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Greenpointers Are Still Not Getting Behind Those New Towers

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

You can bring a “gigantic sandwich” to Greenpointers but you can’t force them to eat it.

Once again last night, local residents dragged themselves to a Community Board 1 meeting, this time to speak their mind about the waterfront complex known as 77 Commercial Street.
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This Hypnotherapist Has Girls in Greenpoint Crying Uncontrollably

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Dan Ryan at the Maha Rose Center for Healing (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

When I first met Dan Ryan and he told me he was a hypnotherapist, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it — mainly because I had no idea what that meant. Nonetheless, I was intrigued, so I decided to sit in on one of Dan’s Past Life Regression Workshops at the Maha Rose Center for Healing in Greenpoint.
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East Village Murals Vanish; More Development in Williamsburg and Bushwick

Buff Monster, Bushwick Collective

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Does Bushwick Collective (above) have to get all the murals? Chico’s wall, located at the corner of East Houston and Avenue B, was painted over without explanation this weekend, according to EV Grieve, who also noticed that the Joe Stummer mural on the side of Niagara has disappeared. But don’t despair, Strummer is coming back.

The recent string of crime in Greenpoint makes it seem like the neighborhood must have seen safer times, right? Well, an info graphic – comparing this year to last, and (for some serious perspective) 1993 – might make you feel a little better about the North Brooklyn neighborhood in 2013: while incidents of rape are up, robbery is down 22%. [Greenpointers]
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More Gunplay in Greenpoint: There Was An Armed Robbery Near McGolrick Park

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

More bad news out of Greenpoint: a bodega at 560 Morgan Avenue was robbed last night at 11:10 p.m., according to the police. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the Mini-Mart at the corner of Morgan and Driggs, displayed a firearm and took off with about $700, the police said. No one was hurt, but the suspects are still at large.

Last night’s incident was the latest in what has become a significant number of crimes, some violent, in the normally tranquil neighborhood. Next Tuesday, the Greenpoint Neighborhood Watch will meet to discuss the spike with local police officers.

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High Fidelity: Breaking Up With Your Dealer Can Be Such a Drag

textDid I get in a fight with my weed dealer because I was high? Or did I get high because I was in a fight with my weed dealer? The answer is both. Shortly after the misunderstanding, I found myself passing around a splif at a dinner party and asking friends, “Was it all my fault?” Most of them didn’t respond – a sign that, yes, it was all my fault. But what about my dealers before this one, where did those relationships go wrong?
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Think Your Commute Is Bad? Step Into the Shoes of a Jakartan Subway Surfer

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

August is normally a barren wasteland of shuttered galleries on summer vacation, but the North Brooklyn art scene has been reinvigorated by a powerful experiential exhibition ripped from the global headlines.

Dublin-based artist Brian Duggan’s site-specific installation We like it up here, it’s windy, really nice at East Williamsburg’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, where he’s currently a resident, offers a glimpse into the shocking crowd control techniques on the trains in Indonesia.

Duggan was “shocked and amazed” when he read about a 2012 initiative by the state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api, to control the amount of passengers that ride on the train roofs due to overcrowding by hanging large medieval-looking concrete balls above the train lines to knock them off.
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NYC’s Largest Firearm Seizure; ‘Girls’ Season 3 Teaser

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The current state of Mary Help of Christians Church. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The largest seizure of firearms in NYC history was announced today, after the NYPD arrested 19 people in connection to gun smuggling from the Carolinas into Chinatown. Bloomberg says stop-and-frisk helped catch the bad guys. [Gothamist]

East Williamsburg’s comic-nerd burger joint Action Burger now sells beer and spiked milkshakes. [DNAinfo]
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Point Your Vintage Triumph to This Motorcycle Block Party and Film Festival

MFF“Anybody can own a bike and anybody can ride a bike” is the mantra of veteran motorcyclist Jack Drury. The former punk and metal rocker has spent his entire career as an event producer trying to prove it: this Sunday in Williamsburg, his Bored, Stroked, Ported vintage-motorcycle block party celebrates its 10th year of shattering the stereotype of “tough guys, violence, and Orange County Choppers,” and next month he’ll bring Brooklyn’s first motorcycle film festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
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Here’s How Nicholas Megalis’s 5 Fave Vines Sprouted Into Being

Now that you know that Nicholas Megalis is really good at making things go viral, you probably wanna get inside his brain. Luckily, Nick has provided us with a list of his all-time favorite Vines, and the ideas behind them.

My name is Nicholas Megalis. I’m 24 years old, I’m a musician/artist/full blown idiot. I live in Brooklyn, New York and I have no pets. I make six-second video loops on the social media mobile app “Vine” and you can do it, too! It’s insane, it’s a blast, it’s worldwide madness. Download Vine immediately and then look at me directly in the eyes and tell me you aren’t addicted. Here are some vines I made and I hope you enjoy them.
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Just Looping You Into This Conversation With the King of All Vines

Nick Megalis brainstorming Vines.

Nicholas Megalis brainstorming Vines.

Nicholas Megalis burned his hand pretty badly right before we talked to him. Luckily, the New Yorker with the most subscribers (2.3 million!) on Vine had something to show for it: a lazy-man’s burrito pulley — jerry-rigged with rope and “something nailed to his ceiling” — that dropped a brick of meat and cheese wrapped in a tortilla on a hot frying pan.
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