25 Images From New Museum’s Arresting Survey of Contemporary Arab Art

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For the last fifteen years, Massimiliano Gioni has enthusiastically observed the increased presence of the work of artists of Arabic origin at various biennials and international exhibitions. “And I started getting worried and suspicious,” says the Associate Director and Director of Programming of the New Museum, “because many of these great artists—who we would see everywhere else—were not being shown in New York.”
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Brooklyn’s DA Is 420 Friendly, But Some Seek Even Kinder Buds in Office

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In Bushwick. (Photo: Wally Gobetz’s Flickr)

Last Tuesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced his office would throw out (some) low-level possession of marijuana cases; on Friday, the NYPD shot back with a memo telling officers that it was business as usual. But as the DA and NYPD clash over the new directive, some critics are saying it doesn’t go far enough.
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Rally For Williamsburg Senior Center; Catey Shaw Celebrates ‘Brooklyn Girls’

Watch Bushwick singer Catey Shaw‘s new music video, “Brooklyn Girls,” a play on Katy Perry’s “California Girls.” [Paper]

A 21-year-old mom and City Bakery employee was struck and killed by a 4 train at the Union Square subway station this weekend. [NY Post]

Neighboring Noho businesses Kaufman Shoe Repair Supplies (age 75) and Downtown Floor Supplies (age 25) will depart Lafayette Street, with the former relocating to Park Slope after August 1 and the latter reopening in Chelsea after August 10. [Bowery Boogie]
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This New Belgian Beer Bar Has a No-TV Policy Worthy of Its Name

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#Cezanne

While bloggers wring their hands over an “influx of hipsters” at a Ridgewood old-timer, another bar has announced its imminent opening in the neighborhood. The Monk will serve Belgian beers mainly, if not exclusively, and owner Joe Figliolia would like to clarify that doesn’t mean American-style Belgian beer. Poseurs be warned.
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Little Muenster Launches Nicaraguan Cheese Missiles

(Photo courtesy of Little Muenster)

(Photo courtesy of Little Muenster)

First the Langos Truck brought Hungarian cheese bread to town, then Old Tibilisi (now open!) brought “Georgia’s original cheeseburst” to Bleecker Street, and now this: the grilled cheese mavens of Lower East Side spot Little Muenster are opening a pop-up dedicated to Nicaraguan cheese treats.
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How Silent Barn Got Its Tiny, Rolling Green Room

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

If you’re a touring band playing a show in New York City, finding a quiet place to unwind and catch up on some alone time before your performance is not a simple task. Unless, of course, your show is at art space and residence Silent Barn. You see, Silent Barn has the Canned Ham, a 1972 Shasta “canned ham” style travel trailer that functions as part green room, part resident meeting spot and hangout.
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Williamsburg Pool Party Maven Launches a Video Mixing App for the Symple-Minded

When Williamsburg app developer Alex Kane released the beta version of his app Sympler last September, he expected about 3,000 downloads. What he got was more than 80,000 downloads and a nod from Apple Japan as one of the best apps of 2013, alongside Vine and Instagram. Not bad for beta. Today, Sympler version 1.0 launches in the Apple Store.
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Public Housing Gets Millions to Beef Up Security, But Will It Be Enough?

Dorothea Knox, President of the Tenant Association at Berry Street- South 9th Street Houses (photo: Nicole Disser)

Dorothea Knox, President of the Tenant Association at Berry Street- South 9th Street Houses (photo: Nicole Disser)

Last month the city finally allocated $50 million to security upgrades and “anti-violence initiatives” in its ailing public housing complexes. But of the 15 developments that will see the long called-for funding, just one (Bushwick Houses) is in the Bedford + Bowery coverage area. Meanwhile, several developments in downtown Manhattan and North Brooklyn remain without any security cameras at all.
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Max Fish Reopens Next Month; Body of Missing Greenpointer Found

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The body of missing 28-year-old Peter Spear of Greenpoint has been found. [Greenpointers]

The new Orchard Street home of Max Fish got frontage and an opening date: August 2. [Bowery Boogie]

Seventeen-year-old Julio Camilo was arrested at McCarren Park Pool after allegedly punching a park officer and chipping his tooth. [Gothamist]

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Sugar Gallery Has Bitter Words For Montana’s Trail House

Masback took a photo of the garbage as it stands today (photo: Montana Masback)

Masback took a photo of the garbage as it stands today (photo: Montana Masback)

Last week, Bushwick’s Sugar gallery posted some harsh words on its Facebook page aimed at neighborhood newcomer Montana’s Trail House.

They generate uncontrollable garbage on the sidewalk, at the moment it is covered by a blue tarp. Currently have an old RV plopped into 3 spots, which has not moved in 3 days. They illegally place orange cones in the street, blocking parking for all others (well, except me because I know you can just move them).
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