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Owners of Pearl’s and Los Perros Locos Got Stiffed By Bike Thieves

As far as we can tell, the thefts are in no way related to the classic work of Italian neo-realist cinema.

There’s an old saying: don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and don’t steal their wheels either!

And yet a couple of weeks ago Alex Mitow, the owner of Los Perros Locos, posted a Facebook update about his bike disappearing from a fence on the Lower East Side. And this morning Betsy Maher, the owner of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, and Benny Thomson, a bartender at Anchored Inn, had their two Suzuki motorbikes stolen from outside Thomson’s place at 62 Greenpoint Avenue. (Yep, more crime in Greenpoint…)
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Heptagames Will Be ‘Like Gathering of the Juggalos But Way More Interesting’

The barn at the Catskills farm

The barn at the Catskills farm

We’re approaching a cultural moment in the history of New York City where there’s really no excuse not to go upstate for a weekend of arts and games. First, we told you about Offsite; then Summer Camp; and then last week, we wrote about The Last Weekend, a three-day food, arts and crafts festival taking place in September in the Catskills. Now comes Heptagames, a “festival of games, installations, and performances” taking place in the Catskills this weekend.
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The B+B Bazaar Is Bringing Tørst From Manhattan Ave to Manhattan Isle

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Who says nothing happens in August? It’s the month Woodstock went down, and now we’re bringing you something even bigger. Okay, maybe not, but we’re still really excited to announce our first Bedford + Bowery Bazaar. Next Saturday, Aug. 31, we’re bringing some of our favorite North Brooklyn restaurants, shops, artists and artisans to the Lower East Side, where they’ll team up with some of Hester Street Fair’s most popular vendors. From noon to 6:30 p.m., Tørst will descend from “the top of the city’s craft-beer scene” to serve some beers never before tasted in Manhattan (we hear they’re also bringing a grill) — and then good ol’ Brooklyn Brewery will work the night shift, starting with a happy hour of free beer at 6:30 p.m.
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Greenpointers Are Still Not Getting Behind Those New Towers

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

You can bring a “gigantic sandwich” to Greenpointers but you can’t force them to eat it.

Once again last night, local residents dragged themselves to a Community Board 1 meeting, this time to speak their mind about the waterfront complex known as 77 Commercial Street.
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This Hypnotherapist Has Girls in Greenpoint Crying Uncontrollably

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Dan Ryan at the Maha Rose Center for Healing (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

When I first met Dan Ryan and he told me he was a hypnotherapist, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it — mainly because I had no idea what that meant. Nonetheless, I was intrigued, so I decided to sit in on one of Dan’s Past Life Regression Workshops at the Maha Rose Center for Healing in Greenpoint.
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East Village Murals Vanish; More Development in Williamsburg and Bushwick

Buff Monster, Bushwick Collective

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Does Bushwick Collective (above) have to get all the murals? Chico’s wall, located at the corner of East Houston and Avenue B, was painted over without explanation this weekend, according to EV Grieve, who also noticed that the Joe Stummer mural on the side of Niagara has disappeared. But don’t despair, Strummer is coming back.

The recent string of crime in Greenpoint makes it seem like the neighborhood must have seen safer times, right? Well, an info graphic – comparing this year to last, and (for some serious perspective) 1993 – might make you feel a little better about the North Brooklyn neighborhood in 2013: while incidents of rape are up, robbery is down 22%. [Greenpointers]
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More Gunplay in Greenpoint: There Was An Armed Robbery Near McGolrick Park

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

More bad news out of Greenpoint: a bodega at 560 Morgan Avenue was robbed last night at 11:10 p.m., according to the police. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the Mini-Mart at the corner of Morgan and Driggs, displayed a firearm and took off with about $700, the police said. No one was hurt, but the suspects are still at large.

Last night’s incident was the latest in what has become a significant number of crimes, some violent, in the normally tranquil neighborhood. Next Tuesday, the Greenpoint Neighborhood Watch will meet to discuss the spike with local police officers.

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High Fidelity: Breaking Up With Your Dealer Can Be Such a Drag

textDid I get in a fight with my weed dealer because I was high? Or did I get high because I was in a fight with my weed dealer? The answer is both. Shortly after the misunderstanding, I found myself passing around a splif at a dinner party and asking friends, “Was it all my fault?” Most of them didn’t respond – a sign that, yes, it was all my fault. But what about my dealers before this one, where did those relationships go wrong?
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Think Your Commute Is Bad? Step Into the Shoes of a Jakartan Subway Surfer

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

August is normally a barren wasteland of shuttered galleries on summer vacation, but the North Brooklyn art scene has been reinvigorated by a powerful experiential exhibition ripped from the global headlines.

Dublin-based artist Brian Duggan’s site-specific installation We like it up here, it’s windy, really nice at East Williamsburg’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, where he’s currently a resident, offers a glimpse into the shocking crowd control techniques on the trains in Indonesia.

Duggan was “shocked and amazed” when he read about a 2012 initiative by the state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api, to control the amount of passengers that ride on the train roofs due to overcrowding by hanging large medieval-looking concrete balls above the train lines to knock them off.
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NYC’s Largest Firearm Seizure; ‘Girls’ Season 3 Teaser

Destruction of Mary Help of Christians

The current state of Mary Help of Christians Church. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The largest seizure of firearms in NYC history was announced today, after the NYPD arrested 19 people in connection to gun smuggling from the Carolinas into Chinatown. Bloomberg says stop-and-frisk helped catch the bad guys. [Gothamist]

East Williamsburg’s comic-nerd burger joint Action Burger now sells beer and spiked milkshakes. [DNAinfo]
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