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Sheldon Silver at Schools Meeting: ‘I’m Confident That I’ll Be Vindicated’

Sheldon Silver (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver entered a cramped conference room late yesterday afternoon to a round of applause from about 50 constituents and proceeded to moderate his task force on overcrowding in the downtown schools with an eerie calm, showing no apparent signs of unease despite the arrest two days earlier of his son-in-law on federal charges of running a $7 million Ponzi scheme.

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Bushwick Circus School in Full Swing, Celebrations Are On the Horizon

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

When we last visited the Muse, the Williamsburg circus school that (along with Death By Audio) became another victim of VICE’s southward expansion, they’d just found a new home in an enormous industrial space in the farthest reaches of Bushwick. Angela Buccinni (aka Mama Muse) spoke of the school’s lofty plans to build out the huge space that is more than four times the size of their first location. Things have been quiet over there ever since but Buccinni says that, as of April 1, The Muse has been open for business. “Classes are in full swing,” she said. “I don’t think people understand we’re actually open yet.”

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Alter Opens New Shop in Greenpoint, Returns to Vintage

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Alter, the mid-scale, vaguely alt Brooklyn fashion boutique, has expanded its lineup to include a vintage store located directly across from its Franklin Avenue flagship location in Greenpoint. “They started out as vintage, but are now getting back into it,” a polished but bubbly shop guy named Lawrence told us. The new storefront offers men’s, women’s, and kid’s vintage clothing.

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‘Bad Film’ and Kung Fu Festivals; Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan Museum Opens

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Brian Montes, a 16-year-old who allegedly groped an 11-year-old boy at a Williamsburg bus stop this weekend, told police that he spent days following the victim. [NY Daily News]

A student at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math on the Lower East Side uploaded today’s date and lyrics from the Johnny Cash song “The Man Comes Around” onto Instagram, which some parents interpreted as a threat to their children’s safety. [NY Daily News]

In Williamsburg, a developer is in the process of purchasing 180 Bedford Avenue for $36 million dollars. [The Real Deal]

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These Construction Worker Paintings Give New Meaning to ‘Artistic Development’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

When walking into a luxury Manhattan highrise, most of us don’t normally stop to think of all the construction workers who lent their hard work and expertise to the project, and all too often we don’t stop to notice the art on the wall, either, or to consider the artist behind it. But Bushwick artist Paul Anthony Smith took the unlikely subject of construction workers and created bold paintings that are hard to miss, to be featured prominently in an elaborate new building in lower Manhattan.
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MGMT’s Will Berman On His Synthy Soundtrack for Throwback Sci-Fi Film Jackrabbit


The Tribeca Film Festival is here and one of the more exciting feature films on view is Jackrabbit, a throwback dystopian sci-fi film that follows the lives of people who cordoned themselves off from the rest of the world after “The Reset,” an event that sounds to us a little bit like the Y2K that never was. But not everything about this post-apocalyptic society is unfamiliar– one major issue is the constant surveillance of citizens of the annexed nation. The only technology available is outmoded stuff, web 1.0 and before. To help set the mood for the spooky, tense atmosphere of the film, Will Berman (of MGMT) was recruited to compose the soundtrack which is ruled by minimal electronic vibes and ambient noise.

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Louis CK’s ‘Only Fantasy’ Is Being One of ‘Those Dudes in Bushwick’

On the heels of his “crabby, epic love letter to NYC,” Louis CK went on The Howard Stern Show today to talk about everything from Bill Cosby and Brian Williams to his issues with “adorable” comics like Jimmy Fallon to why he quit Twitter. At some point, around the 11:30 mark of the recording above, Howard asked him about his early years in New York, and Louie confessed that the “only fantasy left” in his life is being one of those young, struggling comics whose jokes are all about life in Bushwick (which, yes, is the plot of While We’re Young). Later in the show, Howard told him it would be funny if he built a mansion in Bushwick and upped everyone’s rent (just what the neighborhood needs, right?). Here’s the transcript with the highlights in bold.

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Pinball Laundromat Goes For Beer; East Village Rapist Gets 14 Years

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Brian Montes, 16, was arrested yesterday for groping an 11-year-old boy at a Williamsburg bus stop this past Sunday. [NY Daily News]

Yesterday 33-year-old Fermin Flores received a 14-year sentence for raping a woman in her E. 7th Street apartment in January 2014. [NY Daily News]

Seven hundred dollars and two watches were stolen from the apartment of an elderly Manhattan Avenue couple last month as the pair sought medical attention for the husband’s heart attack. Also in Williamsburg, on April 8 more than $1K was looted from the register of Graham Avenue liquor store. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Stage Diner Evicted Amid ‘Absurd’ Accusations of Covering Up Gas Siphoning

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An attorney for Icon Realty said this photo, taken by Icon realty, shows a shiny, apparently new round piece of equipment installed to replace an illegal siphoning device.

The photo at left is evidence that Stage Restaurant was illegally siphoning gas and attempted to cover it up in the wake of an explosion across the street, says an attorney for the landlord that’s punting the restaurant from its home of 35 years. But Stage’s owner calls the allegation “absurd,” and says he has evidence of his own to prove it.

The beloved East Village diner received a notice from its landlord Monday demanding that it vacate 128 Second Avenue by the end of the month. The notice, first posted by WNYC, came after Con Edison turned off the gas March 29 because, according to a Department of Buildings official, Con Ed found the line was “inappropriately accessed.”

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Via Della Pace Owners Worry That Without Help, Blast Site Will Be a ‘Ghost Corner’

Marco Ventura and Giovanni Bartocci. (Photo: Lindsay Smith)

Marco Ventura and Giovanni Bartocci. (Photo: Lindsay Smith)

“It’s been a long two and a half weeks,” City Council Member Rosie Mendez said today at a meeting with owners of East Village businesses affected by the gas explosion of March 26. Among those who’ve survived the aftermath of the tragedy are the owners of Italian restaurant Via Della Pace on East 7th Street, just across from the blast site.

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