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Bowery Boys History of Greenpoint; EV Gets a Vegan Pizzeria

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Longtime Lower East Side poet John Farris died of a heart attack at his E. 3rd Street apartment on January 22. He was 75 years old. [The Villager]

Next week a trio of local business owners will lobby Community Board 3 with their plans to replace the onetime Nevada Smiths on Third Avenue with a bar/coffee house/vintage record store called Vinyl, a tribute to the Irish band Thin Lizzy. [EV Grieve]

At 190 Bowery, the former Germania Bank Building now sports new windows. [Bowery Boogie]

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CB 3: Is It Time to Limit the Number of Bars, Banks and Chains On the Block?

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

While the city council was busy debating high-level zoning changes to promote affordable housing, Community Board 3 also engaged in the ongoing effort to battle the effects of the city’s red-hot real estate market, putting forward ideas for new zoning to preserve downtown Manhattan’s traditionally vibrant retail scene.

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Arrest in East Village Stabbing; Surrealist Paintings Stolen From W’burg Gallery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Today a pair of men, ages 23 and 24, were arrested for stabbing a man in the back multiple times on East 9th Street this past December. [NBC NY]

A man in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park was robbed last Wednesday morning of his phone and wallet. [Brooklyn Paper]

Seven fully-insured surrealist paintings were stolen from a Bogart Street gallery in Williamsburg on January 24. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Pink Pony Gets a Replacement; Where to Drink in Alphabet City

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Friday morning, a 54-year-old man died after collapsing while pedaling down Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint during inclement weather. [NY Daily News]

Ludlow Coffee Supply, which will include a barbershop, will officially replace The Pink Pony at 176 Ludlow Street. [Bowery Boogie]

Principals behind The Late Late and Webster Hall filed paperwork to replace Hop Devil Grill and Nino’s Pizza, adjoining spaces at the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Avenue A, with a bar/restaurant/co-working space called The Honey Fitz. [EV Grieve]

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Custom Melodies Launch Party with Grey Gersten (aka Eternal Lips)

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(Flyer via Eternal Lips / Grey Gersten)

It’s not usually the case that filling out a revealing questionnaire, waiting in line, and encountering someone with a lot of tools at their disposal ends up being fun. Like, ever. But people who participated in Custom Melodies, an exhibition held last summer by Grey Gersten (aka the musician known as Eternal Lips) left not with a sinking sense of shame, but an original song composed according to their unique personality traits and experiences. You can explore the melodies on this special, interactive website, which launched Tuesday, February 2nd. To celebrate the project’s penultimate realization, Gersten’s throwing a party at Chinatown Soup Gallery. Rumor has it there will be some fire water on hand.

Read more about the project here.

 

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Crack the Code For Classic Cocktails at New LES Speakeasy, Garfunkel’s

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

When 2nd Floor on Clinton closed last July….a lot of people had no clue (it was a speakeasy, after all).

But for those who liked to head to the back of Barramundi’s (which also shuttered) for a chance to be whisked upstairs, a giant hole opened up in their LES nightlife options. Where to surprise that date when you’re feeling fancy, or unwind after going a little too hard at Pianos? Second Floor was always the perfect combination of class and comfort, with some of the most inventive cocktails around (I was once served a drink garnished with a cluster of enoki mushrooms).

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Cause of Williamsburg Warehouse Fire Determined; Happy Birthday, Burroughs

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

One year after the Williamsburg warehouse fire, a cause has finally been determined: sparks from a light fixture that ignited cardboard. [Pix 11]

The MTA says this morning’s snowfall will cause delays on every subway line. [DNA Info]

At 185 Bowery Wednesday, the Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order against the future 19-story CitizenM Hotel, citing construction safety concerns. [Bowery Boogie]

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Inside the New Kossar’s, Plus a Look at the Bialy Bakery’s Puffed Up Menu

80 years after opening for  business, Kossar's gets a makeover (Photo: Nicole Disser)

80 years after opening for business, Kossar’s gets a makeover (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Carbs of the kind that inhabit creatures like bagels and baguettes may have gone out of fashion. And even those of us who choose to enjoy life had to take four months off the damn things during the temporary closing of Kossar’s, the 80-year-old Lower East Side bakery specializing in bialys (which are decidedly not bagels, y’all). I bet your mother even accused you of being skinny over the holidays, and you know that squeezing compliments out of her is like slurping the bitty remnants of your day-one juice detox (i.e. painful for everyone). Forget all that, and check out the new digs– maybe you’ll even be inclined to enjoy at least a few of these babies to the face. Think of it as making up for lost time.

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East Village Community Board Mulls How to Tighten the Taps On Liquor Licenses

Photo: Jason Lam for flickr.com

Photo: Jason Lam for flickr.com

The abundance of bars and nightclubs on the Lower East Side and the East Village is a perpetual source of grousing at Community Board 3 meetings. Sure, we all love a good neighborhood spot, but it’s not so cool to wake up to puke on your doorstep– or to watch your favorite taco joint go under as soon as the landlord realizes he can make big bucks with a cocktail bar instead.

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4 Good Shows to See This Week

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

Wolf Eyes: Trip Metal Residency
Thursday February 4 through Saturday February 6 at Union Pool: $12 – $14 
Vape with the dirty dogs and witness half of Detroit’s noise music scene take over Brooklyn this weekend. The Poppa Bear old timers of Wolf Eyes will lead their little pack of trip metal prodigy puppies– all of whom you’re guaranteed only to have heard from if you lurk around shows in Detroit occasionally, or can claim at least a few drunken years of crashing/ trolling, pissing on pool tables at co-ed parties in Ann Arbor. Or maybe you just read the internet a lot. Who knows? Let’s go with internet underground music dweeb, that way everyone’s invited. Keep Reading »

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Ramones Exhibit at Queens Museum; Rocka Rolla Plans Bed-Stuy Offshoot

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Police are looking for a man who forcibly touched a woman on Eldert Street in Bushwick on January 17. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Today Mayor de Blasio will reportedly reveal plans for the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a streetcar that would stretch 16 miles between the two boroughs. [NY Times]

In April, the Queens Museum will unveil a retrospective titled, “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” [NY Times] And today is the 40th anniversary of the band’s classic, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” [NY Daily News]

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64-Year-Old Stomped at LES McDonald’s; Clinton Hill Pizzeria Expands to Williamsburg

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Police are trying to find the person who punched and stomped on a 64-year-old man in a Delancey Street McDonald’s in late November following an argument. The victim, who suffered from facial injuries and brain bleeding, is now in stable condition. [CBS NY]

On S. 1st Street in Williamsburg, a man was assaulted by three attackers who also stole his glasses on January 24. One arrest has been made. [Brooklyn Paper]

Three thieves robbed a Greenpoint gym located on Berry Avenue near N. 14th Street Friday evening. [Brooklyn Paper]

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