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Academy Annex Will Leave Williamsburg and Turn Greenpoint into a Vinyl Mecca

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

Academy Annex is moving on up – from Williamsburg to Greenpoint.

Owner Mike Davis says the record store has to leave its current building on N. 6th St. because it’s “getting torn down to make way for much needed luxury condos” (dude, good one).
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10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the G Train But Were Stuck Underground So Couldn’t Ask

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The waiting is the hardest part. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Like any relationship fraught with “issues,” riders of the G train know acute highs (like catching the train just as it arrives at the dank Broadway station at 3am) and despairing lows (like, ugh, having to ride the shuttle bus from Greenpoint to Court Square half the summer). Good or bad, the G knows how to keep things interesting!

The MTA’s full review of the G line, released yesterday and embedded below, made us see our relationship with the G in a whole new light, and like a good couples counselor it finally helped us get some questions answered. Starting with…
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Update on Pike St. Fire, Bushwick Bohemia in the Hamptons

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(Photo: Bahram Foroughi)

Last week’s fire on Pike Street rendered 34 adults and 7 children homeless. [The Lo Down]

Hamptons Bohemia, this summer’s annual ArtHamptons fair, will feature a “Bushwick Bohemia” show “contrasting two different artist worlds,” according to curator Andrew Gori. No kidding! [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Shirts & Destroy Leaves the City, But You Can Still Rock Its Tees

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(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Shirts & Destroy – a company that releases tee shirts designed by local artists, tattooers and bands – has closed its Greenpoint store and is leaving the city.

Ryan Begley opened the brick-and-mortar version of his online shop two years ago, but had to close it earlier this month due to – you guessed it – a rent hike. Two of them, actually: one at the shop at 293 Manhattan Ave. and the other at his Lower East Side apartment.
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Magic Flying Carpets and Late Night Openings: Art This Weekend

Artwork by Sara Schneckloth

Artwork by Sara Schneckloth.

Between the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival taking over galleries and venues across the borough and Williamsburg Every 2:ND going down tonight, it’s a big weekend for art. Here’s what’s worth checking out — just in case you hadn’t been scouring our events calendar).
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Kool Thing: Kim Gordon Is Crashing in Greenpoint These Days

(Photo: Patrick McMullan)

North Brooklyn has seen a lot of Kim Gordon in the past month: she introduced a screening of “A Woman Under the Influence” at Nighthawk and performed with Body/Head, her project with noise guitarist Bill Nace, at Saint Vitus during Northside. Plus, that show at Knockdown Center in May.

No, she hasn’t been commuting in from her home in Western Massachusetts. Turns out, the former(?) Sonic Youth bassist/singer/guitarist/blond-badass has been “keeping a room in a friend’s apartment” in Greenpoint since March, according to her rep at Matador Records.
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Charles Bellafiore Usually Finds Someone to Talk to at Enid’s

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Last week, the unthinkable happened: Enid’s went dry. The Greenpoint bar’s liquor license expired and it went a week without being able to serve (yesterday it announced on Facebook: “booze is back!”). This was particularly a blow to Charles Bellafiore, who’s been a regular at Enid’s since it opened just before the turn of the century – which is a much cooler way of saying 1999.
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Inside Lake Street, the New Bar From Members of The Hold Steady, Spoon

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

When we first brought word that rockers Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) were teaming up to open a Greenpoint bar that nodded to the neighborhood joints of Minneapolis, there were plenty of demands from B+B readers. One asked “Must there be tvs?”; another wrote, “I hope they show hockey games.” Another asked, “Can you please import all of the Midwestern guys into the bar as well?”
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Titus Andronicus Sells Singing Telegrams, ‘Biggest Block Party in East Williamsburg’

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(Photo: Timothy Krause)

For $50, Patrick Stickles, front-man of the Brooklyn-based rock outfit Titus Andronicus, will deliver a singing telegram right to your door. [The L]

The real-estate upheaval continues on the LES, as two buildings on East Broadway were sold this morning in two separate transactions. [Lo Down] Keep Reading »

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Jorge Elbrecht of Lansing-Dreiden and Violens On His 7″ With Ariel Pink, Out Today

Self-portrait of Elbrecht as a child (from the new 7").

Self-portrait of Elbrecht as a child (from the new 7″).

Jorge Elbrecht’s introduction to the music industry came in the early 2000s with the success of his band/art collective, Lansing-Dreiden, which reissued its entire catalog this past spring. During its heyday, the group received two favorable “Art in Review” write-ups in The Times.

Following Lansing-Dreiden, Elbrecht went on to form Violens and earlier this year joined Ariel Pink’s band as their new guitarist. The Costa Rica-born artist has also become an in-demand producer, most notably making the new Au Revoir Simone record, whose single “Somebody Who” was released in June.
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Free Soul Cycling in Williamsburg, Spanish Poet Reborn in Bushwick

Woman, umbrella, July 4

(Photo: Timothy Krause)

Soul Cycle NYC has launched Williamsburg Local Rides, in which neighborhood residents can take a class for free every Wednesday this summer. [Bedford + Bowery]

The New York Times is “confounded” by a new mural of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca on Stockholm Street in Bushwick. It’s part of the New York Public Library’s “Back Tomorrow” exhibit, closing July 21. [NYT] Keep Reading »