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Artist-Musicians (and a Former Pro Runningback) Open AP Coffee

AP Coffee (Photo: Scott Lynch)

AP Coffee (Photo: Scott Lynch)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

Yesterday, Wes Mapes and his business partners opened AP Coffee on a once desolate block that, until recently, had been known more for its murals. He thinks it was a good call. “This street is going to be the street off [the Jefferson] stop, for sure,” he told Bedford + Bowery. “It may even be the premiere street in all of Bushwick, even above a lot of places off the Morgan stop.” (He may be on to something: the sister bar of Welcome to the Johnsons is set to open just a block away.)
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Lil' Nugs: Ethiopian Speakeasies and NYU Hamptons

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Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

Yesterday morning, the Bedford Avenue L train platform looked like McCarren Park during Northside: crowded with sweaty people. That’s because the L trains weren’t going into Manhattan, due to, apparently, electrical malfunctions that messed up the signals. The good news (for cabbies, anyway)? It might keep happening! [WNYC]

Citi-Bikes could make their debut in Brooklyn neighborhoods facing extensive subway outages. [New York Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Step Right Up! Coney Island’s Sealo the Sealboy Will Be Reborn in Bushwick Tonight

Scary Ben and Darlinda Just Darlinda (Photo courtesy of Bushwick Burlesque)

Scary Ben and Darlinda Just Darlinda (Photo courtesy of Bushwick Burlesque)

Tassel-twirling burlesque veteran Darlinda Just Darlinda and her partner-in-circus Scary Ben have a love affair with Coney Island. Tonight, their Bushwick Burlesque series will feature 10 spectacular Coney-born acts to raise funds for Coney Island USA, a non-profit whose facilities for sideshow and burlesque were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Even as the cabaret and underground circus scenes thrive at venues like House of Yes, Coney still carries cultural cachet with the young and hip of North Brooklyn as a locus of performance. It’s still relatively rare to find sideshow acts such as fire-eaters, snake-charmers and sword-swallowers north of Coney Island.
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Check Out This Blood-Spattered ‘Game of Thrones’ Birthday Cake

Photo: Sweet and Shiny Cafe

Elaine Li of Bushwick’s Sweet & Shiny Cafe made an awesome “Game of Thrones”-themed “nameday” cake last week for one lucky Northman. What better way to cope with (read: eat) your feelings now that the season is over and we are all in Westeros withdrawal?
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Welcome to Bushwick, Welcome to the Johnsons!

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

Max Fish isn’t the only Lower East Side bar that’s Brooklyn bound. Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a sister spot in Bushwick. Unlike the Rivington Street den of depravity, it’ll be called simply The Johnsons. But don’t worry – it’ll still be welcoming. More so than the scruffy original, it could be argued, since it’s about four times the size.

The offshoot, at 369 Troutman Street, will feature an open-air patio that’ll be in full swing till closing time, said owner Lisa Gartner, who also co-owns Sweet Paradise on the Lower East Side.
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The Village Voice Is Leaving the Village… and Occupying Wall Street

Will the Voice take its letters to 80 Maiden Lane? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Will 80 Maiden Lane soon look like this? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

In a move fittingly symbolic for a paper whose corporate overlords flew in to lay off some of its most venerated, tenured writers, the Village Voice is moving out of the Village — where it’s been, of course, since 1955 — to an office tower in the Financial District. The move is scheduled for sometime in August.

The new offices are located on the twenty-first floor of an office building at 80 Maiden Lane. Also in the building are the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the New York offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Department of Investigation for the City of New York. According to a realtor at Winick Realty Group, the sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s will be opening its first Manhattan location in the building’s ground-floor retail space over the summer.
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Lil’ Nugs: Dressler Closes, Ludlow Lot Sells For $5.7M

Delancey Street view from the Williamsburg Bridge

Photo by: Congo Rodes

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump. Sorry we’re late today — launch and all!

A Williamsburg/East Village writer-producer team uses the Bedford + Bowery tipline to tell us about their new web series, “Brunch on Sundays.” Filmed in both neighborhoods, it explores the real brunch-time topics of 20-somethings, like pooping in front of boyfriends. [Brunch on Sundays]

South Williamsburg’s Dressler, serving fancy food since 2006, closed its doors for good today. The restaurant’s website cited a regrettable failure to reach a lease-renewal agreement with the landlord. [Free Williamsburg]

A vacant lot at 145 Ludlow Street has been sold by Lower East Side developer Sion Misrahi for $5.7 million. A six-story apartment complex and 1,900 sq. ft. of retail space are set to take its place. [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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Reel Psyched: Our Northside and L.E.S* Film Festival Picks

Introducing “Reel Psyched,” wherein we tell you what we’re really excited to see in the theaters this week.
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With the Lower East Side Film Festival in full swing in Manhattan and the Northside Festival’s film program popping off tonight in Brooklyn, it’s a good time to be a film buff.

At the L.E.S* Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday and continues through the weekend, offerings from up-and-coming directors are judged by a panel of guests including celebrities like Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) and Dan Janvey (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”). The audience favorite gets a $2,000 check from Vimeo (ahem, Bedford + Bowery’s video player of choice).
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Help This Man Realize His Trippy Dream Of Staging ‘Wizard Of Oz’ in Bushwick

Somewhere over in Bushwick the L train rides; artists and Hasids, poets and dreamers, ride their bikes.

So goes a dreamy, surreal version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that may some day appear in “Bushwick the Musical the Movie,” an in-the-works film set in the neighborhood and modeled almost entirely on “The Wizard of Oz.” John Martino, a 55 year-old former IT specialist, is trying to raise a staggering $2.5 million to get the movie made.
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We Go To Raves and Instagram Them So You Don’t Have To

Sunrise over the USS Titanic at #BangOnNYC

Sunrise over the USS Titanic at #BangOnNYC

Yoga 2.0 #BangOnNYC

Yoga 2.0 #BangOnNYC

Rave hands! #BangOnNYC

Rave hands! #BangOnNYC

A rave grows in Bushwick #BangOnNYC

A rave grows in Bushwick #BangOnNYC

Already craving more Bedford + Bowery in your life? We thought so. Follow all our exploits on Instagram as we photograph, filter and #hashtag all the cultural goodies on offer in our favorite neighborhoods.

This weekend we went to a sprawling indoor-outdoor party at 299 Meserole thrown by masters of debauchery Bang On NYC (yep, we did a lot of Banging this weekend). In the interest of supporting our fellow ravers, we’d like to refer everyone to this Craigslist Missed Connection. Good luck, shirtless tall guy. We’re rooting for you.

#Nofilter folks, we love you, too. Submit your shots to our Flickr group and we’ll share the standouts with our readers.

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At Rooftop Supper Club, a Sunset Hang With Mr. ‘Cook to Bang’

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

This past Saturday, Spencer Walker, the author of the pickup-artist cookbook “Cook to Bang” (think Martha Stewart for the Tucker Max set) mingled with a group of about 80 people on a private rooftop in his home neighborhood of Williamsburg.

No, he wasn’t teaching them how to “bring out their date’s inner slut” through recipes like “Tap that ass-paragus soup” and “miso horny cod.” Walker insists that the supper club he produces with his friend Will Holloway is entirely separate from “Cook to Bang.”
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Hi-Collar Opens Tomorrow With the Blingiest Bathroom Ever

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Pour-over coffee, anyone?

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Hi Collar's bathroom door. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

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Bon Yagi isn’t Osaka’s latest Bon Jovi cover band. He’s the “mayor of Japantown” who quietly owns, oh, pretty much every Japanese joint in the East Village: Robataya, Decibel, the list goes on.

After a quiet test run last week, he’ll open Hi-Collar tomorrow in the old Rai Rai Ken space (another Yagi venture, now relocated two doors down). The bar-cafe is a slim portal to Japan’s jazz, or “Taisho,” era, when western fashion and food first made inroads – up to a point.
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