Williamsburg’s iconic Graham Avenue Meats and Deli is closed


Another another one gone…

Wlliamsburg sandwich legend Graham Avenue Meats and Deli, known for its Willie’s Italian Special and Godfather subs, appears to have closed its doors without warning or explanation after 30 years. As one Eater reader reports in the forums: “The workers are in the process clearing it out. Confirmed dunzo forever by the staff. It’s been dark for a week or so.” An employee at Beaner Bar next door told the Village Voice: “It’s been over a week since their gates have been down and we honestly don’t know what happened.” Ex-employees don’t seem to know what transpired either. No sign was posted in the window and the phone line has been disconnected, but both Yelp and Foursquare are reporting a shutter. [Read more...]

Flashback – the wondrously grubby, pre-condo Williamsburg waterfront featured in Pootie Tang


We hadn’t seen this gem of an opening scene from Pootie Tang in years, which many are surprised to find was written and directed by Louis CK. Wow, things have certainly changed on North 7th and Kent: [Read more...]

NAG hosting a series of Williamsburg/Greenpoint walking tours this month


Neighbors Allied for Good Growth are hosting a series of walks throughout April focusing on public spaces, urban planning, and the neighborhood’s history:

Through these walking workshops we seek to address the common goals of recapturing the waterfront and advocating for the people who live and work there, making the claim that the entire community is entitled to participate in decision-making and negotiation processes affecting their neighborhood, and promoting the right to design a future vision for shared public space. The walks include: an introduction to the Williamsburg waterfront, ownership, policies and past, present and future use and management of the space; a historical and physical evolution of the neighborhood; and an overview of demographic change and the social, political and economic reasons behind these. The walks will be centered around the themes of Public space / Public sphere, Collective Commonality, and Multiple Belonging and Difference.

More information over at NAG.

Renderings of that hotel coming to the Lorimer stop


Curbed discovered some renderings of the hotel that’s slotted for the huge, post-apocalyptic hole at the Lorimer stop:

It’s been well over a year since any news has come out of the giant hole in the ground on Metropolitan Avenue near the Lorimer stop on Union Avenue, but a little sleuthing has turned back a bunch of really good-looking, uber-hip, unseen renderings for a hotel and residential building that just may be coming to the long-dormant site at 500 Metropolitan Avenue.

And previously:

DOB filings for 500 Metropolitan Avenue show 234 “dwelling units,” and it seems that the division between hotel rooms and apartments will come at the eighth floor. On that story and above, there are 50 units and a recreation area, while below there are 188 units, including two duplexes, that must be hotel rooms unless Chetrit is treading onto micro-unit territory. [Read more...]

Yotel Williamsburg: another butt-ugly hotel coming to Williamsburg


Look at that fucking thing. Wow. Williamsburg is becoming Miami:

The 14-story hotel, a collaboration between Yotel and Synapse, will be located at 646 Lorimer Street, near Meeker Avenue and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The street level of the building will host retail, with a roof garden at the level of the BQE and the hotel rising above that. The top levels of the structure will house six to eight condos with views of the East River and Manhattan. “Williamsburg is an amazing community — it deserves architecture that strives to match its richness and vibrancy,” said Marc Kushner, HWKN principal.

Another HWKN principal, Matthias Hollwich, said “We felt it was important to create a distinct and modern design that would establish Yotel Williamsburg as a destination for global travelers, while the sculptural qualities of the building also connects with Williamsburg’s artistic bent.”

This godawful thing is set to open in 2017.

Williamsburg bar to have 150 rooms and bar inside a water tower


How long do we have to wait before we get a rollercoaster in Williamsburg? Via Eater:

Hotel developer Toby Moskovits is planning to open an 150-room hotel just down the street from the Wythe Hotel, and with it the most twee bar to ever come to the hipster capital of NYC. If the hotel gets the SLA sign-off, it will host a restaurant and six or so bars intimate bars including one that looks like a grand ballroom, a cellar bar, and (drumroll), a 30-seat bar inside a water tower on the hotel’s roof.

The unnamed hotel will be at 63 North 10th Street in Williamsburg.

The vintage diner most fondly remembered as Relish soon to be demolished


Credit: Forgotten NY

The pummeling continues. According to Brownstoner, the lovely diner on Wythe Ave (currently home to La Esquina) is about to be demolished to make room for, you guessed it, CONDOS. Ugh. We’re lukewarm on La Esquina, but have fond memories of Relish, one of Williamsburg’s best restaurants in the late 90s.

New building applications were filed today for a six-story building with stores and 10 apartments at 225 Wythe Avenue, where a 1950s metal diner currently stands. It was home to the Wythe Diner from ’68 to ’88, Relish from ’97 to 2010, and currently houses Soho Mexican joint La Esquina.

Potentially, the apartments could be huge — about 1,238 square feet each — so we’re guessing this will be condos. All told, the building will have 16,736 square feet, including 4,351 square feet of commercial space.

Forgotten NY has the back-story on this soon-to-be-demolished landmark.

Report: Brooklyn has the least affordable housing market in the U.S.


Yay! Say it together…..We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one!

One in five U.S. housing markets are now less affordable than their historic average as price gains outpace income growth from New York to San Francisco.

Of the 475 counties analyzed by RealtyTrac through October, 98 areas weren’t as affordable compared with the average level for the period starting in January 2000, the Irvine, California-based data company said in a report today. Brooklyn, New York, where a resident would need to devote 98 percent of the median income to afford the payment on a median-priced home of $615,000, was the least-affordable market, followed by San Francisco and Manhattan.

Ugh. I guess it’s time to move to Queens.