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Caught Between Two Worlds in Bushwick

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Jazz is floating through my window and it’s coming from the taqueria across the street. At Mesa Azeteca, there’s live jazz on Thursdays and mariachis on Fridays. Welcome to Bushwick, 2013.

The restaurant sits on Wyckoff Avenue near Hart Street, which has become a clear dividing line between two different worlds. Keep Reading »

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Speaking Of Citi Bike, This Was Probably Inevitable

photo(156)We’ve now discovered that Citi Bikes can be used as SoulCycles and they can shred, but that apparently didn’t impress whoever made this sticker, spotted on Wythe Avenue by our own Sasha von Oldershausen.

Agree with the sentiment? Go ahead and like this photo on Instagram, and if you want to share a shot of your own, add it to our Flickr pool.

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Hanksy Gets Patriotic; Brookland! Is America’s Hippest Theme Park

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Williamsburg music venue Public Assembly has been undergoing on-site renovations for over a month, but now it looks like the front room may not ever reopen for shows. [BrooklynVegan]

Hanksy, our most lovable graffiti-slash-“street-fartist,” made the Lower East Side a bit more patriotic last night by hanging a series of posters depicting the heads of famous bald celebrities (Patrick Stewart, Walter White, Britney Spears) on the bodies of bald eagles. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Here’s What Should Be in Your 4th of July Growler, According to a King of Beers

The Sampler's taps. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler’s taps. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Okay, fine, so you’ve chosen to ignore our 4th of July guide and you’re just going to head over to your friend’s BBQ to watch the fireworks on the roof. At least do us the favor of not drinking your friend’s crappy beer. Grab a growler and fill it up with one of Joshua M. Bernstein’s preferred pours. This guy knows a thing or two or three about beer: he’s the author of Brewed Awakening and the forthcoming The Complete Beer Course, and editor-in-chief of the Craft Beer New York app. Here’s what he recommends ordering at some favorite spots in his home borough of Brooklyn.

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Here’s What’s Popping Off This Fourth of July Weekend

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013: Dance floor

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Macy’s fireworks may have permanently decamped to the Hudson, and the city’s slowly bleeding out to the Hamptons, so it might seem that Bedford + Bowery’s neighborhoods have nothing to offer for Independence Day weekend. Au contraire! Herewith, a round-up of events and on-goings to keep you celebrating our great nation through the weekend.
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In Case You Were Wondering How Those Steve Jobs Sweatshirts Turned Out…

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Remember those Steve Jobs sweatshirts we watched Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta make in their Williamsburg studio? Well, you can now see the finished $200 pieces of “wearable fan art” in a dreamy promo video for Eckhaus Latta’s forthcoming autumn/winter line. Click on the photo above to watch the short film, by Alexa Karolinski, over at Purple. And see below for a sort of poem the designer duo sent over with it. Fun fact about Cupertino: “The Apple headquarters is a space station engulfed by foliage.”
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Strangeways Coffee Rises From the Ashes of Oslo

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

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Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Strangeways (Photo: Briana Rognlin)

Sometimes, the universe works in strange ways – at least, it did for Eddie Cedeno, who opened Strangeways in Bushwick today.
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Celebrate Independence Day With Some Indie Flicks — Or Not!

These upcoming screenings have us Reel Psyched.

The year 2000 marked the first time Brits elected a Mayor of London (not to be confused with the Lord Mayor of the City of London). In the running was Malcolm McLaren, best known as the manager and oft-disputed mastermind behind the Sex Pistols (he also managed the New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow, had a solo career, and was on a couple of reality shows).

In “Malcolm McLaren: Not For Sale” — featured in Wednesday’s “New Filmmakers: Films About Music” program at Anthology –Nancy Cohen and Andy Lee attempt to track down and interview McLaren about his run for mayor. He misses a few meetings with the film crew but they catch up with him eventually.
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Rockaway Gets Three New Outdoor Spots for Sun, Suds, Music and Movies

Heading to Rockaway Beach this 4th of July? Or whenever? Check out the latest outdoor drinking spots, starting with a B + B exclusive.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Last year the Rockaway Beach Surf Club was a scrappy hybrid: a surfboard storage joint, a workspace for local artisans, an occasional party (and mud wrestling) spot, and in the wake of Sandy, a relief hub. But in the next days, Long Beach native Brandon D’Leo and his partner and neighbor, firefighter Brady Walsh, expect to score a liquor license that will allow them to turn their concrete patio into a proper beer garden.
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Upcoming Shows: Go to Dirty Beaches, Enjoy Some Clams Casino


Rest assured, Todd Patrick is doing more than just firing off e-mails this evening. As an aperitif to the imminent re-opening of the Market Hotel, he has organized a complete retrospective of Showpaper, the bi-weekly publication he founded in 2007 that immediately became the go-to source for every DIY all-ages show in New York City and the tri-state area. More than 160 issues will adorn the walls at the renovated Market Hotel, and most of them will be available to take home. The party is slated to end at 9 p.m. tonight, so get thee over to Market Hotel ASAP.

If you miss it, sorry for the late notice — but don’t worry: there’s a solid slate of shows in our nabes over the next week. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar, or check out some highlights below.
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Todd P : Boyd Rice Show Will Go On Even Though He ‘Sucks As a Human Being’

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 6.36.59 PMTodd P just sent out an epic missive explaining why 285 Kent won’t be among the venues canceling Cold Cave shows due to the addition of controversial opening act Boyd Rice. Patrick says that since Cold Cave added the provocative noise musician to the bill of tomorrow night’s show, 285 Kent has been subject to a “small uproar” involving “multiple oblique threats, several curse-laden late night crank calls, anonymous threatening text messages.”

But even though Rice, per Patrick, is a “washed up 80’s era troll” who “has spent the last 30 or so years saying truly disgusting things – everything from palling around with the KKK to wearing Nazi uniforms to advocating the subjugation of women and the efficacy of rape,” the show must go on in the interest of free speech. There will, however, be “literature at tables set up in the lobby, explaining who Boyd Rice is and what his shameful history entails.” Read the entire letter for yourself — it’s a doozy.
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Pride Guide: Open Bars, Rooftop Pool Parties, and a Madonnathon

Chalkboard outside Exit 9

Chalkboard outside Exit 9

The East Village and the Lower East Side, both rich in LGBTQ and drag history, are essential neighborhoods to party in this Gay Pride weekend (and oh, what a week it’s been), and Williamsburg has recovered enough from Brooklyn’s own celebration earlier this month to be ready for round two. Read on for our lineup of Pride picks, including a Madonna dance party, a camp-themed rave, and not one but two rooftop pool parties at the Thompson LES Hotel.
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