Become self-aware gentrifiers?”

The question came up at a meeting led by Frank Morales, called Fighting Displacement and Building Grassroots Power. Presenting his zine, “Strategy and Tactics of Neighborhood Self-Defense,” the housing activist described the earliest and most unpleasant stage of gentrification: landlords let buildings decay without maintenance and the city stops funding firefighters, hospitals, and the precinct, so that long-term residents leave the now unlivable area and landlords can fix up their buildings and raise the rent.
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Colin Quinn Thinks Todd Barry’s Building Ruins the Entire East Village

Todd Barry's fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Todd Barry’s fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Part of the reason we’re digging the relatively new Todd Barry Podcast is that it’s recorded in the comedian’s apartment — located “right in the heart” of the East Village, “where all the action is,” as he told Dave Hill while apologizing for all the siren and dump-truck noises.

On yesterday’s episode Colin Quinn laid into Barry’s high-rise building near Union Square. (Barry used to live in a Second Avenue walk-up beneath Sarah Silverman’s place, but moved a few years ago.) Read the exchange that only two New Yorkers could have.

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Greenpointers Are Still Not Getting Behind Those New Towers

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

You can bring a “gigantic sandwich” to Greenpointers but you can’t force them to eat it.

Once again last night, local residents dragged themselves to a Community Board 1 meeting, this time to speak their mind about the waterfront complex known as 77 Commercial Street.
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Paradise Alley Was the Beat Generation’s ‘Oasis in the Middle of Chaos’

501 East 11th Street ca. 1940 (photo: New York City Municipal Archives) and today (photo: Frank Mastropolo).

501 East 11th Street ca. 1940 (photo: New York City Municipal Archives) and today (photo: Frank Mastropolo).

The senior housing complex on the northeast corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street hardly looks like a landmark of Beat culture. But there, at 501 East 11th Street, three buildings shared a courtyard where residents gathered to talk, eat and drink wine. Fifties-era hipsters called it Paradise Alley.

The complex first drew attention in 1958 when Jack Kerouac published The Subterraneans, inspired by his affair five years earlier with black poet Alene Lee. The original version of the short novel was set in Paradise Alley, where Lee lived, and used her real name. For legal reasons, her character was re-written as Mardou Fox, one of the novel’s jazz club crowd; Kerouac’s character pursues an affair with Fox at her tenement apartment in what was changed to Heavenly Lane in San Francisco.
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And We’re Liveblogging the Schwimmer Mansion Move-In

They're back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

They’re back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Monday, Bedford + Bowery broke news that the so-called Schwimmer mansion is finally getting a tenant. This afternoon the gargantuan moving truck returned to East Sixth Street, and we’re determined to find out whether that tenant is David Schwimmer, as has been widely reported. Stay with us. This is history in the making.
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Greenpointers Protest ‘Homogenized, Pasteurized, Sanitized, Supersized’ Waterfront Development

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

There was no lack of drama last night at Automative High School in North Brooklyn, where residents gathered to speak out against Greenpoint Landing – a series of ten towers that will plop nearly 5,000 new apartments, a public school, and a park on Greenpoint’s quiet shores.
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Time to Play….. East Village or Dresden?

photo(184)And just like that, the Mary Help of Christians rectory is a goner. Workers continue to chip away at the old school building behind the church (over a year ago, The Local got one last look inside the creepy abandoned Catholic school) and the church itself is next.

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