Human Hamster Wheel in Williamsburg; Boozy Laundromat in East Village

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The Times discovers Bushwick. It’s “a haven for artists, newly minted college graduates, working-class families and freelancers of all stripes, and this shows in its hangouts, which are often whimsical, generally easier on the wallet than their Manhattan counterparts and, as of late, surprisingly sophisticated.” [NY Times]

“Don’t Hate on Hipsters – Williamsburg has its charms.” [Brooklyn Eagle]

James Murphy’s espresso blend: a taste test. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

For Karneval, Zum Schneider’s Owner Has Turned His Head Into a Soccer Ball

(Photo courtesy Zum Schneider)

(Photo courtesy Zum Schneider)

You’ll get a kick out of this.

The proprietor of Zum Schneider will be sporting a new look when Karneval festivities kick off tonight. As you can see from the photo at left, Sylvester Schneider has dyed his hair to resemble a soccer ball.

This year the Avenue C beer hall is merging Karneval, known as Fasching in Germany, with the upcoming World Cup. Partygoers are encouraged to dress up in outfits representing their country of choice, team up, and join restaurant staffers outfitted by Angela Wendt (award-winning costume designer for Rent) as they sing and dance to the music of Benjamin Ickies, Ambitious Orchestra, Oh! You Pretty Things, and DJ Volka Racho.
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A Tree Falls In Brooklyn

The apocalypse may just be upon us: first a cab bursts into flames on its way to Brooklyn and today a tree went and fell over on Havemeyer, near Metropolitan. Keenan O’Meara, who works the front desk at Persons of Interest said the tree almost took out the barber shop/cafe’s awning (which would’ve been a little bit ironic, since the place sells delightful tree-scented incense).
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TONSTARTSSBANDHT + Sean Nicholas Savage + Epic Sound Installation = lkasjdhgikpasjhdfoskjf

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MIRRORS, Tim Bruniges. Installation view. At Signal in Bushwick. (Photo: Courtesy of Signal)

We can say without hyperbole that this is by far the coolest thing that will ever happen in the history of mankind.

This Sunday, experimental/weirdo/brilliant musician Sean Nicholas Savage is bringing his signature awesome weirdness to Signal gallery in Bushwick. Savage is a performance character of sorts (like Boy George, but hipper) who first rose to infamy in the illegal after hours scene in Montreal (the same scene that gave birth to Grimes).
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Rick Ross, Action Bronson and 10 Other Rap Royals, as Painted By a Dutch Master

jayzWhen Amar Stewart moved from London to Bushwick a couple of months ago, he brought with him his oil paintings of Biggie and Tupac, inspired by the art of Frans Hals, a Dutchman whose works hangs at The Met.
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Deepak Chopra Scores $14.5M Pad; Spin Doctors Drummer Sells $4M Duplex

Pulino's, now with more love

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The drummer for the Spin Doctors is selling his East Village duplex, which comes with a recording studio, for $3.995 million. [NY Post]

Meanwhile, Deepak Chopra just picked up a $14.5 million unit in the Delos building on East 11th. [NY Post]

Here’s the audio of Spike Lee’s rant about gentrification. [Daily Intel]
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A Record-Setting Banjo Picker Created These Fantastic Glass Paintings

Tray of Food by Doug Young

Tray of Food by Doug Young

Death Chamber by Doug Young

Death Chamber by Doug Young

Dirty Fridge by Doug Young

Dirty Fridge by Doug Young

Mission Control by Doug Young

Mission Control by Doug Young

Price Is Right by Doug Young

Price Is Right by Doug Young

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Artist Doug Young was searching for a new medium when, at a flea market, he stumbled on an old painting on glass. This almost-lost technique was popular with decorative objects in the 19th century, but strangely had its heyday in the 1700s when China used it to produce Americana to sell to Americans. Cue lightbulb.
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After 20 Years in the East Village, Meg Is Getting a Meg-Over

The home of Meg since 1994 (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The home of Meg since 1994 (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Meg, that charming clothing store that oft has cutesy punny chalkboard signage and adorably themed discounts, has inhabited its Ninth Street location since 1994, so it was high time that it treated itself to a “Meg-over” (we warned you about the puns). But don’t fret, if you’re Mega-obsessed (lolz, we can make puns too!) with Meg’s robust collection of jumpsuits and covetable casuals, for now you can find them next door in the space that previously housed the clothing shop Sohung Designs.
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Tonight: What to Do About This Landlord Harassment You’ve Heard So Much About

(Courtesy of Cooper Square Committee)

(Courtesy of Cooper Square Committee)

If construction noise, dust, and the occasional backhoe accident are getting out of control in your apartment building, you might want to head to a forum tonight to bone up on who to call and kvetch to.

The Cooper Square Committee, an East Village tenant rights and advocacy organization, was spurred to host the workshop because of increasing complaints from tenants regarding the impact of construction in their apartment buildings.
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