City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
Last night, around 80 Greenpoint residents – kids, lifers, parents, artists and seniors – gathered on the quiet grounds of Newton Barge Playground. Across Commercial Street, a series of large and barren lots extended beyond a low chain-link fence, looking magically forgotten in comparison to Manhattan’s sprawling towers.
In a tailored suit and casual ankle boots, City Council candidate Stephen Pierson gripped a megaphone. “Tonight is about hearing your views,” he said to those wielding signs reading “The Roof Is Too Damn High” and “Greenpoint [does not equal] Midtown.” More →
Earlier today, Zee Raja’s seven- and nine-year-old sons were caring for Black Ninja, a rescued pigeon that had been bitten by a dog. “We’re trying to help it fly again,” Zee explained.
Zee is hoping his pet store will take off as well. Last week, he reopened Zee Pets Supply at 530 East 13 Street, just a few blocks north of the store’s former location off of Tompkins Square Park (who said Bushwick had to have allthe new pet shops?). It’s right next to The Baroness’ New York City Latex Boutique — meaning fetishists can now purchase an inflatable straight jacket and then pop right next door for a collar and leash! More →
Wilson Fu, owner of Red Pepper, a traditional Chinese restaurant on Curry Row. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
Looks like David Schwimmer has a new takeout option: Red Pepper just opened across from Ross’s new place, on what used to be known as Curry Row.
Wilson Fu – who briefly tried his hand at serving “Satan rolls” and ramen in the sub-street-level space that used to be Calcutta — said traditional southwest Chinese food was hard to come by. “I tried so much Sichuan in Manhattan and none of it satisfied my tastes,” he said (we didn’t ask how he felt about Hot Kitchen, right around the corner). More →
Sheryo and The Yok’s new mural at Ideal Glass in the East Village. (Photo: Scott Lynch)
Yet another Williamsburgbusiness is packing up and heading north to Greenpoint: Beacon’s Closet will shut down its flagship store of 11 years on North 11 Street to make room for Vice magazine’s expansion. They’ll get cheaper rent at 74 Guernsey Street. [The Real Deal]
The Standard East Village’s entrance appears ready for a tape cutting. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
Sure, there was a fire at the Bowery Hotel today, but the real news is over at The Standard, East Village: check out the hotel’s flashy new front doors, which will be ready to walk through once all that red tape is cut. More →
Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
There was no lack of drama last night at Automative High School in North Brooklyn, where residents gathered to speak out against Greenpoint Landing – a series of ten towers that will plop nearly 5,000 new apartments, a public school, and a park on Greenpoint’s quiet shores. More →
The onslaught of disturbing criminalbehavior continues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Police apprehended a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and robbing two others in their homes during a crime spree last night. The husband of one of the women was stabbed during one of the attacks. [Greenpointers, Gothamist, NY Daily News]
Watch an EV burglar’s step-by-step visual guide for expertly stealing a bike locked to a parking sign – and think twice about ever leaving anything, locked or otherwise, outside ever again. [EV Grieve]