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Stephin Merritt, Al Jaffee, Simon Rich Got Grilled; Tom Colicchio Got Grilled Cheesed

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Last night at Joe’s Pub, Catie Lazarus bestowed “Employee of the Month” honors — while taping her podcast of the same name — on humorist Simon Rich, musician Stephin Merritt, Mad magazine legend Al Jaffee, and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, who was literally forced to admit that he preferred another restaurant’s grilled cheese to his own.
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Burglaries Up in Bushwick; Cotton-Candy Cone at Oddfellows

Ta'Kaiya Blanrey, by Lmnop

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During the first eight months of 2014, there were 313 burglaries in Bushwick—up 39 percent from the same span a year ago—which police partly attribute to thieves stealing new appliances from numerous construction sites. [DNA Info]

Permits were filed for three new apartment buildings on Commercial Street in Greenpoint (30 stories, 40 stories, and six stories, respectively). [Brownstoner]

Today OddFellows Ice Cream Co.‘s Williamsburg location will start selling this cotton-candy cone. [Grub Street]

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Broad City, Michael Che and Other Stand-Ups Sit Down For Some Conversation

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Some of your fave comedians are taking part in some scintillating convos. No, seriously.
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Greenpoint Film Festival; Meet the Creffle (Crepe + Waffle)

Monsieur André

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Police say this tattooed, 5-foot-7-inch guy used fire escapes to loot four Greenpoint apartments Monday afternoon. [Gothamist]

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation claims that new oil deposits are being dumped into Newtown Creek. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The city told landlord Ben Shaoul that he has 60 days to remove the problematic penthouse at 515 E. 5th Street. [Curbed NY]
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Three Chances to Live the Yacht Life, On Land or at Sea

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

After peeping this peculiar poster on Bowery, we can add another one to our list of parties in unusual locales. The poster points to a website for Cocaine Yacht Disorder, which afflicts 1 in 10,000 people, “everywhere from the shores of Australia to the West Side Highway.” Another click takes you to info about a boat party, on Sunday, that will raise funds for “victims of coke yacht and other drug related yacht catastrophes.” There’ll be “absolutely no cocaine” aboard the boat, but if you bring your own, we double the folks at RINSED will blame victims of this unfortunate disease.  
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Villagers Ask Cops to Do Something About Cyclists and Squatters

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

After a summer recess, the Ninth Precinct’s community council resumed its monthly meetings last night, drawing a large turnout of locals to the East Fifth Street station house. Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice announced that crime in his precinct was down overall by 4 percent with declines in all categories except felony assault during the last 28 days. But residents still griped about everything from loud music at rooftop ragers to rats scurrying out of “filthy” apartment buildings.
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A Subterranean Steampunk Party, Plus Brouhahas in a Bathhouse and Boathouse

Tired of getting your wrist stamped at the same ol’ boring clubs? Check out these parties in some very far-out locales.

poster-2Rock the Pulaski Benefit Concert
Sept. 20th from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Broadway Stages Boatyard, 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn; entry $5
The Brooklyn Blowhards, Semi Femme, and Twin Wave are among the bands that will be jamming atop shipping containers alongside Newtown Creek — which, in this instance, Justin La Mort of the North Brooklyn Boat Club describes as a “superfun(d) site.” He promises the fun(d)raiser for the boat club will involve “grilled delights, cold beer, and joyous dancing.”
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Greenpoint Loses a Record Shop; Friends Cafe Pops Up Today

Jesus Chimp

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Greenpoint crime news: Police say a 29-year-old was assaulted and robbed by a group of assailants on September 8 at 2:30 a.m.; a robber who held up a Kingsland Avenue at gunpoint made off with $200 late Thursday afternoon. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Williamsburg crime news: A 16-year-old girl was punched in the eye by three brass knuckle-weilding peers Thursday at 3:30 p.m.; four 20-and-30-something men were stabbed Sunday morning at 4:30 a.m. while exiting a bar at Keap Street and Broadway. [The Brooklyn Paper]

A reported deal could see the sales of 103-119 N.3rd Street and 188-190 Berry Street in Williamsburg for a combined $100 million. [The Real Deal]
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Welcome Boilermaker to the East Village: Punches, Boilermakers, Tap Cocktails

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just a couple of days after Sutra closed on the Seinfeldian corner of First and First last week, Boilermaker opened up across the street. Watch out for this one: true to its name, the new incarnation of Golden Cadillac features a menu of beer and shot combos, including a six-pack of Miller High Life ever-so-tastefully paired with six shots of bourbon.
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Gun Violence Persists in Bushwick; Meatball Shop Inspires Sit Com

Feast of San Gennaro 2014

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Although crime citywide is down almost 4 percent this year, the NYPD attributes the 10 percent increase in the number of shootings to gang violence in neighborhoods like Bushwick. [NY Post]

Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe debuted its third North Brooklyn location at 912 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. [Greenpointers]

Nick Arrojo, the hairstylist featuring on the long-running TLC series What Not to Wear, will open a second location of his eponymous salon in Williamsburg at 11 Broadway. [The Real Deal]
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Exit Interview: Ariel Palitz of Sutra, Now Closed After 10 Years of Partying

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Last week Sutra ended its 10-year-run in the East Village with a throwdown that saw Questlove DJing and Melle Mel spitting “The Message,” his seminal hip-hop track with Grandmaster Flash.
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Faux Broker Scams LES Apartment Hunter; Bushwick a ‘Blank Canvas’ For Developers

Don't come a knockin'

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Police say a 26-year-old female pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the BQE in Williamsburg at 3:30 a.m. yesterday. [Gothamist]

A 36-year-old man was scammed out of $4,400 that he put down on a Ludlow Street apartment that was not actually vacant. [Gothamist]

Williamsburg-style condos are popping up farther east as “Bushwick takes the spotlight.” [NY Times]
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