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Domino Developers Tell Naysaying Neighbors to Expect a Pool and Park

(Rendering courtesy of Shop Architects/Two Trees Management)

(Rendering courtesy of Shop Architects/Two Trees Management)

It’s safe to assume that the relationship between Williamsburg residents and Two Trees, the developers responsible for the Domino Sugar factory mega-development, is somewhat fraught. But last night at The Woods, which was uncharacteristically serious, the tension was all too palpable as nearby tenants and homeowners packed the darkened bar to hear updates about the development from Two Trees principal Jed Walentas.
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D’ja See Jason Schwartzman On East 9th Today?

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

A day after Jared Leto graced Bushwick with his presence yesterday, another actor/rocker, Jason Schwartzman, was in the East Village today. A source spotted the indie moppet on the set of Mozart in the Jungle, the Amazon original series he’s co-producing with Roman Coppola.

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The show about “sex, drugs, and classical music,” based on the memoir by Blair Tindall, has filmed around the Cooper Square area in past weeks and was stationed at East Ninth Street, between Avenue A and B, earlier today. The pilot premiered on Amazon in February.

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

When we tried to stalk the set, they were doing some stunt work and asked everyone to stay on the sidewalk across the street. So alas, there was no chance of glimpsing stars Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), and Lola Kirke (Gone Girl). If they were even there.

But, hey, at least we’ll get to Schwartman in Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip when it hits theaters Oct. 17. Trailer below.

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A ‘Handsome and Ornate’ Bushwicker Gets Landmarked

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 3.21.29 PMYesterday was a day of major kudos for Bushwick: not only did Blanca earn a couple of Michelin stars but the Doering-Bohack House, at 1090 Greene Avenue, was designated a landmark.

According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the 2.5-story wood-frame house was built in 1887, along with many other wood-frame homes, during a Bushwick building boom that followed the construction of the elevated train. It “may be the only remaining frame house that retains its original detailing by the prominent Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt” — the architect responsible for the building that now houses the Wythe Hotel, among many other churches, schools, and homes.
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A Designer Boutique and Espresso Bar Brings a Little Bit of Barney’s to Bed-Stuy

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Inside Sincerely, Tommy (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A brand new, shiny anomaly has opened its doors on Tompkins Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Sincerely, Tommy. And yes, the designer clothing and furniture boutique, which doubles as a coffee shop, is actually being quite sincere with a few price tags upwards of $1,000 and a slick minimal white, grey, and glass interior.
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Ben Wallers Says ‘Goodbye’ to Death By Audio, More Surprises in Store

The Rebel (Ben Wallers) at Death By Audio on Monday night. (Photo: Matthew Hodges)

The Rebel (Ben Wallers) at Death By Audio on Monday night. (Photo: Matthew Hodges)

On Monday night,  Death By Audio hosted the legendary Ben Wallers (aka The Rebel), or the bloke behind twangy punk outfit Country Teasers, for a rare solo performance. Wallers, who’s now 43, fronted the UK-based band starting in the early ’90s. He’s developed something of a cult following and he’s rarely seen around these parts. Even Edan Wilber, who runs Death By Audio, told us, “Never thought I’d see him live.”
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Go See Scahill, Greenwald and Poitras Drone On About the War On Terror

If you caught John Oliver’s recent rant against drone strikes (above) and want to hear a more sober take on the matter, you’ll want to get to Bushwick’s Mayday Space next Thursday, when investigative reporter and war correspondent Jeremy Scahill will celebrate the paperback publication of Dirty Wars, his blistering indictment of the Obama administration’s ever expanding war on terror and its reliance on drones, targeted killings, and covert operations.
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Muchmore Sues City For Right to Dance; Michelin Bestows Stars

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Saturday night, a teenage girl was thrown to the ground and robbed of her cellphone after exiting the Marcy Avenue J train. And just before midnight last Thursday, two thieves locked a Metropolitan Avenue gas station employee inside the store so they could attached a chain from the cash machine to their 1998 Plymouth Voyager and drive off with it. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Raymond Mersier, 16, was arrested and charged with burglary after allegedly taking three laptops and an iPhone from Kickstarter’s Greenpoint headquarters a week ago. [DNA Info]

A 14 and 15-year-old were arrested Saturday night for allegedly stealing three cases of chips from the Frito-Lay factory at 10 Eyck Street in Williamsburg. [The Brooklyn Paper]
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‘I Am Coffee’ Will Only Be Coffee On the Weekends

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

I Am Coffee, the quirky, tiny coffee bar tucked into the second floor of a building on St. Marks Place, is scaling back to two days a week, according to a sign on the door. Which makes it even quirkier!

As New York pointed out a few months ago, the coffee bar, which barely fits a couple of people, is run by a congenial Italian couple who bring the cutting-edge of their home country’s brewing methods to the table, and experiment with their own cocktail-like coffee concoctions.
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