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Something Magical Happens When This ‘Coffeetographer’ Goes to Café Grumpy

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Coffee shops are very important to Chérmelle Edwards. As a freelance writer and “coffeetographer” (a coffee photographer), the passionate and too-pleasant-for-someone-so-caffeinated thirtysomething has made coffee her life. Her website, smdlr.com (an acronym for small, medium, and large), is a “cultural ode to coffee culture,” she says. The site is meant to be a “communal space for cultural revolution,” which sounds crazy ambitious. But Chérmelle truly believes in the power of coffee culture: “It’s about showing people that everything we love as a society: music, art, film, style, connection, community, all exists in the coffee shop.”
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Beastie Boys Square Gets Final Slapdown; Bushwick Church Headed For Conversion

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The blood of slain Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark was found in a van that police recovered in Brownsville earlier this month. [NY Post]

Community Board 3 rejected a bid to bring Beastie Boys Square to the LES, even though the guy who was collecting signatures thought he had more time. [DNA Info]

Gawker mapped the “Williamsburgs” of other American cities [Gawker]
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Broad City Goes From Web Series to TV Show to ‘Unique Experience’

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Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (Courtesy of Comedy Central)

Only one episode of Comedy Central’s Broad City has aired so far (the second airs 10:30 p.m. tonight), but the ratings must have been stupendous — stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are going on a 15-state tour.
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Looks Like the 7A and Odessa Spaces Will Be Back in Play Next Month

Bathroom graffiti at Odessa Bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Bathroom graffiti at Odessa Bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Next month, Community Board 3 may find itself weighing the fates of two iconic spaces on Avenue A. Odessa Bar and Cafe closed in September, and, a block away, 7A closed this past weekend. Both addresses have surfaced on CB3’s February agenda, released today.
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Help Make This Documentary About Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Spiritual Wife’ a Reality

While we honor the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs and mourn the loss of Amiri Baraka, one of their old colleagues, Anne Waldman, will be celebrated in an forthcoming documentary. But the filmmaker needs some help to make it happen.
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Bring Your Board, KCDC and Zoo York Will Bring the Beer, Black Dave Will Bring the Beats

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Dave Willis.

Skateboarding in NYC isn’t exactly as glamorous as it is in skate videos once the streets are covered in a mix of rock salt, snow and sand, but Williamsburg’s KCDC Skate Shop and Zoo York have teamed up to offer a weekly alternative to dodging debris and puddles of urine under the BQE. Hosted by The Space at 99 Attorney Street and backed by several sponsors, Skate Night debuted last Thursday and provided the NY skate scene with a perfect mini ramp and unlimited PBR, both free of charge. With the shop going strong for over 10 years and Zoo just turning 20, the duo have played a huge part in the local scene.
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Pete Seeger, the East Village, and the ‘Frat House For Musical Revolutionaries’

The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Before Pete Seeger, “father of American folk music,” died Monday at the age of 94, he had lived in Beacon, N.Y. since 1949. But before that, he was a denizen of the East Village. In what was then known as the Lower East Side, he encountered musical mentors like Lead Belly, ran with a relative unknown named Woody Guthrie, became an activist, and started his career as one of the country’s most iconic and beloved musicians.
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NYPD Seeks NYU Student's Shroom Dealer; Carmellini Takes Former Peels Space

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The NYPD are looking for the drug dealer who, they say, provided shrooms to Titan Lee-Hai before he plunged from an NYU dorm. [DNA Info]

A faux ConEd bill collector is getting Williamsburg shopkeepers to turn over bundles of cash. [Brooklyn Paper]

In Greenpoint, a 25-year-old is accused of jumping off his moped to bash strangers with a metal pipe. [Brooklyn Paper]
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These Purple Projections Are the Trippiest Thing You’ll See This Week

If you missed the installation that artist/illustrator Noémi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto (aka Nonotak) brought to Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint earlier this month, well at least don’t miss the video the Paris-based duo just unleashed, above. “Daydream V.03,” as the audiovisual piece is called, is a trip and a half. And is all the more impressive because it’s created using projectors and fabric, rather than LED lights. When you’re done watching, check out the below video featuring the 10 plexiglass pieces they sold — from a series titled “Masks.”
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In the Projects, Citi Bike Hasn’t Exactly Kicked Into High Gear

A trail of self-praise has followed Citi Bike over the last week. Over 6,000 Citi Bikers pedaled through the city against the Polar Vortex and just yesterday the program announced that it had signed up its 97,000th member.  So why is the docking station outside of the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D and East 5th Street so often chock full of bright blue bikes?