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After 11 Years, Fuse Gallery Is Closing Behind Lit Lounge

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All good things must come to an end: Aliya Naumoff’s portrait of Kim and Thurston will be on display tomorrow.

Well, this bites.

Fuse Gallery, the little space behind Lit Lounge, is closing after more than a decade. Owner and curator Erik Foss just sent out the e-mail: the show that opens tomorrow — featuring Aliya Naumoff’s potraits of Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, and Karen O — will be Fuse’s last, and the East Village gallery will pack up after “Perceptions” closes on Sept. 11, of all days.
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There Was a Car Fire on the Williamsburg Bridge [Updated]

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

High drama on the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon, as a car headed for Brooklyn caught fire shortly before 1:47 p.m.

The blaze, which shut down the east-bound lane, was extinguished by 2:39 p.m., but not before some folks on Twitter and Instagram got some pretty intense shots. It’s uncertain what caused the fire; no one was injured, the FDNY said.
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Petition Against Soho House's Ludlow Street Location: 'Enough Is Enough!"

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With a critical hearing coming up later this week, the LES Dwellers have launched a petition against Soho House‘s plan to dance on the grave of Max Fish by plopping down on Ludlow Street.

Since spring, the mostly anonymous crew of Lower East Siders who make up the Dwellers have campaigned heavily against Soho House’s plan to occupy three stories and a rooftop bar at 139 Ludlow. In late May, Community Board 3 recommended that the State Liquor Authority deny a liquor license application, and now the club will plead its case to the SLA at a “500 foot” hearing on Thursday.
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The NYPL Wants to Sell You This NKOTB LP, and 22,000 Other Records

NewKidsontheBlockIf Greenpoint’s vinyl district hasn’t yielded any gems lately, you may want to make a pilgrimage to midtown later this week, because the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is selling off about 22,000 dupe LPs from its Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. And they’re going “cheap. Like, real cheap.”

The way the NYPL , this is going to be one epic sale.
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The Ramen Burger Line Was ‘Redonk,’ and Someone Made an Umami Cronut Burger

Some days ago Williamsburger Matthew Schonfeld got up at 5:30 a.m. to wait in line for a cronut, and then he jumped in the line at the new Umami Burger to create the “Umami cronut burger”!

Maybe it would’ve been the “hypebeast Frankenfood of the decade” had the Ramen Burger not debuted at Smorgasburg this Saturday. As you can see in the above video, the line for Keizo Shimamoto’s burger between fried-noodle buns was “redonk” even though it was raining. (And this wasn’t the type of rain New Yorkers normally line up for).
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Mr. SMITHE Goes to Bushwick: Mexico City Artist Finishes Up Epic Mural

SMITHE at work at Vandervoort Place (Photo: Paula Villanueva for All City Canvas)

SMITHE at work at Vandervoort Place (Photo: Paula Villanueva for All City Canvas)

Today, a Mexico City artist will complete a 200-foot-long mural on a Bushwick wall that had previously been covered with work by JR and Jim Avignon.

SMITHE started the epic piece Monday of last week, but the story of the wall goes back to 2007, when Ali Ha opened Factory Fresh, a gallery focusing on urban art, just around the corner from a derelict alley.
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We Played Paparazzo And All We Got Was This Lousy Simon Pegg Photo

Simon Pegg, maybe (Photo: Anna Silman)

After yesterday’s Girls shoot, we were like, stalking celebrities is fun! But how could we keep it up with Girls all the way up in Gramercy today?

The answer came to us when we spotted a bunch of paparazzi milling around outside the Bowery Hotel this morning. We see these guys all the time, but we’ve never thought about getting in on the action. This time, however, we asked them who they were waiting for. Was it Yeezus? Hova? Or could it be Solange, fresh off her laundromat tour of Brooklyn?
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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With Iris Cafe Closed, Wherefore Art the Golden Toast?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Twas just a little over a month ago that we marveled over the “honey toast” at St. Marks newcomer Iris Cafe — a sort of ice-cream-sundae toast castle that rivaled the cronut in its bonkers complexity (but not in its ability to draw pageviews, apparently. Oh well, we tried.)

Sadly, Iris Cafe seems to have closed for a “store remodeling,” according to a sign on the window that apologizes for the inconvenience.
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Watch Eli Reed Clear a Cop Car in a True ‘Skate or Die’ Moment

After dropping a sought-after collab with Mark Gonzales this spring, New York City brand UXA continues to push creativity with a new video titled “#TheChase.” Starting at the Astor Place cube, downtown’s most famous meet-up spot, the grainy black-and-white mini-movie follows pro skater Eli Reed as he slashes through lower Manhattan, trailed by some very large thugs played by Lower East Side natives Carlito Olivo and Johnny Diaz.
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Latinos in Immigration Limbo Had Better Get to This Church in the Next Few Days

Worshippers at Trans. (Photo: Alberto Reyes)

Worshippers at Trans. (Photo: Alberto Reyes)

For almost two months now, Salvadorian immigrants have been streaming into the basement of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, a red-brick edifice built more than 125 years ago by Irish and German beer barons. With a July 29 deadline looming, they come to the corner of Marcy and Hooper to reapply for Temporary Protected Status, so they can continue to live and work legally in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
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