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Performance Picks: Murder Mystery, Spaghetti Puppetry, and Poetry Marathons for the New Year

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(image via Future Forms / Facebook)

(image via Future Forms / Facebook)

Future Forms
Wednesday, December 28 at Throne Watches, 8 pm: FREE 

Mary Houlihan, Joe Rumrill, Sam Taggart, and Julio Torres’s recurring comedy show Future Forms is a tasty treat, and probably one of the only shows you can say you’ve seen in a watch showroom. I mean, with the impending closure of spaces like Cake Shop, and DIY spaces getting all hush-hush for fear of getting shut down, perhaps we’ll all soon be watching shows in the aisles of grocery stores or something like that. Which could be fun, but the lighting leaves something to be desired.

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Brooklyn Bridge Trespasser Arrested; Elvis Guesthouse and The Stone to Depart EV

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

A 23-year-old Virginia man was arrested Monday afternoon after taking a walk along the beams above the Brooklyn Bridge to secure selfies. [NY Post]

Ten days ago, police say a burglar assaulted a man in a Williamsburg apartment building before stealing his iPhone, an incident captured on security footage. No arrested have been made. [DNA Info]

Elvis Guesthouse, Avenue A’s bar/music venue that shares owners with Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, will also shutter at the end of the week after a 22-month run. [Mix Mag]
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How One Fraudulent Banking Temple in Brooklyn Found Faith in Orthodoxy

This week, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

The Williamsburg Trust Company building, 2016. (Photo: Natasha Bluth)

The Williamsburg Trust Company building, 2016. Natasha Bluth

Buildings repurposed as churches always attracted the legendary writer Joseph Mitchell, including one particular Williamsburg building that never made it into his New Yorker columns. “I find myself standing in front of and looking up at [it] several times a year—I have never been able to figure out why,” he admitted in his unpublished memoirs. To Mitchell, the mystery of the old Williamsburg Trust Company on South Fifth Place between South Fifth Street and South Fourth Street was most alive in the summer dusk when it transformed into “the quarter of St. Petersburg in which Raskolnikov killed the old moneylender woman and her half sister.”

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Knife Attack on G Train; Happy Birthday, Jean-Michel Basquiat

Three knife-wielding attackers assaulted a 50-year-old man on December 14 inside the Broadway G train station before helping themselves to his cash and cell phone, according to police. [DNA Info]

On Tuesday afternoon in Williamsburg, police say two teens threw blocks of ice at an Orthodox Jewish man, hitting his back and car while screaming, “South Side Jew.” [DNA Info]

Earlier this month, Jorge Velazquez, 39, was arrested while attempting to break into a safe at 10 Union Square East. [Town & Village] Keep Reading »

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Tipsy Mistletoe Bar Crawl in Greenpoint; New Hotel in Rockaway

Wilson Avenue gallery Outlet Fine Art has shuttered after five years in business. [Bushwick Daily]

Meanwhile, three-year-old, Michelin-starred Luksus—which offers up a Nordic tasting menu inside the Greenpoint beer bar Tørst—will fold at the end of the month. [Grub Street]

Wythe Hotel architect Morris Adjmi will next oversee a six-story hotel overlooking Rockaway Beach. [NY YIMBY] Keep Reading »

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5 Ways New Yorkers Can Fight the ‘Shocking Turn’ Our Country Has Taken

(Flyer via office of CM Stephen Levin)

(Flyer via office of CM Stephen Levin)

You might have noticed that since the election, stories of hate crimes and swastika sightings have been everywhere. But the increase isn’t simply due to a greater public interest in issues like police brutality and racially-motivated violence– hate crimes themselves have actually been on the rise. And quantifiably so: in the first 10 days after Trump’s victory, the Southern Poverty Law Center documented 867 “bias-related incidents” across the country. (And yet, the government itself has no reliable way of tracking hate crime. “That’s because reporting of hate crimes is voluntary, not mandatory,” CNN reported yesterday.)

As New Yorkers, we live in one of the most progressive and diverse cities in the nation, so we might think that hate crimes only happen in rural America, and are therefore not our problem. Unfortunately, that’s just patently false. Back in November, Governor Cuomo said that the “ugly political discourse” of the campaign trail has only gotten worse, having transformed into an all-out “social crisis” of hate crime and intolerance. “This fear and this anger, misdirected, seeks an enemy,” he said. “It seeks a target and that target has become people who we see as different than ourselves.” Recently, Cuomo launched a Statewide hotline for reporting “incidents of bias and discrimination.” According to the NYPD, hate crimes have been on the rise in the last year right here in New York City– as of November 13, 328 had been reported since the start of 2016. (As Gothamist noted, that’s a 31.5 percent increase since 2015.)

Ok, that’s a little overwhelming. So how can we even begin to respond to awful garbage like this?

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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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