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Secret Project Robot Opens a Happyfun Hideaway

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The secret seems to be out about Secret Project Robot’s new sister establishment. “Yesterday, I made a batch of vegan pulled pork and it sold out in about three hours,” Rachel Nelson told Bedford + Bowery.

Happyfun Hideaway’s early success after just a few weeks in business seems to have come from a combination of word-of-mouth and a straight-up irresistible atmosphere (just look at our slideshow). The bar offers mixed drinks and reasonably priced beers, plus what the owners describe as a “slightly healthier version of Americana bar food” (so far, offerings have included jackfruit with barbecue sauce, mac and cheese, Frito pie and cheeseburgers).
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Artist-Musicians (and a Former Pro Runningback) Open AP Coffee

AP Coffee (Photo: Scott Lynch)

AP Coffee (Photo: Scott Lynch)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

AP Coffee (Photo: Natasha Young)

Yesterday, Wes Mapes and his business partners opened AP Coffee on a once desolate block that, until recently, had been known more for its murals. He thinks it was a good call. “This street is going to be the street off [the Jefferson] stop, for sure,” he told Bedford + Bowery. “It may even be the premiere street in all of Bushwick, even above a lot of places off the Morgan stop.” (He may be on to something: the sister bar of Welcome to the Johnsons is set to open just a block away.)
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Check Out This Blood-Spattered ‘Game of Thrones’ Birthday Cake

Photo: Sweet and Shiny Cafe

Elaine Li of Bushwick’s Sweet & Shiny Cafe made an awesome “Game of Thrones”-themed “nameday” cake last week for one lucky Northman. What better way to cope with (read: eat) your feelings now that the season is over and we are all in Westeros withdrawal?
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Welcome to Bushwick, Welcome to the Johnsons!

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

Max Fish isn’t the only Lower East Side bar that’s Brooklyn bound. Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a sister spot in Bushwick. Unlike the Rivington Street den of depravity, it’ll be called simply The Johnsons. But don’t worry – it’ll still be welcoming. More so than the scruffy original, it could be argued, since it’s about four times the size.

The offshoot, at 369 Troutman Street, will feature an open-air patio that’ll be in full swing till closing time, said owner Lisa Gartner, who also co-owns Sweet Paradise on the Lower East Side.
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Help This Man Realize His Trippy Dream Of Staging ‘Wizard Of Oz’ in Bushwick

Somewhere over in Bushwick the L train rides; artists and Hasids, poets and dreamers, ride their bikes.

So goes a dreamy, surreal version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that may some day appear in “Bushwick the Musical the Movie,” an in-the-works film set in the neighborhood and modeled almost entirely on “The Wizard of Oz.” John Martino, a 55 year-old former IT specialist, is trying to raise a staggering $2.5 million to get the movie made.
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100 Bottles of Beer On the Wall (Literally!) at Bushwick’s New Growler Den

100 bottles of beer on the wall.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

100 bottles of beer on the wall. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

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The room.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The room. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

"Musicians, actors, and other artists are welcome." (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photos: Lauren Carol Smith)

For all the new bars that have opened up in Bushwick in the past year or so, the craft beer scene has remained woefully underrepresented. That changed this weekend when Jorge Arias opened The Sampler just steps off the Jefferson L.
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A Tale of Two Thrift Shops, Side By Side and Worlds Apart

Precious and Shauna (Photo: Erika Smith)

Precious and Shauna (Photo: Erika Smith)

On Knickerbocker Avenue, two neighboring thrift stores have nearly identical prices — and yet there doesn’t seem to be a heck of a lot of crossover between their clientele.

At Urban Jungle, artfully arranged bric-a-brac (a toboggan! a skateboard!) hangs from the ceiling and the colorfully painted walls. Twenty-somethings snatch up the type of cut-off jorts and camo jackets that are featured on the store’s blog (sample post: “Vintage Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Cassette Tape”). Outside, they pose against one of the nearby murals for Instagram shots of their own. Keep Reading »