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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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You’re About to Catch ‘Feelings’ For Bad Girlfriend, Playing Glasslands Tomorrow

(Photo: Candice Lawler Roth)

(Photo: Candice Lawler Roth)

We’re calling it here and now: Bad Girlfriend, an all-girl group based in and around Williamsburg, is next-big-thing material. On the verge of breaking their debut full-length, due out this winter and produced by Chairlift co-founder Aaron Pfenning and School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis, this chic quartet offers an edgier, New York Citified answer to stylistic cousins Vivian Girls and Best Coast.

Bad Girlfriend is made up of singer/guitarist Christian Owens, bassist Savannah King, drummer/singer Lyla Vander, and singer/guitarist Brianna Lance. We spoke to Lance, who’s also head designer at local It Girl fashion favorite Reformation, ahead of tomorrow night’s show at Glasslands Gallery, where Bad Girlfriend will open for fellow North Brooklynite Luke Rathborne. Read the B+B Q+A — and listen to their eponymous EP and their new single, “Feelings” — below.
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Check Out Dimes, Bringing Some Crunch to the Lower LES Monday

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

A little while ago we told you about Dimes, the new health-focused cafe and eatery on Division Street from Sabrina DeSousa and Alissa Wagner. Though it was originally slated for a mid-August opening, the spot will finally open its doors next Monday, providing some long-awaited MSG-free eats to the Lower Lower East Side.
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Ray Abeyta Apologizes If He’s Ever Ruined Your Quiet Brunch at Five Leaves

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Ray Abeyta goes way back with Williamsburg. The 56-year-old painter arrived in New York from New Mexico in 1986. A few years later, he met his future wife Alyssa and, together with Zeb Stewart, they opened local fixtures Union Pool and later Hotel Delmano. The couple (separated but still friendly) and their teenage children have been fixtures at many Williamsburg haunts — including Five Leaves, where Ray has been a regular since the start.
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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