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Greenpoint Factory Will Be Demolished; New York More Affordable Than Austin?

Opening day at the rice burger place, Yonekichi

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In Williamsburg crime news: 74 laptops—valued at $111K total—were stolen from a Hooper Street school between August 15 and 19, and an engagement ring and two Macbooks were taken from a Havemeyer Street apartment. [The Brooklyn Paper]

G&S Sporting Goods will shutter after more than seven decades in business on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Demolition permits were filed for six buildings in Greenpoint’s former Harte and Co. plastics factory, which sits on a Superfund site. [Brownstoner]

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100 Montaditos Unleashes Its Spanish Mini Sandos On Ludlow Street

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Despite construction at the sites of the old Dark Room, El Sombrero, and Motor City, Ludlow Street is looking a little livelier these days: Sweet Chick filled the old Max Fish space in June, the Ludlow Hotel’s Lobby Bar opened last month (with Dirty French coming soon), and now, across the street, 100 Montaditos has opened its second NYC location.
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Own a Piece of Rat Castle; Photos of 1940s LES

Gaia gate, Empellon Cocina

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For $1.65 million, you can own a condo inside 179 Ludlow Street—nicknamed “rat castle” by locals during its years-long construction. Units are set to hit the market in mid-September. [The Real Deal]

Death & Co. veterans soft opened a new Rivington Street bar, One Fifty One, where snacks include frozen Girl Scout cookies. [Eater NY]

Alex Stupak’s casual new restaurant opening next month in the Sushi Lounge‘s old digs will be called Empellón al Pastor, specializing in al pastor tacos. [Grub Street]
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Bushwick Film Fest Returns; Chloe Thinks East Village Is ‘Like a Frat House’

Buff Monster on Bowery

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Police are looking for a foursome—two men and two women, all likely in their late teens—who they believe committed three Lower East Side robberies in a couple hours between late Wednesday and early Thursday. [DNA Info]

East Village jewelry store C’est Magnifique, which spent its first 57 years in the West Village before relocating in 2012, closed for good this past weekend. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Chef and Pies ‘n’ Thighs co-founder Stephen Tanner and Harvey Milk bassist Chris Young will follow-up their Williamsburg restaurant, The Commodore, with a two-story Bushwick dive bar serving BBQ/Mexican fusion called El Cortez. [Grub Street]

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Waka Waka, an Indie Gaming Hang, Has Powered Up On Clinton Street

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Less than a year after we brushed elbows with Rihanna at “the most buzzed about tattoo shop in the history of man” at 26 Clinton Street, Bang Bang (aka Keith McCurdy) packed up his crew and moved on. Last night, the space was playing host to a different New York niche culture – call it revenge of the nerds.

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Marc Maron Is Coming to Skirball, Which Just Announced Its New Season

Attention, WTFers, WTFuxtibles, WTFineers, WTFuckleberry Finns! Marc Maron is taking his grumbling and grousing out of the cluttered garage from which his weekly podcast emanates and into some far tonier digs.
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6 Shows You Should Really Go See

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.


Fresh off their European tour with Islands, Brooklyn band TEEN takes over Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week. The female four-piece is headed up by Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (hence the band’s name), formerly of Here We Go Magic. TEEN calls their music “psychedelic gospel”; it’s part glittering pop, part soulful rock. If you can’t make the Bazaar tonight, you can catch em on September 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m., tickets free
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Chinatown Buses Face Regulation and Riled-Up Residents

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of "Save Our Streets")

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of Save LES Streets)

After a two-year grace period, the city is finally moving to enforce legislation that aims to regulate the thriving (and some would say infuriating) Chinatown bus industry, in the hopes of mitigating the “wild west” atmosphere that the throng of ludicrously cheap long-haul carriers have introduced to the affected downtown zones.
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Affordable Housing Rush in Greenpoint; Skinny Dennis Opens a New Bar

Van

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Julian Acevedo, the now 45-year-old driver allegedly involved in a Williamsburg hit-and-run accident that killed an expectant Hasidic couple in March 2013, has been given an October 14 trial date. [NY Post]

Yesterday afternoon, 60 firefighters were dispatched to a Clymer Street in Williamsburg after a maintenance worker at a synagogue received an electric shock while changing lightbulbs. The man was hospitalized with burns on his hand, said the FDNY. [DNA Info]

Shake Shack will reportedly make an IPO as soon as this year with help from JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. [Business Insider]
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Williamsburger Calls 911 Over 400 Times; Charlie Parker Jazz Fest

Icy and Sot

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A 45-second video recorded last night at the corner of E.10th Street and Avenue D captured what some claim is another act of police brutality: a cop pinning down a man protesting in solidarity with Michael Brown. [NY Daily News]

Police are looking for 31-year-old Alphabet City woman Melissa Morales, who has been missing since July 7. Morales is five-foot-seven and 200 pounds, and was last seen wearing multi-colored pants near her apartment at 99 Avenue C, near 7th Street. [Town & Village Blog]

According to the attorney of Louis Segna—the 53-year-old Williamsburg man found guilty yesterday of placing more than 400 911 calls to report fake crimes such as a subway explosion—the impetus for his client’s calls was the “influx of hipsters in the area.” [NY Daily News]
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