He claimed he was the 11,000-vote man.
A power broker in the Hasidic Jewish community boasted today that his endorsement would deliver more than 10,000 votes to his chosen candidate, former comptroller Bill Thompson, who is now locked in a tight mayoral race with just two weeks to go until primary day.
“People trust the leadership in the community and people understand they have been here for years,” said Rabbi David Niederman, leader of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, at a press conference this afternoon touting his support. “This community, thank God, has not only survived but really progressed over here so people believe [the leadership] made the right decision.”
NY1′s Pat Kiernan and his family moved to Williamsburg from the Upper West Side last year, where they bought a brownstone on Bedford Street. And now, like many a recent transplant to the neighborhood, the Kiernans are all about the small town, Brooklyn vibe and ready to recommend some local favorite places a stones’ throw from the subway stop.
“When we’re driving home through Greenpoint, we always stop at Peter Pan Donuts,” the Canadian anchor told Time Out New York. ”That is what a proper, fresh donut tastes like, compared to the ones at chains that manufacture them in one location and truck them to another. The girls like the double chocolate and I’m a fan of the apple variety.”
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.
A city schoolteacher found a novel way of passing his summer vacation — in the form of some illegal gambling.
John Maldonado, 28, was arrested at 9.30 a.m. yesterday at a playground in Brooklyn.
Mr. Maldonado was busted while playing an illegal dice game at Williamsburg’s Independence Towers housing project on Taylor Read More
A recent glitch in the prophetic Google Maps reveals what a difference six years can make.
It looks like the area near North 3rd and East River in Williamsburg hasn’t been updated since 2007.
For centuries, the Williamsburg waterfront was flatland. North into Greenpoint, first there was a forest of firs and Lenapes, then low-slung brick buildings filled with lumber and grunts. Now it’s less flat. Glass-curtain-walled condos rise quickly toward the heavens. Jacks spill from their two-bedroom beanstalks with their rhinoplasty Janes, wearing Toms, taking water taxis to Read More
Would it be ironic to vote for Bill de Blasio? Politicker isn’t quite sure but Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, is apparently hoping that’s the case.
The Brooklyn-based mayoral candidate tweeted out a photo of his younger, mullet-styled days earlier this afternoon with the tagline “Hipsters for de Blasio” to promote his latest fund-raiser: a meet-and-greet with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at Rosco’s Pizza on Franklin Avenue.
You’ve probably never heard of it.
In a world littered by the used copies of The New York Times, USA Today, and The New York Observer, an independent newsstand is taking a stand against traditional media.
It’s called “The Newsstand,” but since it’s in Williamsburg, it doesn’t sell much news. Independently published books, comics, erotica, and a record Read More
Eat Your Feelings
In a move that’s leaving many Brooklyn-based foodies with whiplash, Dressler, the beloved South Williamsburg eatery, announced today that it would be closing its doors immediately.
Their website has been emptied of content except for a statement that reads, “With much regret, an agreement could not be reached for a lease renewal. Read More
With a forest of high-rises about to sprout on the Greenpoint waterfront and Two Trees looking to build Brooklyn’s tallest tower at the old Domino Sugar Factory site, the Edge and Northside Piers are about to have a lot of competition for waterfront views in northern Brooklyn.
But for now, they’re all we’ve got, and they’ve got the price tags to show for it: one of the penthouses at the North Tower at the Edge just closed late last week for $3 million, making it the first penthouse resale in the building.