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First Look at the Williamsburg Hotel’s Water-Tower Bar, Rooftop Pool, and More

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News that the incoming Williamsburg Hotel would feature a rooftop bar inside of a water tower really made a splash earlier this month. Now we’ve obtained renderings of the seven-story hotel that show it will offer an outdoor rooftop pool, a basement dance club, and a “stylish restaurant,” among other splashy amenities.
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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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Continental Files For Bankruptcy; Wedding Salon For ‘Very Brooklyn Brides’

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Expelled NYU student Jaime Castano, 20, returns to court today after allegedly setting blaze to a female student’s comforter—while singing—and documenting the act via Snapchat last August. The woman sustained burns and scarring. [CBS NY]

Two female employees at the E. 8th Street outpost of Tom Colicchio‘s sandwich chain, ‘Wichcraft, filed a lawsuit accusing the Top Chef judge of violating labor laws and practicing sexism. [Page Six]

Continental Bar on 3rd Avenue, which hosted OG legends like Patti Smith and The Ramones in its former incarnation as a music venue, recently filed its second bankruptcy in six years. [Crain's NY]

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Van Leeuwen Gets Frozen Out, Scoops Itself Up and Reopens in Greenpoint

(Photo courtesy of Van Leeuwen)

(Photo courtesy of Van Leeuwen)

If you’ve been panicking ever since Van Leeuwen closed its Greenpoint store over New Year’s, a) you might have an ice cream problem, because it is freaking winter. And b) take a deep breath and update your address books: the store just reopened store six doors over. The new location, at 620 Manhattan Avenue, opened just minutes ago.
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That Time We Chilled With Sheldon Silver, Before the Federal Investigation Heated Up

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver must be sweating bullets after being arrested this morning for allegedly securing millions in bribes and kickbacks — but we’ve seen the State Assembly Speaker survive the hot seat before. Namely, that time we bumped into him while he was shopping for an air conditioner.
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Week in Film: Prison Mustaches, 19th-Century Gogolian Demons, and How To Spot a Basic

Well it’s been a short week here in the city and it almost feels like throwing your entire life into a garbage bin yet again would be a little bit premature. As Winnie the Pooh once said, “People say nothing’s impossible, but I do nothing everyday.” Do you want to look like Winnie the Pooh? Then don’t live like Winnie the Pooh, pawing at pots full of sweets all day and rolling around on your rump. Get out there and do something, even if that something is moving positions from sitting in front of one screen to lounging in front of a much larger screen. You still walked to the theater, right?

Whatever, just check out our list of five ways to not be Winnie the Pooh this weekend and beyond.

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Three Kings Tattoo Gets Into the Gallery Game

(Photos: Ian Frisch)

Matthew Marcus (l) and Daniel Albrigo (r). (Photos: Ian Frisch)

Eight hours before the grand opening of Three Kings Studios, a bi-level art gallery at 754 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, owner Matthew Marcus locked its front door from the inside. He stood, back to the street, sending e-mails on his iPhone and corralling a small staff to help with last-minute preparations for the inaugural show yesterday evening, featuring Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Albrigo.
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Unlike the Patriots’, This Designer’s Footballs Are Tight

10622913_801978936541153_6674415878487053035_nIf you’re going to deflate a football, at least deflate the $185 camouflage ball being sold at East Williamsburg’s newest clothing store. Because if you’re going to risk Roger Goodell’s wrath, you might as well do so in style.

Victory Lap, a clothing brand started by designer Tavon Davis in 2013, opened its first brick-and-mortar store on Bushwick Avenue this month, just a stone’s throw from where you can now get vodka on tap.

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