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Out of Body: a Devotee Says Goodbye to Body Actualized Center

With Bushwick’s great DIY venue and wellness center, Body Actualized, closing this month and having a moving out sale today, a member of the community tells us what THE VIBE meant to her.

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

The moment I arrived in LA, fresh out of college in the spring of 2011, all of my carefully laid plans unraveled: my friend suddenly had a live-in girlfriend who nixed my staying there, the job I’d lined up fell through and it wasn’t nearly as fun and valorizing getting around by bike as I’d hoped. After many long months in the relentless sunshine I broke down and called friends for help. What should I do? Where should I go? Their answer was Brooklyn and that night, after almost getting run over by a mint Datsun in Echo Park, I bought a one-way ticket to JFK.
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Benny’s Burritos, Spike Hill to Close; Shepard Fairey’s Interpol Mural

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A 40-year-old new mom in Williamsburg recovered her stolen purse after chasing down the teenage girl who took it, and a woman on Larmor Street had her cellphone stolen by a passing bicyclist. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Bedford Avenue music venue Spike Hill will close early next month. [Gothamist]

In the East Village, parishioners of Church of the Nativity launched a online campaign to save their house of worship, which would shutter pending a series of recently-announced Catholic church mergers citywide. [EV Grieve]
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A Bushwick Artist Barreled Over the Competition to Take Home $10,000

Booze has been the downfall of many an artist (absinthe, ear, etc.) but it paid off nicely for Bushwick photographer and sculptor Phoenix Lindsey-Hall last night, as she took home a $10,000 check from Herradura. Drinks on her!
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While You Wait For the Cat Cafe, Meet Some Kitties and Help Some Doggies

(Photo: Madeline Walsh)

(Photo: Madeline Walsh)

A week ago, the folks at Macaron Parlour emailed to let us know that they’re opening the city’s first permanent cat cafe at 46 Hester Street. Unlike last time, this time it’s for real. Customers will be able to nibble on homemade pastries and sip coffee from Blue Bottle or tea from Harney & Sons while they get anywhere from 30 minutes ($4) to five hours ($30) of QT with cats that can then be adopted from KittyKind. The cats, we’re told, will have “bespoke playpens,” and there’ll be free wifi in case you want to, you know, watch cat videos.
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Four Women Robbed in Bars; Teen Raped By Police Impersonator

Cooper Square

(Photo: Joel Raskin)

On Wednesday night, 47-year-old Walter Barnes was arrested for impersonating a cop and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl early last month near the corner of Aberdeen Street and Bushwick Avenue. [NY Daily News]

Police are looking for a 30-something man with black hair who allegedly robbed four women in bars across Bushwick and Williamsburg last month. [DNA Info]

New 127-apartment building Colony 1209, located on DeKalb Avenue in Bushwick, is on the market for $81.5 million. [Commercial Observer]

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Two More Holiday Markets, From Roberta’s and Refinery29

1401146_10152850170854520_5152181318319771883_oBecause 10 holiday markets just aren’t enough when you’re looking for every last excuse to hole up indoors, here are a couple more orgies of crass consumerism to add to your calendar.

Roberta’s Holiday Market
Dec. 12 from 5-10pm and Dec. 13 from noon-6pm, 261 Moore St., Brooklyn
On the latest episode of Roberta’s Radio, the restaurant’s co-owner Brandon Hoy explained why he wasn’t participating in SantaCon, which will occur (hopefully not in Bushwick) on the same day as the annual holiday market: “The last thing I want is a bunch of drunk Santas vomitting on somebody’s handcrafted jewelry or soap.” In addition to the vom-free soap, there’ll be vintage items, greeting cards, ceramics and home goods from local vendors. Plus, food!
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Will There Be a ‘Million Santa March’ in Bushwick Tonight? (Probably Not)

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If this flyer is to be believed, SantaCon supporters scorned by Bushwick bar owners will gather at Pearl’s Billy & Social Club tonight “to protect the constitutional rights of a charitable, good-natured right to assembly.” But is it to be believed?
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SantaCon No Longer Bushwick Bound; Bowery Bank Building Under Contract

Retail For Lease

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Greenpointers bearing proof of residence can vote today and Saturday for how the next parcel of Exxon-Mobil settlement funds gets distributed within the neighborhood. [Greenpointers]

On Bowery, the 72-room Beaux Arts building occupied by photographer Jay Maisel since the ’60s is currently under contract to be purchased for an undisclosed amount. [The Real Deal]

Too-small Bushwick won’t be the site of SantaCon 2014 after all, organizers announced last night. [am NY]

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Bushwick Councilman Wants SantaCon Gone; Enough ‘New Brooklyn’ Trend Pieces

Cern One Wildlife Refuge

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Two real estate companies partnered to purchase five floors of 101 E. 10th Street—a School of Visual Arts dorm—with plans to rework the building into regular rentals. [The Real Deal]

Rafael Espinal Jr., a Brooklyn City Councilman, voiced his stance against SantaCon in Bushwick. [NY Daily News]

Newtown Creek Alliance member Michael Heimbinder created a wearable air pollution detection device called Air Casting Greenpoint. [The Brooklyn Paper]
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