Two new hotels planned for Bushwick


71 White Street

Two separate developers filed permits this week for large scale hotels in Bushwick, one at 27 Stewart Avenue and another at 71 White Street. The Real Deal has more:

For the second day in a row, a developer filed a permit application to build a hotel in the neighborhood long known for hipsters and warehouses. [Read more...]

Bushwick/Ridgewood getting its very own Starbucks


Williamsburg has two already so welcome to the team.

Bushwick is getting its own Starbucks — or at least one just on the other side of the neighborhood’s border in Ridgewood. [Read more...]

More bad news… Brooklyn Night Bazaar is closing very soon


Well this sucks. Pretty soon the only place to see live music in New York will be Terminal 5.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.

A few more shows are slotted including Skaters this Thursday.

UPDATE: There’s a silver lining as the team from the Bazaar will be taking their talents to Rockaway Beach this summer. From Gothamist:

The team behind the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has signed a multi-year lease with the National Parks Service to “re-imagine the beach experience at Jacob Riis Park” with “abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks.” Starting Memorial Day weekend, the newly-coined Riis Park Beach Bazaar will present rock shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as offer beach chair rentals, games, food from vendors like The Brooklyn Star and Fletcher’s BBQ, and a variety of alcoholic beverages.

Check out more about the Beach Bazaar here.

UPDATE 2: BMW is the tenant taking over the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s space. Gothamist spoke to the owner of the Bazaar:

“The building owner did offer us to match, but it was basically close to 8 to 10 times what we are currently paying, which is just a number not even remotely on our radar,” Klein wrote in an email.

“You do have to wonder how it’s even possible anymore to operate a venue that doesn’t have massive financial backing. Coming from a punk rock/DIY background personally, to see venue after venue basically fall victim to the same developer/price-you-out scenario is really depressing. And as a native New Yorker, it pisses me off even more to see how unrecognizable this city has, and continues to, become.”

Klein confirmed that BMW would be the new tenant, but couldn’t provide any specifics. A representative from BMW has not yet responded to our request for comment.

Forget the park we were promised…. suspicious CitiStorage fire site to be sold to developers


Norman Brodsky, Photo: Buck Enni

This is not a huge surprise — money talks in this town. But still, fuck this guy and the bureaucrats who will let it happen.

A partnership between the real estate investment groups Midtown Equities and East End Capital has secured an option to purchase the most closely watched development site in Brooklyn, according to sources. The two firms have signed a contract to acquire CitiStorage, an 11-acre parcel on the Williamsburg waterfront where they can build retail and office space. It wasn’t immediately clear what the two firms are negotiating to pay. Norman Brodsky, who owns the land and built the warehouses on it, told Crain’s earlier this year that he had received offers for more than $250 million for the site. [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s vintage store Junk closes one of it stores


Just another victim to the insane rent hikes in New York:

A Williamsburg vintage emporium has closed one of its two outlets after the landlord raised the rent. Junk shuttered its sprawling, overpacked store on N. Ninth Street last week and will instead open a well-organized housewares shop on Union Avenue, which should be a better fit for the neighborhood’s new character, said the store’s manager. [Read more...]

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.