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Does This Man Have the Best Job in All of Brooklyn?

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(Photo: Tyler Kufs)

During the six months he’s been a barback at Pumps, six or seven dudes have asked Dillan Raia the same question: “How did you get that job?”

The Long Islander was doing flooring for his uncle when a family friend told him about every 23-year-old’s dream gig. He immediately sniffed an opportunity. “They don’t want to just hire any random person,” Raia points out. “You don’t know if someone is going to be a creep or pedophile, like, smelling all the girls’ butts.”
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It’s Happening: The Ramen Burger is Returning to Smorgasburg

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

When Ramen Burger sold out of 150 fried-noodle burgers at Smorgasburg last week, it was uncertain if they’d return, or if it would be the sort of once-in-a-lifetime debacle, like the Stones at Altamont, that we’d be telling our incredulous kids about years from now. But Keizo Shimamoto just made it official: they’ll be back Saturday and they’ll be doling out twice as many burgers — which means the line will be ten times as long.

If you go and you bring a book, remember to support your local bookstore, lest it become a ramen-burger takeout joint.

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Adam Green Wants to Do a Papier-Mâché Remake of ‘Aladdin’ With Macaulay Culkin

Adam Green in front of one of his paintings (Photo: Anna Silman)

Adam Green in front of one of his paintings (Photo: Anna Silman)

Clothing designer Andrea Diodati (Photo: Anna Silman)

Clothing designer Andrea Diodati (Photo: Anna Silman)

Clothing by Andrea Diodati (Photo: Anna Silman)

Clothing by Andrea Diodati (Photo: Anna Silman)

Jewelry designer Meghan Farrell (Photo: Anna Silman)

Jewelry designer Meghan Farrell (Photo: Anna Silman)

Tennessee Thomas holding one of Green's sculptures (Photo: Anna Silman)

Tennessee Thomas holding one of Green's sculptures (Photo: Anna Silman)

Andrea Diodati, Adam Green and Meghan Farrell (Photo: Anna Silman)

Andrea Diodati, Adam Green and Meghan Farrell (Photo: Anna Silman)

Tennessee Thomas and Meghan Farrell (Photo: Anna Silman)

Tennessee Thomas and Meghan Farrell (Photo: Anna Silman)

Outside the Deep End Club (Photo: Anna Silman)

Outside the Deep End Club (Photo: Anna Silman)

Outside the Deep End Club (Photo: Anna Silman)

Outside the Deep End Club (Photo: Anna Silman)

Outside the Deep End Club (Photo: Anna Silman)

Outside the Deep End Club (Photo: Anna Silman)

Daniel Pinchbeck films an interview for

Daniel Pinchbeck films an interview for "Mind Shift" (Photo: Anna Silman)

Adam Green's Cat Sarcophagus (Photo: Anna Silman)

Adam Green's Cat Sarcophagus (Photo: Anna Silman)

Last night, Adam Green of the Moldy Peaches came together with other local artists and designers for the opening night of the Deep End Club, Tennessee Thomas’s new collaborative creative space and cool-kid hangout (and store!) next to a Repeat Performance.
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Surprise: Big Buck Hunter Is Especially Big in Bushwick

Chris Fream, reigning champ. (Photo: Courtesy of Big Buck Hunter)

Chris Fream, reigning champ. (Photo: Courtesy of Big Buck Hunter)

Next Thursday, the Big Buck Hunter Girls (yes, there is such a thing) and the game’s reigning world champion will appear at Pine Box Rock Shop. Sounds like a proverbial blast! But why is the Bushwick bar being graced by their presence? Well, the NSA the folks at Big Buck Hunter monitored nearly every bar in NYC that has an HD console and guess whose machine got the most plays between June 21 and July 21? Pine Box smoked the competition with 2,138 plays — over 70 per day.

Here’s how others stacked up. We’re not sure whether we’re proud or ashamed that most of these fall within Bedford + Bowery’s domain.
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Some LaRouchebags Are Comparing Obama to Hitler

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

Nazi imagery sure is making a comeback today: in Coney Island, some idiot(s) defaced a Jackie Robinson statue with swastikas, and look what’s happening right here in Williamsburg.

This morning, a two-man crew stood outside the Graham stop telling anyone who’d listen that President Obama is a fascist, along with Bush, J.P. Morgan and pretty much any commercial bank.
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Time to Play….. East Village or Dresden?

photo(184)And just like that, the Mary Help of Christians rectory is a goner. Workers continue to chip away at the old school building behind the church (over a year ago, The Local got one last look inside the creepy abandoned Catholic school) and the church itself is next.

Show us how you feel about this photo over on our Instagram. Update: We’ve got video for you below.
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Crackup at the Riots: 10 Laughs From the ’88 Tompkins Square Park Riot

clayton(1)A slew of East Villagers — including poet Bob Holman and Times writer Colin Moynihan — shuffled into Anthology Film Archives last night to watch Clayton Patterson’s 3.5 hours of footage of the Tompkins Square Police riot, on its 25th anniversary.
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Brooklyn Gets a New Fake Neighborhood; Heartbeet Juicery Opens

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Heartbeet Juicery, which we told you about a few weeks ago, opened yesterday. Juice for everyone! [B+B]

So apparently the neighborhood where Bushwick and Bed-Stuy meet is called “Bedwick.” Will the neighborhood naming madness never end? [Curbed]

A LES resident recently launched Get Off My Bike Lane, in which he documents his tumultuous daily commute to and from Chelsea. [Lo Down]

CVS is coming to East Houston in a big way. [Bowery Boogie]

First Russ & Daughters and now Katz’s is publishing a book. [Zagat]

WSJ did a feature on everyone’s favorite open-air theater experience: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot [WSJ]