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Coming Up: Nacho Cheese in a Chocolate Fountain and 3 Other Things in Unexpected Places

Sometimes it can get a little old going to the same bars, galleries, shows, knowing the kind of stuff you’ll see there. So, shake it up with…

A live band at karaoke:

(image via Be Yourself / Facebook)

(image via Be Yourself / Facebook)

Be Yourself Karaoke!
Saturday, July 30 at Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side. Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. $10. More info here.
Karaoke is always a fun choice (I’m aware many would disagree) but karaoke backing tracks can often be in weird keys and sound like an early 2000s MIDI version of the song you actually wanted to sing. That’s all about to change with Be Yourself Karaoke, a live band that specifically plays ’90s/early 2000s emo and pop-punk songs with audience members as the lead singer. The setlist of songs to choose from is much less overwhelming than those huge karaoke binders and includes hits from Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, Say Anything, Good Charlotte, and more. Yes, that means you too can relive that dream of bopping around your bedroom yelling to MCR while wearing too much eyeliner, only this time you’ll have a microphone and a stage.

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Gavin McInnes and His ‘Proud Boys’ Want to Make Men Great Again

Gavin McInnes at Mile End Deli (Image via New York magazine)

Gavin McInnes at Mile End Deli (Image via New York magazine)

A friend of mine was passing by Tommy’s Tavern last Monday when he did a double take– for some reason Gavin McInnes, in all his bearded rad-dad glory, was bro-ing it up on the sidewalk out front. A quick check of social media revealed that McInnes– the co-founder of Vice and “godfather of hipsterdom,” who has recently come into his own as a far-right political pundit– had convened his local “Proud Boys” chapter for their first in-person meeting.

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Bushwick’s Best Shopping; Party With a Pokemon Trainer

According to testimony delivered at a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Kendel Felix—the man accused of killing Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark in 2014—was not the crime’s “mastermind.” [The Real Deal]

An octogenarian who is unable to recall his address was found wandering the streets of Bushwick Saturday night and taken to Woodhull Hospital for a medical evaluation. Police seek help finding his family or caretaker. [Bushwick Daily]

A future five or six-story development in Williamsburg purchased last week for $45 million, 101 Varick Avenue, is the planned site for an indoor trampoline park called Skyzone. [The Real Deal]

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Pies ‘n’ Thighs Calls It Quits in Manhattan; Top 10 Greenpoint Shopping Destinations

On Friday afternoon, a man stole about $1K of electronic equipment from an Alphabet City apartment, including a home surveillance camera. However, the security footage was saved on the owner’s iCloud account and can be viewed here. [Gothamist]

This Sunday, Pies ‘n’ Thighs will shutter its 18-month-old Canal Street outpost. [Eater NY]

In other shutter news, the Avenue A location of mini-chain Moonstruck Eatery has called it quits. [EV Grieve]

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Week in Shows: Noise-Techno Hybrids Inducing Aural Nerve Destruction + Ice Cold R&B

(Image via Issue Project Room/ Pioneer Works)

(Image via Issue Project Room/ Pioneer Works)

Daniel Menche, Container, MV Carbon, Eartheater, Greg Fox, Ben Vida, Horse Lords, Profligate
Saturday, July 30, 5 pm at Pioneer Works: $20.
“A $20 show?” you’re probably saying doubtfully. “At Pioneer Verks no less?!” Well, yes, people– this superbly lined and fine-art surrounded setting might be an affair that’s just a tiny– ok, huge– step up from your usual scum-dwelling listening experience and therefore cooking up some wallet anxiety in you, but stay with me for a moment. For an Issue Project Room affair especially, we’re talking about a steal right here. Maybe more convincing for money flinging is the lineup, which is damn close to overflowing and replete with some of the best artists out there right now doing danceable, shapely noise-techno, including Profligate, and Eartheater.

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Bushwick Woman Raped in Her Home; Brooklyn Bowl Gets a New Owner

A 29-year-old woman was tied up, raped and robbed by an intruder early Monday morning in her Bushwick apartment. [ABC 7]

Last night in Bushwick’s Maria Hernandez Park, police tasered a suicidal man armed with multiple knives, including swords and a machete, before taking him into custody for a psychiatric evaluation. [DNA Info]

On the Lower East Side, forthcoming 60-story-plus apartment buildings are bound for Cherry and South Streets. [Bowery Boogie]

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Adrian Grenier’s East Village Bar; Brooklyn Zine Fests

Nevada Smith’s soon-to-be replacement, bar/coffee house/record shop The VNYL, reportedly boasts Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier as a business partner. [NY Daily News]

This Monday night at Hope Gardens Community Center, local leaders will take suggestions for how the cash-flush Wyckoff Heights Medical Center can better serve its patients. [Bushwick Daily]

The city is seeking proposals for a new food stand to occupy the recently asbestos-abated Allen Street Mall bathhouse. [Bowery Boogie]

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Off-Duty Cop Charged With Manslaughter; Driver Who Hit EV Florist Convicted

Yesterday morning, the decomposing body of a 27-year-old male was discovered in an apartment near Essex and Rivington Streets with the owner of a hair salon downstairs reported a red stain on the ceiling. [NY Daily News]

Nicholas Batka, 28, was fired from the NYPD yesterday following his Saturday morning SUV crash in Williamsburg, which resulted in one fatality and three injuries. He has been charged with manslaughter, assault, and driving while intoxicated. [NY Daily News] The 21-year-old victim was identified as MIT student Andrew Esquivel. [Patch]

Three years after striking the late Mohammed Akkas Ali and two other pedestrians in the East Village while reportedly high on PCP and methamphetamine, Shaun Martin was convicted of murder this week. His sentencing has been set for September. [Streets Blog NYC]

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Yer Week in Sound: Nola Bounce Legend, Brazilian Rap Phenom, Cleveland Refugees

(Flyer via The Glove)

(Flyer via The Glove)

Frank Hurricane, Machine Listener, Matthew Ryals, Xuan Rong, Skeleton Zoo
Monday July 25, 8 pm at The Glove: $7.
If you’re the proud owner of even half a heart, chances are that you’ve been feeling pretty sympathetic for those back-broken rust belters living in Cleveland, a population that’s shown more than a bit of plucky resilience in the face of economic desertification and industrial decline and governor who briefly campaigned for Pres on a platform that can only be characterized as LOL WTF. But the arrival of the Republican National Convention today just piles on the suffering– thanks to the blonde ambition of everyone’s favorite giant-human-mouth with its own reality TV show.

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Cake Shop Tries to Hold On to Show Space; Schumer Fights K2 in East Village

A Hudson Yards developer scooped up a Williamsburg trio (two buildings on Havemeyer Street, one on Lorimer Street) for $60 million. [The Real Deal]

Cake Shop, the financially-strapped Lower East Side performance venue, hopes to sell its street level cafe/bar but maintain possession of its subterranean digs. [Bowery Boogie]

During a press conference Sunday on Second Avenue, Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his proposed new drug legislation, inspired by nearly three dozen people overdosing on K2 last week. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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These Weekend Music And Art Fests Will Melt Your Face (If The Heat Doesn’t Do It First)

(photo via Out in the Streets)

(photo via Out in the Streets)

Brace yourself, it’s gonna be a hot one. With temperatures wavering in the ’90s this weekend, some people might not want to leave the sacred space of their air conditioning, despite how many of these very same people’s fashion choices reflect that they actually love the ’90s. But for those who want to be so occupied you forget about your melting and/or boiling flesh, here are four music and art festivals this weekend to spend your day and/or night at.

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Five Leaves Chef Steps Down; Professional Pokemon Trainers

Ken Addington has stepped down as the chef at a pair of Bedford Avenue eateries: Five Leaves and Nights and Weekends. [Eater NY]

The long-gestating William Vale Hotel opened on Monday in Williamsburg.[Greenpointers]

As part of a $2.5 million project, the Department of Design and Construction is currently installing several Lower East Side pedestrian ramps. [Bowery Boogie]

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