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There’s a Building Ablaze in Bushwick Right Now (Update: Bushwick Collective OK)

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

Fire at 449 Troutman

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

Bushwick’s week of mayhem continues: A tipster just alerted us to a three-alarm fire that’s currently blazing at 449 Troutman Street. An eyewitness reported billows of black smoke and a fire truck ladder extended to the roof of the building. According to the FDNY, the call came in at 4:42 p.m., and 138 firefighters were sent to the scene.
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Opening a DIY Venue? ‘Leases Are Much More Confusing Than French Philosophy’

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Over the last few years, as the number of city crackdowns on quasi-legal do-it-yourself venues in Brooklyn has risen, the community that organizes, fosters and sustains such spaces has shifted focus, ever so slightly, toward maintaining long-term viability. Which is why last night, at the The Silent Barn in Bushwick, a four-person panel and about 50 attendees came together to discuss “Legalizing DIY.”
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Here's Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin's Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.

Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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A Teenager Was Attacked By a Mob and Stabbed On the Lower East Side

(Photo: Ron Castellano)

The aftermath of the stabbing. (Photo: Ron Castellano)

A teenager was stabbed last night after a mob ganged up on him on the Lower East Side.

Ron Castellano, a resident, said that around 11:10 p.m. he heard yelling outside of his workplace, coming from the intersection of East Broadway and Essex. “I opened up the door and looked out and it was like 30 to 50 people in a swarm – like a tornado going through the street.”
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‘No 7-Eleven’ Is Still Raging Against the Slurpee Machine

A while back we wondered whether the folks behind No 7-Eleven would embrace the chain now that it’s offering to hold on to their spare keys. Nyope. In June they showed up at a meeting to protest a 7-Eleven going into 403 Grand Street (it opened anyway) and yesterday afternoon, as you can see above, they were back in front of the store bound for 170 Avenue A.
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Seems There Was a Pistol-Whipping in Greenpoint This Afternoon

We’re piecing together the details of an incident involving a gun that unfolded near Guernsey Street and Norman Avenue earlier today.

The police-scanner scanners over at @Breaking911 and @NYScanner tweeted that a man was shot in the area, as did another scanner service. But the police say there was no shooting; rather, a 32-year-old man was assaulted with a gun shortly before 2:43 p.m. A suspect was taken into custody but no charges had been filed yet, the police told B+B.
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As of Tonight, The Base is the Place For Radical Lefties

Occupy Wall Street’s glory days of regular police spats and national front page news coverage are behind us (unless you watch The Newsroom — hello, Tompkins Square Park!), but at least some members of the movement have remained active agitators. Former Occupiers Khalil Robinson, who has primarily worked at teaching and aiding undocumented immigrants, and Elysa Lozano, an artist and political activist, have triumphed over a failed Kickstarter and months of delay in order to open The Base, which they’ve described on their website as “a sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing.” So far, their organizing has consisted of holding free Spanish classes and boxing lessons, but they are officially inaugurating their new space tonight with a panel called “Where Do Social Movements Go From Here?
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Some Bushwick Seniors Had to Salsa Alone After Vito Lopez Stood Them Up

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez.
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Some LaRouchebags Are Comparing Obama to Hitler

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

Nazi imagery sure is making a comeback today: in Coney Island, some idiot(s) defaced a Jackie Robinson statue with swastikas, and look what’s happening right here in Williamsburg.

This morning, a two-man crew stood outside the Graham stop telling anyone who’d listen that President Obama is a fascist, along with Bush, J.P. Morgan and pretty much any commercial bank.
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Crackup at the Riots: 10 Laughs From the ’88 Tompkins Square Park Riot

clayton(1)A slew of East Villagers — including poet Bob Holman and Times writer Colin Moynihan — shuffled into Anthology Film Archives last night to watch Clayton Patterson’s 3.5 hours of footage of the Tompkins Square Police riot, on its 25th anniversary.
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