Developer Pays $53M For Bushwick Properties; Ludlow Street’s Facelift

Centre-fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 15: Miss Zukie

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

According to paperwork filed yesterday, developer Simon Dushinsky spent $53 million for 12 residential properties along Bushwick Avenue between Montieth and Forrest Streets. [The Real Deal]

Noho sneaker purveyor Kith will debut a 3K-square-foot expansion this weekend on the corner of Broadway and Bleecker Street. [WWD]

When Gansevoort Market opens Monday near the start of the High Line, the food haven will include sister sites of the East Village’s Sushi Dojo, Lower East Side’s Bruffin Cafe, and Greenpoint’s Champion Coffee. [Eater NY]
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Barcade Has Powered Up On St. Marks Place

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Barcade officially opened just a few hours ago on St. Marks, and by 5 p.m. the place was already bumping and bleeping. The new location is nothing short of brilliant – Barcade is directly (and irresistibly) in view of the stoners finishing their dogs at Papaya King, and will likely scoop up Kenka’s clientele as well. It caters to a rare breed of people who like to have “fun” while drinking.

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King Bee Is Serving Acadian Fare and a ‘Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar’ Cocktail

(Photo: Daniel Krieger)

(Photo: Daniel Krieger)

Ok, we admit we had to resort to googling to figure out what Acadian cooking is– turns out that, like the people it was created by, it’s proto-Cajun. The menu at King Bee, which opens tonight on East Ninth Street, where Exchange Alley once lived, is inspired by this Canadian Acadian cuisine, or what Cajuns ate before they were kicked out of Canada by the British.
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Mario Correa On Tail! Spin!, His Raunchy Political Play Starring Rachel Dratch

Mario Correa (via Twitter)

Mario Correa (via Twitter)

DC native Mario Correa had never even written a play before Tail! Spin!, but the sexually charged political production starring former SNL funny woman Rachel Dratch is garnering rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times. This isn’t straight-up first-timer’s luck – the co-host of Entertainment Weekly’s “News and Notes” radio show was a staffer on Capitol Hill in the ’90s, which proved to be vivid inspiration for this strain of comedy.

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Lena Dunham’s Lowline-Print Dress Fetched $3K at Last Night’s ‘Anti-Gala’

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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham. The Charlie Chaplin hat was also auctioned off. (Photos courtesy of Andrew Einhorn and Jammi York)

Last time the Lowline threw an “anti-gala” (i.e., a gala but cooler) Adrian Grenier and others raised $30,000 for the proposed underground park. It’s uncertain just how much Lena Dunham and her co-host, the Lower East Side’s own Spike Jonze, raised at a $1,500-a-head dinner last night, but we can tell you this much: not only was Dunham’s Lowline-print dress fetching, but it fetched $3,000 at auction.
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Pig Faithful Congregate at Their New Church of Pork, Arrogant Swine

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Arrogant Swine, Tyson Ho’s hotly anticipated beer garden and “Eastern Carolina-style barbecue” joint, opened for business in Bushwick. And the bloody thirsty came out in throngs. When we arrived around 8 p.m., the line for bits of whole-hog barbecue snaked out into the feeding yard, far past the adjacent smoke house.
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Domino Rents Will Start at $553; Serial Bank Robber in the East Village

Broome Street

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Police are searching for the suspect in this 12-second video, who allegedly shot and killed 22-year-old Bobby Roberts outside the Bushwick Houses project on September 25. [DNA Info]

The same man who robbed an East Village Chase Bank on Saturday apparently carried out two more heists Monday, taking $600 from a Gramercy Park Citibank and more than $4,700 from the Chase Bank across from the Strand Book Store, according to the NYPD. [Gothamist]

Construction on a two-way protected bike path over Pulaski Bridge (and Newtown Creek, which separates Greenpoint from Long Island City) has been delayed until 2015. [Streetsblog]
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The Lucas Brothers and ‘Pete and Pete’ Will Literally Bro Down This Friday

Two very different pairs of brothers are making an appearance at the next installment of Late Night Basement, Chris Rose’s monthly live talk show. The Lucas Bros., as you know from reading this site, are the weed-loving twins who recently appeared in 22 Jump Street. Pete and Pete, as you know from watching Nickelodeon in the ’90s, are the main characters of one of the hippest and most beloved kids shows in history (so hip that the music of Stephen Merritt was often featured). As far as we know they weren’t ones for weed — unless you count Little Pete calling people “dillweed” and “jerkweed.”
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Some Sorry Parks and Playgrounds Just Netted Millions in Fix-Up Funds

(Photo courtesy of NYC Parks)

(Photo courtesy of NYC Parks)

The De Blasio administration pulled off a regular slam dunk with this one — yesterday the Mayor’s office announced the allocation of $130 million to improving some of the city’s most neglected public parks. The Community Parks Initiative, brought to you by the High Line-snubbing mayor, will not just physically improve 35 underdog parks across the city, it will also expand site-specific programming and activities.
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City Council Passes Bill to Make Public Transit a Less Taxing Experience

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

The City Council passed a bill yesterday that would allow New Yorkers to set aside pre-tax pay for public transportation, potentially saving the average commuter hundreds of dollars a year. Just imagine how many Uber rides you could take with that, so as to avoid the miserable G train.
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