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Rumors Fly in Menachem Stark Case; Bill Murray Melted Hearts in Williamsburg

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Police now say Menachem Stark was squashed to death. “It might be that they sat on him to get him under control and that they wound up killing him that way,” a police source tells the Daily News. [NY Daily News]

According to the Post’s sources, Stark’s business partner told police they owed money to characters who could be involved in the killing. [NY Post]

Meanwhile, rumors are flying in South Williamsburg: “One rumor had it that Mr. Stark had told his wife in recent weeks that he was being followed by men in a car. Another held that Mr. Stark had borrowed $500,000 from a mysterious, unidentified lender the day of his kidnapping.” [NY Times]
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Bklyn Beast Closes; Stabbing in Bushwick; $700 Roberta’s Tank Top

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A Williamsburg resident facing a predicament from a bygone era was forced to put up a sign: “Please Do Not Smoke Crack in Our Building.” [NY Times]

That incident ended politely, but this one didn’t: an off-duty cop was stabbed in the neck after he asked his cousin to stop smoking pot in his Bushwick home. [NY Daily News]

Bushwick parkour studio Bklyn Beast is closing after 230 Bogart was hit with a vacate order. The owners say they “had no choice but to move forward in seeking a new location.” [Brooklyn Paper, New York Shitty]
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More Students for the EV; E-Cigs Banned Indoors; Stop-and-Frisk Snow Globe

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Sure enough, the City Council voted to enact a ban on indoor e-cig smoking. [Daily Intel]

With asking prices ranging from $795,000 for a studio to more than $3.5 million, The Jefferson condominiums are all sold out on East 13th Street. [The Real Deal]

More drama at Gwynett St.: the chef quit suddenly because, he says, “”the association with international drug trafficking, Federal informing, and recent financial troubles all made the restaurant unworkable for me.” [Eater]
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LPC Demands Changes to Domino Plan, Ginsberg’s ‘Kaddish’ Building Sold

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission has sent the developer of the Domino Sugar factory back to the drawing board, objecting to the height and massing of proposed glass-clad additions to the roof of the landmarked building. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Bill Murray is back in Williamsburg. [Gothamist]

The building where Allen Ginsberg wrote “Kaddish” and its neighbor on East Second Street have sold for $17.5 million. [BuzzBuzz Home]
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Incomes Rising in Williamsburg; Could LES Get a Beastie Boys Square?

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Is an Ace Hotel coming to the Bowery? BuzzBuzz Home reports that plans for a 178-room hotel at the former Salvation Army Chinatown shelter are moving ahead. Bowery Boogie spotted a description on the architect’s website indicating that Ace Hotel will brand and operate the hotel, but the blurb now seems to be offline.

A map shows that median incomes have reached $87,000 on the Williamsburg waterfront and $53,000 to $80,000 in other parts of the neighborhood. [Business Insider]

A Brooklyn resident wants the corner of Ludlow and Rivington to be renamed Beastie Boys Square. [DNA Info]

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Gretsch Building Loft Going For $6.5 Mil; Mocassin Making Classes Just $575

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With the City Council’s last session of the year coming up on Thursday, Council Member Stephen Levin has to decide whether to allow the 15-story towers bound for Greenpoint to double in size. Word is that “developers and city officials are negotiating a last-minute deal to get more funding for the park and to target the affordable housing to more low-income residents.” [WSJ]

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Get your beau a $575 moccasin making classes at Brooklyn Shoe Space, where you can go from klutz to cobbler in no time. [Brooklyn Based]

Or if you really want to splurge: “A massive loft at the Gretsch Building along Broadway has just come on the market for $6.5 million — the kind of coin that still picks up a decent-sized pad in Tribeca or Soho.” [NYDN]
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Gwynett St. Denies Drug Bust Report; Williamsburg Stabbing Suspect Wears a Cowboy Hat

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The suspect in last weekend’s Williamsburg stabbing wears a cowboy hat and a mustache. [DNA Info]

The Daily News reported that Gwynnett St. owner Carl McCoy “agreed with a drug dealer” to have several packages of methylone sent to the Williamsburg restaurant; Gwynett St. tweeted that the report was “some Onion shit” and “none of these accusations are true.” [Grub Street]

A Williamsburg rental building that seems to have a rooftop hopscotch court is now accepting rentals, and all six of the $1,825/month studios are gone. [Curbed]
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Rheingold, Domino Developments Get Approvals; Hells Angels Suing Over Clubhouse

Meres One at Rag & Bone, with Swoon

Meres One at Rag & Bone. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

After an earlier committee vote, the entirety of Community Board 1 has now approved the Domino Sugar development with some conditions. [The Real Deal]

The rezoning of the former Rheingold Brewery site to make room for 70- and 80-foot towers has been approved by the City Council. [DNA Info]

The beating of a gay black student earlier this month in the Hasidic part of Williamsburg may have come at the hands of a neighborhood watch force, police say. [NYDN]

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Brooklyn Flea Leaves Williamsburg Waterfront; Chloe Sevigny Peaces to Park Slope

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After complaints from neighbors, Brooklyn Flea is leaving the Williamsburg waterfront and seeking a new home, though Smorgasburg will stay behind on Saturdays. [DNA Info]

The amenities at the Karl Fischer-desgined 101 Bedford include “a huge gym, pool, hot tub, men’s and women’s sauna, golf simulator (PGA-certified), wine vault, ‘party room,’ canine cleaning station,” and — get this — heated sidewalks around the building.” [Curbed]
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Union Square Won’t Get an H&M; Kim Gordon Will Play PS1

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A deal that would’ve put an H&M in Union Square has fallen through, sources tell The Real Deal. [TRD]

Six new buildings are coming to Van Buren Street in Bushwick. [BuzzBuzz Home]

A new apartment building at 150 Broadway in Williamsburg is now offering units ranging from $2,800 studios to $5,950 three bedrooms. [Curbed] More →