Some asshole cut down a tree to steal a bike in Williamsburg


Grand Street between Driggs and Roebling; credit: DNA

We’re not sure how no one saw this happening, but talk about persistence!

A thief sawed down a 25-foot tree to steal a bicycle locked to its trunk last week, according to locals.

Christopher Ryan said his friend locked a bike to a tree in front of 242 Grand St., between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, overnight last week — a move Ryan acknowledged was illegal and carries a $1,000 fine.

Ralph Lauren is joining J. Crew on Wythe Ave.

Photo via Jason Ritcher on Twitter

Photo via Jason Ritcher on Twitter

Jason Richter spotted this sign going up on North 3rd and Wythe in Williamsburg near the J. Crew. Oh well.

(h/t Gothamist)

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locrianWith the dog days looming and a fistful of rad releases in wait, let’s forego the pleasantries this week in lieu of sheer, cold-hearted efficiency. Something tells me I won’t hear too many complaints about that when all is said and done, anyway.

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Vice had over $16,000 worth of laptops stolen from their new Williamsburg office

 Photo by Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek

Photo by Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek

Vice had their new office (in the former Glasslands location) on South Second robbed of over $16,000 worth of laptops last week. From Brooklyn Paper:

sometime during the evening of July 14, and made off with 11 laptops worth over $16,000, according to a report.

The thief entered the building at S. Second Street and Kent Avenue through a second-story window that was left open overnight, police said.

Staffers realized they had been ripped off the next morning when they discovered the MacBooks had vanished and some of the office’s furniture had been disturbed, cops said.

Win Tickets to Full Moon Fest at the Brooklyn Mirage!


The 5th Annual Full Moon Fest is back for another day of gourmet food, dancing and craft cocktails at a brand new venue in East Williamsburg! This year’s festivities, brought to you by MATTE, will take place at The Brooklyn Mirage, an urban oasis surrounded by 10 foot walls and decorated with tropical foliage and sand. This will feel particularly good between your toes while you’re listening to house acts like Yelle, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, JDH & Dave P, Oliver Nelson, Tensnake, MXTHER and more. Even better yet, the new venue means that this year the party goes  from 3 PM until sunrise. Aww hell yeah!

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Bill Baker’s craft beer gastropub now open in Williamsburg


Bill Baker’s (credit: DNA)
364 Grand St. (at Marcy Street)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A new gastropub with a great craft beer menu just opened on Grand Street.  Bill Baker’s menu features lots of small plates including deviled eggs, duck pierogis, creole shrimp and grits, steamed clams, mac & cheese, squash blossoms, and something called bacon puffs (bacon brioche and mushroom cream). For dinner, they have the obligatory burger, a roasted duck, and chili cheese dog. But, we’re primarily excited about the beer menu. They have twenty drafts including four they make themselves. Sure, they have the most hipstery website we’ve seen in years, but we’ll cut them some slack. This is Williamsburg after all. From Epoch Taste:

Named after one of the owners’ grandfather, a banker and sportsman with a reputation for being forthright, Bill Baker is a new restaurant and bar in Williamsburg that takes a page right out of his occupation and time. An antique banker’s clock and glass teller’s counter complement the marble bar top and brick walls, which date back to 1887. [Read more...]

Greenpoint Landing developers paid $400,000 to the city to cut down three trees

Photo via Stefano Giovanni for Brooklyn Paper

Photo via Stefano Giovanni for Brooklyn Paper

How bad do developers want to take over the Greenpoint waterfront these days? Bad enough to pay the city $400,000 to cut down three elderly trees that were in their way. From Brooklyn Paper:

The department said it is not in favor of felling mature foliage, but five trees at Newtown Barge Park — at the corner of Commercial and Dupont streets — were blocking the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing 10-tower mega-development, so it gave the real-estate company the green light to topple the topiary and slugged it with a $414,000 penalty for the privilege.

The city claims it will use the money to plant new trees nearby. Read more at Brooklyn Paper.

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OldWitchKeeperWelcome to the very first Friday installment of This One Goes To Eleven, everyone. Semi-mandated by the new Global Release Day, proceedings have moved to an altogether badder and boozier time slot, so join me in saying TGI-motherfucking-F for the first and, mercifully, final time.

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