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Drunk Driving Arrests Up in Bushwick; Beep Pushes Affordable Housing

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An uptick in traffic checkpoints more than doubled the NYPD’s number of drunk driving arrests in Bushwick last month. [DNA Info]

Starting Saturday, Cloak & Dagger clothing boutique will consolidate its 441 E.9th Street and Boerum Hill stores into one larger space at 334 E. 9th Street in the East Village. [Racked NY]

If Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gets his way, 51 units of affordable housing will rise at 695 Grand Street. He’s also supporting the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site and the Broadway Triangle. [Crain's NY] Keep Reading »

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Andrew WK Has a Surprisingly Posi Take On the Chaining of the East Village

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Last night Stoli vodka brought Andrew WK to a shindig at the Pyramid Club – part of a marketing campaign celebrating/commodifying Avenue A that also includes a Tumblr highlighting institutions like Lucy’s and A-1 Record Shop.
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We Visited Michael Stipe’s Studio, and So Can You

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(Photos: Claire Voon)

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Michael Stipe’s personal art studio is in a weirdly public place—the gallery for NYU’s studio art school, 80 Washington Square East. But he only works there when it’s closed.
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How Red Hook Winery Turned Flood Water Into Wine

DSC00057Twenty One: Twenty Four. The name stands out in neat, clean type on the wine bottle’s black label. It refers to the military time (9:24 p.m.) when Superstorm Sandy surged, wiping out Red Hook Winery.

The 2010 red wine comes from one of the few barrels that were not destroyed or compromised on Oct. 29, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy’s 17-foot surge crashed over Pier 41, where Red Hook Winery is located.
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Two Years After Sandy, The Future of Sunny’s Bar Is Cloudy

Sunny and sculpture. (Photo: Christina Cipriano)

Sunny and sculpture. (Photo: Christina Cipriano)

As Hurricane Sandy slammed into Red Hook, Tone Balzano Johansen was in the basement of Sunny’s, moving booze and supplies to potentially dryer places. Suddenly, the sea broke through an above-ground window. “It all came in like a Hollywood shot,” she said. “It was really quiet, then it’s just an explosion.”

Johansen, who owns the bar with her husband Sunny Balzano, dropped everything and rushed upstairs, where she threw all of her artwork onto her bed and waited for the flood to stop. When it was over, more than six feet of water stood in the basement.
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Galli Had the Gall to Open in the Former Inoteca Space

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Inoteca broke some hearts when it closed this past February, but as of last night you can once again put away pasta on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington. The Lower East Side offshoot of Soho restaurant Galli doesn’t serve truffled egg toast (sigh), but its menu of competently rendered Italian standards isn’t likely to disappoint anyone looking for carbs and carbonara. Just about the only Italian comfort food missing from the menu is fettuccine alfredo.
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NYU Buys Noho Building; 150-Year-Old Synagogue Landmarked

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Tadelech Yohanis, a 30-year-old nun visiting from Ethiopia, was last seen six days ago leaving Jackson Street’s Sacred Heart Convent on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

Matthew Smith of Bushwick was charged yesterday with attempted murder as a hate crime following a Sept. 27 incident where he yelled homophobic slurs at three men dressed in drag and shot one of them in the buttocks. [DNA Info]

Saturday afternoon, a 29-year-old woman seated on a playground bench in Williamsburg was attacked with a milk crate by a five individuals. [The Brooklyn Paper]

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Citi Bike Is Finally Rolling Into Greenpoint and North Williamsburg

citi-bike-program-1-224x300There’s good news and bad news for North Brooklynites who’ve been wondering when the hell Citi Bike would come above North 3rd Street. Today the bike-share service, which just got a new parent company and CEO, announced in an email to members that it will add 6,000 new bikes and 375 new stations by 2017. The first of those stations, to be installed next year, will be in Greenpoint, northern Williamsburg and Long Island City. Bushwick will eventually get service as well — though for the forceable future it’ll have to make do with that double-decker Citi Bike. Other neighborhoods slated for service are Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, and Gowanus.
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Harry Shearer, aka Mr. Burns, Is Bringing Richard Nixon to Hell Square

Harry Shearer, who made his name on Saturday Night Live and as a writer and star of This Is Spinal Tap, plays the ultimate villain – Mr. Burns — on The Simpsons (he’s also the voice of Ned Flanders, among others). But tomorrow at the Slipper Room in the heart of Hell Square, he’ll discuss a still greater villain, President Richard Nixon, whom he plays on a series that you can now watch online.
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‘Out to See’ Brings Makers, Artists, Bands and Ice Skating to the Seaport

"It's not that heavy" by Rachel Higgins.

“It’s not that heavy” by Rachel Higgins.

Thought the outdoor market season was over just because Williamsburg Flea and Hester Street Fair have folded their tents? Not a chance. Slip into that Cosby sweater (sorry, Hannibal) because the folks behind Made in the Lower East Side are putting their pop-up powers to work in one of their most ambitious projects to date: a festival that will bring a slew of makers, artisans, artists, bands, and even an ice skating rink to the South Street Seaport over the course of four weekends in November.
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