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Party at Kickstarter’s House!

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.12.00 PMKickstarter has funded everything from sci-fi flicks starring Ai Wei Wei to co-working spaces to Bushwick breweries – and now the crowd-funding site is throwing a “block party” featuring some of its success stories.

If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand).
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Cat Cafe Coming to LES; Taiwanese Night Market Headed For Williamsburg

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Our cat cafe dreams have been realized: the Bowery will be home to Purina ONE Cat Cafe, a pop-up coffee shop with free food and drinks, plus plenty of felines available for adoption. [Sprudge]

A 2.3-acre site in Bushwick, with five industrial properties, is on the market for close to $30 million. [Brownstoner]

The East River Ferry might not be operating by the time Greenpoint’s five week G train shutdown begins in July. [Capital NY]
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More Landlord Strife for Steve Cannon; Bartender Sues Over Headbutt

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When emptying his East Village apartment–and the longtime home of his gallery, A Gathering of TribesSteve Cannon removed a wall painted by artist David Hammonds, replacing it with a generic one. Cannon’s former landlord, Lorraine Zhang, says the one-of-a-kind piece belongs to her. [NY Times]

At Acme restaurant in Noho, a bartender who allegedly had his nose broken by a patron who headbutted him is suing for $2 million. [NY Post]

Some young members of the Lower East Side Girls Club used makeup to look bloodied and bruised during an anti-violence march this weekend in Tompkins Square Park. [GammaBlog]

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Onur Tukel On His Bushwick Vampire Comedy Featuring Alex Karpovsky of Girls

One of the buzzed about movies at the Tribeca Film Festival this season is Bushwick filmmaker Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood, a vampire mumblecore rom com that Vulture describes as “what might happen if Woody Allen and Lena Dunham found themselves collaborating on a Roger Corman movie.” The Dunham comparison is apt: Tukel co-starred in Alex Karpovsky’s Red Flag and now Karpovksy (Ray from Girls) appears in Tukel’s movie, as an office drone who watches his neurotic, lazy manchild of a co-worker descend into insatiable blood lust.
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Greenpoint Gets a Hip Kids Clothier That’ll Soon Be Designing For Adults

(Photo: Courtesy of Wovenplay)

(Photos courtesy of Wovenplay)

Man, Greenpoint kids are the coolest. First they get Flying Squirrel, then the place with that giant Gummi Bear chandelier, and now this: a children’s clothier specializing in “creative couture for the every day artist and adventurer” (#littlehipsters) is coming to the quiet nook where Achilles Heel was the only sign of life.
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J. Crew Coming to Williamsburg; Michael Alig Soon to Be Free

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A 32-year-old man who mistakenly turned into oncoming traffic flipped his car while attempting to correct the mistake yesterday morning. He is in “grave” condition at Woodhull Hospital. [NY Daily News]

Michael Alig — the club kid and convicted murderer played by Macaulay Culkin in the 2003 film Party Monster — might be getting out of jail next month. [Gothamist]

J. Crew is said to be closing a deal for a space on Wythe, and Apple is looking in Williamsburg, too. [Crain's NY] Keep Reading »

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A Shooting and A Stabbing in Bushwick, Greenpoint Couple Found Dead in Hot Tub

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A Bushwick police officer told B+B that a man was stabbed on Broadway at 11:15 p.m. Monday. He was taken to Kings County Hospital and is expected to survive. No arrest has been made.

That night there was also an apparent shooting at Knickerbocker Avenue and Putnam Street in Bushwick. This is the neighborhood’s second shooting in as many weeks. [Bushwick Daily]

Investigators are trying to determine what happened to the middle-aged Greenpoint couple who was found dead in their hot tub on Sunday. [NY Daily News]
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Vinyl Vendor Goes Brick-and-Mortar; Bookstore Pops Up in Wythe Hotel

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Palm Sunday crosses at St. Mark’s Church, marking Americans killed by guns each year.(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Longtime Brooklyn Flea vendor Wreckords by Monkey — which makes jewelry, iPhone cases and clocks from vinyl — will host an opening party Saturday for its Boerum Street brick-and-mortar store, The Crate. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Beginning Friday, the Greenpoint bookstore Word will have a week-long pop-up shop in the Wythe Hotel with 150 food-and-drink themed titles, a tie-in to this month’s upcoming Food Book Fair in Williamsburg. [Racked NY]

One little surprise orgy ruined AirBnB for the rest of us — the site will start taxing New York users this summer. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

Stanley Cohen to Plead Guilty in Tax Case; Jimmy Fallon Parties at Niagara

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East Village lawyer Stanley Cohen, who recently vowed to appeal the conviction of Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, has announced on Twitter that he’ll finally end the “witch hunt and harassment” by the IRS and plead guilty to failing to report income. [Twitter via >NY Times]

According to estimates, last month the median monthly rent was $3,200 in Manhattan and $2,900 in north and northwest Brooklyn. For Brooklyn, that’s a 13 percent increase from median monthly rents in March 2013. [The Real Deal]

Indeed, “the desire to live in Brooklyn is at the highest its ever been,” according to a broker whose family business has been open for 85 years in Greenpoint. [NYDN]
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