Jorge Arias of Bushwick’s The Sampler Has Opened an East Village Wine Shop

The interior of Urban Wines (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The interior of Urban Wines (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Urban Wines. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Urban Wines. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The opening of a new wine store is always cause for celebration, particularly if it boasts a healthy selection of bottles under $15, daily tastings and signage featuring Walter White. That’s precisely what you get with Urban Wines, which opened this past Saturday on First Avenue between Second and Third Streets.

“Every day I like to have a glass of wine,” says owner Jorge Arias. “So I open a bottle and share it with the customers.”
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Allison Kave and Keavy Landreth on Girls: ‘I’m Writhing With Discomfort’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

A lot happened in the Girls universe recently: Lena Dunham hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and announced the pub date for her book, Adam Driver was reportedly cast as the next Star Wars foe, Allison Williams got engaged, and Jemima Kirke has a four-page photo spread in the current issue of New York. Because Hannah spent most of the last episode with family, it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen the gang.

AllisonSelfieThe text in gray belongs to Clinton Hill’s Allison Kave, founder of First Prize Pies. Tomorrow night at Nitehawk Cinema is the release party for her first cookbook, First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More).

KeavySelfieThe text in blue belongs to Kumquat Cupcakery founder Keavy Landreth, who lives in Crown Heights. That’s where she and Kave will open Butter & Scotch – “Brooklyn’s first dessert and cocktail bar” — this summer. Until then, you can purchase their treats at Smorgasburg and stores citywide.
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Pedestrian Struck in the East Village; Councilman Calls For Traffic Review in Greenpoint

Scene of Sunday's East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Scene of Sunday’s East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a horrific horrific collision between a car and motorcyclist on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint Sunday that left the motorcyclist dead, Councilman Stephen Levin is calling for extensive safety improvements along the avenue. Another motorcylist was killed on Manhattan Avenue in August.
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This Massive Athletic Club Is Coming to the Williamsburg-Greenpoint Border

photo(5)Williamsburg-Greenpoint is getting a 17,000-square-foot training facility where locals can work off the beers they downed next-door at Spritzenhaus. While their kids are looked after.

Brooklyn Athletic Club is slated to open in July in the heart of Berry Hill, at 8 Berry Street. The four-floor complex will feature a full gym, yoga and pilates classes, and triathlon and strong man training rooms.
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Guardian Angels On the Case After Sunday’s ‘Knockout’ Attack

photo(4)The Guardian Angels want to “stop the knock out game” with flyers posted near Bowery and Prince, where a 23-year-old Long Island resident was sucker-punched from behind after leaving a bar early Sunday morning.

The flyers, spotted Sunday afternoon, warn pedestrians of a game that’s “senseless and has taken people’s lives.”

It’s uncertain whether the Guardian Angels are also patrolling the neighborhood — the website listed on the flyer is dead and the phone number goes to a jovial answering machine. You don’t see Curtis Sliwa’s boys in red around much anymore but rest assured they’re still kicking, having just celebrated their 35th anniversary.
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Don’t Worry, Those ‘Dad Glasses’ Might Not Be Matt Berninger’s New Look

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Yes, Lena Dunham was naked on SNL. But Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, also set off a twitstorm during Saturday’s episode when he hit the stage wearing a pair of wire-frame eyeglasses that were described on Twitter as “rapist glasses,” “70s pedophile glasses,” and “80s dad glasses” — and made him look either like Liev Schreiber or Walter White.
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This Crash Sent Two Cabbies to the Hospital

A pair of cabs collided at the intersection of Eldridge and Broome Streets tonight. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. and two people were taken to Bellevue Hospital, according to the fire department. An FDNY spokesperson couldn’t say who exactly was injured or to what degree, but ALIFE’s Paul Alexander, the eyewitness who took the photo at left, told us “both drivers went to hospital, both serious.”

A Redditor also got a photo of the scene.

A Tiny Gift Shop Has Opened and Now Manhattan Is Officially Over, Too

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Earlier this week, Brooklyn was declared over, and now Manhattan is over, too. Done. Finished.

On St. Marks Place, a small gift shop has opened, selling I ♥ NY baby tees, cheap ties, and a bunch of bongs. While R & R Gift, right next to the new smoke shop on the corner of Third Avenue, may seem like a blip on the radar in a neighborhood that’s still culturally vibrant (we’re talking Saved by the Bell musicals here), it can’t be denied that this marks the precise moment when Manhattan as a brand has overtaken Manhattan as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: tiny Statue of Liberty statues.
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Williamsburg’s Croxley Abbey Has More TV Sets Than You Have Teeth

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

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(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

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(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

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Despite 38 television sets, 10-cent wing nights*, 48 tap beers plus nearly 80 bottles, the owners of Croxley Abbey in Williamsburg — the sixth location in the Croxley Ales chain of sports bars — say they’re not trying to appeal to frat guys.
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