2003-2015: 12 Years in the Life of One Very Big Borough and One Very Tiny Magazine

07/15/2015 6:39 AM |


January 24
Timothy Stansbury Was Shot and Killed:
Unarmed and just 19 years old, Stansbury was fatally shot by NYPD Officer Richard S. Neri Jr. on the roof of his Bed-Stuy building. Although neither Bloomberg nor Police Commissioner Ray Kelly supported Neri, a grand jury declined to indict the officer.

Stop-and-Frisk Kicks into High Gear:
Although this controversial policing tactic had existed in some form for years, this year marked a huge surge for stop-and-frisk, with 314,000 people stopped-and-frisked, up from 97,296 in 2002. By 2011, there would be 685,724 New Yorkers—the vast majority black and Latino young men—stopped-and-frisked.

May 21
Ban on Subway Photography Proposed:
Ok, so maybe this isn’t like THE BIGGEST DEAL in the world, but it is pretty funny to think of this ban being suggested even before the age of smartphones. If it had gone into effect, it sure would’ve prevented a lot of creep shots.

The Rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn:
Once primarily thought to be a residential real estate deadzone, this part of Brooklyn—which already housed many governmental buildings, as well as offices—was rezoned, leading to a huge capital infusion and a massive land-grab resulting in the landscape of construction and condos that you still see today.

Literary Magazine n+1 Launched

New York Times Declares
“the party seems to be ending for this generation of Williamsburg hipsters.”
This has been your annual New York Times update on Williamsburg.

August 29
The Republican Convention
Comes to New York City:
Oh, yeah. Remember when Bloomberg was a hardcore Republican for a hot minute and New York got to host the RNC the year that Bush was up for reelection? What a fucking terrible time that was! Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers protested in the streets and many were arrested, but none of that prevented Bush from winning his first (yes, we said it) presidential election. And New York played a real part in it. Ugh. This was also the year the Red Sox won the World Series. Literally, everything sucked.

• Franny’s, Prospect Heights
• Fornino, Williamsburg
• Frankie’s 457, Carroll Gardens;
• Shake Shack (not in Brooklyn yet)
• Barcade, Williamsburg

Inches by Les Savy Fav,
Bows and Arrows by The Walkmen,
Blue Boat by The Fiery Furnaces,

Men and Cartoons: Stories by Jonathan Lethem
Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

Real Estate Notes
Average sale price for a home/condo
• Williamsburg, $353K
• Park Slope, $515K
• Brooklyn Heights, $337K;
• DUMBO, $789K