Greenpoint is getting a huge convention center on Franklin Street

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In addition to Urban Outfitters and Stephen Levin Towers, here’s something else no one in the neighborhood wants. An expo center:

The Brooklyn EXPO is located in the thriving neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is a new concept for a historical neighborhood that is now emerging as a frontier of culture in the Brooklyn scene. The Brooklyn EXPO is a unique physical structure with excellent access to New York City and multiple hubs of transportation. The property boasts a beautiful glass exterior and a large open floor plan that can be used in whole or can be divided to create multiple rooms or for smaller functions. This allows for unlimited flexibility; add in high ceilings, a loading dock, cafeteria space, office space, parking and on site storage for pre-event shipping, Brooklyn EXPO expects to cater to wide array of clients. The Brooklyn EXPO will be able to handle large scale productions of public events, private events, conferences, company meetings, conventions, product launches, receptions, multi media events and banquet seating for up to 2200 people. The specs below outline the space and location below will show you that we are offering something that cannot be found in Brooklyn at this time.

More information about Brooklyn EXPO (no idea why that’s in caps) here.

There’s a Kokie’s yoga mat

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In case you weren’t around for Kokie’s, Vice published an nasal oral history a few years ago. From Hyperallergic:

Designed by New York–based artist Jon Kessler, the object is part of a series of yoga mats by Grey Area, which includes versions created by Daniel Arsham, Wim Delvoye, and others.
The sales blurb for Grey Area’s yoga mats is so very insightful, as it suggests: “If you consider the many hours people spend staring at their mats, often in a grounded and conscious state, unencumbered by their mind’s preoccupations, they are in an ideal condition for viewing art.” And, in case you were worried that Kessler was going to obscure his objet d’art with a blizzard of pretentious theory explaining the basis for his idea, he seems to say “fuck it” and tell it like it is. Commentary on his mat, from the site: [Read more...]

Girl bus tour may be coming to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick

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This is just what Brooklyn needs! More tourists. Ugh. They should just shuttle them off to Brooklyn Heights:

The circuit would focus on everything from Greenpoint’s coffee outpost Café Grumpy, where Lena Dunham’s character Hannah Horvath once slung lattes, to a Bushwick warehouse where Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) accidentally smokes crack.

But don’t expect a glitzy romp through the West Village to Sex and the City staple Magnolia Bakery, or past the Condé Nast building where Carrie Bradshaw once penned articles for Vogue, on a “Girls” tour — much of the hit show takes place far away from the bright lights of the big city. [Read more...]

L Train signs at Metropolitan/Lorimer accidentally switched

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Look closely at the picture above. Notice anything…out of place? That’s the passage leading to the L train in the Metropolitan/Lorimer subway stop in Williamsburg. Most of us don’t need the signs telling us which train goes to Manhattan and which one barrels out into Canarsie.

Some people do need those signs, however, which is why it’s notable that they’re switched in the picture. The left passage actually leads to the Manhattan-bound track, and the right to Brooklyn. Who switched them? Unclear, but it caused some commuter consternation. According to the observant photographer, Astrid Anderson:

I took the train at 830 AM, but I think it was up until the late afternoon. I went to the actual Manhattan side and waited for the train. Everyone was looking extremely confused. When the train came on my side, a bunch of people on the other side started freaking out and tried to run back to the other side.
My friend took another photo around 4 PM & someone had simple stuck a post-it on one sign saying “this is wrong”.

Here’s Astrid’s friend’s photo with the post-it note:

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The signs were fixed as of Tuesday evening.

-@dogstoevsky

Gallery owner chases PBR-sipping art thief through the streets of Williamsburg to recover portrait of Snoop Lion

credit: Cotton Candy Machine

credit: Cotton Candy Machine

On Sunday night, a quartet of PBR-sipping bandits absconded with large paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nelson Mandela, and Snoop Lion from Williamsburg art gallery Cotton Candy Machine. The thieves’ plan was simple: walk into a packed art gallery, slam a few brewskis, yank some paintings off the walls, and run. And they would have gotten away with it too, if not for gallery owner Sean Leonard, who gave pursuit. Leonard eventually caught one of the four robbers and recovered one of the three stolen paintings. Cotton Candy Machine chronicles the chase:

This was after my long chase with Louis Lassalle, who is now under arrest and facing grand Larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. I found him blocks away from #cottoncandymachine with this Basquiat portrait by @amarstewart, stashed between a fence and a railing. I confronted him and dialed 911. He immediately started threatening me and telling me to leave. He called someone and told them I hand found him. He kept threatening me and trying to scare me off. It made me laugh even though this guy could have killed me. I just knew he couldn’t catch me and the was no way I was going to just leave. He tried to run and jumped in a cab, so I rushed to the passenger side door and opened it to yell at the driver. [Read more...]

Hipster bros getting beard transplants

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And we thought beards were out. From DNA:

Dr. Yael Halaas, another plastic surgeon who specializes in facial hair transplants, said an increasing number of “hip” and “fashionable” young professionals in their 20s and 30s are seeking the procedure.

“I get a lot of detail-oriented people — artists, architects,” the doctor said, noting that beard-centric neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Bushwick and Park Slope have each delivered four to five clients to her practice in the past year… [Read more...]

85.8% of Greenpointers doing it bareback

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Because, duh, doing it with a condom totally ruins the sensation.

When you’re out at the bar, or at the club, or at the dance party trying to get your goose fed, do you keep in mind that you should wrap that shit up? Be honest, this is a safe space. Also, we know you’re lying if you said that of course you do, because the Department of Health’s Community Health Survey for 2012 just released some numbers, and 68.2% of the whole city said they didn’t use a condom when they last had sex. The leader of the pack? Greenpoint, where a staggering 85.8% of people decide to throw caution to the wind.

Now, we suppose we could cut some slack here, and account for married people and people in committed relationships who have a different form of birth control. But still, 85% Greenpoint? And you don’t want people to think that your neighborhood is basically just a real-life version Girls? You weren’t all just waiting for the free magnum-sized condoms, were you? Don’t forget, science claims it feels just as good to have sex with a condom. What are you, better than science?

Come on people, PUT A FUCKING CONDOM ON.

Watch: Action Bronson got in an onstage fight with security for lighting a joint

Here’s another: [Read more...]