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Citi Bike Sets Up Shop in Riis Houses, Hoping to Boost Low-Income Ridership

(Photo: Citi Bike on Instagram)

The operators of Citi Bike are set to open facilities in the Jacob Riis Houses in Alphabet City, a move that they hope will bring more low-income riders to the bike-share program and make it easier for existing users to score a ride.

The new base of operations is located in what the New York City Housing Authority describes as “an existing facility in an underutilized space,” at 152-154 Avenue D. Motivate, the operators of Citi Bike, hope it will lead to a more balanced system, meaning no more showing up to stations to find there are no bikes to rent. Citi Bike general manager Kris Sandor also hopes it will help with community outreach. “We are again looking to support and engage with everybody, especially for ridership, but then also for our hiring practices,” Sandor said. “We’re really looking to make sure that we’re engaging with lower-income communities.”

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The Village Voice Forgoes Print; Slipper Room Benefit for Charlottesville

Village Voice owner Michael Barbey announced yesterday that the 62-year-old paper’s free, weekly print edition will cease publication, but the website will continue. [Variety]

Musicians and comedians raised money for victims of the Charlottesville terrorism attack last night at The Slipper Room. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Bond Street tool and die shop Etna shuttered after serving customers for 71 years. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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A Rare Chance to Drink Beer Whiskey Inside of Some 160-Year-Old ‘Cheese Tunnels’

You’ve probably made a promise to yourself to spend the last days of summer soaking up some sun, but here’s a good reason to cave. As in, literally cave*. Thirty feet below the streets of Crown Heights, in a 19th-century tunnel that belonged to the Nassau Brewery Company, there’s a cave that produces cheese for shops like Whole Foods. Next month, you’ll have a rare opportunity to have a look inside the home of Crown Finish Caves, try their cheeses and drink some beers.

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Not A Real Body Farm, Sad & Asian Creations, and More Art Shows

(flyer via Paradice Palase)

Body Farm
Opening Thursday, August 24 at Paradice Palase, 4 pm to 9 pm. One night only.

Ok, to ease your nerves (or disappoint you), this isn’t an exhibition of an actual body farm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, body farms are decomposition research facilities. So then, what is this Body Farm? It’s a one-night-only pop-up exhibition being put on by Paradice Palase, a Brooklyn space that “believes in a community-supported gallery model and getting artists paid for their efforts.” TBH, really all you have to say is that this is an organization that cares about paying artists and that would make their show worth going to. Plus, there seems to be a neon pineapple sign involved, which sounds fun. Keep Reading »

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Action Bronson Is Actin Crazy, Doing a Rough Trade In-Store

Is this boy from Queens the new King of All Media? Vice just renewed Action Bronson’s food-hunting show, Fuck, That’s Delicious, which spawned a book that’s out next month; plus, he’ll soon be the host of a daily late-night show and a dating game on Snapchat. Meanwhile, he hasn’t quit his day job; his new album, Blue Chips 7000, drops Aug. 26, and you can hear a fresh cut off of it, featuring fellow big boy Rick Ross, below.

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Aesop Rock Returns to His Old Stomping Grounds For His Bushwick Civil-War Movie

Last month we shared a Q&A with the directors of Bushwick, about a Texas army invading the Brooklyn neighborhood. In honor of the movie’s release and his first time scoring a film, Aesop Rock is performing tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The hip-hop artist and producer– who was raised in Long Island, broke through in New York City, and recently moved to Oregon– has said he agreed to do the soundtrack in part because he “lived in Bushwick long ago.” Tickets to tomorrow’s show are $25 and Bushwick hits theaters and video on demand this Friday. Check out our Q&A with the film’s directors, Cary Murnion and Jon Milott, to find out why they set a civil war movie in the neighborhood, and what filming there was like. 

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Forget It, Jake, It’s Metrograph’s ‘Imagining Chinatown’ Series

After paying tribute to Fire Island, Metrograph is looking a little closer to home with its newly announced series, “Imagining Chinatown.” The series, opening Sept. 27, aims to show how Hollywood has depicted Chinatown as a “hyperbolic fantasy space,” where one “partakes in copious amounts of opium” and “crime and sin are believed to go unpunished,” per a press release.

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Greenpoint Stabbing Suspect Named; Parm is Coming to Barclay’s Center

Police are looking for Bushwick Houses resident Gary Correa, 19, who they believe fatally stabbed actor/playwright George Carroll on Friday night in Greenpoint. [DNA Info] More than $18K has already been raised for Carroll’s wife, Christina, via GoFundMe. [NY Post]

Summer high school interns from Hell’s Kitchen and Williamsburg located a dozen previously forgotten “colored” graves (circa 1858) in Green-Wood Cemetery. [DNA Info]

Brooklyn for Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter of Greater New York were two sponsors of an anti-Nazi rally that took place near McGolrick Park on Friday. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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This Couple Got Married On a City Bus, 13 Years After They Met On One

Sunday morning, 50 guests boarded the M14D bus to witness the wedding of Lower East Side locals Kara Mullins and Osvaldo “O.J.” Jimenez. The couple, who met on a bus 13 years ago, were overjoyed to the share the birthplace of their love with their family and friends, who literally hung on for a wild ride across town. Johnny, the bus’s driver, pulled double duty for the wedding as he not only provided the setting but also transported everyone to the reception at Le Bain atop The Standard hotel, down the block from his West 14th Street stop.

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It’s Too Late to Be This Guy’s ‘Eclipse Hottie,’ But You Can Still Join Tonight’s ‘Eclipse Orgy’

The eclipse is finally upon us, and if you’re familiar with Rule 34 of astronomy you won’t be surprised to hear that many people on Craigslist have been looking for a “total eclipse of the cock” (yep, that’s a direct quote). But in addition to the mere trend-riders who plan to be stuck in a glory hole during the eclipse, there are some genuine enthusiasts in the Casual Encounters section who actually want to experience 69-percent totality. And they’re looking for others who like a good mooning.

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