Sources tell The Real Deal that Apple is “looking closely” at the building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and N 4th Street (across the street from the future Whole Foods) as the location of Brooklyn’s first Apple store. The building is already getting a Parm and an Umami Burger. [TRD]
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By now you know that SantaCon — the annual invasion of Fratty Old St. Nicks — is set to go down Dec. 14. What you likely don’t know is that on that same day, another holiday flash mob, the roving boom-box orchestra known as Unsilent Night, will be moving through the same hemisphere. Is it possible these two forces could converge into something more menacing than any sharknado?
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Renderings for a 12-story, 124-unit apartment building on Avenue D have been revealed. Rents at Alphabet Plaza are expected to be $2,500 to $3,600. [Curbed]
A newly elected councilwoman attempting to explain recent knockout attacks believes that for some African-Americans “the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.” [DNA Info]
A Twitter account claiming to represent Castle Braid, the apartment complex that was the subject of the Post‘s recent piece about old hipsters vs. new hipsters, is running its mouth, but who’s really behind it? [NY Observer]
Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]
And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]
This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).
Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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Bushwick neighborhood groups are circulating a petition calling on the developer of the Rheingold Brewery complex to include affordable housing units that are in keeping with the neighborhood’s median income. [Brownstoner]
Mornin’, all. Here’s what happened Over the Weekend.
Speaking of Girls, Lena Dunham isn’t the only cast member who lives in all-grown-up Brooklyn Heights. Have a look inside Jemima Kirke‘s pad. [Refinery 29]
Mayor Bloomberg came by after the 8 a.m. meal and police commissioner Ray Kelly showed up a few hours later. But for the homeless and working poor people lined up outside the Bowery Mission on Thanksgiving Day, the glimpse of a VIP meant little compared to the prospect of a free turkey feast, a “blessing bag” of winter clothing, a new coat, and toys for the children. “People are nice here, very nice,” said a man shivering in a hooded sweatshirt as he waited to enter a tent leading to the Bowery Mission’s century-old chapel. “And the food is good.” Keep Reading »
Frank Spano worked his way down a line of guests, welcoming the men in fedoras and women in flapper dresses to his hidden nightclub. He was tall, wore a grey suit and spoke with old-fashioned politeness. When he shook my hand and introduced himself, I shared a knowing smile with the other guests. We were all aware that Frank Spano would soon be shot dead in the narrow alleyway where we stood. We were here to find out why.
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As you know from reading Lil Nugs, the LES blogs have been all atwitter about Adam Sandler filming his new one, “The Cobbler,” in the neighborhood. Last week a storefront on Forsyth Street was transformed into Simkin Shoe Repair for the comedy about a cobbler who can metaphysically step into the lives of his clients. Today, the Lo-Down has some photos from yesterday’s shoot and news that the crew will be back in the hood, at 400 Grand Street, the week of Dec. 8.
But this photo, just posted by Katz’s, really takes the babka. Sandler popped into the deli yesterday and posed with a couple of fans, by the looks of another photo posted on Reddit. The comments, of course, immediately devolved into two eternal debates: is Sandler funny and are the sandwiches at Katz’s overpriced?