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In the Projects, Citi Bike Hasn’t Exactly Kicked Into High Gear

A trail of self-praise has followed Citi Bike over the last week. Over 6,000 Citi Bikers pedaled through the city against the Polar Vortex and just yesterday the program announced that it had signed up its 97,000th member.  So why is the docking station outside of the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D and East 5th Street so often chock full of bright blue bikes?

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Meet Wes Anderson, John Waters, Chuck Palahniuk and More at the Library

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 1.40.44 PMLast time we headed uptown for something at the library, it was for that . Looks like a return visit is in order: the lineup for the upcoming season of Live at the NYPL has just been unleashed and highlights include Wes Anderson talking Grand Budapest Hotel, Malcolm Gladwell revealing all, Douglas Coupland and Chuck Palahniuk in what’s sure to be a far-out convo, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy talking craft brews, John Waters (who’s always good for a laugh), and more. Check out the full schedule below. If you’re a Friend of the Library, click on the links to pre-order tickets (they’re $15) or wait till they go on sale to general public ($25) Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.
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Take a Selfie With This 13-Foot-Long Dragon Tonight at UCB East

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(Drawing by Maelle Doliveux, one of the actors in “The Golden Nipple Ring”)

A beast will descend on the Beast tonight! Behold the 13-foot-long dragon that will appear in “The Golden Nipple Ring” at UCB East.

For the past year, Matt Dennie and Josh Sharp have hosted a monthly variety show called Cool Shit/Weird Shit. “It’s a very East Villagey type show and we aim to do old-school performance stuff that you would’ve seen back in the day at Luna Lounge,” Dennie wrote in an e-mail, referring to the bygone Ludlow Street venue. “Stuff that is cool and weird and doesn’t fit into the typical stand-up, sketch, improv mold.”
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If You’re a Saved By the Bell Fan, Get Ready to Sing ‘I’m So Excited’

BELDINGNot only is it a great time to be a William S. Burroughs fan, but if you’re a Saved By the Bell fan, you’re living in the midst of a veritable Zack-and-Kelly renaissance.

Remember Dennis Haskins, the actor who played Mr. Belding? Well, on Feb. 7 and 8, he’s making a guest appearance in Bayside! The Musical!,  the outrageously raunchy parody of SBTB that’s been playing at Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place. The Bayside principal’s catch phrase — “What is going on here?” — is a big part of the musical and (spoiler alert) eventually leads to a 4 Non Blondes cover that’s one of its more hilarious numbers. So, yeah, this should be pretty epic.
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There Was a Shooting in Bushwick Today

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

A man was shot outside of the Borinquen Plaza Houses in Bushwick today.

We don’t yet have a description of the victim, but an officer at the crime scene shortly after 5 p.m. thought he was likely to survive. Cops on the scene were overheard saying the man, found on the ground near McKibbin Street, had been shot once in the arm and twice in the leg. A police spokesperson said it was too early to confirm any details.

The incident occurred less than a block from Humboldt Street YMCA.

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William S. Burroughs Junkies, Get Ready For the Ultimate Fix

Young Burroughs with old Ginsberg. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Young Burroughs with old Ginsberg. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Don’t expect him to trend on Twitter or anything, but William S. Burroughs might at least be the stuff of party chatter in the coming months, thanks in part to a meaty new biography by Beat chronicler Barry Miles and an upcoming celebration of the dapper degenerate’s 100th birthday. WSB100, as the month-long centenary blowout is being dubbed, won’t take place till April, but you’ll have a couple of glorious opportunities to bask in all things Burroughs in the next days.
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DIY or Die! Surveying the Post-285 Future of Brooklyn’s Underground(-ish) Venues

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(Photo: Dylan Johnson, @giantclick)

It seems the dust has finally settled over at 285 Kent following a farewell weekend packed with frothy debauchery, nostalgia-tinged obituaries and, of course, jaded shoulder shrugs. Emerging from the haze is a consensus that the Man, in all its frightening manifestations — aka the police, stroller-pushing Williamsburg yuppies, the city’s ever increasing wealth gap, and what’s known as the Bottle Club Law — can’t kill the spirit of the underground, after-hours, and DIY that inspired 285 Kent.

So what’s next?

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And With This, Christmas Is Officially Over

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This morning we spotted the folks at Illuminations — the Bushwick-based lighting company that brings holiday cheer to countless corners of the city — taking down the decorations over St. Marks Place. And with this, the Christmas season is finally over. If you have a tree lingering in the apartment even though Mulchfest came and went, it’s time to give it the heave ho. We know it’s hard to pack up the jingle bells — especially in this weather — but seriously: there are less than 100 days until the reopening of Rockaway Taco.

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Sideshow Goshko Celebrates 5 Years of Comedic Storytelling and ‘So Much Alcohol’

(Photo by Maryanne Ventrice, Courtesy of Leslie Goshko)

Leslie Goshko. (Photo by Maryanne Ventrice)

It’s kind of appropriate that Leslie Goshko, a woman of Ukrainian heritage with an arsenal of anecdotes, hosts a monthly storytelling show at KGB Bar, the former socialist clubhouse for Soviet ex-pats. Tonight, Sideshow Goshko celebrates its fifth anniversary.
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A Spaceship Landed On the Bowery Today

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

A spaceship has landed on the Lower East Side — and no, George Clinton isn’t playing Bowery Ballroom. The New Museum launched “Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module,” an exhibition/installation taking over the building’s fifth floor from now until April 6.
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