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We Cool? NYPD Tries to Make Nice-Nice with Expansion of Community Outreach

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office revealed plans for an expansion of the NYPD’s Neighborhood Coordination Officers program. Two patrol areas in the downtown area– including the 9th precinct on the Lower East Side and the Housing Bureau’s PSA 4 in the East Village– are among a dozen new locations where the NYPD will apply its latest neighborhood-based policing strategies which they say will allow police officers to work more closely with the community and identify special concerns.

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Bushwick Inlet Park Supporters Rallying Today; EV’s The Edge to Shutter

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Today at 11 a.m., local officials and Friends of the Bushwick Inlet Park will rally at City Hall to implore Mayor de Blasio to follow through will the previously promised park.

On the Lower East Side, the developments rights for 235 Cherry Street are the subject of a new lawsuit. [Curbed NY]

When August concludes, so will the 29-year run of The Edge bar on E. 3rd Street. [EV Grieve]

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No Need for Light Beer Here, Footlight Bar Will Cover Your Butt With Fitness Classes

(Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Feldman of Ridgewood Social)

(Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Feldman of Ridgewood Social)

Already mourning the loss of the Palisades? Well don’t worry, because everything that’s wonderful is probably going to close down at some point anyway (sorry, sometimes NYC real estate pessimism gets the best of us).

But for now, we’ve got a new one on deck: the Footlight Bar has opened its doors in Ridgewood in order to fill the rock ‘n’ roll-shaped hole in your heart. And with the long-awaited addition of a full liquor-service tonight, the venue will be celebrating with a packed lineup and a pop-up kitchen from I Like Food, a venture helmed by Chef Fernando Strohmeyer (he’s done similar foody one-offs at Dromedary Bar and The Starliner). If you thought music and food were enough, think again– Footlight’s also gearing up for fitness classes.

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Report Says New York City Housing is Grossly Unaffordable; Sky is Blue

Tenants, many of them living in rent-stabilized units, rallying in Chinatown to protest construction as harassment in December (Photo by Nicole Disser)

Tenants, many of them living in rent-stabilized units, rallying in Chinatown to protest construction as harassment in December (Photo by Nicole Disser)

Given that New York City is a place where making “just” $70 to 92k a year can qualify you for affordable housing—thanks, Upper West Side condo developers—it makes sense that homeownership rates here are low. Just how low, however, is a little jarring. According to a new study published by NYU’s Furman Center and Citi, only 42 percent of homes sold on the market in 2014 were affordable even to those making as much as $114,000 a year.

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East Village Landlord’s Ice Cream Social Gets a Chilly Reception

Protestors yesterday at TK (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Protestors yesterday at TK (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

It’s hard to imagine how anyone could get pissed off about ice cream. It’s pretty delicious stuff on its own, but when ice cream comes free, it’s capable of turning almost any New Yorker with a broken-AC situation into a sedated, softly smiling master of chill. But the tenants at 325 East 12th Street– owned by Brookhill Properties, a real estate company founded by notorious landlord Raphael Toledano, who’s currently under investigation by the State for tenant harassment– have been moved to a level of frustration that can’t be solved with tasty bribes. That’s why, when they started receiving invitations to attend an ice cream social bought and paid for by Brookhill, the tenants organized an ice cream protest.

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This Week in Comedy: Minimalism, Horses, and Mumblecore

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Sundays With Ana: Maximum Minimalism
Sunday August 7, 8 pm at Over the Eight: FREE 

This long-running monthly show, hosted by Ana Fabrega, has a rotating theme and guest list each month. This time around, the theme is “Maximum Minimalism” or what Fabrega promises will be a show with “no bells or whistles,” just “a simple night of comedy/performance.”

As with most comedy Fabrega does, there’s almost definitely something else there—what it might be, however, is anyone’s guess. The performers for this month’s show include standup Eliza Hurwitz and Nightcap host Ikechukwu Ufomadu.

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Watch the JT LeRoy Doc on a Roof and Try Not to Get Blown Away

As ’90s “it” author JT Leroy once put it in a book title, the heart is deceitful above all things. But not as deceitful as LeRoy himself ended up being. Embraced as a hard-living, gender-bending literary wunderkind by everyone from Bruce Benderson to Bono, the troubled teen author was famously outed as a fabrication of Laura Albert, a somewhat less troubled 40-year-old woman. A new documentary about this bizarro episode in literary history, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, recently premiered at BAMcinemaFest– if you missed it there, Rooftop Films is offering another chance to see it, Aug. 18, with Albert and filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig in attendance.

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An Early Look at Ludlow House, By the Numbers

Ludlow House. (Photo courtesy Soho House)

Ludlow House. (Photo courtesy Soho House)

After some very strident local opposition and the requisite haggling with the community board, the folks at Soho House have finally managed to turn an old funeral home into Ludlow House. Although the privacy policy at the members-only club keeps its gatekeepers from telling us how many film, media, and creative types have signed up to “eat, drink, work and play” there, we were able to score you some other data.

Here’s a look inside the Ludlow House by the numbers.

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Immigrant Workers are Using Co-Ops Like a Boss

Three years ago, Daniel Lopez injured his knee. The 37-year-old native of Mexico never had health insurance, so he waited until the pain got so bad, it wouldn’t allow him to work anymore. Only recently did he get surgery.

His knee is still swollen. “It hurts,” he says. He can barely walk, much less work. But he wouldn’t miss a meeting of his United Handymen Workers Cooperative.

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Palisades Space For Rent; Hostel Becomes Homeless Shelter

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The former Bushwick home of Palisades, the music venue that closed in June with the possibility of reopening this month, is now seeking a new tenant. [Brooklyn Vegan]

A Varet Street hostel in Williamsburg will be converted into a 140-bed homeless shelter operated by Project Renewal. [Bushwick Daily]

At 363 Lafayette Street in Noho, a 10-story office building will soon rise. [The Real Deal]

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Some Pieces Still Broken, But Mosaic Man’s Work Returns to a New Astor Place

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(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Jim Power, working out his makeshift studio at the 6th Street Community Center, is busy getting ready to leave his mark on the new Astor Place Plaza, using the same creations he’s been planting around the East Village for the last 30 years: mosaics. With the help of his assistant, Julie Powell, he’s scraping, chiseling, and tiling new poles. The product of all this work is something that he and the rest of the East Village are quite used to seeing at this point, so much so that Power’s earned the nickname “Mosaic Man” for the dozens of colorful, chipped tile pieces he’s congealed together, then cemented onto light posts over the years.

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Spread Your Creative Wings: Two Fly Chances to Have Your Art Seen in the EV

Ideal Glass mural "Every Mother's Son" by Sophia Dawson, featuring portraits of mothers who have lost children by way of police brutality. (image via Sam Jablon)

Ideal Glass mural “Every Mother’s Son” by Sophia Dawson, featuring portraits of mothers who have lost children by way of police brutality. (Image courtesy of Ideal Glass)

Whatever medium you work in, it’s hard to be an artist. Barely anyone pays attention to anything you do, so keeping self-motivated can be tricky when you’re consistently weary from day jobs, keeping track of your 1099s and W9s, and closing down that bar you performed at to ensure you grip that sparse handful of wrinkly cash you so rightfully deserve. In the midst of all this noise, it’s easy for all those half-baked ideas to slip into some dark, far-away box at the back of your mind, and potentially never see the light of day.

Luckily, there are some folks out there who are willing to nudge you in the direction of productivity. Here are two upcoming opportunities to inspire artists, both visual and performance types, to get out there and do their thing.

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