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Council Member Stages a Sit-In to Try to Save North Brooklyn Community Centers

The Borinquen Plaza Senior Center, which isn't in danger. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The Borinquen Plaza Senior Center, which isn’t in danger. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

This evening, Council Member Antonio Reynoso is planning to sit with seven others in the middle of Ainslie Street with the intention of getting arrested. “This is not something we would have wanted to have done at all,” says Jennifer Gutierrez, a spokesperson for Reynoso’s office. “We’re just frustrated.”

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Oh Hey, It’s Greenpoint Gallery Night Tonight

Rodseth-MenTwelve of Greenpoint’s best art spaces will open their doors to show off their latest projects and exhibitions tonight. Scott Chasse (Calico Brooklyn) and Lia Post (Fowler Arts Collective) created Greenpoint Gallery Night two years ago in “an effort to connect the spaces here with each other, as well as to bring more attention to the neighborhood gallery scene,” according to Chasse.

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‘This Bar Is Brooklyn’: St. Paddy’s Day With Rosemary at Her Greenpoint Tavern

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“That’s my chair honey.”

Rosemary Bleday reprimands a customer as he puts his hands on an empty chair at the end of the bar. Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern is packed to bursting with St. Patrick’s Day revelers, yet one chair remains tantalizingly open. It sits in a prime location, facing out on Bedford Avenue and providing a vantage point of the entire tavern. But Rosemary’s spot will always be Rosemary’s spot, like it has been for 60 years.

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Hundreds Rally to Protect Williamsburg Park From ‘Jagged Teeth of Development’

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(Photo: Jas Chana)

“The City promised us a park, instead we got a burning warehouse,” shouted Nick Rizzo, District Leader for Williamsburg and Greenpoint, to the crowd that gathered outside City Hall this lunchtime. The North Brooklyn community was out in full force: approximately 300 people took part in today’s Bushwick Inlet Park rally, a move to put pressure on the city to fulfill its promise of a 28-acre plot of greenspace on the Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront. The turnout was so large that many marchers were restricted access to the steps of City Hall. Unwavering in their enthusiasm, they showed their support from the neighboring streets. Members of the Hispanic and Hasidic communities of North Brooklyn held flowers, flags and banners alongside local parents and their young children who were missing school for an important lesson in civil action. In unison the crowd broke frequently into the chant: “WHERE’S OUR PARK, A PROMISE IS A PROMISE.”

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Revisit the ’90s Squatter Scene at the Release Party For Kill City

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East Village survivors and history buffs should plan to head over to Dumbo on April 2, to celebrate the publication of Ash Thayer’s Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000. The book is a visual time capsule, catching a time when the streets of Alphabet City teemed with junkies and crawled with criminal activity. At the same time, “there was a sense of openness and possibility about the East Village then,” Thayer tells the New York Times.

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Oiji Has Quietly Opened in Dok Suni’s Former Digs

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Oiji, a chic Korean restaurant, has opened in the space that housed beloved Dok Suni for over two decades. As noted when we spoke to Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku back in October, the chefs and co-owners have experience in the kitchens of Michelin starred restaurants (Kim at Bouley, Ku at Gramercy Tavern) and it shows in the refined technique they apply to the Korean dishes here. 
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Get Your Zappie Fix At Early

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About a year ago, Radek Kucharski, owner of a Brooklyn-based electrical contracting company, noticed something about Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue. The street’s northern-most portion was lined with countless bodegas, laundromats and bars  but not a single place to get a truly gourmet sandwich or cup of coffee. An electrical contractor by trade, Kucharsk lacked any kind of formal or professional culinary training. But a product of his Polish heritage, he knew he appreciated the art that is good sandwich making.
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Here’s Louis CK Hightailing It Down Third Avenue Today

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(Photo: Jas Chana)

I love Louis CK. So when I found out that he was filming for season five of his masterful dramedy Louie in the East Village, I knew I had to be involved in some way. This morning’s set was a cramped shopping aisle inside Westside Market on Third Avenue. It was only after the second time I had been shooed away by production assistants that it dawned on me I had actually become part of the fabric of an urban film set. Unfortunately it was as a paparazzo.
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Keith Haring’s NSFW Bathroom Doodles On Display at Relaunched LGBT Community Center

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Deborah Kass, “Deb,” 2012. Screenprints, edition of 60, 24 x 24 inches each.

Some of the city’s most colorful characters flocked to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center last night to celebrate the completion of a $9.2 million renovation project. A sparkling rainbow ribbon was cut by Edie Windsor, who famously caused the Supreme Court to change its exclusively heterosexual interpretation of marriage through a civil rights case that is now a historical milestone for the LGBT community. Cheers resounded as it fell to the floor.
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