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Drummer Emi Kariya Sips Cocktails at The Narrows When She’s Not ‘Party Drinking’

Out this month, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

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Emi Kariya (Photos: Phil Provencio)

For more than eight years, Emi Kariya has lived in Bushwick. Nowadays, she finds the neighborhood to be “hip to the max.” Says the 42-year-old drummer and designer, “I don’t have to go to Williamsburg anymore. I used to bike all the way there for every show, every hang. Friends would only hang in Williamsburg. They wouldn’t come here. Now they all travel here. And it’s great.” Now they travel here to spots like The Narrows, the cocktail bar where Emi is a regular.

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Sheldon Silver Gets 12 Years; Delaware & Hudson Adds Tavern

  
Former NY state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, who represented the Lower East Side, received a 12-year prison sentence yesterday on corruption charges. [NY Times]

Early Monday evening, a 7-year-old girl was groped at a kosher grocery store on Bedford Avenue. The attacker evaded arrest. [Brooklyn Paper]

An attempted robber with a gun made off empty-handed from a Williamsburg department store Sunday afternoon. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Williamsburg, Brace For Niçoise Salad in a Crêpe Cone

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg already has its share of oddities: soaps that look like cupcakes, budding taxidermy museums, and, of course, Pat Kiernan. But one thing it doesn’t have is cheesecake in a cone. That’s about to change. Signage indicates T-Swirl Crêpe is planting its flag on North 7th, right down the block from the Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, and right across the street from 16 Handles.

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Amy Sedaris Wants to Give You Some Motel-Room Art

(Courtesy of Super 8)

(Courtesy of Super 8)

Somehow Amy Sedaris always seems to be around when paintings have to come down off the walls. Remember the Mondrian that Jacqueline was forced to part with in the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? And how Sedaris’s character, spazzy socialite Mimi Kanasis, was taken aback when Kimmy approached her in Jacqueline’s empty apartment: “I thought you were a Jeff Koons sculpture of Ronald McDonald!”

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Owner of Bowery Bank Building to Pay $7 Million for Art Tax Evasion

Germania Bank (Photo by Scott Lynch)

Germania Bank (Photo by Scott Lynch)

Aby J. Rosen, owner of the gloriously graffitied Germania Bank building at 190 Bowery (soon to be outfitted as a high-end office building for fashion agencies and archives) is in the news today for something other than his disruptive real estate moves on landmarked buildings (in case you forgot, he also pissed off preservationists two years ago, when he displaced The Four Seasons restaurant and its Picasso curtain painting from the Seagram Building).

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4 Readings: Whingeing About Work, Surveying the Surveillance State, and More

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daveDave Isay presents Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work
May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street.
Feeling unmotivated at work lately? Find some inspiration in Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, the new book out by Storycorps founder Dave Isay. Born 13 years ago, the oral-history project’s intimate interviews have grown to be a mainstay of American public life and podcasting. The new book draws upon audio interviews of average Americans toiling in the trenches of the nation’s workforce (public defenders, salmon slicers, science teachers and more) to try to understand what motivates people in their work every day and how they got there. Some of the storytellers themselves will speak at the event.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Is Summering in Coney Island, Via the Coney Art Walls

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Coney Island isn’t about to let Rockaway hog all the sun, what with the new food vendors at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and the Rockaway Beach Club. The folks at Thor Equities just announced that their summer pop-up, the Coney Island Walls, will return for its second season May 28.

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Will the Actors in Icaros: A Vision Win Ayahu-Oscars For Their On-Set Tripping?

Still from "Icaros: a Vision" (Image courtesy of Matteo Norzi/ "Icaros")

Still from “Icaros: a Vision,” Filippo Timi as Leonardo (Image courtesy of Matteo Norzi/ “Icaros”)

If you really, really wanted to, you could probably find ayahuasca right here in Brooklyn. We know you’d be “asking for a friend” and everything, but just keep in mind that artist Melanie Bonajo didn’t seem to have any trouble for her film on urban shamanism, Night Soil, and there’s at least one ayahuasquero – a spirit guide responsible for serving the hallucinogenic brew  – based in Bushwick, a neighborhood where a certain “mixed-use community space” (that may or may not still exist) hosted ayahuasca ceremonies recently. Still, it’s not like you can approach your neighborhood drug dealer to hook you up with some of that especially potent jungle juice (one part Banisteriopsis caapi vine, one part Psychotria viridis leaves).

Thankfully, with the recent premiere of Icaros: a Vision at Tribeca Film Festival, we can satisfy our ayahuas-curiosity from a safe distance while getting a good look at both the indigenous tradition of ayahuasca tripping and what happens when Western ninnies leave behind their workout routines and compulsive internet consumption and start getting real.

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Some Burglars Went On a Lower East Side Bar Crawl

NYPDIf you own a bar or restaurant in Chinatown or on the Lower East Side, you may want to double bolt the door tonight. Last week, two men robbed five neighborhood joints in two days, the NYPD says. Targeting everything from a cupcake bakery to a fish ball joint, they made off with nearly $2,000.

The spree actually started before that, in the early hours of April 3; police say the burgling bros pinched several bottles of booze and some tools from Giuseppe Gonzalez’s recently opened cocktail destination, Suffolk Arms.

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Stomp Ordered to Fork Over $2.2M; Fire Dancing School Opens in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Saturday, a naked and bleeding woman was found semi-conscious between two parked cars on Bushwick’s Goodwin Place. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she underwent surgery. [Bushwick Daily]

Near the Williamsburg intersection of Cook Street and Evergreen Avenue, a 26-year-old was choked and robbed of his phone and approximately $200. [Brooklyn Paper]

One of the six kittens found in a suitcase on Wythe Avenue last month was adopted by the police officer who helped rescue the litter. [Gothamist]

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Hey, Look! It’s the Graffiti That Spelled Gentrification in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Lillian the landlord becomes obsessed with gentrification– even if she only recently added it to her vocabulary. “I miss the old days,” she tells Titus, “When the longest word I knew was friggin’Giuliani.”

Lillian is determined to keep East Dogmouth “weird and dangerous,” but there are endless signs of gentrification in the neighborhood, from the parade of joggers pushing strollers to the opening of East Dogmouth Art Space. Not only does the performance space have the audacity to offer an “open tables DJ night,” but its owners painted over a long-standing mural of Biggie Smalls. “Now how are we supposed to remember he’s dead?” whines Lillian as she marvels at the disconcertingly unblemished roll-down gate. “Twenty-four hours and not one graffito. What a disgrace.”

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Shimmy Up to these Four Shows for Your Listening Pleasure

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

Honey, The Men, Foster Care, JJ Doll
Friday May 6, 8 pm at Alphaville: $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
The season of leisure is (sorta, almost) upon us, but before you can pull out your pastel polos and Adidas flip flops n’ white socks (predicting that a health-goths-in-hot-weather with ’80s Beverly Hills golf club vibe will dominate Riis Park Beach Bazaar this summer), you gotta ease into that seasonable mindset of giving very few fucks. Without the zen attitude, you’re just another banker boy who spills mustard on his Comme des Garcons tennis shoes and makes his French bulldog Daisy pay the consequences. In my opinion, the best way to avoid wanton animal abuse is to eliminate all possible stress factors– that means lining up your go-to tunes for the summer far in advance so that when it comes to making an all-day playlist on the fly, you’ll be ready to go.

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