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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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With Iris Cafe Closed, Wherefore Art the Golden Toast?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Twas just a little over a month ago that we marveled over the “honey toast” at St. Marks newcomer Iris Cafe — a sort of ice-cream-sundae toast castle that rivaled the cronut in its bonkers complexity (but not in its ability to draw pageviews, apparently. Oh well, we tried.)

Sadly, Iris Cafe seems to have closed for a “store remodeling,” according to a sign on the window that apologizes for the inconvenience.
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Watch Eli Reed Clear a Cop Car in a True ‘Skate or Die’ Moment

After dropping a sought-after collab with Mark Gonzales this spring, New York City brand UXA continues to push creativity with a new video titled “#TheChase.” Starting at the Astor Place cube, downtown’s most famous meet-up spot, the grainy black-and-white mini-movie follows pro skater Eli Reed as he slashes through lower Manhattan, trailed by some very large thugs played by Lower East Side natives Carlito Olivo and Johnny Diaz.
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Latinos in Immigration Limbo Had Better Get to This Church in the Next Few Days

Worshippers at Trans. (Photo: Alberto Reyes)

Worshippers at Trans. (Photo: Alberto Reyes)

For almost two months now, Salvadorian immigrants have been streaming into the basement of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, a red-brick edifice built more than 125 years ago by Irish and German beer barons. With a July 29 deadline looming, they come to the corner of Marcy and Hooper to reapply for Temporary Protected Status, so they can continue to live and work legally in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
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Wanna Go to Summer Camp With Some Brooklyn Bands?

summercampposter1The sleep-away camp we told you about last month has come and gone, but fear not: you can still revisit your summer camp experience in the honeyed glow of nostalgic reverie.

The Wild Honey Pie, a live-sessions-oriented music blog, is teaming up with Consequence of Sound to launch Summer Camp, a day of live recording sessions in the wilderness of northern Westchester County. (The specific location of the property is a secret.)
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Richard Kern Says Fellow Nudie Photog Terry Richardson Was ‘Asking For It’

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.05.36 PMPhilip Glass isn’t the only East Village fixture with new work out. Novelist Porochista Khakpour, a onetime East Villager herself, sits down with Richard Kern, who still keeps an apartment in the nabe, to talk about his new book and Thurston Moore-soundtracked DVD, Shot By Kern. The conversation (interspersed with Kern’s NSFW photos) clears up the myth that “Alphabet City girls” come to his door at all hours asking to model naked, and touches on Kern’s current case of photographer’s block (“if it’s just pretty girls, I don’t even know what a shot is anymore”).
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These Designers Knew You Wanted Jazzy Prints and Waterproof iPhone Pockets

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Depending on what street you turn on in North Brooklyn you’ll see scruffy versions of Andrew McCarthy’s character in Less Than Zero, neon ‘90s kids looking like In Living Color audience members, urban hikers and token goths. Take a sneak peak at Victory Press’s Fall 2013 lookbook and it’s as if 70% of these lurkers collided at a skate park and came out as a cohesive look.
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Bushwick Residents Call For Gun Control in Wake of Shooting Near Police Station

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Scene of the shooting. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Local elected officials attended an open meeting in Bushwick today, at the site of a shooting in broad daylight on Saturday that left five people hospitalized. Residents, most of them Hispanic, gathered on the sidewalk at Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Ave, holding signs that demanded “Stop Gun Trafficking.”
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Behold the Standard East Village’s New Patio

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Chairs! (Photo: Anna Silman)

Chairs! (Photo: Anna Silman)

Umbrellas! (Photo: Anna Silman)

Umbrellas! (Photo: Anna Silman)

A new brick wall. (Photo: Anna Silman)

A new brick wall. (Photo: Anna Silman)

After months of breathless anticipation, The Standard East Village’s ground-floor patio is finally open. Sorta.

The patio opened this Saturday, although a hotel rep tells us that the decor and foliage are still a work in progress. When we checked in, the space was looking pleasantly lush and understated, as opposed to the yellow Lego aesthetic of its sister location.
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Sexy vs. Sexton: Padma Shows Up to Support Lawsuit Against NYU 2031

As expected, Padma Lakshmi was among those who packed into a courtroom today to hear arguments against NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan. This was the first public hearing in a battle for the soul of the neighborhood that has become almost as heated as the hellish temperatures outside Manhattan State Supreme.
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