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LES in BK: Max Fish Closes Aug. 1, The Johnsons Opening Soon

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(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Attention, drink-slingers and the degenerates who love them: it looks like The Johnsons, the Bushwick offspring of Lower East Side staple Welcome to the Johnsons, is approaching go time. A tipster spotted this call for bartenders at 369 Troutman Street, between Irving and Wyckoff Aves. The State Liquor Authority’s website says the license is still pending — we’ll let you know if we hear more.

Meanwhile another LES staple, Max Fish, finally has a closing date. Gallerist reported yesterday that it’s shuttering August 1, and the site seems to be psyched about the Fish’s forthcoming Williamsburg location: “So, Brooklyn! The Lower East Side can suck it!”

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Tigre and Cricket On Family Reunions, Dead Bodies, and Ikea

Yesterday we noticed that a Bushwick resident posted this to Craigslist’s lost and found: “i lost my sense of self on july 18, 2013 – please send me an email if you or anyone you know may have information regarding this — important.” We figured Bushwick Elucidations might be able to help, but the lost soul hasn’t gotten back to us with any specifics. So this week, Tigre and Cricket tackle slightly less cosmic matters. Like how to care for Ikea furniture (hint: throw it away).

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And Another Thing, Mr. Steingarten: Roberta’s Is NOT 8 Blocks From the Train

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Man, we got so worked up yesterday about Vogue’s patronizing praise of Brooklyn dining that we forgot to mention one of the things that irked us the most: Jeffrey Steingarten’s complaint about the “subway ride that often dumped us eight dark and unfamiliar blocks from supper” at Roberta’s.
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Relive the Tompkins Square Park Riots In Their Bloody Entirety, 25 Years Later

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Southerners have their Civil War reenactments but what do East Villagers have when it comes to reliving their defining battle? Just the annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows. But this year, on the 25th anniversary of that tumultuous night when cops went gonzo on a group protesting the park curfew (resulting in over 100 complaints of brutality), they’re getting much, much more.
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Vogue Makes the ‘Long, Bumpy,’ ‘Perilous,’ ‘Costly, Time-Consuming, Often Nauseating’ Trek into Brooklyn

 

This month's issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

This month’s issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

It’s apparently been too long since a middle-aged Manhattanite went on safari in Brooklyn, so none other than Vogue has gone and published “A Distant Shore,” in which Jeffrey Steingarten “table-hops around New York’s most talked-about borough.” Oh, boy.

If the name Steingarten sounds familiar it’s not because you’re thinking of Soundgarden — it’s because a few years ago, Vogue’s restaurant critic touched off a small shitstorm among foodie types when he told Grub Street about the “dangers of Brooklyn boosterism,” recalling the time his Brooklyn-proud assistant brought him a croissant from some bakery she liked over there and he found it “only acceptable” compared to the great croissanteries of Manhattan (you know, like, Au Bon Pain).
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Get Down: An East Village Radio Show Is DJing a Williamsburg Subway Station

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 12.20.50 PMThe nouveau newsstand at the Metropolitan stop just got even funkier — and we’re not talking about your typical subway-station funk. The guys from Chances With Wolves — the awesome and dizzyingly eclectic show on East Village Radio — will DJ there tomorrow at 7pm, so do take out your earbuds when you’re transferring from the L to the G. This is hands-down the best thing to happen to the subway system since countdown clocks.
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Bushwick Elucidations Teaches You How to Dougie


Time for the latest episode of “Bushwick Elucidations,” the BK-based advice column we’ve shamelessly appropriated as our own. This week, Tigre and Cricket teach us how to pronounce Thames and also how to Dougie.

When you’re done with that little lesson, check out the latest webisode of “Ajay,” which also dropped today. In it, the East Village’s own Ajay Naidu tells us how his naked girlfriend and Patrick Stewart helped him get over the trauma of balding.

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Apparently, Padma Lakshmi Wants NYU to Pack Its Knives and Go

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.

A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.
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