Video: this bearded, hipster douche is a bike thief

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The theft happened on July 14 at 174 North 5th in Williamsburg. Have you seen him? [via]

The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man they say committed grand larceny in Brooklyn. According to investigators, last Monday, July 14, at 8:50 p.m., a man entered 174 North 5th Street in Williamsburg and proceeded to remove a tenant’s Trek bicycle from the stairwell… Call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Put on your trucker caps and white belts for the Myspace Party this Friday

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Freewilliamsburg friend Russ Marshalek is throwing a party at Glasslands. (He’s part of the collective ADVENTURE[s], who brought you the popular Robyn Party.) Don’t miss the Myspace party this Friday at Glasslands:

[Russ] Marshalek and fellow soundtrack spinners Chris Choyce and Marley Magaziner originally wanted to create an event dedicated to the music of Myspace-era bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Saves The Day, and the Killers, but eventually decided to extend the bash to the whole website.

“One of the first genres we agreed upon was the pop-punk-screamo-emo genre,” said Marshalek, who lives in Greenpoint.

In that spirit, attendees can pre-request the songs that auto-played on their own Myspace pages back in the day.

Party-goers are encouraged to dress the part — think heavy eyeliner (for men and women), white belts, wrist sweatbands, and comically long bangs — and MySpace itself (yes, the site still exists) has donated some Ashton Kutcher-esque snap-back hats to be given away.

And for those who want to take the Myspace look beyond clothes and makeup, there will be a contest to see who can do the best “duck face.”

Grab tickets here.

Good news Greenpoint… Ferry service will resume next week

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Just in time for the impending G train clusterfuck! From DNA:

Greenpoint’s ferry stop may be back in service by next Friday. The India Street dock that shut down in February after a ramp suddenly collapsed is expected to be replaced in the next week, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation spokesman Ian Fried.

RedSky Capital, which privately owns the pier, should be finished installing the new ramp by the time the G train suspends service for five weeks for Superstorm Sandy repairs next Friday, said Fried, whose organization is in charge of the ferry route and works with the landings.

Greenpoint riders have had to take a shuttle to the North Williamsburg stop for the past five months.

“The G train is a critical transportation link for people in the area,” Fried said. “We recognize the importance of making sure the East River Ferry is operating in Greenpoint prior to the G train shutdown. RedSky has always operated with this in mind.”

The gangway leading to the ferry’s landing detached in February during a snowstorm, giving away moments after riders had crossed. Noone was injured.

Preliminary reports indicated the gangway itself was safe, but the poles holding it up had problems, Fried said.

Open next week in Williamsburg – The Gorbals

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The Gorbals is set to open next Tuesday (July 22) with a menu that includes bacon wrapped matzo balls. The Urban Outfitters blog — um, we know — spoke with the chef Ilan Hall, Season two’s Top Chef winner. Urban Outfitters? Top Chef? Boy is Williamsburg edgy these days. When do we get our American Girl store?! Here’s what The Gorbals chef has to say about his new menu:

I’m trying to use things that are really seasonal and maybe a little bit more obscure. Not obscure but, like, less common fish. Most people don’t put bluefish on their menu—bluefish is one of my favorite fish. I’d rather use a skate cheek than a skate wing. I’d rather use a monkfish liver or a monkfish tail. There are so many great parts of an animal, and you don’t have to always use the basic filet. There’s this farm really close to where I grew up on Long Island in Glen Cove that, in the spring and summer, has amazing produce. We’re opening at the best possible time for New York [produce]. There’s peas, ramps, spring garlic, fava beans, soft shell crab, Bouchout mussels from Maine.

On his favorite places to eat in Williamsburg:

Every time I have a meal, I’m inspired. I love places in the [Williamsburg] neighborhood: St. Anselm, Café Mogador. I love eating wherever I can, all the time.

More pics, from the UO blog below: [Read more...]

Dannenhoffer’s Opalescent building in Bushwick being turned into condos by “housing for hipsters” duo

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From Wyckoff Heights:

Developer ASH NYC is planning a 70,000 SF mixed-use development at 330 Himrod Street between Wyckoff and Irving Aves, with retail space and a rumored 80 apartments. Originally home to a glass factory and more recently occupied by a manufacturer of plastic bags, demolition applications have been filed for existing structures on the site, although it appears that the largest will be incorporated into the new building.

ASH NYC founders Ari Heckman and Jonathan Minkoff worked on “housing for hipsters” in Williamsburg and Bushwick for Cayuga Capital Management before starting their own firm in 2008.

Housing for hipsters? Ha. At least we can rest assured that development of this landmark site is in good hands. Not sure how we missed this 2009 Housing for Hipsters presentation: [Read more...]

Williamsburg diners eat bruised, stale, old food in dumpster for $50 a plate

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Pretentious? Yes. Gross? Absolutely. But at least it was for a good cause.

The six-course meal in Williamsburg, the foodie world’s answer to dumpster diving, was organized on June 28 and 29 by a graduate student who charged eager gourmands $50 a head for the privilege. The dumpster dinner was meant to raise awareness about the amount of perfectly edible food that gets tossed every day, its organizer said.

“This was an interesting, boots-on-the-ground way to inspire people and engage them in a conversation about wasting food,” said Joshua Treuhaft.

To drive the message home, the food on offer was made of ingredients that were bruised, stale, or overripe, donated by stores or bought at a deep discount…. [Read more...]

Body found in East River – ‘Guy only wearing boxers w a Mohawk pulled out in Greenpoint’

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Police think its likely Steven Middleton, who went missing earlier this week. From NY Post:

Cops found the body in the East River near the India Street pier at around 8:30 p.m., police said.
Law enforcement sources said that they believe it belongs to Steven Middleton, who went swimming Saturday morning after an all-night bender to celebrate a friend’s graduation.

Middleton and five others had slipped through a fence opening near the Williamsburg Bridge at 5:30 a.m. on June 26 to get to a pier with a ladder leading down to the water.

He was quickly caught in the swift current and was swept away.

This is of course terribly upsetting. From a firsthand account on Greenpointers:

I was sitting on the rocks at the end of Java St, where I go often to watch the sunset. I saw a big thing floating by way out in the the water — I thought it was maybe a big dead fish. Java is in between two piers; I wasn’t paying too much attention but as the lump got closer to the India St pier, a bunch of people rushed down to the middle of the pier and watched it. This was probably 8:30. Right as it went under the pier, several cops & firefighters came running down the pier, and I realized I could see flashing lights on India St. Someone yelled from the Transmitter pier “Hurry, get him out of the water! He’s still moving!” As far as I could tell, this was untrue, and the thing had not moved at all the whole time, other than being carried by the current. [Read more...]

New Grimes & Blood Diamonds collaboration: “Go”

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