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Caught Between Two Worlds in Bushwick

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Jazz is floating through my window and it’s coming from the taqueria across the street. At Mesa Azeteca, there’s live jazz on Thursdays and mariachis on Fridays. Welcome to Bushwick, 2013.

The restaurant sits on Wyckoff Avenue near Hart Street, which has become a clear dividing line between two different worlds. Keep Reading »

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Speaking Of Citi Bike, This Was Probably Inevitable

photo(156)We’ve now discovered that Citi Bikes can be used as SoulCycles and they can shred, but that apparently didn’t impress whoever made this sticker, spotted on Wythe Avenue by our own Sasha von Oldershausen.

Agree with the sentiment? Go ahead and like this photo on Instagram, and if you want to share a shot of your own, add it to our Flickr pool.

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Can Citi Bikes Shred? Let’s Find Out!

We never thought we’d see Billy Rohan on a Citi Bike. You’re more likely to catch him skateboarding in Iraq or backflipping off a cop car.

But the other day he shot us an idea: “I thought it would be a funny skit to take these silly bikes to famous skate spots and get our friends to ride them on stairs and skate parks.”
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This New ‘Surf Shuttle’ Will Take You From LES to LI

No, this isn't the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

No, this isn’t the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

As mentioned in our 4th of July rundown, the Rockabus now has another competitor in the Beach Bus. But what if you think Rockaway is so over now that it has a haute motel and no hard liquor on the beach, and a trip to Coney is out of the question because you’re scared the Astrotower might fall?

Enter the Surf Shuttle.
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Rockaway Rundown: Bluth-Style Frozen Bananas Coming to 97th Street (+ More)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP's Instagram)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP’s Instagram)

Earlier this week we noted that Caracas had reopened in Rockaway with a new sidekick at its Beach 106th Street concession stand.

Now a Parks Department spokesperson confirms that Rockaway Taco won’t be doing flautas at the 97th Street stand this year. But these places will be back by tomorrow (in fact, they’re opening today, according to this tweet from Motorboat and the Big Banana).
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FDNY Cracks Down On Bossa Nova’s Ability to ‘Rave With You Full Throttle’

If you were one of the people who thought, “Ugh, that’s the end of that place” when the Bossa Nova Civic Club got that write-up in The Times last month, well then you’re probably also the type that will say, “See, I told you so,” when you hear that, according to the Bushwick boite’s Facebook page, it got a visit from the FDNY and now must limit capacity at its sweat-drenched dance parties.

Cue the message that went out earlier this evening.
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Line For McCarren Pool's Faux Opener Blows Yesterday's Out of the Water

The line outside McCarren Park Pool, one day after opening. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The line outside McCarren Park Pool, one day after opening. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

This morning, a line of eager swimmers stretched half the length of McCarren Park Pool and poured onto the sidewalk. Why so many people on day two? Probably because everyone read about the opening . According to a cop on hand, the pool’s unofficial website flubbed up, marking today as the season opener. The pool’s location in “romantic, downtown Greenpoint” (see mildly NSFW screenshot below) is maybe also not the most accurate.
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Despite Hail Mary Toss, There’ll Be No Digging For Bodies at Doomed Church

Nice one, guys. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Nice one, guys. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Scaffolding has gone up in front of Mary Help of Christians Church and demolition work has commenced at the rectory next door, but hey… at least the contractor’s logo is in keeping with the spirit of the place?

The small group of ex-parishioners who still pray the rosary in front of the 96-year-old church on East 12th Street are really going to have to hope for a miracle now: Bedford + Bowery has discovered that a few days ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected calls for an archaeological study to be conducted, making it all the more likely that Doug Steiner, who bought the property for $41 million back in November, will demolish it and replace it with an 80/20 mix of market-rate and affordable housing.
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7-Eleven Just Doesn’t Get That ‘This Is a Gritty Community By Choice’

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

A 7-Eleven opens once every three hours, according to Scott Teachenor, market manager for 150 of them around the city and Long Island. “We’re the largest retailer in the world,” he told residents of the Seward Park Housing Co-Op last night. “I’m kinda proud of that.”

At a sometimes contentious meeting to discuss the store’s second Lower East Side branch — slated to open next month at 403 Grand Street — co-op residents raised questions about everything from late-night robberies to the Kelvin temperature of the store’s light bulbs.
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Dissent Over a Clown, a Magic Show, and ‘Hangouts’ in Hasidic Williamsburg

Moishe's Place (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Moishe’s Place (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you were deep in the heart of South Williamsburg Monday night, you might’ve come across a baffling scene: four Hasidim stood outside 868 Bedford Avenue, chanting loudly in protest against the grand opening of Moishe’s Place, a kosher take-out and delivery restaurant that — in addition to falafel, soups and salads — serves a Shabbos menu on Thursdays.
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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!”