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Smell the Magic: Inside Blaine’s Brain and a Chance to Snap a Levitating Selfie

Roll up for the magical mystery tour and steal some magicians’ secrets next week.

TimesTalks: David Blaine
Jan. 18, 7pm, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, tickets $40.
Okay, so you may have gotten douchechills when New York immortalized David Blaine as a member of Leo DiCaprio’s “pussy posse” back in 1998. But trust, his ABC special Beyond Magic, now on Netflix, is worth watching if only to see Woody Allen nearly upchuck as the musclebound magic bro swallows a live goldfish and spits it back up it into a bowl. Even better is Ricky Gervais’s reaction, above, when Blaine (seemingly?) runs a needle through his arm.

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Bushwick Fire Leaves Families Homeless; Hotel Rises on Bowery

An 85-year-old man was struck and killed yesterday near 584 Grand Street by a driver in a white truck who fled the scene. [Gothamist]

Seven families are homeless following a fire yesterday afternoon on Bushwick’s Evergreen Avenue, where two of the 150 responding firefighters sustained minor injuries. [NY1]

According to police, 38-year-old Henry Pacheco is a person of interest in last week’s strangulation death of an Alphabet City woman, 27. [ABC 7 NY] Keep Reading »

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McCarren Tennis Courts Go Indoors; Gowanus Garb at Anthropologie

Bushwick Economic Development Corp., the non-profit that oversaw the Bronx shelter where two young sisters were killed last month by a defective radiator, now faces a nearly $533K tax lien. [DNA Info]

fire broke out Friday morning on the upper floor of 13 Greenpoint Avenue, a two-story commercial building that houses The End recording studio. [Patch]

At 1 p.m. tomorrow, members of the National Organization for Women will protest outside a Greenpoint’s Meserole Avenue police station in response to Captain Peter Rose’s comments to DNA Info, where he made a distinction between rape by an acquaintance and “true” rape. [Gothamist] In 2016, the number of rapes reported in Greenpoint climbed 62 percent from the previous year, according to police.
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Rooftop Bar Nixed on Delancey Street; No ETA on ABC No Rio’s Redesign

Police say the 27-year-old woman who was found dead Wednesday in an Alphabet City housing project, Brooke Garcia, likely died of strangulation. [DNA Info]

A developer paid $27.5 million for a Williamsburg warehouse at 58 Gerry Street, the future home of an Orthodox Jewish community center. [The Real Deal]

Plans for a rooftop bar above Delancey Street’s Holiday Inn have been abandoned. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Winter Festivals, A Play On 4Chan, Gay Shows For All, and More Performance Picks

FESTIVALS

Under the Radar
Wednesday January 4 through Sunday January 15, various showtimes at The Public Theater and other spaces: $20 and up

Ah yes, it’s that time again, when the slew of January performance festivals sail in every winter to overwhelm you with a seemingly endless supply of shows. One of these is The Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival, which presents a wide variety of music, performance, and more from artists based across the U.S. and all over the world.

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Week in Film: Spectacle Back to Pack it in With ‘Best of’ + See This Doc or Else

Doomed Love
Friday January 6, 7:30 pm at Spectacle: $5

It’s been an awful long time since I’ve seen a movie at Spectacle… who am I kidding? I was pretty much lost for the two or so weeks when I was forced to go without this $5 standby, cini-mini home for everyone from underground-art house weirdos and to -sploitation freaks. I forgive you Spectacle workers, I guess you too needed to watch Law & Order with your family and drunkenly cry yourself to sleep in your childhood bedroom where Frank the teddy bear has been replaced by a mostly-empty bottle of desperately cheap whiskey.

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Four iPhones Nabbed at Gunpoint; New Restaurant from The Pickle Guys

A handgun-toting robber stole four iPhones recently from Kevin Wireless, a Myrtle Avenue storefront. [DNA Info]

Applications for 63 units of affordable housing are now being accepted on Bushwick’s DeSales Place at the site of a former convent, where studios will rent for as low as $519/month. [DNA Info]

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced last week that in 2016, Brooklyn saw the lowest number of shootings in more than a decade. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Two Greenpoint Robberies; RIP Jimmy’s Diner Greenpoint

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Three masked men stole $36K in cash from a Huron Street octogenarian’s apartment on November 29 as the victim played dead on his couch. Police recently released video of the suspects. [CBS NY]

A security camera captured the thief who swiped a $1K bicycle on Wednesday in Greenpoint. [CBS NY]

More residents moved away from the East Village and the East 20s than any other Manhattan enclaves in 2016. [DNA Info]

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Arrest Made in EV Stabbing; New Eatery to Bring a Taste of Long Island to E. 6th St

(Photo: Leah Jackson)

(Photo: Leah Jackson)

Jayson Avila was arrested on two counts each of assault and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a couple in Alphabet City apartment building one week ago. [DNA Info]

Council Member Margaret Chin and others rallied Thursday to save Mulberry Street’s 25-year-old Met Food grocery store, which was scheduled to close the following day. [Gothamist]

Two Beauty & Essex alums will help oversee Out East, a 100-seat New American restaurant set to open this month on E. 6th Street. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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Katz’s Deli Pays Tribute to Carnegie Deli; Williamsburg’s Newest Hotel

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Gowanus Canal may be synonymous with grime, but could it one day be full of gondolas? New York Councilman Stephen Levin waxed about Gowanus’s similarities to Venice. [Crain’s NY]

Jake Dell, the owner of Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street, wrote a letter to the editor toasting his former business rival, The Carnegie Deli, which will shutter today. [NY Times]

Last week, Top Chef alum Sam Talbot opened Pretty Southern, a Bedford Avenue eatery serving gluten-free fried chicken and mac and cheese. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: Love Poems You Never Knew Were Communist and Pour One Out for Your Katz’s Homies


Neruda
Now through Thursday January 5 at IFC Center: $14

For all you literary nerds out there, here’s your once-in-a-great-while chance to see a film about a poet– which, strangely, is something the movie bizz must be really feeling right now because whatddya know, Jarmusch’s new one, Paterson, also puts a poet front and center. What makes Neruda an even rarer opportunity is that Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet in question, is hardly some rugged, hard-boiled Anglo-centric beardo. Rather, Neruda is best know for his simple, yet heart-crushing love poems (especially the ones contained in Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.)

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