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Apostrophe Got Raided, Exclamation Point

Downstairs at Apostrophe. (Photo: Razberry)

If you read our and thought, “That can’t possibly last,” well, here’s the moment where you say, “Called it.” The brothers who run the Bushwick gallery cum barbershop cum party pad just posted a message on Facebook announcing that the late-late-late-night spot at 440 Irving Avenue got raided on Friday, during its anniversary weekend, and they spent the night in jail. Seems they’ve decided to comply with a , but worry not, they’re “in the process of finding a new space to open a store” and will “continue to throw parties and art shows at clandestine locations all around the city” — with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, natch. We’ll bring you more information as soon as we can get it. In the meantime, here’s the Facebook post.
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Couldn’t Grab Coffee at Oslo This Afternoon? Blame Morgan Freeman

The view from above Oslo today.

The view from above Oslo today.

If you tried to grab a cuppa at Oslo this morning, you were probably turned away and forced to trudge to one of the 5,000 other coffee spots on the avenue. The roaster’s Bedford Ave. location closed around 4:30 p.m. so that Morgan Freeman’s forthcoming dramedy, Life Itself, could shoot there. Oslo employees were incorporated into the shot, giving the celebrity barista at Grumpy a run for her money. One of them told B+B that the scene consisted of Freeman grabbing a cup of coffee — so, nothing exciting. But the movie — which also stars Diane Keaton and Cynthia Nixon and “centers on a married couple who get swept into a real estate bidding war when they put their Manhattan apartment on the market,” according to TheWrap — will be back in the neighborhood tomorrow and the next day.

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America May Run on Dunkin’, But Williamsburg Clearly Does Not

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Signage recently went up informing the ‘Burg that a Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the corner of North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue, replacing the old Northside Pharmacy. The reaction was instantaneous: “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” someone scrawled on the banner yesterday. The Twitterverse had its say, too, and most Tweeters were, uh, noticeably frustrated. Here now are the top ten reactions to the Dunkin’. Keep Reading »

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There’s a Place Where Strippers, Bikers and Hipsters Meet

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What happens when you turn a classic biker clubhouse into a venue where hipsters mingle with Bushwick natives? Locust. Recently, this hush-hush locale off the JMZ has seen some of the area’s best performers, DJs, promoters and parties pass through each Thursday. The stripper stage is always leather-clad and stacked. Artists, rappers and club kids dance under the whir of bubble machines. Dice scatter across the bar while skate videos play on the monitors. Last week, an ex-convict turned magician taught me a quarter trick and a woman named Fish offered intoxicated but valuable life counsel. All nights beside Thursdays, however, Locust transforms back into a clubhouse (strictly) for Puerto Rican bikers and co.
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This New Street Vendor Stuffs Empanadas for Vegheads and Meat Lovers Alike

Photo: Luloo Flynn.

Photo: Evan Mann.

While traveling through Central and South America, Luloo Flynn came across an array of exciting cuisines. But as a vegetarian, she resisted indulging in a great deal of the local food. “Empanadas in most Latin American countries are made with animal lard, so even the veggie-filled ones were a no-go for me,” she explains. “Food is obviously so important and is a true reflection of a region.”
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Russ & Daughters Is Totally Slammed With Salmonheads Right Now

photo-76Russ & Daughters is no longer taking pre-orders for Yom Kippur appetizing, so if you’re aiming to break the fast with babka, you’re going to have to hoof it down to Houston. Just one thing: the line for lox is long. Very long. A tipster tells us the person in front of her told her the wait was four hours long, and 114 people took tickets before she took off. When we called to confirm, the following exchanged occurred.
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At 3 Diamond Door, There’s a Patio, Prosecco On Tap, and a Free Jukebox

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

What do you get when you combine an “old man bar” aesthetic, a big backyard and a free jukebox filled with “awesome shit”?

That would be 3 Diamond Door – Bushwick’s latest boozing destination from Mike Ireland of Pearl’s Social & Billy Club and partners Gabriel Check and Myles Atherton from Oak & Iron. She opened last night.
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Firefighters Gathered at McSorley’s to Remember 9/11

New York City firefighters outside McSorley's Old Ale House today. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

New York City firefighters outside McSorley’s Old Ale House today. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Members from fire rescue units across New York City congregated at McSorley’s Old Ale House today in commemoration of September 11.

Paul Sainsbury of FDNY Rescue 4 in Queens said, “We gather here every year at 3:43 p.m.” – a number that mirrors the total loss of firefighters on this day twelve years ago. Sainsbury said he arrived on the scene that Tuesday “as the second tower was going down.”
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The Folks From Chloe 81 Are Opening Kingsland Bar in Williamsburg Tonight

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Bar)

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Bar)

Remember back in 2009, when Chloe 81, the subterranean Lower East Side lounge, was the “new Beatrice”? (We do! It was one of the few times the author of this post has been a bold-faced name.) Well, now there’s a “new Chloe 81,” and it’s launching tonight. With free vodka.
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Check Out Dimes, Bringing Some Crunch to the Lower LES Monday

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

A little while ago we told you about Dimes, the new health-focused cafe and eatery on Division Street from Sabrina DeSousa and Alissa Wagner. Though it was originally slated for a mid-August opening, the spot will finally open its doors next Monday, providing some long-awaited MSG-free eats to the Lower Lower East Side.
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