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Bureau of General Services Queer Division Raises Funds For a New Home

Greg Newton (facing camera, right) speaks to Shane Shane (back to camera) outside of BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Greg Newton (facing camera, right) speaks to Shane Shane (back to camera) outside of BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, a trailblazing bookstore and event space on the Lower East Side, will launch an indiegogo campaign on Friday to secure a more permanent home.

Since November, Strange Loop Gallery has played temporary host to The Bureau. Originally meant to last two months, the arrangement between both operations went swimmingly, so a couple-month visit turned into eight.
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Bushwick Residents Call For Gun Control in Wake of Shooting Near Police Station

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Scene of the shooting. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Local elected officials attended an open meeting in Bushwick today, at the site of a shooting in broad daylight on Saturday that left five people hospitalized. Residents, most of them Hispanic, gathered on the sidewalk at Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Ave, holding signs that demanded “Stop Gun Trafficking.”
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Here’s an Early Look Inside Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary

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It looks like Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary is coming along nicely. The wine bar bound for 123 Allen Street is owned by Scott Garry and James Hendrick, who also owns Gramercy boozeries Bull’s Head Tavern and Tap Room No. 307. According to The Lo-Down, Community Board 3 voted to support their wine and beer license last week after Hendrick promised “a nice warm space for people to come after work where there’s positive energy.”

We haven’t been able to get the owners of Antler on the proverbial horn, but we did manage to nab a shot of the charmingly rustic interior, which looks well on its way to completion.
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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Behold the Standard East Village’s New Patio

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The patio. (Photo: Anna Silman)

Chairs! (Photo: Anna Silman)

Chairs! (Photo: Anna Silman)

Umbrellas! (Photo: Anna Silman)

Umbrellas! (Photo: Anna Silman)

A new brick wall. (Photo: Anna Silman)

A new brick wall. (Photo: Anna Silman)

After months of breathless anticipation, The Standard East Village’s ground-floor patio is finally open. Sorta.

The patio opened this Saturday, although a hotel rep tells us that the decor and foliage are still a work in progress. When we checked in, the space was looking pleasantly lush and understated, as opposed to the yellow Lego aesthetic of its sister location.
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Big Snow Is Closed and Owner Yoni David Is Recovering From a Shooting

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Sad news: on Saturday morning, Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge tweeted that it was “closed for good.” The venue’s co-owner Yoni David now tells Bedford + Bowery that he was “caught in the line of fire” of a shooting outside the venue.
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This Week: Animation Block Party, Drug Lords and Ryan Gosling’s Abs

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Last year’s Animation Block Party. (Photo: Flickr)

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Animation Block Party. The animated-film festival kicks off Thursday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, Hooray for Earth, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, and animations by Nickelodeon, Pixar and the Cartoon Network. This year’s edition features a screening of  ‘90s cult hit “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” a day of children’s cartoons, a night of graphic design and music videos, and a tenth anniversary party at BAM with ping pong, a photo booth, a DJ, food, booze and carnival games.

Here are the festival screenings we’re reel psyched about, and other films on our to-see list.
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Hear Luke Temple's New One, and the Tale of Jen Turner Leaving Here We Go Magic

Luke Temple (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Luke Temple (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Shortly after touring the Nigel Godrich-produced album A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic front man Luke Temple spent the winter working on his forthcoming solo record, Good Mood Fool. The album’s first single, “Katie,” is being released today (we’ve got your first listen below) and combines Temple’s classic falsetto vocals with R&B-inspired dance beats.
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For the Folks Who Light Up the Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, It’s Christmas in July

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The Feast (Photo: Eric Ohrt)

Tonight, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will come to an end as the 72-foot, four-ton “giglio” is hoisted and returned to its shrine on N. 8th Street.

The rides will spin to a halt and the lights will come down.
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