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Pacha’s Papa Takes Over Troubled Verboten Space in Williamsburg

Eddie Dean, the nightlife impresario behind defunct megaclub Pacha NYC, is taking over the home of Verboten and opening a new club there in the fall. He snagged the troubled Williamsburg space by putting in a $1.2 million bid in bankruptcy court.

Verboten, an underground party that morphed into a brick-and-mortar venue on Wythe Avenue’s budding club row in March of 2014, was seized for non-payment of over $360,000 in taxes this past March, after co-owner Jen Schiffer was sued by employees who alleged sexual harrassment and racism. The club was able to reopen in April after filing for Chapter 11, but soon after, Schiffer was arrested in Greenpoint for allegedly writing $31,000 in bad checks.

So how will Dean’s new venue clear the air?According to a press release, it will be “dedicated to the creative ethos of Brooklyn and serve as an outpost for the global dance music scene.” He and director Andrew Inomata, a holdover from Pacha, are hoping to “tap into the maker-culture of DIY Brooklyn with arts, music, food, and community life,” in the words of the announcement.

Dean opened Pacha, the first US outpost of the legendary Ibiza club, in 2005 in the storied Sound Factory space in Hell’s Kitchen. During its 10-year run, it served as a reliable throwback to the pre-Giuliani era of big-box dance clubs (you know, when glo sticks, raver pants, Mitsubishis, and “bridge and tunnel” were a thing). Thanks in part to outsized music director Rob Fernandez, who died of heart problems a year ago, the club regularly featured NYC house legends like Erick Morillo and Danny Tenaglia, and drew A-list international DJs aplenty.

To a lesser extent, Output now carries the big-club flame, so it’ll be interesting to see how its new neighbor clicks with it (Good Room, another haven for electronic/DJ music, is also a walk away). The venue’s name is TBA, which has nothing to do with the (also troubled) Wythe Avenue club known as TBA– it’s to be announced.

Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the location of Pacha.

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Four Readings: This Month’s Prose Bowl, Sarah Anderson’s Webcomics Come to Print, and a Road Trip Gone Wrong

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(Photo: Courtesy of The Prose Bowl)

(Photo: Courtesy of The Prose Bowl)

The Prose Bowl XII
July 19, 6:30pm at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street at Richardson Street, Williamsburg.
The Prose Bowl (billed as “one part literature, one part bloodsport, one part American Idol”) is a sort-of nerdy battle royale for writers to win fame, glory, recognition… or just a free drink. On the third Tuesday of each month, four writers compete to see who has the best short story. Since it’s an open-mic affair, the writers’s names are randomly picked from a hat beforehand and are then subjected to the scrutiny of a panel and the audience. Each story is about five minutes long, and can include poetry or prose. Then there’s the lightning round, where the panel picks two of the competing writers, who then have to come up with quick stories, after which a winner is selected. It’s rowdy, it’s fun, it’s often hilarious, and it’s during happy hour, if you need any other incentives.

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Yer Week in Sound: Nola Bounce Legend, Brazilian Rap Phenom, Cleveland Refugees

(Flyer via The Glove)

(Flyer via The Glove)

Frank Hurricane, Machine Listener, Matthew Ryals, Xuan Rong, Skeleton Zoo
Monday July 25, 8 pm at The Glove: $7.
If you’re the proud owner of even half a heart, chances are that you’ve been feeling pretty sympathetic for those back-broken rust belters living in Cleveland, a population that’s shown more than a bit of plucky resilience in the face of economic desertification and industrial decline and governor who briefly campaigned for Pres on a platform that can only be characterized as LOL WTF. But the arrival of the Republican National Convention today just piles on the suffering– thanks to the blonde ambition of everyone’s favorite giant-human-mouth with its own reality TV show.

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Cake Shop Tries to Hold On to Show Space; Schumer Fights K2 in East Village

A Hudson Yards developer scooped up a Williamsburg trio (two buildings on Havemeyer Street, one on Lorimer Street) for $60 million. [The Real Deal]

Cake Shop, the financially-strapped Lower East Side performance venue, hopes to sell its street level cafe/bar but maintain possession of its subterranean digs. [Bowery Boogie]

During a press conference Sunday on Second Avenue, Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his proposed new drug legislation, inspired by nearly three dozen people overdosing on K2 last week. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Leo DiCaprio Was the Wolf of Hester Street This Weekend

(Photo: Carolina Iwanow)

(Photo: Carolina Iwanow)

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream– even Leo DiCaprio, apparently. Everyone’s favorite bear-attack survivor stopped by the Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social on Saturday afternoon. Wild guess: he was cruising the weekly market for a new pageboy cap in order to keep the paparazzi from peeping his next Malibu makeout sesh. If so, he wasn’t exactly successful– Williamsburg-based jewelry designer Carolina Iwanow managed to snap this photo as he strolled past her booth.

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Unlock Some Kim K-Level Skills at Tonight’s Selfie Tutorial

(Photo: Courtesy of Emily Oberg)

(Photo: Courtesy of Emily Oberg)

Are you tired of practicing your best pout in the mirror, positioning yourself in a way that minimizes upper-arm flab, and sexily tousling your hair while you hold your phone up in the air, only to be rewarded with a double chin, a half-closed eye, and a rat’s nest on your head? Then get yourself together and take your sorry, subpar-selfie-taking self to (where else?) American Apparel in Williamsburg tonight.

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#HackHousing Proves That Not All Tech Bros Suck

(Flyer via #HackHousing)

(Flyer via #HackHousing)

After making my way through a gilded, marble-floor lobby worthy of Home Alone 2, I found myself at Civic Hall. The techy meetup spot and educational center is where likeminded hackers convene for “labs” and shamelessly use the kind of words (“disrupt”) that have become emblems of that heady cocktail of superiority and entitlement powering controversial profit vacuums like Uber and AirBnB. I was hardly surprised to see that Pierre Omidyar’s foundation is a sponsor of Civic Hall, as is Google. Even if the #HackHousing event had been pitched as an occasion for discussing “creative ways to empower New York renters,” I was more than a little skeptical.

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Cyclists Gather For Bicycle Fetish Day, Bronx Rumble, and Bikestock Creator’s Memorial

Bike culture kicked into high gear over the weekend, as three spokes-centric events took over the city streets. On Saturday in Williamsburg, the City Reliquary’s annual Bicycle Fetish Day brought “bike nerds” together in a competition for best vintage, “mutant,” commuter, handmade, and small-wheeled bikes– with a prize also going to worst bike for good measure. Naturally, the Black Label Bike Club and the Puerto Rican Schwinn Club were out in full force, with this double-tallbike swing stealing the show.

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Police Kill Suspect in W’burg; Off-Duty Cop Charged in Fatal Car Wreck

Early Saturday morning on Bedford Avenue, an off-duty police officer in an SUV allegedly hit four pedestrians, killing a 21-year-old. The officer was arrested for manslaughter and drunk driving. [NY Daily News]

While responding to reports of robberies being made at gunpoint in Williamsburg yesterday morning, two police officers shot a 42-year-old man who reportedly fired at them first. The man died at Woodhull Hospital. [ABC 7]

According to tenants at 184 Kent Avenue, four fires occurred at the Jared Kushner-owned building between May 27 and June 29. [Curbed NY]

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Get Your Licks In at This Weekend’s Super-Chill Ice Cream Festivals

In this age of liquid-nitrogen ice cream, rolled ice cream, and churro cones, you may think that where everyone’s favorite frozen treat is concerned, there’s nothing new under the sun. But don’t cry into your Kanye cone just yet. We’ve got the inside scoop (har) on two ice cream cone-ucopias that promise to be sweet as hell.

National Ice Cream Day Bonanza at Brooklyn Flea
Saturday, July 16, 10am-5pm at 176 Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene; Sunday, July 17, 10am-5pm, at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza in Dumbo.
Seven vendors will be whipping up special flavors for the Flea’s annual two-day ice cream blowout. If you’ve been too lazy to get out to Rockaway to try the P&B donut ice-cream sandwich at Citysticks, then head over to either Fort Greene (Saturday) or Dumbo (Sunday) to try the donut ice-cream sundae that Underwest Donuts has created using a custom flavor from Lower East Side favorite Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Good Batch will be serving up a birthday-cake ice-cream sandwich for lovers of rainbow cuisine, Blue Marble is apparently going cookie-crazy, and a new vendor, Malai, will be offering up Indian ice-cream floats and sundaes. The Flea’s usual array of vendors will be out in full force, so don’t drip anything on that mid-century lounger.

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