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Anna Bloda Gets ‘Casual Freaky’ at Beacon’s Closet As It Leaves Williamsburg

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(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

Anna Bloda first ventured into Beacon’s Closet around 12 years ago, when she was living in her native Krakow, Poland and visiting the States. With its giant Polish population, naturally Anna stayed in Greenpoint and soon found herself exploring Williamsburg. That’s where she came upon the essential go-to for hipster and vintage wear.
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Metalhead Paul Martino Doesn’t Get a Hangover, He Gets a ‘Bangover’ From St. Vitus

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Can a metalhead also be a nerd? It’s an eternal question that 30-year-old Paul Martino destroys smartly. “I’m a huge nerd,” the friendly, long-haired metal fan declares from a booth in a dark corner of Greenpoint’s St. Vitus. “Whether it’s math, heavy metal music, video games, beer, professional wrestling, sports, everything I’m into, I go in full force. I really geek out on the things I love.”
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Something Magical Happens When This ‘Coffeetographer’ Goes to Café Grumpy

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Coffee shops are very important to Chérmelle Edwards. As a freelance writer and “coffeetographer” (a coffee photographer), the passionate and too-pleasant-for-someone-so-caffeinated thirtysomething has made coffee her life. Her website, smdlr.com (an acronym for small, medium, and large), is a “cultural ode to coffee culture,” she says. The site is meant to be a “communal space for cultural revolution,” which sounds crazy ambitious. But Chérmelle truly believes in the power of coffee culture: “It’s about showing people that everything we love as a society: music, art, film, style, connection, community, all exists in the coffee shop.”
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Matchless Is ‘An After-School Program For Late-Night Comedians,’ Thanks to This Guy

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

“Beautiful” is not the first word that comes to mind when you step into the back room at Bar Matchless. But that’s how comic Nimesh Patel affectionately describes the dark, brick and concrete space that houses a small stage with the lonely bones of a drum kit and a couple guitar amps sitting silently on top. As host of the free Monday night show Broken Comedy, Nimesh tirelessly works the room every week.
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This Starving Artist Has a $5 Wine Recommendation For You

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Raimundo Rubio has been buying his booze at Greenpoint Wine & Liquors for 13 years. The clean and well-lit, no-frills store is just a block away from his apartment where he paints nearly nonstop, save for going for a daily run in McCarren Park. “I drink wine every day,” he says. “Two glasses at lunchtime and the rest of the bottle at night.”
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This Actor-Comedian Doesn't Want to Desecrate His Local With 'a Particular Type of Woman'

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

The bartender at Brooklyn Star doesn’t know Seaton Smith. Perhaps he will someday soon, but not because Seaton’s been a regular for the past several months. Instead, maybe it’ll be because Seaton will be on TV. The 31-year-old comedian and soon-to-be sitcom actor keeps a low profile at the bar-restaurant he visits late at night after hitting the comedy clubs. On this night, he’ll perform two sets in Times Square. Then, he’ll likely do what he usually does: come back to his neighborhood and unwind here with his preferred drink, a Sazerac. Since a kitchen fire took out the original, this Williamsburg location is just over a couple years old. But it has quickly become a favorite go-to for late-night diners and drinkers.
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Three Kings Tattoo Was This Detroit Native’s Gateway to Brooklyn

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Six years ago, Mike McNelis became a regular at Three Kings tattoo parlor by playing softball just as much as by getting inked. Originally from Detroit, McNelis works at Benjamin Moore Paints, helping contractors, architects, and designers find the best paint for their needs. The 37-year-old got into the paint game 15 years ago while putting himself through school at the University of Michigan and working for a painting contractor. After getting the itch to move, he bounced from Detroit to New Haven and then over to New York.
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Big Bob Grady Has Found Camaraderie at Peter Pan Donut For 40 Years

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The old timers sit in the back at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. That’s where regulars like Bob Grady (“a good Irish name”) drink their coffee and pass the time. Big Bob, as he’s affectionately known, is here every weekday around 10 a.m. With so many people coming in and so much conversation to have, he can stay sometimes all the way to 3 p.m.
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You’ve Either Seen Tinuade Oyelowo On Girls, or Dancing at Bembe

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Tinuade Oyelowo spends her days slinging soy lattes at Café Grumpy in Greenpoint and her late Saturday nights sweating on the dance floor at Bembe in Williamsburg. At Grumpy, she does double duty: after four months there, she was tapped to play a barista on HBO’s Girls. The 29-year-old Bed-Stuy resident appeared in two episodes last season and will appear in two more next season – “a very surreal New York experience.”
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Joey Pfeifer Either Has a Drinking Problem or a Pizza Problem at Anna Maria’s

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Like so many twenty-somethings before him, 23 year-old Joey Pfeifer hits up the infamous Anna Maria Pizzeria for late-night, post-boozing pizza. Situated mere steps from the busy Bedford L stop in Williamsburg, the pizza shop’s buzzing fluorescent lights are like a siren call for drinkers after last call at the bar.
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Ray Abeyta Apologizes If He’s Ever Ruined Your Quiet Brunch at Five Leaves

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Ray Abeyta goes way back with Williamsburg. The 56-year-old painter arrived in New York from New Mexico in 1986. A few years later, he met his future wife Alyssa and, together with Zeb Stewart, they opened local fixtures Union Pool and later Hotel Delmano. The couple (separated but still friendly) and their teenage children have been fixtures at many Williamsburg haunts — including Five Leaves, where Ray has been a regular since the start.
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‘Style Junkie’ Sarah Lim Scores Her Local Cologne at In God We Trust

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Sarah Lim in the shop’s backyard. (Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

When In God We Trust’s first location opened on Wythe Avenue in 2005, it was a modest shop with a little studio in the back. In that small space, founder Shana Tabor designed original clothes and jewelry with uniquely irreverent touches. For instance: the instant classic, heart-shaped Sweet Nothing necklace with a handwritten inscription reading “kiss me where i pee.” The inaugural shop has since closed but three new stores opened in its place.
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