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Cyclist Assaults Driver in Greenpoint; First Ever Trans Theater Festival

Amy Sedaris giving away bad motel-room art at Openhouse last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Amy Sedaris giving away bad motel-room art at Openhouse last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Monday night on McGuinness Avenue, a cyclist allegedly got off his bike, opened a car door, and assaulted the driver with his bike lock before taking off. [Gothamist]

Last week a man was shoved and hurt while taking out the trash at a Dupont Street senior center. [Brooklyn Paper]

Six East Villages buildings were just acquired for $127 million by the investment firm Lightstone Group. [The Real Deal]

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Hey, Look! It’s the Graffiti That Spelled Gentrification in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Lillian the landlord becomes obsessed with gentrification– even if she only recently added it to her vocabulary. “I miss the old days,” she tells Titus, “When the longest word I knew was friggin’Giuliani.”

Lillian is determined to keep East Dogmouth “weird and dangerous,” but there are endless signs of gentrification in the neighborhood, from the parade of joggers pushing strollers to the opening of East Dogmouth Art Space. Not only does the performance space have the audacity to offer an “open tables DJ night,” but its owners painted over a long-standing mural of Biggie Smalls. “Now how are we supposed to remember he’s dead?” whines Lillian as she marvels at the disconcertingly unblemished roll-down gate. “Twenty-four hours and not one graffito. What a disgrace.”

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Shimmy Up to these Four Shows for Your Listening Pleasure

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

Honey, The Men, Foster Care, JJ Doll
Friday May 6, 8 pm at Alphaville: $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
The season of leisure is (sorta, almost) upon us, but before you can pull out your pastel polos and Adidas flip flops n’ white socks (predicting that a health-goths-in-hot-weather with ’80s Beverly Hills golf club vibe will dominate Riis Park Beach Bazaar this summer), you gotta ease into that seasonable mindset of giving very few fucks. Without the zen attitude, you’re just another banker boy who spills mustard on his Comme des Garcons tennis shoes and makes his French bulldog Daisy pay the consequences. In my opinion, the best way to avoid wanton animal abuse is to eliminate all possible stress factors– that means lining up your go-to tunes for the summer far in advance so that when it comes to making an all-day playlist on the fly, you’ll be ready to go.

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It’s Not a Bar Crawl, It’s a Bookstore Crawl — But There Are Boozy Rewards

Spoonbill & Sugartown (Photo courtesy of Ellen Wright)

Spoonbill & Sugartown (Photo courtesy of Ellen B. Wright)

This Saturday, get drunk on essays, novels and comics during the first-ever Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl. The event, taking place on Independent Bookstore Day, will feature no less than 26 stores, scattered between Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Park Slope and a few other nabes. 

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Pulaski Bridge Bike Path Debuts; LES History Month

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Last night near Grand and Willett Streets, a 56-year-old driver was rear-ended by a taxi before the cab’s passenger punched him in the face. [Daily Intelligencer]

Today the Pulaski Bridge Bike Path debuts, connecting Greenpoint and Long Island City. [Gothamist]

The old Moscot glasses store at Orchard and Delancey Streets may be replaced by a 12-story apartment complex. [Bowery Boogie]

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LES Anti-Nightlife Group Sued; Williamsburgers Rally Against Floating Power Plant

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Police are searching for two men caught on a security camera fleeing the Linden Street apartment where a man was shot and killed Tuesday. [DNA Info]

On Friday near the Williamsburg Bridge, three teens forced a man to buy them beer and cigarettes before choking him into unconsciousness and robbing him. [DNA Info]

Four restaurants near the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets were robbed early yesterday morning. [Bowery Boogie]

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WNYC’s Gentrification Podcast Is a Wrap, But the Conversation Continues IRL

via WNYC

via WNYC

If you care about the gold rush sweeping Brooklyn and you haven’t been listening to WNYC’s There Goes the Neighborhood podcast…well, you must be living under a rock (or maybe in Tribeca). The eight-episode capsule podcast, hosted by The Nation‘s Kai Wright, is required listening. From studying landlord and developer tactics to understanding people’s complicated relationships with their homes and neighborhoods, it goes beyond the constant stream of tenant harassment cases to really try to make sense of the historical and social context around the recent developments in the changing the city.

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This Here Sonic Crystal Ball Reveals Five Killer Shows in Your Future

(Image via Webster Hall/ Facebook)

(Image via Webster Hall/ Facebook)

SUUNS, Eaters, John Congolton and the Nighty Nite
Thursday April 28, 7 pm at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall: $15
The Marlin Room inspires a sense of foreboding in me: visions of an antechamber filled with clamoring sea beasts who’d like nothing more than to pierce my and your flesh with their Samurai snouts, then placidly inspect our writhing, tortured remains with their lifeless, black membranes-for-eyes. But I’m sure that people have made it in and out of shows at this Marlin Room before. Right? Could be a trap, or it could be worth it. If you can get past all this, then by all means go see Suuns and friends.

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Brooklyn-Queens Connector Gets Support; Dessert Atelier in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mayor de Blasio’s proposed 16-mile Brooklyn-Queens Connector was endorsed by urban planners who studied the specifics of the project. [Politico NY]

Veterans of LA eatery Gjelina recently partnered with restauranteur Ken Friedman to open a two-story Noho restaurant at 45 Bond Street. [Eater NY]

Saluggi’s Pizza will replace The Comfort diner at 399 Grand Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

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New Yorkers Pay Tribute to Prince

Chances With Wolves on Instagram

Chances With Wolves on Instagram

The city is awash in purple as New Yorkers mourn the death of yet another music legend this year. Last night, cries of “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette” reverberated around our neighborhoods as people danced into the wee hours. 

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A Secret Dinner Proves ‘It Can Be Cool and Hipster and Greenpoint to Be Jewish’

Actor Sergey Nagorny (Photo courtesy of)

Actor Sergey Nagorny (Photo courtesy of Victor Nechay)

Last Friday around dusk, a group of Russian speakers met near McGolrick Park in Greenpoint. The women were tarted up and the men dressed to the nines in cufflinks, suspenders and derbies. A bald magician, bundled up in a three-piece suit and a black bowtie, made a solemn announcement: “Tonight is not like any other night. Tonight, we will be answering one question: What does it mean to be free?” With that, the small procession followed him to a secret location, where “an immersive live performance” was set to take place.

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Awkwafina All Around Us: Queens Rapper’s Doc Debut and TV Takeover

(Via "Bad Rap")

(Via “Bad Rap”)

Queens-born rapper Awkwafina (the alter-ego of Nora Lum) says she’s been doing some serious “hustling” in the last couple of years: recording an album, putting out an NYC guidebook, and making the big move to Greenpoint. She’s not there for the cute boutiques and charming scenery (after all, she made her fame with “NYC Bitche$”, in which she deftly buried an entire section of our humble Brooklyn borough for being overrun not just by transplants, but adult-baby transplants). Rather, she has a “rent control situation” weighing in her favor (“I’d live anywhere if it was cheap,” Lum told us last spring).

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