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Nino’s Is Back, Baby, He’s Back!

Nino's Pizzeria (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Nino’s Pizzeria (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

In April, Nino Camaj told The Local he was planning to bring back his eponymous pizzeria to the corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A, seven years after selling the original and moving to Florida. Nino’s had been under new ownership, which “ruined everything,” Camaj said. “A lot of people complained.”
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As of Tonight, The Base is the Place For Radical Lefties

Occupy Wall Street’s glory days of regular police spats and national front page news coverage are behind us (unless you watch The Newsroom — hello, Tompkins Square Park!), but at least some members of the movement have remained active agitators. Former Occupiers Khalil Robinson, who has primarily worked at teaching and aiding undocumented immigrants, and Elysa Lozano, an artist and political activist, have triumphed over a failed Kickstarter and months of delay in order to open The Base, which they’ve described on their website as “a sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing.” So far, their organizing has consisted of holding free Spanish classes and boxing lessons, but they are officially inaugurating their new space tonight with a panel called “Where Do Social Movements Go From Here?
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There Will Be Mud Wrastlin’ and Crab Crackin’ in Rockaway Tomorrow

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If you missed the crab feast at Cafe Ghia in Bushwick last night, don’t worry — there’s still a chance to get crackin’, and oh what a chance it is: East Village farm-to-table fixture Back Forty is taking its Tuesday night crab boils to Rockaway this Saturday and then again on Aug. 31. Starting at 3 p.m. at Low Tide Bar (at Beach 96th Street and the water), $25 gets you a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob and steamed potatoes (or it’s $15 for a half-size bucket).
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Soho House Tells SLA ‘This Liquor Might Actually Do a Lot of Good’

(Courtesy LES Dwellers)

(Courtesy LES Dwellers)

Soho House made the case for a liquor license at their impending Lower East Side location, Ludlow House, at the State Liquor Authority in Harlem today, with the LES Dwellers and several Ludlow Street residents in attendance to oppose it. Ludlow House’s legal representation, Donald Bernstein, attempted to prove that Soho House’s cultural programs, responsible leadership, relatively low-key nightlife, and classy members who “won’t be puking on stoops” will be a public benefit to the neighborhood.
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Some Bushwick Seniors Had to Salsa Alone After Vito Lopez Stood Them Up

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez.
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It’s Happening: The Ramen Burger is Returning to Smorgasburg

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

When Ramen Burger sold out of 150 fried-noodle burgers at Smorgasburg last week, it was uncertain if they’d return, or if it would be the sort of once-in-a-lifetime debacle, like the Stones at Altamont, that we’d be telling our incredulous kids about years from now. But Keizo Shimamoto just made it official: they’ll be back Saturday and they’ll be doling out twice as many burgers — which means the line will be ten times as long.

If you go and you bring a book, remember to support your local bookstore, lest it become a ramen-burger takeout joint.

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Surprise: Big Buck Hunter Is Especially Big in Bushwick

Chris Fream, reigning champ. (Photo: Courtesy of Big Buck Hunter)

Chris Fream, reigning champ. (Photo: Courtesy of Big Buck Hunter)

Next Thursday, the Big Buck Hunter Girls (yes, there is such a thing) and the game’s reigning world champion will appear at Pine Box Rock Shop. Sounds like a proverbial blast! But why is the Bushwick bar being graced by their presence? Well, the NSA the folks at Big Buck Hunter monitored nearly every bar in NYC that has an HD console and guess whose machine got the most plays between June 21 and July 21? Pine Box smoked the competition with 2,138 plays — over 70 per day.

Here’s how others stacked up. We’re not sure whether we’re proud or ashamed that most of these fall within Bedford + Bowery’s domain.
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Some LaRouchebags Are Comparing Obama to Hitler

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

Nazi imagery sure is making a comeback today: in Coney Island, some idiot(s) defaced a Jackie Robinson statue with swastikas, and look what’s happening right here in Williamsburg.

This morning, a two-man crew stood outside the Graham stop telling anyone who’d listen that President Obama is a fascist, along with Bush, J.P. Morgan and pretty much any commercial bank.
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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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