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This Weekend, Rock Out at an Old Stone House

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This weekend, a two-day music-and-arts festival (featuring Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat, and plenty more) comes to the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house left standing in New York City.

The original house, located just across the Brooklyn-Queens border in Ridgewood, was built in 1661 on land granted by Peter Stuyvesant. The current structure was built starting in 1709 by a Flatbush resident named Paulus Vander Ende, and in 1820, another man named Adrian Onderdonk erected frame additions to the house. The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House has been maintained by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the National Register of Historic Places over the years, operating as a historical museum, genealogical research library, and host to a plethora of other cultural events…
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John Sexton Numbers His Days as NYU Prez and His Critics Say, 'Meh'

(Photo: NYU)

(Photo: NYU)

John Sexton will step down from his position as president of NYU in 2016, according to a campus-wide e-mail by NYU Local. The e-mail, from The Special Committee of the NYU Board of Trustees, indicates that J-Sex has “made clear” that he will not serve as president beyond 2016, and that faculty and students will be able to participate in the search for his replacement.

Sexton’s opponents know how to party (just ask Thurston Moore and the guy from the Violent Femmes) but they aren’t exactly dancing in the street about this.
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A Scandinavian Cottage Is Opening Its Doors on the Lower East Side Tonight

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

After weeks of construction and a few nights of previews, Skal finally opens to the public tonight.

Olibjorn Stephenson, a partner in Ten Bells, bought the former Les Enfants Terribles space with the intention of creating somewhere that would have a strong neighborhood appeal. The light, airy room — done in Robin’s Egg blue — is designed to evoke an Icelandic coastal cottage, the cheap-and-cheerful seasonal homes seen all over Scandinavia. It’s cozy and eclectic, with flowery saucers decorating one wall and white shelves lined with homey tzotchkes.
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Greenpoint Perceived to Be NYC’s Most Dangerous Hood, Despite Retro Cabs

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope).

Con Artist, an artist collective that’s operated out of a basement for most of its three-and-a-half year existence, is finally opening a gallery and workspace at 119 Ludlow Street. [Bowery Boogie]

Landlords and brokers are beginning to make graffiti on the walls of their apartments a selling point. Incredibly, this seems to be working. [DNAinfo]
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There’s a Building Ablaze in Bushwick Right Now (Update: Bushwick Collective OK)

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

Bushwick’s week of mayhem continues: A tipster just alerted us to a three-alarm fire that’s currently blazing at 449 Troutman Street. An eyewitness reported billows of black smoke and a fire truck ladder extended to the roof of the building. According to the FDNY, the call came in at 4:42 p.m., and 138 firefighters were sent to the scene.
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Learn How to Make Indian Tacos and Jam on Analog Synths at Camp Lakota

(Photo courtesy The Last Weekend)

Indian tacos. (Photo: Keetja Allard)

If you missed the Wild Honey Pie summer camp that we told you about (Bushwick Daily has photos), don’t worry: The Last Weekend — a three-day food, arts and music festival taking place in the Catskills — will give you another chance to become one with nature alongside fellow artistically-inclined folks looking to escape the city for a spell.
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Tonight: Dream Baby Is Celebrating One Year With One Hour of Free Booze

1003876_416855588431696_1714544827_nEven with a longtime CBGBs bartender and one of the founders of Brownies behind it, Dream Baby caught some scorn from old-school East Villagers when it took over the space that belonged to beloved Lakeside Lounge for over 15 years. (Knee-jerk scorn from old-school East Villagers? It’s been known to happen.) A year later, it looks like the hatchet has been buried, because the bar is all thanks-for-the-love as it celebrates its anniversary. “We are humbled and proud to have so many great friends, neighbors, and customers,” it wrote on Facebook.

To show some love back, they’re doing an open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, so can you keep the free booze rolling after beers at that .
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Pretty Sweet: Movies, Munchies, Music and Beer by the Domino Sugar Factory

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(Photo: Dima James)

Starting Tuesday, everyone’s favorite place to get shmasty in the dark is adding live music to its magic formula of movies, munchies and booze — and taking the party outdoors, for free.

Nitehawk Cinema is hosting a series of “screenings under the stars” at Havemeyer Park, an old lot turned grassy knoll across the street from Domino Sugar factory.
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Man, We Would’ve Hit Up This Sample Sale Even Without the Free Beer

greatminds_augustReady your makeshift New York City excuse for a closet, because this is a big one: two of the chicest fashion retailers in North Brooklyn are having a sample sale this weekend. Swords-Smith is teaming up with In God We Trust (recently featured in our Regulars column) for the sale — which runs Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — and a preview event featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewery, today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s going down at Swords-Smith, located at 98 S. 4th St. in a neat new single-story space tucked between Bedford and Berry.
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Paradise Alley Was the Beat Generation’s ‘Oasis in the Middle of Chaos’

501 East 11th Street ca. 1940 (photo: New York City Municipal Archives) and today (photo: Frank Mastropolo).

501 East 11th Street ca. 1940 (photo: New York City Municipal Archives) and today (photo: Frank Mastropolo).

The senior housing complex on the northeast corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street hardly looks like a landmark of Beat culture. But there, at 501 East 11th Street, three buildings shared a courtyard where residents gathered to talk, eat and drink wine. Fifties-era hipsters called it Paradise Alley.

The complex first drew attention in 1958 when Jack Kerouac published The Subterraneans, inspired by his affair five years earlier with black poet Alene Lee. The original version of the short novel was set in Paradise Alley, where Lee lived, and used her real name. For legal reasons, her character was re-written as Mardou Fox, one of the novel’s jazz club crowd; Kerouac’s character pursues an affair with Fox at her tenement apartment in what was changed to Heavenly Lane in San Francisco.
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