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Pretty Sweet: Movies, Munchies, Music and Beer by the Domino Sugar Factory

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(Photo: Dima James)

Starting Tuesday, everyone’s favorite place to get shmasty in the dark is adding live music to its magic formula of movies, munchies and booze — and taking the party outdoors, for free.

Nitehawk Cinema is hosting a series of “screenings under the stars” at Havemeyer Park, an old lot turned grassy knoll across the street from Domino Sugar factory.
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Man, We Would’ve Hit Up This Sample Sale Even Without the Free Beer

greatminds_augustReady your makeshift New York City excuse for a closet, because this is a big one: two of the chicest fashion retailers in North Brooklyn are having a sample sale this weekend. Swords-Smith is teaming up with In God We Trust (recently featured in our Regulars column) for the sale — which runs Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — and a preview event featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewery, today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s going down at Swords-Smith, located at 98 S. 4th St. in a neat new single-story space tucked between Bedford and Berry.
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Paradise Alley Was the Beat Generation’s ‘Oasis in the Middle of Chaos’

501 East 11th Street ca. 1940 (photo: New York City Municipal Archives) and today (photo: Frank Mastropolo).

501 East 11th Street ca. 1940 (photo: New York City Municipal Archives) and today (photo: Frank Mastropolo).

The senior housing complex on the northeast corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street hardly looks like a landmark of Beat culture. But there, at 501 East 11th Street, three buildings shared a courtyard where residents gathered to talk, eat and drink wine. Fifties-era hipsters called it Paradise Alley.

The complex first drew attention in 1958 when Jack Kerouac published The Subterraneans, inspired by his affair five years earlier with black poet Alene Lee. The original version of the short novel was set in Paradise Alley, where Lee lived, and used her real name. For legal reasons, her character was re-written as Mardou Fox, one of the novel’s jazz club crowd; Kerouac’s character pursues an affair with Fox at her tenement apartment in what was changed to Heavenly Lane in San Francisco.
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Opening a DIY Venue? ‘Leases Are Much More Confusing Than French Philosophy’

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Over the last few years, as the number of city crackdowns on quasi-legal do-it-yourself venues in Brooklyn has risen, the community that organizes, fosters and sustains such spaces has shifted focus, ever so slightly, toward maintaining long-term viability. Which is why last night, at the The Silent Barn in Bushwick, a four-person panel and about 50 attendees came together to discuss “Legalizing DIY.”
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And We’re Liveblogging the Schwimmer Mansion Move-In

They're back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

They’re back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Monday, Bedford + Bowery broke news that the so-called Schwimmer mansion is finally getting a tenant. This afternoon the gargantuan moving truck returned to East Sixth Street, and we’re determined to find out whether that tenant is David Schwimmer, as has been widely reported. Stay with us. This is history in the making.
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Ray Abeyta Apologizes If He’s Ever Ruined Your Quiet Brunch at Five Leaves

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Ray Abeyta goes way back with Williamsburg. The 56-year-old painter arrived in New York from New Mexico in 1986. A few years later, he met his future wife Alyssa and, together with Zeb Stewart, they opened local fixtures Union Pool and later Hotel Delmano. The couple (separated but still friendly) and their teenage children have been fixtures at many Williamsburg haunts — including Five Leaves, where Ray has been a regular since the start.
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Greenpointers Protest ‘Homogenized, Pasteurized, Sanitized, Supersized’ Waterfront Development

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

There was no lack of drama last night at Automative High School in North Brooklyn, where residents gathered to speak out against Greenpoint Landing – a series of ten towers that will plop nearly 5,000 new apartments, a public school, and a park on Greenpoint’s quiet shores.
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Here's Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin's Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.

Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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Home Invasion Spree in Greenpoint; Bold Bike Thief in East Village

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

The onslaught of disturbing criminal behavior continues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Police apprehended a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and robbing two others in their homes during a crime spree last night. The husband of one of the women was stabbed during one of the attacks. [Greenpointers, Gothamist, NY Daily News]

Watch an EV burglar’s step-by-step visual guide for expertly stealing a bike locked to a parking sign – and think twice about ever leaving anything, locked or otherwise, outside ever again. [EV Grieve]
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Let’s Just Say North Brooklyn Had Some Infrastructure Issues Today

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Leaking parapet at 349 Bedford (Photo: Anna Silman)

A quick update on those four manholes that caught fire near 176 Maujer Street, where three residences were evacuated due to CO readings. ConEd says the cause of the fires has yet to be determined, but there are no customers without power. And the FDNY says the fire, which broke out shortly before 1:08 p.m., was under control by 2:20 p.m., with no injuries to report.

While trouble came from below in Bushwick, it came from above in Williamsburg.
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