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Up Now: Artwork the Late Mayor of Williamsburg Kept Close By

Ray Abeyta's early work is on display at Littlefield throughout the Motorcycle Film Fest (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Ray Abeyta’s early work is on display at Littlefield throughout the Motorcycle Film Fest (Photo: Nicole Disser)

There’s plenty to see and do at the third annual Motorcycle Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds are playing an after party, the “lost film crew” of Easy Rider will convene for a revealing discussion, and– in case the name wasn’t hint enough– there are a variety of motorcycle-themed films to attend. But while you’re knocking back beers and mingling in the Littlefield atrium between screenings, look around. You’ll probably notice some small but intriguing paintings. On display are early works by artist Ray Abeyta, the late “Mayor of Williamsburg,” and close friend of the film festival.
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Controversial Crochet Comes Down; Melee On Ludlow Street

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Watch cellphone footage of a violent melee that occurred Saturday night outside Mikey’s Burger on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie] The Night Owl on First Avenue quit the cocktail business this past weekend. [EV Grieve] Greenpoint’s Java Street is now home to a new Italian restaurant called Naked Dog. [Gothamist] More →

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This Weekend, Hit a Coffee Expo and Take the Edge Off at a Beer Fest

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Coffee and beer — one wakes us and the other sends us to our slumber. Oh, how we’d suffer without these dark elixirs. This weekend the two lifebloods upon which modern civilization hath been built receive their due celebration in the form of the New York Coffee Festival, taking place at The 69th Regiment Armory, and the 5th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center.
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Here’s Your Chance to Tell the City How to Blow a Milli

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

What project would members of your community vote for if given $1 million to make local improvements? Last night a group of about 20 people of all ages tackled the question at Bushwick Houses. Suggestions that were among the top contenders: expansion of the housing project’s senior center or its gym, where the meeting was held.
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European Food Importer Brings a Wine Bar and Cafe to Bedford Ave

The University Place location. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The University Place location. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Given the newest wave of European migration to Williamsburg, it was only a matter of time before the continent’s food followed suit. Which is why we were unsurprised to discover that 156 Bedford Avenue will be the future home of Gunz. For those unfamiliar, Gunz is an Austrian-based importer of European fine foods that, for the past couple of years, has operated a shop on University Place.
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Cabbie Clubbed in Greenpoint; Motorcycles Disappearing in Williamsburg

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A cab driver was hit in the face with a baseball bat by another motorist in Greenpoint on Saturday. The attacker was able to evade police. [Brooklyn Paper] Three attackers tackled a woman to the ground and stole her purse on Harrison Avenue in Williamsburg last Wednesday. [Brooklyn Paper] Four motorcycle robberies were reported in Williamsburg and Greenpoint last week. [Brooklyn Paper] More →

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Dim Sum Bar Serving Up ‘Grandma’s Recipes’ and DIY Tea

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

We happened on a new restaurant at the corner of Grand and Bedford, directly across from Radegast’s new “Flemish brasserie,” Witlof. Dim Sum Bar stands in place of the late, A-OK vegetarian spot Bliss Grand, and offers a Cantonese alternative (with some Hong Kongese flair) to nearby Asian small-bite places like Snacky down the street. “It’s a little more like what you’d find in Chinatown,” explained Gigi So, whose family owns and runs the restaurant. “My father’s cooking and my grandpa’s doing dishes.”
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Go Hear Kevin Beasley Heighten the Sounds of the High Line

Kevin Beasley

Kevin Beasley

At 6pm this evening, tomorrow, and Thursday on the 12th Avenue Overlook of the High Line, sculptural artist Kevin Beasley wants you to stop and smell the roses — and while you’re at it, give them a good listen, too. To assist you with this sensory challenge, Beasley spent his summer months traversing the old West Side Line track, recording sounds – “natural, human, and machine” – that he’ll present tonight as “Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site.”
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Talks + Readings: Jonathan Franzen, Jesse Eisenberg, and a Zine Maestro’s Photos

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All aboard “The Poetry Ville Express!” Four poets are inviting you to embark on an adventure at KGB Bar; according to the lounge’s website they want you to follow “their muses through the untamed realms of Poetry Ville – from avant romantic to nouveau commentary.” It’s “urbane grit served up with a side of Southern charm and a big old heaping of ‘holy shit.’” The poets: Lee Ann Brown, author of this year’s Other Archer as well as a string of other acclaimed works, including Polyverse, winner of the 1996 New American Poetry Competition; Wanda Phipps, author of Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems and coordinator for three years at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (bringing us epic New Years marathon readings each year); Mark Statman, whose most recent books include That Train Again and A Map of the Winds; and eco-activist Jeffrey Cyphers Wright (Party Everywhere), who published Cover Magazine until 2000 and currently publishes Live Mag!
Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (East Village).
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Rashaad Newsome’s ‘Coming Out’ Ball in Bushwick Was Insane

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

I made a couple of mistakes when I first spoke with Rashaad Newsome—  a visual and performance artist who makes digital and video work largely inspired by vogue– ahead of his third King of Arms art ball. In these situations I usually shrug and move on, but what I assumed were slight missteps actually indicated a larger misunderstanding on my part of some essential tenets of ballroom culture. Thankfully the King of Arms, held Sunday night in Bushwick, offered an introduction to the pillars of vogue for many newcomers like myself, while pushing the medium beyond its bounds for the old school ballroom crew in attendance.
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