Mermaid Parade likely to ‘go live’
Mermaid Parade likely to ‘go live’
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade will most likely “go live” this year, according to published reports. Last year, the parade was forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dick Zigun, who started the parade in 1983 and still organizes it, said that because of lingering COVID fears, a parade that attracts fewer people than usual would be ideal. Zigun said the parade would most likely be held in the fall, but it is dependent on whether COVID rates go up or down. Because of limited city resources, the parade can’t be held too close in time to the West Indian Carnival and Parade.
Climbing gym to open in May
VITAL Brooklyn, a 24-hour climbing gym with a rooftop café and a sauna, will be opening in Greenpoint this year. It will be inside a historic warehouse that already contains a yoga studio. Visitors will be able to climb there year-round, relax in a rooftop sauna and eat at its café, according to Time Out New York. This will be the first East Coast location for owners David Sacher and Nam Phan, who already own gyms in California and Washington state. When the duo came to New York City to scout it out, they found out that climbers here “have the exact same culture,” Sacher said.
‘Yarn Crawl’ targets knitters
Brooklyn’s Yarn Crawl for knitters and crocheters will be able to take part in the BKLYN Yarn Crawl starting on Saturday. The event will run for a full week so that participants can find enough time to stop by while staying safe during the pandemic, according to Patch. The crawl still includes four stores in Windsor Terrace, Red Hook, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. The event will also include a scavenger hunt for small knit items that will lead to Grand Prize rifles and free buttons.
Dumpling Shop hires new chief
The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop has announced the hiring of Hilary Street as its new director of operations for North America. Most recently, Street was vice president of Operations for Dos Tacos Taqueria, which has 22 locations in the U.S. “I understand the challenges that the restaurant industry faces, and having worked through the pandemic, I value the importance of being a part of a team that cares about each other,” Street told Nation’s Restaurant News. “Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is not only positioned well for the future thanks to the innovative robotic technology, delicious dumpling flavor combinations and customer convenience, but there are passionate people behind the brand that unite all of the elements that makes the concept so special.”
6-story building planned for Williamsburg
Permits have been filed for a six-story mixed-use building at 383 Union Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The location, currently a vacant lot. is two blocks away from the Metropolitan Avenue subway station, served by the G and L trains. Yochanan Tennenhaus under the Union Holdings NY LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications, and Adam Taddonio is listed as the architect of record. Permits filed in 2018 called for a five-story building with ground-floor commercial space and five condominium units above. The building will have 10 residences, most likely rentals, according to New York YIMBY.
Dry cleaner fears for future
La Dry Cleaners is in bad shape financially due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to ABC 7. “Every day I come here from morning to night, we’re lucky we have three customers,” owner Lily La said. During the height of the pandemic, Lily and husband Tony La started sewing masks for the neighborhood. They made more for the homeless in the Bronx and the elderly in Manhattan. Now, the store itself has reopened, but customers have not really returned.
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Affordable lottery in Williamsburg
An affordable housing lottery has launched for 188 Humboldt St., a seven-story residential building in Williamsburg. The 55-unit development was designed by Charles Mellea. Available on NYC Housing Connects are four units for residents whose family income ranges from $74,606 to $167,470. Amenities include bike storage lockers, a co-working space, gym, a package room, parking, shared laundry room, lounge with a fireplace, private party room with an outdoor terrace, and a green roof with a communal garden. Residences will have floor-to-ceiling windows and name-brand kitchen appliances, according to New York YIMBY.
Motorcyclists reminded on registrations
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding motorcycle owners to renew their registrations before they expire April 30. Motorcycles are registered for one year, and all motorcycle registrations expire on April 30. Renewals can be done easily online, and most motorcycles that are being registered for the first time can be registered online. “New York is a beautiful place to ride in the spring and summer, and we want to make sure every rider has that opportunity. Renewing your registration online is fast, easy and convenient,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroeder. “As the weather continues to get warmer, drivers should expect to see more motorcyclists on the road, so I urge everyone to watch for riders and share the road responsibly.”
Man dies behind wheel, causing crash
Police are looking into the death of a Ridgewood man who died behind the wheel of his car, resulting in a crash in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say that around 3 p.m. on April 13, officers responded to a 911 call regarding a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Apollo Street and Meeker Avenue in Bushwick. When they arrived, they found 57-year-old Nicholas Suida, of Woodward Avenue, unresponsive in the driver’s seat of 2010 Chevy Traverse. A preliminary investigation found that Suida may have suffered a medical episode while driving and collided into the rear of a 2019 Chevy Cruz driven by a 20-year-old man, according to Qns.com.
Man punches, robs couple in Flatbush
Police are investigating after a man and woman were assaulted and robbed at a convenience store in Flatbush. The incident took place around 7 p.m. on Sunday at a convenience store by a Mobil gas station between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue. Surveillance video shows the suspect fighting with the man and woman inside the store. Police say he punched both in the face, then took their car keys. He was last seen leaving the scene in a white Jeep Cherokee, according to CBSNewYork.
Compiled by Raanan Geberer.
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