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The Kim’s Sign Has Come Down — But It May Come Back

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

That’s a wrap.

We noticed the Kim’s Video & Music sign lying on First Avenue just minutes ago, next to a moving van that was being loaded with what little of the store remained (even its sound system was sold off “for a song”). When we noticed Mr. Kim himself standing inside of the van, we asked him what would become of the sign and he told us he was saving it for when he opens a restaurant. Oh, really? So maybe his pizzeria plans weren’t half-baked?
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This New Bar Will Throw You a Party if You Take Its 50-Cocktail Road Trip

The bar at Kilo Bravo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The bar at Kilo Bravo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Kilo Bravo, North Williamsburg’s newest bar, is right off of Bedford Avenue, a couple of blocks from the new Diesel pop-up. So it wasn’t surprising that I had to fight through a throng of European tourists on the corner to get to the door. What was surprising was to find a place that neither screams gimmicky tourist trap nor cliche Williamsburg. Recycled barn wood, petite Parisian tables, and vintage taps were nowhere to be found at Kilo Bravo.
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Turn to the Left: Fashion Events!

(Courtesy of LES BID)

(Courtesy of LES BID)

While so many New Yorkers succumb to the insidious “normcore” and “athleisure” trends, others are determined to stay fresh — and not just the drag queens. With Fashion Week coming up, it’s once again time to focus on the fabulous. Luckily, you don’t have to trek up to midtown (or wherever the shows are this year) to do so, since there are plenty of fashionable festivities in our hoods.
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Help Fund This Drag Documentary Where the Filmmaker Starts Wigging Out

When I meet Adam Golub, under the elevated tracks of the M train on one of the hottest days of the summer, he’s wearing a sleeveless top, shorts, sandals (the Teva-esque type that all Israelis seem to own) and slightly chipped metallic blue nail polish.

Golub chuckles wryly about the electrifying effect the varnish often has on those around him. Who knows how these delicate passersby might react to his drag identity, Shalmuta (“slut” in Hebrew)—a Bayiou-born Southern belle with a hankering for fried chicken and a love of suspenders and tartan.

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Celebs Heart Bushwick; Grey Lady’s Greenpoint To-Do List

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Just before 7 a.m. yesterday, a Volvo driver struck three female pedestrians on the Lower East Side‘s South Street. According to the NYPD, one woman suffered life-threatening injuries while the other two (ages 60 and 67) suffered serious injuries. All three were taken to Bellevue Hospital. [Gothamist]

Developers of the 28-story Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street were served a stop-work order from the city Tuesday. [Bowery Boogie]

A show scheduled for Sunday at Greenpoint bar Coco66 is causing controversy because the front man for one of the bands booked, Tears of Frustration, has allegedly endorsed neo-Nazi groups. [One People's Project]
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Bushwick Vendors Market Works To Bridge The Gap

bushwickvendorsLast time we checked in with boutique owner Yazmin Colon, she had started a discussion group and a blog meant to bridge the divide between Bushwick’s newer residents and longtimers like herself. Now she’s stepping up her ongoing efforts to unite everyone through that universal pastime — shopping. “You know that saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a kid’? Well, what I’m trying to do is build my own little village,” Yazmin explained.
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Anarchy In Utah, Free Beer At Shark Night, Cyborg Cops in 2029

Pony up to the films we’re excited to see this week.

Winners of Slamdance Film Festival 2014
Early next week IFC is screening the winners of the OG rebel film festival, Slamdance, created by a couple of filmmakers who were rejected from Sundance 20 years ago. Both I Play With The Phrase Each Other and Copenhagen will be screened back to back on Tuesday night.
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It’s Curtains Up For a Coffee Shop in the East Village’s Cultural District

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Photos by Kate Beaudoin

A stone’s throw from where Au Breve remains closed, the owner of the East Village’s latest coffee shop is optimistic she can hold her own. “I’m on the side street and I’m near all the theaters,” says Ginny Taylor, “so customers see me first.” Indeed Fourth Street Central is smack in the midst of the East 4th Street Cultural District, adjacent La MaMa, KGB, New York Theatre Workshop, Paradise Factory, the DUO Multicultural Arts Center, and the Kraine Theater, among others. (Not to mention the new guitar shop and underground cruising den.)
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