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Fatal Hit-and-Run in Bushwick; Pommes Frites Seeks Funds

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Last night in Bushwick, a 46-year-old woman using a walker was killed by a garbage truck in a hit-and-run. [NY Daily News]

Newly published paperwork reveals that Sheldon Silver, the former state assembly speaker, omitted key answers in a financial disclosure statement he recently filled out as part of his ongoing legal turmoil for allegedly accepting bribes. [NY Daily News]

Pommes Frites, one of the East Village businesses still reeling from this spring’s gas line explosion, launched a $64K Indiegogo fundraiser to help foot the bill for their new digs on MacDougal Street. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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From the Factory to Clublandia, Two Exhibitions Will Bring You Back to the Good Ol’ Days

The Last Party exhibition at WhiteBox (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Last Party exhibition at WhiteBox (Photo: Nicole Disser)

While wandering from gallery to gallery yesterday in the Lower East Side, soaking up a pair of museum-like nostalgia exhibitions focusing on at least one part if not all of a few-decades long span from Warhol’s Factory days through the ’90s club kid scene, I started thinking about a conversation I’d had with one JJ Brine, Satanic gallerist extraordinaire. Before JJ took off for Vanuatu (btw according to his Facebook page, he made it just fine), he explained he was departing indefinitely because he was frustrated with what he understood as New York City’s unusual fixation on the past at the expense of devoting energy to the future. I couldn’t have agreed more, but somehow The Last Party and Michael Alig’s appropriately-titled solo exhibition, Inside / Out succeed in drawing a line, however crooked, between the past and the present and making this nostalgia part of current existence. How? Well, I felt as though I could almost see myself in some of the blurry old party photos and even the creepy clown-like painted odes to various poisons of choice.

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Watch the Melvins Cover ‘Rebel Girl’ With Teri Gender Bender

We’re big fans of Kathleen Hanna. We’re big fans of King Buzzo. So imagine our delight last night at Santos Party House when Buzzo and the Melvins brought out Teri Gender Bender, the firebrand frontwoman of opening act Le Butcherettes, for an amped up version of “Rebel Girl.” (Grunge trivia: Kathleen Hanna is the one who wrote “Kurt smells like teen spirit” on the walls of Kurt Cobain’s apartment, spurring the song title; Buzzo, who has covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Leif Garrett, recently said the Cobain documentary Montage of Heck was 90% “total bullshit.” Discuss.) Watch it above and when you’re done, check out their cover of “Moving to Florida” by the Butthole Surfers, with former band member Jeff Pinkus on bass.

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Court Blesses NYU Expansion; Happy Birthday, Debbie Harry

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The State Court of Appeals unanimously approved NYU’s $6 billion expansion plan yesterday. [NY Daily News]

Sunday morning around 4 a.m., three men punched a drunk man and stole his phone on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]

On June 23, a woman visiting an apartment on Eagle Street in Greenpoint had hot soup thrown on her right arm and leg by her prospective new roommate, a man police are now trying to find. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Owner of Les Enfants Terribles Is Back, Baby! Check Out LES Enfants de Bohème

Outside the cafe/bar. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Outside the cafe/bar. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Orphans of Les Enfants Terribles, the Afro-Brazilian restaurant that was on the Lower East Side for almost 10 years, can now make themselves at home at owner Stéfan Jonot’s new space, LES Enfants de Bohème, which opened today. Located at 177 Henry Street, the café, restaurant and bar is reminiscent of the bistros of Jonot’s hometown of Paris.

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Shows: Cold Wave in Lieu of AC, Plus a Sugar OD at the Arcade

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So, we dunno about you, but we certainly slept on the Death Grips shows, both of which sold out faster than you can say, “What the hell? I thought they broke up?” One’s happening at Webster Hall on July 7 and another at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on the 8th, just in case you think you have a chance of weaseling your way in. But the rest of us are just going to have to settle for a bunch of other great shows coming up, though keep in mind most of them are sandwiching the weekend. Coz it’s our Great Nation’s Birthday Celebration on Saturday, in case your sense of time is already shot from all the Jell-O shots, Cat Hair Pills, and dips in the East River after chilling at our borough’s sickest yacht club, all of which are required in heavy doses to live your best summer ever (these are actually things we’re doing, don’t sneer). Hence missing the party boat straight to Death Grips. Le sigh. You live and you learn.

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Faith47 Ponders ‘Psychic Power of Animals’ Across From Keith Haring’s Place

"The Psychic Power of Animals” by Faith47 (Photo: Rob Scher)

“The Psychic Power of Animals” by Faith47 (Photo: Rob Scher)

Undoubtedly this past weekend was a love-filled one for Manhattan. While one fabulously feathered flock made there way down Sixth Avenue, another newly painted pair settled on the corner of Broome and Chrystie Streets. The mural was painted by acclaimed South African artist Faith47, whose work has appeared on streets and galleries around the world, in collaboration with the Little Italy Street Art (L.I.S.A) project. Completed in the early hours of Monday morning, the swans form part of the artist’s latest series, “The Psychic Power of Animals,” and aptly appear embracing in the shape of a heart.

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Rent Guidelines Board Votes For Historic Rent Freeze; ‘Right Call,’ Says De Blasio

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Nearly two hours after the Rent Guidelines Board was scheduled to vote on whether more than 1.2 million New Yorkers would be required to pay more for their rent-regulated apartments, the board made a historical decision to freeze rent increases for one-year leases. Amidst intermittent boos and cheers, the board’s chair, Rachel Godsil, announced that for the first time ever one-year leases would see a zero percent increase in rent, while two-year leases would be subject to a 2 percent increase.

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10-Story Condo Coming to Chrystie; Ten Thousand Saints Trailer Drops

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See a rendering of the 10-story condominium planned for 165 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Philly burger joint PYT will open an NYC outpost on Bowery in the former home of Gia Trattoria. [EV Grieve]

Mid-July will bring a second new eatery to 23 Essex Street, Taco Recipes. [Bowery Boogie]

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Brawl in Williamsburg; Greenpoint Landing Breaks Ground

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Cellphone video captured a man striking teenage girls who were mid-fight on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg Thursday. Police are investigating the incident. The man is reportedly the father of one of the teens in the video. [ABC 7 NY]

Greenpoint Landing‘s groundbreaking ceremony commenced on Friday. [Gothamist]

Changes to the B26 and Q58 bus lines have Bushwick residents up in arms. [News 12 Brooklyn]

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Major Looting at Bushwick Sneaker Shop; Gigi Hadid Scopes Out LES Apt

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A car overturned in a crash early Wednesday evening on McGuinness Avenue in Greenpoint. No one sustained serious injuries. [Gothamist]

Police say 10 thieves entered a sneaker store on Bushwick’s Broadway and stole a bevy of merch. [Brooklyn Paper]

Greenpoint Landing will be reportedly the site of a 103-unit affordable housing building. [Crain's NY]

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Tenants Demand Rent Break as Albany Lawmakers Reach a Deal

Eva Brown: "The Bible says you got to love one another and you got to help those who are under." (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Eva Brown: “The Bible says you got to love one another and you got to help those who are under.” (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

“All you landlords, you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side,” and “All my money is spent when I pay my rent” were the chants that rose from housing activists and tenants at the Great Hall at Cooper Union yesterday evening. They rallied to demand that the Rent Guidelines Board roll back rents when it meets Monday to set new rent levels for regulated apartments.

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