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We’re Liveblogging the Lines and the Felines at NYC’s First Cat Cafe

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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Back in October, we had the idea for New York City’s first cat cafe. We’re not saying Purina stole that idea (that would be catty!) but if they did, it was genius: because 15 minutes after their pop-up cat cafe started serving cat’achinos at Kenmare and Bowery it was at capacity, with a line of over 70 people around the block. There were, of course, also photographers, including one from the Daily News. And bouncers for crowd control. Have a look at our slideshow above, and check back here for updates. With excitement (and disdain) building on twitter, this could get hairy.

Update: Our reporter Jenna Marotta is liveblogging form the scene.
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And Now, Watch Nick Zedd and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Do Burroughs

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The William S. Burroughs centenary continued last night with what might’ve been its marquee event — a marathon reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project. And the reading’s finest moment? When Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an old friend of Burroughs — read the talking asshole routine that Steve Buscemi did earlier this week.
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Pot Semi-Decriminalized in BK; Toddler Survives Three-Story Fall

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According to a memo written by DA Ken Thompson, Brooklynites found in possession of a small amount of pot will only be prosecuted if they already had a criminal record. [NY Post]

An autistic 2-year-old survived a fall from a third-story window on Chrystie Street early yesterday morning thanks to a screen covering the apartment building’s trash cans. [NY Daily News]

Police are looking for a thief who has been stealing wallets, backpacks and laptops from NYU hangouts like Think Coffee, Starbucks and Chipotle. [WABC-TV]
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Brooklyn Borough President Aims to Crack Down On Scuzzy Landlords

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has a message for predatory landlords: Watch out.

In a conversation with reporters today, Adams announced a new initiative to go after landlords who try to force out longtime tenants through harassment, unfairly raising rents, or failing to provide basic services. Adams said he had met with Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson on Tuesday to discuss how they could better prosecute those “who are abusing housing laws” and “doing it with impunity,” including in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick.
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This Is The End: A Bushwick Label That’s Become a Destination For ’90s Acts

Boxes of CDs inside The End warehouse. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Boxes of CDs inside The End warehouse. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

When Nina Persson of the Cardigans signed with Bushwick-based indie label The End Records, she joined a handful of other established indie artists who had already eschewed big labels for The End, including the Dandy Warhols, the Lemonheads, Juliette Lewis and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. Alt-rock trio Better Than Ezra, playing a show at Irving Plaza tonight, also signed with The End last month.
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Joey Ramone’s Birthday Bash; Slower Speeds On McGuinness Boulevard

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In about three weeks the city will begin posting signs to notify Greenpoint drivers that the speed limit along much of McGuinness Boulevard has been reduced to 25 mph. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The family of a cyclist who was hit by a truck and killed in Williamsburg three years ago is struggling to get the NYPD to return his bike, which they hope to use as evidence in court. [Gothamist]

Due to a rent increase, a tailor on 14th Street in Alphabet City is closing his business of 50 years. [Town & Village]
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Party at Kickstarter’s House!

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.12.00 PMKickstarter has funded everything from sci-fi flicks starring Ai Wei Wei to co-working spaces to Bushwick breweries – and now the crowd-funding site is throwing a “block party” featuring some of its success stories.

If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand).
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