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Hotel Coming to Bushwick; Watch the John’s of 12th Doc

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A developer has proposed a 112-room hotel for 71 White Street in Bushwick, formerly home to ViceVersa Vintage. [The Real Deal]

Bushwick’s Community Board 4 promised to end to closed-door debates about new liquor licenses. [DNA Info]

The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts kicks off today and runs through Sunday at Theater for the New City. [The Skint]

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Week in Film: Public-Access Cosmonauts, 15-Year-Old Cult Leader and More

It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep your attention, dear readers. What with palm tree paradises popping up at Rockaway and the smell of BBQs now ubiquitous. Don’t miss out on such luxuries, dear readers. But if you don’t want to turn into an unfeeling blob, sucking down nothing but frozen margs and “beach reads” (shudder), then you gotta keep dosing yourself with a hefty shot of culture every now and then, now don’t you? Well this week we’ve got a variety of fantastic films, documentaries, and never-realized TV series for you to choose from. Consume wisely.

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Bushwick Shooting Connected to W-burg Stabbing; Shake Shack Reopens

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According to the NYPD, an arrest is imminent in Monday’s shooting death of a 39-year-old Bushwick man, which they believe to be connected to the fatal stabbing that occurred the next day in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

Fourteenth Street will be the site of 56K-square-feet of new retail space between Avenues A and B. [Real Estate Weekly]

Genesis Bridal Shop, which closed its Clinton Street location last week after three decades, will reopen just three blocks away at 309 East Houston Street, replacing a salon. [Bowery Boogie]

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Festival Frenzy: Northside and Bushwick Open Studios Reveal All

Untitled-1Two of the summer’s biggest fests, Bushwick Open Studios and Northside Festival, have now revealed their full schedules and lineups, showing us just what we can expect next month. To make things extra fun, they’re running back-to-back this year, with BOS slated for June 5 to 7, and Northside happening June 8 to 14. So, yeah, cancel any plans to hit the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar during those dates.

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Dina Gadia’s Collages Are Chopped and Screwed Visions of a Golden Age

"Antiquated Ideals," by Dina Gadia

“Antiquated Ideals,” by Dina Gadia

Dina Gadia’s pulpy, graphic collages, now on view at Greenpoint’s Owen James Gallery, bring to mind a ’50s wholesomeness and tropical kitsch while at the same time challenging it. Her collages are at once subtle and unabashedly clear, familiar and obscure, paradoxes that hold fast because Gadia, a Filipino artist living and working in Manila, is working in two, if not three registers by exploring the impact of Spanish but especially American influence on Filipino culture.

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Why Do These Women Have Flowers In Their Mouths?

From the Petal Series. (Photo: Tal Shpantzer.)

From the Petal Series. (Photo: Tal Shpantzer.)

Williamsburg’s Honey Gifts will be displaying more than just the usual lingerie and sex toys this Friday night. Brooklyn artist Tal Shpantzer has adorned the shop’s windows with images of women holding flowers and petals in their mouths. The photographs from Shpantzer’s Petal Series are inspired by Dadaism and, specifically, Hannah Höch’s collages. They’re striking, intense, and beautiful–some of the women look a little sad, others almost feral.

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No More Ice-Skating Rink For McCarren; Williamsburg Pizza Chides Dominos

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McCarren Park’s ice skating rink will not return this winter. [Brooklyn Paper]

In an anti-Dominos marketing ploy, a Williamsburg Pizza investor says he’ll buy a pie for those who mention @dominos, a pizza emoji, and @WburgPizza in a tweet. [DNA Info]

A still-unnamed French-Catalonian restaurant with 100 seats will open early this summer on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. [Eater NY]

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Greenpoint Is Getting a Playground With Skate Park Designed By Steve Rodriguez

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Hey, Greenpoint’s getting a shiny new park! Alright, technically it’s a “playground,” but with a new skate park, handball court and basketball court, hopefully it’ll make grownups want to come out and play, too. The major overhaul of tired old Sgt. William Dougherty Playground is scheduled to begin late next year, according to Department of Transportation officials, who announced the plans at a Community Board meeting last night.

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40-Story Tower to Rise in Greenpoint; James Murphy of LCD Opening Wine Bar

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Two men were treated at Bellevue Hospital this weekend after a woman with a box cutter slashed them in the face and neck on Kent Avenue in Greenpoint. [Brooklyn Paper]

On Sunday afternoon, a scammer posing as a kidnapper phoned a Williamsburg mom and demanded $1K if she wanted her son to keep his fingers. [Brooklyn Paper]

Restaurants Paulaner NYC on Bowery and Bunna Cafe in Bushwick are donating a portion of their earnings to Nepal earthquake relief efforts. [Grub Street]

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Floats Its Hope of Opening This Month

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Despite a stalemate with the local community board, it looks like Brooklyn Barge Bar isn’t dead in the water just yet. Aiming to be Brooklyn’s smaller version of the Frying Pan, the bar recently announced on Facebook that it hopes to open later this month. There are photos circa late March of the team building the gangway in Kingston, New York, and they’ve also launched a website detailing its menu and plans for engaging the community in (hopefully) non-alcohol related outdoor activities like sailing and fishing (though we’re not sure drunk fishing will be left totally out of the equation).

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Hammer Attack in Union Square; Free Ice Cream Cones

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Police are searching for a man who attacked two woman (ages 28 and 33) with a hammer last night one block apart near Union Square. [NY Daily News]

At 125 Second Avenue, Enz’s clothing boutique is back in business after the March 26 gas line explosion. [EV Grieve]

Investors behind Charlie Bird, the Greenwich Village Italian restaurant, will open a new venture on Kenmare Street at Toby’s Public House’s former address. [Eater NY]

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