Entitled nouveau riche Williamsburgers paying 4k a month to make friends and attend sober raves at Pure House commune

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The existence or Pure House and similar properties in this city is enough to make any sensible New Yorker want to pull his/her hair out. The Times covered this communal living phenomenon a few weeks ago and now Curbed has more:

Communal living is not for everyone, but it’s quite the rage right now, with new cooperative apartment buildings popping up everywhere, it seems. Pure House in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighb’ (where else?) is one such space, promising to curate and bring together like-minded people. [Read more...]

Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern is closing

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Well this sucks. We love Boulevard Tavern and will definitely miss it. Sorry to see you go!

It is with great sadness that I must report that after 10 years my beloved bar Boulevard Tavern will close its doors for the last time on Aug 30th 2015.

I could site many reasons for this, but suffice to say, a changing demographic in the neighborhood, increased competition, and increased costs are about as good a reason as any. Let’s just say its tough being a small business in NYC right now.
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There’s an Occupy the Inlet event this weekend at Bushwick Inlet Park

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If you follow this site, you’re likely familiar with the saga of Bushwick Inlet Park. The city promised to turn the 28 acre plot of land on the East River into a park, but now its in danger of being sold to the highest bidder for condos. On Sunday, come out by land or by sea to tell City Council that we want our park:

ALLING ALL PADDLERS & OPEN SPACE ADVOCATES!

Join (human-powered) boaters and fill the extraordinary Bushwick Inlet to show the City that we refuse to to let the promised park space become another doormat for skyscraper development. [Read more...]

Bushwick bar Cain’s Tavern is closing this month due to ’500%’ rent hike

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And another one gone, and another one gone:

We are very sad to announce that Cain’s Tavern will be closing at the end of August. After 5 years, Our landlords have decided to to raise our rent 500%, forcing us to relocate. We are scoping out spots now.

Thank you to the neighborhood of Bushwick for making every moment of the last five years worth it. Thank you to the other Bushwick bars and restaurants for being so damn cool. [Read more...]

Graffiti wars in Bushwick as artist murals are replaced by corporate ads

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Sadly, this is a fitting metaphor for what’s happening throughout Brooklyn.

On 247 Starr St., near the Jefferson L train stop, a billboard plastered with AT&T ads covers a mural where the “Bushwick Collective” signature can still be spotted in the corner.

Movie posters and more AT&T ads were recently put on the side of 427 Troutman St., covering the only work that a group of Russian artists did outside of their home country. [Read more...]

Forget poor doors, Greenpoint developers building segregated poor buildings

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Stephen Levin — who voted to sell Greenpoint’s air rights — and a crew of other dipshits breaking ground; credit Gothamist

The last time we checked in with the progress of the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing waterfront development — aka Stephen Levin Towers – we were hearing concerns from the community about the decision to dig in a polluted Superfund site. Now, that they’ve officially broken ground — don’t breathe until they’re done — they’ve released more details about the project.

The developer behind the massive 10-tower waterfront Greenpoint Landing project on Friday broke ground on construction of the first three buildings in the complex, which will contain entirely below-market-rate units. [Read more...]

JMZ rents by stop

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As a follow-up to their report on rent prices along the L line, Brick Underground has a handy guide to rent prices along the JMZ. Not surprisingly, rents closer to Manhattan are overall more pricey. Also, rents have risen a staggering 43.9 percent at the increasingly trendy Myrtly-Wyckoff stop:

As with the L train data, we asked Streeteasy to crunch the numbers, pulling the median rental price within a five-block radius of each stop based on active listings for May 2015. “Some of the highest rents along the JMZ lines are exactly where you would expect them to be: the westernmost points near Williamsburg,” Streeteasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt tells us. “The Lorimer Street, Hewes Street, and Marcy Avenue stops have the most expensive rentals on the whole. However, rents in areas to the east are growing fast.” … [Read more...]

Eight new hotels coming to Miami Williamsburg, Brooklyn, plus more in Greenpoint and Bushwick

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55 Wythe Ave – holy shit is this thing HUGE

We’ve been covering North Brooklyn’s insane  hotel boom, but Brownstoner has a handy recap of all the construction in Williamsburg. In addition to existing hotels like The Wythe and McCarren Park Hotel, these seven are in the works: The Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue, The Hoxton at 97 Wythe, The William Vale at 55 Wythe Avenue between North 12th and North 13th, Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue, The Pod Hotel on 626 Driggs Avenue at North 4th Street,  The M500 just off the Lorimer stop at 500 Metroplitan Avenue, and The Williamsburghotel at 159 Broadway. [Read more...]