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This Starving Artist Has a $5 Wine Recommendation For You

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Raimundo Rubio has been buying his booze at Greenpoint Wine & Liquors for 13 years. The clean and well-lit, no-frills store is just a block away from his apartment where he paints nearly nonstop, save for going for a daily run in McCarren Park. “I drink wine every day,” he says. “Two glasses at lunchtime and the rest of the bottle at night.”
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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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Ferry Good News! Five More Years of East River Ferry Service

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 1.37.29 PMBefore he sails off into the sunset, Mayor Bloomberg is extending East River Ferry service, originally schedule to end next year.

According to the longest press release ever, the ferry has wildly exceeded expectations, carrying nearly 3 million passengers since its launch in summer of 2011. The five-year extension, with two additional one-year extension options, begins next summer. Fares will remain $4 for a one-way weekday ticket, $6 for a weekend ride, and $140 for a weekday unlimited monthly pass. The schedule won’t change, either.
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Gwynett St. Denies Drug Bust Report; Williamsburg Stabbing Suspect Wears a Cowboy Hat

RIP Young Chow Rest.

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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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The Bushwick Trailer Park Lives On! (Sort Of)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

No, that crow isn’t alive. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

Ever wonder what happened to all those trailers from the Bushwick Trailer Park, the arts collective/trailer haven that popped up on a vacant Bushwick lot a few years ago? Shortly after the park’s demise in 2011, collective founder Hayden Cummings told City Room that a third of them were sold on Craigslist; but what about the rest? Well, a few — four Airstreams from the 1950s through the ’70s, to be exact — have made their way to a smallish lot on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. And Morgan O’ Kane, a banjo player and subway busker, lives in one of them.
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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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City OKs Parts of Greenpoint Landing; Developer Will Give Millions to Park, School

Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)

Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)

After a hearing that drew at least one celeb protester, the City Council has approved land use actions for several sections of the impending Greenpoint Landing development. The affected sites include a lot that has been donated by the developers for use as a pre-K-to-8th-grade public school. Greenpoint Landing Associates (GLA), the developers of the site, made several large modifications to their plan before the council approved it yesterday, due largely to negotiations with Greenpoint’s star Council member Stephen Levin.
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Union Square Won’t Get an H&M; Kim Gordon Will Play PS1

Bodega

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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 →

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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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