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Gun at Williamsburg School; Trump’s Grandpa Slummed It on the LES

In Williamsburg, Harry Van Arsdale High School was put on lockdown yesterday afternoon after a 17-year-old student showed a 15-year-old his gun, then stole the younger man’s cellphone. [Pix 11]

Meanwhile, students at another neighborhood high school filled the window of a local storefront with pro-immigrant and LGBTQ-friendly holiday decorations. [DNA Info]

Nine rent-stabilized tenants of 159 Stanton Street filed a lawsuit this week against their landlord, Steve Croman, for harassment and providing dangerous living conditions in the midst of ongoing construction. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Film Alert: a Witch Most Skillful in Blood-Lusty Sex Magic, James Baldwin Redux, and More


The Love Witch
Thursday December 15, 4:15 pm at Nitehawk: $12

If you can play hooky this afternoon, do. Your first hideout should be Nitehawk’s last screening of The Love Witch, which (witch?) I’m kicking myself for not getting to until now. I blame it all on Anna Biller– the filmmaker has done such a convincing job of making this throwback film look like an actual piece of vintage sexploitation that, for-realsies, even after several once-overs I failed to realize is actually a brand new movie that I should definitely be paying attention to. I mean, even the movie poster (see below) looks exactly like an airbrushed box-office placard advertising some cheap-o, long-forgotten ’70s erotic thriller.

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Williamsburg Loses Another Venue, as Cubana Social Closes This Weekend

(Photo: Linnea Covington for Nymag)

(Photo: Linnea Covington for Nymag)

Just a few months after the closure of Black Bear Bar, its neighbor on North 6th Street, Cubana Social, is leaving Williamsburg after six years. No, it’s not the changes in Cuba that are to blame. According to the closing announcement by owner Christina Bouza, it’s changes in the neighborhood.
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Hate Crime Summit in Greenpoint; Neurologist’s Menu at Honeybrains

According to police, members of the Hells Angels are declining to assist with an investigation following a non-fatal shooting that occurred Sunday outside their East Village headquarters. The police have searched the facility and issued a subpoena for all of its video. [NY Post]

City Council member Stephen Levin will host a talk tonight at the Automotive High School in Greenpoint about how to bring hate crimes to a halt. [DNA Info]

Tomorrow, the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, Hong Kong-based Tim Ho Wan, will begin serving customers dim sum at its first American location, 85 4th Avenue. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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Free Dumplings in Bushwick; Rheingold Developer Gets $93M Loan

A residential developer will receive a $93 million construction loan to build a 500-unit apartment building where Rheingold Brewery once stood. [The Real Deal]

Renderings have been released of a 39-unit residence set to rise at 16 Charles Place in Bushwick. [NY YIMBY]

Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission awarded landmark status to both St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church in Bushwick and the Forman Building in Williamsburg. [Brownstoner] Keep Reading »

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See Gremlins Tonight, Then Watch Trump Get Sent Up in Gremlins 2

25126e7bf6cf2fc9eea0bd17f01c36a056b8e62dNo offense, It’s a Wonderful Life, but Gremlins has to be the best holiday film of all-time. This guy knows it, and so does Alamo Drafthouse. When we heard Brooklyn’s new dine-in theater was screening the film and handing out limited-edition Gremlins tiki mugs, we just about gave ourselves a mohawk. Sadly, the tiki mugs weren’t ready to distribute last week, but we’re told they should be in by Friday. If you missed Tuesday’s screening, there’s another one tonight–but you’ll have to act fast, because just a couple of seats remained at the time of this posting.

If you miss out, don’t worry: Williamsburg bowling bar The Gutter is also screening Joe Dante’s 1984 classic tonight at 9pm, and it’s free. Granted, you won’t get a tiki mug, but you will get free homemade cookies and countless adorable shots of Gizmo ululating– which, by the way, one superfan was able to do at Alamo last week in order to win a Gremlins Christmas sweater. Impressive.

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Hate Graffiti Turns Up in Greenpoint, Deadly Stabbing in Williamsburg

Following a late-night soccer game, a 31-year-old man died and his brother, 29, was hospitalized when they were stabbed around 2 a.m. yesterday outside a Heyward Street high school in Williamsburg. [NY Daily News]

The Bronx apartment where a pair of sisters, ages 1 and 2, were killed Wednesday when the radiator malfunctioned is owned by the Bushwick Economic Development Corp, which is facing other allegations of misconduct. [DNA Info]

On Friday, 18-year-old Tyheim Smith was sentenced to 24 years in jail for his role in the Williamsburg shooting of another man, 33, in April 2015. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Cambodian Noodle Pop-Up; Mean Girls Talent Show

After their restaurant was somehow falsely implicated in the Washington, D.C.-based Pizzagate hoax, the staff of Roberta’s is now receiving death threats. [DNA Info]

Independent Cobble Hill bookstore BookCourt will shutter in three weeks, ending a 35 year tenure and following in the sad footsteps of St. Marks Bookshop. [Gothamist]

Tonight, chef Chakriya Un will bring his Cambodian noodle pop-up shop to Franklin Avenus’s The Diamond. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Watch Comedians and Watches, Augmented Reality, and Holiday Cheer 101

Casey Caldwell by Charles Ludeke Claire Fleury by Alesia Exum LACTIC by Thibault Théodore-Babin TILLYandWILLIAM by Tilly D Wolfe (image via Vox Bizarre / Facebook)

Casey Caldwell by Charles Ludeke; Claire Fleury by Alesia Exum; LACTIC by Thibault Théodore-Babin; TILLYandWILLIAM by Tilly D Wolfe (image via Vox Bizarre / Facebook)

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Wordspeak
Wednesday, December 7 at Vox Bizarre, 8 pm: FREE

Vox Bizarre is a new Ridgewood-based “store and workshop” pop-up devised by four design labels: Casey Caldwell, TILLYandWILLIAM, Claire Fleury, and LACTIC. Aside from all creating unconventional and intriguing attire and accessories, the common thread that unites these labels is that they are interested in shedding binary gender classifications within fashion and developing pieces that are inclusive to all body types. In addition to selling their wares, they’ve planned a variety of community-based events, such as performances, workshops, photoshoots, and more.

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Week in Film: Los Sures, Surrealist Bloodcore, and Freedom Summer Sings the Blues


Los Sures
Friday December 9, 7 pm to 10 pm at Dobbin Street: $8 to $10 

Dobbin St. is a new “luxury event space” that occasionally throws non-luxury events. For Halloween, they hosted a screening of Suspiria and went all out, washing the space in Dario Argento’s signature evil-pink light and amassing a band to do the live score. They even threw in some popcorn, a bar, and prep school-style beds for good measure.

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Shrooms Bloom On Bedford Avenue, By Way of a French Chocolatier

(Photo Courtesy of Michel Cluizel USA Facebook)

(Photo Courtesy of Michel Cluizel USA Facebook)

Look out, Mast Brothers. French chocolatier Michel Cluizel has opened its second New York location, right in Williamsburg. The new shop, at 279 Bedford Avenue, offers signatures like the chocolate mushroom. Relax, Deadheads, there’s no fungus involved– the stem is made from caramel coated in white chocolate while the crunchy cap is double dipped in dark chocolate. The store also offers rich hot chocolate that’ll make you toss those Swiss Miss packets out the window.

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Salvation Taco Comes to Williamsburg; N 8th Building Asks $69M

This afternoon, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side will host a rally at City Hall to challenge the “racist rezoning” allegedly implemented by the de Blasio administration. [Bowery Boogie]

In response to last year’s controversial closure of the Rivington House nursing home, this week the City Council passed a bill that says mayors must directly sign off on any potential changes to deed restrictions. [Crain’s NY]

Flooring warehouse Grand Tile Corp. will relocate to Williamsburg by the end of the month following 34 years on Essex Street. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »