Millennials no longer looking to rent in W’burg, Bushwick or Greenpoint

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North Brooklyn may be popular with millennials but fewer and fewer twenty-somethings are looking to rent there. Turns out — and no surprise here — the rent is too damn high! Instead, Astoria tops the list as the neighborhood where millennials are most likely to rent an apartment. Abbi seems to like it there.

The No. 1 neighborhood for millennial New Yorkers looking to share the burden of rent is Astoria, according to data from roommate app Roomi. [Read more…]

Another Williamsburg institution is closing

Verb Cafe (credit: Timeout)

Verb Cafe (credit: Timeout)

This time, it’s The Verb and — you guessed it — its due to a rent hike. In the late 90s, we remember seeing Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs there while getting served coffee by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone. Ah, the end of an era (again):

Verb is closing at the end of the month. “The landlord wants us to pay 70% more rent than what we’re paying,” a heavily tattooed Verb employee told us with a weary air of resignation. No one seems to know what’s going to replace it, but the employee said a designer jean boutique was opening in the mini-mall next door, and speculated that the landlord simply intended to “gouge some naive entrepreneurs for their life savings, and they’ll close in a year and a half.” A call placed to Verb’s landlord has not been returned.