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‘Make Bushwick Great Again’ With This Limited-Edition Hat

(Photo courtesy Father Knows Best)

(Photo courtesy Father Knows Best)

How do you trump a Make America Great Again hat? It’s easy. Go to Father Knows Best and snag a “Make Bushwick Great Again” snapback.

Just don’t get it twisted: Chris Taha and Colleen Makary, the Bushwick cafe/bar’s owners, aren’t Trumpkins, and they’re not insinuating that Bushwick has been less than great of late. “Some people don’t take it as a joke and think that we’re Trump supporters, which is really silly, because the whole idea is that we’re making fun of the thing,” Taha told us. “We’re just being silly and making fun of Trump.” Keep Reading »

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4 Readings: Honest Abe Takes on Trump, A White Rapper’s Tale, and Hot Dog Cartoons

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26195970Mychal Denzel Smith presents: Invisible Man, Got the Whole Word Watching
June 15 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Growing up black in 21st century America can have its own sense of vertigo–the president is African-American but police brutality and incarceration still disproportionately affect men with your skin color. In his debut book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education, Mychal Denzel Smith (Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute) tries to make sense of the political and social landscape he’s grown up in and come to terms with his own education. He’ll be joined by fellow writers Ashley C. Ford and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.

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This Year’s New York Asian Film Festival Is Serious As a Heart Attack

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(Photo: Courtesy of NYAFF)

Between the Lower East Side Film Festival, the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, the DV8 Film Festival, and now even the Porn Film Festival, there’s no shortage of summer film fests in NYC. For the past 15 years, the New York Asian Film Festival has been a part of this cadre, presenting lineups of movies from all across the continent. This year, with 51 picks in its final lineup, the organizer Samuel Jamier is certain that there will be enough varieties of genres to satisfy anyone’s tastes.

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Man Threatens to Go Orlando On Happy Fun Hideaway; W’burg Whole Foods Sued

(Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

(Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Monday night in Bushwick, an argumentative 40-year-old man was arrested at the Happy Fun Hideaway for assaulting the bouncer and threatening to “shoot this place up and get my fifty just like Orlando.” [NY Daily News]

At a Williamsburg grocery store on Thursday morning, two hoverboard-riding men were arrested for wrestling a female customer to the ground, then hitting her in the face with a peach. [Brooklyn Paper]

In other W-burg supermarket news, Foodtown’s owners sued the developer of the neighboring Bedford Avenue building that will house Whole Foods for allegedly ignoring the city’s zoning laws, a move that would cause future traffic bedlam. [The Real Deal NY]

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Brooklyn Film Fest Fave is a Short Inspired by the ‘Magic’ of Greenpoint

As a work-resident of Greenpoint, I feel lucky that I can reap the benefits of the neighborhood without having to pay the increasingly steep average rent. My existence up here is dependent on a fair amount of lying to myself– that I can afford to eat at the nice restaurants here (false), that the nice people who work in the hip boutiques actually believe I’m going to buy something this time around (so false). But what really charms me about the neighborhood are its eccentricities– the picture window on Franklin decorated neatly with dozens of bobble heads gyrating in unison, the Polish bars where you can bet there’s a strange scene going down or at the very least some $1 Jell-o shots to pick at, and of course the ancient bag lady who shuffles along Manhattan Avenue screeching in a mix of gibberish and maybe Old Church Slavonic, sometimes disappearing down into the subway or inside an apartment, knowing that she can safely leave her bags and carts anywhere she pleases.

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Attention, Dr. Jay’s Shoppers: Bowery Tenants Take the Fight to Landlord’s Store

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

This morning shoppers looking for American flag swimsuits or bright-patterned leggings at Dr. Jay’s streetwear store in downtown Brooklyn were greeted by a flurry of slogans and posters decrying the brand’s owner, Joseph Betesh, as a slumlord. Tenants from 83 and 85 Bowery were gathered with local activists out front, chanting against Betesh’s efforts to evict them.

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Stuff Yourself With Eastern European Grub and Dance It All Off at the Borscht Ball

(Photo: Courtesy of Lea Elisha)

(Photo: Courtesy of Lea Elisha)

Jewish culture is inextricably linked to the historical fabric of New York City, and Eastern European Jewish immigrants in particular have had a significant impact on the New Yorker food, music, arts, and culture scene. Nonetheless, these aspects of New York culture can sometimes seem very divorced from the Mimosa-swinging, IPA-guzzling, Korean BBQ-munching, secret-concert-in-Bushwick-attending younger generation of New Yorkers. Anya Zicer and Lea Elisha, who make up the FolksbieneRU team, the Russian-Jewish division of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, are aiming to change that with a host of events and parties that celebrate Jewish culture with an updated, modern twist.

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DV8 Film Festival Calls for Lo-Fi Feeds and Shooting with Speed

(Flyer courtesy of DV8 Film Festival)

(Flyer courtesy of DV8 Film Festival)

Looking back, do you miss the days before everyone had a camera in their pocket? The days when getting your hands on the family camcorders felt so special that they could suddenly turn you into a mini-Scorsese? If you love the idea of movies made with less polish and more graininess, then DV8 Film Festival might just have a movie or two for you. 

Now in its second year, DV8 began when Rebecca Shapass and Gabriela Granada, two NYU film students decided they were sick of being told there was a correct way to make films. “When you go to film school, you’re taught that movies have to be made a certain way,” Shapass said. “We want to do something else.”

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With First Solo Show, Warhol’s Documentarian Finally Gets His 15 Minutes

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Back in 1970 Michael Netter was a recent graduate, soaking up the big city’s vibrant art scene. A striving painter, he fell in with Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd after showing up to a party with his brand new Sony Portapak video camera (20-pound backpack and all). The new technology instantly attracted the pop-master. “Before, ‘Hello, how do you do,’ it was: ‘Can you do that for me?'” Netter says of his first interaction with Warhol. For the next few years, he followed him around, filming bits and pieces of Warhol’s world, from random conversations at the Factory, to the infamous first meeting between David Bowie and Warhol (“He was miming! And miming badly!”), and interviews with the likes of Cybill Shepherd, Brigid Polk and other Warholian superstars.

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Unlocking the Truth About the Teen Metal Band’s New Album & Documentary

(Photo: Courtesy of Falco Ink)

(Photo: Courtesy of Falco Ink)

Since first gaining internet stardom as a precocious metal trio, Brooklyn’s Unlocking the Truth has gone through seemingly every loop on the rollercoaster ride of fame. They’ve gone from playing for change outside the subway to booking major festivals; they’ve recorded and now re-recorded their debut album; and, most of all, they’ve dealt with miles upon miles of corporate red tape.

Now, after months of delays, the band’s first full-length album, Chaos, is finally coming out this Friday through indie music distributor Tunecore. (Watch the video for “Take Control” below.) Plus, Breaking a Monster, the documentary by Luke Meyer that we caught at SXSW, is set to premiere later this month. (There’ll be a preview screening at Museum of the Moving Image on June 21, followed by a performance by the band.)  Keep Reading »

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Photos + Video: Thousands Attend #WeAreOrlando Vigil at Stonewall Inn

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The mayor, governor, and thousands of members of New York’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered around Stonewall Inn yesterday evening for a vigil to mourn the 49 killed and dozens more injured during Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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Wagamama Coming to East Village; Molly Ringwald Sells 10th Street Apartment

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In Alphabet City tomorrow, Artikal Handcrafted Millinery will close at its home of 15 years. [EV Grieve]

British ramen chain Wagamama, which will soon open near Madison Square Park, also singed a 15-year lease at 55 Third Avenue in the East Village. [Commercial Observer]

A couple changes to the E. 14th streetscape: C&B Convenience Store has shuttered, and its neighbor, Saving$ Paradise, will now share a space down the street with IQ Decor. [EV Grieve]

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