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Get Up Close and Personal With Chuck Close

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer (Photo: Liz Ligon)

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer (Photo: Liz Ligon)

Last time we saw Chuck Close, the photorealist painter was rocking an unreal outfit at the Brooklyn Artists Ball. If you didn’t have the $1,000 to hobnob with him there, you can do it for a lot less May 1, when he appears in The Strand’s Rare Book Room to celebrate the re-release of Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.
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City Council Set to Approve Domino Sugar Factory Development

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The City Council’s Land Use Committee put its seal of approval on a plan for the site of the Domino Sugar refinery today, bringing it ever closer to becoming a reality. Councilman Stephen Levin said in a statement that “after weeks of discussions we have reached an agreement on the project at the Domino Sugar site that will build on the gains made by the de Blasio Administration to maximize affordable housing and open space to the Williamsburg community.”
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At This Not-So-Typical Irish Bar, Florence + The Machine’s Guitarist Will Pick the Tunes

A mural of Bridget Bardot by Ben Angotti will camouflage construction on The Late Late TK for a few more days before it is replaced with another piece of artwork. (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

A mural of ’60s-era Bridget Bardot by Ben Angotti will camouflage construction for a few more days before it’s replaced with another work. (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

The bar that’s replacing singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw’s National Underground won’t have live music, but it’ll have some pop-star cred of its own: Rob Ackroyd, the guitarist from Florence + The Machine, will be a shareholder in The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer when it opens on Houston Street in June.
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We’re Liveblogging the Lines and the Felines at NYC’s First Cat Cafe

Back in October, we had the idea for New York City’s first cat cafe. We’re not saying Purina stole that idea (that would be catty!) but if they did, it was genius: because 15 minutes after their pop-up cat cafe started serving cat’achinos at Kenmare and Bowery it was at capacity, with a line of over 70 people around the block. There were, of course, also photographers, including one from the Daily News. And bouncers for crowd control. Have a look at our slideshow above, and check back here for updates. With excitement (and disdain) building on twitter, this could get hairy.

Update: Our reporter Jenna Marotta is liveblogging form the scene.
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And Now, Watch Nick Zedd and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Do Burroughs

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The William S. Burroughs centenary continued last night with what might’ve been its marquee event — a marathon reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project. And the reading’s finest moment? When Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an old friend of Burroughs — read the talking asshole routine that Steve Buscemi did earlier this week.
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Brooklyn Borough President Aims to Crack Down On Scuzzy Landlords

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has a message for predatory landlords: Watch out.

In a conversation with reporters today, Adams announced a new initiative to go after landlords who try to force out longtime tenants through harassment, unfairly raising rents, or failing to provide basic services. Adams said he had met with Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson on Tuesday to discuss how they could better prosecute those “who are abusing housing laws” and “doing it with impunity,” including in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick.
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