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Pole Dancing in a Former Polish Social Club? That’s Incredipole!

Out this month, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

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(Photos: Phil Provencio)

What is “pole fitness”? Isn’t it an exercise fad for bored midwest housewives? “Hopefully it will be one day,” says Karimah Gottschalk, an advertising resource manager by day and pole dancer by evening. “That’ll be the trickle-down effect of it becoming non-stigmatized.” With a thriving competition circuit, the mainstreaming of pole fitness may already be on its way.

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How an Apartment Guru Saved My Tiny Home from the Clutches of Clutter

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Some people can work wonders in small quarters. (Remember that beautifully organized, itty-bitty kitchen-shower apartment?) I am not one of those people. I’ve lived in a 350-square-foot Lower East Side apartment with my husband for four years, and during that time I’ve managed to keep it in an almost uninterrupted state of mess (except when guests come to stay).

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New Musical About Old New York Has Lovely Tunes, But Just A Touch of Stories

(photo: Pavel Antonov)

(photo: Pavel Antonov)

Any show that begins in full blackout long enough for the elderly patron next to me to start murmuring and glancing at the program with the light of his phone screen is one that is going to pique my interest.

Evening – 1910, a new musical written by Randy Sharp and Paul Carbonara (a former guitarist and music director for Blondie), has many interest-piquing factors. Indeed, it began in the pitch dark. It’s an entirely sung-through musical in a quaint and intimate space (the Axis Theater in the West Village) with a live band. It follows immigrants who arrive in the city in 1910. Some are showgirls at a failing variety show theater on the Bowery who dream of finding more fulfilling work, one is a man who enjoys using his camera. Their lives are interrupted by a rich man who intends to transform the theater into a cinema.

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MTA Continues ‘Dialogue’ About Slowdown vs. Shutdown of L Train

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The MTA held its second public meeting to discuss the impending L train closure, and last night’s hearing at the 14th Street Salvation Army Theater couldn’t have been more different from the one hosted in Brooklyn last week. For one, the attendance was dominated by the same crowd you’d see at a City Council Committee meetings– aging hippies, your Dave Stuben types, the occasional transport dork, press, press, and more press; and the few regular people left in the immediate area around Union Square and Chelsea who also happen to have extra time on their hands.

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And Now There Are Two Art Fests Looking to Fill the Bushwick Open Studios Void

Bushwick Open Studios (Photo: B+B)

Lisa Levy performing “Rockin’ Granny Love,” Diego Barnes in her arms at Bushwick Open Studios 2015 (Photo: Jordan Abosch)

Stephanie Theodore of Theodore:Art was massively disappointed when Arts in Bushwick announced that Bushwick Open Studios was moving from summer to fall in an attempt to close the door on an eight-year tradition. But AiB had their reasons– BOS had ballooned into something of circus, an event that they believe had been co-opted and used by corporate interests and party promoters looking to cash-in on the thousands of people who swarmed the neighborhood each June. But galleries and individual artists also benefitted from the huge influx of people and the visibility that BOS brought to the area, so Theodore was hardly alone. “A lot of other galleries wanted something to replace BOS,” she told B+B over the phone today.

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Watch This Music Video Shot in Bushwick’s New Live-In Creativity Caldron

Songwriter Dru Cutler lives with five other artists in a loft that’s pretty much the epitome of DIY Bushwick. With its soaring industrial ceilings, comfy armchairs and requisite hipster decorations (vintage posters, hanging plants, etc.), Unit J seems to fit the platonic ideal of millennial living spaces, combining creative pursuits, lifestyle and the search for buzz. Over the past three years, the loft off of the Wilson Avenue stop has evolved from a co-living space for artists trying to make ends meet to an under-the-radar performance venue. Now Cutler and his fellow musician roommates are taking it a step further, launching their own record label to represent other artists they’re excited about.

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The Astor Place Cube Returns Next Month

The Design Pavilion being set up. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Design Pavilion being set up. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It was a year and a half ago that the Astor cube got boxed up and carted away, and the city hasn’t been the same since. I’m neither a psychologist nor a geologist, but I’m willing to bet that the removal of the Alamo took the very earth off of its axis, causing the mass imbalance of brain chemistry that led to the imminent nomination of Donald J. Trump.

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Bedford Avenue is Getting a Cafe That Doubles As a ‘Modern-Day Apothecary’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Bedford Avenue has more than its share of coffee spots, starting with the El Beit reboot that opened in March. But this next one promises to be a little different. Equilibria, opening just down the block from Oslo and Black Brick, isn’t just a cafe offering free wifi– it doubles and triples as a pharmacy and wellness store.

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LES Man Robbed By Duo Posing as Cops

A Lower East Sider was attacked and robbed by two men posing as police officers, the NYPD says.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, when a resident of the Baruch Houses was stopped in the lobby of his building by two men who claimed to be police officers. One of them maced the victim while the other punched him, and the 29-year-old was forced to turn over his cellphone, a credit card, and $100 in cash, the police say. His injuries weren’t serious enough to require hospitalization.

The suspects are shown in the video above.

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Brooklyn Generator Gets Rezoning Approval; New Museum Seeks Expansion

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Actor Nick Lashaway, who appeared in season two of Girls, died Sunday in a car accident in Framingham, Massachusetts. He was 28 years old. [People]

On Bowery, The New Museum launched an $80 million capital campaign, and a portion of the funds would go to doubling the institution’s size. [Bowery Boogie]

According to the developer of a forthcoming mixed-use building between Avenues A and B, Trader Joe’s might open a second 14th Street location. [DNA Info]

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