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Think Your Commute Is Bad? Step Into the Shoes of a Jakartan Subway Surfer

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

August is normally a barren wasteland of shuttered galleries on summer vacation, but the North Brooklyn art scene has been reinvigorated by a powerful experiential exhibition ripped from the global headlines.

Dublin-based artist Brian Duggan’s site-specific installation We like it up here, it’s windy, really nice at East Williamsburg’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, where he’s currently a resident, offers a glimpse into the shocking crowd control techniques on the trains in Indonesia.

Duggan was “shocked and amazed” when he read about a 2012 initiative by the state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api, to control the amount of passengers that ride on the train roofs due to overcrowding by hanging large medieval-looking concrete balls above the train lines to knock them off.
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NYC’s Largest Firearm Seizure; ‘Girls’ Season 3 Teaser

Destruction of Mary Help of Christians

The current state of Mary Help of Christians Church. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The largest seizure of firearms in NYC history was announced today, after the NYPD arrested 19 people in connection to gun smuggling from the Carolinas into Chinatown. Bloomberg says stop-and-frisk helped catch the bad guys. [Gothamist]

East Williamsburg’s comic-nerd burger joint Action Burger now sells beer and spiked milkshakes. [DNAinfo]
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Point Your Vintage Triumph to This Motorcycle Block Party and Film Festival

MFF“Anybody can own a bike and anybody can ride a bike” is the mantra of veteran motorcyclist Jack Drury. The former punk and metal rocker has spent his entire career as an event producer trying to prove it: this Sunday in Williamsburg, his Bored, Stroked, Ported vintage-motorcycle block party celebrates its 10th year of shattering the stereotype of “tough guys, violence, and Orange County Choppers,” and next month he’ll bring Brooklyn’s first motorcycle film festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
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Here’s How Nicholas Megalis’s 5 Fave Vines Sprouted Into Being

Now that you know that Nicholas Megalis is really good at making things go viral, you probably wanna get inside his brain. Luckily, Nick has provided us with a list of his all-time favorite Vines, and the ideas behind them.

My name is Nicholas Megalis. I’m 24 years old, I’m a musician/artist/full blown idiot. I live in Brooklyn, New York and I have no pets. I make six-second video loops on the social media mobile app “Vine” and you can do it, too! It’s insane, it’s a blast, it’s worldwide madness. Download Vine immediately and then look at me directly in the eyes and tell me you aren’t addicted. Here are some vines I made and I hope you enjoy them.
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Just Looping You Into This Conversation With the King of All Vines

Nick Megalis brainstorming Vines.

Nicholas Megalis brainstorming Vines.

Nicholas Megalis burned his hand pretty badly right before we talked to him. Luckily, the New Yorker with the most subscribers (2.3 million!) on Vine had something to show for it: a lazy-man’s burrito pulley — jerry-rigged with rope and “something nailed to his ceiling” — that dropped a brick of meat and cheese wrapped in a tortilla on a hot frying pan.
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Welcome Bossa Nova Civic Club Radio to the Dance Floor

(Photo: Jorge Day/Courtesy of Bossa Nova Civic Club)

(Photo: Jorge Day/Courtesy of Bossa Nova Civic Club)

Bossa Nova Civic Club — which is not so much a civic club as it is the city’s best dance club — just launched a radio station, for y’all house-head homebodies who want the beats without having to hit the streets. Play the sound files below for recent sets from Umfang, Beta Librae, Buscabulla, and Further Reductions, which released an album on the cassette-only label we told you about back in June.
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Ridgewood Is the New Bushwick; Man Seeks Missing Puppet

If you do go to Out in the Streets in Ridgewood, take note: that’s where everyone is moving now that the average rent for a studio in Bushwick ($1,675) is up 27 percent in the last year. [NYT]

Meanwhile, studios at The Williamsburg, in (you guessed it) Williamsburg start at $2,290. That gets you two landscaped courtyards, a fitness center, laundry room and private storage. Check out the photos. [The Real Deal]

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Theater This Month: Caribbean Carnivals, Activist Cats, Singing Bros

SmokeBreakForest artwork by director Diane Exavier

SmokeBreakForest artwork by director Diane Exavier

The shining star of downtown theater events this month is undoubtedly the Fringe Festival, but for Brooklynites and those who have panic attacks when faced with choosing from a 1,200 show set list, there’s a vibrant selection of other plays in the B+B domain this August. Read on for our picks.
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Theater for the New City Got a Facelift But Not the One It Wanted

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Theater For The New City has a spiffy new front. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you’ve walked down First Avenue recently, you might’ve noticed that Theater for the New City has spruced up the building it’s been in since the late ’80s with a circus-inspired paint job. Definitely a step up from the drab facade of yore, but what happened to that crazy makeover that the designer of the Shake Shack had planned?
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This Guy Will Turn Your Favorite Old T-Shirt into a Five-Panel Hat

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If you, like us, have a drawer full of t-shirts that shrank in the wash or tragically stained with ramen-burger sauce (or both), listen up. After a launch party tonight, you’ll be able to head into Greenpoint’s newest art gallery anytime this month and get your favorite tee turned into a snazzy hat.
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