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Frenchman Attacked in Williamsburg; Sports Bar Coming to Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A French man was assaulted and robbed on N. 10th Street early Sunday morning. [Brooklyn Paper]

The long-gestating Allen Street Hotel sold for $30.75 million in an auction yesterday. [The Real Deal]

If developers move forward with plans for a Walkabout Channel power plant, a public hearing will take place so locals can voice their concerns in person. [Brooklyn Paper]

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‘Say It Ain’t So’: New Yorkers React to Other Music’s Closing

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By now you’re probably past the denial stage of grief and it has started to sink in that Other Music is closing at the end of June. New Yorkers began posting teary-eyed tributes to the beloved East Village record shop as soon as it announced yesterday that it was shuttering after two decades in business. 

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4 Talks: The Rolling Stones, The Science of FB Likes, and Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam

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Book Launch: Rich Cohen’s The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones
May 10 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Rich Cohen seems to have his mind plugged into the tempos of the past–a co-creator of HBO’s Vinyl and a Vanity Fair contributor, his new book reconsiders the history and impact of one of the greatest bands to ever shake up the music scene. His telling of the ups and downs of the Rolling Stones benefits from his close relationship with the band since the 1990s. The story charts their course from their beginnings in 1961 to their golden run through the 70s, drawing readers into the defining moments that left a lasting imprint on music and our culture. No, the Rolling Stones themselves won’t be on hand at the launch–but luckily there will be music in the form of the dance band argonaut&wasp.

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Facing Pressure From Pols, Dr. Jays Mogul Backtracks on Evicting Bowery Tenants

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez speaking (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez speaking (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Landlords are on notice–yesterday Steve Croman was charged with 20 felony counts and using illegal tactics to push tenants out of his buildings. Today Public Advocate Letitia James and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez kept up the heat, using their clout to influence the outcome of a prominent tenant-landlord dispute in Chinatown. Standing outside the state supreme courthouse, the two railed against landlord Joseph Betesh (also owner of the Dr. Jays streetwear brand), accusing him of using “illegal practices” to evict 27 families at 83 and 85 Bowery.

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Can This Sprawling, Immersive Exploration of Surveillance ‘Change the Face of Culture’ in Bushwick?

(photo: Walter Wlodarczyk)

(photo: Walter Wlodarczyk)

On May 20, the 50,000-square-foot Knockdown Center will become the site of a bold new experiment in live performance. Authority Figure, directed by performance/dance/sound artists Monica Mirabile and Sarah Kinlaw, is an immersive and participatory experience exploring themes of surveillance, authority, and obedience. Appropriately vast in scale, it features over 150 performers (including a child and a pregnant woman), and has been created with six choreographers, seven installation artists, and six musicians, including local faves Pictureplane, SOPHIE, and Hot Sugar.

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16 Works We Loved at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Silk tapestry by Bill Zangewa (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Silk tapestry by Bill Zangewa, Afronova Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It’s pretty screwy that here, now, in the year 2016 many people still have a hard time grasping that Africa is an incredibly diverse continent home to vastly different cultures, languages, landscapes, and art traditions. Thankfully, we have things like the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (held May 6 through 8 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook) at our fingertips to keep us in the know about the incredible (and, ahem, marketable) art work coming out of the 54 countries on the African continent.

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Vans House Parties and Full Moon Festival Announce Lineups

Summer is really coming together, folks. Especially since two of the season’s highlights, for music lurvers, just announced their lineups.

7b2d41d4-6731-40cf-ad8b-f19cedae03a0Vans House Parties Summer Series
May 19 to July 6 at 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint; free with www.houseofvans.com
This series has brought bands like the Melvins and Dinosaur, Jr. to a massive industrial space equipped with a skate ramp and state-of-the-art stage. This time around, acts will include ’90s NYC post-hardcore band Quicksand; local rockers Dive; Atlanta hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; Helmet/Don Caballero offspring Battles; jazzy hip-hop reimaginers BadBadNotGood; and festival favorites Neon Indian. There will also be a ton of art from local artists, including a massive collage of punk flyers collected by Scott Ewalt, the DJ and artist who is Kenny Scharf’s collaborator in the Cosmic Cavern.

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Naked Yoga in Bushwick; A High Line in Williamsburg?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A thief punched a Williamsburg liquor store employee in the face last Monday evening. [Brooklyn Paper]

If a recently revived plan gains traction, Williamsburg neighborhoods separated by the BQE may be reconnected with an above-ground park. [Gothamist]

East Village restauranteurs have joined forces in the Eastville Restaurant Collective, an group which shares information and support for surviving in the food business. [Eater NY]

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21 Way Cool Things We Saw at Frieze Art Fair

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

If you made it to Frieze New York this weekend, chances are pretty slim that you managed to see everything the elite art fair had to offer, including more than 200 booths dedicated to “the world’s leading galleries” (or so the fair boasts), countless individual art works, installations, roving performances, and outdoor displays. Between the enormous octopus tentacles, the ultra-defensive IRL Soylent reps, and the live donkey, there simply weren’t enough hours in the fair’s four-day span (or alcohol in their refrigerators) to do so.

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Two Stabbed at a Chinatown Internet Cafe

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Internet cafe where stabbing allegedly took place (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Upstairs at 39 Eldridge Street, a dim, stuffy internet cafe is a refuge for hardcore gamers, glued to the computer screen for hours. This morning many of them were passed-out asleep, slouched across two chairs with hoodies pulled over their eyes and takeout food boxes crumpled next to them.

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Landlord Steve Croman Charged With Criminal Fraud and Pushing Out Tenants

George Tzannes, a Croman tenant from the East Village last month (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

George Tzannes, a Croman tenant from the East Village last month (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Just a month ago we followed faith leaders and tenants as they tried to meet their landlord, Steve Croman of 9300 Realty (and honoree on The Village Voice‘s New York City’s 10 worst landlords list twice–once in 1998 and again in 2014). They wanted to deliver letters from 32 different religious figures, decrying Croman’s alleged tenant harassment tactics, such as cutting gas and heat, dangerous construction, low buyouts, and threatening frivolous lawsuits.

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