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BYO Jams to the Sunday Party at Halcyon’s New Williamsburg Location

Three listening stations allow patrons to preview any of the 5,000 titles before making a purchase.

Resilient underground-electronic record store Halcyon opened its fourth incarnation earlier this month, inside of Williamsburg club Output. The hybrid cafe/record shop, which launched in Carroll Gardens in 1999, took over the space previously occupied by Output’s Stilton House room and is now hosting a weekly open decks Record Party on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. It’s described as “every vinyl diggers dream opportunity to climb behind the decks and show off their proudest finds.”

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In W’burg, Bill Clinton Decries ‘Absence of Serious Debate’ Among Berners

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When you see a saxophone on stage at Brooklyn Bowl and know Bill Clinton is moments away from walking on, you have to wonder whether he’s going to go full Arsenio. Sadly, he did not jump in with the Wailers as they performed a couple of Marley hits, “One Love” and “Could You Be Loved,” at last night’s fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. But it’s still safe to say everyone who forked over $250 and up got their money’s worth.

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The Shirt Everyone Will Be Wearing at El Chapo’s Brooklyn Trial

(Photo: Courtesy of Classic Material NY)

(Photo: Courtesy of Classic Material NY)

As we’re sure you’ve heard, it looks like notorious escaped-then-captured-then-escaped drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán may be prosecuted in Brooklyn if extradited to the United States. But what’s a hipster fanboy to wear when visiting him in the slammer? Obviously, one of these El Chapo t-shirts, now on sale at Fresthetic in East Williamsburg. Yes, that’s everyone’s favorite cocaine cowboy, looking stoically determined to evade those menacing helicopters but also maybe looking at that old burner phone and the very colorful Mexican flag? Such a mysterious guy. Then there’s a collage of guns, hundos, and, naturally, plenty of drugs. It’s like an El Chapo starter kit.

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Williamsburg’s New Mom-and-Pop Mexican Spot Has 234 Items on the Menu

(Photos: Karissa Gall)

(Photos: Karissa Gall)

Even if you’d eaten a meal at Tacoffee every day since it opened on January 30, you’d still only be 5 percent of your way through their menu. The new restaurant and bakery, located on the corner of Grand and Lorimer in Williamsburg, has no less than 234 items on offer, from American to Tex-Mex to authentic Mexican fare.

“It looks like too much, but it’s not,” says owner Aima Lopez. “We try to put something for everybody.”

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OMG, JMZ Weekend and Late Night Shutdown Will Continue Until Early March

Planned service changes on the J, M and Z train lines are expected to continue into early March 2016. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Planned service changes on the J, M and Z train lines are expected to continue into early March 2016. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

A possible year-long shutdown of the L train isn’t the only transit issue causing angst as of late.

J, M service is being shut down on late nights and weekends until early March. An MTA spokesperson tells us the closure is due to switch renewal work on three switches north of the Essex Street station. Last weekend, in lieu of trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, a free shuttle bus provided alternate, sardine-can-like service between Hewes Street and Essex Street, stopping at Marcy Avenue.

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Snag This ’70s Stereo When Brooklyn Hidden Treasures Opens in Bushwick

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Forget the Super Bowl and go on the hunt for a super bowl.

Brooklyn Hidden Treasures, a one-stop shop for all of your vintage furniture and knick-knack needs, is expanding to a new location in Bushwick and will be inaugurating its massive warehouse with a soft opening this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Just Keeping You Abreast of This ‘Titty Pub Crawl’ in Bushwick

The Boobs of Bushwick began their titty pub crawl at Birdy's at around 11 p.m. (Photo: Nate "Igor" Smith)

The Boobs of Bushwick began their titty pub crawl at Birdy’s at around 11 p.m. (Photo: Nate “Igor” Smith)

Boobie Trap still holds the record for most synthetic breasts in a bar, but last night Birdy’s and Happyfun Hideaway hosted the real deal. Boobs of Bushwick, the group known for going topless around the neighborhood and uploading shots to Tumblr, bounced into Birdy’s for some foosball at around 11 p.m., followed by Jenga at Happyfun Hideaway.

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Has Shaggy From the Scooby Gang Moved to Williamsburg?

(Photo: DC Comics)

(Photo: DC Comics)

Today, DC Comics announced it would be giving beloved Hanna-Barbera characters a fresh makeover and modernizing classic characters such as the Flintstones, Johnny Quest, and, of course, the hardy Scooby gang. Apparently, this also means turning mellow icon and Scooby-BFF Shaggy into a full-blown hipster, complete with sleeve tattoos, a trendy messenger bag, and a handlebar moustache proud enough to make any artisanal vegan-latte pop-up owner cry with envy.

When the gang’s new look hit the Internet, the Twittersphere seemed certain that Shaggy had taken up residence in Brooklyn.
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Exponential: an Experimental Theatre Festival For the Brooklyn Set

(Flyer via The Exponential Festival)

(Flyer via The Exponential Festival)

January is theatre-fest time: there’s the always exciting COIL fest, Under the Radar at the Public Theater, and the opera-centric summit Prototype. But Theresa Buchheister– a founding member of Title:Point, the DIY production company that runs Vital Joint at the Silent Barn– thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce her own operation into the mix, The Exponential Festival, as a counterpoint to the usual. “Most of the festivals are very Manhattan-centric and exclusively feature artists who are well established–they’re already getting huge foundational support–some of them it’s their actual job to be an artist, which is that golden goose we’re all chasing,” she explained.

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The Big Guns Finally Acknowledge MTA, L Train Poised For Upgrades

LOL remember when? (Photo by Daniel Maurer)

LOL remember when? (Photo by Daniel Maurer)

The MTA became the popular girl at school almost overnight as first Governor Andrew Cuomo and now the federal government is paying mind to New York City’s neglected and notoriously underfunded transportation system. Today, Senator Chuck Schumer announced that he’ll call for sorely needed funding from the Federal Transportation Authority (FTA) to improve the “packed to capacity” L train.

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Brooklyn Filmmaker Nathan Silver Talks His Latest, Stinking Heaven

Nathan Silver is a relentless filmmaker who thus far has chronicled a variety of naturalistic social dramas which combine the weirdness of Harmony Korine with Fassbinder’s unwavering gaze at dysfunction. Silver’s fifth feature-length film Stinking Heaven, which has won some serious critical praise, sees the Brooklyn-based filmmaker continuing in this tradition.

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