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Fans of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Are, Um, Gathering at This Newly Expanded Store

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Magic: The Gathering’s many devotees are indeed gathering today at the Twenty Sided Store to celebrate the latest release in a 20-year addiction. The card game’s “Theros” expansion comes out this weekend, and fans are celebrating the only way they know how — by playing Magic: The Gathering.
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50-Cent Records, Anyone? Academy Annex Is Having a Moving Sale

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As if those upcoming record fairs weren’t enough, Academy Annex is having a blowout sale before it moves from Williamsburg to Greenpoint at the end of the week. According to a clerk, about 50 bins of $1 records are now priced at 2 for $1 and, even sweeter, 15 for $5. In addition, about 20 bins worth of records have been marked down to 2 for $5.
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Erica Dobbs Celebrates Her Rise From Street Vendor to 2-Year-Old Shop Tonight

Erica Dobbs, outside her 135 Franklin Street storefront. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Erica Dobbs, outside her 135 Franklin Street storefront. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Eight years ago, Erica Dobbs – owner of Greenpoint’s fantastic vintage clothing store, Ana Chronos – was living in the West Village, working as an account executive and, as it turns out, converting her one bedroom apartment into a giant walk-in closet filled with vintage clothes.

“When I moved to New York, I needed to dress up all the time and I hated what was out there,” said Dobbs from inside her cozy two-year-old business on Franklin Street. “I liked designer things, but I realized the craftsmanship was shit and I started buying vintage on the regular and really collecting.” Eventually she turned the passion into a business, and tonight, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., she’ll celebrate two years on Franklin with booze from Pavan Liqueur, snacks from Ovenly, music by Mistri Misrach and The Spookfish, and more. Best part: the first 15 people get 50% off her rare vintage finds, and everyone else gets 30% off all night long.
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Yippie!! The Yippie Museum Scored More Time to Fight Foreclosure

David Peel at 9 Bleecker. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Yippie! Museum avoided a quick and bitter end yesterday and won more time in its dramatic fight against foreclosure.

The yippies’ legal battle to maintain their three-story building at 9 Bleecker Street, with its unpaid $1.4 million mortgage, has dragged on since 2009 when Centech LLC, their lender, filed a complaint to obtain a judgement for foreclosure and sale on the premises. Yesterday at New York State Supreme Court, Noah Potter, a lawyer for imprisoned yippie leader Dana Beal, won an extension to gather more information. “I have a month and a half to get documents to plead Dana’s case,” Potter told B+B.
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The Burlesque Festival Is Back But Oh Man, Wait Till You See Boylesque

(Photo: Lance Richardson)

(Photo: Lance Richardson)

“I’m actually fairly shy,” said Eric Gorsuch last Friday night, just hours before he strutted onto a small stage on the Bowery, flicked off some six-inch heels, and stripped down to a thong that resembled a sparkling sea anemone. “I’m not the best conversation starter,” he said. “I’m very self-conscious.” This is a man who, at six-foot-four in height, regularly does the splits upside down over a tiny stool, with abs painted on before each show.

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Let’s Gauge the Outrage: Dunkin’ On Bedford Ave vs. 7-Eleven On Avenue A

First sign of Dunkin' on Bedford. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

First sign of Dunkin’ on Bedford. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Sure, some Williamsburgers are outraged about the Dunkin’ Donuts opening on Bedford Avenue, and sure, some East Villagers are outraged about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. But which of the chains is causing the most outrage? Yesterday afternoon, we asked 30 passersby at each construction site to tell us just how outraged they were, on a scale of 1 to 10. Here’s how it panned out.
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Couldn’t Grab Coffee at Oslo This Afternoon? Blame Morgan Freeman

The view from above Oslo today.

The view from above Oslo today.

If you tried to grab a cuppa at Oslo this morning, you were probably turned away and forced to trudge to one of the 5,000 other coffee spots on the avenue. The roaster’s Bedford Ave. location closed around 4:30 p.m. so that Morgan Freeman’s forthcoming dramedy, Life Itself, could shoot there. Oslo employees were incorporated into the shot, giving the celebrity barista at Grumpy a run for her money. One of them told B+B that the scene consisted of Freeman grabbing a cup of coffee — so, nothing exciting. But the movie — which also stars Diane Keaton and Cynthia Nixon and “centers on a married couple who get swept into a real estate bidding war when they put their Manhattan apartment on the market,” according to TheWrap — will be back in the neighborhood tomorrow and the next day.

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Ginsberg’s and Mingus’s Old Places Are Up For Grabs

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In this week’s issue of New York magazine, yours truly blabbers on about living in Allen Ginsberg’s old place on East 12th Street. What isn’t mentioned is that the apartment is now up for rent. This Craiglist ad touting a one-bedroom at 437 East 12th Street doesn’t say anything about the pad’s history, but we’ll let you in on the secret: this used to be Ginsberg’s living room and bedroom, and it can now be yours. Why are we leaving the place even as the bard’s favorite noodle shop returns to the neighborhood? Well, all of that is explained here.
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Here’s Your Chance to Buy Designer Clothing Without Bankrupting Yourself

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 6.16.50 PMIf, every morning, the burning thought on your mind is, “If only I were filthy rich so I could support my obsession with designer clothing!” then we have got some topical news for you. Next Saturday, September 28, you can sate your extravagant sartorial tastes and leave your cash (or most of it) behind, because our friends at Hester Street Fair will host its fourth annual Stylist Tent Event and offer top-of-the-line garbs at “flea market” prices.
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America May Run on Dunkin’, But Williamsburg Clearly Does Not

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Signage recently went up informing the ‘Burg that a Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the corner of North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue, replacing the old Northside Pharmacy. The reaction was instantaneous: “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” someone scrawled on the banner yesterday. The Twitterverse had its say, too, and most Tweeters were, uh, noticeably frustrated. Here now are the top ten reactions to the Dunkin’. Keep Reading »

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There’s a Place Where Strippers, Bikers and Hipsters Meet

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What happens when you turn a classic biker clubhouse into a venue where hipsters mingle with Bushwick natives? Locust. Recently, this hush-hush locale off the JMZ has seen some of the area’s best performers, DJs, promoters and parties pass through each Thursday. The stripper stage is always leather-clad and stacked. Artists, rappers and club kids dance under the whir of bubble machines. Dice scatter across the bar while skate videos play on the monitors. Last week, an ex-convict turned magician taught me a quarter trick and a woman named Fish offered intoxicated but valuable life counsel. All nights beside Thursdays, however, Locust transforms back into a clubhouse (strictly) for Puerto Rican bikers and co.
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Sure, Your Office Has a Water Cooler, But Does It Have a 3D Printer?

The new high-tech creative work space at 319 Scholes.

The new high-tech creative work space at 319 Scholes (Photo: 319 Scholes)

These days, a lot of creative work emerges at the intersection of artistic impulse and new technology: think 3D printing and paper sculptures cut from lasers. Problem is, the tools to make it cost a lot of money, and artists aren’t known for having a ton of that.

Now 319 Scholes, an exhibition space in Bushwick, is doing its part to fix that problem. Keep Reading »