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Stomp Ordered to Fork Over $2.2M; Fire Dancing School Opens in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Saturday, a naked and bleeding woman was found semi-conscious between two parked cars on Bushwick’s Goodwin Place. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she underwent surgery. [Bushwick Daily]

Near the Williamsburg intersection of Cook Street and Evergreen Avenue, a 26-year-old was choked and robbed of his phone and approximately $200. [Brooklyn Paper]

One of the six kittens found in a suitcase on Wythe Avenue last month was adopted by the police officer who helped rescue the litter. [Gothamist]

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Shimmy Up to these Four Shows for Your Listening Pleasure

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

Honey, The Men, Foster Care, JJ Doll
Friday May 6, 8 pm at Alphaville: $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
The season of leisure is (sorta, almost) upon us, but before you can pull out your pastel polos and Adidas flip flops n’ white socks (predicting that a health-goths-in-hot-weather with ’80s Beverly Hills golf club vibe will dominate Riis Park Beach Bazaar this summer), you gotta ease into that seasonable mindset of giving very few fucks. Without the zen attitude, you’re just another banker boy who spills mustard on his Comme des Garcons tennis shoes and makes his French bulldog Daisy pay the consequences. In my opinion, the best way to avoid wanton animal abuse is to eliminate all possible stress factors– that means lining up your go-to tunes for the summer far in advance so that when it comes to making an all-day playlist on the fly, you’ll be ready to go.

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Brewery Coming to Bushwick; Guide to Outdoor Film Screenings

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

According to photos, developers at the former Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg forklifted a parked car to make room for ongoing construction. [NY Post]

Kings County Brewers Collective will soon become the first new Bushwick brewery in four decades. [Edible Brooklyn]

Ludlow House, the Soho House offshoot, is now scheduled to open in late May. [Bowery Boogie]

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Are YOU Ready For the Revolution? Our Top 5 May Day Weekend Picks

(Photo: Courtesy of miss_millions)

(Photo: Courtesy of miss_millions)

Whether you know it as International Workers Day or as spring-inflected May Day, this year’s May 1 falls on a weekend, which means two days packed to the brim with events ranging from the revolutionary to the ridiculous. With a hat tip to Conor Tomás Reed from the Free University of NYC, here’s a roundup of events taking place in lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn.

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It’s Not a Bar Crawl, It’s a Bookstore Crawl — But There Are Boozy Rewards

Spoonbill & Sugartown (Photo courtesy of Ellen Wright)

Spoonbill & Sugartown (Photo courtesy of Ellen B. Wright)

This Saturday, get drunk on essays, novels and comics during the first-ever Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl. The event, taking place on Independent Bookstore Day, will feature no less than 26 stores, scattered between Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Park Slope and a few other nabes. 

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Lawyer Becomes Gallerist, Sets Up ‘Hometown’ in Bushwick

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Years ago, Adam Yokell was sitting in the art library of London’s Victoria and Albert museum, applying for an LSAT course.

Maybe it wasn’t the most likely place for a future lawyer to begin his career, but then again he didn’t become just any lawyer–until recently, he was the in-house counsel for Artsy, an online platform that connects artists and galleries with collectors. And now he’s striking out on his own to follow a long-time goal, opening a small gallery called Hometown in Bushwick.

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LES Anti-Nightlife Group Sued; Williamsburgers Rally Against Floating Power Plant

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Police are searching for two men caught on a security camera fleeing the Linden Street apartment where a man was shot and killed Tuesday. [DNA Info]

On Friday near the Williamsburg Bridge, three teens forced a man to buy them beer and cigarettes before choking him into unconsciousness and robbing him. [DNA Info]

Four restaurants near the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets were robbed early yesterday morning. [Bowery Boogie]

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Bushwick Gets a New Tiki Bar, Dromedary, For All Your Hump Day Needs

(Photos: Dromedary Bar)

(Photos: Dromedary Bar)

Inspired by trips to Hawaii, Michael Lombardozzi has opened Dromedary, a 16-seat bar that aims to be tiki without being tacky. Inside, Bushwick’s newest watering hole looks like a dilapidated old store (“in a good way,” insists the owner/“drinks guy”). The decor is “loosely based around the aesthetic of a tiki bar,” with a foam-green banquet that’s supposed to be reminiscent of palm trees, an oceanic aqua-green wall, and “little hints of Hawaiian culture,” like tiki god masks. There’s a small outdoor area for two-person tables.

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Eat, Shop and Catch Some Music at This New Pop-Up With an ‘Interdisciplinary Vibe’

(Flyer courtesy of Strange Cuts)

(Flyer courtesy of Strange Cuts)

Lucy Hearn recently did what so many musicians and artists before her have done when she made the big move to New York, hoping to find a bigger audience and a more “intense” environment. But instead of leaving Sydney, Australia behind in a flurry of middle fingers and broken shot glasses, Hearn (who fronts an indie pop band called Fieldings) is taking a piece of her hometown with her.

As an active member of the scrappy arts community in Sydney, she founded Strange Cuts, a rotating event that functioned as a live-music space, homemade goods market, and art show. On Saturday, May 21, at Secret Project Robot, Hearn and her organizing partner Caitlin Pasko of Drunken Piano, will host the very first Brooklyn Strange Cuts. It’ll feature performances by Fieldings as well as a slew of other local bands like Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk. Plus, there’ll be visual art and cool things to throw your money at brought to you by independent purveyors of handmade objects, garments, and book things.

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Mad Tiger Scratches The Surface, and Then Some, of NYC’s Wildest Art Band

Peelander-Yellow in Denver. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Peelander-Yellow in Denver. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

If one of Peelander-Z’s superfans is insisting you go to their Brooklyn Bowl show next Sunday and you’re wondering what to expect, start by imagining a cross between GWAR and Shonen Knife. Like GWAR, the self-described “Japanese action comic punk band” claims to be from another realm (the Z area of Planet Peelander, to be exact) and each of its costumed, color-coordinated members has a distinct identity: Peelander-Purple, for instance, hails from the planet’s “dark side.” And like Shonen Knife, they sing Ramones-esque pop-punk ditties about silly things like tacos and star bowling.

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WNYC’s Gentrification Podcast Is a Wrap, But the Conversation Continues IRL

via WNYC

via WNYC

If you care about the gold rush sweeping Brooklyn and you haven’t been listening to WNYC’s There Goes the Neighborhood podcast…well, you must be living under a rock (or maybe in Tribeca). The eight-episode capsule podcast, hosted by The Nation‘s Kai Wright, is required listening. From studying landlord and developer tactics to understanding people’s complicated relationships with their homes and neighborhoods, it goes beyond the constant stream of tenant harassment cases to really try to make sense of the historical and social context around the recent developments in the changing the city.

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Performance Picks: A Prince Tribute, a Rent Parody, a ‘Pot Noir’ Comedy and More

(photo: Greg McMahon)

(photo: Greg McMahon)

WEDNESDAY

Ignite
At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 10pm. $10 suggested donation. More info here
Fire is normally regarded as a bad thing to be around, especially with the added element of drunk people at a bar. But don’t forget, Bizarre isn’t your average bar. I’ve seen my fair share of fire performances there, whether it be fire eating, fire breathing, fire dancing, or just someone who looked really hot. Miraculously, I felt safe for almost all of them. Tonight, you can see all that and probably more at this variety show that’s more fiery than average, in the most literal sense of the word. And don’t worry, these are professionals, so the only thing catching fire (aside from what’s regularly scheduled to) will hopefully be your heart.

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