“Today we suffer, in November we vote,” dozens of protesters chanted in front of City Hall this afternoon. Some 40 people gathered to express dismay over yesterday’s Supreme Court deadlock over President Obama’s immigration plan, which would have given undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and the possibility to work in the United States. The rally was organized by the Bushwick chapter of Make the Road New York, a non-profit dedicated to representing the city’s Latino and immigrant communities.
Police uncovered $100K worth of heroin and cocaine at Gates Candy in Bushwick yesterday. [Bushwick Daily]
Amidst all the pigeon poop, garbage juice, and sundry other mystery substances littering the streets of New York, there are actually some hard-working people out there trying to make this city just a teensiest bit nicer. Sure, you could go the ad-hoc route like this artist who leaves gold spray-painted trash bags lying around. Or, go the way of the city’s Department of Transportation and commission artists to unleash the pretty. Williamsburg is the new recipient of one such beautification project, with a massive painting adorning the ground of Ascenzi Square, in the triangle formed by Roebling Street, Metropolitan Avenue, and N 4th Street.
Game of Thrones aficionados, Athena impersonators, and Rivendale lovers, take note: the next time you need to stock up on delicate laurel wreaths, headbands, and bracelets ornamented with metal, gold-plated leaves and twigs, this new Williamsburg shop may be just what you’re looking for.
Avigail Adam has opened her first brick-and-mortar shop of the same name on Bedford Avenue. “It was always a big dream of mine to have a shop in New York,” she said.
Back in February, we noticed a FREE COFFEE sign hovering a few stories above the controversial Starbucks on Union Avenue and wondered if it was an olive branch to neighbors who were rankled by the corporate interloper’s bid for a liquor license. But a barista at the Starbucks told us there were no free Frappuccinos to be had, and it quickly became apparent that the glowing sign was either an art installation, an epic prank, or both. Curious to find out, we slipped a note under the door of one of the building’s top-floor apartments, requesting a word with the sign maker.
Last week, we finally got a text: “This is the guy behind the free coffee sign.”
Police are searching for the three gun-wielding teens (captured on surveillance footage) who tried to rob a fourth on Havemeyer Street Monday afternoon. [DNA Info]
A man was arrested near N. 12th Street Saturday for throwing drinking glasses off of a roof, hitting one pedestrian in the head. [Brooklyn Paper]
It’s no secret: New York in the summer stinks. Most of the time, that overpoweringly unpleasant smell is coming from the garbage bags whose contents are slowly cooking, sous-vide style, in the sun. But if you’ve wandered the streets of North Brooklyn or the Lower East Side recently, you may have noticed a flash of gold peeking out from the rat castles that are our city’s trash piles. Those gilded bags aren’t the Department of Sanitation’s newest attempt at urban beautification; they’re the work of Peruvian-born artist Iván Sikic, whose new series “Trashed” aims to call attention to New Yorkers’ relationship with waste.
Video footage was released of the man who allegedly slashed a 25-year-old woman’s neck on a Bushwick street during an attempted rape early Sunday morning. [Gothamist]
On Friday, Williamsburg pop-up nightclub Mirage experienced its second shutdown of the month, this time for safety concerns. [Free Williamsburg]
The Astor Place cube is set to return to Alamo Plaza on Wednesday. [EV Grieve]
Yesterday morning, the thief who stole a cab on Essex Street was arrested after he crashed the vehicle in Battery Park City, injuring three people. [ABC 7]
A Friday night party at Chinatown Soup on Orchard Street was shutdown early when attendees reportedly got rowdy while waiting for a performance from rapper Theophilus London. [Bowery Boogie]
Anna Corinna is a traveler, a designer, a businesswomen – and a passionate collector of handbags and purses. And when we say passionate, we mean it: in the course of 15 years, Corinna has collected over 1,000 vintage and unique bags from all over the world. Now, she’s decided to clean out her closet and share some of that bag-joy with the rest of the world. Today through Sunday, June 19, Corinna is opening a pop-up store right next to her permanent boutique, Anna Corinna.
Two years ago when we first caught wind of the the launch of Shwick Market, it was still a dinky affair in out-of-the-way Bushwick. Since then, their effort to highlight made-in-Brooklyn goods has outgrown that location and evolved into a rotating pop-up more than 100 vendors strong, with about 80 percent of wares made right in the borough. (All the rest are still conceived of and designed in New York, even if the fabrics come from far away places).