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‘H Is for Hipsters’ in a New Book That’ll Teach Your Tot the ABCs of Brooklyn

From Brooklyn ABC: A Scrapbook of Everyone's Favorite Borough by Krzysztof Poluchowicz, published by POW!/powerHouse Books.(Click for larger view)

From Brooklyn ABC: A Scrapbook of Everyone’s Favorite Borough by Krzysztof Poluchowicz, published by POW!/powerHouse Books.(Click for larger view)

Forget Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this is the only way for your culturally savvy moppet to learn the alphabet.
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With ‘Respond,’ The Anti-Police-Brutality Movement Reaches The Gallery

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Walking in to Smack Mellon last Friday, I was immediately overtaken by a sense of urgency. Respond is the current exhibition taking place at the non-profit space in Dumbo. It’s brought together over 200 artists– working in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography, mixed media, and film– whose contributions are all united by their concerns with police brutality and institutionalized racism in America.
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Rendering Rundown: What to Expect From Phase 1 of Essex Crossing, Starting Now

Essex Crossing Site Two

Essex Crossing Site Two

With demolition slated to begin in the next two weeks, architects working on Essex Crossing told Lower East Siders what to expect from phase one of the massive development adjacent the Williamsburg Bridge.
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Ken Schles Photographed ‘The Last Pre-Internet Bohemian Place’: East Village in the ’80s

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Ken Schles, the artist behind the underground cult classic Invisible City will be speaking tonight between 6 and 8 pm at an opening reception of his work at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Schles lived in the East Village during the gritty, burned out decade of the 1980s and documented the harrowing yet glamorous world he saw through the lens of his camera.
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Bourgeois Pig Closes; Bill Cosby Mural On Rivington

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

250N10, a 240-unit apartment building that touched down on N. 10th Street in Williamsburg last year, is on the market and predicted to sell for around $100 million. [Crain's NY]

A new restaurant called Doka Hot Pot applied for a liquor license at 141 Eldridge Street, formerly home to Marly Building Supply. [Bowery Boogie]

Following a rent increase, 10-year-old wine bar The Bourgeois Pig closed this weekend on E. 7th Street. A new location is open at 127 MacDougal Street. [EV Grieve]

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Greenpoint Filmmaker’s Christmas, Again Is Taking Sundance By Storm

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Director Charles Poekel knew he wanted a real Brooklyn Christmas tree stand for the backdrop of his first feature film, “Christmas, Again,” but tree salesmen are a tough crowd to get in with; he wasn’t sure how he was going to conduct research or get permission to film his low-budget flick. His solution? He became a bona fide tree salesman himself, setting up shop as McGolrick Trees for three cold Christmas seasons.
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Here Are Some of the Unreal Aerials That’ll Be Shown at the NYC Drone Film Festival

Drones aren’t just for drunk-flying onto the White House lawn. They’re also for getting killer shots of NYC during the snow (Gothamist unearthed the one above) and as the organizer of the first annual New York City Drone Film Festival told us recently, they make for some seriously jaw-dropping cinema. The film fest has now unleashed the list of shorts that will be in competition March 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The fest is sold out, but don’t worry — we’ve found some of the contenders online and have embedded them for your viewing pleasure below. 
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David Cross Is Premiering Hits, His Directorial Debut, at Nitehawk

Comedian David Cross, a disillusioned East Villager turned DUMBO dweller, is making his directorial debut with Hits, and he’ll be at the comedy’s New York premiere Feb. 12 at Nitehawk. The best part: the price of the ticket is up to you, so if you want to be a cheapass a la Todd Margaret you can save a few bucks and treat yourself to a beer while you watch.
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This Is How Sledding and Shredding Is Done

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and your boss is still at Sundance, so get thee to one of New York City’s sledding spots (yes, they exist — and the Parks Department has a handy list of them) before it’s too late. Don’t have a sled? Grab one of these from the window of Paula Rubenstein, Ltd., at 21 Bond Street. (By “grab” we mean pay $235 to $385 for them — which is not that crazy if your entire office goes in on it.) Or, you could follow in the RV-steps of these guys who shredded the streets of Williamsburg on the night of the travel ban…
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Like a Kid in a Candy Store…

(Facebook)

(Facebook)

Last night Ray’s Candy Store went full “candy shop,” as burlesque dancers once again hopped up on the lunch counter to celebrate Ray Alvarez’s 82nd birthday and his malt shop’s 40 years on Avenue A. According to a Facebook post, Ray not only got some lipstick kisses but also a scrapbook containing almost 200 photos of him and his shake shack over the years, which you can check out next time you drop in for some late-night cheese fries. He was quoted as saying, “When I die, I want to be buried with this book, some peanut butter, and my iPhone so I’ll have something to do.” See all the ray-cy photos over here.