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L-pocalypse: There Will Be No L Trains This Weekend

1455054_10100405541558425_333144430_nSorry, good people of the L train, starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday there will be no service between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave station in Brooklyn and 8th Ave in Manhattan. Trains won’t be rolling again till early Monday morning, so get ready to rent a Citi Bike or hop aboard the M14 in Manhattan or a shuttle bus in Brooklyn. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll have to use the A, J, or M trains.

The MTA tells us it’s replacing track ties along 14th Street and at the Bedford, Lorimer, Grand and Graham stops. You can admire those gleaming new planks starting 5 a.m. Monday. In the meantime, get to bitchin’.

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Help the Philippines: a Hackathon for Techies, a Drinkathon for Alkies

Outside of Jeepney. (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Outside of Jeepney. (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Post-typhoon reports from the Philippines look increasingly grim, and the country badly needs any help it can get. Does that include apps?

, an organization that holds talks and events promoting Filipino entrepreneurship, is hosting a disaster-relief hackathon on the Lower East Side this weekend.
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Surviving Members of The Yellow Dogs Say They’ll Play On, Are Planning a Benefit

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

In the hours following the triple homicide and suicide in East Williamsburg on Monday morning there were conflicting reports about the victims, the shooter, and the relationship between them. This morning, the surviving members of the Yellow Dogs — Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai — released an official statement with the help of their manager Ali Salehezadeh, street artists Icy And Sot, and their friend Pooya Hosseini, a member of the band, the Free Keys, that the shooter had been kicked out of.
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This Former Momofuku Chef Wants His Pita Pop-Up to Go Permanent

(Virginia McLure)

(Virginia McLure)

Good shwarma seeks stable and (meat-)loving home, preferably in Brooklyn or the East Village.

Last night, former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef/partner Scott Garfinkel brought Furn: Project Shawarma to the backyard at Fritzl’s Lunch Box, serving up shawarma (shocker), chicken wings (with garlic toum, chili, and sumac), great northern beans stewed with lamb’s neck, chicken liver pâté, smoked lamb breast, and the traditional Bushwick palate cleanser, Narragansett tallboys.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Colonizing Another L Train Stop

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if you bitch about Dunkin’ Donuts in Williamsburg, they’re going to not care and instead keep opening more locations. Just a month after the opening of their widely bemoaned Bedford Ave. store, the popular (and not so popular) doughnut chain has started renovation on a new location directly off the Metropolitan L. Signage for the forthcoming shop has gone up at 527 Metropolitan Ave, former home to the charmingly sketchy Subway Bar.

While outrage over the new location has yet to start, it’s a safe bet that locals will most certainly not be coolatta about this.

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Shots Heard Round the World: Iranian Musicians Rocked By Brooklyn Tragedy

Clockwise from left: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz.

Clockwise: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz. (Photo: Yellow Dogs Facebook page)

The tragic killings of two members of Iranian expat band The Yellow Dogs rocked the local and national media outlets yesterday. Across the world, Iranian musicians were just as hard-hit by the news. “We were all shocked,” Sam Solino, keyboardist of the Tehran-based prog-rock band Liberty Square, told us in a Facebook message last night.
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At the Brooklyn Fishing Derby, Shit Got Reel

The Brooklyn Fishing Derby culminated Sunday after three days and nights of aggressive angling. The event, sponsored by the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association, brought together fishermen and women from all over who enjoy casting a line while admiring the New York City skyline.

And yes, these folks were playing for keeps: most participants said they’d be okay taking a bite of striped bass — like, say, the 12-pound, 36-incher that Jon Ruffino, winner of the inaugural 2009 derby, hauled in this year.  That’s a migratory fish that passes through the area this time of year and — in theory – hasn’t spent too much time in the less than crystalline waters of the East River.

Watch the video to hear from the bassmasters at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, and fish on!

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It’s ‘Game Over’ For This Video Game Store’s St. Marks Location

yogurt28 Bit and Up has left 35 St. Marks Place after three years on the building’s second floor, but it isn’t Game Over for the vintage video-game shop.

The store — which specializes in discontinued gaming systems like Odyssey, Coleco, Atari and NES — is starting a new life at 86 East Third Street, near First Avenue.

“We were forced to leave the building,” explained Fred Tangredi, a store manager. He cited building code violations but declined to go into specifics.
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Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga Teamed Up For an ArtRave at the Navy Yard

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While you were sleeping last night, Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons were throwing an “artRave” involving an eight-foot-tall sculpture of naked Gaga modeled after the cover of her new album ARTPOP. Boats were involved, people were excited.

We left midtown and headed down the East River to an undisclosed location later revealed to be the Brooklyn Navy Yards. By the time we docked (and filed out at an excruciating pace) we were steeped in complimentary cider and gender-indifferent eyeliner.
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Cornel West Praises Catholic Anarchist, Thinks Obama Is ‘Not Worth Breakdancing Over’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Cornel West dropped into the East Village’s Maryhouse on Friday to deliver a holy-rolling birthday tribute to Dorothy Day, the Catholic-anarchist writer who would’ve turned 116.

Decked out in his signature tux, West described Day as a “God wrestler” who was “broke as the Ten Commandments financially” but “spiritually as rich as anyone could imagine.”
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[UPDATED] Man Fatally Shot Three People and Killed Himself in East Williamsburg

Shant W Alexander/@ShantAlexander

Shant W Alexander/@ShantAlexander

A man shot and killed three people — possibly bandmates — early this morning in East Williamsburg before turning the gun on himself.

Police responding to reports of gunfire at 318 Maujer Street, between Waterbury St. and Morgan Ave., found three people shot to death and a shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A fifth person was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, with a gunshot wound to the arm.
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