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$13 Million Synagogue Sale Threatened by Power Struggle of Biblical Proportions

The Home of the Sages property on Bialystoker Place. Photograph: J. Oliver Conroy.

A new lawsuit is only the latest sign of an epic power struggle within the Home of the Sages of Israel, a tiny Lower East Side synagogue. The house of worship’s nondescript and rundown building on Bialystoker Place has become the subject of a ferocious real estate battle between different factions, each claiming to be the synagogue’s lawful representative.

In a suit filed two weeks ago – only the latest in a mounting pile of litigation – members of the Orthodox Jewish synagogue’s small congregation allege that Rabbi Samuel Aschkenazi, “who despite his title, is not the rabbi for Home of the Sages,” is attempting to sell the property out from under them to real estate developer Peter Fine – and then split the $13 million profit with Friends of Mosdot Goor, a Gerer Hasidic group unconnected to the synagogue.

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Steve Croman is Rikers-Bound; Gin Ice Cream Flights

Yesterday landlord Steve Croman—whose 140 New York City buildings include several in the East Village and on the Lower East Side—plead guilty yesterday to mortgage and tax fraud. He will pay a $5 million settlement and spend a year in Rikers Island. [NY Daily News]

A 13-story Grove Street building’s sponsor will sell 65 percent of its stakes.
[Brownstoner]

The MIXER Reading & Music Series will take place for the first time tonight at Bushwick’s Our Wicked Lady, following a 10-year run at now-closed Cake Shop. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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Prince and the Bard Are Taking Over City Parks

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot 2016: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (© Lee Wexler)

Cinephiles have plenty of excuses to spend the summer in city parks, starting with Films On The Green and Movies Under The Stars. But if you’ve sworn off going to the movies in favor of #Netflixandchill, there are plenty of other excuses to enjoy our public greenery, starting with the following free events dedicated to The Artist and The Bard.

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Learn to Twerk From the Pole Dancers at Matchless, Greenpoint’s New Pole-ish Bar

Incredipole at Williamsburg Walks (Photo courtesy of Incredipole)

Want to twerk a lil somethin’ tonight? Head over to Twerk It Tuesday, a new night at Bar Matchless, where instructors from Greenpoint dance studio Incredipole will be working a portable pole. They’re pretty impressive (just check out their Instagram), so you might want to get there at 8pm sharp. Stick around after their show and you can get a mini pole-dancing or twerking lesson for just five smackers. The buy-one-get-one-free drinks are sure to loosen up any stiff muscles and give you some liquid courage.

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Holy Scharf! We Found Free, Unregulated Street Parking in NYC

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Calling all urban campers!

If you’re one of the 23 percent of New Yorkers who own a car and happen to need a free parking spot in the East Village, you’re in luck. We’ve found the rarest of commodities: a stretch of curb that doesn’t have any parking regulations. Seriously. None.

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How Rahi Makes Two of Its Buzziest ‘Artisanal Indian’ Dishes

Rahi, a word meaning “traveler,” is the name of an upscale Indian restaurant that opened two weeks ago in the West Village. Its menu adapts locally sourced produce to explore the lesser known flavors and dishes from the Indian subcontinent. B+B sat down with owner Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya to understand how the restaurant drills deeper into the cuisine, instead of resorting to fusion. Plus, Chef Pandya serves up two popular dishes from the menu: Banana Leaf Chicken and Inked Crab.

Rahi, open 5-11 pm, 60 Greenwich Ave

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Police Search for Bushwick Killer; Custom Boob Portraits

Following the murder of Terrell Ortiz—a 26-year-old Bushwick resident—early Friday evening near the intersection of Broadway and Lawton Street, police are circulating security footage of his alleged assailant. [Bushwick Daily]

Collaborators on the forthcoming hotel-condominium at 215 Chrystie Street refinanced the project with a loan exceeding $173 million. [The Real Deal]

The East Village Croxley Ales outpost will change ownership and be helmed by the team behind Lower Manhattan’s two Triona’s bars. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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One Structure To Sustain You, Selena Lives On, And More Art Openings

(image courtesy of Cooler Gallery)

A Structure For Hope And Survival
Opening Tuesday, June 6 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through June 30.

Artist Huy Bui has a penchant for constructing environments, and his latest creation to be brought to life at Navy Yard-adjacent art space Cooler Gallery is timely in its name: A Structure For Hope and Survival. Deemed a “framework of organizing artifacts, objects, art, tools, books, games, supplies, seeds, plants and provisions,” this “modular ecological unit” serves as a structure and container for anything you might need, from plants and seating areas to how-to books and emergency snacks. An artist statement indicates that a manual is in the works for anyone who might want to build one themselves. The opening reception on Tuesday will begin with a panel discussion entitled “Art and Architecture in the Anthropocene” with Bui, fellow artists, and people who have worked on projects like Playlab and the Lowline.

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Mac DeMarco Is Playing Radio City; Meantime, Peep His New LA Digs in This Video

When Mac DeMarco took the stage at Governors Ball yesterday afternoon, he told everyone he was psyched to be back in New York. In case you didn’t hear, the troubadour made the obligatory move to Los Angeles last year, ditching his Rockaway digs for a grown-up place in Silver Lake. But not to worry, he’ll be back soon. His label, Greenpoint’s own Captured Tracks, just announced that he’s playing Radio City Music Hall in September.

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Here’s What You Missed at Governors Ball

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Indian dance crew

Indian dance crew

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Rae Sremmurd

Rae Sremmurd

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

ODB art

ODB art

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

RUFUS DU SOL

RUFUS DU SOL

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

EDEN

EDEN

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Phantogram

Phantogram

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

BANKS

BANKS

Sean Glass of Small Difference clothing and Daniel Glass of Glassnote records.

Sean Glass of Small Difference clothing and Daniel Glass of Glassnote records.

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Skepta

Skepta

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Skepta

Skepta

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Governors Ball came in like a something ball this weekend, bringing with it local acts like Parquet Courts, Wu Tang Clan, and Mac DeMarco, who was all smiles and laughs, as well as touring artists like Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd and English grime act Skepta, who could be heard working the crowd (aka his energy crew) all the way across the island. There was the requisite crowd-riding, courtesy of Cage the Elephant, and SAINt JHN’s hypemen used golden water guns to shoot champagne into the audience. Compared to all this, Childish Gambino’s set was relatively chill, though that didn’t prevent some in the younger-leaning crowd from passing out. We snapped photos of performers like Lorde, Franz Ferdinand, and Phantogram; bumped into A$AP Ferg backstage; and cruised around to see what everyone was wearing. Click through the slideshow to have a look.

Reporting by Shannon Barbour; photos and reporting by Daniel Leinweber – Razberry Photography.

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Macing on W-Burg Subway; Molly’s Milk Truck in Bushwick

In late May while an L train was stopped at Bedford Avenue, police allege this woman instigated an argument with a man over his coughing, and proceeded to Mace him before bolting from the scene. [DNA Info]

Per Manhattan Supreme Court filings, Maria Hrynenko—the landlord facing manslaughter charges for the Spring 2015 gas line explosion on 2nd Avenue—contends that the true responsible party is the management company who installed gas meters at one of her three properties. [NY Post]

On Knickerbocker Avenue, Hoboken-originating Molly’s Milk Truck has opened a storefront serving up a menu by a Per Se veteran. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »