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Think Your Commute Is Bad? Step Into the Shoes of a Jakartan Subway Surfer

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

(Courtesy Brian Duggan and ISCP, New York)

August is normally a barren wasteland of shuttered galleries on summer vacation, but the North Brooklyn art scene has been reinvigorated by a powerful experiential exhibition ripped from the global headlines.

Dublin-based artist Brian Duggan’s site-specific installation We like it up here, it’s windy, really nice at East Williamsburg’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, where he’s currently a resident, offers a glimpse into the shocking crowd control techniques on the trains in Indonesia.

Duggan was “shocked and amazed” when he read about a 2012 initiative by the state-owned railway company, PT Kereta Api, to control the amount of passengers that ride on the train roofs due to overcrowding by hanging large medieval-looking concrete balls above the train lines to knock them off.
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Point Your Vintage Triumph to This Motorcycle Block Party and Film Festival

MFF“Anybody can own a bike and anybody can ride a bike” is the mantra of veteran motorcyclist Jack Drury. The former punk and metal rocker has spent his entire career as an event producer trying to prove it: this Sunday in Williamsburg, his Bored, Stroked, Ported vintage-motorcycle block party celebrates its 10th year of shattering the stereotype of “tough guys, violence, and Orange County Choppers,” and next month he’ll bring Brooklyn’s first motorcycle film festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
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Ridgewood Is the New Bushwick; Man Seeks Missing Puppet

If you do go to Out in the Streets in Ridgewood, take note: that’s where everyone is moving now that the average rent for a studio in Bushwick ($1,675) is up 27 percent in the last year. [NYT]

Meanwhile, studios at The Williamsburg, in (you guessed it) Williamsburg start at $2,290. That gets you two landscaped courtyards, a fitness center, laundry room and private storage. Check out the photos. [The Real Deal]

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There’s a Building Ablaze in Bushwick Right Now (Update: Bushwick Collective OK)

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

Bushwick’s week of mayhem continues: A tipster just alerted us to a three-alarm fire that’s currently blazing at 449 Troutman Street. An eyewitness reported billows of black smoke and a fire truck ladder extended to the roof of the building. According to the FDNY, the call came in at 4:42 p.m., and 138 firefighters were sent to the scene.
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Learn How to Make Indian Tacos and Jam on Analog Synths at Camp Lakota

(Photo courtesy The Last Weekend)

Indian tacos. (Photo: Keetja Allard)

If you missed the Wild Honey Pie summer camp that we told you about (Bushwick Daily has photos), don’t worry: The Last Weekend — a three-day food, arts and music festival taking place in the Catskills — will give you another chance to become one with nature alongside fellow artistically-inclined folks looking to escape the city for a spell.
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Opening a DIY Venue? ‘Leases Are Much More Confusing Than French Philosophy’

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Over the last few years, as the number of city crackdowns on quasi-legal do-it-yourself venues in Brooklyn has risen, the community that organizes, fosters and sustains such spaces has shifted focus, ever so slightly, toward maintaining long-term viability. Which is why last night, at the The Silent Barn in Bushwick, a four-person panel and about 50 attendees came together to discuss “Legalizing DIY.”
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Let’s Just Say North Brooklyn Had Some Infrastructure Issues Today

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Leaking parapet at 349 Bedford (Photo: Anna Silman)

A quick update on those four manholes that caught fire near 176 Maujer Street, where three residences were evacuated due to CO readings. ConEd says the cause of the fires has yet to be determined, but there are no customers without power. And the FDNY says the fire, which broke out shortly before 1:08 p.m., was under control by 2:20 p.m., with no injuries to report.

While trouble came from below in Bushwick, it came from above in Williamsburg.
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Your Freaky Weekend: a Twerking Contest and a Burgers and Burlesque Bash

NYCS-BOOTYBummed you didn’t win the Smallest Penis contest last month? Maybe you can twerk your way to victory this weekend. Taking a cue from Nicki Minaj, the Chocolate Sundays crew is having its first official twerk competition this weekend at The Flat in Bushwick.

We’re not sure how ratchet things will get Sunday night (if we’re even allowed to use that word to describe stuff), but the Ninjasonik-hosted party has been packed since founder Joel Meinholz brought it from Miami to Brooklyn. So what will Brooklyn’s best twerker receive? According to the animated-gif flyer, the prize money is $100 — enough to buy you and your friends enough shots to forget you won a twerking competition.
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As of Tonight, The Base is the Place For Radical Lefties

Occupy Wall Street’s glory days of regular police spats and national front page news coverage are behind us (unless you watch The Newsroom — hello, Tompkins Square Park!), but at least some members of the movement have remained active agitators. Former Occupiers Khalil Robinson, who has primarily worked at teaching and aiding undocumented immigrants, and Elysa Lozano, an artist and political activist, have triumphed over a failed Kickstarter and months of delay in order to open The Base, which they’ve described on their website as “a sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing.” So far, their organizing has consisted of holding free Spanish classes and boxing lessons, but they are officially inaugurating their new space tonight with a panel called “Where Do Social Movements Go From Here?
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There Will Be Mud Wrastlin’ and Crab Crackin’ in Rockaway Tomorrow

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(Photo: Michael Harlan Turkell)

If you missed the crab feast at Cafe Ghia in Bushwick last night, don’t worry — there’s still a chance to get crackin’, and oh what a chance it is: East Village farm-to-table fixture Back Forty is taking its Tuesday night crab boils to Rockaway this Saturday and then again on Aug. 31. Starting at 3 p.m. at Low Tide Bar (at Beach 96th Street and the water), $25 gets you a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob and steamed potatoes (or it’s $15 for a half-size bucket).
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