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Oasis Is the Latest Williamsburger to Hotfoot It to Greenpoint

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

First Academy Annex and Flying Squirrel, then Beacon’s Closet, and now another Williamsburg business is making moves in Greenpoint.

Oasis, the venerable falafel and shawarma café that, let’s face it, is everyone’s favorite bathroom to use when the Bedford L is down, is opening a new branch on the north side of Greenpoint. According to the owner, the menu will more or less match that of its Williamsburg counterpart, with a few additions. Like another Greenpoint newcomer, Oasis is opening in a former pizza place with the brick oven still intact, so expect “pitza” staples like lambajin as well.
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A Year After the Fire, East Yoga Is Back On Its Feet (er, Hands?)

286You can’t keep a good yoga studio downward.

Almost a year to the day that a fire tore through it, East Yoga has announced that it’ll reopen Sunday, October 13. “A lot of hard work, perseverance, and relying on the support of our community has all paid off!” the popular East Village studio writes in its newsletter, referring to the benefits it held after it lost its space at 212 Avenue B.
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Katz’s Delicatessen Is Opening a Pop-Up

(Courtesy of Katz's)

(Courtesy of Katz’s)

Not to be outdone by the forthcoming Russ & Daughters Cafe, that other East Houston Street institution, Katz’s Delicatessen, has just announced its own plans for an expansion — albeit a temporary one. As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Katz’s is moving into the adjacent storefront it usually rents out (it was last occupied by Tim Horton’s) and opening The Space, a two-month-long pop-up that will “celebrate all the local artists and designers that live and work and create art down here on the Lower East Side,” per owner Jake Dell.
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Smith Brothers On the Apostrophe Bust: ‘The Whole Thing Was Pretty Dramatic’

Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

It was around 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, when a dozen officers — including a smattering of cops, fire men, and building department officials — found their way into Apostrophe. The police had come by before, but owner Ki Smith, 21, knew this wasn’t one of their “normal trips.”
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Bushwick’s Newest Restaurant Wants to Feed You Free Wings

The Rookery opened quietly a couple of weeks ago (last week, Bushwick Daily spoke to Jamie Schmitz, who, along with his wife Shana Bellot, built the handsome British-West Indian gastropub in a former warehouse on Troutman Street). But it’s only now celebrating it’s grand opening, and it’s doing so in style. By “in style” we, of course, mean with free food: Bellot tells B+B that starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday they’ll be offering complimentary sweet-and-spicy chicken wings (a new menu item) along with drink specials: $4 rum punch, $4 well drinks, and $1 off all cans and bottles. Plus, North Brooklyn dub legend Dr. Israel will be preforming in the front yard and then spinning all night.

For a look at the place, check out the promo video above as well as its Facebook page.

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Cat Power and Others Are Paying Tribute to Elliott Smith 10 Years After His Death

ESPOSTERbyAllisonSpecketerThough a decade has gone by since the death of Elliott Smith, his emotive music continues to inspire musicians and provide comfort to angsty tweens and post-adolescents alike in the form of wail-along worthy ballads. But Smith’s music isn’t the only part of him that lives on — the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund also recalls the artist through charitable support for two Portland-based non-profits that help homeless kids and victims of abuse, Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children.

On October 21, the tenth anniversary of Smith’s death, Glasslands will be hosting a tribute show to benefit these organizations. The event will feature some seriously awesome artists including Cat Power (!!), Adam Schatz of Man Man, Luke Temple, Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV with Sky Ferreira, and Yoni Wolf. Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets .
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Summer’s Back! Here’s Our Outdoor Drinking and Eating Map

Sup global warming? So the hotly anticipated fall season seems to have gone on vacay this week. But no matter, this just means your Hawaiian shirts have a new lease on life, and chilling at sidewalk cafes and bars around the city is as comfortable as it is possible. So check out our map of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the East Village, LES, and North Brooklyn that, according to city records, boast licensed sidewalk cafes where you can tipple, snack and people-watch. We’ve linked each outdoor spot to its New York mag listing so you can decide wisely. Only a few days of this goriousness left, after all.

Christopher Discipio contributed reporting.

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Fuse Gallery Is Dunzo, But Lit’s Back Room Is Ready to Rock & Roll Again

Ivory Serra's photos

Ivory Serra's photos

Flyer wall

Flyer wall

Bast's wall

Bast's wall

Flyer wall

Flyer wall

Back in August we broke word that Fuse Gallery, the art space behind Lit Lounge in the East Village, was set to close on September 11. That date has come and gone, and owner Erik Foss has been keeping busy retooling the space for its reopening as a rec room, and also lending his paintings to an upcoming art exhibit featuring a slew of downtown fixtures.
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We’re Celebrating Glenn Branca’s 65th Birthday, and You’re Invited

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There was a lot of fuss about Philip Glass’s and John Zorn’s recent birthdays, and we’re not going to let the birthday of another legendary downtown composer, Glenn Branca, go without a similar amount of hoopla. This is, after all, the iconoclast who, with his band Theoretical Girls, helped spearhead the No Wave movement in the late ’70s and who mentored Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo back when they were members of his guitar orchestra, belting out what John Rockwell of The Times described as “music of massive sonic grandeur.” That’s why we’re inviting you down to the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom on Monday, October 7 — the day after Branca turns 65 — to ask him anything.
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The So So Glos Promise Their ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video Is Better Than Miley’s

Back in June, the So So Glos invited us into their Bushwick HQ, Shea Stadium, and played “House of Glass” off of their newly released LP, “Blowout.” Now they’re back with a cinematic video for “Wrecking Ball” that they promise is better than Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, even if none of the boys got nekkid for it. But is it better than Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball”? Grab a coffee and a donut and find out.

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Swastikas, a Possible Hate Crime, and a Modesty Code Fight in Williamsburg

A Williamsburg resident says he was walking his dog when he was beaten by a stranger yelling homophobic slurs. Police charged a 35-year-old man with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. [Brooklyn Paper]

And this isn’t good either: Swastikas were found on a building on Bedford Avenue. [News 12 Brooklyn]
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