Phil On Fire: More Fire House Closings

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By Phil DePaolo  Spring is in the air. So are FDNY Engine closings. Mayor Bloomberg announced the closing of 16 more Engine companies on Friday, May 1st in his budget proposal. This includes full closure of Engine 271, which is a little over two miles from Engine 209, closed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2003. Engine  More > >

The Afternoon Photo + Links

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Photo: Bryan Derballa Williamsburg man hit by truck wins $3 million suit against the city. [Yeshiva World] Pulque in Williamsburg! [Serious Eats NY] Two top date spots in Williamsburg [Black Book]

The Morning Photo + Links

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Photo: Guy Eppel A smaller Starbucks explosion in Greenpoint [G'point Gazette] The NYT’s City Room blog checks in at a W’burg bike shop [City Room] First raw food restaurant in Williamsburg opens [link]

Post-Memorial Day Morning Links + Photo

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Photo: Fancy Lad A wonderful annotated take-down of the press release for 44 Berry. [Brooklyn11211]   Zagat says Fette Sau is Number 1 in New York barbecue. [NY1]  At least one Yeshiva in Williamsburg has temporarily closed on account of swine flu — more on the way? [VIN News]  Gizmodo buys an original ’84 Mac  More > >

The Great Out Doors

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Graffiti as a form of public art can often be more eye opening than viewing artwork in a gallery. The unpredictability and displacement can surprise a passerby, provoking a reaction from revelation to revulsion. As a medium for street art, the door functions as a frame to enclose an image, but a show at Artbreak  More > >

Weekend Round-up

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Photo: Paul McGeiver Apologies for the lack of action yesterday — we had some technical difficulties that should be resolved now. Without further ado, some weekend news and events: Ninth annual Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade starts Sunday at 9 am at the St. Stanislaus American Legion Post. [Brooklyn Paper] The Brooklyn Brewery leads a BBQ  More > >

Grandma Rose’s Barely Ever Closes

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When I saw the pizza ovens in the window and the sign saying “Grandma Rose’s,” I let out a yelp of joy.  We’re going to have to rename Graham Avenue Pizzeria Row. John Ricco, the man bringing us Rose’s, hopes to open in about three weeks.  And he plans to stay open late.  Rose’s won’t close  More > >