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Could Williamsburg Get a Starbucks, Apple Store, Umami Burger, and Concert Hall?

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A job listing would seem to indicate that Williamsburg’s first Starbucks is plunking down at 405-409 Union Ave. [Eater]

Sources tell The Real Deal that Apple is “looking closely” at the building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and N 4th Street (across the street from the future Whole Foods) as the location of Brooklyn’s first Apple store. The building is already getting a Parm and an Umami Burger. [TRD]

The owner of a pet-bowl company wants to transform a steel factory at 319 Frost Street, in Williamsburg, into a 2,000-seat concert venue. [DNA Info]
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Noho Women's Shelter Becomes Luxury Building; Ilan Hall Opens Middle Eastern Spot

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Developer Brookfield Property Partners received a $75 million loan from a Chinese bank to construct two Greenpoint Landing rental buildings. [The Real Deal] Landlord Aby Rosen submitted paperwork to convert the former women’s shelter at 348 Lafayette Street/11 Bond Street into a luxury residence. [Bowery Boogie] The mixed-use building at 85 Pitt Street on the Lower East Side is on the market for $15 million. [Bowery Boogie] More →

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Mayoral Town Hall on Bowery; Returns of the Bushwick Arts Festival and Pizza Fest

Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a town hall this Wednesday at 273 Bowery. To RSVP, call 212-748-0281. [Bowery Boogie]

Backed by local politicians, ShareBetter has established a hotline (646-979-4117) to report negative Airbnb experiences. [NY Daily News]

Nine months after he helped christen his son’s Greenpoint restaurant, Bill Murray unexpectedly dropped by the Dumbo opening of Cecconi’s in Dumbo on Tuesday night. [Page Six] More →

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A Visit to Williamsburg’s New Food Hall, North 3rd Street Market

Though it’s one of Smorgasburg’s home bases, Williamsburg hadn’t yet gotten one of the glitzy food halls that have been popping up all over Manhattan. That changed when North 3rd Street Market opened at 103 N 3rd this month, bringing with it ramen from Chuko (to make up for its closing in Bushwick), lobster rolls from Greenpoint/Rockaway fixture Lobster Joint, sandwiches and burritos from Lower East Side transplants Regina’s Grocery and Jajaja, croissants from Ben Cuit, cappuccinos from Champion Coffee, rolls from GoFish Sushi Box, and more. DJs from Halycon, the record shop inside of Williamsburg club Output, pair the eats with beats. Maybe most exciting, pizza institution Di Fara has set up its first satellite oven here, which means you’ll no longer have to trek out to Midwood to scarf what many consider to be the best pie in the city. Watch our video to check out the scene and hear from vendors and customers.

Video by Erica Carnevalli.

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LES Residents at De Blasio Town Hall: Don’t Let High-Rises Push Us Out

Mayor de Blasio and council member Chin at the well-attended town hall meeting in the Lower East Side © Kasper van Laarhoven

Over 300 residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown gathered in a Bowery gym for Mayor de Blasio’s 27th town hall Wednesday, and we probably don’t have to tell you what the theme of the evening was. You guessed it: gentrification, particularly with regard to the 60-plus-story towers rising over Two Bridges.

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TWA Hotel Breaks Ground, Food Hall Will Showcase Brooklyn and Queens Vendors

(Photo: Max Touhey)

(Photo: Max Touhey)

We haven’t heard much about TWA Flight Center since we took our last look inside of it during Open House NY last year, but progress is finally being made on the hotel that will restore Eero Saarinen’s majestic structure to its Jet Age glory and open it to the public after more than 15 years of disuse. Today Governor Andrew Cuomo and other elected officials gathered to break ground on the TWA Hotel, set to open at the end of 2018.

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Bushwick Residents Rally at City Hall to Decry Deadlock on Immigration Reform

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

“Today we suffer, in November we vote,” dozens of protesters chanted in front of City Hall this afternoon. Some 40 people gathered to express dismay over yesterday’s Supreme Court deadlock over President Obama’s immigration plan, which would have given undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and the possibility to work in the United States. The rally was organized by the Bushwick chapter of Make the Road New York, a non-profit dedicated to representing the city’s Latino and immigrant communities.
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Three Kings Travel to City Hall to Protest Dorming of P.S. 64 Building

District Leader Anthony Anthony Feliciano addresses the crowd

District Leader Anthony Anthony Feliciano addresses the crowd. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Mayor de Blasio received an unusual gift on Three King’s Day when picketers gathered outside City Hall to protest the loss of a beloved East Ninth Street community center. The protestors, backed by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, collected more than 500 signatures to go along with nearly 2,000 holiday cards, all addressed to the mayor and asking for just one thing this holiday season: That the former CHARAS/El Bohio building be returned to the community.
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Juliana Huxtable, Gordon Hall (Reluctantly) Talked 'Transgender in the Mainstream' at Basel

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

L to R: Gordon Hall, Juliana Huxtable, Kimberly Drew, and David J. Getsy. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Brooklyn-based artist and poet Juliana Huxtable was all over Miami Art Week this past week, DJing at a Narcissister performance on Thursday and a NADA after-party on Friday. And then, on Saturday, there was a panel discussion at Art Basel proper. The talk was supposed to be about “Transgender in the Mainstream,” but that title was scratched out in a photo that Huxtable posted to Instagram. Scrawled above it: “The Panel That Shall Not Be Named.”
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Michael C. Hall and the Hedwig Gang Pay Tribute to Soon-to-Be-Rebooted Don Hill’s

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

There are more signs of life at the onetime home of Don Hill’s. No, it isn’t being zombified CBGBs-style. Rather, the club’s soon-to-open replacement, The Hills, will host a tribute to Don himself, featuring Michael C. Hall and other cast members of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which got its start at the rowdy rock-and-rave dive of yore.
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