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Williamsburg Dance Destination TBA Tries to Bounce Back From Shutdown

(Photo: TBA's website)

(Photo: TBA’s website)

TBA Brooklyn, a stripped-down South Williamsburg bunker for house and techno music that operated away from the flash of the Northside’s clubbing district, has been closed by the city, but it’s trying to bounce back via a fundraising party and campaign.
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Out of Body: a Devotee Says Goodbye to Body Actualized Center

With Bushwick’s great DIY venue and wellness center, Body Actualized, closing this month and having a today, a member of the community tells us what THE VIBE meant to her.

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

The moment I arrived in LA, fresh out of college in the spring of 2011, all of my carefully laid plans unraveled: my friend suddenly had a live-in girlfriend who nixed my staying there, the job I’d lined up fell through and it wasn’t nearly as fun and valorizing getting around by bike as I’d hoped. After many long months in the relentless sunshine I broke down and called friends for help. What should I do? Where should I go? Their answer was Brooklyn and that night, after almost getting run over by a mint Datsun in Echo Park, I bought a one-way ticket to JFK.
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‘This Is My Living Room’: After 110 Years, De Robertis Caffé Will Close Dec. 5

Robert and customer (Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

John De Robertis and customer (Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

There’s only a limited time left to experience an era when people came to coffee shops to talk rather than stare at a computer screen. De Robertis Caffé is scheduled to close for good on Dec. 5, Bedford + Bowery has learned.
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Brooklyn Rod & Gun Fishing For Donors With Documentary Campaign

We reported back in late September that Brooklyn Rod & Gun will close its doors at the end of the year. As of now, it looks like things are still headed that way. But Chris Raymond and the social club’s members are determined to save at least something of its legacy through a digital archive of ephemera, a double album of live recordings, a short documentary film, and even a book.
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Our Dearly Departed White Castle Is Attracting Mourners and Dreamers

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

It’s only a matter of time before the recently vacated White Castle on Metropolitan is leveled and another McCondo is erected. As we wait for 781 Metro Investors — the company that purchased the lot in 2013 for $6.72 mil — to bulldoze the spot where so  many sliders and chicken rings were shamefully inhaled after last call, the facade has been repurposed by some street artists.
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Crummy News: DCKT Contemporary Will Close This Month

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 4.21.38 PMYesterday, when Robert Crumb’s impending visit prompted us to mention Sophie Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s current show at DCKT Contemporary, we had no idea the exhibit would be the gallery’s last. But owners Dennis Christie and Ken Tyburski just sent out an e-mail announcing they’ll close later this month.
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Ben Wallers Says ‘Goodbye’ to Death By Audio, More Surprises in Store

The Rebel (Ben Wallers) at Death By Audio on Monday night. (Photo: Matthew Hodges)

The Rebel (Ben Wallers) at Death By Audio on Monday night. (Photo: Matthew Hodges)

On Monday night,  Death By Audio hosted the legendary Ben Wallers (aka The Rebel), or the bloke behind twangy punk outfit Country Teasers, for a rare solo performance. Wallers, who’s now 43, fronted the UK-based band starting in the early ’90s. He’s developed something of a cult following and he’s rarely seen around these parts. Even Edan Wilber, who runs Death By Audio, told us, “Never thought I’d see him live.”
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Williamsburg Will Lose Yet Another Homegrown Venue

(Photo: Brooklyn Rod & Gun Facebook)

(Photo: Brooklyn Rod & Gun Facebook)

On the heels of Death By Audio’s closing announcement, yet another Williamsburg waterfront institution is shutting its doors. Brooklyn Rod & Gun, a private social club and sometime performance space on Kent Avenue, will close by year’s end.
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Exit Interview: Ariel Palitz of Sutra, Now Closed After 10 Years of Partying

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Last week Sutra ended its 10-year-run in the East Village with a throwdown that saw Questlove DJing and Melle Mel spitting “The Message,” his seminal hip-hop track with Grandmaster Flash.
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Remembering Shakespeare & Co.: ‘I Was Proud to Work There; It’s Hard to Explain’

With Shakespeare & Co. set to close its downtown store after 27 years — possibly to be replaced by a Foot Locker — we asked Marc Spitz, a former clerk, to share his thoughts about the beloved bookshop.

(Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

If Chris Peterson, the general manager of Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, circa 1996, didn’t sit me down one afternoon and give me the choice to quit or be fired (a classy move so I could travel on to another job without having to explain a termination), they would have had to close their doors nearly twenty years ago instead of this month.
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