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Is ‘Bushwick Girl’ Destined to Be the Next ‘Brooklyn Girls’?

"Bushwick Girl" opens with a nod to the L Train. (Photo: Chuck)

“Bushwick Girl” opens with a nod to the L Train. (Photo: Chuck)

After people spent last summer hating on Catey Shaw’s “Brooklyn Girls,” it’s a bold move to put out a song combining the word “Girl” with anything Brooklyn related. But this coming Monday that’s exactly what CHUCK will be doing. “Bushwick Girl,” which is part of his forthcoming album Happy New Years Babe, is his own ode to that particular type of early-twenties lark who… well, we’ll just quote the song’s beginning.
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NYC Porn Film Fest Begins; Bye Bye, Benny’s Burritos

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The city closed Lower East Side lounge and taqueria Los Feliz on Wednesday night following a police raid due to numerous neighborhood complaints. [Bowery Boogie]

British model Lily Cole sold her 625-square-foot Nolita apartment for $920K. [NY Daily News]

Today the first-ever NYC Porn Film Festival begins at Secret Project Robot in Bushwick. A three-day weekend pass is, obviously, $69.

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Developing Story: Bushwick Community Darkroom Finds Bigger Digs

Bushwick Community Darkroom previews its massive new space (Photo: Scott Nyerges)

Bushwick Community Darkroom previews its massive new space (Photo: Scott Nyerges)

Back in 2011, Lucia Rollow set up a small darkroom in the basement of her Bushwick apartment where she could process black-and-white film. Analogue photography isn’t a cheap undertaking– chemicals, photo paper, equipment, and running water can quickly become expensive. Eventually, she invited in other photographers and film hobbyists she knew around the neighborhood and ended up opening Brooklyn’s only community darkroom.
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Umami Williamsburger Opens Next Month; Meet the LES ‘Party Killers’

Nike Shoebox line on Bowery

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LA-based Umami Burger, which was supposed to land in Williamsburg back in 2013, will open its 3K-square-foot space on N. 4th Street next month. [Grub Street

Otto's Tacos on Second Avenue added fish tacos to their regular menu. [Eater NY]

Local upcoming food events include “More Than Maize and Mole: Nahuatl Language Through Food” at City Lore Gallery Space (7 p.m. tonight, $10), Lithuanian Scouts St. Casimir Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Caramel in Williamsburg (Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free), and a Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West (Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) [Eating in Translation]
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Semilla Gets Two Stars; Freaks and Geeks Bingo at Videology

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Landlord Aron “Al” Stark, brother of murdered Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark, was busted by a judge last month for allegedly collecting and keeping taxpayer-generated money intended for families seeking public housing. He was in court for an unrelated dispute involving one of his rent-stabilized Bushwick tenants. [Brooklyn Paper]

A black bag holding $12K was stolen from a Withers Street office in Greenpoint on February 17. [Brooklyn Paper]

New renderings were released for Williamsburg construction projects underway at 190 S. 1st Street and 308 N. 7th Street. [NY YIMBY]

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Bushwick Has the Most Burglaries; Williamsburg’s Oldest Bar Gets New Owner

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Last month, the number of burglaries reported in Bushwick (38) exceeded every other NYC neighborhood. [DNA Info]

The eight-story, mixed-use building at 99 Suffolk Street is on the market for $26 million. One of its tenants, Lower East Side Montessori School, will be replaced by Elements Preschool later this year. [Bowery Boogie]

Dating back to the 1880s, Teddy’s Bar & Grill was purchased last week for an undisclosed amount to a buyer who pledged to preserve the aesthetic of Williamsburg’s oldest watering hole. [Brooklyn Paper]

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This Week In Shows: Extra Bratty Punk, Sludge Metal, And Seriously Heady Art Noise

(Photo: Chargaux)

(Photo: Chargaux)

Hi guys, it’s been a minute since we’ve done a Good Shows listing featuring our picks for live music happenings of the week, but here we go again. As before, we’ll try our darndest to bring you a diverse range of shows featuring lesser-known bands, great touring acts, and local mainstays. The only rule we stick to is that the music rules– no genre or scene specific constraints. However, any band that describes their music as “soaring” need not apply. Sorry, we have our limits.

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Man Convicted In Williamsburg Hit And Run; Orchard Street Hotel Bought For $21 Million

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Yesterday Julio Acevedo, 46, was convicted of killing an expectant Williamsburg couple in a March 2013 hit-and-run. He will be sentenced on March 18. [NY Daily News]

Brooklyn-born R&B singer Joy Ryder, who cut her teeth with gigs at CBGB, died on February 14. She was in her mid-60s. [EV Grieve]

The retail space and parking garage at Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street was purchased for $21 million. [The Real Deal]

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Manitoba’s Will Stay Open; Silkys Holds Fundraiser For Injured Pug

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Warehouse-turned-apartment complex 184 Kent Avenue is under contract from Jared Kushner and partners for $275 million. [NY Post]

Alphabet City bar Manitoba’s crowdsourced $31K during the past month, enough to stay in business. [EV Grieve]

Silkys at the Loom, a Bushwick printshop, is holding a $4K fundraiser to pay for surgery needed by the owner’s pug, Sancho, whose hind legs were run over by a car Sunday night. [DNA Info]

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes At SIGNAL

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery's current Exhibition, "Fissure: Fog")

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery’s current Exhibition, “Fissure: Fog”)

Walk into Bushwick’s SIGNAL Gallery and you might feel as if you’ve just stepped off a spaceship onto the surface of some distant moon. A thick cloud of fog dominates the room, and strangely its opacity seems to vacillate as you move across the room from painting to installation to sculpture. It can be disorienting but also sort of zen inducing, though the gallery cat doesn’t seem to be bothered one way or the other.

An exhibition curated by Bennet Schlesinger, Fissure: Fog, installed the cloud here at SIGNAL when it opened nearly two weeks ago at what’s become one of Brooklyn’s premiere galleries for emerging artists. Fissure features work by local artists including Nikholis Planck, Aidan Koch, Graham Hamilton, and Kayla Guthrie, among others. The works draw from a variety of mediums and artistic practices.

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Woman Shot at Greenpoint Laundromat; Sheldon Silver Faces $120K in Fines

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On Sunday morning, a 36-year-old man was shot in the stomach while cleaning his clothes at a Kingsland Avenue laundromat in Greenpoint. [Brooklyn Paper]

A woman was arrested for stabbing her boyfriend in the back with an unknown object Thursday at their Bushwick Avenue apartment. And on February 9 a man was bound, kidnapped, robbed, slashed on the arm, and pushed out of a car on Debevoise Street. [Brooklyn Paper]

In addition to pre-existing federal corruption charges, former assembly speaker Sheldon Silver could get fined up to $120K for filing inadequate financial disclosure statements between 2011 and 2013. [NY Daily News]

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Meet the Newest Superspace for Bushwick Artists

Artist's rendering of The AnX at 13 Grattan Street. (Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect PC)

Artist’s rendering of The AnX at 13 Grattan Street. (Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect PC)

Looks like architect Gene “the Baron of bland” Kaufman is keeping busy and embracing his artistic side with yet another new project; in addition to ongoing construction of the “timeless and industrial” artists workshops at 100 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg, his firm announced today that construction on a second similar project will begin on April 1, 2015. “The AnX,” will provide 23,000 square feet of artist lofts, and has a target completion date of September 1, 2016.
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