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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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This Is The End: A Bushwick Label That’s Become a Destination For ’90s Acts

Boxes of CDs inside The End warehouse. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Boxes of CDs inside The End warehouse. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

When Nina Persson of the Cardigans signed with Bushwick-based indie label The End Records, she joined a handful of other established indie artists who had already eschewed big labels for The End, including the Dandy Warhols, the Lemonheads, Juliette Lewis and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. Alt-rock trio Better Than Ezra, playing a show at Irving Plaza tonight, also signed with The End last month.
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Party at Kickstarter’s House!

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.12.00 PMKickstarter has funded everything from sci-fi flicks starring Ai Wei Wei to co-working spaces to Bushwick breweries — and now the crowd-funding site is throwing a “block party” featuring some of its success stories.

If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand).
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De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
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3 A.M. Ice Cream Sandwich Delivery Has Arrived in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In case ordering Ben & Jerry’s from the bodega at 1 a.m. wasn’t cutting it, Insomnia Cookies opened an outpost of its cookie delivery service on East 11th Street today. (Not 4/20?)

The chain, which boasts more than 40 locations nationwide, promises “warm, fresh cookies delivered until 3 a.m.” In addition to the $1.50-$3 cookies available in a dozen varieties, you can order brownies as well as ice cream by the pint, the quart, or in cookie sandwich form (warning: the deluxe cookiewich packs a whopping 1,304 to 1,648, according to the menu). Toppings like M&Ms and peanut butter chips are 85 cents extra, and you can pair the cookies with milk for three bucks. Order online here.

Insomnia Cookies, 299 E. 11th St., nr. Second Ave.; 877-63-COOKIE