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Toms Pops Up on Bedford Avenue

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Uniqlo has popped down on Bedford Avenue and Toms has popped up.

This Argentine-flag-colored signage went up yesterday at 184 Bedford Avenue, where a Uniqlo popup took over the former Spike Hill space back in November. Now the California footwear and sunglasses company is having a go at the space right across from the L train stop, joining fellow shoe brand Dr Martens on Williamsburg’s main drag.

An employee said the popup would open today and stick around for six months.

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Police Seeking LES Groper; Old Monk Will Land in EV

David Green, 33, turned himself into police after allegedly shooting and killing Byron Elder, 22, Saturday afternoon on Scholes Street.
[DNA Info]

Police are looking to for Victor Colon, 60, who allegedly sexually assaulted multiple women between Sunday and Monday.
[Bowery Boogie]

On Saturday, current and former tenants of rancor-inspiring landlord Raphael Toledano, 27, protested outside his Upper West Side home. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Catland Passes the Witch Hat, Launches Fundraising Campaign

On this National Day of Prayer, it’s important to remember that not everyone ascribes to one of the “Big Three” religions our president will honor when he tours Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican. Others find their spiritualism at places like Catland, the Bushwick repository for all things witchy and weird. If you want to keep the place strong in the face of newly empowered organized religion, you may want to chip into their latest fundraising efforts.

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Week in Film: ‘Supernatural Comedy,’ Women Rule the World, and More


The Lost City Of Z

Now through Thursday May 11 at Sunshine Cinema: $14

I haven’t seen The Lost City of Z just yet, but what I can tell you is that the film takes place in 1925, a tumultuous time in the Western world when it looked like the sun might very well start to set on the British Empire. In fact, imperial order was starting to collapse around the globe, and would eventually be replaced by a new bipolar world order– divvied up into two supposedly opposite political instincts, nationalism and socialism. (If that sounds like a super mysterious process, that’s because it is. There are tons of fascinating theories about how and why this happened, and about WTF nationalism even is, man– none of which I will go into here.) So even though a bunch of landowning white men still ruled the day at this point, they were probably feeling a little insecure about their privileged position, which they justified by an unshakeable belief in white supremacy and fashionable pseudoscientific ideas/total BS concepts of the time. I mean, now we know that terms like “imperial expansion” and “colonization” are just fancy ways to talk about pirate stuff (e.g., raping, pillaging). Oh, and racism too.

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BAMcinemaFest Unspools Lineup: Alex Ross Perry, Kumail Nanjiani, Jenny Slate and More

One of our very favorite film festivals, BAMcinemafest, returns June 14 to 25. According to the just-released lineup, there’ll be new films from Alex Ross Perry, Michael Showalter, Gillian Robespierre, and several other indie stalwarts. Tickets go on sale to BAM members on May 11 and to the general public May 18.

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LES Landlord Sami Mahfar Settles Tenant Harassment Case

The State Attorney General has reached a settlement with Sassan “Sami” Mahfar, the embattled landlord accused of illegally harassing tenants of his Lower East Side buildings in an effort to displace them. As part of the $225,000 settlement, companies owned by Sassan “Sami” Mahfar and Sina Mahfar will pay $175,000 to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and its efforts to combat lead poisoning.

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Last Month for the Roebling Tea Room; Brooklyn Barge Season Starts

City Councilman Rafael Espinal, who represents Bushwick and other neighborhoods, wants the Housing Preservation and Development commission to release yearly reports on where bedbug infestations have been reported, which New Yorkers could chart on an online map. [ABC 7 NY]

Williamsburg brunch destination Roebling Tea Room will shutter on May 29, concluding a 12-year run. [Gothamist]

A 45-seat Mediterranean eatery, Cervo’s, will soon run the kitchen at 43 Canal Street, formerly the first Pies ‘n’ Thighs. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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Loosie’s Opens a Hammock-Happy Cafe, and They’re Giving Away Coffee All Summer

(Photo: Daniel Correa)

The team behind Loosie Rouge and Loosie’s Kitchen is opening a café inside of their Williamsburg mini compound, and they’re giving away free Toby’s Estate coffee all summer long. That’s right: Free. Coffee. From 7am to 8am, every day, starting with their opening on Friday.

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Sci-Fi Egg-Laying, Ski Shop Fantasies, and More Performance Picks

WEDNESDAY

(flyer via ROFL3 / Facebook)

ROFL3: The Slumber Party
Wednesday, May 3 at Our Wicked Lady, 8 pm: FREE

“Comedy shows” sounds a lot like “comedy shoes.” What are comedy shoes? Maybe they’re big ol’ clown shoes, or super squeaky slippers, but it doesn’t matter what you think they are. The dynamic duo of Edy Modica and Eliza Hurwitz have declared their comedic footwear of choice to be roller skates, proclaiming (and skating) this loud and clear in their monthly show on wheels, ROFL. Bet you never knew that age-old internet acronym was actually referring to roller skates.

This month, a fine bunch of funny folk will be rolling in to tell jokes and make merry, including Marcia Belsky, Dan Licata, Jaboukie Young-White, Charles Gould, and Aparna Nancherla. I once tried to perform as a character wearing roller skates and when I tried to stand in one place for a duration of time I slowly and endlessly rolled forward and did not know how to stop. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

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