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District 2: This Harley Riding Pastor Wants to Be Your New City Councilman

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Aspiring City Councilman Rick Del Rio raps his gold-ringed knuckles on the table as he speaks, his colorful bicep tattoos (“Jesus Christ Is Lord” and “The Lion of Judah Has Conquered”) peeking out from beneath the sleeves of a black button-up.

“I’m a political outsider, and being a political outsider means I have a lot to learn,” he says in a gravelly, booming voice that one can easily imagine bellowing across a pulpit. “But I’ll learn it. Because whatever I have to do, I will do. I’ve got no issues with ego; I just want to serve. And I’ve got no fear.”
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How the Author of Killing Williamsburg Got Questlove to Do a ‘Suicide Set’

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

Tomorrow at Trash Bar there’s a book party for Killing Williamsburg, and it won’t be the usual wine-and-cheese affair: starting at 7 p.m., the one and only Questlove will spin songs by musicians who killed themselves. Morbid as it may sound, the night’s “suicide set” is in keeping with the book’s macabre plot: a cynical Williamsburger is jolted from his ennui when a plague of mysterious, gruesome suicides threatens to turn his “hip, hopping, happening” neighborhood into a ghost town.
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Up Against Vito, Antonio Reynoso Has Been Knocking On a Lot of Wood Lately

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

“I’ve got the easiest pitch in the city,’” District 34 City Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso said at a fundraiser earlier this year: “Hi, I don’t sexually harass my staff, will you vote for me?”

Media coverage of 30-year-old Reynoso’s campaign to win tomorrow’s Democratic primary has overwhelmingly focused on the bad behavior of his opponent, former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez, who is 72, resigned from the State Assembly last May when several female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Soon after, Lopez began raising money for a City Council run in District 34, which encompasses Williamsburg, Bushwick and part of Ridgewood, Queens.
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It’s John Zorn Month, So Just Go Ahead and Clear Your Calendar

Cancel all plans for the rest of the month if you’re a fan/worshipper of avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn: you may have missed his 60th birthday jam at his East Village venue, The Stone (see above video for 30 seconds of him performing with Fred Frith), but worry not: a cavalcade of events will celebrate the pillar of the downtown music scene, starting with a week and a half of movies he curated for Anthology Film Archives.
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Williamsburg Savings Bank Gets $5 Mil; Another Bushwick Radio Station

Corlears Hook / FDR Drive

(Photo: Joel Raskin’s Flickr)

We regret to be the bearer of bad news ­but: you can no longer buy cake made of honey toast submerged in whipped cream and fruit on St. Marks Place. CoCo Fresh Juice & Tea opened this week, replacing the short-lived Iris Café. [EV Grieve]

If you’re young and “bohemian” and still determined to move to Williamsburg, here’s a guide that shows you how to do it. [Brokelyn] Keep Reading »

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There’s a New Waterfront Bus Connecting BK and LIC: Our Handy Dandy Route Map

Waterfront dwellers, rejoice! You no longer have to trek over to Bedford Avenue to catch a bus up to PS1. The MTA is launching a new line this weekend — the B32 (not to be confused with this awesome Porsche VW bus of the same name) — running along the East River through Williamsburg and Greenpoint up to Long Island City. The route runs between Williamsburg Bridge Plaza in the south and 44th Drive and 21st Street in the north. Buses hit the road this Sunday, and every day after, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out our hand-dandy map of the route and all the nearby ferry, subway, and bus connections.

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Drag Queen Macy Rodman Thinks Bushwick Is Getting Gayer and Gayer

Macy Rodman performing at Sugarland. (Photo: Christopher John Conry)

Macy Rodman performing at Sugarland. (Photo: Christopher John Conry)

This Saturday, drag queens from all five boroughs and beyond will gather at Secret Project Robot to outdo one another in their costumes, performance innovation, and general obscenity at Bushwig, the neighborhood’s second annual festival of drag. The emcee of the fest will be Bushwick-based queen Macy Rodman, who in April won North Brooklyn’s first drag pageant, an eight-week long performance showdown called Mr(s) Williamsburg.
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Tonight: Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice’s Gallery Opening Should Be Worth the Trip

1764Here’s a last-minute addition to our end-all, be-all guide to September art: Bjorn Copeland, co-founder of psychedelic noise collective Black Dice and an inimitable mainstay in North Brooklyn’s music and art scenes, has a new exhibition opening tonight at the Lower East Side’s Jack Hanley Gallery.

As you can see from the video for “Pigs,” below, Black Dice’s brand of experimental electronic music is an exercise in sensory overload, and Copeland applies the same aesthetic to his visual art (not to mention the T-shirts he just designed for DFA). His third solo exhibition with the gallery features works of collage that are described in the press release as “psychotropic Pop assemblages” — the result of “combing the commercial landscape for product detritus and two-dimensional media.”
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Stephen Pierson Told Some ‘Awesome’ Greenpointers to Keep Fighting the Towers

City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Last night, around 80 Greenpoint residents – kids, lifers, parents, artists and seniors  – gathered on the quiet grounds of Newton Barge Playground. Across Commercial Street, a series of large and barren lots extended beyond a low chain-link fence, looking magically forgotten in comparison to Manhattan’s sprawling towers.

In a tailored suit and casual ankle boots, City Council candidate Stephen Pierson gripped a megaphone. “Tonight is about hearing your views,” he said to those wielding signs reading “The Roof Is Too Damn High” and “Greenpoint [does not equal] Midtown.”
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