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10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the G Train But Were Stuck Underground So Couldn’t Ask

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The waiting is the hardest part. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Like any relationship fraught with “issues,” riders of the G train know acute highs (like catching the train just as it arrives at the dank Broadway station at 3am) and despairing lows (like, ugh, having to ride the shuttle bus from Greenpoint to Court Square half the summer). Good or bad, the G knows how to keep things interesting!

The MTA’s full review of the G line, released yesterday and embedded below, made us see our relationship with the G in a whole new light, and like a good couples counselor it finally helped us get some questions answered. Starting with…
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Wafels & Dinges Café Is OPEN and Serving Milkshakes, Coffee, and…Lox Waffles?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The insanely popular Wafels & Dinges truck opened its first brick-and-mortar location this morning at 2nd Street and Avenue B, and owner Thomas DeGeest hopes it’ll function primarily as a neighborhood coffee shop.
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Watch Zosia Mamet of ‘Girls’ Play With Some Fake Boobs

Saturday, The Cabin Sisters played a set at the Grand Victory in Williamsburg. The folk duo has two claims to fame: one is that Zosia Mamet of “Girls” and “Mad Men” is a Cabin Sister. (The other sister is Clara Mamet, an actress on ABC’s “The Neighbors.”)
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‘You Yell, You Scream, and Then… What?’: Trayvon Martin Rally Ends in 12 to 20 Arrests

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Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 9.57.12 AM

<strong>Derek Wilson</strong>

Derek Wilson

"I came out last night as soon as I heard the verdict and I've been up all night, just riding around on Citi Bikes, trying to make sense of things."

<strong>Emily De La Cruz</strong>

Emily De La Cruz

"America is made this way. It will never change. You yell, you scream, and then... what? This could happen to you. I'm here because I don't want to kill anyone, I couldn't kill anyone. All I can do is give voice to my anger."

<strong>Busayo Olupona</strong>

Busayo Olupona

"Strange Fruit is from the Billie Holiday song evoking lynchings, though she sang only about 'Southern trees.' I have a brother in his late 20s. He's a very large black man. He'd never hurt anybody, but how is supposed to act? What are young black boys supposed to do?"

<strong>Yahshua Perez (left), with niece and son</strong>

Yahshua Perez (left), with niece and son

"I'm here because what happened is wrong, and because I want to show respect for Trayvon."

<strong>John Pasmore and Grayden</strong>

John Pasmore and Grayden

"The verdict clearly was wrong, and I'm trying to explain to my six-year-old why it was wrong. It's time to start having that uncomfortable conversation, about why a person who committed such a terrible crime can walk free."

<strong>Regina Ripley</strong>

Regina Ripley

"I'm not a professional protestor, I'm just a mom from New Jersey. But I was so shocked and disgusted by the verdict I just had to come out."

<strong>Laura Heywood</strong>

Laura Heywood

"Yeah it's hot in this hoodie, but it's not a bad idea today to remind yourself what a little discomfort feels like."

<strong>June Grey (left)</strong>

June Grey (left)

"It's scary being the father of young black male. Anything can happen, because young black men are seen as disposable to in this society. America just throws them away with no consequences. This is how it is. The system isn't broken, it's doing what it's supposed to do."

<strong>Kim Montague and Scarlet</strong>

Kim Montague and Scarlet

"We came down today because I feel for Trayvon's parents."

<strong>Kelly King</strong>

Kelly King

"Florida is not behaving as part of our democracy, so maybe it should be treated like South Africa during Apartheid. Don't go there on vacation. Don't buy OJ or any other Florida products. They need to be more conscious of their actions, and this is a way to contribute to the discussion."

<strong>Daniel Damascas Kimery</strong>

Daniel Damascas Kimery

"If we can't get justice in the court we'll get justice in the streets!"

<strong>Ashley Johnson (right)</strong>

Ashley Johnson (right)

"All of these people were unarmed, and killed, and there was no justice. And when the NYPD isn't brought to justice for killing an unarmed black person, it send a signal to everyone else that they can get away with it, too. Remember: Zimmerman was a wannabe cop."


Yesterday, thousands of New Yorkers poured into Union Square to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

We spoke to some of those who showed up in the afternoon, and you can find out what brought them there by clicking through the slideshow above. For many, the chants of “No justice, no peace!” and “The system is guilty, it freed George Zimmerman!” continued into the night and then into the wee hours during a march from the East Village to the Bronx.
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What’s the Best Least Atrocious $1 Slice? Crazy Legs Conti Finally Settles It

Last week, while Tim “Eater X” Janus took home a bronze at the Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest, his East Village roommate and fellow competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti was conspicuously absent from the eater’s table.
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Caught Between Two Worlds in Bushwick

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Jazz is floating through my window and it’s coming from the taqueria across the street. At Mesa Azeteca, there’s live jazz on Thursdays and mariachis on Fridays. Welcome to Bushwick, 2013.

The restaurant sits on Wyckoff Avenue near Hart Street, which has become a clear dividing line between two different worlds. Keep Reading »

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Can Citi Bikes Shred? Let’s Find Out!

We never thought we’d see Billy Rohan on a Citi Bike. You’re more likely to catch him skateboarding in Iraq or backflipping off a cop car.

But the other day he shot us an idea: “I thought it would be a funny skit to take these silly bikes to famous skate spots and get our friends to ride them on stairs and skate parks.”
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Sigh, Amy Poehler Made Fun of Our Name (And a Whole Lot More From DCM)

Amy Poehler at the DCM presser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Amy Poehler at the DCM presser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

UCB: Besser, Poehler, Roberts and Walsh. (Photo: Anna Silman)

UCB: Besser, Poehler, Roberts and Walsh. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Roberts and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Roberts and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Besser, Poehler and Walsh at the DCM presser.

Besser, Poehler and Walsh at the DCM presser.

Poehler and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Poehler and Besser. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Ellie Kemper (Photo: Anna Silman)

Ellie Kemper (Photo: Anna Silman)

Zach Woods (Photo: Anna Silman)

Zach Woods (Photo: Anna Silman)

Our best paparazzi shot of new beaus Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll

Our best paparazzi shot of new beaus Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll

Cera and Poehler in Gravid Water (Photo: Joshua Encinias)

Cera and Poehler in Gravid Water (Photo: Joshua Encinias)

Louie C.K. performs at ASSSSCAT (Photo: Tom Meyer)

Louie C.K. performs at ASSSSCAT (Photo: Tom Meyer)

The 56-hour comedy extravaganza known as the Del Close Marathon took place over the weekend. For the improv nerds amongst us, this was the chance to see some of the country’s most talented improv comedians performing at the height of their craft. For the more casual viewer, it was a chance to stalk celebrities, not to mention a whole lot of hey-you-look-familiar faces, running the gamut from Apatow-film-cameo to “that guy from The Office.” Here’s what we took away from it all.

Amy Poehler is busy as hell:
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Watch a Bicycle Harvester Do His Thing With a Garage Queen

AJ Nichols, the bike mechanic who was repairing and selling bicycles out of a basement in Bushwick, is enjoying a new life above ground. The 26-year-old North Carolinian relocated his subterranean studio to a proper storefront and, after decorating it with woodworking scraps from an artist’s dumpster, grand-opened Harvest Cyclery at 606 Bushwick Avenue earlier this month.
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The 20 Cutest, Coolest Things We Saw at Renegade Craft Fair

Camp Renegade

Camp Renegade

Bringing the pervasive Native American appropriation trend of the craft fair full-circle.

Custom portraits

Custom portraits

Emmiebean

Greeting cards

Greeting cards

McBitterson's

Ceramic skulls

Ceramic skulls

Beetle and Flor

Handmade ceramics

Handmade ceramics

Elizabeth Benotti

A more advanced take on the Burger King birthday paper crown.

A more advanced take on the Burger King birthday paper crown.

Wishbown Letterpress

Sketchbooks, notebooks

Sketchbooks, notebooks

Another Fucking Tote

Greeting cards

Greeting cards

Another Fucking Tote

Chalkboard maps

Chalkboard maps

Dirtsa Studio

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Mehoi

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Mehoi

Terrariums

Terrariums

Twig

"Alternate Orioles" and more

University of Brooklyn

Plushies and homewares

Plushies and homewares

Caitlin Wicker

Greeting cards

Greeting cards

McBitterson's

The Renegade Craft Fair set up camp in Williamsburg’s East River State Park this weekend, alongside regulars Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea. We withstood the sweltering heat to show you a few of our favorite things, amass a collection of business cards, and to indulge in some ice cream from the Coolhaus truck (which, unfortunately, could not withstand the heat). We may have even come away with a purchase or two – because, indeed, one can always use another bloody tote.

If you missed out on the fair, don’t worry: all of the vendors also sell their wares online, and many of them are based locally in Brooklyn. You’ll find links to their online shops with each image, and the full list of Renegade Craft vendors can be found here.

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Watch This Lady Arm Wrestler Destroy Her Opponent AND a Very Large Onion

Pain (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Pain (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Ref and ringmaster (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Ref and ringmaster (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Referee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Referee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Team Sleaze (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Team Sleaze (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Round 2 (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Round 2 (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Sleaze vs. Killa Bee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Sleaze vs. Killa Bee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Taking bribes (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Taking bribes (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Killa Bee, victorious (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Killa Bee, victorious (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Recording (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Recording (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

The raffle (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

The raffle (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Mom Tattoo (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Mom Tattoo (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Vending machine (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Vending machine (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

They’re a band of gender-bending, “gun”-toting, bona fide badasses. The women of 5 Boro Ladies Arm Wrestling gathered Saturday at 3rd Ward for their fifth brawl since the all-female group emerged in 2011.
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Welcome to Berry Hill, Where Williamsburg Looks More Like Murray Hill

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BerryHill_map_3 1

Whiskey Brooklyn (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Whiskey Brooklyn (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Spritzenhaus

Spritzenhaus

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Spritzenhaus

Spritzenhaus

Berry Park

Berry Park

Spritzenhaus

Spritzenhaus

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Berry Park

Berry Park

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

On the G train to Nassau Avenue, a guy in a backwards baseball cap and a “Most Dope” t-shirt tells his friends, dressed in button-downs and popped collars, that their stop is next.

“I love Brooklyn!” he yells, getting off the train.

Their destination is Berry Park, where on the rooftop strung with Christmas lights there’s a view of the invisible line dividing Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The night scene around Berry Park doesn’t exactly fit with either of those neighborhoods. In fact, it’s much closer to a certain neighborhood in Manhattan.

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