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S. 3rd Street A man walking his dogs on S. 3rd Street last week had his nose and eye socket broken by a man who called him a faggot, the Brooklyn Paper reports. The 40-year-old victim, who lives around the corner from the attack, passed a group of men sitting on a stoop between Bedford and Berry; “Someone started screaming, ‘Hey you, faggot,’” the man told the paper. “I turned around and gave him a look like,...
First they came for the bars. Now, Williamsburg and Greenpoint's Community Board 1 is effectively declaring a war on brunch, reports the Brooklyn Paper. Respecting the wishes of church-goers, the city has limited outdoor dining on Sunday mornings since at least 1971. Community Board 1 now wants to start enforcing this restriction, despite the fact that many in the community might prefer to celebrate the sanctity of Sunday morning with a bloody mary, or...
Baruch Herzfeld co-owns South Williamsburg’s Traif Bike Gesheft—Yiddish for, basically, “Non-Kosher Bike Shop.” Along with Joe Diamond, Herzfeld founded the S. 6th Street hangout—which sells, rents and repairs bikes—in 2009, around the same time that tensions flared between Williamsburg’s southside Satmars and their new neighbors, a rival sect known as The Hipsters; members of the former lobbied successfully for a section of Bedford Avenue bike lane (which the latter championed) to be removed from...
Want to spend a weekend in the Catskills, but don’t own a tent or have a Zipcar membership? No problem: Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Outfitters organizes regular adventures to the Catskills and beyond, supplying the necessary gear for their outdoor excursions—even the ride. The company attracts a healthy mix of city transplants who want to reconnect with the outdoors and urban natives who’ve never pitched a tent before. “The transplants are always pleasantly surprised when they...

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