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Tom Wolfe Wants To Read More About Hipsters

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Today, speaking at our own Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Tom Wolfe was asked what aspect of contemporary New York life he’d like to see reported on more often. To which the famed author responded, with total earnestness, “I have never seen a profile of the hipster.”

Seriously, Tom? You’ve never seen a profile of a hipster? Clearly the Man in the White Suit hasn’t met the Gray Lady, having somehow missed the The Times‘s near weekly anthropological fascination with said species (see How I Became a Hipster, Caught in the Hipster Trap, and The Hipster in the Mirror for a quick primer).
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Listen to Not One But Two Full-Album Covers of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

Forget the $150 box set and the fax from Steve Albini — the most amazing thing to emerge from the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero might just be a pair of cover albums. Last month at Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick donned some flannel to become Deervana and played the album in its entirety. But that fairly faithful rendition (audio here) is nowhere near as trippy as a collection of covers, out this month, by bands from the Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula.
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Big Bob Grady Has Found Camaraderie at Peter Pan Donut For 40 Years

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The old timers sit in the back at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. That’s where regulars like Bob Grady (“a good Irish name”) drink their coffee and pass the time. Big Bob, as he’s affectionately known, is here every weekday around 10 a.m. With so many people coming in and so much conversation to have, he can stay sometimes all the way to 3 p.m.
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Banksy Piece Gets Defaced, Restored, and Then… Framed?

(Christopher Discipio)

(Christopher Discipio)

Banksy took to the Williamsburg-Bed Stuy border today for the 17th installment of . Hours after his piece went up on Cook Street, off of Graham Avenue, it was vandalized. But a few art-friendly Good Samaritans did some on-the-spot restoration and — although a smudge is still visible — the mural is pretty much clear.

While B+B was on the scene, a man covered the right figure with a square piece of blue Plexiglas. Hysteria ensued as everyone remembered the guy who, a few days ago, tried to charge people $20 to take a picture of a Banksy piece.
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The Author of Dealers On Weed: ‘Pump It into Public School Systems’

Peter Madsen will be at the B+B Newsroom tomorrow to join director Will Robson-Scott in a post-screening discussion about “Chi Raq,” Robson-Scott’s documentary about Chicago gang violence. Today, we spoke to Madsen about his new book, “Dealers.”
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Peter Madsen’s Dealers collects interviews with 15 New York City drug dealers including a weed-peddling bike courier who doesn’t even smoke the stuff and a coke dealer with a penchant for losing his vials and coming up short — plus a favor-granting doorman of a luxury building in Flatiron. Madsen, who lives in Williamsburg, has also compiled hundreds of man-on-the-street interviews he conducted starting in 2010 that you can check out on his blog, Word on the Street New York. Here’s the B+B Q+A.
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Croxley’s Will Soon Open a 48-Tap Belgian Outpost in Williamsburg

IMG_4056Pub chain Croxley Ales hopes to bridge the gap between its five Long Island locations and its East Village spot with a new location in Williamsburg. That is, once the Department of Buildings comes through.

Partner Chris Werle said the new Brooklyn location, at 63-65 Grand Street, is 90 percent complete and will open swiftly once they receive the permits to finish work. An internal wall in the onetime meatpacking plant still needs to come down.
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TONIGHT: Cycling Advocates Roll Into the Newsroom

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Used to be that bike messengers were just about the only ones willing to brave the mean streets on two wheels, but we now live in an age where even dogs are riding bikes. Join us tonight and grab a free Stumptown stubbie (plus one for the road) as some spokespeople who’ve seen it all discuss the evolution of biking culture in NYC.

Keegan Stephan will have some news to share: this week the writer, activist, and co-host of “Bike Talk” (WBAI) announced the creation of Bike Yard, a pop-up for cooperative bike repair that’ll be located in Havemayer Park through next year. Stephan founded Cranked Up!, a cycle club and advocacy group, while at Sarah Lawrence and, after graduating, opened a bike shop in the South Bronx. He started volunteering — as a mechanic and eventually as an instructor, administrator, and organizer — at the legendary environmentalist non-profit Time’s Up in 2010 and went on to revitalize Right of Way, the direct-action street justice group best known for its unauthorized bike lanes.

Brendt Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival in 2001 after he was hit by a bus while riding in New York City. The festival — along with Joyride, its affiliated art show — has since gone beyond the streets of the East Village to become a worldwide phenomenon, and has traveled to over 50 cities (it made a stop in London earlier this month and visits North Carolina next week). This year’s New York installment featured 60 screenings of bike-related films and a blowout performance by Blonde Redhead.

AJ Nichols was repairing and selling bicycles out of a basement studio — and teaching at 3rd Ward — before he took a storefront on Bushwick Avenue this past summer and opened Harvest Cyclery, a vintage and used bike shop with a focus on reclaiming underappreciated rides.

Daniel Leeb is a documentary filmmaker also known for his video installation work with artists such as Doug Aitken and avant garde musician Hisham Bharoocha. In 2003, he founded Cinecycle, a Williamsburg-based production company and boutique marketing studio that, among other things, has documented the rise of bike messenger culture in cities around the world — most notably in a short film, “Messenger,” that was commissioned by Puma in 2004.

They’ll all be coasting into the Newsroom at 7 p.m., so join us then at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.

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Watch It Live: A Bushwick Writers Confab

Can’t make it to our tonight? Worry not: we’re coming at you live. Watch and listen as Brando Skyhorse, author of The Madonnas of Echo Park, reads from his forthcoming memoir, Five Fathers; Paul Rome reads from his debut novel, We All Sleep in the Same Room, out this month; and Patricia E. Gillespie reads her poems from the recently published anthology, Bushwick Poems. And then keep on watching as they chat about living and writing in the neighborhood. The stream starts around 7 p.m.

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Bushwick and Greenpoint Just Got Two New Record Stores

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Amid the gloom and doom over closing record shops, there are a couple of glimmers of hope. Last week, Academy Annex  (check out photos of the new store at 83 Oak Street below) while a Bushwick newcomer hit the corner of Knickerbocker and Jefferson.
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There Shall Be Free Food and Drink at Baoburg’s Grand Opening

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg (Photo: Melissa Kravitz)

Baoburg won’t celebrate its grand opening until Saturday (with free food and drinks!!*) but the restaurant has already created a sort of Asian trifecta at the corner of North 6th and Berry, where Chai Home Kitchen and Ramen Yebisu are also located. (*RSVP since seating is limited, per a Facebook post.)
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The Best Cosplay We Saw at Comic Con, From Deadpool to Deadmau5

Ahri from the League of Legends videogame. (Photos: Lauren Carol Smith)

Ahri from the League of Legends videogame. (Photos: Lauren Carol Smith)

We're not sure about these costumes, but they look very anime.

We're not sure about these costumes, but they look very anime.

Captain America from the Marvel comic book universe.

Captain America from the Marvel comic book universe.

Batwoman from the Batman comics as well as the Witch King of Angmar from Lord of the Rings.

Batwoman from the Batman comics as well as the Witch King of Angmar from Lord of the Rings.

A centaur, presumably from Greek mythology.

A centaur, presumably from Greek mythology.

Kisami Hoshigaki from the Naruto anime and manga.

Kisami Hoshigaki from the Naruto anime and manga.

Some Star Trek officers, one from the J.J. Abrams timeline and another from The Next Generation.

Some Star Trek officers, one from the J.J. Abrams timeline and another from The Next Generation.

Prince Robot IV from the Saga comic book series.

Prince Robot IV from the Saga comic book series.

A victorious Shredders hoists aloft the heads of some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A victorious Shredders hoists aloft the heads of some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A deadmau5 head accompanying a Nyancat shirt.

A deadmau5 head accompanying a Nyancat shirt.

Skeletor from He-man perhaps? Or some other flesh-deprived villain.

Skeletor from He-man perhaps? Or some other flesh-deprived villain.

The woman on the right appears to be a long-haired Misty from Pokemon. The masked woman in the kimono is a mystery.

The woman on the right appears to be a long-haired Misty from Pokemon. The masked woman in the kimono is a mystery.

The Witch King of Angmar from the Lord of the Rings.

The Witch King of Angmar from the Lord of the Rings.

He-man and She-ra from their respective eponymous cartoons.

He-man and She-ra from their respective eponymous cartoons.

The Batman rogues gallery poses for a group photo.

The Batman rogues gallery poses for a group photo.

Sub Zero from Mortal Combat attempts to finish Deadpool from Marvel Comics.

Sub Zero from Mortal Combat attempts to finish Deadpool from Marvel Comics.

Darth Vader from Star Wars vs. Darth Vader from Much Better Star Wars

Darth Vader from Star Wars vs. Darth Vader from Much Better Star Wars

Poison Ivy from the Batman comics.

Poison Ivy from the Batman comics.

There's a lot going on here, but that appears to be a group shot with Ser Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. The Hound, from Game of Thrones.

There's a lot going on here, but that appears to be a group shot with Ser Sandor Clegane, a.k.a. The Hound, from Game of Thrones.

Difficult to identify from this angle. Could be a confused brony.

Difficult to identify from this angle. Could be a confused brony.

We had to google this, but it appears this human spray-paint can digs the band

We had to google this, but it appears this human spray-paint can digs the band "Anxieteam."

Unless we miss our mark, this appears to be the un-named protagonist from the game Miami Hotline.

Unless we miss our mark, this appears to be the un-named protagonist from the game Miami Hotline.

Not sure about this one, looks like either a Transformer or a Japanese super sentai villain.

Not sure about this one, looks like either a Transformer or a Japanese super sentai villain.

No idea, but it looks fabulous.

No idea, but it looks fabulous.

Whatever this costume is, it looks as though it requires a lot of product.

Whatever this costume is, it looks as though it requires a lot of product.

Not certain, but these look like variations on D.C.'s Speedy/Red Arrow.

Not certain, but these look like variations on D.C.'s Speedy/Red Arrow.

Not sure what this is, but we wouldn't want to meet it in a dark alley.

Not sure what this is, but we wouldn't want to meet it in a dark alley.

Would you believe that we woke up this morning from the world’s biggest New York Comic Con hangover? The last two days since the convention ended on Sunday are a bit of a blur. These photos come from a memory card found in the tights of a discarded Robin cosplay on the bathroom floor that we don’t remember wearing. John Barrowman isn’t in any of them … yet.
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