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Bushwick Open Studios Revamp Underway to Bring in ‘Natives,’ Dodge Corporate Interests

Bushwick Open Studios 2015 (Photo: Jordan Abosch)

Bushwick Open Studios 2015 (Photo: Jordan Abosch)

Wednesday night, Bushwick Open Studios organizers convened at the local community and activist space Mayday, for a “town hall meeting,” and their first coordinated public appearance since Arts in Bushwick (AiB) announced they were moving the annual arts festival from the June date it held for eight years to a later one in October. News of the change-up was shocking for many community members and while some gallerists and artists expressed enormous disappointment, AiB was adamant that the move was intended to bring BOS back to its roots. As the fest’s organizers told us earlier this month, the festival had been “co-opted by many different commercial interests.”

When B+B asked at the meeting if there had been a breaking point, Laura Braslow, a longtime Bushwick resident who’s been involved in organizing BOS for the decade of its existence, told us: “It’s been several years of this trajectory, largely since the end of the recession. There’s stuff that’s happened structurally, but really a lot of those changes that you see in the city as a whole are playing out locally, and we’re trying to figure out how this organization can accomplish its mission in that context.” In short, BOS was suffering not only from a kind of corporate robbery, but also from their own inadequate attempts to reach out to the community as a whole. And in the highly charged atmosphere of a neighborhood in the midst of one of the harsher examples of gentrification in Brooklyn, neither of those things were going to fly for much longer.

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Rosario Dawson Touts LES, Gives Hillary a Bronx Cheer at Bernie Sanders Rally

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber of Razberry Photography))

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber/Razberry Photography)

Rosario Dawson spoke about her Lower East Side roots and issued a series of pointed jabs at Hillary Clinton last night at a Bernie Sanders rally in the South Bronx. “Shame on you, Hillary!” the Kids star scolded while helping to introduce Sanders to what the candidate estimated were 15,000 people at St. Mary’s Park. “Whoa, sorry, hold on,” she caught herself, to the delight of the crowd. “Let me watch my tone.”

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Rabbi Investigated Over LES Synagogue Sale; Vongerichten Coming to Chrystie

In Bushwick, Express Yourself Barista Bar, Stateside Cafe and Collections Vintage Clothing are all helping the victims of this week’s five-building fire on Dekalb Avenue. [Bushwick Daily]

Rabbi Samuel Aschkenaz is being investigated after he tried to sell the non-profit Home of the Sages of Israel synagogue for $13 million. [NY Post]

Following a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Williamsburg eatery Okonomi will move ahead with its proposed fish market, Osakana. [Eater NY]

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Tenants Demand Trump’s Son-in-Law Make Their Apartments Great Again [Updated]

118 East 4th Street, where the tenants are currently suing their landlord, Jared Kushner (Photo: Courtesy of Streeteasy)

118 East 4th Street, where the tenants are currently suing their landlord, Jared Kushner (Photo: Courtesy of Streeteasy)

Update, April 15: Tenants have reached a settlement with Westminster. Read the latest here

No cooking gas for five months, rising mounds of trash, and an infestation of rats and other vermin– these are just some of the complaints that tenants of 118 East 4th Street have voiced against their landlord, who happens to be the son-in-law of Donald Trump.

A quick online search reveals more disgruntled claims from tenants of Jared Kushner, the 35-year-old husband of Ivanka Trump, and his company, Westminster City Living. Some of the Yelp reviews read almost like Trump tweets: “Horrible!  WATCH OUT! Bunch of Scammers” and “Horrible… Bad service, inflexible, not willing to help in any way.”

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Where to Find Standup Comedy in Bushwick and East Williamsburg

Bushwick ComedyLouis CK said it himself – Bushwick is where all the young comedians are slumming. Lucky for them he isn’t really “obsessed with making life hard for young, struggling comics,” and he hasn’t built a mansion in the neighborhood like he joked about with Howard Stern last year. The “dudes [and dudettes] in Bushwick” are still there. To help you find them we put together a list and map of Bushwick and East Williamsburg standup, starting with a series premiere tonight.

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Performance: Experimental Sounds, Literary Math Podcast, Black Magic Circus

SOPHIE MSMSMSM, PRODUCT, 2015 (photo via The New Museum)

SOPHIE MSMSMSM, PRODUCT, 2015 (photo via The New Museum)

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First Look: SOPHIE Presents Pupture
At The New Museum, 235 Bowery, Lower East Side. 7pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members). More info here
Mysteriously odd artist and music producer SOPHIE (the brainchild of weirdo party jams BOOP and LEMONADE, among others) takes over the New Museum for a multidisciplinary evening exploring the notion of synthesis in art. First, there’ll be a panel discussion with artists Gerry Bibby, Travis Boyer, Hayden Dunham, experimental dance collaboration FlucT, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Henrik Oleson. Following that, the artists will present live performance and original music. Prepare to have your brains stimulated, hear some really weird sounds, and maybe even dance a little.
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Get Ready For Dead Petz! Williamsburg Is Getting a Taxidermy Museum

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Visitors to Eclectic Collectibles in Williamsburg may enter with something specific in mind: an antique frame, perhaps, or specific knife for their latest film shoot. But as they pick through the endless piles of vintage flotsam, more often than not they stop dead in their tracks in front of the weird taxidermy corner.

A large vitrine shows stuffed chipmunks cavorting on a carousel, serving up drinks in a mini-tavern and playing in swings. In a full-on assault of visual information, there are also stuffed foxes, two-headed calves, and a wild-boar head placed in haphazard stacks. The exhibit is so weird and ripe for Instagram that owner Anthony Torres placed “No Pictures” signs all around.

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Honest Chops Is Opening a Halal Burger Joint in the Middle of Drunksville

Khalid Latif and Russell Khan (Sarah Aziza)

Khalid Latif and Russell Khan (Sarah Aziza)

“I’m a huge meat lover,” said Khalid Latif. “So, owning a burger joint is kind of the dream, right?”

The love of meat is only part of what’s driving Latif and his partners, Russell Khan and Bassam Tariq, to open Honest Chops Burgers, a Greenwich Village spin-off of their East Village halal butcher shop, Honest Chops. The partners are basing their new fast-casual burger joint on the “Honest-to-God” vision that inspired their flagship butchery. The Honest Chops team espouses the Islamic ideal of “tayyib,” a philosophy of “wholesomeness” and ethical consumption. The idea, says Latif, is to ensure “the entire process is good for the earth, the animal, and the human consumer.”

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Smorgasburg Lineup: Indian Ice Cream, Artisanal Bodega Sandwiches, Eggs on a Stick

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The folks behind Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea have unleashed their rundown of seasonal programming, and we’re getting an ice-cream headache just reading it all. Among other things, they’re expanding upstate to Kingston, NY, and going bicoastal with a new Los Angeles market. Back here at home, starting April 2 and 3, the Sunday Flea is moving from Williamsburg to Dumbo (literally down under the Manhattan Bridge) so that its usual home at 50 Kent can be incorporated into Bushwick Inlet Park. Saturday Smorgasburg will remain in East River State Park, and will boast 25 new vendors. Starting Memorial Day weekend, Smorg will also return to its daily duties at South Street Seaport, this time with six vendors inside of a 9,000-square-foot “surf-bar restaurant.” Saturday Flea and Sunday Smorgasburg remain in Fort Greene and Prospect Park, respectively. And Berg’n, the operation’s Crown Heights beer hall, just introduced an enticing new vendor: at El Meat Hook, the folks behind Meat Hook and Rippers are dishing out southern California food– and not the healthy kind.

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Bushwick Fire Displaces 30 Families; Verboten Seized By Tax Man

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In the Metropolitan Avenue fire caused by a faulty electrical outlet on Monday night, 68-year-old Patricia Serrano died and six of her neighbors sustained injuries. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, Tuesday night’s blaze on Dekalb Avenue—which required 200 firefighters—displaced 30-plus families and resulted in the loss of 500 trained pigeons. [NY PostKanku-dai Dojo must also find a new home, leaving current students without their karate practice facility. [DNA Info]

The NYPD released a photo of a male J-train passenger who allegedly blew kisses at a woman and then masturbated last Thursday morning in Bushwick. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) Previewed His ‘Punk-Rock Murder Movie,’ Green Room

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

“I had opportunities that were way classier than this, and I thought I’d do this instead,” Jeremy Saulnier said of his new film, Green Room, during a preview screening at Nitehawk Cinema last night. His previous effort, Blue Ruin, was a critical darling, but when it came time for a follow-up, the Brooklyn director decided to make what he described self-deprecatingly as “a cruddy punk-rock murder movie.”

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