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There’s a Place Where Strippers, Bikers and Hipsters Meet

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What happens when you turn a classic biker clubhouse into a venue where hipsters mingle with Bushwick natives? Locust. Recently, this hush-hush locale off the JMZ has seen some of the area’s best performers, DJs, promoters and parties pass through each Thursday. The stripper stage is always leather-clad and stacked. Artists, rappers and club kids dance under the whir of bubble machines. Dice scatter across the bar while skate videos play on the monitors. Last week, an ex-convict turned magician taught me a quarter trick and a woman named Fish offered intoxicated but valuable life counsel. All nights beside Thursdays, however, Locust transforms back into a clubhouse (strictly) for Puerto Rican bikers and co.
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Tuesday, Watch This Doc About the Gritty Old LES + Meet the Man Who Captured It

Untitled-3We’re pleased to announce the first of several screenings at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom. And it’s the first for a reason: Captured, a documentary chronicling Clayton Patterson’s long, strange trip, is one of the most riveting, in-your-face portraits of the East Village and Lower East Side of the ’80s and ’90s you’re likely to encounter. Patterson is known as a street photographer, but he ain’t no Bill Cunningham: this is, after all, the guy who landed in jail and on Oprah after filming the Tompkins Square Park riots 25 years ago. He remains an icon to the neighborhood longtimers he has photographed over the years and to a new crop of downtown dreamers (check out the mystical portal that Nicolina just put up on the door of his Essex Street gallery). We’re pleased he’ll be on hand to discuss a film that will throw you back hard. Refreshments will be served and the screening is free; seating is limited so please let us know you’re coming.

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You're Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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Astor Place Redesign Begins; Brooklyn Rocks at ‘Staten Island Prices’

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The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

Astor Place – cool in that neglected kind of way – is getting a major revamp from the City. Over two years, Astor Place Subway Island,  “Alamo Island” (home to that big black cube) and Cooper Triangle will get an 8,000 square foot plaza, 64 trees, thousands of square feet of “new plantings” and 113 new CitiBikes – and maybe turn those barren islands into an urban oasis. [EV Grieve]

A car that failed to yield to emergency vehicles in Greenpoint this afternoon struck an ambulance at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Huron Street. Three were injured in the collision, one seriously. [DNAinfo] Keep Reading »

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And Now It’s the Beep’s Turn to Weigh In On Greenpoint’s Waterfront Towers

With Community Board 1 having weighed in on what could be 5,000 new housing units headed for the Greenpoint waterfront, it was the Borough President’s turn last night to hop on board the project’s lengthy civic vetting process.

Residents, city officials and representatives of 77 Commercial Street filled the Borough President’s courtroom and gave testimony before members of Marty Markowitz’s office.
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The City Has Revealed Its Plans For 6 Acres on the LES, and a Warhol Museum Is Involved

The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

The fate of six acres of vacant land at the corner of Delancey and Essex was finally revealed today. City officials and developers have dubbed the massive new multi-purpose development Essex Crossing, which, let’s be honest, kind of sounds like a mall in Ohio. Though it has a slightly more pleasant ring to it than SPURA (the Seward Park Urban Renewal Project), or the larger development project. Essex Crossing is the result of a in the battle between neighborhood residents and politicians over what to do with this gray patch of grit in the LES cityscape.
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This New Street Vendor Stuffs Empanadas for Vegheads and Meat Lovers Alike

Photo: Luloo Flynn.

Photo: Evan Mann.

While traveling through Central and South America, Luloo Flynn came across an array of exciting cuisines. But as a vegetarian, she resisted indulging in a great deal of the local food. “Empanadas in most Latin American countries are made with animal lard, so even the veggie-filled ones were a no-go for me,” she explains. “Food is obviously so important and is a true reflection of a region.”
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Sure, Your Office Has a Water Cooler, But Does It Have a 3D Printer?

The new high-tech creative work space at 319 Scholes.

The new high-tech creative work space at 319 Scholes (Photo: 319 Scholes)

These days, a lot of creative work emerges at the intersection of artistic impulse and new technology: think 3D printing and paper sculptures cut from lasers. Problem is, the tools to make it cost a lot of money, and artists aren’t known for having a ton of that.

Now 319 Scholes, an exhibition space in Bushwick, is doing its part to fix that problem. Keep Reading »

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Sorry Williamsburg, You Can Not Has Cat Cafe; But We've Got a Newsroom For You!

A man paws-es to look into the Newsroom.

A man paws-es to look in.

Folks, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. That Tokyo-style cat cafe that might be coming to Williamsburg? Please don’t curl up into a ball when you hear this, but Purrfect Strangers was all just a crazy little experiment. Allow us to explain.

Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration with New York magazine, is opening an interactive newsroom at 155 Grand Street in Williamsburg, where we’ll have readings, discussions, performances, and who knows, maybe cats (Lil Bub does have a book out).

So why did we put up a poster saying we were opening a cafe with 100% hypoallergenic cats, gourmet coffee, and “nibbles from Brooklyn artisans”? Well, we wanted to find out just how quickly something completely ridiculoso could go viral while also testing the diligence of our local news gatherers. (Actually, our Newsroom will still have gourmet coffee.) Here’s how it went down.
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Stand-Up in a Walk-Up: These Guys Are Doing Comedy Shows in Their Apartment

For the last several months, a walk-up apartment on East Seventh Street has quietly, even secretly, served as an alternative venue for comics and comedy fans alike. Since March, Daniel Hurwitz and Drew Miller have invited friends, family and neighbors to enjoy sets by working comedians sans the standard two-drink minimum — in their living room. Why a comedy show? “I just liked going to them,” Hurwitz says. “I didn’t understand why people didn’t go to comedy shows all they time; they’re free and fun. I couldn’t afford cable or to go to plays.”
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Five Leaves Turns Five in Greenpoint; Katz's Turns 125 in LES

Serban Ionescu and David Nordine, Ludlow Street

Serban Ionescu and David Nordine, Ludlow Street (Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

The sixth annual Bushwick Film Festival will take place at Light Space Studios from October 3 to Oct. 6. Five full-length features and ten short films will be shown from local and international filmmakers; you can also take in live music, Q&As and some panel discussions. [Bushwick Daily]

All right, Single Brookynite Females, we know you think you’ve got a bad lot in the dating world but, apparently, you might be the problem. A survey determined you are the least likely subset of single females any-where to respond to messages from dudes who message you online. Or Brooklyn men are just terrible writers. [Brokelyn] Keep Reading »

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This Guy’s Front Porch Is a 42-Year-Old Mustard-Yellow RV

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

When I asked Ron, who’d like to remain last nameless as he looks for a new job, where his interest in collecting vintage RVs came from, he shrugged his shoulders as if the answer were obvious. “It’s a hobby. Everybody needs a hobby.” Ron, a 55-year-old handyman and musician who has called the East Village home on and off since the mid-eighties, joked, “I have a boat, a dog, two RVs, a band [Bluesco Band], all the things you can have if you don’t have a girlfriend!”
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