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It’s the End of Fuse Gallery as We Know It, and Erik Foss Feels Fine

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit earlier this week. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

On Wednesday, Fuse Gallery held its last regular opening after 11 years as a hub of downtown cool and creativity. Guests like Lower East Side graphic designer Kenzo Minami and Lobster Joint owner Tommy Chabrowski gathered in the little room behind Lit Lounge to play with Aliya Naumoff’s photos of musicians who, in some cases, have shown at Fuse Gallery themselves (e.g. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha).
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Dead Shark Mystery Solved; CBGB Movie Trailer a ‘Love Letter’ to Hilly

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Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope

Feel unsafe walking home at night in Greenpoint, what with all the disturbing behavior in the neighborhood? Jay Ruiz, founder of the borough’s popular two-wheeled escort service, Brooklyn Bike Patrol, said Greenpointers shouldn’t hesitate to call for a cycle home. Ruiz also encourages local volunteers to put their own bikes to good use. [Greenpointers]

The mystery of the dead shark on the N train yesterday has been solved: photos surfaced from earlier in the day of kids on Brighton Beach holding the fanged fish, which had purportedly washed to shore. A report provided by a family friend assured that it was, indeed, the same shark. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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Day-Glo Beadwork, Spam Poems, and Frivolous Wigs: The Weekend In Art

Artwork by Matthew Oates

A reminder: if you missed Tuesday’s screening of Clayton Patterson’s Tompkins Square riot footage in its 3.5-hour entirety, stop by the New Museum tonight for From the Underground and Below, a screening of several short documentaries (and an excerpt of the riot footage) by Patterson on the “art, performance, and popular struggle” of the Lower East Side.

Over in Williamsburg, it’s Every Second Friday again tomorrow, so all these galleries are staying open late, and a few others are even holding openings. Read on for our weekend art picks.
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Soho House Tells SLA ‘This Liquor Might Actually Do a Lot of Good’

(Courtesy LES Dwellers)

(Courtesy LES Dwellers)

Soho House made the case for a liquor license at their impending Lower East Side location, Ludlow House, at the State Liquor Authority in Harlem today, with the LES Dwellers and several Ludlow Street residents in attendance to oppose it. Ludlow House’s legal representation, Donald Bernstein, attempted to prove that Soho House’s cultural programs, responsible leadership, relatively low-key nightlife, and classy members who “won’t be puking on stoops” will be a public benefit to the neighborhood.
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Tacos Morelos Will Put Down Roots in the East Village Tomorrow

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Beloved Jackson Heights restaurant Tacos Morelos — which has a pushcart near Avenue A and taco trucks in Wall Street and Williamsburg — is finally getting a permanent location in the East Village. The restaurant opens to the public tomorrow, on East 9th Street, near Avenue A.
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Some Bushwick Seniors Had to Salsa Alone After Vito Lopez Stood Them Up

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez.
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Clucking Chickheads Are Lining Up For Free Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

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After a series of delays and under-the-radar soft openings (um hello, where was B+B’s invite?), Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is finally hatching today, which is a relief because we are running out of chicken puns.

Earlier today, an employee told us the restaurant would be hosting a free tasting around noon, and then closing and re-opening for another free tasting around 6 p.m. Word has gotten out: as we post this, there are 25 people in a line that stretches out the door. Some of them are getting disgruntled (one of them said the line hadn’t moved in 15 minutes) but if you’re in need of a free lunch, you might want to stop yolking around and get over there.
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Does This Man Have the Best Job in All of Brooklyn?

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During the six months he’s been a barback at Pumps, six or seven dudes have asked Dillan Raia the same question: “How did you get that job?”

The Long Islander was doing flooring for his uncle when a family friend told him about every 23-year-old’s dream gig. He immediately sniffed an opportunity. “They don’t want to just hire any random person,” Raia points out. “You don’t know if someone is going to be a creep or pedophile, like, smelling all the girls’ butts.”
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It’s Happening: The Ramen Burger is Returning to Smorgasburg

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

When Ramen Burger sold out of 150 fried-noodle burgers at Smorgasburg last week, it was uncertain if they’d return, or if it would be the sort of once-in-a-lifetime debacle, like the Stones at Altamont, that we’d be telling our incredulous kids about years from now. But Keizo Shimamoto just made it official: they’ll be back Saturday and they’ll be doling out twice as many burgers — which means the line will be ten times as long.

If you go and you bring a book, remember to support your local bookstore, lest it become a ramen-burger takeout joint.