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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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Big Snow Is Closed and Owner Yoni David Is Recovering From a Shooting

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Sad news: on Saturday morning, Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge tweeted that it was “closed for good.” The venue’s co-owner Yoni David now tells Bedford + Bowery that he was “caught in the line of fire” of a shooting outside the venue.
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Apparently, Padma Lakshmi Wants NYU to Pack Its Knives and Go

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.

A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.
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10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the G Train But Were Stuck Underground So Couldn’t Ask

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The waiting is the hardest part. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Like any relationship fraught with “issues,” riders of the G train know acute highs (like catching the train just as it arrives at the dank Broadway station at 3am) and despairing lows (like, ugh, having to ride the shuttle bus from Greenpoint to Court Square half the summer). Good or bad, the G knows how to keep things interesting!

The MTA’s full review of the G line, released yesterday and embedded below, made us see our relationship with the G in a whole new light, and like a good couples counselor it finally helped us get some questions answered. Starting with…
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Cooper Union Students End Occupation of President's Office

There’ll be no more pizza airlifts at Cooper Union.

Students camped out in President Jamshed Bharucha’s office for 65 days have reached an agreement with the Board of Trustees that ends their occupation. Student organizers announced the accord, reached Friday, on various social media platforms and with a press release earlier today.
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8 Injured By Possible Explosion and Partial Building Collapse in Chinatown

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Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.

Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg.
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A Rider Got Mugged But Other Than That, Citi Bike Hasn’t Been Hell On Wheels

Two NYPD officers, lights flashing, siren whooping, pull over Citi Biker for salmoning on Second Avenue

NYPD officers pulled over a Citi Biker for salmoning on Second Avenue. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Thought Citi Bike would result in “total carnage”? WRONG. Unless you count some punny vandalism, the apocalypse on two wheels has yet to materialize. In the East Village, at least.

“Everyone thought Citi Bike was going to be way worse, with accidents all over the place, things getting stolen left and right,” a police source told Bedford + Bowery. Not quite: Citi Bike-related crime has been surprisingly low.
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Drunk Folks, Don’t Get Into This Car Unless You Want Be Robbed at Gunpoint

61 East Third Street (Photo: Erica Martin)

61 East Third Street (Photo: Erica Martin)

Pro tip: if you’re walking home from the bar and a white, four-door sedan offers you a ride, do not get in. The driver may be brandishing a gun.

A group of three young women and one man may be targeting young women walking alone late at night, a police spokesperson source said.

On June 30, around 4am near 61 East Third Street, an approximately 20-year-old woman tapped a 26-year-old woman on the shoulder and demanded her wallet, according to a police report. The alleged robber, who wore a green baseball cap and tank top, told the victim there was a man with a gun in a car across the street and the victim promptly handed over her credit cards and cell phone (the robber was nice enough to let her keep her ID)
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Watch This Guy Turn a Busy East Village Intersection Into a Skate Park

Sure, our video of skaters shredding with Citi Bikes (Shiti Bikes?) got a bunch of likes on Facebook but not everyone was down with it. Commenter Dennis wrote, “i don’t get this, how is this funny? that is the thing i don’t like about skaters effing public property and acting like they deserve to do so.”

Well, if he didn’t dig that, he won’t dig this: on Saturday, this young turk had his way with the intersection of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street. Every time the light turned he’d try to clear this mess. And he actually did it once — after our camera died, of course. Still, the video’s worth a look.

Now who’s going to shred this “epic sinkhole” on Eldridge?

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What a Shiti Thing to Do…

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A few weeks ago, writer-photographer Kyle Dean Reinford tweeted, “surprised I haven’t seen an easily applicable sticker that changes citibike to shitibike.”

Et voilà! Last week we spotted just such a sticker, and now someone has gone and shitified the bikes themselves, at the station at Bedford and Metropolitan. Reactions on Twitter range from “LOL this is hilarious” to “get a fucking life.”