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Colbert ‘It’ Girl Edan Lepucki Reads Tonight

The relatively unknown author whose debut novel vaulted to the top of the bestseller list after The Colbert Report made it a weapon in its war against Amazon is appearing at a local bookstore tonight. And yes, it’s an indie — namely, Greenpoint’s Word.
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Rocker-Writer Elizabeth Cline of Mortals Shreds Axe and Pen Alike

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Brooklyn metal band, Mortals (Photo: Fred Pessaro)

The Brooklyn metal scene is thriving. “It’s really cool to see how many bands have done well coming out of Brooklyn in recent years,” metal guitarist Elizabeth Cline tells us. And her band, Mortals, is no exception.
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Now Showing: Kickstarter Film Fest, Complimentary Absinthe, and More

quickiecrestThat damn potato salad might be all you’re hearing about Kickstarter these days, but the Greenpoint-based crowfunding company is throwing a big party in Fort Greene Park tonight.
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Former Rheingold Brewery Sells; Greenpoint Ferry Service Returning

Rockaway Beach 2014: Fort Tilden

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The site of the recently closed BP gas station in the East Village sold for $32 million. [The Real Deal]

In Greenpoint, repairs are underway at the India Street pier, and a spokesperson for the city’s Economic Development Corporation said that the pier could be back in service by next weekend’s start of the five-week-long G train shutdown. [Gothamist]

A parcel of 50 commercial properties in Bushwick—including the former Rheingold brewery site  on Flushing Avenue—sold for $11.25 million. [Brownstoner] Keep Reading »

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Flood Tide Reimagines That Time Swoon Took a Flotsam Flotilla Down the Hudson

The gar-barge. (Photo: Todd Chandler)

The gar-barge (Photo: Todd Chandler)

Almost exactly five years ago Todd Chandler was floating atop a garbage heap in the Adriatic Sea bound for a party he had not been invited to, the Venice Biennale. A crew of about 30 artists, freegans, anarchists, bike punks and the like were at the helm of the rafts which made up a fleet of buoyant recycled materials.
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This Jeweler Isn’t Big On Gems, Is More Into Transatlantic Cable

Erica Weiner in her Greenpoint Studio (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Erica Weiner in her Greenpoint Studio (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

“I find gems to be really boring” is not something one expects a jewelry-designer to say, but Erica Weiner says it and means it. “It’s more interesting to talk about De Beers’ advertising campaign than to talk about how big and perfect a diamond is. I do not give a shit about how big and perfect a diamond is.”

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Ad Hoc Expands to Greenpoint and Gets a Taste of Turf War

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

Since opening their second location in Greenpoint two weeks ago, the folks at Williamsburg-based Ad Hoc have been hard at work improving their inventory, despite what owner Ali Liu says is some “strange, passive-aggressive backlash.” The new Bedford Avenue location boasts impressive local talent: clothing designer and Fort Greener Ilana Kohn, tote and textile specialists Cold Picnic, also of Fort Greene, and architectural jewelry from The Things We Keep of Bed-Stuy.
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Rally For Williamsburg Senior Center; Catey Shaw Celebrates ‘Brooklyn Girls’

Watch Bushwick singer Catey Shaw‘s new music video, “Brooklyn Girls,” a play on Katy Perry’s “California Girls.” [Paper]

A 21-year-old mom and City Bakery employee was struck and killed by a 4 train at the Union Square subway station this weekend. [NY Post]

Neighboring Noho businesses Kaufman Shoe Repair Supplies (age 75) and Downtown Floor Supplies (age 25) will depart Lafayette Street, with the former relocating to Park Slope after August 1 and the latter reopening in Chelsea after August 10. [Bowery Boogie]
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Max Fish Reopens Next Month; Body of Missing Greenpointer Found

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The body of missing 28-year-old Peter Spear of Greenpoint has been found. [Greenpointers]

The new Orchard Street home of Max Fish got frontage and an opening date: August 2. [Bowery Boogie]

Seventeen-year-old Julio Camilo was arrested at McCarren Park Pool after allegedly punching a park officer and chipping his tooth. [Gothamist]

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Tommy Ramone Dead at 65; Laurie Anderson Trapped in Hyperbaric Chamber

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Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the Ramones, died Friday afternoon at age 65 at his home in Ridgewood, where he’d been receiving hospice care for cancer of the bile duct. [Rolling Stone]

Kendal Felix, the 26-year-old who has plead not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the death Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark, testified at length about the night Stark died. [NY Post]

Unlocking the Truth, the metal band consisting of three eighth grade boys who live in Flatbush and Bed-Stuy signed a record deal for a minimum of two albums with Sony. Unlocking The Truth was discovered in Washington Square Park in 2012. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

Titus, Because, Who Else? Plus a Little Band Called De La Soul

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

There’s almost nothing left for us to say about Titus Andronicus. Except that the show is free. And also this wisdom, dear hipster children, via Droz in PCU: “You’re wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see? Don’t be that guy.” Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m., free 

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