In his last State Of The Borough speech, Marty “Not Marky” Markowitz will announce that the landmarked building that once housed Childs restaurant will be rehabbed and turned into a 5,000 seat music venue and theater. Coney Island seems like a no-brainer location for a sizable performance space, and Markowitz has been trying in vain to develop such a venue on Coney Island or in Brighton Beach for the better part of four decades. This will likely drive Brooklynites that depend on the D, F, and N trains up a wall. Whether or not it will be finished before the long-awaited Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush finally opens is still anyone’s guess.
Fucked In Park Slope has the story of Ted Nugent’s son’s new outdoor beer garden, Greenwood Park (which is not, as FIPS says, in Greenwood Heights, but South Slope; we’ll sort that neighborhood out in a guide later this week), angering everyone that lives around it by getting people drunk, people who then pee all over the surrounding neighborhood, have sex in public, and walk around hammered. A few things, since I, until a few months ago, lived a block away from this place:
- Anything to liven up that sinkhole of a neighborhood: great. Things more along the lines of Toby’s would be better, of course, but beggars can’t be choosers.
- Brooklyn Public House, a block south, has plenty of loud patrons entering and leaving. Some of them probably even pee and have sex too!
- The earth-shattering noise made by tractor-trailers on 20th Street—one of the streets bounding Greenwood Park—at all hours of the day and night tells me the complaining neighbors are more annoyed that the noise is coming from people enjoying themselves than that there’s simply too much noise. A truck drives down that street, and it’s like its ghost is barreling straight through your soul. I lived one block over from 20th, and it was still obnoxious.
- Speaking of 21st Street, the clown-car apartment on the top floor of a building near 7th Avenue, where it seems at least half of the delivery guys in South Slope live, prides itself on its ability to play loud, repetitive Mexican music for hours and hours, any night of the week. And before you ask, I know they’re Mexican because they stood on their fire escape last May 5th (right after midnight), screaming “Viva Mexico!” and cackling like Telemundo characters nonstop for six hours. So if they’renotMexican, they at least want to pass for Mexican, and I’ve done just what they wanted.
In summation, yeah, okay, a sleepy few blocks now sounds like Avenue A on a Saturday night. But maybe the bodegas will stay open later, or even 24-hours, maybe new business will get drawn in, maybe they’ll restore late-night B69 service, maybe the dead will rise from Green-wood Cemetery and solve the problem entirely.
The New York Post is reporting that flyers have appeared in Williamsburg (flyers are so vintage, guys) advertising a dateless “fight club” at 475 Leonard Street, for free, at 9:15pm on some unknown day. Billed as “the Battle Of Williamsburg” and named presumably after the Revolutionary War skirmish in which General Washington successfully defended the area against an encroaching army of British hipsters in the late 1700s, it’s an “all ages & skill levels” fight, with an apparent title bout between champion “The Tanned Assassin” Roberto and “The Piranaha” Thomas. The Post says that the Parks Department “are not amused,” which seems to indicate they’ll be playing the British fops in this reenactment.
New York City and Alta’s upcoming bike-share program, Citi Bike, was slated to start in late July and roll out through the end of the summer, but according to city officials, the much-anticipated new transportation option is hitting the breaks until August. There’s no word exactly when in August, but if the MTA is any indication, the program should roll out on August 89th.
The Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation (which is in no way associated with the Kinks) released a slightly lopsided comparison between New York University’s massive expansion plans for the neighborhood and The New School’s new University Center, currently under construction on Fifth Avenue between 14th and 13th Streets. Sure, both projects are wildly different (NYU’s 2031 plan involves the university building, at last check, somewhere in the area of thirty-two billion new buildings, the pagoda from Bruce Lee’sGame Of Death, a subterranean cavern for students pursuing degrees in spelunking, and a life-sized replica of the lame Godzilla from the 1998 Matthew Broderick version), but the comparison points out that, unlike NYU, The New School took neighborhood complaints about the aesthetics and light-and-air problems surrounding the initial proposal to heart and worked out an entirely different building plan, which was able to go ahead without any approval from the community, since it didn’t require any zoning variances. This is as opposed to NYU, who it seems will have to defeat the Village’s ten best warriors in armed combat to get their 2031 proposal accepted.
As if taking away the old school phone booths wasn’t bad enough, the city now has plans to turn payphones in the five boroughs into wifi hotspots, where citizens and tourists alike will be able to pick up some free internet, as opposed to the age-old tradition of simply picking up various cold germs and other viral favors. No word yet whether the phones will still do double duty as urinals or trashcans. [via DNAinfo]
This is becoming some sort of Williamsburg sports and recreation violence blog, but whatever: a 16-year-old kid was attacked by kids claiming he and his brother were on their gang’s turf, and, according to various accounts, was at the very least beaten and at the most smashed with a brick and stabbed with a broken bottle. Three kids are in custody in connection with the incident. If one more violent thing happens anywhere near the McCarren Pool, you can be certain the Postwill run a front page with the headline “POOL OF BLOOD.” [via Gothamist]