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Week in Film: Ryan Gosling Tries to Direct and Punks in Escobar-Era Colombia

Welcome back to another week of exciting film picks by us. Again, you ask? Yes, again. Relentless? Perhaps. Hint: it will never end. So get used to this undeniable brilliance mixed with essential despair because based on what the stars are telling me, this will never subside. That is unless of course Waka Flocka Flame actually does win the Presidency. In that case, the revolution will have come and gone and only a perfect utopia will remain. At that point I can’t make any promises. Until then, we have each other.

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Tuome Reopens After Fire; Shaoul Gets $97M For Orchard Street Complex

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Following an article in The Post about the number of sex offenders residing in a Kip’s Bay homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services relocated the 12+ men to a facility on Greenpoint’s Clay Street. [NY Post]

Ben Shaoul’s real estate company received a $97 million loan for a planned residential complex at 196 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. [The Real Deal]

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Teen Shot in Williamsburg; Girls the Movie?

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Saturday night, a teenager was shot in the torso and buttocks on Humboldt Street near Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg. He would not ID his assailant. [Brooklyn Paper]

Since it’s Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio will introduce his Zero Waste plan today, aiming to decrease NYC’s trash output by 90 percent in the next 15 years. [NY Daily News]

NBA Hall of Fame center and real estate investor David Robinson and partners procured three Ridge Street residential buildings on the LES for $50 million. [The Real Deal]

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Video Tour Proves the Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan Museum Is ‘Very Real’

By now you’ve probably heard of The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, dedicated to one pivotal year in the lives of “two of the world’s most well known athletes who did more in their young lives than we ever will,” as its website says. After a ton of pre-opening coverage, the museum — located in the hallway of a Williamsburg apartment – celebrated its opening last Saturday with a gala at Standard Toykraft, and now we have this video tour in which creator Viviana Olen assures us that “it’s very real.”

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Lawsuit Against Landlord Samy Mahfar, Organic Cafe/Spa Replaces Mars Bar

Sunny Day in NYC: LES Coleman Skate Park

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Saturday on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, an 18-wheeler backed-up into a memorial-in-progress for pedestrians killed in traffic accidents. [Brooklyn Paper]

Since the East Village explosion last month, residents of 128 Second Avenue have been sans heat, hot water, and cooking gas. [Wall Street Journal]

Members of the Mahfar Tenants Alliance filed four lawsuits against their landlord, Samy Mahfar, for violating their rent-paying rights at residences he owns on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

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19-Year-Old Shot in Williamsburg; Game of Thrones Parties Get Squashed

Ron English does the Bowery Wall

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Murals have returned to the corner of Bowery and Houston, as you can see in the above photo. Ron English broke in the new wall. [Animal]

On Saturday night in Williamburg, a 19-year-old was shot in the stomach near the Bushwick Houses project. [Gothamist]

A lawsuit was filed against the East Houston Hotel for defaulting on loan payments. [The Real Deal]

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‘We Call It Mutt Food’: Pokito Now Serving Latin-Asian in South Williamsburg

pokito food 1The group of Pratt alums who opened Pokito were tired of the typical Williamsburg look — “it’s all the re-claimed woods, steel, dark, all the Edison filament bulbs,” said Alex Kleinberg — so they opened a spot on South 4th Street that has a clean, sleek, tile-and-marble dining room where LED lights emitting a rainbow-like glow.

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Record Store Day Is Almost Here, Here’s How to Spend Your Money on Not-Alcohol For Once

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(Record Store Day)

Everyone knows the quickest way to turn your lame tech-bro pad from drab to authentic cool is to fill it with a bunch of vinyl. Just, please, if you’re going to do that at least take the records outside of their plastic casing and rough them up a bit so it looks like you actually listen to them. Oh, and hot tip: make sure you actually have a record player, too — extra points for knowing how to turn it on.

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Attend Your Own Funeral, Via This ‘Fantasy Burial Workshop’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Everybody dies. But there’s a high probability you won’t get to experience your own funeral, unless of course you’re imagining it during a Bushwick ayahuasca ceremony. But if you want to find out what it’s like to be dead sans pyschedelics, it may be worth forking over $40 for the “fantasy burial workshop” that Carrie Ahern is offering at the Immersive Gallery, a performance art venue in Williamsburg. We spoke with the local dancer and choreographer to find out more about death LARPing.

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Art Openings: Twisted Fairy Tales, Drug Tourists and More

Time again for our weekly roundup of what’s new on the art scene.

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Art by Brice Brown

Buccaneer, Masquerade, Suspence, Abundance, Thorn, Champion. Recent works by Brice Brown
April 17 (opening reception 7-9pm) to May 23 at Air Circulation, 160 Randolph St., Bushwick.
Kentucky-born artist Brice Brown created a multi-part installation meant to present a fragmented experienece of the still life genre as a way to explore “the dichotomous impulses inherent in the act of domestication: containment and freedom; restraint and release; a need for chaos and a need for order,” per the artist’s statement.  The installation, largely consisting of archival pigment prints, wallpaper design and soft sculpture, draws from The Batsford Colour Book of Roses (1962) and pages from an early 20th century fruit and seed catalog. References to the letterhead design of constructivist-influenced masters such as Piet Zwart are embedded in the pieces.

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Week in Film: Get Super Real with Death Docs and Master Manipulations

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film still from The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes (Light Industry)

Sup guys? Stuff got a little out of hand last week with all those space films and so this time around we’re bringing you back down to earth. Though as always we’re keeping it weird. This week we’ve got surreal takes on film strips that have been sliced, diced, and “inappropriated.” Also in our lineup (which doesn’t include this week’s standout Tribeca Film Festival screenings; click here for those) is an account of the cray stuff that can happen when IRL begins to reflect art. So welcome back to hell, we’re glad you could join us once again.

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‘Bad Film’ and Kung Fu Festivals; Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan Museum Opens

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Brian Montes, a 16-year-old who allegedly groped an 11-year-old boy at a Williamsburg bus stop this weekend, told police that he spent days following the victim. [NY Daily News]

A student at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math on the Lower East Side uploaded today’s date and lyrics from the Johnny Cash song “The Man Comes Around” onto Instagram, which some parents interpreted as a threat to their children’s safety. [NY Daily News]

In Williamsburg, a developer is in the process of purchasing 180 Bedford Avenue for $36 million dollars. [The Real Deal]

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