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WILLiFEST, the Williamsburg Film Fest With the SILLiNAME, Returns This Week

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Starting this Thursday WILLiFEST kicks off with dozens of film screenings and events happening all over Williamsburg for four days. The fest is nothing if not diverse in its selection. This year, WILLiFest’s lineup includes documentaries, independent feature-length films, music videos, and international, short, and student films.

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A Legendary ’90s Skate Spot Pops Up in Williamsburg

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Over the weekend a Los Angeles skate icon popped up in Williamsburg. A mini-replica of one of skateboarding’s sketchiest ‘90s skate spots was recreated in the Flea Market Betty space, behind the Commodore by Converse Cons, complete with a memorial plaque.
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Faux Broker Scams LES Apartment Hunter; Bushwick a ‘Blank Canvas’ For Developers

Don't come a knockin'

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Police say a 26-year-old female pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the BQE in Williamsburg at 3:30 a.m. yesterday. [Gothamist]

A 36-year-old man was scammed out of $4,400 that he put down on a Ludlow Street apartment that was not actually vacant. [Gothamist]

Williamsburg-style condos are popping up farther east as “Bushwick takes the spotlight.” [NY Times]
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Patacon Pisao Is Finally Dropping Venezuelan Gutbombs on the LES

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Could it be? We just whizzed by Patacon Pisao’s long stagnant Lower East Side location and it looked… ABIERTO. A tweet from the restaurant confirms it: nearly a year after its planned opening date, the uptown import is finally doling out Velezuelan hangover helpers to the good people of the LES.

Check out our original post to see the menu and the neon-splashed interior.

The Brooklyn Book Fest Is Set to Be a Stunner

Kristin Henderson reads a story with her son Griffin at a previous Brooklyn Book Fest (Photo: Meghan White)

Kristin Henderson reads a story with her son Griffin at a previous Brooklyn Book Fest (Photo: Meghan White)

Great news! Brooklyn Book Fest has now updated its website to include a comprehensive event calendar for the imminent 2014 fest, which means we at B+B are able to supplement our recent rundown of upcoming literary shindigs. Keep Reading »

In Parody Video, ‘Share Better’ Coalition Throws Roaches and Bedbugs in Airbnb’s Face

With its fight against the New York Attorney General simmering, a new campaign has been launched to fight Airbnb. The Share Better Coalition is a group of community activists, organizations, elected officials, and others who went public today with an assault on the apartment-sharing service, which they believe is more of a disservice to the community.
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Get Schooled in Future Feminism By Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson and More

The exhibition is the work of five collaboraters: Antony, Johanna Constantine, Kembra Pfahler, and Sierra and Bianca Casady of CocoRosie. (Photo: The Hole gallery)

The exhibition is the work of five collaboraters: Antony, Johanna Constantine, Kembra Pfahler, and Sierra and Bianca Casady of CocoRosie. (Photo: The Hole gallery)

The future has only just begun at The Hole. Through Sept. 27, the contemporary art gallery on Bowery will host Future Feminism, an exhibition featuring nightly performances and lectures led by some seriously influential artists and feminists. Marina Abramović, Narcissister, Anne Waldman, Bianca and Sierra Casady of CocoRosie, and the East Village’s own Kembra Pfahler are just a few of the performers hosting 13 nights of events.
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Sick of Pistorius? Take Another Look at South Africa

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Lest Fashion Week leave you feeling jaded (about the superficiality of the industry, and the inanity of the clothing and the persons therein), allow me to offer an antidote of sorts: NOT × Chris Saunders, an exhibition currently showing at Wallplay that fuses fashion, photography, sculpture and video to explore the complex cultural underpinnings of style—South African style, in particular. Keep Reading »

Jeffstaple Teams With Shake Shack and Doughnut Plant For an LES-Spun Concrete

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

Lower East Side designer Jeff Ng (aka jeffstaple) — the visionary behind the Staple Pigeon fashion line and the Reed Space boutique — has teamed up with Shake Shack for a limited edition t-shirt and concrete flavor. If that sounds like some weirdness, get this: Doughnut Plant is also involved.
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A ‘Seasonal Wood-Fired Kitchen’ Opens in Williamsburg, With Roofdeck Coming Soon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

With Vice currently gutting the former IndieScreen for its new offices, Death By Audio closing, and the Domino complex about to go up, the corner of South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue is about to see some change. Actually, it already has, with the opening of Cow & Clover, a New American restaurant that aims to open a sprawling roofdeck by next spring.

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