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Beauty & Essex Team Wins Support For Bowery Booze Bid

Chris Santos addresses community members at a meeting of CB3's SLA Committee. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Chris Santos addresses community members at a meeting of CB3’s SLA Committee. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

The Tao Group clinched the provisional support of Community Board 3’s liquor license committee last night in its bid to open another high-end hotspot on the Lower East Side — this one at 199 Bowery, the former location of problematic nightclubs.
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Go See Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) Read Music Off of a Log

Billy Martin with Alarm Will Sound (Photo: courtesy of The Drawing Center)

Billy Martin with Alarm Will Sound, part of his three-night performance titled Wandering (Photo: courtesy of The Drawing Center)

Tonight in the Drawing Center’s newly renovated gallery, Billy Martin and several fellow percussionists will perform a “visual score” painted by the Medeski Martin & Wood member on a 200-year-old wooden post — the second performance in a three-night series titled Wandering.
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Man Falls to Death on LES; First Victory for B&H in Quest to Re-Open

Fourth of July NYC 2015: Flag jorts

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A 28-year-old man died around 2:30 a.m. yesterday when he accidentally fell off the roof of a six-story building on Delancey Street, according to authorities. [NY Post] Four people were hospitalized in stable condition following a July 4th fire in Bushwick at 170 Wyckoff Avenue. [ABC 7] Last week B&H Dairy received a bit of good news: the Department of Buildings okayed the first permit so the eatery can begin making structural improvements in the wake of the EV explosion. [EV Grieve] More →

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Head Trauma at Charleston; Winning Wiener at Smallest Penis Pageant

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Around 1:30 a.m. yesterday, a 32-year-old man was taken to Bellevue Hospital after suffering a severe head trauma inside The Charleston in Williamsburg. [Gothamist] Police seek help finding the man in this Bushwick surveillance photo, accused of sexually assaulting a 36-year-old woman on a Starr Street sidewalk Friday night. [CBS NY] The East Village’s Excel Art and Framing Store will relocate a couple blocks north on Third Avenue in about a mont. [EV Grieve] More →

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Feeling Down? Pop Into This Williamsburg Therapy Bubble

(Photo: Rob Scher)

(Photo: Rob Scher)

The doctor is in (a plastic igloo opposite McCarren Park).
As if feeding, entertaining and educating weren’t enough, earlier today Northside Festival added “solving existential ennui” to the list. Now you can duck into an inflatable plastic dome for the talking (or rather, messaging) cure.
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Will This Bushwicker’s Sharing App, Kite, Become ‘Instagram For News’?

Trond Werner Hansen. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Trond Werner Hansen. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Sure, Facebook is launching Instant Articles, and Apple News is also on the way — but a Bushwick resident is hoping the app he just launched at Northside Festival will be the future of news consumption.
“The big boys want to host your content and we don’t think that’s right,” said Trond Werner Hansen at the launch of Kite yesterday. The free iOS app allows you to share articles without the interference of algorithms and to view articles shared by those you follow without the clutter of sponsored content. In short, it’s “Instagram for news,” said Hansen.
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Williamsburg Gets The Vale, a Cafe-Boutique-Gallery With Back Garden

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If you’re looking to round out a lazy Saturday at the Brooklyn Flea, grab a morning coffee on the way to the L Train, or snag some unique pieces to invigorate your summer wardrobe, The Vale Collective is ready to deliver. The ambitious cafe/boutique/gallery soft-opened this week inside of the old d.b.a. space at 113 North 7th St., and owner Stephanie McDermott and project manager Kim Lenoir (who are also Williamsburg roomies) are perfecting the store for its first weekend in business.
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Inside Michael Psilakis’s Sparkly New Williamsburg Music Venue, The Hall at MP

Taps at the bar at MP Taverna's The Hall in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Taps at the bar at MP Taverna’s The Hall in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Having just opened MP Taverna on Driggs and North 10th Streets (pretty much ground zero for Williamsburg’s shiny new condos) chef and restauranteur Michael Psilakis is now getting into the business of venues. What better way to connect to the neighborhood and a now nearly mythologized North Brooklyn cultural movement and indie rock scene? The Hall, a new music venue that boasts a mission to “put the focus back on supporting local arts, musicians, creatives, students and neighborhood residents,” won’t officially open till later this month. But we attended a preview event last night to see what we’re in for.  
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A Hard-Hat Tour of the William Vale Hotel, Williamsburg’s New ‘PanAm Building’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Last night at Luna’s first New York City gig in 10 years — an outdoor show at Northside Festival, off of McCarren Park — one of the guys pointed to a concrete tower rising near the Williamsburg waterfront and directed everyone’s attention to “the PanAm building.” Or was it the MetLife building? The behemoth rising above Wythe Avenue is actually the William Vale hotel, slated for completion early next year. Though it currently stands at less than half its expected height, it’s already pretty impressive. And it’s even more dizzying up close, as we saw during a recent hard-hat tour. From its ginormous basement ballroom to the offices overlooking the longest rooftop hotel pool in New York City, we got the inside look at Williamsburg’s new luxury hotel.
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