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The City Reliquary Adds Relics From Brooklyn’s Distant and Not-So-Distant Past

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perhaps you haven’t been to City Reliquary in a minute. And if you’re too cheap to cough up five measly bucks, then maybe you just haven’t been at all. A place for tourists, you ask? Maybe cool ones. But for real, if you’re even slightly intrigued by Brooklyn history, you should pay attention to what this mini-museum has lined up for programming, because chances are it’ll be something fascinating.

Ben Wigler, who goes by the long-winded title of “volunteer and visitor experience director,” greeted me jovially from his perch behind the front desk when I walked in today and was happy to give a run-down of one rather, er, gangster exhibition and a newly expanded gallery space in the front. Oh, and if you’re still too cheap to drop five bones, you can check out a series of really amazing paintings by Ivan Koota living in the front room — where the Huntress Home pop-up closed last month — for exactly zero cents.

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This Weekend, Sip Tea With This Japanese Robocop Made From Toys

Shu Ohno with his self portrait. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Shu Ohno with his self portrait. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Enter P339 Gallery’s nondescript storefront on Bedford Avenue and you’ll come face-to-face with what artist Shu Ohno says is a “futuristic Japanese soldier,” slinging a guitar. Step up to the self-portrait (the axe is a nod to Ohno’s days fronting a rock band in his hometown of Fukuoka, Japan) and you’ll see it’s entirely covered in tiny objects that were either found or purchased in his neighborhood of Park Slope. Some were found on the ground, left in a box of junk in front of someone’s house; others, like the toy soldiers and horses, were purchased for 99 cents per package.
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Commune Salon & Gifts Is the Latest to Relocate in Williamsburg

IMG_0523The Williamsburg retail scene is starting to feel a lot like a game of musical chairs — salon chairs, in the case of the latest switcheroo. Commune Salon & Gift, which opened on Grand Street back in 2004, is leaving its home of over a decade and moving a couple blocks over. It closed earlier this week and will reopen at 185 Roebling Street on Saturday.
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First Look at the Williamsburg Hotel’s Water-Tower Bar, Rooftop Pool, and More

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News that the incoming Williamsburg Hotel would feature a rooftop bar inside of a water tower really made a splash earlier this month. Now we’ve obtained renderings of the seven-story hotel that show it will offer an outdoor rooftop pool, a basement dance club, and a “stylish restaurant,” among other splashy amenities.
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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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Continental Files For Bankruptcy; Wedding Salon For ‘Very Brooklyn Brides’

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Expelled NYU student Jaime Castano, 20, returns to court today after allegedly setting blaze to a female student’s comforter—while singing—and documenting the act via Snapchat last August. The woman sustained burns and scarring. [CBS NY]

Two female employees at the E. 8th Street outpost of Tom Colicchio‘s sandwich chain, ‘Wichcraft, filed a lawsuit accusing the Top Chef judge of violating labor laws and practicing sexism. [Page Six]

Continental Bar on 3rd Avenue, which hosted OG legends like Patti Smith and The Ramones in its former incarnation as a music venue, recently filed its second bankruptcy in six years. [Crain's NY]

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Unlike the Patriots’, This Designer’s Footballs Are Tight

10622913_801978936541153_6674415878487053035_nIf you’re going to deflate a football, at least deflate the $185 camouflage ball being sold at East Williamsburg’s newest clothing store. Because if you’re going to risk Roger Goodell’s wrath, you might as well do so in style.

Victory Lap, a clothing brand started by designer Tavon Davis in 2013, opened its first brick-and-mortar store on Bushwick Avenue this month, just a stone’s throw from where you can now get vodka on tap.

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Construction Worker Trapped On Grand St.; Sheldon Silver Arrested

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New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Lower East Sider who has represented the neighborhood for nearly four decades, was arrested on federal corruption charges; he allegedly failed to disclose payments he received from a law firm. [NY Times]

Firefighters rescued a trapped construction worker on Grand Street yesterday after the ground underneath him collapsed while he attempted to install subterranean piping. [NY Daily News]

An investment company has agreed to pay $33 million for the unfinished 98-room hotel at 139-141 Ludlow Street. [NY Daily News]
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Man Shot While Parked in Williamsburg; Woman Who Paved the Way at McSorley’s Dies

Sweet Toof at Pandemic Gallery

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A car passenger was shot in the ribs while parked on S. 3rd Street in Williamsburg on January 12; police say he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Two days later, a Driggs Avenue bodega employee was robbed at knifepoint while working an early afternoon shift. [Brooklyn Paper]

Next week, the city’s DMV will host a safety hearing resulting from the 2011 hit-and-run death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre, who was struck by a 28-ton truck in Williamsburg driven by Leo Degianni. [Gothamist]

Faith Seidenberg, one of two plaintiffs in the 1970 discrimination lawsuit that resulted in McSorley’s Old Ale House opening its doors to women, died in upstate New York at age 91. [Daily News]

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Condo Dwellers Flock to ‘Rat Castle’; Moscot Turns 100

Not their first rodeo

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At 179 Ludlow Street—the building known as “Rat Castle” during years of stalled construction—all the condos have been claimed two months after leasing began. [The Real Deal]

Those new tenants might want to stop by Community Board 3′s Rat Prevention Training course on the afternoon of February 6 at BRC Senior Center. [Bowery Boogie]

Thursday at 7 p.m., actor/filmmaker Simon Helberg will discuss his romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, co-starring Zachary Quinto and Melanie Lynskey, at the Apple Store in Soho (Free, RSVP here).

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