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Cafe Pick Me Up Closing; Displaced Tenants Star in Nude Calendar

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

An unknown assailant shot a man in the thigh around 8:45 p.m. last night on Lorimer Street between Stagg and Ten Eyck Streets in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]

On Pilling Street in Bushwick, NYPD officers responding to a 911 call found a badly damaged coffin with bones inside. [News 12 Brooklyn]

The East Village’e Orpheum Theatre filed a lawsuit to try to keep STOMP from relocating uptown. [NY Post]

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Radio Free Brooklyn Launches Next Week in a Bushwick Basement

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When I arrived at Velo, the bike shop on Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, I was directed down a dimly lit staircase to the basement. In a small room, the only one not stocked to the gills with bicycle guts, I found Rob Prichard and Tom Tenney, creator/producers of Radio Free Brooklyn. They’ve outfitted the room, which they rent from Velo, with turntables, microphones, mixing boards and computers in the name of launching Brooklyn’s own 24/7 online radio station.

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Cinco de Mayo Isn’t the Mexican 4th of July, But Drink Up Anyway

a shot from Lucha Libre 2014 (photo: New York Stock Exchange)

a shot from Lucha Libre 2014 (photo: New York Stock Exchange)

Cinco de Mayo is probably best known as a reminder of American ignorance. Northern-dwelling Americans, including myself, are often raised to think of this Mexican national holiday as the equivalent of Independence Day in the US (it’s actually a holiday celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla) and while correcting factual misunderstanding is somewhat easy, old habits die hard. That’s why we’ve thrown our good judgment out the window and made this list of great happenings on and around Cinco de Mayo.

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Music Blog-Turned-Zine Alt Citizen Gets Even Realer With Shop and Gallery

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a peek inside the space (courtesy of Alt Citizen)

Alt Citizen has been doing their thing since 2012– the music blog’s bread-and-butter is album reviews (past and present), essays, show recommendations (mostly local Brooklyn stuff), and interviews with bands from all over. Last year, they expanded to a pocket-sized zine, of which three issues have dropped. “When you do a blog for years you start to go crazy not having a tangible thing to show people in terms of what you’re working on, so the zine naturally came out of that,” editor-in-chief and founder Nasa Hadizadeh admitted. The same impetus was behind Alt Space, a brand new storefront and gallery Alt Citizen is opening in Bushwick next week.

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East Village Explosion Victims Eligible For Loans; Greenpoint Gets Chocolatier

Clint Mario and Me: Game of Thrones ad takeover

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Businesses and homeowners impacted by the March 26 East Village explosion are eligible for low-interest loans, Governor Cuomo said. [NY1]

State Senator Dean Skelos is expected to be arrested imminently on corruption charges. [NY Times]

Drool over pics of the dishes being served up at Virginia’s, a restaurant opening today at 647 E. 11th Street. [Grub Street]

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Our Trip to the Bushwick Queer Porn Film Festival

Live porn shoot. (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

Live porn shoot. (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

“These are gluten-free, vegan pancakes,” Jacqueline Mary called out as she brought out a new stack of flapjacks, against the backdrop of a transexual man masturbating. “If you are not vegan or gluten free, don’t fuckin’ eat them. Because we don’t have that many. More will be coming out.”

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Stomp Exits the East Village; Catch Johnny Rotten at Strand Tonight

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

After 21 years at the Orpheum Theatre, Stomp is departing the East Village for Times Square, citing poor venue conditions. [NY Post]

The former creative chief for designer Elie Tahari, Kobi Halperin, sold his Astor Place apartment for $15.5 million with help from Million Dollar Listings. [NY Daily News]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Bushwick, tour Roberta’s kitchen garden, sip a beer and take home a potted plant for $25. And at 7 p.m., John “Johnny Rotten” Lyndon will sign copies his new memoir Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored at Strand. [The Skint]

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North Brooklyn Pols Back Plan to Improve Transit By Adding Tolls

Photo: Move NY Fair Plan

Photo: Move NY Fair Plan

Could a tax on East River bridges ease some of North Brooklyn’s transportation woes? The area’s council members, Antonio Reynoso and Stephen Levin, think so. Today they threw their support behind the Move NY Fair Plan, which aims to combat congestion and generate some of the $15.2 billion funding gap in the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan.

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Sushi Park Owner Sues Landlord Over Gas Explosion; Cops Seek Butt Grabber

Former Sushi Park chef Machendra Chongbang filed a lawsuit against Maria Hrynenko— owner of the destroyed restaurant’s building on Second Avenue—after a gas line exploded in March, killing two and injuring others. [NY Daily News]

Check out Nicolas Heller’s short documentary, above, about Jim “Mosaic Man” Power, who wants to “mosaic the whole city.” [No Your City]

Police are looking for a man who followed a Williamsburg woman into her apartment building on April 18, grabbed her behind, and fled. [Brooklyn Paper]

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How the ‘Man in a Cube’ Video Got Made; Tenement Museum Launches Fundraiser

Above, go behind the scenes of the making of Man in a Cube, a stunt about a man who pretended to call the Astor Place Cube his casa. [Curbed NY]

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum launched a fundraiser to help repair the Orchard Street building’s infrastructure. [Bowery Boogie]

Next week Evolve Health + Wellness will open in the ground-level space at 36 Rivington Street. [Bowery Boogie]

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Bushwickers and Local Activists Rally Against Controversial Apartment Building

IMG_3052Colony 1209, a rather, um, insensitively named luxury development in Bushwick featuring a doorman, ping pong tables, a “speakeasy,” and a gym, has caused quite a stir since it opened up its 127 units inviting “bohemians” to become “settlers” in “Brooklyn’s vibrant new frontier.” Last summer, Bushwick Daily dubbed Colony 1209 the neighborhood’s “most controversial new building,” which judging by the apartment’s website copy, is something the developers might just have been aiming for. But in a neighborhood where there’s an acute and visible housing crisis happening (see: tenant harassment, demographic shifts, skyrocketing rent, etc.)  it was a matter of time before people got really angry.

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Mammoth Brooklyn Zine Fest to Spotlight 150 Zinesters and Black Lives Matter Movement

(Poster by Deth P. Son)

(Poster by Deth P. Son)

The fourth annual Brooklyn Zine Fest is happening this weekend (Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26) and we’re getting super excited to check out what more than 150 zine crafters will be hawking at the Brooklyn Historical Society as well as a brand new panel series which looks to be interesting and varied, just how we like our zines.

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