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Success Charter Wins Approval to Open a Williamsburg School

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Panel for Education Policy voted to allow a Success Academy charter school's opening in the fall inside of a Williamsburg middle school; parents in the Bronx are worried about overcrowding; and the mayor and schools chancellor are speaking this morning on a panel about education reform.

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Schoolbook

Huge Turnout Over New Williamsburg Charter School

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gathered in the auditorium at J.H.S. 50, nearly 300 parents, students, teachers and advocates literally took sides in the debate over whether to co-locate a new Success Academy charter school there. Those who sported vibrant orange Success Academy spirit wear were on one side of the room, with a larger group brandishing red stop signs with the words, “No to charter schools” sitting on the opposite side.

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Features

Monster Island Moves Out of Williamsburg Art Space

Monday, September 05, 2011

Call it the end of an era. At the end of the month, tenants at one of Williamsburg's last communal art spaces will be leaving because their property manager has not offered to re-new their lease.

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Features

Jelly NYC's Free Concerts Move to East Williamsburg

Friday, August 05, 2011

There's been a venue change for the free summer concerts promoted by Jelly NYC. In past years, the pool parties in McCarren Park and at the Williamsburg waterfront got indie fans and hipsters rocking out. But this summer, when the fest moved to Floyd Bennett Field near the Rockaways, sparse attendance forced a change of plans.

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Features

Williamsburg Pool Parties Find New Home at the Floyd Bennett Field

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Most New York indie rockers think of Williamsburg when they hear the name Jelly NYC. For five years, the company put on the summer's most popular pool parties at McCarren Park and then along the Williamsburg waterfront. But this year, Jelly is putting bands onstagewhere New York’s first municipal airport was located: at the Aviator Sport Complex at Floyd Bennett Field, close to Fort Tilden Beach.

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Features

New Nitehawk Cinema Brings the Silver Screen Back to North Brooklyn

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roll out the red carpet: the big screen is officially back in North Brooklyn. On Friday, the new Nitehawk Cinema lifts the curtain on its three-screen movie theater in Williamsburg.

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Features

Adults Show Off Orthographic Skills at the Williamsburg Spelling Bee Finals

Monday, June 06, 2011

Churrigueresque, Kierkegaardian and götterdämmerung. Those are some of the words David Henry Haan had to spell correctly to earn a spot in the adult Williamsburg Spelling Bee final, which takes place Monday night at Pete’s Candy Store.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Flea Opens Williamsburg Location

Friday, April 01, 2011

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The Brooklyn Flea, already well known in the brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene, has opened another location along the East River in Williamsburg.

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Features

Iranian Theater Festival Takes Over The Brick in Brooklyn

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Brick is staging 15 plays by Iranian and Iranian-American playwrights that explore a variety of aspects of Persian culture.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Gravestones at Grande Monuments

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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Features

A Dromedary Lands in Brooklyn: New Cigarette Campaign To Feature Williamsburg's Bedford Ave.

Friday, November 12, 2010

In an attempt at hipness, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has aligned its Camel brand cigarettes with the burgeoning artist community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Features

Final Williamsburg Pool Party Back On

Monday, August 23, 2010

If the cancellation of this summer's Pool Parties free concert series at the Williamsburg waterfront made you think of shaving your ironic mustache or pawning your bowler hat, rest assured. This weekend, the big players in the battle to keep or cancel the Pool Parties' final August 29th show resolved the conflict. The fourth year of fist-pumping indie bands with baffling names will culminate in performances by Dominique Young Unique and Delorean, along with a surprise headliner.

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Features

Live/Work Made Legal

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Artist Rob Swainston knows what it's like to face eviction. For almost 13 years, he has been living illegally in a loft apartment on the 10th floor of an old pasta factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Even though about 200 people live in the towering waterfront building at 475 Kent Avenue, the owner does not have a certificate of occupancy and the residents have commercial leases.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Cabbage

Friday, December 25, 2009

In New York, cabbage is at the end of its harvest this year. And it makes for good 'slaw in B-burg.

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WNYC News

Upzoning, Downzoning and Cranes on Pause

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Construction projects are stalling around the city and condos are sitting unoccupied. Your Uncommon Economic Indicators project is rolling out a new map, Cranes on Pause, to pin point where it's happening and we need your help. Click here to tell us about stalled ...

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WNYC News

Upzoning in Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

One of Mayor Bloomberg’s lasting legacies, whether or not he goes on to a third, will be his rezonings. He’s undertaken 97 of them, more than any other mayor since 1961. Most of them were actually downzonings in outlying neighborhoods like Canarsie—where the city actually limits building heights or ...

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WNYC News

More People But Not Many More Parks

Monday, July 13, 2009

A rendering of the first part of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is expected to open next year. Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents complain the parks promised with the neighborhood

A rendering of the first part of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is expected to open next year. Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents complain the parks promised with the neighborhood's 2005 rezoning are taking too long to be built.

Mayor Bloomberg has rezoned large parts of the city to make room for population growth, but he's had a hard time creating the open space where these new residents will be able to exercise. WNYC calculated how much more open space the rezonings will provide compared to how many more residents are expected to make those places their homes. It turns out that back in the 1990s, the city developed guidelines for this ratio: all large new developments, they say, should ideally provide 2.5 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents once they are fully built out. (See page 5 of this PDF.) Taken as a whole, the rezonings fail to meet that goal. (Go here for the story we aired this morning on this topic.)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mess or Blessing?

Monday, March 23, 2009

photo by Jill Zimmerman

photo by Jill Zimmerman

One of our recent contributors to the Uncommon Economic Indicators loves her view (see photo).

She writes, ' walking around my [Williamsburg] neighborhood, I see tons of empty lots that were formerly old factories and apartment ...

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