A Giant Sinkhole Opened at Driggs and Metropolitan


On Wednesday, New York Magazine reported a sinkhole “6 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet deep” opened up on Driggs between Metropolitan Ave. and North 4th St. Luckily, no cars, cyclists, pedestrians, or intergalactic bounty hunters were sucked into the gaping pit.

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection said a ruptured sewer line was the culprit. As of Thursday, the hole has only gotten bigger as workers open it up to fix whatever’s broken down there.

DEP officials expect the street to be closed until at least 3 P.M. on Thursday.


David Walentas Is A Psychopath

credit: NY Mag

credit: NY Mag

If you haven’t already read New York Magazine’s profile of David and Jed Walentas, the father and son duo who plan to do to Domino what they did to DUMBO, you should.

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No, The Average Resident of Williamsburg Is Not Rich

Yesterday, Matt Buchanan of The Awl wrote,

Whether the Williamsburg you know ended with Diner in 1998-1999 or Marlow & Sons in 2004 or the Wythe Hotel in 2012 (or whichever milestone you prefer!), the average human living in Williamsburg is now, officially, a rich person—and a young one, at that.

Buchanan bases his post on a June 12 article from The Wall Street Journal (which, incidentally, referenced a post of ours).

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S. Williamsburg Hasidim Assist NYPD in Grafitti Crackdown


The NYPD arrested five individuals on Saturday night over the course of four hours for graffiti vandalism in Williamsburg, The Jewish Political News and Gothamist reported. The NYPD was tipped off to the crimes by the WSPU, or Williamsburg Safety Patrol Units, part of the Williamsburg Shomrim (Hebrew for “Guards”). Most neighborhoods in New York with large Hasidic populations field Shomrims, which function as neighborhood watch organizations and often work in close concert with police to report and prevent crime.

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Where To Get $13 Tattoos for Friday the 13th in North Brooklyn

It’s Friday the 13th, which means you have no reason not to get inked up for the low, low price of $13. Lots of shops in Williamsburg and nearby are offering cheap tattoos today. Here’s a list of all the shops we could find that are offering $13 (in some cases $20, call for exact pricing) tattoos in honor of the occasion:

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Missing Williamsburg Teen Was Just Playing Basketball To Avoid Family


Darrey Crosby, a 15-year old Williamsburg resident, went missing at around 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. His sister found him wandering the streets, his family told the Daily News on Sunday.

Because Crosby suffers from autism, his disappearance drew comparisons to Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year old autistic Queens student whose remains were discovered in January after his disappearance in October of last year.

Crosby told the Daily News he was playing basketball to avoid dealing with his family. Pretty standard stuff for a 15-year old. We’re glad he’s safe.

Bushwick Wiccans Hosting 24-Hour Variety Show/Pledge Drive

According to the Brooklyn Paper, Bushwick Wiccan bookstore Catland, a frequent hangout spot for the infamous Witches of Bushwick, is hosting a 24-hour variety show and pledge drive to raise money to turn its backyard into a garden.

Previously, the store tried to raise the necessary funds through an IndieGogo campaign, but only raised $2,700 of its $15,000 goal.

Co-owner Philip English said, “We want as many people as possible hanging out here and we will be passing the hat. We hope people can donate money and acts of kindness in helping us beg for money.”

The “beg-a-thon,” as English called it, will stream on YouTube and will feature “magician and comedian who goes by Kat Toledo, Duchess Wendi of the electronic goth band Thorazine Unicorn, who will perform a kabuki dance, and Russ Marshalek, who makes eerie soundtrack music under the name A Place Both Wonderful and Strange.”


Man injured in truck-surfing accident in Williamsburg


One man learned the hard way this Wednesday that ghost riding the whip increases your chances of becoming an actual, IRL, ghost.

DNAInfo reports that the man hopped on the back of a food delivery truck, but fell off near Bedford Ave. and North 11th St., near McCarren Park, at around 4:30 A.M. This raises three important questions:

  1. Where was the truck-surfer going at 4:30 A.M. on a Wednesday that required him to surf on a truck? Work? Surely he has a better, more reliable means of locomotion for getting to work.
  2. Who orders delivery at 4:30 A.M. on a Wednesday?
  3. Who delivers at 4:30 A.M. on a Wednesday?

The truck-surfer, who is believed to be in his 20s, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with serious injuries, but he is stable. The delivery driver did not realize his truck was being used as a surfboard, and so did not stop when the surfer fell off. Presumably whoever ordered delivery at 4:30 A.M. on a Wednesday got their food.