Basically everything is shutting down in north Greenpoint

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Hail Mary; credit Grub Street

As Gothamist reports, Hail Mary is the latest casualty in a mass number of shutdowns in the past six months.

Hail Mary, the cute gourmet “diner” on Greenpoint Avenue, closed over the weekend after less than a year in the neighborhood. This is sad news for mac and cheese lovers, funfetti fanatics, and anyone who enjoys high quality comfort food in a cozy, welcoming environment. If you love a restaurant, go there frequently, or risk saying farewell.

Reached via email, owners Ham and Sohla El-Waylly told us they “tried their best” to keep their Greenpoint dream alive. “We made something we loved and that completely represented us through and through,” they told Gothamist. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. We’re happy we got to try and that this experience has made our relationship stronger.”

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Williamsburg’s Cubana Social is closing on Saturday

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Apparently, Cubana Social is yet another casualty of rent hikes as Williamsburg becomes more and more unaffordable. A longtime FreeWilliamsburg favorite, we’re going to miss their Cuban-style, slow-roasted pork which was a staple for the neighborhood. Christina Bouza, who founded Cubana Social, posted these words about the closing on the restaurant’s website:

Maybe what’s most special is the energy felt within our walls from the people who’ve come together and contributed their love. Notably, much of Cubana’s staff & musician family has been with us since the beginning. Quite unusually, we’ve experienced more of a change in neighbors than employees. Cubana Social is one of few remaining old faces in a barely recognizable Williamsburg. While realtors have taken the place of artists in curating a new surreality, rents have soared sky high, fueling the cycle of displacement. [Read more…]

Williamsburg institution Daddy’s is closing

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Because we are no longer allowed to have nice things. This one is gonna hurt. The owners were vague about why they’re shuttering, but stated “times change, neighborhoods change, and this is our time to move on to other achievements.”

Dear Brooklyn, [Read more…]

Report: Brooklyn is the most unaffordable place to live in America

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Yay! We beat San Franciso and Manhattan. There’s really no news here for anyone trying to buy in Brookyn, but at least we’re number one! Ugh:

A person earning the average salary in Brooklyn cannot afford the average home there — even if he or she could spend his entire salary (and then some) on housing, [Read more…]

We paid a visit last weekend to the William Vale’s rooftop bar and pool

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The rooftop bar at the William Vale Hotel, Westlight, opened on Friday and we paid them a visit, largely to check out the view. Gazing down from the rooftop, The Wythe Hotel’s rooftop bar is dwarfed by the 22-story bar. As is to be expected, the crowd reminded us of what you’d find in the Meat Packing District as Williamsburg quickly transforms into Miami with manbuns. This was even more true at the Williams Vale’s cheesy “Burning Man Decompression” pool party – “a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, [a] Giant Mirror Globe… Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.” You get the picture. [Read more…]

Curbed assesses a “new, post-gentrification era for Bedford Avenue”

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Now that there’s a Whole Foods, a Starbucks, an Apple store and gaggles of bros on Bedfod Ave, Curbed took the time to do a block-by-block assessment of the gentrification. They’re still serving drinks at the Turkey’s Nest and slinging slices at Vinnie’s. Still, it’s hard not to lament all that has changed:

The William Vale Hotel, located at the corner of North 12th Street and Wythe Avenue, is clearly visible when standing near the McCarren Park tennis courts. The oddly-shaped lodging is due to open this year. [Read more…]

Saturday: go camping in Bushwick Inlet Park for a sleep-in protest

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As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Norm Brodsky recently rejected the city’s measly $100 million offer for Bushwick Inlet Park. Days are numbered to make a deal, so this weekend bring your tent and join the protest.

This Saturday July 9th at 7pm, join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park at Bushwick Inlet Park (1 N12th St @ Kent Ave ) for a Sleep-in Protest Teach-in. [Read more…]

Grand Victory is closing, Secret Project Robot is moving

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Another day, another round of shutdowns. This time, its Williamsburg’s Grand Victory:

Since the cat has been let out of the bag I’ll make it official. [Read more…]