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Founder of Bushwick Art Crit Group to Open Gallery Dedicated to ‘Subversive’ Art


“This gallery is my baby,” explained Christopher Stout, founder of the Bushwick Art Crit Group. This fall, Stout will host his inaugural exhibition as a gallery owner at his new space, the first of several anticipated art institutions inside an East Williamsburg warehouse space. BACG is “a not-for-profit community resource for everybody,” Stout explained. “But it felt like it was increasingly challenging– in a negative way– to make programming that was about everyone.” In order to host exhibitions that relate to specific subjects that Stout is more personally invested in, without having to worry about “alienating everyone else,” he said, “it really needed to be separate and become its own thing.”
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Talks and Readings: Manspreading Maven, Fierce Fat Girls and More

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For those who only discovered (and promptly binge-watched) the show just a few years ago on Netflix, it’s a little weird to think the book that spawned Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights was actually first published in back in 1990. The classic account of the Permian Panthers follows the high school team’s 1988 season in Odessa, Texas. Says the blurb on Amazon: “Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going.” It’s good to know that the book is just as earnest as the show. Themes like racial and social divides in America’s small towns still hold up today, so snag a copy of the 25th anniversary edition (with updates on where the team members are now) and hear author Buzz Bissinger in conversation with the book’s editor, Jane Isay.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).
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Big Trouble in Little China Meets Coney Island at the New Tropical 128

Tropical 128 (Photo: Dario Alequin)

Tropical 128 (Photo: Dario Alequin)

It’s hard not to get misty-eyed, reminiscing over New York’s party days of yore. In some ways it’s the blessing and curse of this city, forever trapped in a glow of its former self. Rather than indulge the nostalgia, though, Tammany Hall owner and general party starter Dave Delzio has decided to take matters into his own hands with his re-launch of Little Chitaly tiki bar/pool hall Tropical 128.
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In Greenpoint, a Vintage Furniture Shop That’s All "California ’70s"

Inside Adaptations (Photo via Adaptations Instagram)

Inside Adaptations (Photo via Adaptations Instagram)

Adaptations, a newish vintage furniture store, breaks with most of what you’ll find around these parts of Greenpoint– heavy reclaimed wood, ultra-modern, and even minimalist– with its flair for what owner Kyla Burney describes as “relaxed-eclectic, bohemian-modern, and California ’70s.”
When we stopped by the shop today– inside the short-lived home of Alter Vintage, where they’ve been since the start of August– we found Kyla and two other women sorting through mounds of new inventory from a recent trip to the West Coast.
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Milk & Honey’s Sasha Petraske Has Died; ‘Taxi Graveyard’ in Greenpoint

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police say a Bushwick man shot and killed his 33-year-old girlfriend in their bed on Saturday morning, then ran into a Knickerbocker Avenue deli, where he was taken into custody. [NY Daily News] Sasha Petraske, the 42-year-old cocktail pioneer and owner of the former Milk & Honey bar on the Lower East Side, was found dead Friday morning at his home in Upstate New York. [NY Times] A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot on Cooper Street in Bushwick yesterday around 3 a.m. [ABC 7 NY] More →

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Challah-lujah! B&H Finally Reopens, Four and a Half Months After Gas Explosion

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

East Village residents were relieved to see that B&H Dairy, a fixture of the neighborhood, reopened this morning after being closed for several months because of the Second Avenue gas explosion. They crowded into the narrow diner, happy to once again sit down to a plate of the 76-year-old vegetarian restaurant’s Eastern European comfort food.
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Drug-Ring Arrest in Bushwick; B&H Set to Reopen Tomorrow

Grand Street Near the Corner of Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2000)

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A Bushwick man was arrested on August 4 for his role in a large-scale drug ring where a reported $225K of cocaine was hidden inside children’s birthday packages. [Pix 11] B&H Dairy will be back in business tomorrow after an East Village gas line explosion wrecked havoc on Second Avenue this spring. [EV Grieve] Despite opposition to a proposed restaurant named Chinese Tuxedo, work is taking place in the former home of the Chinese Theater, a onetime gangster haunt. [Bowery Boogie] More →

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Puppet Slam Benefits Explosion Victims; B&H Close to Reopening

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A five-year-old boy became trapped under the minivan that hit him yesterday morning on Rivington Street before he was freed and taken to Bellevue Hospital. [DNA Info] Watch video footage of a physical fight that took place yesterday morning  on the Brooklyn Bridge between an livery cab driver and an older couple. [NY Daily News] On Saturday morning, three thieves hopped out of a red Mustang in Williamsburg and stole a 17-year-old boy’s phone and jewelry on N. 5th Street. [DNA Info] More →

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Another Run at Crowdfunding for B&H; The Narrows Turns 5

Mars Bar reunion at WhiteBox: The Last Party (Photo: PepKim)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

B&H Dairy has launched its second crowdfunding campaign since the eatery was forced to close following an East Village gas line exploded in March. [The Daily Meal] Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li withdrew from the race for Assembly District Leader from Part C of the 65th Assembly District after allegedly fabricating petition signatures. [Bowery Boogie] The organization New York Communities for Change and Real Affordability For All reports that 28 percent of East Village apartments double as illegal Airbnb hotel rooms. [NY Daily News] More →

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Cat Circus Photos Galore; B&H Aims to Reopen This Month

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(Photo: Joel Raskin)

The East Village proprietor of Mr. Charlie’s Pet Services, Charlie Romonofsky, died last Friday at the age of 57. [EV Grieve] No one was injured and firefighters quickly quelled the flames at 410 East 6th Street early Sunday afternoon. [PIX 11] Yesterday B&H Dairy, a victim of this spring’s East Village gasline explosion, revealed that they hope to be back in business by the end of July. [Bowery Boogie] More →