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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 Gardner. 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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Gun Violence Persists in Bushwick; Meatball Shop Inspires Sit Com

Feast of San Gennaro 2014

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Although crime citywide is down almost 4 percent this year, the NYPD attributes the 10 percent increase in the number of shootings to gang violence in neighborhoods like Bushwick. [NY Post]

Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe debuted its third North Brooklyn location at 912 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. [Greenpointers]

Nick Arrojo, the hairstylist featuring on the long-running TLC series What Not to Wear, will open a second location of his eponymous salon in Williamsburg at 11 Broadway. [The Real Deal]
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A Legendary ’90s Skate Spot Pops Up in Williamsburg

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Over the weekend a Los Angeles skate icon popped up in Williamsburg. A mini-replica of one of skateboarding’s sketchiest ‘90s skate spots was recreated in the Flea Market Betty space, behind the Commodore by Converse Cons, complete with a memorial plaque.
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Faux Broker Scams LES Apartment Hunter; Bushwick a ‘Blank Canvas’ For Developers

Don't come a knockin'

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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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A ‘Seasonal Wood-Fired Kitchen’ Opens in Williamsburg, With Roofdeck Coming Soon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

With Vice currently gutting the former IndieScreen for its new offices, Death By Audio closing, and the Domino complex about to go up, the corner of South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue is about to see some change. Actually, it already has, with the opening of Cow & Clover, a New American restaurant that aims to open a sprawling roofdeck by next spring.

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Boozy Starbucks Stumbles in Williamsburg; Ron Swanson in Union Square

Rat trap overseer

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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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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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Five Shows Y’all Should Really Not Miss This Week


Ducktails
A heavy dose of Ariel Pink and a hint of bubblegum Chillwave are definitely in the mix for Ducktails. All in all Mondanile’s hazy slacker pop is very LA (um, by way of New Jersey though). Last year, Pitchfork called out Matthew Mondanile (also of the band Real Estate) for being lazy when it comes to his side project, Ducktails, after the release of The Flower Lane. The reviewer then went on to praise the album for being “beautiful,” among other things.
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