Video: Here’s what the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront looked like in 1992

williamsburg1992Check out this short video that was recently uploaded to YouTube by photographer Roland Andrijauskas of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront in 1992. The clip shows the rawness of the early 90′s waterfront (try to ignore the weird alien transmissions in the audio) when the twin towers were visible behind smoke stacks. Watch below:

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Watch Zach Galifianakis’ 1993 film debut ‘How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Williamsburg’

zachBack in 1993 Zach Galifianakis starred in a short film about Williamsburg that according to the director Al Roman (a then New School student) marked Zach’s film debut. The 21-year-old film surfaced a few years ago but was pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim by CBS. As of this week the film has reappeared [Read more...]

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 woman punches a hole in her door, goes to jail, and has her apartment burglarized while in jail because of the hole in her door

punchA Williamsburg woman recently went through an unfortunate chain of events that started with her punching a hole in the door of her bedroom in her Morgan street apartment. After punching a hole in her door she got locked up due to a warrant that was out for her arrest. While she was in jail a thief was able to enter her bedroom because of the hole and steal $850, plane tickets to Wisconsin and a note from her dead grandparents. From [Read more...]

Thief robs Williamsburg apartment of its valuables and its dignity

hopeA woman returned to her apartment on Hope and Havermeyer last weekend to discover almost $3,00 worth of goods missing including her HP laptop and a pair of Tommy Hilfiger glasses. The thief, perhaps displeased that he robbed an apartment in Williamsburg and didn’t even get a Macbook or a pair of Ray-Bans decided to pay her back with #2 worth of goods in her bathroom. From [Read more...]

Starbucks’ second Williamsburg location had its liquor license denied

starbucksBrooklyn’s Community Board 1 voted to deny Starbucks’ the right to a liquor license on their forthcoming North 7th st. location last night. From DNA info:

Burrows said in this case, “the public says there isn’t an interest.”

The board vote followed impassioned arguments made by several locals, including Esther Bell from The West, which is located at 379 Union Ave., just a block away from the new Starbucks.

Bell said she she launched a petition after hearing about Starbucks’ request for a license to sell beer and wine on Monday, because she is concerned it will threaten small businesses in the neighborhood.

“We don’t need them to take over Brooklyn,” said Bell, who was applauded by the residents on Thursday.

The people haven’t won quite yet as there is still a final vote scheduled for October 20th.

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Hungry teens arrested for stealing Doritos from the Williamsburg Frito-Lay factory

doritos2A 14-year-old and 15-year-old were arrested last week for breaking into the Williamsburg Frito-Lay factory (Williamsburg has a Frito-Lay factory?) and stealing several cases of chips. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say there’s a slight chance this idea was influenced by a recently decriminalized substance. From [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 9/26-9/28 Include Escape from New York and You’re Next

The fall horror-binge has begun, and as usual Nitehawk has you covered with some great options. This weekend’s midnight movie is You’re Next, beginning their wonderful “Final Girl” film series.  You’re Next falls pretty squarely in the “fun horror” category, along with Scream and Cabin in the Woods, playing to horror tropes without sacrificing any of the actual creepiness.  The all-white animal masks the killers wear became instantly iconic, and the “Final Girl” in this one is anything but helpless. This one makes for a perfect midnight movie. If going at midnight just isn’t your thing, Nitehawk’s brunch movie is 1963’s classic horror movie The Haunting (so not the one with Owen Wilson), and they’re presenting it in 35 mm. [Read more...]