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Microscope Focuses in on a New Gallery Space in Bushwick

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Marni Kotak’s “Mad Meds” Exhibit; Photo Courtesy of Microscope Gallery

It wasn’t easy for Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti to find a space in Bushwick to house their expanding gallery, Microscope. The two started looking in October 2013, and finally signed a lease just under a month ago. “We saw at least 30 spaces,” Burchill says. “We lost several just as we were supposed to go sign a lease, and then the landlord had someone slip in and offer more for rent. That was fun.”
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Preview Billy Reid’s 10th Anniversary Sample Sale, Launching Tomorrow

Billy Reid's sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Billy Reid’s sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

This year, Billy Reid turns 10. And to celebrate the big one-oh, the high-end Americana clothier (originally hailing from the South), is holding a blow-out sample sale at 57 Bond Street, just steps away from its usual NoHo storefront.
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The Gorbals Opens, Serving Pig’s Head Amidst Short Shorts and ‘Stache Wax

Ilan Hall, head chef of The Gorbals Brooklyn, the new restaurant inside Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8 (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Ilan Hall, head chef of The Gorbals Brooklyn, the new restaurant inside Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8 (Photo: Nicole Disser)

If you enter Space Ninety 8 and make a beeline for the elevator instead of getting sucked into its predictable selection of identical cut-offs and drapey woven things, you’ll get to The Gorbals. The outpost of Top Chef alum Ilan Hall’s renowned LA restaurant, which opened in the Urban Outfitters concept store last night, is a respite from a corner of Williamsburg that reminds me more of SoHo these days than anything else.

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This Brooklyn Director Has a Cannes-Do Attitude

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A scene from Short Lived

Brooklyn-based director Michael Hobbs only ever imagined he’d have the opportunity to work with a dream team on his latest short film, Short Lived. But when Hobbs sent an email on a whim to Brooklyn-based director of photography Alexander Crowe, he got more than he bargained for. “I didn’t expect a reply because of his caliber, but he got back to me,” Hobbs says. “This was a really big deal.”
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Car Break-Ins in Williamsburg; East New York the Next Bushwick?

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Kim’s Video & Music in the East Village could shutter before the month’s end. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Robert Durst, the real estate developer who sold 234 Union Avenue in Williamsburg for more than $21 million this month, was arrested in Houston for allegedly exposing himself and urinating on a CVS cash register. [NY Daily News]

Yesterday 28-year-old Google engineer Jason Chan was arraigned on charges that he raped a 19-year-old woman in his East Village apartment in June. [NY Post]

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Umbrella Arts Wants Your Photos of Kids, the Creepier and Uglier the Better

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This could be the antidote to all the tot shots that have been flooding your Facebook feed lately. Umbrella Arts is putting on a show called “Kids (Not Cute)” — as the title implies, it’ll be dedicated to photographs of yung’uns that are “a bit out of the ordinary, not the conventionally cute and sentimental images that are often seen.”
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Dear: Rivington+, Welcome to Great Jones

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Dear: Rivington + owner Moon Rhee in the new Noho location (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

High-end fashion retailers are staking out Noho like there’s no tomorrow. First there was A.P.C., then Filson landed, and Phillip Lim scored a still-under-construction spot. Now, vintage/modern luxe store Dear: Rivington+ has just moved into 37 Great Jones, fresh from its former digs on Rivington Street.
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Colbert ‘It’ Girl Edan Lepucki Reads Tonight

The relatively unknown author whose debut novel vaulted to the top of the bestseller list after The Colbert Report made it a weapon in its war against Amazon is appearing at a local bookstore tonight. And yes, it’s an indie — namely, Greenpoint’s Word.
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Massive Rave Returns With Short Shorts, Slip ‘N Slide, Sunrise Pancakes

(Photo: Daniel)

(Photo: Daniel)

Last time BangOn! hit Brooklyn, it brought giant fire-breathing replicas of Easter Island’s moai. This time, it’s all about short shorts. The next rave — at a secret warehouse location, as usual — aims to bring “a sea of taut buttocks wearing the shortest shorts in Brooklyn,” and to insure it, the organizers have announced that “prizes will be awarded to the man and the woman with the shortest shorts. Scissors will be available at the front door for last-minute short-shortening.”
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