Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]
And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]
The 10002 zip code added 10 national retailers and the 10003 zip code came in third with 170 stores (9 less than last year). [The Lo-Down]
Bushwick neighborhood groups are circulating a petition calling on the developer of the Rheingold Brewery complex to include affordable housing units that are in keeping with the neighborhood’s median income. [Brownstoner]
“Brooklyn’s first dinner boat,” a World War II-era minesweeper called The Water Table, officially launches for Friday and Saturday dinner service this week. [NY Daily News]
Some people get stopped on the street because of the exotic dogs they walk, or the outrageous fashions they sport, but Greenpoint resident Austin Huq frequently gets stopped for his ice-cream-cone-like tan and brown ’82 Volkswagen Vanagon. With the license plate “Managon,” no less. (Get it?) More →
Dirck the Norseman, opening in Greenpoint next month, has all the makings of heaven on earth. At least for those who love all things beer. And Belgian fries. And old church pews around a wood-burning fireplace. More →
To make up for this weekend’s service outage, here’s some good news for L riders: the MTA is adding 8 round-trips ever weekday and 4 every Saturday and Sunday, which will bring shave 12 seconds off the time between trains from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 50 seconds off it from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. [Brooklyn Paper]
And in other transportation news, there’s now Select Bus service between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg. [News 12]
Two big-deal dudes on the underground art scene in Brooklyn are opening a gallery in Williamsburg this week. And it’s name is MuddGuts.
Mark Cross is a tattoo artist at Greenpoint Tattoo Co. and an accomplished photographer who has been compiling the MuddGuts photo blog for a few years now. His partner-in-weird is Lele Saveri, a moustachioed and heavily tattooed Italian photographer who formerly served as VICE Italy’s photo editor and this summer has been charming folks into buying limited-edition zines at The Newsstand, in the Lorimer/Metropolitan station. More →
Coming off a string of successful exhibits — including the recent “Babe Show,” which was exactly as billed — Greenpoint’s Human Gallery is going topless for one night tomorrow. Gallery co-owner Rachael Yaeger birthed the idea this summer, building off the Topless Blading Instagram account she started this past June. More →
The Brooklyn Fishing Derby culminated Sunday after three days and nights of aggressive angling. The event, sponsored by the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association, brought together fishermen and women from all over who enjoy casting a line while admiring the New York City skyline.
And yes, these folks were playing for keeps: most participants said they’d be okay taking a bite of striped bass — like, say, the 12-pound, 36-incher that Jon Ruffino, winner of the inaugural 2009 derby, hauled in this year. That’s a migratory fish that passes through the area this time of year and — in theory – hasn’t spent too much time in the less than crystalline waters of the East River.
Watch the video to hear from the bassmasters at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, and fish on!