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Ovenly’s Owners On Their New Williamsburg Bakery and Creating an ‘Empathetic Economy’ With Cookies

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Bakery masters and all-around decent human beings Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga take another step forward today in their quest to spread delicious treats and boundless joy to all corners of New York City with the opening of their fourth Ovenly bakeshop, a cute little sliver of a spot in Williamsburg on North 5th near Kent.

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Houston Street Theater Sold; Ovenly to Expand to Williamsburg

Jon P. Waulters, a 50-year-old Bushwick resident, was arrested Wednesday after attempting five Gotham bank robberies this week. [Bushwick Daily]

Landmark Sunshine Cinema was purchased for $31.5 million and will shutter in January, clearing the way for a retail and office development. [NY Post]

Paperwork was submitted for an 11-story, 104-room hotel planned for Bedford Avenue between S. 4th and 5th Streets. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Riot Grrrl Molly Neuman Loves Ovenly’s ‘Unique Spices’ and Mellow Vibe

Coming this May, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Molly Neuman, former drummer for legendary lady-punk outfits like Bratmobile, has been connected to the heavenly bakery Ovenly since before it even began. A decade ago, she was in a supper club with future Ovenly co-owner Agatha Kulaga. Back then, Agatha talked of plans to create baked goods shop that would artfully blend sweet with savory. Eventually, she and her partner Erin Patinkin opened a place that was “inspired by the Eastern European flavors of their youths,” and Ovenly cookies and scones began appearing in cafes like Little Zelda, where Molly lives in Crown Heights.

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Williamsburg’s Bar Beau Serves Coffee By Day, and Soon Cocktails By Night

Bar Beau (Photo: Claire Chan)

I know what you’re thinking: Does Brooklyn really need another café? But this is no ordinary coffee shop. Bar Beau, which opened on Monday, works overtime for it patrons, doubling as a coffee shop by day and trendy cocktail bar by night.

The coffee bar’s architecture also lends it an unusual appeal. Crisp lines of marble intersect with the ceiling’s plaster curves, evoking rocky cliffs and turbulent waters in an homage to the Pacific Northwest background of owner Claire Chan, who also operates the West Village café The Elk.  The cocktail-slash-cafe is named for her nephew, Beau. “My roots are PNW (Vancouver, Canada), so it was important for me to integrate that into this “home away from home,” says Chan.

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Forget It, Jake, It’s Metrograph’s ‘Imagining Chinatown’ Series

After paying tribute to Fire Island, Metrograph is looking a little closer to home with its newly announced series, “Imagining Chinatown.” The series, opening Sept. 27, aims to show how Hollywood has depicted Chinatown as a “hyperbolic fantasy space,” where one “partakes in copious amounts of opium” and “crime and sin are believed to go unpunished,” per a press release.

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George Clinton On His Role in Flying Lotus’s Kuso: ‘I Thought I Was On Drugs Again’

Flying Lotus with mic, George Clinton in hat. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We warned you that Flying Lotus’s debut feature, Kuso, would be one of the grossest, weirdest movies in recent memory. Sure enough, after last night’s Rooftop Films screening an audience member had just one question for FlyLo.

Why?”

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Gang Assault on Williamsburg Bridge; Manhattan Apartments Average $2.2M

Per the New York Supreme Court, the family of former Stuyvesant Town resident Mark Chanko—who was hit by a garbage truck and killed in 2011 while filming a scene for the reality series NY Med—may not obtain unlimited access to the footage. [Town & Village]

Yesterday morning, a 62-year-old man sustained serious head injuries after he was hit by an Escalade at the intersection of Allen and Grand Streets. [DNA Info]

A Lower East Side-bound deliveryman was attacked on December 10 by five punching men on the Williamsburg Bridge, who robbed him of $60, his bicycle, and the $105 food order he was dropping off. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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New Essex Crossing Renderings; Converted Synagogue Going For $30K

Check out new renderings of the Market Line, the eventual site of the Essex Street Market in the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. [Curbed NY]

An eighth grade teacher at Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration launched a $4K crowdfunding campaign to buy computers for her students. [Bushwick Daily]

On E. 8th Street, a synagogue converted into a four-story townhouse is currently on the market for $30K/month. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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Get Sugared Up On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, This Thursday

(image courtesy of Doubletree by Hilton)

(image courtesy of Doubletree by Hilton)

Did you know this Thursday is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? It might get a little confusing, as National Chocolate Chip (sans cookie) Day is May 15 and National Cookie Day is December 4, but rest assured there’s also a day specifically for these classic treats.

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Your Week in Film: Cronenberg’s Overdose Twins and Leaving Britney Alone

Grrrl Germs: a Visual History of Riot Grrrl 1990-1997
Various screenings, now through Saturday May 28 at Spectacle: $5.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the Riot Grrrl movement challenged punks everywhere to reexamine their subculture, demanded “girls to the front” at shows, and delineated punk’s physical and intellectual spaces as welcoming to women, but also as zones that were for and by a diversity of voices. Riot Grrrl may have become the victim of sensationalism due to a desperately out-of-touch media trying to figure out what the hell was going on with these tattooed, pierced, and sex-crazed Gen Xers.

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Shows: Noise Rock Savagery and a Beloved Venue’s Punkerversary

10411717_970867636257786_8329522161874932290_nIt’s that time of the week again. Scrambling to see what’s happening this weekend? Well, we don’t blame you for allowing yourself to check out of existence for the majority of the work week — attention spans are getting shorter and shorter as we hurtle toward holiday. Just kidding, we don’t get months off work to enjoy what little nice weather we’re blessed with each year, this isn’t freaking Europe. But at least you can pretend like something as blissful is on the horizon. We need something to keep us going and frequently lying to yourself works just as well as actual hope, for a brief time anyway. But you know what else helps to keep this awful world seem less so? live musical acts. So consider our weekly offerings after the jump.

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