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‘I’m Kind of Over New York’: It’s the End of Beginnings Gallery in Greenpoint

Artwork by Matt Leines.

Artwork by Matt Leines.

On Monday evening, Beginnings Gallery in Greenpoint will hold its final show, appropriately titled (cue Jim Morrison voice) “The End.” The owners have decided to shutter the gallery after being open just shy of a year.

“It was always going to be an experiment, and that’s why we had a one-year sublease,” said Caroline Hwang, one of the space’s seven curators. “Because it’s so expensive, it’s difficult to do without so many people, and some of us want to do other things.”
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This Guy Has a Corner Office, But Only If He Parks It On a Corner

They’re the Urban Campers. We’re knocking on their doors and having a look inside.

The corner office (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The corner office (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Just about every weekday morning, T.R. Ludwig has to roll out of bed and get into the office by 8:30 a.m. And then he has to move that office. Because his office is a 1985 Winnebago attached to the body of a Chevy 150 truck.
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Kids Store Is Leaving ‘No Fun’ Williamsburg for Greenpoint

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Turns out Academy Annex’s impending move to Greenpoint will bring with it an unexpected bundle of joy: a children’s store!

When Kate Schmitz, the owner of Flying Squirrel, learned that she and Academy owner Mike Davis had to clear out of the space they share on N. 6th St., she decided to follow her longtime friend north.

Schmitz first met Davis when she was 20 and her roommate played in a band with him. About ten years ago, when Davis decided to bring an outpost of his East Village record shop to Brooklyn, they put their heads together and realized that selling baby stuff and vinyl in tandem was a no-brainer.
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And Another Thing, Mr. Steingarten: Roberta’s Is NOT 8 Blocks From the Train

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Man, we got so worked up yesterday about Vogue’s patronizing praise of Brooklyn dining that we forgot to mention one of the things that irked us the most: Jeffrey Steingarten’s complaint about the “subway ride that often dumped us eight dark and unfamiliar blocks from supper” at Roberta’s.
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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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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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