Yotel Williamsburg: another butt-ugly hotel coming to Williamsburg

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Nearly one hundred sites including Green-Wood Cemetery could lose their landmark preservation status without public hearings

Green-Wood Cemetery & the Pepsi sign in LIC, credit: The Real Deal

Green-Wood Cemetery & the Pepsi sign in LIC, credit: The Real Deal

Of course, this is just confirmation that developers call the shots in New York these days. We’ve already lost The Domino Sugar factory to the whims (and wallets) of Two Trees. Green-Wood Cemetery and Long Island City’s iconic Pepsi sign could be next:

The Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to remove almost 100 sites and two historic districts from consideration for landmark status without formal public input, despite most being on the agenda for decades, officials say. Among them are the iconic Pepsi sign in Long Island City, Union Square Park, the Bergdorf Goodman building in Manhattan and the more-than century-old Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn… [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s other D.B.A. closing this month

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First there was DBA. Now D.B.A. — the craft beer bar on North 7th — is closing. Needless to say, this is horrible news:

We’re very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It’s a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!

The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash…The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)

p.s. – We’re open Thanksgiving @5pm – George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It’s delicious!

Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew

We’ll miss D.B.A.’s fantastic beer selection and lack of attitude. Looking forward to the Zara or P.F. Chang’s that will take its place. Ugh. [via]

Spike Hill is closing

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Another day, another Williamsburg institution announces that it’s closing:

Bedford Avenue mainstay Spike Hill will close its doors next month, the space confirmed to Gothamist today, as the building housing the bar and venue is currently under contract. “It’s unlikely that this bar will be a bar for much longer,” revealed an employee at the bar this afternoon.

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that “early December” was a workable timeline. He wasn’t sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn’t think “the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth.” One thing was definitely clear: “The building’s under contract for a lot of money.”

At least we can ‘celebrate’ its demise next month.

Ridgewood is the new Bushwick which was formerly the new Williamsburg

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Dancing at Gottscheer Hall; credit: NY Times

Well you knew this was coming. The Times discovers Ridgewood. “Artsy types in their 20s and 30s, wearing hoodies and black-frame glasses” are invading Ridgewood. (The ban on saying “hipsters” seems to continue.) Evidently, Quooklyn is filling up with dudes who dance like the guy pictured above, “boozy revelers in cutoffs and ’90s basketball jerseys,” and there are “sexual acts [happening] out in the open:”

Cafes with vegan muffins, yoga studios and destination pizzerias have (naturally) sprouted. Bars with names like Milo’s Yard and Bierleichen are slated to open. Guitar cases, tote bags and shearling coats are increasingly frequent accessories on pedestrians. [Read more...]