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These Designers Knew You Wanted Jazzy Prints and Waterproof iPhone Pockets

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Victory Press: Fall 2013

Depending on what street you turn on in North Brooklyn you’ll see scruffy versions of Andrew McCarthy’s character in Less Than Zero, neon ‘90s kids looking like In Living Color audience members, urban hikers and token goths. Take a sneak peak at Victory Press’s Fall 2013 lookbook and it’s as if 70% of these lurkers collided at a skate park and came out as a cohesive look.
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Mark Your Calendar For These Two Outdoor Arts Festivals in the East Village

2012's FAB! Festival. (Photo: Whitney Browne)

2012’s FAB! Festival. (Photo: Whitney Browne)

The East Village’s cultural institutions are taking it to the streets again, as the details of two big outdoor arts festivals were announced today.

Theater for the New City is preparing to kick off its annual Summer Street Theater Tour, which has been bringing free outdoor theater to low-income communities since the 1970s. This year they’ll be hitting up neighborhoods in all five boroughs, including Bed-Stuy, the South Bronx, Jackson Heights, Coney Island, Harlem, West New Brighton, and the East Village.
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10 Things We Learned From This 21-Year-Old Williamsburg Time Capsule

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Twenty-one years ago last month, New York ran a cover story titled “The New Bohemia,” about Williamsburg’s burgeoning artist community. Today, revisiting the eight-page spread – which we’ve embedded for you below – is like opening a time capsule from a moment when the neighborhood was on the precipice of change. “In the seventies, it was SoHo. In the eighties, the East Village. In the nineties, it will be Williamsburg,” said one interviewee. Here now are 10 things we learned about the Billyburg of 1992.
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LES in BK: Max Fish Closes Aug. 1, The Johnsons Opening Soon

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(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Attention, drink-slingers and the degenerates who love them: it looks like The Johnsons, the Bushwick offspring of Lower East Side staple Welcome to the Johnsons, is approaching go time. A tipster spotted this call for bartenders at 369 Troutman Street, between Irving and Wyckoff Aves. The State Liquor Authority’s website says the license is still pending — we’ll let you know if we hear more.

Meanwhile another LES staple, Max Fish, finally has a closing date. Gallerist reported yesterday that it’s shuttering August 1, and the site seems to be psyched about the Fish’s forthcoming Williamsburg location: “So, Brooklyn! The Lower East Side can suck it!”

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Tigre and Cricket On Family Reunions, Dead Bodies, and Ikea

Yesterday we noticed that a Bushwick resident posted this to Craigslist’s lost and found: “i lost my sense of self on july 18, 2013 – please send me an email if you or anyone you know may have information regarding this — important.” We figured Bushwick Elucidations might be able to help, but the lost soul hasn’t gotten back to us with any specifics. So this week, Tigre and Cricket tackle slightly less cosmic matters. Like how to care for Ikea furniture (hint: throw it away).

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Kids Store Is Leaving ‘No Fun’ Williamsburg for Greenpoint

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Turns out Academy Annex’s impending move to Greenpoint will bring with it an unexpected bundle of joy: a children’s store!

When Kate Schmitz, the owner of Flying Squirrel, learned that she and Academy owner Mike Davis had to clear out of the space they share on N. 6th St., she decided to follow her longtime friend north.

Schmitz first met Davis when she was 20 and her roommate played in a band with him. About ten years ago, when Davis decided to bring an outpost of his East Village record shop to Brooklyn, they put their heads together and realized that selling baby stuff and vinyl in tandem was a no-brainer.
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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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