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Word Bookstore Is Expanding With a Kids Shop in Greenpoint

Children’s book author Ame Dyckman at Word. (Photo: Word’s Instagram)

We’ve lost too many local bookshops of late (RIP St. Mark’s Bookshop, Bookcourt, etc.) but at the same time others have expanded: Williamsburg’s Spoonbill & Sugartown opened a Bushwick outpost and Soho’s McNally Jackson recently opened a West 8th Street location of its Goods For the Study offshoot. On its tenth anniversary, its good to see Greenpoint’s Word in that latter category.

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The Vic’s Folks Are Opening 5 Restaurants in 3 Weeks, Sort Of

Hot chicken at #Blazingfeathers, via chef Hillary Sterling’s Instagram.

Because Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer apparently don’t already have enough on their plate as operators of some of the city’s most well-liked restaurants (Vic’s and Rosie’s in the East Village and Cookshop in Chelsea), they’ve decided to open a series of popups next door to Vic’s. We’re told the concepts, helmed by chefs from their various restaurants, are based on their group travels, just as Rosie’s was based on sojourns to Mexico.

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Get Beamed Into an Alien Afterlife via This Trippy Video Game and Gallery Show

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You wake up in a hospital. There is a doctor standing over you in scrubs, running his hand down a clipboard, a mask pulled tight across his face. There’s a vague beeping behind you and the sounds of miserable sobbing coming from somewhere. The beeping grows longer and louder until, all of a sudden, it flat-lines and your consciousness (soul? being?) rises up out of your body. “Let me tell you a secret. . .” a calm, female, British voice says from somewhere as your consciousness floats into a cosmic, hallucinogenic light show on the way to your alien afterlife.

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These Bars Are Offering Free Postcards and Cheap Drinks on The Ides of Trump

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Mixing alcohol with your feelings about Trump may not be ate best idea (remember what happened to this guy?), but this week some local watering holes are inviting you to do just that, by handing out stamped postcards addressed to the country’s most dependable smdh trigger. It’s all in conjunction with The Ides of Trump, a letter-writing campaign based on the assumption that our president reads. “Just as the Romans did for Julius Caesar, you and I will now do for Donald J. Trump — only with postcards,” says the Facebook invite. Okay, it’s doubtful this day will end with Trump saying, “Et tu, Bannon?”, but whatever. Here’s where to post up.

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Controversial ‘Fighting Activist Attorney’ Lynne Stewart Mourned at Funeral

Mourners salute Lynne Stewart as casket leaves. (Photos: Mary Reinholz)

Detractors of the late Lynne Stewart view her as a mouthpiece for evildoers who was imprisoned for helping a convicted terrorist communicate with his violent followers. Her mostly leftist supporters clearly revere the once prominent Lower East Side lawyer as a zealous defender of the poor and the grievously oppressed. During a funeral service held Saturday morning at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, dozens of them joined Stewart’s relatives and friends in mourning her death and celebrating her life as an activist. They made it plain that Stewart did not go gently into that good night. Nor would they.

“She had tremendous love and she taught us not to be afraid,” said Zenobia Brown, Stewart’s physician daughter by Ralph Poynter, her longtime second husband. “We will not be going quietly and we will make mom proud– whether it’s for helping political prisoners or [providing] financial support” for her varied left-wing causes.

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Brooklyn Flea Is Moving Its Saturday Market From Fort Greene to Williamsburg

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With spring fast approaching, we suspected today’s news about Bushwick Flea and the new Starr Space Flea Market wouldn’t be the only stirrings in the world of hipster flea markets. The original, Brooklyn Flea, has just announced that it’s folding up its Fort Greene market– yes, the one that started it all– and moving it to Williamsburg. The Saturday Flea, which has been in Fort Greene for nine years, will now take place alongside Saturday Smorgasburg in East River State Park.

The Flea’s founders explained the move in an email:

It’s a bittersweet moment for us, as our flagship location in Fort Greene is where this whole trip began. With a brand-new running track laid at the [Bishop Laughlin Memorial High] school over the winter and the chance to expand beckoning at East River State Park, however, it made sense to make this move now. The Flea loved every moment of its nine years at Bishop Loughlin, and we thank everyone at the school for their partnership over the last decade.

The Flea’s Sunday markets are staying put this season: Sunday Smorgasburg will remain at Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill, where it has been since 2015, and the Sunday Flea will remain at DUMBO’s Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. You’ll recall that the Sunday Flea took place in Williamsburg until last season, so the Saturday Flea’s move to the neighborhood is a homecoming of sorts.

It’s all one big game of musical chairs. Speaking of chairs, maybe you can score a nice little Eames number during the Flea’s opening weekend, April 1 and 2.

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Williamsburg’s Dokonoko Launches Debut Women’s Line at Soho Pop-Up

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Dokonoko, a new Williamsburg-based womenswear brand, launched its debut line last night in Manhattan. For the next three months, you can peruse the label’s colorful, funky pieces at the new Soho location of Bulletin, the local-designer showcase that also has a store in Williamsburg.

Dokonoko was launched by Tokyo-born graphic designer Reina Sugiyama and her fellow New Yorker Lacey Voss, who has designed for American Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret. The brand describes itself as “a play on many things: Japanese and American cultures, femininity and feminism, identity and stereotypes, and the seriousness of the retail world.” The quintessential “Dokonoko woman,” according to the brand’s manifesto, had an international upbringing (Sugiyama was a globe-trotting diplomat’s daughter) and “found her freedom to be truly herself” in New York City.

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Two Words: ‘Free Beer’ at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co’s 3rd Anniversary Bash

(Photo: Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. on Instagram.

Sure, it’s snowing out right now, but day-drinking season is so close we can almost taste the beef-bouillon bloodies on our lips while the sun kisses our pallid, desiccated skin. It’s happening next Sunday, folks: Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. is celebrating its third anniversary with a party involving two hours of free beer.

Yep, it’s been just about three years since we brought word that Dirck the Norseman had launched its in-house brewery, inspired by the traditions of English, German, and Belgian beer-makers. A lot has changed since Ed Raven, a former Brooklyn Brewery employee and owner of Greenpoint’s Brouwerij Lane beer shop, launched Brooklyn’s first brewery-restaurant. Since then, local endeavors like Kings County Brewers Collective, Interboro Spirits & Ales, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company and Third Rail Beer have gotten off their feet. Oh, and let’s not forget Threes Brewing, which just opened a Greenpoint pop-up. (On the other hand, Greenpoint Beer Works powered down last year.)

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Round-the-Clock Restaurant Coming to Greenpoint’s Hipstermuda Triangle

The northwest corner of McCarren Park has become twice as see-and-be-sceney ever since the Maison Premiere folks opened Sauvage right across from the ever-popping Five Leaves (not to mention their new neighbor Pretty Southern, the fried chicken joint from Top Chef hunk Sam Talbot). Now the tiny triangle bounded by Bedford, Nassau, and Manhattan is getting a new hipster magnet: Alexandra Siwiec is transforming her old flatiron-shaped spot, Nights and Weekends, into a round-the-clock cafe and restaurant.

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