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Arrest in East Village Stabbing; Surrealist Paintings Stolen From W’burg Gallery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Today a pair of men, ages 23 and 24, were arrested for stabbing a man in the back multiple times on East 9th Street this past December. [NBC NY]

A man in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park was robbed last Wednesday morning of his phone and wallet. [Brooklyn Paper]

Seven fully-insured surrealist paintings were stolen from a Bogart Street gallery in Williamsburg on January 24. [Brooklyn Paper]

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This Is the Meatballs-and-Panties Event of the Year

IMG_1326First sneakers and lingerie, now meatballs and panties. The twain shall finally meet at a pre-Valentine’s “boys night out” at Williamsburg lingerie store Brooklyn Fox. On Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., discerning dudes can shop for lace while stuffing their face (you dribble red sauce on it, you bought it). Free Meatball Shop sounds swell, but they couldn’t come up with a more appetizing invite for this meat hang? “MEATBALLS & PANTIES” sounds like something Bevers would do when Abby isn’t around (or when she is around).  The self-proclaimed #ballers at the Meatball Shop are usually good for a puerile pun (they named an entire cocktail bar Underballs, after all), but instead we have this…

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Williamsburg Gets Another Place to Live the #VapeLife

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

“The Future of This Great Nation Will Be Determined By Vapers,” declares Gawker, going on to quote conservative puppet-master Grover Norquist: “I think that the next election, at the presidential level, and a lot of other levels, is going to be determined by the vaping community.” Bold claim! If that’s true, you might find some of the Leaders of Tomorrow puffing away at Vapeology 101, the latest of many vape shops to hit Williamsburg.

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Edi & The Wolf Gets an Austrian Sister Spot in Greenwich Village

(Melissa Hom for Grub Street)

(Melissa Hom for Grub Street)

The folks behind Edi & the Wolf and The Third Man are venturing well west of their stomping grounds on Avenue C. Tonight they’ll open Freud in Greenwich Village. As ya might’ve guessed from the name, this is another contemporary Austrian joint, meant to evoke a turn-of-the-century tavern in chef Eduard Frauneder’s native Vienna. And as you also might’ve guessed, the 65-seat dining room is a real beaut, complete with requisite floral arrangements. That’s not entirely due to Florian Altenburg, who designed the sumptuous sister spots as well. The tile and wainscoting are left over from Pasticerria Bruno Bakery, which spent 41 years here on La Guardia Place.

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We Can Eat Gyros, Just For One Day: New Greek Spot Heroically Keeps It Under $6

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

To Spiti, the name of Alma Selmanay’s new Greek takeout joint, means “my home” in her native language. Her home was Athens before she moved to the United States a handful of years ago and got a front-of-house job at Anthis on the Upper West Side. “I worked there five years, I said, ‘I open my store,'” she told us. Now her home is on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, where she’s making what she insists is “the best” lamb-beef gyro as well as other “traditional, traditional” dishes such as moussaka, tzatziki, babaganoush, and taramasalata.

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Radio Station and Coffee Shop Ready to Spring Out of a Shipping Container

The Lot Radio is currently in 'beta mode' (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Lot Radio is currently in ‘beta mode’ (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Over the weekend, a new radio station with a focus on the multifaceted New York City music scene entered what founder Francois Vaxelaire described as “beta mode.” The Lot Radio occupies a shipping container plopped on a lonesome triangular strip of land near the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border. Bound by a sulky chainlink fence that’s just 63 feet on its longest side, the lot looks like some cosmic accident at the awkward intersection of Nassau, Banker, and North 15th Streets, rather than a place where anything other than weeds ever grew. But since January, Francois has been visiting frequently, and even if things are not quite where he’d hoped they’d be by now, a handful of people came by on Sunday to turn on the equipment, hit record, and start digitally broadcasting. “It was more to test everything, to see if everything was working,” Francois explained. “It was.”

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Men With Cats, and 3 More Talks and Readings Not to Miss This Week

TUESDAY

kiaKia Corthron + Robin D. G. Kelley
Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway
Kia Corthron, playwright and writer for The Wire, tackled an American saga for her debut novel. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter begins on the eve of WWII with two white brothers coming of age in the rural Alabama klan, and two black brothers preparing to navigate the country’s shifting civil rights era in Maryland. The two narratives continue into the 21st century, culminating in a devastating encounter between the two families.  Corthron will discuss with Robin D. G. Kelley,  expert on African American studies.

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Square Pies Return to Roberta’s; New Orleans-Style Deli in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

According to the Coast Guard, Saturday in Greenpoint a recently-sunken construction barge was recovered in Newtown Creek without causing any leaking to the city’s fuel pipelines. [DNA Info]

Beginning Valentine’s Day, Avenue A tiki bar Mother of Pearl will officially become a meat-free establishment. [Eater NY]

Construction work obscuring the forthcoming Lower East Side hotel at 263 Broome Street was taken down over the weekend. [Bowery Boogie]

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Turns Williamsburg Into Harlem

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After Luke Cage blew up Horseshoe Bar back in July (the bar appears in this scene of Jessica Jones, and in the trailer), everyone’s favorite thick-skinned Avenger is back on the scene. This time, it looks like Jessica Jones’s hubby is doing it up in Williamsburg. The Marvel character (played by Mike Colter) is the hero of a forthcoming Netflix show, and “Tiara” (its production title) will be filming at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow. This afternoon, the venue was transformed into Harlem’s Paradise, a nod to the neighborhood where Luke was born before he was falsely imprisoned and then went on to develop superpowers, yada yada yada. Fun fact: Luke at one point was in the Defenders, and worked for Nighthawk. (The superhero, not the movie theater.)

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Four Killer Shows Happening This Week

Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal)

Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal)

Hiroshi Hasegawa, Dromez, Dessicant, Dead Wolf
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 pm at The Silent Barn: $8
When it comes to power electronics, Japanese musician Hiroshi Hasegawa has been around the block a few thousand times– busting ears and forgetting names. Way back in 1990, he started the prolific group C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center), whose members counted a porn star and weirdos like Hasegawa amongst their ranks. Besides improvising and recording all kinds of brain-shattering noise music, the group was known for throttling their audience with aggressive stunts like throwing plastic bags full of pee out into the crowd. The guy may be pushing 60, but he’s still down as hell to make incredibly belligerent music. And hey, maybe you’ll be graced with the honor of a urine splash for old times’ sake.

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Learning How to Game Tinder at the Museum of Mathematics

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

New York City is known for its assortment of quirky and oddly specific museums, whether it’s gems like the Morbid Anatomy Museum, the cabinet of curiosities that is the City Reliquary, or the sheer weirdness of the Torah Animal World (a collection of taxidermied critters from the Old Testament, all lovingly arranged in a Hasidic rabbi’s home). And yet, somehow, until a friend invited me to “an evening of mathemagical mystique,” I had never heard of the Museum of Mathematics. Even though it’s billed as “the coolest thing that ever happened to math!”

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