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Lil’ Nugs: 51-Year-Old Killed By G Train, $65 Brooklyn Brunch Tour

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

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Michael Pearce

A 51-year-old man was struck and killed by the G train around 8 p.m. last night as it pulled into the Broadway stop in Williamsburg. He’s the record-breaking 31st subway fatality of 2013. [Gothamist]

Crown Heights sandwich joint and cocktail bar Black Tree, which opened a LES location last month, uses the ol’ B+B tipline to tell us about their Sip & Slide-r Happy Hour. Stop by their Orchard Street shop between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to try the chef’s selection of three sliders for $9. Wash it down with $4 drafts of New York state craft beer or $6 glasses of Channing Daughters wine on tap. [Bedford + Bowery] Keep Reading »

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Think Cronuts Are a Big Deal? Look at This Ice-Cream-Sundae Toast Castle

Behold: honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Behold: honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Parting of the honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Parting of the honey toast. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The breaking of the bread. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The breaking of the bread. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The autopsy shot. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The autopsy shot. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Just look at those toast cubes. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Just look at those toast cubes. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Et voila: toast points for all. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Et voila: toast points for all. (Photo: Anna Silman)

By now you know that cronuts, the biggest phenomenon in crossbreeding since ligers, have become a viral phenomenon to rival even our most venerated online institutions, like Ryan Gosling Vs. a Puppy, or Grumpy Cat.

As a fledgling web operation, Bedford + Bowery is in need of just such a morsel of clickbait, and since our “Game of Thrones” birthday cake doesn’t seem to have gone viral (yet!), we were more than a little excited to see that a new pastry shop had opened on St. Marks Place. Might the next cronut be right under our nose?
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Buttermilk Bros: Competition Is Very Friendly at These New Ice Cream Parlors

Mohan Kumar and David Yoo (Photo: Erica Martin)

Mohan Kumar and David Yoo (Photo: Erica Martin)

When David Yoo, a student at Parsons, and Mohan Kumar, a realtor and DJ, met at a party in the East Village in 2005, they had no idea that one of them would go on to own an ice cream parlor in the neighborhood while the other would open one in Williamsburg.
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Secret Project Robot Opens a Happyfun Hideaway

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The secret seems to be out about Secret Project Robot’s new sister establishment. “Yesterday, I made a batch of vegan pulled pork and it sold out in about three hours,” Rachel Nelson told Bedford + Bowery.

Happyfun Hideaway’s early success after just a few weeks in business seems to have come from a combination of word-of-mouth and a straight-up irresistible atmosphere (just look at our slideshow). The bar offers mixed drinks and reasonably priced beers, plus what the owners describe as a “slightly healthier version of Americana bar food” (so far, offerings have included jackfruit with barbecue sauce, mac and cheese, Frito pie and cheeseburgers).
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Police: Brooklyn Bargoers Are Getting Attacked and Robbed On Their Way Home

Posted at Pearl's (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Posted at Pearl’s (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

If you’re in the habit of walking home alone while checking your Facebook feed with just one eye open, it might be time to wise up: police in Williamsburg and Greenpoint are on the lookout for a man who has robbed five area residents in the last two weeks as they returned from bars in the evening.

“He’s only been striking between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.,” said Stefan Komar, captain of the 94th Precinct. “I don’t know why, but he has a schedule.”
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Car Jumps Curb and Plows Through Bodega Flower Stand, Injuring Eight

The car spun to a stop. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The car spun to a stop. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A telephone booth. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A telephone booth. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

More debris. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

More debris. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A fire hydrant flew into Calliope. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A fire hydrant flew into Calliope. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A tree was uprooted. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A tree was uprooted. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A car hopped the curb in the East Village this morning, mowing down everything in its path and sending 8 people to the hospital, according to the fire department.

“It was a scene out of a movie,” said Rafael, a witness who didn’t want his last name used.
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No Joke, The Newsstand at Metropolitan Now Sells Pickle Chips, Zines, and Vinyl

The Newsstand (Photos courtesy of All Day Every Day)

The Newsstand (Photos courtesy of All Day Every Day)

Lele at The Newsstand (Photo courtesy of All Day Every Day)

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

The Newsstand

These days, the customers of the newsstand in the Metropolitan stop aren’t waiting in line to buy the Post, Times, or those stale House of Bazzini nuts that you can’t actually find above ground. Instead, they’re asking for change to buy zines out of a vending machine and snatching up vinyl records curated by Greenpoint shop Co-Op-87.
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Artist-Musicians (and a Former Pro Runningback) Open AP Coffee

AP Coffee (Photo: Scott Lynch)

AP Coffee (Photo: Scott Lynch)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

Yesterday, Wes Mapes and his business partners opened AP Coffee on a once desolate block that, until recently, had been known more for its murals. He thinks it was a good call. “This street is going to be the street off [the Jefferson] stop, for sure,” he told Bedford + Bowery. “It may even be the premiere street in all of Bushwick, even above a lot of places off the Morgan stop.” (He may be on to something: the sister bar of Welcome to the Johnsons is set to open just a block away.)
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Lil' Nugs: Ethiopian Speakeasies and NYU Hamptons

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Scott Lynch

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

Yesterday morning, the Bedford Avenue L train platform looked like McCarren Park during Northside: crowded with sweaty people. That’s because the L trains weren’t going into Manhattan, due to, apparently, electrical malfunctions that messed up the signals. The good news (for cabbies, anyway)? It might keep happening! [WNYC]

Citi-Bikes could make their debut in Brooklyn neighborhoods facing extensive subway outages. [New York Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Step Right Up! Coney Island’s Sealo the Sealboy Will Be Reborn in Bushwick Tonight

Scary Ben and Darlinda Just Darlinda (Photo courtesy of Bushwick Burlesque)

Scary Ben and Darlinda Just Darlinda (Photo courtesy of Bushwick Burlesque)

Tassel-twirling burlesque veteran Darlinda Just Darlinda and her partner-in-circus Scary Ben have a love affair with Coney Island. Tonight, their Bushwick Burlesque series will feature 10 spectacular Coney-born acts to raise funds for Coney Island USA, a non-profit whose facilities for sideshow and burlesque were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Even as the cabaret and underground circus scenes thrive at venues like House of Yes, Coney still carries cultural cachet with the young and hip of North Brooklyn as a locus of performance. It’s still relatively rare to find sideshow acts such as fire-eaters, snake-charmers and sword-swallowers north of Coney Island.
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Check Out This Blood-Spattered ‘Game of Thrones’ Birthday Cake

Photo: Sweet and Shiny Cafe

Elaine Li of Bushwick’s Sweet & Shiny Cafe made an awesome “Game of Thrones”-themed “nameday” cake last week for one lucky Northman. What better way to cope with (read: eat) your feelings now that the season is over and we are all in Westeros withdrawal?
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Welcome to Bushwick, Welcome to the Johnsons!

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

Max Fish isn’t the only Lower East Side bar that’s Brooklyn bound. Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a sister spot in Bushwick. Unlike the Rivington Street den of depravity, it’ll be called simply The Johnsons. But don’t worry – it’ll still be welcoming. More so than the scruffy original, it could be argued, since it’s about four times the size.

The offshoot, at 369 Troutman Street, will feature an open-air patio that’ll be in full swing till closing time, said owner Lisa Gartner, who also co-owns Sweet Paradise on the Lower East Side.
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