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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 »

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Williamsburg Venue From Bowery Presents; Dessert Ramen From Cronut Creator

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Early Sunday morning while the police were en route, a 39-year-old would-be burglar died when he was held down by two adolescent boys and their father inside the Bushwick car service he was attempting to rob. [DNA Info]

One week ago, surveillance footage captured a thief pocketing two tablets from Speedy Romeo, the Clinton Street pizzeria. In August, a total of $4K was stolen over three days from the safe of the restaurant’s Clinton Hill outpost. [DNA Info]

Daddy’s, a 15-year-old Graham Avenue bar, will close to the public following its December 30th service. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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There’s a Lot to Love About This Radio Station’s New School-Bus Hangspot

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A while ago, while strolling around Bogota, I stumbled on a double decker bus that doubled as a café, and I thought to myself, “They don’t have anything like this in New York.” Happily, I now stand corrected: The Lot Radio has parked a vintage bus inside of its tiny triangular lot near the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border, and soon you’ll be able to sip a beer inside of it while listening to one of the city’s best internet radio stations.

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Fieri Visits Pies ‘n’ Thighs; No Office Christmas Party

The Department of Transportation debuted a new pedestrian plaza Friday in front of Bushwick’s Myrtle-Wyckoff subway entrance. [Curbed NY]

A Parks Department plan to lower the fences around Tompkins Square Park from seven feet to four feet high is being met with resistance from safety-conscious locals. [DNA Info]

Renderings were released of 13 Greenpoint Avenue‘s forthcoming 11-story, mixed-use building. [NY Yimby] Keep Reading »

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Exclusive Clip From Goodnight Brooklyn, The Death By Audio Doc Opening Tonight

It’s now been pretty much exactly two years since Death By Audio held its last show and left its digs at Kent and South 2nd Street in Williamsburg. Vice Media has made itself right at home in the DIY venue’s old building, complete with its own beer on tap. That’s just the way the vegan, gluten-free Whole Foods cookie crumbles. But Matthew Conboy, co-founder of Death By Audio and director of Goodnight Brooklyn, hasn’t forgotten it all. In fact, he’ll be at Alamo Drafthouse tonight when his film opens there for a week-long run. If you missed the sweat-drenched documentation of the venue’s final days when it screened at SXSW and then at Rooftop Films Summer Series, this is your chance to pop in some earplugs and check it out.

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Williamsburg Man Killed By Tractor Trailer; Roberta’s Partners in Court

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg resident Moshe Weiner, 21, was killed yesterday when he was hit by a tractor trailer, which proceeded to drag him down Kent Avenue. [DNA Info]

According to a report by Cleanup North Brooklyn, many Bushwick children suffer from asthma owed to a diesel fuel pollutant emitted by the private waste transfer station Brooklyn Transfer LLC. [Gothamist]

This week the three business partners behind Bushwick’s most beloved pizza, Roberta’s, are in court hammering out their “conscious uncoupling.” [NY Post] Meanwhile, yesterday Roberta’s debated a two-month pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. [Eater LA] Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Dystopian Foster Wallace, Chocolate Dances, Anti-Bannon Seinfeld

(image via The Annoyance)

(image via The Annoyance)

THURSDAY

Infinite Jets
Thursday, December 1 at The Annoyance Theater, 9 pm: $10. 

Surely many of you have taken a crack at reading David Foster Wallace’s behemoth of a novel Infinite Jest; perhaps some have even gotten through the entire thing. Or maybe the idea of parsing through a book so large it could double as a weapon seems daunting, and you’d rather sit in a basement watching a comedy show that vaguely riffs on the novel but is set in a vaguely dystopian future where the NFL is in cahoots with the government. In that case, Brian Pisano and Sam Taffe’s sketch comedy play Infinite Jets may be the thing for you. Our current future prospects aren’t looking too hot, so might as well laugh at a made-up future before ours becomes all too real. The show comes as a double feature with Deep Space Live, a late night talk show set in space hosted by a man whose only friend is a robot.

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Week in Film: Herzog’s Inferno, Mayan Prophecy Collides with Screen-Zombie Apocalypse


Videofilia (And Other Viral Syndromes)
Friday December 2 through Thursday December 8 at Spectacle, $5

As we’re constantly reminded these days, technological progress is hurdling faster and faster toward the speed of light. These days, we don’t even have to get off our asses and schlep it to the dollar store for toilet paper– we can simply press a button and the butt paper shows up like magic, encased in an obscenely large cardboard box.  Then again, there are times when you’re riding the subway and you’re overwhelmed by an apocalyptic dread, having realized that every single human on board is playing Candy Crush. These things serve to remind us that End Times are nigh, and these phone zombies will be the beginning of a very dark, totally uncool end.

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Live in the Domino Sugar Factory For Cheap; ‘Nasty Women’ Art Show

Police released a photo of the teenage boy who threatened to shoot or stab three people on the Lower East Side between November 14 and 17, making off with a combined $21 cash. [DNA Info]

A 79-year-old saxophonist claims his landlord planted bedbugs in his $380/month East Village apartment. [NY Post]

According to a study by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, only about 40 percent of New Yorkers have three months worth of household expenses saved in case of an emergency. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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The Future of ’80/20′ Affordable Housing Hangs in the Balance: Can 421-A Be Fixed?

(Photo: C Ceres Merry)

(Photo: C Ceres Merry)

You may not have realized it, but the city has been in the midst of a “developocalypse” since January, when the state’s 421-a program expired. For decades, the program had fueled development by excusing building owners of property taxes for up to 25 years so long as they devoted at least 20 percent of their units to affordable housing. Earlier this month, it was announced that the stalemate that brought on the developocalpyse, or at least that’s how developers understood it, was over. As the state legislature now mulls over whether to approve the reauthorization of 421-a, City Council members are seeking ways to fix it, and make sure the program fulfills its original mission of creating affordable housing.

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