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Bushwick’s Newest Restaurant Wants to Feed You Free Wings

The Rookery opened quietly a couple of weeks ago (last week, Bushwick Daily spoke to Jamie Schmitz, who, along with his wife Shana Bellot, built the handsome British-West Indian gastropub in a former warehouse on Troutman Street). But it’s only now celebrating it’s grand opening, and it’s doing so in style. By “in style” we, of course, mean with free food: Bellot tells B+B that starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday they’ll be offering complimentary sweet-and-spicy chicken wings (a new menu item) along with drink specials: $4 rum punch, $4 well drinks, and $1 off all cans and bottles. Plus, North Brooklyn dub legend Dr. Israel will be preforming in the front yard and then spinning all night.

For a look at the place, check out the promo video above as well as its Facebook page.

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Cat Power and Others Are Paying Tribute to Elliott Smith 10 Years After His Death

ESPOSTERbyAllisonSpecketerThough a decade has gone by since the death of Elliott Smith, his emotive music continues to inspire musicians and provide comfort to angsty tweens and post-adolescents alike in the form of wail-along worthy ballads. But Smith’s music isn’t the only part of him that lives on — the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund also recalls the artist through charitable support for two Portland-based non-profits that help homeless kids and victims of abuse, Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children.

On October 21, the tenth anniversary of Smith’s death, Glasslands will be hosting a tribute show to benefit these organizations. The event will feature some seriously awesome artists including Cat Power (!!), Adam Schatz of Man Man, Luke Temple, Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV with Sky Ferreira, and Yoni Wolf. Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets .
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Summer’s Back! Here’s Our Outdoor Drinking and Eating Map

Sup global warming? So the hotly anticipated fall season seems to have gone on vacay this week. But no matter, this just means your Hawaiian shirts have a new lease on life, and chilling at sidewalk cafes and bars around the city is as comfortable as it is possible. So check out our map of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the East Village, LES, and North Brooklyn that, according to city records, boast licensed sidewalk cafes where you can tipple, snack and people-watch. We’ve linked each outdoor spot to its New York mag listing so you can decide wisely. Only a few days of this goriousness left, after all.

Christopher Discipio contributed reporting.

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Fuse Gallery Is Dunzo, But Lit’s Back Room Is Ready to Rock & Roll Again

Ivory Serra's photos

Ivory Serra's photos

Flyer wall

Flyer wall

Bast's wall

Bast's wall

Flyer wall

Flyer wall

Back in August we broke word that Fuse Gallery, the art space behind Lit Lounge in the East Village, was set to close on September 11. That date has come and gone, and owner Erik Foss has been keeping busy retooling the space for its reopening as a rec room, and also lending his paintings to an upcoming art exhibit featuring a slew of downtown fixtures.
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We’re Celebrating Glenn Branca’s 65th Birthday, and You’re Invited

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There was a lot of fuss about Philip Glass’s and John Zorn’s recent birthdays, and we’re not going to let the birthday of another legendary downtown composer, Glenn Branca, go without a similar amount of hoopla. This is, after all, the iconoclast who, with his band Theoretical Girls, helped spearhead the No Wave movement in the late ’70s and who mentored Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo back when they were members of his guitar orchestra, belting out what John Rockwell of The Times described as “music of massive sonic grandeur.” That’s why we’re inviting you down to the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom on Monday, October 7 — the day after Branca turns 65 — to ask him anything.
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The So So Glos Promise Their ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video Is Better Than Miley’s

Back in June, the So So Glos invited us into their Bushwick HQ, Shea Stadium, and played “House of Glass” off of their newly released LP, “Blowout.” Now they’re back with a cinematic video for “Wrecking Ball” that they promise is better than Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, even if none of the boys got nekkid for it. But is it better than Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball”? Grab a coffee and a donut and find out.

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Swastikas, a Possible Hate Crime, and a Modesty Code Fight in Williamsburg

A Williamsburg resident says he was walking his dog when he was beaten by a stranger yelling homophobic slurs. Police charged a 35-year-old man with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. [Brooklyn Paper]

And this isn’t good either: Swastikas were found on a building on Bedford Avenue. [News 12 Brooklyn]
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A Custom Bike Cafe Revs Up in Brooklyn

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg motorcycle aficionados need no longer stand around cracking their bullwhips in the street. Jane, a cafe selling custom riding gear, is due to open at 161 Grand Street on October 20.

Adam Kallen, a 40-year-old LA native, says he and his partner, 37-year-old Alexander DiMattio (“everyone calls me Alex, but my mom would want me to use my full name”), based their concept on the Saturdays Surf shop in SoHo. “I like to drink a lot of coffee and I like to surf, so that’s a good spot for a person like me,” said Kallen. “But we realized that the motorcycle equivalent of Saturdays Surf did not exist in NYC, so we stepped in to fill that void.”
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Hester Street Cafe Has Opened, Complete With a Gingerbread New Museum

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Seating

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Front counter

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The counter area

Gingerbread New Museum

Gingerbread New Museum

The Chris Burden retrospective, “Extreme Measures,” opens at the New Museum tomorrow, but for foodies, today’s opening might just be more exciting: Hester Street Fair opened its cafe in the museum’s lobby, and our friends at Hester sent us the above shots. Click through to check out the 2-foot-tall gingerbread reproduction of the New Museum created by Krystina Holak, baker at Cafe Grumpy. It’s just about the sweetest thing we’ve seen since that Game of Thrones cake. Even if it doesn’t include Chris Burden’s sailboat.
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Season 4 of ‘Louie’ Starts Filming in the East Village Tomorrow

Where there's a cone car, there is Louis CK. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Where there’s a cone car, there is Louis CK. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Now that Breaking Bad is dunzo and Girls won’t be back till who knows when, you’re probably wondering whether you should just sell your couch. DO NOT. After a little break, Louie is back next spring, and here’s proof: signs up on David Schwimmer’s East Sixth Street block and around the corner on First Avenue indicate that Pig Newton is filming in the area tomorrow. Pretty sneaky of Louis CK to use the name of his production company instead of the name of the show (he clearly learned some stealth filming techniques from Woody), but no way was this going to get by us (the name of his production company, after all, is also one of his best bits).
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Jay Stolar Got Beat Up For Liking Stevie Wonder and Can’t Stand Creed

PromoImageOn a recent afternoon, we met Jay Stolar at The Meatball Shop on Bedford Avenue, near his home in Williamsburg, to talk about More Than You Think, his first album since leaving Julius C, the five-man band that piqued the interest of New York’s indie circuit in 2010 with a 30-day, 30-show tour. Stolar’s new album, which lands on October 8, consists of supremely smooth, radio-ready pop songs, and the single “Like You Do” was picked up for an episode of the CW’s 90210 (the video for “Leading Me Down,” released today, is below). In August, Stolar launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the album and ended up raising $50,000, more than three times the initial goal. With CMJ shows coming up at The Delancey on Oct. 16 and Rockwood Music Hall on Oct. 19, Stolar talked about recording the album, being inspired by Amanda Palmer, and covering Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
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A Man, His Dog, and Their Citi Bike

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

We’re all for taking Citi Bikes to new places, but this? B + B reader Kristin Koslowski sent us this photo and asked:

First person to accessorize their Citi Bike? Seen in Alphabet City, he has a doggy seat that cantilevers off the seat. Anywhere the Citi Bike can go in 45 mins, so can the doggy. Wonder what other Citi Bike attachments we’ll see soon.