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Vintage Voting Machines Get a Sci-Fi Update at The Choice is Yours

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

This election cycle has been louder than most, with red-faced screaming, epic shout-downs, and showers of insults pummeling over political decorum. The Choice Is Yoursa new art show grown out of the clunky mechanical levers of cumbersome voting machines, feels unusually quiet by comparison, almost to the point of being meditative.

“I thought it would be fun to turn them into these choice machines,” the artist, R. Luke DuBois explained. “Maybe it makes you think twice when you get into an actual voting booth on Tuesday.”

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Mikey’s Hookup Gets Hooked Up by the Williamsburg Apple Store

The chillers at Mikey's Hookup have got your back, and apparently someone's got their backs too (Photo courtesy of Mikey's Hookup)

The chillers at Mikey’s Hookup have got your back, and apparently someone’s got their backs too (Photo courtesy of Mikey’s Hookup)

It seems silly now to imagine that some of us groused about the opening of a “Mini-Mall” in the Realform Girdle Building– it just seemed so yuppie-ish and suburban and right there on Bedford and North 5th, like the places we’d escaped to get to New York. If you can image, “gentrification” wasn’t yet a watchword.

But by 2001, along with the Verb Café (RIP, well sorta– there’s a Verb 2.0 in Greenpoint) and the Internet Garage (read: before email was on your phone, you’d stop by here to “Get high on speed!!!11” as their Facebook page advises), you could stop by Mikey’s Hookup and play ping pong while picking up a guitar cord.

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#HackHousing Proves That Not All Tech Bros Suck

(Flyer via #HackHousing)

(Flyer via #HackHousing)

After making my way through a gilded, marble-floor lobby worthy of Home Alone 2, I found myself at Civic Hall. The techy meetup spot and educational center is where likeminded hackers convene for “labs” and shamelessly use the kind of words (“disrupt”) that have become emblems of that heady cocktail of superiority and entitlement powering controversial profit vacuums like Uber and AirBnB. I was hardly surprised to see that Pierre Omidyar’s foundation is a sponsor of Civic Hall, as is Google. Even if the #HackHousing event had been pitched as an occasion for discussing “creative ways to empower New York renters,” I was more than a little skeptical.

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Nine Things to Know about the Brooklyn Generator’s 14-Block Rezoning Plan

Rendering of 25 Kent Avenue, Toby Moskovits's waterfront office complex (Image via Steelblue Consulting / Heritage Equity)

Rendering of 25 Kent Avenue, Toby Moskovits’s waterfront office complex (Image via Steelblue Consulting / Heritage Equity)

Last night at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna took aim at a 14-block rezoning proposal that would allow for the construction of Brooklyn Generator, an eight-story, 480,000-square-foot office complex slated for development in Williamsburg. The special permit being sought by developer Heritage Equity and the Department of City Planning would transform a majority of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone and have major implications for the IBZ’s fast-shrinking homegrown industry as well as the city as a whole.

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Powrplnt’s TFW105: #1

(photo via Powerplnt / Facebook)

(photo via Powerplnt / Facebook)

A while back we talked to Angelina Dreem about her nonprofit Powerplnt, a workspace and gallery providing tech-centric classes and workshops. Friday, they present their “first monthly event about feelings.” The event is one of the first to happen in the new, permanent space. It features performances and “touching feels” by Colin Self, Baby Perrier, Bebe Yama, and Hunter Hunt Hendrix, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to various organizations supporting teen mental health. Feels good.

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Festival Frenzy: Northside Badges On Sale, Mexican Summer Launches 'New Myths'

New Myths (main)Take a break from scouring Airbnb for remotely affordable places to stay during SXSW, cuz passes just became available for a couple of other first-rate festivals. First off, early-bird badges went today for Brooklyn’s own Northside Festival, set for June 8 to 14 this year. Prices are $25 for Film (around 50 films are expected), $70 for Music (around 400 bands), and $245 for Innovation (around 150 speakers).
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