Another Manhattanite, The Bean, Hits Bedford Avenue

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Because Bedford Avenue isn’t caffeinated enough, The Bean, a chain of East Village coffee shops popular with NYU students, is planning to open a location along Williamsburg’s main thoroughfare this Spring. And the Manhattanization of Bedford continues!

The Bean’s fourth outpost — in a brand new residential building at 101 Bedford, just a block from McCarren Park — is due to open this April.
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Sochi Is Over and All We Got Was These Not-So-Lousy T-Shirts

Shelter Serra's "Dripping Rings" and Ray Geary's "Happy Putin" (Photo: Courtesy of Currentee)

Shelter Serra’s “Dripping Rings” and Ray Geary’s “Happy Putin” (Photo: Courtesy of Currentee)

If the Sochi Olympics have taught us anything, it’s that Russia is a strange, strange place. On the flipside, putting the spotlight on Russia and its political and social climate has brought about brave reactions from those advocating for freedom of speech, acceptance of diversity and the wellbeing of stray dogs.
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This Film Has It All: Rooftop Teepees, Reclaimed Water-Tower-Wood Surfboards

Just, wow. Any given frame of this short film created by Patagonia Surf Bowery along with Indoek (makers of everything from custom teepees to a Bro in the City app) is a diorama-like snapshot of what it is to be young and bearded in the Bedford + Bowery domain in the first quarter of this 21st century. If you aren’t sleeved up with pizza tats and don’t ride a fixie with dual skateboard and surfboard racks, you’ll want to study this video, starring the Bowery surf shop’s employees, to see what you’re doing so, so wrong. To that end, we’ve broken it down frame-by-frame, below.
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Sam Grittner and Abbi Crutchfield On Girls: ‘Relapsing Looks Like Fun!’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Sam Grittner and Abbi CrutchfieldThe text in gray belongs to Sam Grittner, a stand-up comedian and writer currently residing in Bed-Stuy. He created and writes @TonightonGirls and performs Tuesday nights at the free Manifesto! show at the People’s Republic of Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens.

The text in blue belongs to fellow stand-up comedian Abbi Crutchfield, who appears in lots of commercials and lives in Park Slope when not touring across the country.
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Jimmy McMillan Wants to Eat Your Cookie

Mayoral also-ran Jimmy McMillan has always been concerned about world hunger (“not only is the rent too damn high, the food is too damn high,” he recently rapped) but the latest of the East Villager’s fantastic r&b synth jams, “Eat,” probably isn’t about that kind of hunger — even if he’s saying “let me eat your cookie” over and over again. Peep the breakdown at 2:15 — naturally Jimmy Mac likes his cookies with whipped cream.
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Bushwick Is Becoming A Foodie Haven; Inside a Dilapidated Synagogue

Peanut Loves Tenny and Poky

(Photo: Roey Ahram on Flickr)

A woman was shot in the chest in a Bushwick building Sunday. [NY Daily News]

Police have released video of a man who allegedly assaulted a man in Williamsburg and robbed him of his phone on New Years. [DNA Info]

A look inside the historic but dilapidated Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on the LES. [Curbed]

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Allen Ginsberg’s Old Business Card, On the Occasion of His Post Office’s Closing


With the Peter Stuyvesant Station post office closing today and moving over to a retail-only location next week, it seems like a good time to post this photo we took at San Francisco’s Beat Museum — of Allen Ginsberg’s old business card. We’re not sure who has that number now — it just rang and rang when we called it (which, come to think of it, is kind of eery).
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