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Sky’s the Limit For the Brothers Behind Apostrophe (Unless They Buy That Plane)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
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Eco-Friendly Affordable Housing? It’s Actually Happening in Bushwick

Rendering of Knickerbocker Commons.

Rendering of Knickerbocker Commons.

The last thing you’d expect from affordable housing is energy efficiency and forward-thinking design, but two new buildings in Brooklyn are aiming to reduce the cost (monetary and environmental) of things like heat and gas.

Knickerbocker Commons, in Bushwick, and a yet-to-be-named building on the Ridgewood border will employ an eco-friendly design that has become increasingly common in Europe but is relatively untried here.
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Hopin’ for Ethiopian? With These New Options, You’re in Luck

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Ethiopian food is getting a lot easier to come by in the Bedford + Bowery domain. Two weeks ago, Bunna Cafe took up permanent lunchtime residence at Mama Joy’s bar in Bushwick, and on Saturday it’ll join the lineup at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Not only that: the East Village is getting an Ethiopian bistro as well.
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Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party

FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S

When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s.
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Dressler and DuMont Owner Found Dead, Max Fish’s Goodbye Party Tonight

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Sad news: Colin Devlin, chef and owner of beloved Williamsburg restaurants Dressler and DuMont, was found dead in his car near a Pennsylvania cemetery on Thursday afternoon after having apparently shot himself. [Wall Street Journal]

In sad news of a different sort, Max Fish is hosting its farewell party tonight. Come say goodbye. [The Lo Down] Keep Reading »

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Tigre and Cricket On Family Reunions, Dead Bodies, and Ikea

Yesterday we noticed that a Bushwick resident posted this to Craigslist’s lost and found: “i lost my sense of self on july 18, 2013 – please send me an email if you or anyone you know may have information regarding this — important.” We figured Bushwick Elucidations might be able to help, but the lost soul hasn’t gotten back to us with any specifics. So this week, Tigre and Cricket tackle slightly less cosmic matters. Like how to care for Ikea furniture (hint: throw it away).

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Bushwick Residents Call For Gun Control in Wake of Shooting Near Police Station

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Scene of the shooting. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Local elected officials attended an open meeting in Bushwick today, at the site of a shooting in broad daylight on Saturday that left five people hospitalized. Residents, most of them Hispanic, gathered on the sidewalk at Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Ave, holding signs that demanded “Stop Gun Trafficking.”
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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It’s Not Every Day The Culture Whore Invites You to a Satanic Smokeout

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Δ N 1 M 0 R P H S Party at House of Yes. (Photo: Andrew Bisdale)

Mark Dommu lighting the menorah at the Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly party. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Mark Dommu lighting the menorah at the Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly party. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

Dick the Balls with Loads of Molly. (photo: The Culture Whore)

The Culture Whore is celebrating its first anniversary with another one of its ragers at Secret Project Robot tomorrow, and this one is Satan themed. Which is more or less what you’d expect from the Tumblr whose logo features two skeletons “getting slutty for the arts.”
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