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19 May 2022

Vice Stays Put in Williamsburg After Speculation About Dock 72 Move [✜]

Vice is not moving to the Navy Yard. They are consolidating on Kent Avenue, though - Refinery29 is subleasing its space on Broadway in Manhattan and has already moved (most of?) its people to the mothership in Williamsburg.

I guess Williamsburg is not dead.

12 May 2022

Photo Essay: Williamsburg in Time of Plague [✜]

Williamsburg in time of plague Covid 19 Brooklyn NYC Brian Rose

Havemeyer Street, 2020
Photo: Brian Rose via Untapped Cities

Some lovely photos by Brian Rose taken during the Spring of 2020, peak time of the shutdown. (It strikes me that many of the subject places he photographs are pretty empty during normal times.)

10 May 2022

Our Voices Exhibition Celebrates 50 Years of Activism in North Brooklyn: Sneak Peek [✜]
The end of May will see the premiere of Our Voices Seen and Heard: A First Hand Account, “an exhibit of artifacts from 50 years of protest, activism and victories in the communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint Brooklyn.”

This should be very good - the organizers have been working on this for half a year or longer, and the source material is incredibly rich. Los Sures, El Puente, NAG (including in its original acronymic, Neighbors Against Garbage), GWAPP (including in its original acronymic, Greenpoint Williamsburg Against the Power Plant), and many more.

May 20th, mark your calendar.

Only 8% of Manhattan Office Workers Have Returned in-person 5 Days per Week [✜]

According to a survey by the Partnership for NYC, 62% of Manhattan office workers are working remotely on a typical day and only 8% are working in person five days a week. Which pretty much aligns with my firm's experience - only a very small number of people want to commute five days a week, though I think that on any given day more than half will be in the office in Manhattan. And not because of crime or homelessness, as the companies surveyed think - because it is a better way to work.

"The longer people worked remotely, the longer they wanted to continue to work remotely,” said Kathy Wylde, the CEO of the Partnership for New York City

Wylde is absolutely right, though obviously she thinks this is a bad thing. Not mentioned is what the rest of the New York City looks like - judging by street and restaurant traffic in Williamsburg, a lot of people do seem to be very happy working remote or hybrid. Maybe instead of making Manhattan the way it was we should figure out what it could be?

7 May 2022

There’s a War Raging Between Parents and Dog Owners at Cooper Park [✜]
The original poster then suggested that people who have kids should move to Long Island. Later, someone else opined that dog owners should move to Long Island. (No one from Long Island has weighed in yet.)

The joke is on all of them - they do live on Long Island.

6 May 2022

NH Investment & Securities Under Contract to Buy The Dime for $158M [✜]
Korean investment firm NH Investment & Securities is under contract to buy The Dime Residences in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for $157.5 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction.

The sale does not include the retail (the landmarked bank building). This is the second big residential sale in Williamsburg in the past couple of weeks - given where rents are going, not surprising I guess.

5 May 2022

East Village Beerhall Zum Schneider is Back ... and in Brooklyn [✜]

Zum Schneider closed in 2020, but is now doing a "pop up" beer hall on Sundays and Mondays at Rosarito Fish Shack. I can't wait.

17 Years

Via North Brooklyn Neighbors, the cover of the New York Times, 17 years ago today. Marking the finalization of the deal to rezone the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront. The rezoning itself was enacted 8 days later. As I noted in an earlier linked post, 17 years on only a third of the promised Bushwick Inlet Park has been completed. Less than half the total open space promised has been created. And I’d guess a bit over half of the promised affordable housing.

Cover of the NYT, May 3 2005

In the papers…
via North Brooklyn Neighbors


New Park with Decoyotes [✜]

Nice article and photos on the newly-opened 50 Kent parcel at Bushwick Inlet Park. Include the anti-geese coyotes. I'm not sure how the geese know the difference between coyotes and dogs, but whatever. (Also, really hoping that the actual dogs - and their owners - don't ruin this space.)

For those of you keeping score at home, the new piece of the park is just under 2 acres, and represents about 7% of the future full park buildout (27 acres). To date, just under one-third of park that was promised in 2005 is completed and open to the public. That works out to about half an acre of park per year.

1 April 2022

DOJ Bankruptcy Watchdog Seeks Trustee for Brooklyn Hotel [✜]

I have no idea how this place makes money. I guess no one else does, either. Sad, because they have been one of the more open places to community groups/events.