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Have You Seen This Baby Dragon? A Mystical Portal Has Been Pilfered

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A little while ago we told you about “13 Portals,” the mystical, interactive public-art game taking place this summer throughout the East Village. Now, some dastardly art thief (albeit one with a highly attuned sense of irony) has made off with Portal 3 — the Portal of Movement. That’s right: it’s been stripped from its hanging-place on East 10th, between B and C.
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The LES Is Getting a New Stand-Up Weekly, Courtesy of a Bushwick Comic

Tonight The Leadbelly, on the Lower East Side, kicks off a new weekly comedy show hosted by Bushwick-based comic Taylor Clark.
Clark also hosts Big Ups at Little Skips on Thursdays in Bushwick. While he’s hesitant to classify himself as a “Bushwick comedian,” he’s eager to introduce the neighborhood’s alternative comedy scene to downtowners who might be expecting something more traditional. “When we bring those Bushwick comics people are surprised to see something fresh and original,” he says.
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‘No 7-Eleven’ Is Still Raging Against the Slurpee Machine

A while back we wondered whether the folks behind No 7-Eleven would embrace the chain now that it’s offering to hold on to their spare keys. Nyope. In June they showed up at a meeting to protest a 7-Eleven going into 403 Grand Street (it opened anyway) and yesterday afternoon, as you can see above, they were back in front of the store bound for 170 Avenue A.
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Seems There Was a Pistol-Whipping in Greenpoint This Afternoon

We’re piecing together the details of an incident involving a gun that unfolded near Guernsey Street and Norman Avenue earlier today.

The police-scanner scanners over at @Breaking911 and @NYScanner tweeted that a man was shot in the area, as did another scanner service. But the police say there was no shooting; rather, a 32-year-old man was assaulted with a gun shortly before 2:43 p.m. A suspect was taken into custody but no charges had been filed yet, the police told B+B.
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Your Freaky Weekend: a Twerking Contest and a Burgers and Burlesque Bash

NYCS-BOOTYBummed you didn’t win the Smallest Penis contest last month? Maybe you can twerk your way to victory this weekend. Taking a cue from Nicki Minaj, the Chocolate Sundays crew is having its first official twerk competition this weekend at The Flat in Bushwick.

We’re not sure how ratchet things will get Sunday night (if we’re even allowed to use that word to describe stuff), but the Ninjasonik-hosted party has been packed since founder Joel Meinholz brought it from Miami to Brooklyn. So what will Brooklyn’s best twerker receive? According to the animated-gif flyer, the prize money is $100 — enough to buy you and your friends enough shots to forget you won a twerking competition.
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The NYPL Has Unloaded 16,000 Cheap LPs, and the Sale Ain’t Over Yet

By Friday afternoon, the second of three days during which the New York Public Library is unloading 22,000 vinyl LPs at Lincoln Center, there was no New Kids on the Block to be found — presumably, some eager wax collector jumped on that gem early. In fact, the majority of the remaining offerings were classical records.
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Nino’s Is Back, Baby, He’s Back!

Nino's Pizzeria (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Nino’s Pizzeria (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

In April, Nino Camaj told The Local he was planning to bring back his eponymous pizzeria to the corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A, seven years after selling the original and moving to Florida. Nino’s had been under new ownership, which “ruined everything,” Camaj said. “A lot of people complained.”
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As of Tonight, The Base is the Place For Radical Lefties

Occupy Wall Street’s glory days of regular police spats and national front page news coverage are behind us (unless you watch The Newsroom — hello, Tompkins Square Park!), but at least some members of the movement have remained active agitators. Former Occupiers Khalil Robinson, who has primarily worked at teaching and aiding undocumented immigrants, and Elysa Lozano, an artist and political activist, have triumphed over a failed Kickstarter and months of delay in order to open The Base, which they’ve described on their website as “a sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing.” So far, their organizing has consisted of holding free Spanish classes and boxing lessons, but they are officially inaugurating their new space tonight with a panel called “Where Do Social Movements Go From Here?
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There Will Be Mud Wrastlin’ and Crab Crackin’ in Rockaway Tomorrow

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If you missed the crab feast at Cafe Ghia in Bushwick last night, don’t worry — there’s still a chance to get crackin’, and oh what a chance it is: East Village farm-to-table fixture Back Forty is taking its Tuesday night crab boils to Rockaway this Saturday and then again on Aug. 31. Starting at 3 p.m. at Low Tide Bar (at Beach 96th Street and the water), $25 gets you a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob and steamed potatoes (or it’s $15 for a half-size bucket).
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