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Joey Ramone’s Birthday Bash; Slower Speeds On McGuinness Boulevard

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In about three weeks the city will begin posting signs to notify Greenpoint drivers that the speed limit along much of McGuinness Boulevard has been reduced to 25 mph. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The family of a cyclist who was hit by a truck and killed in Williamsburg three years ago is struggling to get the NYPD to return his bike, which they hope to use as evidence in court. [Gothamist]

Due to a rent increase, a tailor on 14th Street in Alphabet City is closing his business of 50 years. [Town & Village]
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Party at Kickstarter’s House!

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.12.00 PMKickstarter has funded everything from sci-fi flicks starring Ai Wei Wei to co-working spaces to Bushwick breweries – and now the crowd-funding site is throwing a “block party” featuring some of its success stories.

If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand).
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De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
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Lefty Lions Ralph Nader and Elizabeth Warren Are Plugging New Books

warrenJust a few days after Chelsea Clinton announced at the Lower Eastside Girls Club that she’ll soon make Bill & Hill grandparents, Liberal Dream Week continues with a pair of progressive pols putting in appearances at Barnes & Noble Union Square.

Tonight at 7 p.m., five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader will promote his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. A bookseller at the store said Nader will most likely give a reading and sign copies.
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Brooklynites to Manhattanites: We Refuse to Put Up With Your Refuse!

(Photo: Amanda Waldroupe)

(Photo: Amanda Waldroupe)

North Brooklyn residents want Manhattanites to stop treating Williamsburg and Greenpoint like a dumping ground.

The two neighborhoods are the location of 19 out of the city’s 58 trash dumps, which is the highest concentration in the city, according to the New York Public Interest Group. The number of dumps in Manhattan? Zero.
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3 A.M. Ice Cream Sandwich Delivery Has Arrived in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In case ordering Ben & Jerry’s from the bodega at 1 a.m. wasn’t cutting it, Insomnia Cookies opened an outpost of its cookie delivery service on East 11th Street today. (Not 4/20?)

The chain, which boasts more than 40 locations nationwide, promises “warm, fresh cookies delivered until 3 a.m.” In addition to the $1.50-$3 cookies available in a dozen varieties, you can order brownies as well as ice cream by the pint, the quart, or in cookie sandwich form (warning: the deluxe cookiewich packs a whopping 1,304 to 1,648, according to the menu). Toppings like M&Ms and peanut butter chips are 85 cents extra, and you can pair the cookies with milk for three bucks. Order online here.

Insomnia Cookies, 299 E. 11th St., nr. Second Ave.; 877-63-COOKIE

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Hear Steve Buscemi Do William S. Burroughs’s Talking Asshole Routine

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Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET

Turns out, Steve Buscemi does a mean William S. Burroughs. Or so we discovered at Project Issue Room last night when the actor reenacted some of the author’s readings, lectures and interviews alongside avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp.
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