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Secret Project Robot Reopening; McDonald’s Rankles Bushwick Artists

Monday night on Banker Street, a 26-year-old woman claims she was raped by two men inside a portable toilet. Two men were questioned by police yesterday for allegedly stealing her cellphone, but they were not arrested due to “inconsistencies” in the woman’s account. Now, however, the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is investigating the case more seriously. [DNA Info]

Secret Project Robot, the Bushwick DIY space that shuttered in late Summer 2016 due to rising rents, will be back in business one week from tonight at 1186 Broadway. [Bushwick Daily]

Artists from The Bushwick Collective allege that McDonald’s used their murals in a corporate video without seeking permission or providing payment. The fast food retailer will soon open an outpost in the neighborhood. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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Computers Writing Poetry, Eugene O’Neill + A Light Meal, and More Performances To Gaze Upon

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Eunice Wong in MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA. (Photo: Gaia Squarci)

Mourning Becomes Electra
April 26-May 20 at Abrons Arts Center, various times: $45-75

If short n’ sweet shows are your preferred method of entertainment, this could be quite the change of pace. The Obie-winning company Target Margin Theater will be commemorating their 25th anniversary of making work by taking on Eugene O’Neill’s 1931 work Mourning Becomes Electra, and they’re doing it in a big, big way. Or rather, a long, long way. The production runs around six hours long, but don’t expect to sit for that entire time. Mourning Becomes Electra is technically a play cycle, consisting of three plays that serve as a modern retelling of Greek tragedy The Oresteia, turned into a Freudian family melodrama set at the end of the Civil War. So, the company is dividing Abrons’s Playhouse into different sections, guiding audiences between different portions of the performance space as the play cycle progresses.

If you’re still hesitant about committing to this behemoth endeavor, know that it also includes two intermissions and “a light meal.” Everyone loves a nice meal.

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Come to The Boy Downstairs For Zosia Mamet and Stay For Fabrizio the Italian Doorman

(Photo: Melissa Hom for NY Mag)

Back when I was doing the Ask a Waiter column for B+B’s sister blog, Grub Street, I had a highly memorable encounter with ultra-suave doorman Fabrizio Brienza, who at the time was the gatekeeper of a lounge at the Plaza Hotel. While most doormen try to justify their social Darwinism with the obligatory spiel about cultivating diversity (they just want a “nice mix,” a la Studio 54), Fabrizio was more upfront: “My policy of doing the door is really simple,” he said in his Italian accent. “If you look good and you’re cool and you’re stylish and you’re surrounded by beautiful, chic, chic girls, I’ll take care of you.”

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Pols Get Amped For Electric Bus Service During L Shutdown

Would electric buses soften the blow of the approaching L train shutdown? City Council members Rafael Espinal and Stephen Levin think so, and yesterday they called on the MTA to make it happen.

Aside from being an inconvenience for more than 200,000 daily commuters who ride the L train daily, the 15-month shutdown planned for 2019 will also cause an increase in carbon emissions as the subway is replaced with more car and bus traffic. Electric buses would solve the problem of noxious bus fumes while pushing the city closer to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly public transit system, the council members said during a press conference.

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Wylie Dufresne Opens Du’s Donuts and Coffee in Williamsburg

(Photo: Liz Clayman for NY Mag)

In 2013, former wd~50 pastry chef Sam Mason opened up a cutting-edge ice cream shop in Williamsburg, and now wd~50’s big cahuna, famed modernist chef Wylie Dufresne, is opening up a donut shop nearby. Du’s Donuts and Coffee opens today adjacent the William Vale hotel, right next to where former child star Dylan Sprouse is set to launch a meadery.

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Union Square Welcomes Caitlyn Jenner; LES Welcomes Galerie Perrotin

The New York State Senate Health Committee halted progress on the “Rivington Act,” a bill aimed at preventing another nursing home closure like the one Rivington House witnessed in 2015.
[DNA Info]

Williamsburg and Lower East Side landlords are being accused off denying cooking gas to low-income and rent-stabilized tenants in hopes of forcing them from the buildings.
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Tim Heidecker Plays a Dorky Dad in Flower, Which Is Not ‘Just a Blow Job Movie’

Zoey Deutch in Flower. (Photo: Carolina Costa)

If you’re a fan of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, you probably think of Tim Heidecker as an eternal infant, reveling in funny faces and fart noises. But that’s starting to change now that the New Yorker has called him a “bard of suburban fatherhood.” (Not that he’s gone entirely straight– that same article mentioned his band’s “themed album all about imbibing urine.”) So it’s not a complete shock to see the king of infantile absurdism playing a painfully dorky dad in Flower, a film by Max Winkler that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.

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We Poked Our Head into the Newest Poke Bowl Spot, Raw Mkt

The latest fast-casual joint to hit NYU’s West 8th Street corridor is also the latest poke bowl spot to hit the city. No, this one doesn’t sell Dole Whip. But it’s got a few things going for it, starting with a mini market selling Japanese goods.

Okay, so the market is more like a few shelves on the wall, and isn’t likely to assuage those still mourning the recent loss of M2M nearby. But still, you can pick up Japanese goodies like Pocky, Hi-Chew, Hello Panda, and wasabi peas, along with condiments like sesame oil and Sriracha.

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Sofar Sounds Is Booking Secret Gigs in a Secret Loft Near You

The bands, staff and audience of Sofar Sounds’ show at Secret Loft in Bushwick, 4/12/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

More and more music fans in New York have had it with the state of small live performances today. Random band lineups and chatty venues that don’t feel like they’re part of an aesthetic community have fed the demand for more eclectic programming in quiet environments like the curated Hum concerts and the uber-analogue record listenings at Classic Album Sundays. One of the largest producers of these shows in New York City is Sofar Sounds, which books 60 shows a month at various residential and commercial spaces all over the city.

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Ire Over a Possible Transmitter Park Eatery; Bowery-Bound Beer Garden

In Greenpoint, the WNYC Transmitter Park volunteers, who want the city to turn an empty building on the premises into a botanical learning center, were dismayed Thursday when the Parks Department instead began soliciting proposals for a (liquor license optional) restaurant.
[DNA Info]

Police patrolling Bushwick seem to be increasingly less hospital to ephemera-selling street vendors. [Bushwick Daily]

Adelina’s on Greenpoint Avenue will host a $50, five-course vegan dinner tonight, with the proceeds benefitting Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. Tickets available here. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Benefit Show Gives a Leg Up to Artist Who Lost an Arm in Subway Accident

Artist David Nordine (second from left) with his benefit party’s organizer Michaelangelo Aurello (far right). (Photo: Nick McManus)

Back in February, David Nordine, a mainstay on the street art scene of his native Lower East Side, lost part of his left arm after being struck be a subway train in Brighton Beach. Since then he’s been receiving support from his friends and exhibitors via a GoFundMe campaign that has raised over $27,000 and a benefit show last month at Bushwick’s Head Too Heavy Gallery.

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