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This Brooklyn Director Has a Cannes-Do Attitude

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A scene from Short Lived

Brooklyn-based director Michael Hobbs only ever imagined he’d have the opportunity to work with a dream team on his latest short film, Short Lived. But when Hobbs sent an email on a whim to Brooklyn-based director of photography Alexander Crowe, he got more than he bargained for. “I didn’t expect a reply because of his caliber, but he got back to me,” Hobbs says. “This was a really big deal.”

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Car Break-Ins in Williamsburg; East New York the Next Bushwick?

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Kim’s Video & Music in the East Village could shutter before the month’s end. [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Robert Durst, the real estate developer who sold 234 Union Avenue in Williamsburg for more than $21 million this month, was arrested in Houston for allegedly exposing himself and urinating on a CVS cash register. [NY Daily News]

Yesterday 28-year-old Google engineer Jason Chan was arraigned on charges that he raped a 19-year-old woman in his East Village apartment in June. [NY Post]

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Veselka Celebrates 60 Years; McKibbin Lofts Hit With Partial Vacate Order

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Sadie Silver—a public school principal living in Bushwick—was arrested and fired after police allegedly caught she and her partner, Michael Acosta, bringing heroin and prescription drugs into an maximum security prison in upstate New York. [NY Daily News]

J.Crew confirmed that it will open a Williamsburg outpost at 234 Wythe Avenue in mid-September. [T]

From 6 p.m. to 6:54 p.m. tomorrow night, Veselka will charge the prices it did in 1954 (10-cent coffee, 60-cent borscht) in honor of its anniversary. [Grub Street]
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Here’s How Locals Are Feeling About Williamsburg’s First Starbucks

Starbucks' new Williamsburg outpost (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Starbucks’ new Williamsburg outpost (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

In case you hadn’t heard, Williamsburg finally got itself a Starbucks location this morning—on Union Ave near the Lorimer/Metropolitan L and G station. The neighborhood is already in the throes of an identity crisis, what with the closure of old stalwarts and the imminent arrival of megaliths like J. Crew. While the Twitter-sphere at large explodes with consternation at this latest development (woeful declarations of the demise of the neighborhood abound), we hit the streets to find out what locals really think about their newest coffee purveyor.
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Dumpling Man Gets Sued; World’s Most Hipster Neighborhoods

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Lower East Side gallery 47 Canal will close on August 2 and relocate to 291 Grand Street, where it will reopen in September under its current name. [Gallerist NY]

A former employee is suing Dumpling Man on St. Marks Place, claiming wrongful termination and hazardous working conditions. [NY Post]

Check out 40-plus photos from this weekend’s ice cream festivals at the Brooklyn Flea and Hester Street Fair. [Gothamist]

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Crocodiles, Phoxes, and How Not To Get Beat Up by Brody Dalle

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

Southern rockers signed to Sub Pop? OK, then. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires have straight-forward southern appeal, with lots of Skynyrd-esque guitar work and a dash of swamp blues. Will the show be good? They once got kicked out of a club for being too rowdy. In Texas. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Friday, July 18 at 10:30 p.m., tickets $10
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Now Showing: Kickstarter Film Fest, Complimentary Absinthe, and More

quickiecrestThat damn potato salad might be all you’re hearing about Kickstarter these days, but the Greenpoint-based crowfunding company is throwing a big party in Fort Greene Park tonight.
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‘I Said, I Need More; So I Got This Girl, This Female Gremlin’

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

If you’re hitting the Brooklyn Flea’s ice cream social or doing anything else in Williamsburg this weekend, you might just run into Juan Nisvis, Jr., a freelance photographer who, since the beginning of summer, has been selling bottled beverages out of his roving “Caribean [sic] Gremlins From Brooklyn” cart.
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Cockroach Legs, Fantasy Pez, and Dick Pins: It’s Collector’s Night!

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Amber Maykut, an artist in residence at Morbid Anatomy, is both a taxidermist and collector of stuffed creatures. She first began collecting butterflies in high school. (Photo: Nicole Disser) (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Williamsburg’s City Reliquary teamed up with the Brooklyn Historical Society for Collector’s Night 2014, held at the latter’s home base in Downtown Brooklyn.
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Williamsburg Starbucks Opens Monday; Free Films in Tompkins Begin Tonight

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The son of Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe was arrested in the East Village after allegedly buying cocaine and prescription pills. Police also arrested McEnroe’s alleged drug dealer, 22-year-old Niro Meneses of the Upper West Side. [NY Daily News]

The Williamsburg Starbucks opens Monday. [Gothamist]

Kings County Bar—of Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant fame—left its Seigel Street space in Bushwick after a rent increase, choosing to merge with its sister bar 1 Knickerbocker to form Kings County Saloon, opening Friday. [Gothamist]
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