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More Gunplay in Greenpoint: There Was An Armed Robbery Near McGolrick Park

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

More bad news out of Greenpoint: a bodega at 560 Morgan Avenue was robbed last night at 11:10 p.m., according to the police. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the Mini-Mart at the corner of Morgan and Driggs, displayed a firearm and took off with about $700, the police said. No one was hurt, but the suspects are still at large.

Last night’s incident was the latest in what has become a significant number of crimes, some violent, in the normally tranquil neighborhood. Next Tuesday, the Greenpoint Neighborhood Watch will meet to discuss the spike with local police officers.

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NYC’s Largest Firearm Seizure; ‘Girls’ Season 3 Teaser

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The current state of Mary Help of Christians Church. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The largest seizure of firearms in NYC history was announced today, after the NYPD arrested 19 people in connection to gun smuggling from the Carolinas into Chinatown. Bloomberg says stop-and-frisk helped catch the bad guys. [Gothamist]

East Williamsburg’s comic-nerd burger joint Action Burger now sells beer and spiked milkshakes. [DNAinfo]
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Point Your Vintage Triumph to This Motorcycle Block Party and Film Festival

MFF“Anybody can own a bike and anybody can ride a bike” is the mantra of veteran motorcyclist Jack Drury. The former punk and metal rocker has spent his entire career as an event producer trying to prove it: this Sunday in Williamsburg, his Bored, Stroked, Ported vintage-motorcycle block party celebrates its 10th year of shattering the stereotype of “tough guys, violence, and Orange County Choppers,” and next month he’ll bring Brooklyn’s first motorcycle film festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
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Here’s How Nicholas Megalis’s 5 Fave Vines Sprouted Into Being

Now that you know that Nicholas Megalis is really good at making things go viral, you probably wanna get inside his brain. Luckily, Nick has provided us with a list of his all-time favorite Vines, and the ideas behind them.

My name is Nicholas Megalis. I’m 24 years old, I’m a musician/artist/full blown idiot. I live in Brooklyn, New York and I have no pets. I make six-second video loops on the social media mobile app “Vine” and you can do it, too! It’s insane, it’s a blast, it’s worldwide madness. Download Vine immediately and then look at me directly in the eyes and tell me you aren’t addicted. Here are some vines I made and I hope you enjoy them.
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Welcome Bossa Nova Civic Club Radio to the Dance Floor

(Photo: Jorge Day/Courtesy of Bossa Nova Civic Club)

(Photo: Jorge Day/Courtesy of Bossa Nova Civic Club)

Bossa Nova Civic Club — which is not so much a civic club as it is the city’s best dance club — just launched a radio station, for y’all house-head homebodies who want the beats without having to hit the streets. Play the sound files below for recent sets from Umfang, Beta Librae, Buscabulla, and Further Reductions, which released an album on the cassette-only label we told you about back in June.
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Theater for the New City Got a Facelift But Not the One It Wanted

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you’ve walked down First Avenue recently, you might’ve noticed that Theater for the New City has spruced up the building it’s been in since the late ’80s with a circus-inspired paint job. Definitely a step up from the drab facade of yore, but what happened to that crazy makeover that the designer of the Shake Shack had planned?
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This Guy Will Turn Your Favorite Old T-Shirt into a Five-Panel Hat

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If you, like us, have a drawer full of t-shirts that shrank in the wash or tragically stained with ramen-burger sauce (or both), listen up. After a launch party tonight, you’ll be able to head into Greenpoint’s newest art gallery anytime this month and get your favorite tee turned into a snazzy hat.
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There’s a Building Ablaze in Bushwick Right Now (Update: Bushwick Collective OK)

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

Bushwick’s week of mayhem continues: A tipster just alerted us to a three-alarm fire that’s currently blazing at 449 Troutman Street. An eyewitness reported billows of black smoke and a fire truck ladder extended to the roof of the building. According to the FDNY, the call came in at 4:42 p.m., and 138 firefighters were sent to the scene.
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Learn How to Make Indian Tacos and Jam on Analog Synths at Camp Lakota

(Photo courtesy The Last Weekend)

Indian tacos. (Photo: Keetja Allard)

If you missed the Wild Honey Pie summer camp that we told you about (Bushwick Daily has photos), don’t worry: The Last Weekend — a three-day food, arts and music festival taking place in the Catskills — will give you another chance to become one with nature alongside fellow artistically-inclined folks looking to escape the city for a spell.
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Tonight: Dream Baby Is Celebrating One Year With One Hour of Free Booze

1003876_416855588431696_1714544827_nEven with a longtime CBGBs bartender and one of the founders of Brownies behind it, Dream Baby caught some scorn from old-school East Villagers when it took over the space that belonged to beloved Lakeside Lounge for over 15 years. (Knee-jerk scorn from old-school East Villagers? It’s been known to happen.) A year later, it looks like the hatchet has been buried, because the bar is all thanks-for-the-love as it celebrates its anniversary. “We are humbled and proud to have so many great friends, neighbors, and customers,” it wrote on Facebook.

To show some love back, they’re doing an open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, so can you keep the free booze rolling after beers at that .
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Man, We Would’ve Hit Up This Sample Sale Even Without the Free Beer

greatminds_augustReady your makeshift New York City excuse for a closet, because this is a big one: two of the chicest fashion retailers in North Brooklyn are having a sample sale this weekend. Swords-Smith is teaming up with In God We Trust (recently featured in our Regulars column) for the sale — which runs Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — and a preview event featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewery, today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s going down at Swords-Smith, located at 98 S. 4th St. in a neat new single-story space tucked between Bedford and Berry.
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Opening a DIY Venue? ‘Leases Are Much More Confusing Than French Philosophy’

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Over the last few years, as the number of city crackdowns on quasi-legal do-it-yourself venues in Brooklyn has risen, the community that organizes, fosters and sustains such spaces has shifted focus, ever so slightly, toward maintaining long-term viability. Which is why last night, at the The Silent Barn in Bushwick, a four-person panel and about 50 attendees came together to discuss “Legalizing DIY.”
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