Citi Bike just sent out an e-mail sharing its top 10 “2013 highlights.” Among the accomplishments: Citi Bikes make up a third of all bike traffic in the program’s service area, each bike was ridden an average of six times per day over the summer, customer service gets an average of 1,300 calls a day, an average of 625 bikes are repaired each week, and Citi Bike riders took 6,000+ trips during the day of the Polar Vortex.
On its face, writer-director-filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s first film, Appropriate Behavior, is about common lesbian experiences: the struggle to come out, tussles with identity, and what happens when a relationship fails as a result. But as the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, the audience response happened just as often around the film’s examination of person as of place.
“I’ve always done the kind of art where people look at it and say, ‘That looks like ovaries,’ said Carla Avruch, who is giving away 70 drawings Friday night at Bushwick’s Sardine gallery. “That’s the curse of the female artist.”
Menachem Stark, the Williamsburg developer who was abducted Thursday outside of his office and then found burned and asphyxiated to death in Long Island Saturday, was mourned as a charitable man by his neighbors but was “a lightning rod for fuming tenants and neighborhood activists across north Brooklyn,” per The Times. Though thousands attended Stark’s funeral, the New York Post accompanied its story with the front-page headline “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” Yesterday, as B+B reported, City Councilman Stephen Levin (and others, including Stark’s brother-in-law) condemned the headline as “offensive and horrific.” (The Post, reporting on a protest rally led by the Brooklyn BP, later said its thoughts and prayers were with Stark’s family.) Meanwhile, The Daily News says some relatives believe the mob was involved in the hit, or that it was a hate crime. The Post says Stark’s business partner is worried he’s next.
Until we return from vacation Jan. 3, enjoy this daily series of longer pieces in which we unravel the histories of storied buildings. Presenting: A Lot About a Plot.
If you’ve ever hoisted a bottle of Brooklyn Lager and really looked at its Milton Glaser-designed logo, you may have noticed the words “Pre-Prohibition Style” hovering above the baseball-style “B.” And you may have asked yourself: how exactly can a brewery founded in 1988 claim to make “The Pre-Prohibition Beer”?
The answer lies miles away from Brooklyn Brewery’s Williamsburg headquarters, at 670 Bushwick Avenue. That’s where a three-story home resembling the mansion from Royal Tenenbaums – cast in deep red brick, with a conspicuous rounded tower – lurks behind a chain-link fence and a “No Trespassing” sign.
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]
Jesse Levitt of Minor Arcana and Kings County (yep, the Bushwick bar that held the smallest penis contest) has opened 1 Knickerbocker. It’s located at, yes, 1 Knickerbocker Ave., which is “in the heart of Brooklyn’s emerging Bushwick arts community,” per a website that says the restaurant and saloon “revives an age-old New York glamor.”
With its white tiled bar, fake plants, wood accents, and tribal art, The Johnsons bears little resemblance to the den of iniquity that is its Lower East Side sister. This feels more like an adult take on the tiki bar: a little funk, but no over the top kitsch.
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]