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…

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…

The Morning Photo + Links

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Assemblyman Joe Lentol happy with G extensions, wants more. [Room 8] Finance firm sueing Pencil Factory developer over $6.8 million loan. [Curbed] Greenpointer robbed, mugged and abducted by masked duo. [Brooklyn Paper]

In the Paper

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MAY / JUNE 2009 The Next Mayor—Tony Who? – Reid Pillifant Will Faucets Go Up in Flames? – Athena Ponushis Phil On Fire: More Fire House Closings -Phil DePaolo Future of Domino Could Be Its History – Reid Pillifant Paint & Pigment of the Imagination –  Stacey Brook + Photos by Bess Adler

Broadway Goes Public; Domino Left Waiting

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Eliot Brown at the New York Observer reports that the proposed rezoning of the Broadway Triangle has begun the seven-month public approval process. The “long list” of projects announced by City Planning Monday does not include the former Domino Sugar Factory, meaning the final vote on that project is not likely to happen until after more…

What Ales You: Coney Island Meets Greenpoint

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Brouwerij Lane, Greenpoint’s most recent addition to the craft beer scene, has a big event lined up for Thursday May 21st from 7-9pm where they will be showcasing the Coney Island Craft Lagers. Coney Island Craft Lagers, brewed by Shmaltz Brewing Company (also known for Hebrew, “The Chosen Beer”), made their unofficial debut at the more…

Tonight: City Council Debate

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Since David Yassky is running for Comptroller, the moment is upon us to begin thinking about who will be the next City Council representative for the 33rd District. Tonight, the New Kings Democrats will hold a debate between candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 33rd City Council District, which represents Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint; parts more…

The Morning Photo + Links

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Photo: Guy Eppel Park promises made. Will they be kept? [Brooklyn 11211] Recap of No Fun Fest’s sonic barage in Williamsburg. [The Tripwire] Profile of Vutera, a Mediterranean restaurant on Havermeyer. [NY Daily News] People are really worked up over the jingle of Ice Cream trucks near McCarren. [Gothamist]

Greenpoint Gets Crafty

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The Warsaw went DIY this Sunday when BUST Magazine invaded the Greenpoint eatery/performance space for their Spring Fling Craftacular. From 12pm-7pm, $2 gained craft addicts like myself access to the garden party-themed bazaar, with over 50 indie crafters from around the country gathered to sell everything from feather and bead-encrusted fascinators, to vegan-friendly makeup, to more…

Bar Matchless in the Movies

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If you have walked by Bar Matchless in the last 24 hours, you may have been confused by a painted wooden board covering the bar’s hanging signage, reading, “St. Patrick’s Pub, Since 1932.” No, your beloved Matchless has not been replaced by an Irish pub with fictional history, rather, it has been commandeered as the more…

The Morning Photo + Links

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Photo: Emily Taff G Train gains five more stops. [NY Post] Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg closed over Swine Flu concerns. [NY Times] District Dog opening Unleash: Brooklyn, sort-of a doggy loft/spa. [Greenpointers] Bloomberg really dislikes Community Board One rep Gerry Esposito. [NY Times] New Greenpoint art space 106 Green presents After The Gold Rush. more…