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Beards have gone mainstream, argues Alex Williams. That’s right: the “L-train look” is now appearing on “corner-office types.” [NY Times]

Speaking of the L train, at a meeting with the MTA, Stuy Town residents complained about overcrowding at the First Avenue station. [Town & Village]

The $92 million redevelopment of Pier 42 got a Community Board 3 subcommittee’s approval. Check out renderings that show the Lower East Side waterfront getting a bike path, lawns, a playground, waterfront marshes, an educational estuarine park, and more. [Curbed]

After a two-year, $55-million renovation, scaffolding has come down from the Education Alliance’s Lower East Side building. [The Lo-Down]

Cold-hearted traffic cops gave out tickets to drivers whose cars were frozen on East 12th Street. [NY Post]

Tenants are accusing a Greenpoint landlord of cutting off heat in order to get rid of them. [Brooklyn Paper]

A broker expects to fetch $23 million by packaging 120 and 100 Union Ave. together. [Crain’s]

ExxonMobil says it didn’t offer $50,000 to a Mellow Pages fundraising effort as claimed. [Brooklyn Paper]

Here’s what’s going on in Greenpoint this weekend, including a Mario Kart Kompetition at The Diamond. [Greenpointers]

Author Gary Shteyngart is reading at an $85 Russian-themed dinner at Calliope. The price of admission includes a copy of his book. [Grub Street]

The 15th Mr. Lower East Side promises to “use my fart heart power to destroy the idea of the economy and have people welcome back their hearts.” [The Villager]

“A Nobu-trained chef with a restaurant mini-empire in Brooklyn is bringing his refined Polish fare to the heart of Williamsburg.” [DNA Info]

Here’s a trove of images of Brooklynites in their homes in the 1970s. [Messy Nessy Chic]

Big Gay Ice Cream has revamped its menu with more local ingredients and house-made toppings. [Serious Eats]