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Photos + Video: The Idiotarod’s Wild, Wacky Run Through Brooklyn

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

For eleven years now teams of be-costumed Idiots have gone out in the middle of winter, grabbed hold of their tricked-out shopping cart, and gone tearing through the streets of Brooklyn in a manic, often-drunken race for fame, glory, cool-looking trophies and, just maybe, a handful of cold, hard cash.
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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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Greenpointers Are Dogged About Plans For Newtown Barge Park

An artist's rendering of the expanded Newtown Barge Park waterfront.

An artist’s rendering of the expanded Newtown Barge Park waterfront. (Photo courtesy of Stantec)

Greenpoint residents raised concerns last night about the expansion of Newtown Barge Park, with some pushing for a much-needed dog run and others complaining that they hadn’t been given a fair chance to weigh in on the $7 million project’s design.
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McGolrick Park’s Gritty Playground Is Getting a Million-Dollar Makeover

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

As the Mayor’s office allocates $130 million to improving neglected parks, one Greenpoint mother on a mission is celebrating the $1.3 million that will go toward a playground that has long made her worry about her daughter’s safety.
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Help Fund This Drag Documentary Where the Filmmaker Starts Wigging Out

When I meet Adam Golub, under the elevated tracks of the M train on one of the hottest days of the summer, he’s wearing a sleeveless top, shorts, sandals (the Teva-esque type that all Israelis seem to own) and slightly chipped metallic blue nail polish.

Golub chuckles wryly about the electrifying effect the varnish often has on those around him. Who knows how these delicate passersby might react to his drag identity, Shalmuta (“slut” in Hebrew)—a Bayiou-born Southern belle with a hankering for fried chicken and a love of suspenders and tartan.

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Watch The Love Ways Shotgun (and Then Golf-Club) Some Beers in 'Avalanche Kids'


Indie rockers The Love Ways have been working on their second EP, Vacant Years, for nearly a year. They released their first one, Every Night, in May of 2013; this time around, the quintet worked with sought-after producer Kevin McMahaon, the man behind the curtain for Brooklyn-based Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, et. al.
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Brooklyn’s DA Is 420 Friendly, But Some Seek Even Kinder Buds in Office

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In Bushwick. (Photo: Wally Gobetz’s Flickr)

Last Tuesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced his office would throw out (some) low-level possession of marijuana cases; on Friday, the NYPD shot back with a memo telling officers that it was business as usual. But as the DA and NYPD clash over the new directive, some critics are saying it doesn’t go far enough.
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This New Hawaiian Pop-Up Is Putting Down Roots

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Wahines

Brooklyn Wahines has been quietly popping up in the Stan’s Cafecito space two nights a week ever since Honolulu native Siobhán Edwards of Red Wagon Catering opened it last month, but now it’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday nights. Between that and Onomea, South Williamsburg is becoming a virtual archipelago of Hawaiian food.
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Kings County Distillery Scored a Book Deal With the Help of Some Whiskey-Soused Skeletons

(Photo courtesy of Valery Rizzo)

(Photo courtesy of Valery Rizzo)

While researching the book that was published last year as A Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey, Kings County Distillery founder Colin Spoelman found himself delving into the colorful history of NYC distilling. Digging deeper, he found the bones of truth beneath embellished tales of dastardly Kentucky bootleggers, as well as the real bones of actual distillers: Greenwood cemetery, it turns out, was founded by the son of Hezekiah Pierrepont—a big man in 19th century Brooklyn’s thriving distillery scene who is buried in the cemetery—and many expired distillers lie beneath the manicured lawns.
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Kelis, Biz Markie, and More Throwbacks in Our Live Music Round-Up

Welcome to Good Shows. Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

When you think of Kelis, chances are “Milkshake” (the video for which was shot at Relish diner — now La Esquina — in Williamsburg) is the first thing that comes to mind. (You’re welcome. That’ll be stuck in your head for weeks.) What you might not know is that the R&B singer’s latest album, Food, is straight up tasty-ass funk.
Webster Hall, East Village, Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m., tickets $25
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De Blasio Brags About Brooklyn Techies, Announces $10M ‘Tech Talent Pipeline’

Not a TED Talk (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Not a TED Talk (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off Internet Week near Union Square this morning, but despite the Manhattan location, it was Brooklyn — where companies like Kickstarter have taken root — that he touted as an “extraordinary example of success” in the tech sector.
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