A Williamsburg resident says he was walking his dog when he was beaten by a stranger yelling homophobic slurs. Police charged a 35-year-old man with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. [Brooklyn Paper]

And this isn’t good either: Swastikas were found on a building on Bedford Avenue. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Today in Top Chef news: Ilan Hall tells Zagat that he’s opening an outpost of his LA restaurant, The Gorbals, in Williamsburg, and EV Grieve floats a rumor that Jeff McInnis is taking over the former Mama’s Food Shop space.

A Williamsburg resident who lives in an apartment with no kitchen and no windows describes why looking for a new place is such a nightmare. One prospective apartment “would offer the frequent possibility of stepping in human feces and also, by the way, reeks of ‘sewage and bodies’ all summer long.” [Huffington Post]

A battle is brewing over Williamsburg stores that enforce modesty rules. The city’s Commission on Human Rights is prepared to argue that the dress codes discriminate against women and non-Jews. [NY Post]

The Brooklyn Craft Boot Camp, coming to Greenpoint this week, will offer “how-tos on the latest trends in arts and crafts, guiding campers through such projects as making their own custom-stamped stationary and building a terrarium.” [Brooklyn Paper]

The popular Halal Guys food truck is opening a brook-and-mortar location in the East Village and — get this — it may offer healthy options. [DNA Info]

Wanna see some photos of Bowery Ballroom back when it was a shoe store in the 1930s? [Gothamist]