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Comedian W. Kamau Bell Is a ‘Big Fan of Awkward Conversations As a Way to Promote Change’

(Photo: Matthias Clamer)

(Photo: Matthias Clamer)

W. Kamau Bell, the political comedian whose show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, ran on FXX, is back in the standup circuit. Tonight, his Oh, Everything! tour, comes to The Bell House in Brooklyn. We caught up with him to talk about everything from his act, to being mentored by Chris Rock, to his recent controversial appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.
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This Massive Athletic Club Is Coming to the Williamsburg-Greenpoint Border

photo(5)Williamsburg-Greenpoint is getting a 17,000-square-foot training facility where locals can work off the beers they downed next-door at Spritzenhaus. While their kids are looked after.

Brooklyn Athletic Club is slated to open in July in the heart of Berry Hill, at 8 Berry Street. The four-floor complex will feature a full gym, yoga and pilates classes, and triathlon and strong man training rooms.
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This Dance Studio’s Move Means Free Massages, Smoothies and Reiki Sessions

(Courtesy of Breakin Boundries)

(Courtesy of Breakin Boundries)

Yet another Williamsburg business has moved to Greenpoint in search of lower rent, and at their “Re-Grand Opening” Sunday, you can score a free massage, a free kinesiology session, a free smoothie and some info about shamanic healing. Hey, it beats sitting around doing laundry.
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A Small Home For Tiny Taxidermy Is Coming to Williamsburg

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

A veteran of Brooklyn’s flea market circuit is making the jump to brick-and-mortar.

New York City native Julia Small O’Kelly repurposes vintage objects into accessories and housewares, using shark teeth and Buffalo nickels to create bracelets, turning mason jars into lamps, and even creating tiny taxidermy out of rubber animal heads. Since starting Smallhome Studio in 2009, the 28-year-old has sold items at Brooklyn Flea, the Night Bazaar and Artist & Fleas.
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And Now at the Bowery Wall: Maya Hayuk

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

Nice to see the Bowery wall getting some new color on this rather dreary day. This latest piece, first spotted on Hanksy’s Instagram, is by Williamsburg-based painter Maya Hayuk, who has created similar murals around the world. Her work is inspired partly by Ukrainian crafts, so it’s fitting that she’s installing this down the road from Little Ukraine. Take a closer look.
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Calm Before the Storm: Williamsburg’s Sports Bars Brace For Super Bowl Sunday

Williamsburg definitely isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think Super Bowl, but as evidenced by Grub Street’s rundown of non-douchey places to watch, there are sports bars in the neighborhood — and they will be going hard. We popped into three of them — Whiskey Brooklyn, Mulholland’s, and Roebling Sporting Club — to ask their bartenders and owners what they’re planning, and whether Williamsburgers care about pigskin when it’s not inside of artisanal tacos. Watch the video above.

And if buckets of beer and wings-n-things isn’t really your scene, Grub Street also has a guide to ordering up the ultimate hipster feast.

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A Juice Bar Has Replaced an 87-Year-Old Bakery, But There’s a Twist…

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

Over the weekend a juice bar opened in what was, for 87 years, the home of Ninth Street Bakery. The owner of beQu worked at, yup, Liquiteria for 10 years, but if you were outraged by Liquiteria replacing Gray’s Papaya, you might be less up in arms about this: after all, Taras Strachnyi is a 20-year resident of St. Marks Place who used to buy bread at Ninth Street Bakery and knew the owners.
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