Because not everyone in South Williamsburg wants to do all their food shopping at Marlow & Daughters—after all, how much pastured pork and lamb and loaves of sprouted spelt can a person eat?—the neighborhood, divided roughly by Grand Street from its yet-hipper northern relative, now has a new grocery store. Urban Market of Williamsburg, which celebrated its grand opening today, occupies a 16,000 square-foot space at 11 Broadway, just across Kent Avenue from the East River.
Like Whole Foods, Urban Market will offer traditional grocery and household products, as well as specialty, locally-sourced and organic items, making it the neighborhood’s first full-service grocery store. (Northern Williamsburg is slated to get a particularly sleek-looking Whole Foods in the not-too-distant future, at the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street, in the heart of what The Observer recently heard described as “the Times Square of Brooklyn.”)
Good luck if you’re thinking of getting back into Brooklyn via the Williamsburg Bridge tonight.
A BMW burst into flames this afternoon, causing the outer roadway to be closed. It didn’t take long for photos to hit Twitter and Instagram:
We woke up this morning with no internet and no TV, so we went out for a predawn drive to gauge the state of Brooklyn. The rain was intermittent, and the streets were mostly empty, the odd patrol car creeping down Bedford Avenue in Bed-Stuy, flashing lights but no sirens. Not much was open except for gas stations. Once we made it to the water, the effects of the storm were less severe than we expected. A streetlight down on Bedford Avenue between Third and Fourth streets, some construction debris on Wythe Avenue.
There were a dozen or so livery cars parked outside the Northside Car Service, so we stopped to ask a driver if the bridges were open. Yes, but you have to go around to McGuinness Boulevard and enter from the BQE. We wound our way through Greenpoint, noting that the Bank of America ATM on Manhattan Avenue was working. But when we reached the ramp for the Williamsburg Bridge, a squad car blocked the way.
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