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Alaska May Be Closed For Weeks After ‘Freak Electrical Fire’

Cleanup early this morning. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

Cleanup early this morning. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

We’ve got an update for you about the incident that closed down Alaska last night. Skyler Insler, co-owner of the Bushwick drinks den, describes it as a “freak electrical fire.”

“Only a portion of the bar was damaged,” he told us. “Since the fire was in the wall, they had to tear a lot of the wall and ceiling down to extinguish it. I don’t think it will be months, maybe weeks.”

Insler said he was grateful for the fire department’s “amazingly fast” response and that nobody was hurt. “I think we’ll have a big party when we re-open, so looking forward to that!”

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New Gallery in Flower Shop Basement, Black Label Biker's First Solo Show

Liz Taylor: Virginia Woolf by Wayne Hollowell

Liz Taylor: Virginia Woolf by Wayne Hollowell

Tomorrow night at 365 Grand Street, a new gallery will bloom in the basement of Essex Flowers — one that harks back to the Lower East Side’s “scrappier days,” according to Gallerist. The kickoff, at 5 p.m., features the work of nine local artists in their early 30s who will curate subsequent shows at the space (which has a very minimalist website).

For more of this week’s openings and closings, see the B + B art calendar, or have a look at the highlights below.
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Revoke and Pose Do Bowery Wall, BrisketTown Gets Beer

Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
Revok and Pose bomb the Houston Bowery Wall

Scott Lynch was kind enough to drop the above photo into Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Artists Revoke and Pose were working on the latest Bowery Wall mural last night.

Today, a man went in to Molasses Books today asking to an exchange an Oscar Wilde book he’d bought because he “didn’t know he was gay.” Looks like somebody won’t be celebrating today’s SCOTUS victory. [Daily Intel]

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#MellowYeezus Got Bushwick on Buzzfeed, CitiBikes Coming to Greenpoint?

(Photo: Michael Tapp's Flickr)

(Photo: Michael Tapp’s Flickr)

Above, Shaun Blonde gets suited up before taking folks for a ride on Olek’s “yarnshaw.” Check out Michael Tapp’s documentary about the yarn-swaddled rickshaw over at Time.

In light of the 12 weekends of G train closures that begin July 6, rumors have begun circulating that Citibank will partner with the MTA to place new Citi Bike stations around Greenpoint and LIC. Greenpointers documents a rep’s verbal gymnastics as he neither confirms nor denies the new stations. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Play Room | The So So Glos at Shea Stadium

Introducing Play Room, where we hang with bands in their rehearsal spaces — and have them play us a tune.

The So So Glos are about as Brooklyn as they come: frontman Alex Levine, his brother Ryan and their step-brother Zach Staggers are natives of Bay Ridge (guitarist Matt Elkin hails from Connecticut). They recently welcomed us into Shea Stadium in Bushwick to talk about the multipurpose space they co-founded, and to give us an exclusive performance of “House of Glass,” off the LP they just released on Shea Stadium Records.

“Blowout” is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, etc. and will soon be in stores. Or, catch the So So Glos at Glasslands on July 9.

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Watch a Bicycle Harvester Do His Thing With a Garage Queen

AJ Nichols, the bike mechanic who was repairing and selling bicycles out of a basement in Bushwick, is enjoying a new life above ground. The 26-year-old North Carolinian relocated his subterranean studio to a proper storefront and, after decorating it with woodworking scraps from an artist’s dumpster, grand-opened Harvest Cyclery at 606 Bushwick Avenue earlier this month.
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Watch This Lady Arm Wrestler Destroy Her Opponent AND a Very Large Onion

Pain (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Pain (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Ref and ringmaster (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Ref and ringmaster (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Referee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Referee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Team Sleaze (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Team Sleaze (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Round 2 (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Round 2 (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Sleaze vs. Killa Bee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Sleaze vs. Killa Bee (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Taking bribes (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Taking bribes (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Killa Bee, victorious (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Killa Bee, victorious (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Recording (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Recording (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

The raffle (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

The raffle (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Mom Tattoo (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Mom Tattoo (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Vending machine (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Vending machine (Sasha Von Oldershausen)

They’re a band of gender-bending, “gun”-toting, bona fide badasses. The women of 5 Boro Ladies Arm Wrestling gathered Saturday at 3rd Ward for their fifth brawl since the all-female group emerged in 2011.
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Here’s Where You’ll Find Fun in the Sun This Weekend

Make Music New York. (Photo: Erica Smith)

Make Music New York. (Photo: Erica Martin)

It’s the first day of summer, in case ya hadn’t heard. Make Music New York (above) is winding down over on Astor Place, but don’t get your Brooklyn Surf Shorts in a bunch: there are plenty of after-parties, and the weather’s going to be glorious all weekend. If you’re too lazy to make it to the Mermaid Parade (King Neptune = Judah Friedlander this year) here’s where to soak up some sun locally. (All events are free unless noted.)

SATURDAY
Hillstock Festival Block Party
This Brooklyn-wide festival by the Never Break Down music collective features dozens of bands. Their block party on Saturday on the outskirts of Williamsburg is free and lasts all day. Afterparty at The Bishop at 8 p.m.
106 Emerson Place, nr. Myrtle Ave.
11 a.m.
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We Hit Up Starred's Last Practice/Party Before Their Tour With Courtney Love

Liza Thorn (Photo: Ray Lemoine)

Liza Thorn (Photo: Ray Lemoine)

It’s almost 6 a.m. and Matt Koshak is playing slow melodies on a two-tiered keyboard, in the small studio where he and his girlfriend practice, record, and sometimes live. Liza Thorn, the other half of the shoe-gaze/drone duo known as Starred, lounges on a couch debating with friends whether the two young boys cuddling in the mixing booth are gay or just fucked up.

All around them: beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, McDonald’s, and a few things we probably shouldn’t mention.
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Here’s the Giant Apt. Complex On Tap For Former Home of Rheingold Brewery

Rendering of Complex
An expansive new development project may be on its way to Bushwick. Read Property Group, a Borough Park-based developer, is looking to build nearly 1,000 new apartments at the former home of Rheingold Brewery.
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Bushwick Artists: Maybe We Should All Just Buy a Building Together?

The crowd at 108 Starr Street. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

The crowd at 108 Starr Street. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

Six years ago, Josefina Blanc, a former photography editor at Art & Commerce, found herself priced out of Bushwick when the rent on the 10,000 sq. ft. loft shot up from $2,500 to $8,000. Her husband, a performance artist now represented by a gallery in Chelsea, had spent years renovating the space with the understanding that, in exchange, the rent would remain stable, but efforts to appeal to their landlord were in vain. The couple decided to call it quits and moved to South Carolina that year.
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