Cajoler of contrast, summoner of intergalactic flavor commentary, banker of the long shot, Canada ditcher—there are many ways to describe Daniel Burns, the fair-haired chef and co-owner of Luksus, a 26-seat tasting-menu-only restaurant in the backroom of a beer bar in Greenpoint. The most germane and exciting way, however, is as a new thinker. Mr. Burns is a thinker of new thoughts, a taster of new tastes. And his vision? It is the new vision. He is the new seer.
A quarter page color ad appeared in the widely-distributed free newspaper amNewYork back in April featuring Avril Nolan along side the text “I am positive (+) … I have rights.” Read More
Silence is golden – at least that’s what one Brooklyn eatery is banking on.
Eat, a restaurant in Greenpoint, is planning on running a monthly event where all diners must chow down in complete silence.
Nick Nauman, Eat’s managing chef and events curator, came up with the idea in a bid to Read More
Hipsters who enjoy partaking in recreational activities are having a fantastic week.
Hot on the heels of news they might be getting more drinking spots, they’ll now have a nice green area where they can look philosophically into the distance and/or stroke their beards (possibly while drunk).
SHAKE THE BROOM
Does the idea of a sexy female maid fail to cut it? How about paying a man to scrub your filthy abode?
Chuck Bennet, 31, is turning the maid stereotype onto its head with his cleaning service: “Maid Men.”
The one-man company is based in Greenpoint in Brooklyn and provides deep cleaning Read More
Eight years after a rezoning paved the way for the Williamsburg waterfront’s transformation into Miami Beach, residents and politicians in neighboring Greenpoint are speaking up about their own shoreline.
District councilman hopeful Stephen Pierson vowed that he will go to court to reduce the size of planned 40-story towers to 15 or 20 stories. And other opponents of the waterfront redefinition have released renderings of hulking high-rises that dwarf the Manhattan skyline across the river.
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
In 1971, the State of New York passed the Urstadt Law, which took away New York City’s ability to set rent controls that were stricter than what the state—dominated by considerably more conservative upstate politicians—would allow. For 25 years the city has tried to coax developers into creating affordable housing through “inclusionary zoning” programs, which dangle density bonuses and tax abatements in exchange for building (or in some cases, maintaining) below-market apartments in their new buildings or nearby.
Some developers take the bait, but not many. Now, as Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years are up, his would-be successors running in the Democratic primary seem to have found a way around the Urstadt Law: they want to make the inclusionary zoning programs mandatory.
There’s no doubt that the Sunbright Hotel in Chinatown is a dump. Billed as a single room occupancy, the lodgings fall short in the “room” department, packing tenants into 5-by-7-foot metal cubicles topped by a chickenwire enclosure, as reported by the Post, which recently exposed the horrible conditions at the building.
“Roaches, bedbugs, fleas and other vermin infest the building. Hot hallways reek of rotting trash, sweat and urine,” wrote the Post, describing the pest-plagued, overcrowded residence, where more than 100 men share the same communal bathroom. And, after leaving its readers horrified, the tabloid scored something of a coup: mayoral candidate Bill Thompson visited and expressed his shock and outrage.
McGolrick Park, as is often the case, has seen better days.
Following a slew of vandalism in the last week, McGolrick Park now sits shrouded by darkness after a group of teenagers set fire to the maintenance building, stripping the park of its electricity. The blackout, coupled with the teen gang’s vicious vandalism campaign, has led residents to steer clear of Greenpoint’s once “lovely, pretty refuge.”
As Vishaan Chakrabarti, a principal at SHoP Architects, was unveiling the Southside Williamsburg master plan they designed for Two Trees, he evoked the image of Manhattan’s skyline. “Just like in the dead center of New York,” he told the assembled group of reporters, “we have this parabolic moment—there’s this moment of exuberance that happens” as Read More