New Coffee, Juice Spots in Bushwick; ‘Panty Raid’ in Greenpoint

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At 149 First Avenue, all residents were told to vacate within 90 days due to the building’s structural deterioration, which might require a full demolition. [EV Grieve]

A new advocacy group called Tenants United Fighting For the Lower East Side [TUFF Less] assembled in the wake of increasing real estate activity in the neighborhood. [The Lo-Down]

Bushwick’s newest coffee shop is El Cafecito on Wyckoff Avenue, which stocks Brooklyn Roasting Co. beans and Balthazar pastries. [Bushwick Daily]
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The Honey House, a New Coffee Bar On a Pretty Sweet Block

Honey House already attracting the neighbourhood on East 11th (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Honey House already attracting the neighbourhood (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Honey House, a recently materialized coffee shop on East 11th Street, may look new—but to East Village locals the face behind the counter might not. Andre Muñez grew up on 26th and Second, and ran Catalog, a vintage boutique, from Honey House’s location for a couple years before he switched from clothing to coffee.
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Third Ave Shuffle: 5 Closings and 6 Openings in NYU Land

IMG_0314Speaking of the East Village’s ever changing shopping landscape, the upper reaches of Third Avenue, where NYU’s Third North dorm is parked, are seeing a lot of change. Here’s a rundown of what’s going in and what’s on the way out.
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Hop Along With Bad Bunnies, Go Down the Rabbit Hole with LODRO, and More

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.
Bad Rabbits are a Boston-based rock/R&B outfit who’ve been around since ’07. The five-piece band serves up infectious, funky beats and driving vocal harmonies that manage to remain nimble. It’s impossible not to hop when Bad Rabbits play. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m., tickets free

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We’re Posting This From East River State Park, Now With Beefed-Up WiFi

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Between the WiFi that recently came to Rockaway and downtown’s new WiFi-equipped “beach,” we’re living in a golden age of surfing the web while, like, actually surfing. And now there’s this: in recent days, a vast swathe of Jones Beach — including the picnic tables and lounge seating at SmorgasBar — became WiFi equipped, thanks to a program that has also beefed up WiFi at East River State Park.
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This Time Capsule Shows the East Village Shopping Scene of 30 Years Ago

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 8.14.22 AMJust about 30 years ago to this day — on August 6, 1984 — New York published a shopper’s guide to the East Village that we’ve reprinted at the bottom of this page. At the time, the East Village was “a bastion of small, independent businesses” and “tiny shops exuding fresh ideas,” from the St. Mark’s Bookshop (which, back then, was actually on St. Marks Place) to the fashion designers whose “new New York couture” was influenced by the neighborhood’s “enormous energy and creativity.”

And yet the neighborhood was also “under siege by speculators.” Author Linda Dyett warned that “many of the small, independent shops (both old and new) are in danger of disappearing,” and indeed most of them vanished soon after she sung their praises. But others have hung on against all odds. We took an accounting of the survivors and the sinkers, to find out just how much has changed in the past three decades.
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Mission Chinese Sues Landlord; Grumpy Cat in Union Square

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Chef Danny Bowien sued former Mission Chinese landlord Abraham Noy for at least $500K, claiming that the restaurant’s former Orchard Street address had to be vacated due to a severe mouse infestation.

The New Museum received a $500K grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (for a new research fellowship and a seminar series), and also established a $300K travel fund for its curators. [Art F City]

Digital Society, the Apple-endorsed East Village computer repair shop, closed last week after 20 years in business. [EV Grieve]
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Sci-Fi Flick Featuring Ai Weiwei Wraps With a Riot in Chinatown

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday we got an intriguing message from Jason Wishnow, the filmmaker whose dystopic sci-fi film featuring Ai Weiwei was jeopardized after the legendary Chinese artist briefly put a stop to fundraising efforts. The message invited Facebook friends like myself — along with those who had donated to The Sand Storm’s $101,065 Kickstarter campaign — to show up at the York Street subway station at 2:05 a.m. for a 15-minute guerrilla shoot.
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A Bostonian Moves to Bushwick, Still Says ‘Fvck The Media’

Liz Pelly tabling for The Media at the Silent Barn during a Miscreant zine issue release party (Photo: Liz Pelly)

Liz Pelly tabling for The Media at the Silent Barn during a Miscreant zine issue release party (Photo: @fvckthemedia Instagram)

After graduating from journalism school, Liz Pelly found herself working for The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly paper much like the ones that exist in every state throughout the nation. “But I thought it was a very strong one in comparison to a lot of other alt weeklies,” Pelly explained. “It had been around since the ‘60s and it had a really cool history, and there were lots of inspiring people working there, and editors who I learned a lot from.” The paper was known for its particularly strong ties with Boston counterculture.
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