After a decade and a half as a staple of the Williamsburg flea market scene, Artists & Fleas is opening its fourth location, smack dab in the middle of Soho, on the corner of Prince and Broadway. Look out, Prada.
Founded by Brooklyn-based Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer in 2003, A&F allows independent artists and designers to sell their wares (or wears. . .get it?), resulting in a hodge podge of hip stuff: vintage clothing, jewelry, leather products, art items, handbags, food, and, of course, beard oil.
Teenagers tossed a brick and homophobic at two men, a gay couple, in Williamsburg on April 11. [NY Daily News]
Williamsburg residents are complaining about the cacophony of loud activity noodle purveyors TMI Trading Co. are generating on Bushwick Place. [DNA Info]
The makers of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reportedly paid a Greenpoint resident $1500 to film on her brownstone’s front steps. [6 sq ft]
(Courtesy of Leeser Architecture)
Last time I was in Philadelphia, I happened upon a restaurant called Pod. It had a 2001: A Space Odyssey
vibe that suddenly made me remember a similarly retro-futuristic Pod that existed in Williamsburg in the early aughts. When I googled to see if the two Pods were related, I discovered something rather surprising: there was virtually no online trace of The Pod in Williamsburg.
How could this be? When it opened in 2001 as a sister of Bliss Cafe, The Pod was one of the slickest restaurants in what was then Williamsburg’s fledgling dining scene. Like its neighbors Planet Thailand and Sea, it boasted the sort of transportive design details (video projections above the bar!) that made Brooklyn Paper, in the only review I could find, call it “a glamorous newcomer to the Williamsburg restaurant scene, [with] an Austin Powers-like vibe that inspires the imagination.” But while you can still visit Sea and its Star Trek-esque transporter bathrooms with video monitors inside, Pod came and went. It was as if a spaceship had briefly docked on North 7th Street, beamed me up inside of it, spat me back out and vanished back into the ether.
Police say the box truck driver they arrested Thursday for critically injuring an 11-year-old girl on Wythe Avenue was drug-impaired at the time of the accident. [DNA Info]
Late Tuesday afternoon on Madison Street, a man was robbed at gunpoint while attempting to complete the Internet-facilitated sale of two iPhones. [DNA Info]
“East Village crime wave has residents living in fear,” claimed an alarmist headline yesterday. [NY Post]
“People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate,” a New York Post headline informed us Saturday. Some 1 million people have left the city since 2010, according to US Census data. And it’s not just because Mars Bar closed. It’s in part because the economy is good and there are “more people to buy your house if you’re a baby boomer looking to move to Boca Raton or Myrtle Beach,” says one Post source.
This guide to $1 oyster happy hours in Brooklyn includes some Bushwick and Williamsburg options. [Brokelyn
Bushwick has a new home decor and design shop, Cache. [Bushwick Daily]
Some thoughts on the controversial ad campaign that Bushwick Collective did with McDonald’s. [Hyperallergic]
The author of “The Five Guys You Will Fuck at NYU” insists her list is “unfortunate but true.” [NYU Local]
Meet the woman who keeps dozens of turtles in her Williamsburg apartment. [Brooklyn Eagle]
Verizon’s “Can You Hear Me Now” guy, Paul Marcarelli, has put his Williamsburg pad up for $1.65 million. [LLNYC]
(Photos: Daniel Maurer)
“Whose streets? Our streets!”
That must’ve been what someone was thinking yesterday when they engraved the word “RESIST!” in some wet cement in Williamsburg. When we passed by a patch of sidewalk near the corner of North 7th and Kent around 6:30pm yesterday, we noticed the following.
A man was fatally shot in the face at Bushwick nightclub Brooklyn Asylum. [NY Daily News]
A woman is accused of trying to extort a man for $10,000 after meeting him at a Bushwick bar and accusing him of rape. [DNAinfo]
Due to the looming L shutdown, Williamsburg is now more affordable for home buyers. [DNAinfo]
Two people from Woodside, Queens were arrested for allegedly beating a man during a fight that spilled out of Pianos. [DNAinfo]
A 24-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison for a 2013 incident in which members of Williamsburg’s Shomrim Safety Patrol beat a man until he lost sight in one eye. [DNAinfo]
Developers have scaled back a 12-story building that was going to replace the old Stuyvesant post office in the East Village. [DNAinfo]