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Williamsburg Will Lose Yet Another Homegrown Venue

(Photo: Brooklyn Rod & Gun Facebook)

(Photo: Brooklyn Rod & Gun Facebook)

On the heels of Death By Audio’s closing announcement, yet another Williamsburg waterfront institution is shutting its doors. Brooklyn Rod & Gun, a private social club and sometime performance space on Kent Avenue, will close by year’s end.
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Will ‘Missing BK’ Be the Bushwick Anthem That ‘Brooklyn Girls’ Wasn’t?

Today’s entry into the “Brooklyn anthem” category (in fact, it’s tagged that way on YouTube) comes from Farohawk, a Bushwick-based MC, producer and songwriter who, according to his bio, “credits the emerging neighborhood as a major source of creative inspiration for his current sound.”
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Discover ‘Iranicana’ at This Variety Show of the Persian Persuasion

1410881790549Don’t call it a Persian show—rather, think of it as looking at human culture through a Persian lens. That’s the aim of Bayan, tonight at Galapagos in Dumbo. The show (the name of which means “expression” in Farsi) features five Iranian and Iranian-American artists, showcasing work that ranges from photography to stand-up.

Last month, Bayan’s organizer Susan Peret ran her first concept show called Bakwas (Urdu and Hindi slang for “nonsense”), which showcased various artists on India’s Independence Day. Peret just filed to start her own corporation, called Clasht, to keep non-monolithic events like Bakwas and Bayan flowing through New York’s cultural scene.
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50 Fairly Amazing Things About the ’64 World’s Fair

fair20-13With the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair upon us, the Queens Museum has unveiled a new exhibit featuring everything from one of the animatronic brontosauruses from GM’s “Futurama” attraction to a Bell System Picturephone that was created way before FaceTime.

If you’re a fan of Mad Men-era NYC you should definitely see the exhibit, on view till Oct. 18, along with the museum’s long-term display of over 900 smaller artifacts from the fair. But let’s face it, all of the ephemera can’t do justice to what was truly a mind-blowing extravaganza made up of 150 fantastically designed pavilions offering everything from utopian visions of the future, to Jurassic Park-style dinosaur battles, to canoe rides through replicas of exotic island paradises – not to mention, of course, the Unisphere and the Panorama, among the few attractions that outlasted the fair.
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Big-Box Retailers Heart Williamsburg; Citi Bike Gets Audited

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A Brooklyn investment firm with apartment-building ambitions purchased 510 Driggs Avenue for $35 million. [The Real Deal]

In Bushwick, the Washington Irving Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will receive $4 million to put towards infrastructure improvements, like fixing a roof with falling plaster. [DNA Info]

City Controller Scott Stringer will audit the Citi Bike program. [NY Daily News]

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Like Santa, Seth Rogen Is Everywhere

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The “Untitled X-Mas Project” starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie was due to shoot in Greenpoint today and tomorrow, and now signage on Lafayette and on Bond Street indicates it’ll be in Noho on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, it seems Rogen has been using his time in NYC to go on a tour de pizza. The actor tweeted that he had hit the following pizzerias.
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Yup, You’ll Still Have to Wait ’8 to 10 Hours’ For an iPhone 6

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Three days after the iPhone 6 went on sale, there were still about 100 people lined up outside of the Apple Store in Soho when we passed by this afternoon. Of course, this is only slightly longer than the average line over at La Colombe, but still the wait was “about 8 to 10 hours,” an salesperson nonchalantly estimated. We didn’t witness anything as nuts as all this but we did see one would-be customer bail when he realized, after an hour, that fuck it, this is crazy.
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This Roving Vintage Shop Is Back In NoHo For The Fall

The Nomad Truck is parked at 4th street and Broadway today. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Nomad Truck is parked at 4th street and Broadway today. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hoping to catch some NYU students on their way to and from class, the Nomad Truck has spent at least one day a week parked at the corner of West 4th Street and Broadway since the first day of school, and will continue showing up at different spots around the area in the coming weeks. If you’re close by, just hop on the gangplank and make your way inside the boxy mobile retail biz that’s packed to the brim with women’s clothing, accessories, and jewelry.

We spoke with store manager Chastity Mahoney about what Nomad has to offer. Prices hover under $100, while most of the new clothing pieces occupy the $40 range, jackets and outerwear creep up to the higher mark. Everything looks polished and vaguely “on trend”: leather jackets, acid wash jeans, marled sweaters, and necklaces with bones and power crystals are all available. Mahoney said the store sources the majority of its clothing from Los Angeles because of the number of manufacturers located there, but also because “LA is our style.”

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$3.5 Million Will Create Jobs, Curb Garbage Juice

Rabbi Niederman speaks at Council Member Stephen Levin's press conference today in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Rabbi Niederman speaks at Council Member Stephen Levin’s press conference today in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Today in South Williamsburg, Council Member Stephen Levin announced the allocation of new city funding for cleanup efforts across the city. The program– the City’s Council $3.5 million Cleanup NYC Initiative– aims to install better public trash bins and beautify public spaces and streets while contributing to a generally more, er, sanitized New York City. Because apparently having streets in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that the Mayor’s Office rated 83 percent to 96.6 percent “acceptable” is nowhere near clean enough.
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A Five-Month-Old East Village Restaurant Scored a Book Deal, Sort Of

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

East Village pintxos bar Huertas isn’t even half a year old, but like relatively recent startups Brooklyn Grange and Kings County Distillery it’ll be the subject of a new book. Karin Stabiner — who co-authored Family Table, about the family meals at Danny Meyer’s restaurants — has chosen the newcomer and its chef Jonah Miller, a vet of Meyer’s Maialino, as the subject of her next one. Here’s the memo from the Deals section of Publisher’s Marketplace (subscription required).
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Glen E. Friedman Skates into Dumbo to Launch a New Book

1With a scratchy image of the late Darby Crash staring through a crowd, surrounded by torn images of other punk icons, the cover of Glen E. Friedman’s one and only photozine My Rules is an actual collage of his prolific career. Rizzoli has released a robust book version of the 1982 self-published zine, featuring commentary and unseen images. And to celebrate, powerHouse Arena in Dumbo will be hosting an event tomorrow packed with other notables from the punk and skate world.
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Rev. Billy Arrested; Amato Opera House Becoming Apartments

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Corresponding with yesterday’s People’s Climate March, Reverend Billy was arrested in Tompkins Square Park for climbing onto a Parks Department truck in an attempt to save a tree. [NY Daily News]

Georgia’s former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, now lives on N. 7th Street in Williamsburg. [NY Times]

Fab 208 clothing store will shutter after 23 years on 7th Street in the East Village; they hope to find a new location next year. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

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