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Hit the Beach and Snoop Inside of an Art-Filled Garage at Rockaway Backyard

The work-in-progress garage space and backyard. (Photo courtesy Backyard Rockaway)

The work-in-progress garage space and backyard. (Photo courtesy Backyard Rockaway)

It’s difficult to predict the exact start date of yard sale season– or as I like to call it, “that time a stranger tried to haggle with my dad for the driveway basketball net that I was actively playing with.” As one Maine-based blogger Julie-Anne Baumer quips, “there seems to be a mysterious mathematical equation involving air temperature, the chance of precipitation, and square feet of house junk.” Looking at the weather forecast– and around my apartment– it would seem the season for distracted-er driving and voyeuristic perusal of neighbors’ undesirables is upon us. But for one “yard sale style display” in Rockaway, the start date is more than a month from now, on Independence Day.

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Watch The Teen Age Channel the Ramones and Go Back to Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

When I first locked eyes with The Teen Age, I wrote that once the band’s music “gets stuck in your head, you’re screwed.” And truly, the Brooklyn band’s concoction of vibey, stoned doo-wop, cut with surf-rock and steeped in pop, hasn’t left my innards since. Theirs is the kind of pop music that seeps into your bones, made up of individual ditties that, after your first dose, can cause foot spasms and whistle symphonies for months on end.

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Rooftop Cinema Club Comes to Bushwick, Starting With Prince and Bowie Screenings

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 2.41.22 PMWith the Rooftop Films Summer Series off to an albeit soggy start and Galaxy Quest playing at the McCarren Park Pool tomorrow, May 26, as part of the city’s Movies Under the Stars series, al fresco flicks season is official in full swing. The latest series to announce its slate is Rooftop Cinema Club, the British export that sets up atop the Yotel in midtown.

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Wanna Be a Pinhead? Here’s Your Chance to Snag Some Fresh, Artist-Made Pins

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What’s in a pin? Con Artist Collective, the scrappy community of creative hustlers always busy dreaming up crazy stuff on Ludlow Street, believes it’s just another way for artists to express themselves and the rest of us to have fun sticking funky doodads all over our jackets.

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Chinatown Coalition Demands Community Board Action on Push to Limit Building Heights

I’m here to tell the CB, please take a stand to support us, to be on our side, not on extell’s side not on the developer’s side

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

You gotta give it to the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side–they are persistent AF, despite long odds. In their eight-year quest to pass the Chinatown Working Group rezoning proposal, a plan that would create a new special district with more height restrictions and protections to fend off sky-high luxury towers, they’ve kept up a steady stream of rallies against new developments, marches in support of tenants, held town halls (trying to invite the mayor), and even hand-delivered a “gift” to Gracie Mansion.

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L Train Riders Prefer Complete Shutdown; Cuddling Conman Picks Pocket

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday evening in Greenpoint, a thief tricked a man into hugging him in order to nab the victim’s phone. [Brooklyn Paper]

Per a survey by advocacy group Riders Alliance, 77 percent of L train riders would prefer a complete shutdown of their subway line lasting 18 months over a piecemeal closure stretched out over years. [Gothamist]

Employees of Babeland—the sex shop with a Lower East Side location plus two more in NYC—have joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. [NY Times]

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Four Films: Cyber Punks, Parker Posy in Braces, Singles Not Exactly Ready to Mingle,


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Friday, May 27, 7:30 pm at Fort Greene Park: FREE
To promote the impending opening of the first NYC Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, the boozy Austin-based cinema (and direct competitor of our beloved Nitehawk, we might add) is hosting three free screenings at Fort Greene Park starting this week. They’re all family-friendly, for sure (which means you’ll have to get your R-rated full-frontal and cigarette-smoking kicks elsewhere), but actually only two of the screenings are worth going to– that is, if you have a dignified hair left on your body. You’re guaranteed to literally never get laid again if you go see the third screening, Finding Nemo– but if you’re willing to take that risk anyway, it’s happening Friday, June 10, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, and I wish you the best of luck.

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Specter of More Luxury High Rises Looms Over ‘One Manhattan Square’ Meeting

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Every bob has its day (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Anxiety over the 77-story apartment building coming to the Two Bridges waterfront multiplied last night as neighbors grappled with the possibility that two more towers will join it.

In addition to Extell’s controversial One Manhattan Square, L+M Development Partners are feeling out plans for two 50-story twin towers– one at 265-275 Cherry Street, at Lands End II (a pair of Section-8 housing complexes located on a site that was purchased for $279 million a few years back) and a second at Lands End I (257 South Street), which the firm bought last year. L+M has assured that the existing buildings will maintain their Section 8 designation, and preliminary discussions have indicated that the two new towers would likely go up in the parking lots parcels between the East River and Lands End.

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Sneak Peek at the Coney Art Walls, Opening Friday With Daze, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and More

New mural by Daze. (Photo: Martha Cooper)

New mural by Daze. (Photo: Martha Cooper)

The opening date of Coney Art Walls has been bumped up from Saturday to Friday this weekend, and we’ve learned there are some special activities planned for Memorial Monday. Natalie Lamming of D’Savannah Bar & Lounge in Flatbush says “shhh…”, but we’re going to tell you anyway that “Brooklyn’s Best Kept Secret” is bound for the one and only Coney. The live music event will include Carnival-esque performances by Lyrikal, Patrice Roberts, Kerwin Dubois, Voice and Farmer Nappy. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the soca starts at 6 p.m. $65 tickets are still available online for those who like to chip and whine.

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Another Fine Way to Sweat, Blink Fitness Bouncing Into Williamsburg

Via Blink Clifton

Via Blink Clifton

In March we sounded the word that a spanking new Equinox is in the cards for the Whole Foods territory on North 4th Street and Bedford, likely opening in October. That whole building is so full of chains, what with Levi’s, G-Star, Scotch & Soda, a Citibank, and a WeWork, it’s pretty much Brooklyn’s answer to an average suburban strip mall. It’s no surprise Equinox would want to get in on the free-flowing $$ from health-conscious folks with cash to burn (perhaps tapping their day away over a laptop at WeWork?).

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Four Readings: Famed Fashion Blogger in the Flesh and ‘Bad Women’ Speak

 

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Sebastian Junger in conversation with David Epstein
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street. 
Over the last decade, Sebastian Junger has been on an ongoing quest to help civilians understand the world of modern warfare, with a humanistic approach to the lives of American soldiers in the Afghan war (see: documentaries like Restrepo and the book War). Now he wraps things up with a book examining what happens when the platoon returns home.

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Cabbie Assaulted in W-Burg; Brooklyn’s New Community Gardens

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Police are circulating the photo of a man and a woman who allegedly assaulted and robbed a taxi driver in Williamsburg around 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning. [DNA Info]

This weekend in Williamsburg, pop-up nightclub Brooklyn Mirage was busted for serving booze without a liquor license. [Brooklyn Paper]

New community gardens will spring at both 9 Moffat Street in Bushwick and 375 S. Fifth Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

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