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Comedian Mehran Khaghani Extracts the Venom From Hate Mail in a New Monthly Show

mehranOver the millennia much attention has been paid to the concept of love (a second hand emotion? a stink?), while hate tends to sit, brooding in the corner. Apparently, the line between the two is thin. A wise master once noted, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Beyond this advice for mastering your emotions (and the force), is a call for empathy. Of course, how can one forget the more fatalist flipside: “haters gonna hate.”

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Arrest in Williamsburg Murder Case; Cause of Pier Collapse Found

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Four teenagers were arrested in connection with the Williamsburg murder of 33-year-old Tyrone Woods on April 27. [Brooklyn Paper]

Around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, a 48-year-old man was arrested for shooting at his nephew, 44, on Covert Street in Bushwick. There were no injuries. [ABC 7]

No one was injured early Wednesday evening when two men fired shots at each other on Menahan Street in Bushwick. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Affordable Housing Group Is ‘Strategically Hitting’ Seven Landlords

Brandon Kielbasa and Mike Ward

Brandon Kielbasa and Mike Ward

Stabilizing NYC, a citywide coalition aimed at combatting tenant harassment and preserving affordable housing, met earlier today on the steps of City Hall to announce the list of landlords they will be targeting in an upcoming legal battle against “predatory equity.”

“We’re strategically hitting landlords who’ve been displacing thousands of tenants every year,” said Brandon Kielbasa, lead organizer at Cooper Square Committee, a tenant rights organization running since 1959.

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CB1 ‘Vehemently Opposes’ Recycling Plan to Truck Food Waste Through North BK

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Surprise, surprise–North Brooklynites aren’t exactly thrilled about a potential parade of up to 30 tankers hauling organic waste through their neighborhood every day, even if the compost does eventually get converted into natural gas.

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Open Wide! Here’s What You’ll Be Eating at Taste of Bushwick

ToB_STD_2015If you can eat and drink your way through $40 like it’s nothing (guilty!) and you like surrounding yourself with lushes of a similar persuasion (uh, people who won’t judge you for being “disgusting–” pshh) then it’s probably not a bad idea to get tickets to the 2nd annual Taste of Bushwick, an annual food fest to benefit local theater and dance venue, the Bushwick Starr. According to the #TBT photos, everyone was smiling at last year’s incarnation so, indisputably, things went well. And if you thought there were enough great restaurants participating last year to sink a ship, then whoa buddy check out the lineup this time around and try not to drool.

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Jessamyn Hope Kibitzes About Her Kibbutz Novel, Safekeeping

Jessamyn Hope

Jessamyn Hope

“I’m so happy with the cover. I really didn’t want it to be some woman’s sandals in the sand,” says Jessamyn Hope of her new novel Safekeeping, which launches tonight at Book Court in Brooklyn.

Over coffee at Yonah Schimmel, Hope explained that because she’s a female author and her book involves romance, she was concerned it would be labeled “chick lit” — a term that doesn’t begin to encompass the expansive themes in her saga of six characters who meet at a kibbutz in Israel in 1994. The characters —  including an old Zionist Socialist, an Israeli teenager injured in a terrorist attack, and a beautiful Soviet émigré — are all in search of identity and safe harbor from the storm of their personal crises. Interspersed with their stories is the history of a medieval brooch that provides glimpses into turbulent moments in Jewish history.

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Checking Out the Coney Art Walls As They Near Completion

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While Bushwick Collective has been hogging all the attention lately (even from local cops), a series of equally impressive murals have been going up these past few weeks in Coney Island, where the New York art world’s prodigal son Jeffrey Deitch has called on some big names to paint a couple dozen walls dotting a concrete lot shared with Coney Smorgasburg.

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Week in Film: Medieval Times on Staten Island and Recluses Galore

This week, we’re thinking a lot about the past — either our own not-too-far-gone experiences of high school or, like, deep historical stuff. But the films this week invoke a strange sort of nostalgia because none of these experiences are exactly our own, they’re either twisted, seriously intense versions of teenage-hood, fantastically horny imaginings of centuries past, or some vision of a lost young adulthood spent with Vincent Gallo. (Unfortunately, it’s true that we’ve never hung out). But who knows, maybe these films will strike a chord in you somewhere. You might not have been stuck in a school for the deaf in small-town post-industrial Ukraine and forced to help run a prostitution ring involving your fellow students, but maybe you had a similarly cray experience with young love. No? Well, whatever —  that’s what movies are for.

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Freemans Chef Opens East River Skate Shop in Greenpoint

Rich Oates at East River Skate Shop (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Rich Oates at East River Skate Shop (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The sound of skateboards wooshing by triggers some stressful memory nerve in me, tripping me back to high school when I attempted to teach myself to skate, before I fully understood the depths of my unathleticism and hopelessness when it comes to foot-eye coordination. (Speaking of tripping, that’s all I ever did on a skateboard.) But when I walked into Greenpoint’s new skate shop, I was quickly put at ease by owner Rich Oates, a chill guy who talks about skating in a way that makes it seem easy, approachable even.

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Marcha Cocina Marches From Washington Heights to the East Village

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Marcha Cocina opened its second location last week on Avenue C between 7th and 8th Street, bringing to Alphabet City the Latin-influenced Spanish tapas and light, airy atmosphere that made the restaurant popular at its Michelin-approved Washington Heights location.

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Cooper Union President Resigns; LES Ferry Details Revealed

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Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharucha announced his resignation last night, effective June 30. [Hyperallergic]

This week the city revealed more info about their plan to introduce ferry service to the Lower East Side in 2018. [The Lo-Down]

Residents of 262 E. Second Street are petitioning against aspects of mixologist Albert Trummer’s forthcoming Avenue C cocktail lounge. [EV Grieve]

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Peep Some Mini, Artsy Water Towers at These Two Openings

Claw Money's tower will be at "Towers of Power" event.

Claw Money’s tower will be at “Towers of Power” event.

What’s (possibly) more Brooklyn than Jay Z? Water towers. Or at least that’s what Boundless Brooklyn, a company that creates replica DIY model kits of the towers and other iconic New York City structures, would argue. Their water towers are featured in two upcoming art installations – one at MoMA Design Store and the other at a boutique that only sells Brooklyn-made goods, aptly named By Brooklyn.

This isn’t the water towers’ first appearance as an art installation – earlier this year they appeared at a MoMA Design Store show that featured the artists Zero Productivity and MURRZ.

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