Get Up Close and Personal With Chuck Close

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer (Photo: Liz Ligon)

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer (Photo: Liz Ligon)

Last time we saw Chuck Close, the photorealist painter was rocking an unreal outfit at the Brooklyn Artists Ball. If you didn’t have the $1,000 to hobnob with him there, you can do it for a lot less May 1, when he appears in The Strand’s Rare Book Room to celebrate the re-release of Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.
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City Goes After Aggressive Landlord; Schumer Pushes Brooklyn ‘Nerd Bus’

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New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development are trying to remove landlord Joel Israel from a Bushwick building where he’s accused of destroying tenants’ apartments in an effort to get them to move. [NY Times]

Meanwhile on Rivington Street, a building that’s undergoing a gut renovation is “one of the latest battlegrounds in the age-old struggle between rent regulated tenants and landlords in New York City.” [The Lo-Down]

Charles Schumer has lots of ideas about luring tech to Brooklyn, including a “nerd bus” and “nerd ferry.” [Crain's]
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City Council Set to Approve Domino Sugar Factory Development

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The City Council’s Land Use Committee put its seal of approval on a plan for the site of the Domino Sugar refinery today, bringing it ever closer to becoming a reality. Councilman Stephen Levin said in a statement that “after weeks of discussions we have reached an agreement on the project at the Domino Sugar site that will build on the gains made by the de Blasio Administration to maximize affordable housing and open space to the Williamsburg community.”
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The Bean Opened Its First BK Location, Bringing the Mosaic Man to Williamsburg

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The Bean opened its Williamsburg store today in the swank 101 Bedford complex at the corner of Bedford and North 11th. Full disclosure: we’re tapped into its free WiFi right now. It’s the chain’s first store outside of the East Village, but you’ll find some EV touches as soon as you (and your dog) step inside, in the form of a tiled entryway by Mosaic Man“Mosaic Man” Jim Power and, in the far corner, a wall painting by Nicolina and Walker Fee.
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At This Not-So-Typical Irish Bar, Florence + The Machine’s Guitarist Will Pick the Tunes

A mural of Bridget Bardot by Ben Angotti will camouflage construction on The Late Late TK for a few more days before it is replaced with another piece of artwork. (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

A mural of ’60s-era Bridget Bardot by Ben Angotti will camouflage construction for a few more days before it’s replaced with another work. (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

The bar that’s replacing singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw’s National Underground won’t have live music, but it’ll have some pop-star cred of its own: Rob Ackroyd, the guitarist from Florence + The Machine, will be a shareholder in The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer when it opens on Houston Street in June.
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We’re Liveblogging the Lines and the Felines at NYC’s First Cat Cafe

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Back in October, we had the idea for New York City’s first cat cafe. We’re not saying Purina stole that idea (that would be catty!) but if they did, it was genius: because 15 minutes after their pop-up cat cafe started serving cat’achinos at Kenmare and Bowery it was at capacity, with a line of over 70 people around the block. There were, of course, also photographers, including one from the Daily News. And bouncers for crowd control. Have a look at our slideshow above, and check back here for updates. With excitement (and disdain) building on twitter, this could get hairy.

Update: Our reporter Jenna Marotta is liveblogging form the scene.
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And Now, Watch Nick Zedd and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Do Burroughs

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The William S. Burroughs centenary continued last night with what might’ve been its marquee event — a marathon reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project. And the reading’s finest moment? When Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an old friend of Burroughs — read the talking asshole routine that Steve Buscemi did earlier this week.
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Pot Semi-Decriminalized in BK; Toddler Survives Three-Story Fall

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According to a memo written by DA Ken Thompson, Brooklynites found in possession of a small amount of pot will only be prosecuted if they already had a criminal record. [NY Post]

An autistic 2-year-old survived a fall from a third-story window on Chrystie Street early yesterday morning thanks to a screen covering the apartment building’s trash cans. [NY Daily News]

Police are looking for a thief who has been stealing wallets, backpacks and laptops from NYU hangouts like Think Coffee, Starbucks and Chipotle. [WABC-TV]
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