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James Murphy’s Espresso Is Brewing; Knockout Attacks Due to ‘Resentment’?

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: East Village

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A newly elected councilwoman attempting to explain recent knockout attacks believes that for some African-Americans “the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.” [DNA Info]

A Twitter account claiming to represent Castle Braid, the apartment complex that was the subject of the Post‘s recent piece about old hipsters vs. new hipsters, is running its mouth, but who’s really behind it? [NY Observer]

A 19-year-old says he was the victim of a gunpoint robbery on South 9th Street in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]
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The Cornut (Sorry, Cronut™) Is Coming to the LES Tomorrow

(Courtesy Dominique Ansel Bakery)

You could accuse us of being traffic whores for putting “porno” in one headline and “cronut” in the next, and you might be right. After all, we’re not even sure the cronut (sorry, Cronut™) is all that buzzworthy now that there’s an albeit Obamacare-esque . But even if the cronut (sorry, Cronut™) has jumped the sharknado, we have to confess we still haven’t tried one. So we’re kind of psyched that they’re coming to our backyard.
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Watch 4 Off-Beat, Stroke-of-Genius Films From the Age of Porno Chic

(Courtesy Anthology Film Archives)

(Courtesy Anthology Film Archives)

We love you, Anthology Film Archives, but that doesn’t mean we want to see your old porn. Ok, maybe.

On Friday, the East Village theater launches a steamy new series dedicated to the “porno chic” age of adult cinema, when legit actors starred in top-notch skin flicks whose plots went beyond just someone ordering a pizza.

As with all good porn-related titles, the name of the series, “In the Flesh,” is a double entendre: each screening will be accompanied by an in-the-flesh appearance by a director, actor, or crew member who made the magic happen. Grab your trenchcoat: the first installment, this weekend, features a quartet of NYC-based films.
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Less Chain Stores in EV, More in BK; a Williamsburg Shipping-Container House

Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]

And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]

The 10002 zip code added 10 national retailers and the 10003 zip code came in third with 170 stores (9 less than last year). [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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An E-Cig Ban Looms, But Vape Shop Owners are Breathing Easy

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

With a public hearing scheduled tomorrow and vote expected later this month, the City Council’s Health Committee is proposing a ban on e-cigs in most indoor public spaces. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are the latest indulgence to be threatened by Bloomberg. But while the ban might stop New Yorkers from e-puffing in bars, clubs, and subway platforms, owners of several vaping lounges aren’t as threatened by it as you’d assume.
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Here’s Who’ll Be Reppin’ Brooklyn and LES at Miami Art Week

ABMB2010In case you couldn’t tell from all the status updates about packing for 75 degree weather, it’s time again for Miami Art Week, when all the galleries that have been popping up in North Brooklyn and the Lower East Side pop down to Miami Beach. From the massive blue chip affair that is Art Basel to the almost entirely LES-populated NADA, mapping out an itinerary can seem overwhelming — and increasingly impossible, with more and more fairs appearing each year. But whatever, this is the opportunity to catch up on the downtown and Brooklyn art scenes while refreshing your tan. Here’s who to look out for this year.
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Wolf Down Some Popcorn — and Meet an Actual Wolf — at These Fun Screenings

This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).

Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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Next Time You’re Craving Borscht, Look For This Three-Eyed Bear

(Photo: Nikita Richardson)

(Photo: Nikita Richardson)

Normally we’d be freaked out by a giant bear watching over our shoulder while we eat, but for Bushwick’s cozy and ambitious new Russian cafe, we’ll make an exception. “Nobody really recreates Russian food for a modern palette,” says Ksenya Roz, an artist turned cuisinier who opened Dillinger’s less than two weeks ago. Keep Reading »

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Dinner Boat Floats in Greenpoint; Lou Reed Mural in Williamsburg

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Photo: Scott Lynch)

Bushwick neighborhood groups are circulating a petition calling on the developer of the Rheingold Brewery complex to include affordable housing units that are in keeping with the neighborhood’s median income. [Brownstoner]

“Brooklyn’s first dinner boat,” a World War II-era minesweeper called The Water Table, officially launches for Friday and Saturday dinner service this week. [NY Daily News]
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And The St. Mark’s Bookshop Is Having a Star-Studded Auction As Well

Courtesy St. Mark's Bookshop

Courtesy St. Mark’s Bookshop

If you don’t score those signed editions of Art Spiegelman and Junot Diaz at the anti-NYU-expansion auction, don’t worry — their John Hancocks will also be on offer during an auction that will help fund the St. Mark’s Bookshop’s impending move. Among the 50 signed first editions and ephemera on offer are works by Yoko Ono, John Ashbery, Patti Smith, Paul Auster, Bill Berkson, Richard Hell, Wayne Koestenbaum, E. Annie Proulx, Sam Shepard, Peter Straub, and Lynne Tillman. The big ticket item, at a reserve of $2,500, is a first-edition boxed set of Maus, signed and heavily annotated and illustrated by Spiegelman. And poetry buffs will also be excited to see a working manuscript for Iovis Trilogy by Anne Waldman.

This may be the only time when buying a book online will actually help the bookshop (the virtual auction goes from Dec. 3 to 15) but if you’d like to browse the merch while sipping wine, some of it will be on the block during a live event Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admittance is $5.