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Make Your Fairy Goddess Dreams Come True at This New W’Burg Shop

(Photo: Courtesy of Avigail Adam)

(Photo: Courtesy of Avigail Adam)

Game of Thrones aficionados, Athena impersonators, and Rivendale lovers, take note: the next time you need to stock up on delicate laurel wreaths, headbands, and bracelets ornamented with metal, gold-plated leaves and twigs, this new Williamsburg shop may be just what you’re looking for.

Avigail Adam has opened her first brick-and-mortar shop of the same name on Bedford Avenue. “It was always a big dream of mine to have a shop in New York,” she said.

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Ben Sargent’s Lobstah Bike Is Finally Ready to Roll

(Photo: Courtesy of Ben Sargent)

(Photo: Courtesy of Ben Sargent)

Remember Ben Sargent (aka. Dr. Klaw) and his underground lobster-roll delivery service, conducted from his basement apartment in Greenpoint? If you do, you’ll probably recall that he went radio silent for a while, only to resurface a couple of years ago on social media with cryptic messages about a “crazy idea” involving a trip, an epic search for Dr. Klaw, and a bewildering image of a motorcycle dressed as a lobster. He finally revealed his plans to us back in April, and now it’s official: Sargent just launched his Kickstarter, grandiosely titled “The Hunt for Dr. Klaw – Take Back the Underground.” That custom ride we’ve seen peeks of? Turns out its name is “Lobby The Lobstah Bike.”

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Mosaic Poles Return to Astor Place, But Cube Won’t Be Back Til August

(Photo: @AstorPlaceNYC)

(Photo: @AstorPlaceNYC)

Last month, the city’s Department of Design and Construction told us the Astor Place cube was set to return in June. Today was supposed to be the big day, according to a construction update noticed by EV Grieve. But alas, the newly redesigned Alamo Plaza is still as cube-less as a sad cup of iced coffee left out in the sun too long. The city now says it won’t happen till August.

A DDC rep told us today that the cube was “awaiting final inspection by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Once completed, it will be delivered and re-installed.” A spokesperson for the Parks Department, which has traditionally been involved in the upkeep of Tony Rosenthal’s beloved sculpture, added, “The City is looking forward to an installation of the Cube in August. The Cube must first be inspected by a conservator.”

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These Guys Installed a FREE COFFEE Sign Over a Starbucks to ‘Keep Williamsburg Weird’

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment "FREE COFFEE" sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment “FREE COFFEE” sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

Back in February, we noticed a FREE COFFEE sign hovering a few stories above the controversial Starbucks on Union Avenue and wondered if it was an olive branch to neighbors who were rankled by the corporate interloper’s bid for a liquor license. But a barista at the Starbucks told us there were no free Frappuccinos to be had, and it quickly became apparent that the glowing sign was either an art installation, an epic prank, or both. Curious to find out, we slipped a note under the door of one of the building’s top-floor apartments, requesting a word with the sign maker. 

Last week, we finally got a text: “This is the guy behind the free coffee sign.”

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ABC No Rio Bids Bye to Current Digs With Final Art Show and Close-Out Concerts

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Artists from all eras of ABC No Rio’s radical history, including some who founded the legendary Lower East Side squat in 1980, have turned the dilapidated tenement into a top-to-bottom exhibition space before it’s demolished and replaced by a new eco-friendly building.

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East Village’s New Top Cop Hears Complaints, Asks For Help Finding Shooter

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Vincent Greany in white shirt. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Capt. Vincent Greany, the 9th Precinct’s freshly minted top cop, was peppered with complaints last night about persistent quality of life offenses ranging from noisy rooftop parties to an excess of rats. In turn, he asked East Villagers for help finding someone who shot a 24-year-old in Alphabet City early yesterday morning.

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Cops Seek Gun-Wielding Teens; Weekend Subway Nightmare

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday a funeral was held for Brooklyn social worker Enrique Rios, who was killed during the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12th. [DNA Info]

Police are searching for the three gun-wielding teens (captured on surveillance footage) who tried to rob a fourth on Havemeyer Street Monday afternoon. [DNA Info]

A man was arrested near N. 12th Street Saturday for throwing drinking glasses off of a roof, hitting one pedestrian in the head. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Hotel on Rivington Adds Café Medi, an Airy Mediterranean Eatery With Lounge

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The separate entrance to Jia Lounge. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The separate entrance to Jia Lounge. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The bar at Jia Lounge. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The bar at Jia Lounge. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Interior of Jia Lounge. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Interior of Jia Lounge. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Seasonal menu. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Seasonal menu. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Desserts menu. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Desserts menu. (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

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The Hotel on Rivington has a new restaurant following the closure of its previous one, CO-OP Food & Drink, after five years in business. Café Medi, an airy, Mediterranean-style affair with a terrace that opens up onto the busy street out front, opened for dinner last Wednesday. Owners Corey Lane (of Meatpacking District spots RDV Lounge, Kiss & Fly, and Gansevoort 69) and Roberto Buchelli (Rivington Hospitality Group) are planning to add lunch in mid-July, with brunch and breakfast service also in the works.

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As Vote Looms, Tenants Ask Rent Guidelines Board to Give Them a Break

RGB public hearing attendees protest embattled landlord Steven Croman. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

RGB public hearing attendees protest embattled landlord Steven Croman. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

How many landlords does it take to change a lightbulb? Metropolitan Council on Housing volunteer Mary Crosby posed the rhetorical question to members of the Rent Guidelines Board at last night’s public hearing at Cooper Union. “None, because everyone knows landlords don’t do repairs anymore,” she said. Here’s another one for you: how many owners does it take to change a lightbulb? You’ll never guess… it’s also “none,” she said, “because the owners have removed the light sockets during an eviction.”

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AdHoc Print Zine is Back, Reminding Us There’s Life Beyond the Screen

AdHoc Issue 12, cover design by A. Savage (Courtesy of AdHoc)

AdHoc Issue 12, cover design by A. Savage (Courtesy of AdHoc)

After a fitful start back in January 2013, the official zine for the roving “independent events collective” AdHoc went digital. In doing so, it joined countless more mini-publications that had chosen, either by design or by circumstance, to be available online only. But being relegated to an online existence wasn’t a great fit for the zine, especially considering that AdHoc already has a yin-yang sort of balance going on with a blog that feeds off the live music and in-person experiences they organize. “More and more I find myself experiencing life through a screen and it’s a terrible way to interact with the world,” AdHoc’s co-founder Ric Leichtung wrote to us in an email. “So much gets lost there.”

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This Artist Goes Around Turning Trash Into Bags of Gold

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

It’s no secret: New York in the summer stinks. Most of the time, that overpoweringly unpleasant smell is coming from the garbage bags whose contents are slowly cooking, sous-vide style, in the sun. But if you’ve wandered the streets of North Brooklyn or the Lower East Side recently, you may have noticed a flash of gold peeking out from the rat castles that are our city’s trash piles. Those gilded bags aren’t the Department of Sanitation’s newest attempt at urban beautification; they’re the work of Peruvian-born artist Iván Sikic, whose new series “Trashed” aims to call attention to New Yorkers’ relationship with waste.

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4 Readings: Nathan’s Hot Dog History, Palestinian Struggles, and a Father’s Transition

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faludiBook Launch: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena. 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
Is identity something you choose, or is it actually the very thing you can’t escape? This is the question Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi poses in her most personal work yet, In the Darkroom. In 2004 Faludi went in search of her estranged 76-year-old father, a man who had been an elusive and sometimes violent presence in her childhood and then all but disappeared from her life. When Faludi discovered he had undergone sex reassignment surgery and was now living in Hungary, her whole frame of reference was shaken to the core. Her book is an effort to unpack her father’s transition and her own questions of identity, while traveling through a country in the midst of its own dangerous project of refashioning its nationhood.

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