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Week in Music: Wacky Electro Banana Jammers, Miserable Shoe Gaze, and More

(Image via Berlin)

(Image via Berlin)

Holiday Mountain, Coaches
Wednesday September 28, 8 pm at Berlin: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Even when they’re jamming an oversized banana down your throat, you might find it sorta hard to swallow Holiday Mountain‘s product. It’s almost as if that great, mushy mass they’re thrusting toward you isn’t edible at all, but something meant to linger in your cheek like a big chunk of chewing tobacco– mmm, actually let’s just go with Big League Chew, coz even though I’ve railed snuff a couple of times in my life, I’m really not sure of the mechanics of actual dip.

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Guilty Charge in Killing of Williamsburg Landlord; Robbery Spree in Greenpoint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday, Kendel Felix, 29, was found guilty of kidnapping and killing Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark in January 2014. [DNA Info]

In addition, former assistant principal William Abreu was convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl who who had graduated and was working in the office of his Williamsburg high school in 2009. [DNA Info]

Between September 19 and 25, seven robberies were reported in Greenpoint, and police believe those to blame are delinquents from Queens. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Tompkins Square Bagels Set To Open New Location Mid-October

Men at work! (Photo: Katherine)

Men at work! (Photo: Katherine Barner)

Last time we checked in with the second location of Tompkins Square Bagels, it was set to open in June. But it wasn’t until last night that we saw new signage up on the former Open Pantry space. Owner Christopher Pugliese tells us he’s now aiming to open at 184 Second Avenue sometime next month.

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Tonight’s Debate: Where to Watch, Drink and (Try to) Laugh It Off

(flyer via NOW-NYC / Facebook)

(flyer via NOW-NYC / Facebook)

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and I somehow just got an email from Al Franken with the subject line “Time to panic.” Looks like it’s Debate Day.

As Hillary and Donald face off in Long Island tonight, some will watch alone in the dark, while clutching a pint of ice cream in sheer fear. Others will jump into the thick of it and head to Hofstra University, where street performer and purveyor of love and farts Matthew Silver will be debating fringe candidate Vermin Supreme. Good luck finding them. Thousands of protestors — not to mention a 51-foot joint — are also expected to descend on the Hempstead school.

Don’t worry, you can also watch from a safe distance. Here’s who’s throwing watch parties, offering drink specials, or otherwise spicing up this evening of discourse.

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Hasidic Man Guilty in Gang Beating; Ben Shaoul Gets $195M to Build

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last week Mayer Herskovic, a Hasidic man, was found guilty of second-degree gang assault for his role in the December 2013 attack on a gay, black student in Williamsburg, who was left blind in one eye. [Gothamist]

Ten days ago on the Lower East Side’s Columbia Street, a cyclist stole a $600 necklace off a female pedestrian. [DNA Info]

Contentious local landlord Ben Shaoul was approved for a $195 million loan to complete construction on a condominium at 196 Orchard Street. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Robberies Up in Bushwick; Rents Up in Williamsburg

The Greenpoint neighbors of the late Krystyna Nowak, a Polish immigrant who died last month at age 78, raised more than $3K to pay for her funeral. [DNA Info]

During the 28 days prior to Monday, the number of robberies in Bushwick was up 12 percent from the same dates a year ago. [DNA Info]

On N. 6th Street between Driggs and Kent Avenues, rents on retail spaces rose an average of 24 percent in the past year, an increase that exceeded everywhere else in Brooklyn. [Commercial Observer] Keep Reading »

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Back-to-School Tales, Sexperiences, and More Performance Picks

(image via Harvest Moon / Facebook)

(image via Harvest Moon / Facebook)

THURSDAY

Harvest Moon: A Freak-Folk Cabaret
Thursday, September 22 at The Wild Project, 8 pm: $10-20 sliding scale. 

Come ring in the soon-arriving autumn with this mystical evening of live art, from music and dance to film and fairytales and everything in between. A gaggle of artists based in Bushwick and beyond (some are regulars at Bizarre Bar staple Circus of Dreams, others frequent the nearby Tarot Society or Living Gallery) will assemble to bring you their artistic bounty. And it’ll be a bounty, all right– there are over 15 acts on the bill, including Jason Trachtenburg, Tarot Society’s Darcey Leonard, Omer Gal‘s music ensemble Cookie Tongue, and a Texas-themed Butoh troupe. If you’re pressed for time, you can just pop in for the second act at 9:30pm (there are two entry times) but all tickets earn you access to the whole shindig. The weather may get to the high eighties today, but fall is a-comin’. Eventually.

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I Tried an IV Treatment That Promised to Shoot Me Up With ‘Indigenous Wisdom’

Owner Stephanie Wang greets a dripper at the new Drip Alchemy Bar (Photo courtesy of The Alchemist's Kitchen/ Nutridrip)

Owner Stephanie Wang greets a dripper at the new Drip Alchemy Bar (Photo courtesy of The Alchemist’s Kitchen/ Nutridrip)

“It’s the age of integration,” explained Ingrid, the in-house herbalist on duty at The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

I would have nodded agreeably if there wasn’t a large needle jammed into my arm, delivering a pinkish-orange liquid straight into my veins by way of a plastic tube. It’s safe to say that I was probably one of the first people to shoot up on the corner of First and First since Mars Bar was torn down there years ago. But I wasn’t mainlining China White– I was undergoing the Drip Alchemy Experience, a “nutrient-rich journey” currently on offer at The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which opened in February on the ground floor of the sleek condo building that replaced Mars Bar.

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Fire Shutters Caracas Arepa Bar; Limited Edition Soup Dumplings

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No one was hurt in a fire that broke out at Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village, but the business will remain closed for the foreseeable future. [EV Grieve]

As part of the Essex Crossing development, plans for a 25-story, 263-unit mixed-use building on Broome Street were submitted yesterday. [The Real Deal]

Beginning in November, a Delancey Street space owned by Samy Mafar will become a temporary gallery for “lowbrow” artists. [Bowery Boogie]

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Polka Your Way Over to These Stein-tastic Oktoberfest Celebrations

(Photo: Courtesy of Gavin Thomas)

(Photo: Gavin Thomas)

It’s late September, which, counterintuitively, means it’s time for Oktoberfest! Here are some great places to don your lederhosen, slug a gallon of lager, and sing along with traditional German drinking songs (or just make rhythmic guttural noises and act like you know the words).

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Avenue A Was Just Shut Down Because of a Bomb Some Golf Balls

Screen Shot 2016-09-20 at 1.28.13 PMAfter the Chelsea bombing this past weekend, it’s no surprise the city is on high alert. When it was reported this morning that a suspicious package was found on the corner of East 12th and Avenue A, the NYPD’s bomb squad was sent to investigate and Avenue A was shut down between 12th and 13th Streets.

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Yippie! There’s Gonna Be a 51-Foot Joint at the Presidential Debate

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When you tune into the first presidential debate next week, expect a few pot shots.

Longtime yippie leader Dana Beal intends to march with a 51-foot replica of a marijuana joint at Hofstra University in Long Island. He’s hoping it’ll get the attention of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has thus far failed to respond to a letter that pot activists hand-delivered to her Brooklyn campaign office in June. In it, they called on the Democratic nominee to remove cannabis from a federal list of dangerous drugs should she win the White House in November.

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