Pro-Drone Cinema, BB Boy Grows Up, And Sci-Fi Psilocybin

Take a post-4th of July break from being a total wet-brained party animal this week and spend some quality time at the pictures.

Boyhood 

Richard Linklater’s much talked about film is screening this week. Ethan Hawke stars in Boyhood, which Linklater filmed over a period of 12 years, a movie that tracks Mason’s coming of age in real time. Though the director insists that nothing much happens in the film (hell, Mason doesn’t even lose his virginity), apparently the results of this daring experiment are well worth seeing on the big screen. And like, c’mon does anything actually “happen” in Slacker or Dazed and Confused?  Friday, July 11 thru Thursday July 17 at IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas; tickets, $14. 

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Testing the Waters: Our Public Pools, Visited and Graded

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Have you no time to haul out to Rockaway? Are you close to home and looking to be submerged in something other than sweat? Lucky for you the city provides its residents with tons of options for a free swim — and we’re not talking about the fountain in Washington Square Park. If you haven’t found your swimming hole of choice just yet, it’s best not to take a blind jump into some mystery bath.
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Snack Dragon Will Close in East Village; Party at Space Ninety 8

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Lower East Side landlord Samy Mahfar, who this spring paid $11 million to acquire 102 Norfolk Street, is allegedly trying to rid the building of its rent-stabilized tenants. [Bowery Boogie]

And Jared Kushner’s tenants say they’re also being driven out of the building at 170-174 E. 2nd Street, which Kusher and his partners purchased last year for $17 million. [DNA Info]

Renderings have been released of the improved Kosciuszko Bridge, a $770 million undertaking that will stretch across Newtown Creek from Brooklyn to Queens. The Department of Tranportation has called the current bridge structurally unsound, and it is slated for demolition in 2017. [DNA Info]
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Readings and Talks: Brooklyn Girls and Renaissance Men

Time again for Word Up, our weekly roundup of readings and talks worth getting up and out of the house for.

Thursday, July 10

friendship copyEmily Gould and Elif Batuman
Gawker blogger turned memoirist Emily Gould’s new novel, Friendship, is about (you guessed it) a young Brooklyn blogger whose boyfriend happens to keep a studio in Greenpoint’s Pencil Factory.​ “Amy loved visiting Sam there, seeing all the other artists in the hallways and on the roof,” Gould writes. “It was so cheering to know that there were still people who made their living by creating physical things—even if some of them were commercial illustrators and graphic designers. Well, Sam wasn’t, anyway! He was just a guy who made giant oil paintings of Cuisinarts.” She’ll be discussing fiction and friendship with Elif Batuman, who has written for the likes of The New Yorker and n+1, and is the author of The Possessed.
7pm, McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince St). FREE.
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LED Unicorns on Roller Skates? Yes, Please

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B.
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Look For Robert De Niro Interning in Williamsburg Today

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, he’s not working at Vice like the rest of the neighborhood. He’s starring as a widower turned fashion-website lackey in The Intern, which shoots in Williamsburg today and tomorrow. (Apparently one movie about old dudes doing internships wasn’t enough.)

According to a flyer, filming will occur from around 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the shoot will eat up parking spaces from North 8th to North 13th Street, between Bedford and Wythe Avenue, plus Nassau Ave near Guernsey Street.
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Dov Charney in the House; Pot Basically Legal in Brooklyn?

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With the DA saying that his office won’t prosecute adults without a criminal record for “low-level” marijuana offenses, Brian Lehrer asks, “Is pot basically legal in Brooklyn?” [WNYC]

Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney—who in his termination letter was banned from visiting company facilities—was photographed inside the Houston Street American Apparel store yesterday. [Racked NY]

Luis Freytes, 30, will be in court tomorrow on charges that he assaulted his wife and her 11-year-old son this weekend after she woke him up when the bus they were riding on approached their stop at the corner of 14th Street and 1st Avenue. [DNA Info]

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Will We Be Seeing L.E.S. Clothing Co. on the LES Again?

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Is L.E.S. Clothing Co. returning to the streets of the Lower East Side?

We thought that might be the case yesterday when the exiled apparel store, which was forced to give up its Clinton Street storefront last month, posted a cryptic message on its Facebook page: “Welcome Back!” it said. “LES CLOTHING Co. is on full grind mode.”
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