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Going to the Gym Feel Like Prison? That’s Actually the Idea at ConBody Bootcamp

Coss Marte ( Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Coss Marte ( Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Enter the basement of 294 Broome Street and you’re faced with a row of lockers and “mug shots” under bright lights. Jail cell bars open into a sparse studio with a graffiti mural of two figures escaping through a barbed wire fence. It almost feels like the police are about to take you in for questioning. Instead, this is where ConBody trainees “do the time” with prison-style bootcamp workouts.

The decorations are more than a gimmick. It was in solitary confinement that Coss Marte first dreamed up ConBody. He saw it as a chance to transition from busted drug dealer to a legitimate entrepreneur, helping provide jobs to other former inmates in the process.

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Two Injured By Punches and Bottles During a Gang Assault Near Webster Hall

via NYPD

via NYPD

Two men in their twenties were assaulted near Webster Hall on East 11th Street at 2:20 a.m. last Friday. The New York Police Department is looking for four men in connection with the event, who allegedly attacked the two victims with bottles and punched them, but didn’t steal any property.

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Questions Swirl Around Art Fest Aiming to Fill in For Bushwick Open Studios

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via Bushwickartsfestival.com

Just a few weeks after volunteer org Arts in Bushwick surprised the neighborhood by announcing that Bushwick Open Studios would be held in October rather than in the summer, an anonymous entity has popped up with plans to fill the void in June, during the same weekend usually reserved for BOS. But little is known about the players behind the new arts fest, and neighborhood artists, gallerists and residents say they don’t know yet whether they’ll get on board. 

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Tacos Morelos Stormed By Cops in Flak Jackets, Helmets, the Whole Enchilada

9th Street this morning (Photo courtesy of Laura Gurfein via Twitter)

9th Street this morning (Photo courtesy of Laura Gurfein via Twitter)

Police officers in SWAT gear descended on Tacos Morelos this morning, but it’s unclear what caused the taqueria takeover.

An employee at the Ninth Street Mexican joint said that police trucks rolled up to the tiny takeout spot around 8 a.m., before it opened. Officers forced its padlock and looked for someone who might’ve been hiding out there, but didn’t make an arrest.

A police spokesperson had no information about the incident.

This much is certain: Tacos Morelos is guilty of first-degree deliciousness. Its cart on East 4th Street and Avenue A, you may recall, is the place Aziz settles on in Master of None after he spends 45 minutes googling for NYC’s best tacos.

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Evictions Down by 24 Percent Since 2013, Mayor’s Office Says

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

In the battle against tenant harassment and displacement, we’ve often seen the mayor receive sharp criticism from the indefatigable Coalition to Protect Chinatown (members are once again gathering tomorrow to demand that work be stopped on Extell’s 80-story tower). But yesterday de Blasio’s office released figures showing he’s making a dent in the problem. Thanks to recent measures like a $62 million increase in free legal services for tenants and a roving tenant support unit, his office says evictions by City Marshals have decreased from 28,849 in 2013 to 21,988 last year.

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Don’t Worry, the L Train Shutdown Is ‘Years Out,’ MTA Says

Throwing shade (Still via YouTube/ New York State Senate)

Throwing shade (Still via YouTube/ New York State Senate)

Our glasses-wearing New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, repping parts of North Brooklyn and the LES not just in style but also in substance, posed some gnawing questions to the MTA today regarding the much feared L train shutdown. At a budget hearing in Albany, the senator echoed some concerns expressed last night at a meeting of North Brooklyn residents, business owners, commuters, and workers who are bracing for the “major disruption” that will be caused by the repair of two East River tunnels damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, MTA chair Thomas F. Prendergast had some relatively comforting answers.

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L Train Coalition Mulls Looming Shutdown: ‘Options on the Table, None of Them Good’

Oh happy day (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Oh happy day (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Are we ready for the impending L-pocalypse?

Last night the L Train Coalition, a growing group of community stakeholders, met to confront the specter of a year-long L train shutdown and figure out how to reduce the suck for those who live, work, and play in North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan. Their mission: to prevent the MTA from, well, acting like the MTA and screwing it all up.

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Lillian Wald Resident Charged in Silver Spurs Slashing

(Photos courtesy of NYPD)

(Photos courtesy of NYPD)

The teenager accused of slashing a bus boy at Silver Spurs has now been arrested.

Police announced yesterday that they were in custody of the man suspected of entering the Greenwich Village diner in order to solicit donations and then slashing a 25-year-old employee during a subsequent argument. Now they’ve identified him as 16-year-old Domincio Howington, a resident of the Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village. He faces an assault charge and four charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

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The Silver Spurs Slashing Suspect Is in Custody

(Photos courtesy of NYPD)

(Photos courtesy of NYPD)

The teenager suspected of slashing a busboy at the Silver Spurs diner in Greenwich Village is now in custody.

The police say a tip led to the apprehension of the man suspected of cutting a busboy on the cheek during an argument that erupted Wednesday evening after the teen went into the Laguardia Place diner soliciting donations.

Friday, the NYPD asked for the public’s help in identifying three additional teenagers– a man and two women– who were seen in the suspect’s company on the day of the assault.

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At Big Al Screening, Sharpton’s ‘Right Hand Man’ Hashes Out Black Lives Matter

 (Film still from "Big Al")

(Film still from “Big Al”)

The Reverend himself was supposed to be at the Wythe Hotel for Wednesday’s screening of Big Al: a Week in the Life of the Reverend Al Sharpton, but he ended up ditching out for a special civil rights summit convened by President Obama yesterday. Which, I guess is understandable. Instead, a big-screen version of Sharpton in his heyday filled the room.

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