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Hester Street Fair Is Opening a Cafe in the New Museum

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The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston. Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe.
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A Greek Tragedy Unfolded in My Bushwick Backyard

(Photo: Charles Quittner)

(Photo: Charles Quittner)

Last Friday, after a long day’s work, I stumbled into my apartment building at 190 Jefferson Street only to find the Greek tragedy “Electra” being performed on my back porch.

Our little backyard was packed with a few dozen people. Word of the odd production must’ve reached everyone in Bushwick but me.

I texted my next-door neighbor, William Gaffney, and asked him something along the lines of, “Have you noticed the play going on in our backyard?”
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Fans of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Are, Um, Gathering at This Newly Expanded Store

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Magic: The Gathering’s many devotees are indeed gathering today at the Twenty Sided Store to celebrate the latest release in a 20-year addiction. The card game’s “Theros” expansion comes out this weekend, and fans are celebrating the only way they know how — by playing Magic: The Gathering.
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Now Boarding: Domino Sugar Factory Demolition Begins

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A massive wooden construction barrier has gone up along the Kent Avenue side of the Domino Sugar factory; workers were seen nearing completion of the Grand Street side of the wall today, all but completely shielding the doomed complex (minus the landmarked refinery, of course) from view forevermore.
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B+B Would Like to Welcome BB to the Neighborhood

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

Many a Manhattan business has opened a Williamsburg outpost, but this time it’s a Chelsea barbershop, and not another downtown bar, that’s crossing the river.

Barber Bart will open at 267 Metropolitan Avenue in mid-December.

“I lived in Williamsburg for four years on Leonard Street,” explains Bart Trybala, 37, who opened the original location nine years ago. “I really like the neighborhood, and the residents have money. I’m more then happy to serve them. We do everything from haircuts and massages to manicures and pedicures.”

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50-Cent Records, Anyone? Academy Annex Is Having a Moving Sale

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As if those upcoming record fairs weren’t enough, Academy Annex is having a blowout sale before it moves from Williamsburg to Greenpoint at the end of the week. According to a clerk, about 50 bins of $1 records are now priced at 2 for $1 and, even sweeter, 15 for $5. In addition, about 20 bins worth of records have been marked down to 2 for $5.
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Art Is in the Air: FAB! Festival Tomorrow, Art in Odd Places Next Month

FAB! Festival, 2012. (Photo: Tim Schreier)

The installation of Chris Burden’s on the facade of the New Museum isn’t the only bit of public art livening up in the neighborhood. Two of the East Village’s beloved culture carnivals are back, starting with the FAB! Festival tomorrow.
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Adios, El Sombrero; a Tale of Two Williamsburgs

(Animated GIF: Patrick Hogan)

As you’ll recall, Brooklyn artist Rostarr popped into our Newsroom this past weekend to paint a mural. We made a gif of the installation and now you can watch it, above, forever and ever and ever.

In other news: Judy Rapfogel, chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said she was completely in the dark about the fact that her husband allegedly stole more than $1 million from a poverty charity and stashed thousands in the couple’s Lower East Side apartment. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Watch Vensaire Play “See I’m You” in a Bushwick Menagerie

Vensaire has already garnered impressive buzz in the Bushwick scene, though their debut LP, Perdix, has yet to be released. The “cinematic concept album,” which follows last year’s The Vensaire EPwas produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Prince Rama) and should be out soon.

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Erica Dobbs Celebrates Her Rise From Street Vendor to 2-Year-Old Shop Tonight

Erica Dobbs, outside her 135 Franklin Street storefront. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Erica Dobbs, outside her 135 Franklin Street storefront. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Eight years ago, Erica Dobbs – owner of Greenpoint’s fantastic vintage clothing store, Ana Chronos – was living in the West Village, working as an account executive and, as it turns out, converting her one bedroom apartment into a giant walk-in closet filled with vintage clothes.

“When I moved to New York, I needed to dress up all the time and I hated what was out there,” said Dobbs from inside her cozy two-year-old business on Franklin Street. “I liked designer things, but I realized the craftsmanship was shit and I started buying vintage on the regular and really collecting.” Eventually she turned the passion into a business, and tonight, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., she’ll celebrate two years on Franklin with booze from Pavan Liqueur, snacks from Ovenly, music by Mistri Misrach and The Spookfish, and more. Best part: the first 15 people get 50% off her rare vintage finds, and everyone else gets 30% off all night long.
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James Levy of Reputante on Signing With Julian Casablancas and Playing With Zoë Kravitz

“The Cult Records thing is my fourth record deal, but it’s the coolest one for me,” James Levy told B+B on his band Reputante signing to the Julian Casablancas-owned label. “The label is an interesting community and I wanted to be a part of Julian’s vision. Everybody on it is part of the family to some degree. I was tired of signing record deals and not being excited about it.”
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