The city has aquired 7 acres of Williamsburg waterfront for planned park

acresWhile the 11 acre Citistorage site that was promised to become a park is still not owned by the city, NYC has purchased a nearby plot of 7 acres. From [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s newest hotel and evil lair is set to open in April

williamvaleThe William Vale Hotel (aka the towering hunk of concrete on Wythe Ave that resembles an evil lair from a superhero movie) is set to open in April of this year. From [Read more...]

Urban Wellness Retreat at The Wythe

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This weekend The Aerie Collective premiers in New York City with the first of two events at The Wythe hotel. “We want to treat our guests to an experience,” says The Aerie Collective co-founder Laura Sniderman. “One which leaves them convinced that their everyday can be beautiful, inspired and healthy.”

Together with co-founders and twin sisters Elle and Claire Bourgeois, Sniderman aims to reverse the concept of a retreat. “The need is closer to home,” she says. “People often feel as if they must step outside of their lives to feel empowered, connected and alive. But why? This question acted as the spark that ignited our initial Urban Retreat.”

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Brooklyn will get 6,073 new apartments in 2016

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Brooklyn is crowded as hell and only getting worse. Oh, you think it’s bad now? Here’s to 2016!

Brooklyn is now officially the fastest growing apartment submarket in the country, according to Forbes. Last year, 969 new apartment units came to market. And this year Brooklyn will gain an unfathomable 6,073 apartments.

And demand is high! 97.4% of Brooklyn apartment units are rented and occupied.

What does that mean for you, dear Williamsburg resident? In terms of inventory, Williamsburg made up 21% of the new units in 2015, the most amongst Brooklyn neighborhoods. And Williamsburg also saw the greatest increase in average rents, rising 10.5%: $3,167 up to $3,499. Great. So we’ll get a majority of the units, which will also be the most expensive.

This large increase is mostly attributed to the 509 rental unit building at 1 N.4th Place that you’ve undoubtedly seen advertised in your social feeds.

In a sentence: in 2016 Williamsburg will get thousands of new apartments, the most expensive apartments in Brooklyn.

Hell, 2017 is already slated for 2,001 new apartments.

And the Whole Foods opens next month.

Illegal Bedford Ave street vendor calls cops on illegal Bedford Ave street vendors

Image via BrooklynDaily.com

Image via BrooklynDaily.com

Longtime Bedford Avenue street vendor Ann Tivorsky (pictured on the right) called the cops to report illegal street vendors operating in the Times Square of Williamsburg aka Bedford Ave. Unfortunately for Ann, when the cops arrived they [Read more...]

NOOOOO SantaCon is kicking off in McCarren Park this Saturday morning

santaThe yearly tradition of awfulness known as SantaCon is going to be kicking off at 10AM at the McCarren Park football field this Saturday. Were you planning on [Read more...]

Turkey’s Nest is pretending to turn into a sushi restaurant

Photo via John Maceda/Gothamist

Photo via John Maceda/Gothamist

As seemingly all of our favorite local establishments are closing due to rent increases, Turkey’s Nest decided to have a little fun by posting the above sign in their window. I appreciate their [Read more...]

All of your Williamsburg nightmares have been realized in a reality series called “The Bedford Stop”

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A show called The Bedford Stop with the tagline ‘A reality show about Brookyn girls avoiding reality’ has made its way to YouTube for all of your hate watching needs. Unfortunately it appears to that this show is not a parody. I say this is unfortunate because as a parody it would hit home more than most any other Williamsburg parody I’ve seen. There are [Read more...]