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Norman Siegel Wants ‘Lots of Reform in the NYPD,’ But Is OK With Stop-and-Frisk

Norman Siegel and listeners. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Norman Siegel and listeners. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Insisting he is not “anti-cop,” only “anti-bad cop,” civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel last night called for the creation of a New York State prosecutor to investigate police misconduct in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner. At a community forum at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the West Village, he also recommended that training for cadets be extended from six months to a year.
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F**ing Crazy: Slash Dedicated ‘Paradise City’ to NYC Last Night

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Normally if we wanted to see a live rendish of “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” we’d have to settle for Guns N’ Hoses, but not last night: Slash, not Gash, was in full force at Santos Party House, at a private show for some lucky Sirius XM listeners.
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Faux Broker Scams LES Apartment Hunter; Bushwick a ‘Blank Canvas’ For Developers

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Police say a 26-year-old female pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the BQE in Williamsburg at 3:30 a.m. yesterday. [Gothamist]

A 36-year-old man was scammed out of $4,400 that he put down on a Ludlow Street apartment that was not actually vacant. [Gothamist]

Williamsburg-style condos are popping up farther east as “Bushwick takes the spotlight.” [NY Times]
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Sick of Pistorius? Take Another Look at South Africa

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Lest Fashion Week leave you feeling jaded (about the superficiality of the industry, and the inanity of the clothing and the persons therein), allow me to offer an antidote of sorts: NOT × Chris Saunders, an exhibition currently showing at Wallplay that fuses fashion, photography, sculpture and video to explore the complex cultural underpinnings of style—South African style, in particular. Keep Reading »

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Boozy Starbucks Stumbles in Williamsburg; Ron Swanson in Union Square

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Community Board 1 pushed back its vote on Starbuck’s proposed liquor license for its forthcoming N. 7th Street location in Williamsburg because the coffee empire apparently hasn’t been clear enough with neighborhood residents about its plans. For example, the word “Starbucks” was absent from a flyer circulated to notify locals about the liquor license request. [Eater NY]

Paperwork was submitted for a new 40-story, 554-unit apartment building at Williamsburg’s 2 N.6th Place. [Brownstoner]

According to a new real estate report, Bushwick rents are up an average of 23 percent this year. [DNA Info]
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Hamas Prince Betrays His Pops, Gary Has A Nervous Breakdown, and Teenage Girl Gangs

Check out our list of films we’re excited to see this week.


Bird People
French filmmaker Pascale Ferran hasn’t made a film in over a decade, but she returns with this strangely set movie. Bird People takes place entirely inside a Hilton Hotel next to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. An unremarkable American businessman (aptly named Gary) checks in and embarks on a nervous breakdown-fueled series of disastrous F-ups. Instead of returning home to his wife, he stays in the hotel only to cross paths with Audrey, a French maid and hotel employee. We’re guessing love results, but whether that happens before or after the film spirals into surreal oblivion, we’re not so sure. Friday September 12th through Thursday September 18th at IFC Center, various showtimes; tickets $14
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Bushwick’s 10 Biggest Fall Events; Brooklyn’s Best BYOB

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A 23-year-old woman chased down the thief who stole her iPhone Sunday in  Williamsburg, but was unable to reclaim the contents of her wallet. Also, two Subarus and a motorcycle were stolen from North Brooklyn this weekend. [DNA Info]

In this surveillance video from Friday, watch a man steal a family bike near McCarren Playground in under 10 seconds. [Gothamist]

Brooklyn’s median rent price in August ($2,808) was down 1.5 percent from a year ago, ending a 14-month streak of increases. [The Real Deal]
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Rent Hike? Knickerbocker Village Tenants Aren’t Hearing It

Margaret Chin and tenant leader Mary Keating (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Margaret Chin and tenant leader Mary Keating (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

More than 120 tenants of Knickerbocker Village crammed into a fifth-floor room in lower Manhattan yesterday to protest a rent increase calculated at more than 13 percent over the next two years, contending that owners of the complex — and not they — should pay for a shortfall in their operating expenses.
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Russ & Daughters Expands Uptown; Bushwick Is World’s 7th Coolest Neighborhood

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A $65 million, 75K-sqaure-foot mixed-use building is planned for 120 Union Avenue in Williamsburg. [The Real Deal]

When the 10-unit apartment building 42 Crosby Street is complete, its parking spaces will cost $1 million apiece. [NY Times]

Houston Street staple Russ & Daughters will open a 75-seat cafe inside Fifth Avenue’s Jewish Museum. [NY Observer]

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Bushwick’s 10 Best Restaurants; SJP and Matthew Broderick’s Crib For Sale

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An uninsured 37-year-old female cyclist caught on camera sustaining serious injuries from a hit-and-run driver in Bushwick last month says the NYPD won’t interview the driver who allegedly collided with her. [Gothamist]

Thanks to a $2.8 million gift from the city to Brooklyn Public Library, two Bushwick branches—the Bushwick Library and the Washington Irving Library—have added Saturday hours beginning October 4. [DNA Info]

Plans have been submitted in Williamsburg for a nine-unit apartment building with 400-square-feet of retail space at 153 Berry Avenue. [NY YIMBY]
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ABC No Rio and Its Zine Library Hope to Turn a New Page

ABC No Rio Zine Library (Photo: Nicole Disser)

ABC No Rio Zine Library (Photo: Nicole Disser)

ABC No Rio is falling apart, as it has been for decades. But it sort of comes with the territory– as a (now former) squat house, punk venue, and art-making community space since the late 1970s, the building has leveled some expected wear. Minor repairs, such as patching up a massive hole in the wall that read “rat poison” back in 1989 and the roof encapsulation twenty years later in 2009, haven’t done much to seriously improve the conditions of what, deep down, is an ailing tenement house.
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