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Bushwick Residents Rally at City Hall to Decry Deadlock on Immigration Reform

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

“Today we suffer, in November we vote,” dozens of protesters chanted in front of City Hall this afternoon. Some 40 people gathered to express dismay over yesterday’s Supreme Court deadlock over President Obama’s immigration plan, which would have given undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and the possibility to work in the United States. The rally was organized by the Bushwick chapter of Make the Road New York, a non-profit dedicated to representing the city’s Latino and immigrant communities.

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Fresh Body Found in Bushwick Boneyard; Candy Store Busted for Booger Sugar

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday morning, the body of a man (believed to be in his 30s) was found above ground at Bushwick’s Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. [NY Daily News]

Police uncovered $100K worth of heroin and cocaine at Gates Candy in Bushwick yesterday. [Bushwick Daily]

Community Board 2 declined to support a liquor license for The Stand, the Gramercy Park comedy club hoping to open a second outpost on Spring Street. [Bowery Boogie]

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City’s Latest ‘Asphalt Activation’ Wants to Turn Your Frown Upside-Down

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Amidst all the pigeon poop, garbage juice, and sundry other mystery substances littering the streets of New York, there are actually some hard-working people out there trying to make this city just a teensiest bit nicer. Sure, you could go the ad-hoc route like this artist who leaves gold spray-painted trash bags lying around. Or, go the way of the city’s Department of Transportation and commission artists to unleash the pretty. Williamsburg is the new recipient of one such beautification project, with a massive painting adorning the ground of Ascenzi Square, in the triangle formed by Roebling Street, Metropolitan Avenue, and N 4th Street.

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Rent Britney Spears’s Former Penthouse; Mick Jagger Drops into Greenpoint Bar

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

A smooth-talking woman in Williamsburg convinced a thief to return her cellphone after it was stolen on a recent afternoon. [Brooklyn Paper]

The Meat Hook will close its Lorimer Street sandwich shop on July 10. [Eater NY]

Model/chef/former Olympian Franco Noriega hopes to open outposts of his Lower East Side Peruvian rotisserie, Baby Brasa, in both Soho and the East Village. [NY Post]

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Make Your Fairy Goddess Dreams Come True at This New W’Burg Shop

(Photo: Courtesy of Avigail Adam)

(Photo: Courtesy of Avigail Adam)

Game of Thrones aficionados, Athena impersonators, and Rivendale lovers, take note: the next time you need to stock up on delicate laurel wreaths, headbands, and bracelets ornamented with metal, gold-plated leaves and twigs, this new Williamsburg shop may be just what you’re looking for.

Avigail Adam has opened her first brick-and-mortar shop of the same name on Bedford Avenue. “It was always a big dream of mine to have a shop in New York,” she said.

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These Guys Installed a FREE COFFEE Sign Over a Starbucks to ‘Keep Williamsburg Weird’

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment "FREE COFFEE" sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment “FREE COFFEE” sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

Back in February, we noticed a FREE COFFEE sign hovering a few stories above the controversial Starbucks on Union Avenue and wondered if it was an olive branch to neighbors who were rankled by the corporate interloper’s bid for a liquor license. But a barista at the Starbucks told us there were no free Frappuccinos to be had, and it quickly became apparent that the glowing sign was either an art installation, an epic prank, or both. Curious to find out, we slipped a note under the door of one of the building’s top-floor apartments, requesting a word with the sign maker. 

Last week, we finally got a text: “This is the guy behind the free coffee sign.”

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Cops Seek Gun-Wielding Teens; Weekend Subway Nightmare

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday a funeral was held for Brooklyn social worker Enrique Rios, who was killed during the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12th. [DNA Info]

Police are searching for the three gun-wielding teens (captured on surveillance footage) who tried to rob a fourth on Havemeyer Street Monday afternoon. [DNA Info]

A man was arrested near N. 12th Street Saturday for throwing drinking glasses off of a roof, hitting one pedestrian in the head. [Brooklyn Paper]

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This Artist Goes Around Turning Trash Into Bags of Gold

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

It’s no secret: New York in the summer stinks. Most of the time, that overpoweringly unpleasant smell is coming from the garbage bags whose contents are slowly cooking, sous-vide style, in the sun. But if you’ve wandered the streets of North Brooklyn or the Lower East Side recently, you may have noticed a flash of gold peeking out from the rat castles that are our city’s trash piles. Those gilded bags aren’t the Department of Sanitation’s newest attempt at urban beautification; they’re the work of Peruvian-born artist Iván Sikic, whose new series “Trashed” aims to call attention to New Yorkers’ relationship with waste.

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Shooting in East Village; Slashing and Attempted Rape in Bushwick

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Around 2:40 a.m. in an Alphabet City housing project, a 22-year-old man was shot in the stomach. He is in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital. [DNA Info]

Video footage was released of the man who allegedly slashed a 25-year-old woman’s neck on a Bushwick street during an attempted rape early Sunday morning. [Gothamist]

On Friday, Williamsburg pop-up nightclub Mirage experienced its second shutdown of the month, this time for safety concerns. [Free Williamsburg]

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Astor Place Cube Returns This Week; Brooklyn Winery Expands

The Astor Place cube is set to return to Alamo Plaza on Wednesday. [EV Grieve]

Yesterday morning, the thief who stole a cab on Essex Street was arrested after he crashed the vehicle in Battery Park City, injuring three people. [ABC 7]

A Friday night party at Chinatown Soup on Orchard Street was shutdown early when attendees reportedly got rowdy while waiting for a performance from rapper Theophilus London. [Bowery Boogie]

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W’burg’s Classiest Bag Lady Is Selling Off Her Personal Collection This Weekend

(Photo: Courtesy of Anna Corinna)

(Photo: Courtesy of Anna Corinna)

Anna Corinna is a traveler, a designer, a businesswomen – and a passionate collector of handbags and purses. And when we say passionate, we mean it: in the course of 15 years, Corinna has collected over 1,000 vintage and unique bags from all over the world. Now, she’s decided to clean out her closet and share some of that bag-joy with the rest of the world. Today through Sunday, June 19, Corinna is opening a pop-up store right next to her permanent boutique, Anna Corinna.

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Step Inside the Restored W’burgh Savings Bank for this #MadeInBrooklyn Market

Photo courtesy of The Weylin

Photo courtesy of The Weylin

Two years ago when we first caught wind of the the launch of Shwick Market, it was still a dinky affair in out-of-the-way Bushwick. Since then, their effort to highlight made-in-Brooklyn goods has outgrown that location and evolved into a rotating pop-up more than 100 vendors strong, with about 80 percent of wares made right in the borough. (All the rest are still conceived of and designed in New York, even if the fabrics come from far away places).

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