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What Will De Blasio’s Higher Buildings Mean For Transit, Affordability?

Rendering of Extell's controversial tower, going up in Chinatown.

Rendering of Extell’s controversial tower, going up in Chinatown.

The first rows of the City Council chambers were packed with red shirts yesterday. Members of the AARP were there to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis and create 200,000 units over the next decade. But council members representing North Brooklyn aren’t so sure about the plan.

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Powrplnt, the Netty Hang Center for Bushwick Teens, is Officially Turned On

It's offish, Powrplnt is open (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It’s offish, Powrplnt is open (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Powrplnt– the ambitious non-profit pet project of artist, proud weirdo, and retired Bushwick party girl Angelina Dreem– has officially flipped on the lights and begun watering the plants, so to speak. “Hey–” she started, glancing over at Jake Sollins, one of the teachers setting up to teach teens about Photoshop and Illustrator for a class called “How to Make Money.”

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Bowery Boys History of Greenpoint; EV Gets a Vegan Pizzeria

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Longtime Lower East Side poet John Farris died of a heart attack at his E. 3rd Street apartment on January 22. He was 75 years old. [The Villager]

Next week a trio of local business owners will lobby Community Board 3 with their plans to replace the onetime Nevada Smiths on Third Avenue with a bar/coffee house/vintage record store called Vinyl, a tribute to the Irish band Thin Lizzy. [EV Grieve]

At 190 Bowery, the former Germania Bank Building now sports new windows. [Bowery Boogie]

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City Council Grills Mayor’s Affordable Housing Plan, Fearing Williamsburg-Style Gentrification

(photo by Kavitha Surana)

(photo by Kavitha Surana)

City Council members pushed Mayor de Blasio’s new rezoning plan to prioritize deeper affordability during a hearing yesterday on a key pillar of his effort to add 200,000 new affordable units over 10 years. If passed, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing would require new constructions in certain neighborhoods to set aside 25-30 percent of the units as permanently affordable.

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Four Killer Shows Happening This Week

Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal)

Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal)

Hiroshi Hasegawa, Dromez, Dessicant, Dead Wolf
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 pm at The Silent Barn: $8
When it comes to power electronics, Japanese musician Hiroshi Hasegawa has been around the block a few thousand times– busting ears and forgetting names. Way back in 1990, he started the prolific group C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center), whose members counted a porn star and weirdos like Hasegawa amongst their ranks. Besides improvising and recording all kinds of brain-shattering noise music, the group was known for throttling their audience with aggressive stunts like throwing plastic bags full of pee out into the crowd. The guy may be pushing 60, but he’s still down as hell to make incredibly belligerent music. And hey, maybe you’ll be graced with the honor of a urine splash for old times’ sake.

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Pink Pony Gets a Replacement; Where to Drink in Alphabet City

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Friday morning, a 54-year-old man died after collapsing while pedaling down Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint during inclement weather. [NY Daily News]

Ludlow Coffee Supply, which will include a barbershop, will officially replace The Pink Pony at 176 Ludlow Street. [Bowery Boogie]

Principals behind The Late Late and Webster Hall filed paperwork to replace Hop Devil Grill and Nino’s Pizza, adjoining spaces at the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Avenue A, with a bar/restaurant/co-working space called The Honey Fitz. [EV Grieve]

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Art: Make Mine Satan, ‘Black Mass’ and Laser-Drone Show

(Image via Lisa Gwillian & Ray Sweeten aka DataSpaceTime)

(Image via Lisa Gwillian & Ray Sweeten aka DataSpaceTime)

Put on your Masonic robes and pick up your scythes (unsharpened, please). A slew of experimental musicians and out-there visual artists will gather at Microscope Gallery this Friday to perform Satanic rites amidst heavy drone music and beelzebubian projections. Make Mine Satan, organized by artists Lisa Gwilliam and Ray Sweeten (aka DataSpaceTime) is an exercise in anathema to their ongoing show at the Bushwick gallery, EchelonsThink of the “black mass” as the 666 to Echelons’s 999. A slew of established artists and musicians from the Brooklyn noise scene and experimental music circles will be on hand to contribute to around an hour of visually-stimulated drone whilst appropriately costumed.

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OMG, JMZ Weekend and Late Night Shutdown Will Continue Until Early March

Planned service changes on the J, M and Z train lines are expected to continue into early March 2016. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Planned service changes on the J, M and Z train lines are expected to continue into early March 2016. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

A possible year-long shutdown of the L train isn’t the only transit issue causing angst as of late.

J, M service is being shut down on late nights and weekends until early March. An MTA spokesperson tells us the closure is due to switch renewal work on three switches north of the Essex Street station. Last weekend, in lieu of trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, a free shuttle bus provided alternate, sardine-can-like service between Hewes Street and Essex Street, stopping at Marcy Avenue.

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Shake Off the Winter Blahs and Jet to This Grand Paradise of Immersive Theater

Roxanne Kidd, Elizabeth Carena, Sebastiani Romagnolo, Tori Sparks, Wil Petre, Brendan Duggan. (photo by Darial Sneed)

Roxanne Kidd, Elizabeth Carena, Sebastiani Romagnolo, Tori Sparks, Wil Petre, Brendan Duggan. (photo by Darial Sneed)

Waiting to board my plane, I flipped through a Time magazine sitting on the table nearby. Nixon was traveling to China, people were wondering whether or not hippies made good parents, and the Honeywell Pentax was one of the best cameras on the the market.

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Snag This ’70s Stereo When Brooklyn Hidden Treasures Opens in Bushwick

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Forget the Super Bowl and go on the hunt for a super bowl.

Brooklyn Hidden Treasures, a one-stop shop for all of your vintage furniture and knick-knack needs, is expanding to a new location in Bushwick and will be inaugurating its massive warehouse with a soft opening this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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4 Good Shows to See This Week

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

Wolf Eyes: Trip Metal Residency
Thursday February 4 through Saturday February 6 at Union Pool: $12 – $14 
Vape with the dirty dogs and witness half of Detroit’s noise music scene take over Brooklyn this weekend. The Poppa Bear old timers of Wolf Eyes will lead their little pack of trip metal prodigy puppies– all of whom you’re guaranteed only to have heard from if you lurk around shows in Detroit occasionally, or can claim at least a few drunken years of crashing/ trolling, pissing on pool tables at co-ed parties in Ann Arbor. Or maybe you just read the internet a lot. Who knows? Let’s go with internet underground music dweeb, that way everyone’s invited. Keep Reading »

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Ramones Exhibit at Queens Museum; Rocka Rolla Plans Bed-Stuy Offshoot

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Police are looking for a man who forcibly touched a woman on Eldert Street in Bushwick on January 17. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Today Mayor de Blasio will reportedly reveal plans for the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a streetcar that would stretch 16 miles between the two boroughs. [NY Times]

In April, the Queens Museum will unveil a retrospective titled, “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” [NY Times] And today is the 40th anniversary of the band’s classic, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” [NY Daily News]

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