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Entries Tagged as 'Williamsburg'

Development Notebook: Hot Karl’s Yertle Buiding Moving Slowly

March 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off

Wow. In about four or five month the slowest Hot Karl Fischer buiding out to be ready to go nondo. Well, eithe the developerws will bravely try to make it a condo in a grossy overprice, oversaturated market or they will simply not pass go and just make it rental from the get go. happened […]

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Brooklyn Nibbles: Burg’s Mast Brothers is Pretty F’ing Good

March 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

We finally made it over to the Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory at 105 N. 3 in Williamsburg and it did not disspoint. Right now they’re only serving up chocolate bars but the only they thing they have in common with Hershey’s is form. We tried the dark mik chocolate (60 percent cocoa) and the Dark […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Williamsburg

Lou Reed #2: Annotated on Bedford

March 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off

And now, we take a walk on the “wild side” on Bedford Avenue. And the answer to the question, here as everywhere, is: Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo […]

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Lou Reed #1: Into Infinity on Bedford Avenue

March 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off

Who says Bedford Avenue is nothing more than a corporate promotional shithole where street art has been replaced by corporaate promotion? Well, it is. This is Supreme’s marketing camapign as seen on Bedford Avenue featuring Old Mr. Heroin himsef, Lou Reed, like into inifniity.

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A Small Victory for Frostbite: East River State Park Reopening Tomorrow!!!

February 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

We normally don’t post this late on Saturday, but we just got an email announcement that East River State Park is reopening tomorrow, a month earlier than planned. The release was entitled “”Spring hsa Sprung! Friends of the East River State Park Succeeds in Getting Park Open Again.” Here is what it says: With spring […]

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Tags: Parks · Williamsburg

Morning Chuckle: Now, a Scarano Project Says “Hipsters Suck”

February 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of Mugsniffer/GL Photo Pool] Well, the rotting hulk of a building atop which Robert Scarano was planning luxe penthouses in Williamsburg, has seen some action: the addition of grafitti that says “Hipsters Suck.” The project was the Wythe Avenue Lofts, an old industrial building at Wythe Avenue and N. 9 in Williamsburg on […]

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Development Notebook: Burg’s 349 Metropolitan Sold & Tagged

February 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Things seem to be going okay at 349 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, but we can see the kiddies in the Burg are having some fun tagging up the fugly as hell “elegant facade of Jerusalem Gold Stone” that looks like painted stucco from across the street. We think the building looks like cheap dookie, but […]

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Tags: Uncategorized · Williamsburg

Development Notebook: Scarano’s 99 Havemeyer A Bit Troubled

February 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

There was a long time when we wondered if 99 Havemeyer in Williamsburg, which is at the corner of Hope Street, would ever exist because progress on the site was so slow it made one of developer Shaya Boymelgreen’s projects look like it was progressing at the speed of light. Yet, here it is. It […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Uncategorized · Williamsburg

Blight Me: Mr. Scarano Does Burg’s S. 3rd Street, Finds Religion

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off

[All photos courtesy of Miss Heather] First off: We didn’t go into this knowing that 351 S. 3 Street in Williamsburg was a Robert Scarano building. He’s had enough notice. This series of photos for our Blight Me series showing developer blight was sent to us by Miss Heather, who didn’t know either. But, when […]

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Another Crappy Day at Scarano World HQ

February 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

It’s probably not another day full of smiles at the world headquarters of Robert Scarano Architect in Dumbo. Today’s Daily News reports that Brooklyn’s most controversial architect has been fined for a project in Williamsburg that badly damaged an adjacent building. An except: A notorious Brooklyn architect accused of faking plans to skirt zoning laws […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Kick Ass Video: Hipster Rottweiler & Pig Hit it Off in the Burg

February 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

There are many things we could say here, but we’ll simply note that this rottweiler (mix) and this very cool pig met in McCarren Park last week. They get along quite well. Maybe next we could get a rottweiler playing with skateboarders vid. We understand that some of them are REALLY into them.

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Tags: Animals · Williamsburg

Care About Public Art in North Brooklyn? Yes? No? Maybe?

February 17th, 2009 · Comments Off

Do you care about public art in North Brooklyn? No? Well, skip this item. If the answer is “yes,” then read on, friends. This dropped into our inbox from Council Member David Yassky and the Open Space Alliance which are going to be presenting something called Public Art Opportunities: Inaugural Meeting of the North Brooklyn […]

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Tags: Art · Greenpoint · Williamsburg

Williamsburg Report: We Have No Idea

February 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

This is a building at the corner of Bedford and N. 9 in the Burg that now seems to say Go Go Girls in the window. This is interesting in the sense that this was once actually a topless bar called Belinda’s. Also, this is the spot where some signs were put in the window […]

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Fun Vid: Williamsburg Skyline at Dawn

February 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

Just posted to the YouTube, the video maker writes: “I’m not keen on the new luxury towers cropping up in NYC’s low-rise neighborhoods but there they are. I sped this up to make the movement of the elevator and crane more obvious on this construction site. February 2009.”

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Tags: Video · Williamsburg

GL Day Ender: Get Art & Music Tonight in the Burg @ Cameo

February 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Click on image to enlarge it] Hey, art lovers and gallery hoppers, we got an last minute email that is of interest: Cameo Art Gallery, a new Williamsburg performance and gallery space, will present its debut group show featuring the art of Ben Bronfman, Carrie Elston, Lukas James and Ivana Salander. The opening reception will […]

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The New McCarren Pool Updated & Revealed

February 11th, 2009 · 6 Comments

The Parks Department and Rogers Marvel Architects presented an update on McCarren Pool to Community Board 1 last night. We have the renderings that were shown and also a report from Mikki Halpin of PoolAid of her impressions of the meeting. This is an excerpt of the email she sent out: At the CB1 meeting […]

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Tags: Greenpoint · McCarren Pool · Williamsburg

How to Report a Fire in Williamsburg

February 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Uh, let’s see. The call box is out of service. (Who looks for call boxes instead of calling 911 on their cell, anyway?) But what you do is, call 911 and say “I want to report a fire.” On the other hand, if it was a car crash, we suppose you would call and say […]

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Blight Me: The Chetrit Group’s Gateway to Williamsburg

February 9th, 2009 · Comments Off

Every time we walk past the Chetrit Group’s so-called “Gateway to Williamsburg” development behind Kellogg’s Diner, we wonder if we should put toss it into our dead pool because nothing has happened on the site in ages. Yet, Chetrit may still pull financing for this thing out of the bag and just recently was showing […]

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After Lunch Special: Miss Brookyn, Well Done

February 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

When we were on Kent Avenue yesterday we couldn’t help but step into the now very creepy Miss Williamsburg Diner to shoot some pics of the aftermath of last week’s fire, which was reported and photographed by INSIJS. Yeah, Brownstoner beat us to the pics earlier this week, but WTF, it’s a Friday and we […]

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Blight Me Mega-Edition: Burg’s N. 9 Street

February 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

[All photos by a GL Reader] We are no strangers to 318 N. 9 Street in Williamsburg. We’ve posted about the crappy and dangerous condition of the construction site more times than we count. For instance, here. We’ve also posted about another huge site on N. 9, in fact, using it as the first Blight […]

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Tags: Blight Me · Williamsburg

Another Big Burg Reveal: 111 Kent Avenue

February 6th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Friends, the moment for which we’ve been waiting for months has arrived. A tipster let us know that the scaffolding was down at 111 Kent Avenue, so we trudged down to Kent Avenue in yesterday’s freezing cold to see if it’s as ugly as the redone rendering had promised. All we can say is: it does […]

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Burg’s 268 Wythe Finally Revealed & We Dig It

February 6th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Williamsburg’s 268 Wythe, which we have to say we’ve liked from the moment we saw the renderings, has lost its scaffolding and finally revealed itself to the world. And the results are pretty darned nice, expecially when compared to 80 Met across the street. It’s new construction, obviously, but it filled an empty lot and […]

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The Dead Pool: Burg’s 79 Ainslie Street

February 5th, 2009 · Comments Off

This is by no means a new addition to the graveyard of abandoned projects. This sucker has been a member of the Dead Pool for as long as we can remember. Permits for the thing (a vertical enlargement and renovation) to bring it to four stories were filed in 2002. We think work may have […]

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Bklink: Serious Buzz Cuts at Northside Piers

February 5th, 2009 · Comments Off

God, you HATE to see this happen but there has been major bloodletting at Northside Piers where the Toll Brothers appear to be getting increasingly desperate to move their pricey units. One top priced unit has gotten a $314,000 buzz cut, meaning the price is still nearly $895K, but still. More average units have gotten […]

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Important Update: McCarren Pool Meeting is Next Week

February 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Whether the original date in the email that was circulated was screwed up or whether the date was changed is irrelevant, but the session with the Parks Department and Rogers Marvel to review the status of the renovation of the landmarked McCarren Pool and its conversion back to a swimming pool was a mistake. The […]

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