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Who’ll Be The First to Buy This J.Crew Williamsburg Tote?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg’s new J.Crew store has taken gruff from everyone from TV on the Radio to Reggie Watts, but that isn’t stopping it from selling these new totes. Now you can carry a constant reminder of J.Crew’s presence in the hood, as if all the times it comes up in shellshocked conversation weren’t enough.

The map, created for J.Crew by Brooklyn-based Maptote, which previously collaborated with Urban Outfitters on some Williamsburg shirts, points out the store’s location amidst handlebar mustaches, ping-pong parlors, Frenchies, fixies, record stores, and all the other things that may or may not still exist in Billyburg five years from now. The map, which only acknowledges Williamsburg above South 3rd Street, nods to places like Mast Brothers, Rough Trade, Radegast, Nitehawk, Crif Dogs and Spritzenhaus — because what better than a corporate megalith to tell you where it’s at in Williamsburg?

To be fair, the store is doing its best to serve the enduring cliche of a Williamsburger: when we stopped in just now, it was selling Burroughs Beard Oil and J.Crew iPhone cases.

So, yeah, look for all the cool kids tramping around the neighborhood carrying their latest Whole Foods purchases in their J.Crew totes. They’re only $28, y’all — less than the price of two cocktails at a local “dive” bar.

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These Places Have Closed, But ‘Frozen Fantasies’ Are On the Way

IMG_3593Folks, a few closings to note. First off, a B+B reader who tried to go to the East Village location of DBA the other night found it shuttered. A Facebook message assures that, unlike the recent closing of its Williamsburg counterpart, this one won’t be permanent: “Don’t worry! We aren’t closed, we are just renovating…. new LOOS are on the way!”
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Inside Williamsburg’s ‘Super High-End’ Colombian Cafe-Roastery, Devoción

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A few weeks ago, Williamsburg’s newest coffee roaster and café quietly opened on the western fringes of Grand Street. But even if Bogota-based Devoción’s expansion hasn’t been as hyped as, say, Blue Bottle’s arrival from San Francisco, it’s attempting to do something equally — if not more — ambitious in a grand, gorgeous space.
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Apartment Building Replaces Stuyvesant PO; Champagne-Fueled Shopping

Kent Avenue

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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund announced plans to dole out $11 million in grant money to six projects.  The biggest benefactor is the Norman Avenue library, which will receive a $5 million facelift. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 335 E. 14th Street is the proposed home of an eight-story, 114-apartment, mixed-use building. [The Real Deal]

Paperwork was submitted for a seven-story, mixed-use building at 89 Bartlett Street/658 Broadway in Williamsburg. [The Real Deal]

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Williamsburg Lumberyard Heist; ‘Saddest Building in Brooklyn’

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Almost $10K in cash was looted from a lumberyard on Williamsburg’s Stewart Avenue. [The Brooklyn Paper]

If all goes well for developers, the warehouse at 105 S. 5th Street in Williamsburg will become 55 units of affordable housing. [NY YIMBY]

A six-story, 10-condo structure is also in the works for 138 N. 10th Street. [NY YIMBY]

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Three More Holiday Shopping Hoo-Has (Two of ‘Em With Free Booze)

Forma de Ser.

Forma de Ser.

Been too busy drinking to get any holiday shopping done? You know you can combine those two things, right? And maybe you better, because you’re about a week away from making your loved ones feel very unloved. Here are the latest one-stop shopping experiences we’ve caught wind of.
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Rudy’s Barbershop, a Sibling of Ace Hotel, Has Opened in Williamsburg

(Courtesy Rudy's)

(Courtesy Rudy’s)

Rudy’s — the rock-n-roll barbershop that Alex Calderwood and Wade Weigel launched in Seattle in 1993 before going on to create the Ace Hotel — has finally opened its Williamsburg outpost.

After expanding along the West Coast, Rudy’s debuted its first NYC location in the Ace in 2012. Calderwood picked out the Williamsburg location — inside of a 125-year-old bank at 33 Grand Street, adjacent the waterfront — about three years ago, before his unexpected death last year. A quote from him (“I’m just a barber and a tattoo pimp”) now hangs from the tall ceilings of the new spot along with banners quoting Oscar Wilde and Charles Bukowski.
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They’re Putting the ‘Art’ in Cartography and Taking Subway Maps to New Places

L train map by Lynch.

L train map by Andrew Lynch.

There are few useful maps that blur the lines between reality and fantasy as completely as a subway map. Curves are smoothed, the space between stations is adjusted and even geography itself is modified, all in the name of helping riders understand which train will take them where they need to go.

“It’s both form and function,” said Andrew Lynch, a New York City-based artist and cartographer. He’s part of a vibrant community of armchair urban planners who spend their spare time reinventing official transit maps. Their work, scattered across the blogosphere, is mostly functional but mixed with a healthy dose of creative license. Some maps add in entirely new subway lines where none exist in real life, citing ridership data that supports their presence. Others are unashamedly pop art, an abstract series of lines and circles representing routes and stations. The maps are making a big impact, though — both as art and as a source of ideas for actual improvements to transit systems.
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Office Building Rises on Kent, Uruguayan Food Comes to LES

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Thanks to a $70 million construction loan, an eight-story luxe office building will rise in Williamsburg at 25 Kent Avenue. [The Real Deal]

Box Kite’s former chefs will co-own Bruno’s Pizza, aiming for a February opening at 04 E. 13th Street. [Grub Street]

Williamsburg’s first outpost of the local salad chain sweetgreen officially opens today on N. 4th Street. [Eater NY]

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Williamsburg Dance Destination TBA Tries to Bounce Back From Shutdown

(Photo: TBA's website)

(Photo: TBA’s website)

TBA Brooklyn, a stripped-down South Williamsburg bunker for house and techno music that operated away from the flash of the Northside’s clubbing district, has been closed by the city, but it’s trying to bounce back via a fundraising party and campaign.
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