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Can Bushwick Bridge Unite the Old-Timers and Newbs?

(Art by Sarah Quinter)

(Art by Sarah Quinter)

When multimedia artist Sarah Quinter moved to Bushwick five years ago, the neighborhood known as Little Puerto Rico was already becoming richer, whiter and more commercial. But when U-Hauls started rolling down her block on the first of every month, Quinter thought the neighborhood desperately needed something to get old and newcomers talking.
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Between the Falling Ice and Collapsing Roofs, This Weather Is Truly Frightful

Bummer. (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Bummer. (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

That awning collapse in Union Square isn’t the only bit of mayhem the winter storm hath wrought. In Bushwick today, the metal roof of a vacant factory at 45 Morgan Avenue partially collapsed early this morning, due to the weight of snow. The fire department responded at 9:45 a.m., according to a spokesperson, and were still there into the late morning. There were no injuries.
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This Week: Come Out and Play at Warriorfest, Rock Out With The Fabulous Stains

No movie depicts gritty, late ’70s NYC better than The Warriors. Celebrate its 35th anniversary this Saturday at Warriorfest — presented by Rocks Off and hosted by New York City punk rocker John Joseph of the Cro-Mags. Show up to (le) poisson rouge dressed as your favorite gang and get ready for a wild party. DJ $mall Change will be spinning vinyl, and a new remastered, extended version of The Warriors soundtrack will blast over the speakers, too. There’ll be a meet and greet, and Q&A with Cochise of the Warriors, Apache Ramos of the Orphans and members of other gangs. No matter which one your allied to, do yourself a favor: come out and play-yay! It’s $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

From satanic samurais to ghost bustin’, here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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Bedford Avenue Is Looking Pretty Vacant, and Oh So Pretty to Manhattanites

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Bedford Avenue hasn’t seen as much recent turnover as Grand Street has, but that may be about to change. If you’ve walked down Williamsburg’s main drag in the past few weeks, you may have noticed an uptick in shuttered storefronts and signs saying “We’ve Moved.” Meanwhile Manhattan transplants like a gluten-free pizzeria and a foreign-language bookstore have moved in, and brokers say more of them are coming.

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Clean-Up On Aisle…?

(Photo: @bohan)

(Photo: @bohan)

If you’re debating whether to head to the office or work from home today, this might make up your mind: the awning of the Duane Reade at 24 East 14th Street, off of Union Square, collapsed this morning in what a store manager said was a “snow-related” incident. The wreckage is currently being cleared. Nobody was injured, the manager said.

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Alleged East Village Rapist Pleads Not Guilty; Cabin in a Bushwick Loft

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(Photo: Joey Ahram)

The hunt for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealers led cops to a Mott Street apartment where they busted four people after finding a “mother lode” of heroin, per the . According to an online heroin review site cited by Brooklyn Paper, Ace of Spades — the dealer of which police are still searching for — could be found on the streets of Williamsburg as recently as last month.

A San Loco employee who’s accused of raping a woman in her East Village apartment says she gave him permission to follow her home and the sex was consensual. [NY Post]

More about House of Yes’s plans to reopen — with a full-fledged bar and restaurant. [Bushwick Daily]
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Rafael Fuchs Turned Some ‘Bitter Incidents’ With Landlords Into Art

(Courtesy Fuchs Projects)

(Courtesy Fuchs Projects)

Like to grouse about your landlord? Why not do it over Kosher rugelach at an upcoming art opening?

Later this month at his Bushwick gallery, Rafael Fuchs will show new work “based on true stories” about North Brooklyn’s Jewish landlords. For the appropriately titled “LandLords” series, the artist digitally manipulated photographs he had taken of landlords — wearing Shabbat fur hats and following after their children, among other things — by adding imagery, writing, and portions of other photographs. One print features a naked woman with an airplane about to fly into her ass, with a couple landlords in traditional Hasidic garb in the background.
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In the East Village, an Upper West Sider’s Vision of ‘Williamsburg: Old and New’

Old and New, 2013. Paul Kessel. Photo: Courtesy of Umbrella Arts

Old and New, 2013, Paul Kessel. Photo: Courtesy of Umbrella Arts

It isn’t often that one decides to change career paths at the age of 69, but that’s precisely what Paul Kessel did. In his previous life, Kessel was a psychologist and psychoanalyst but these days he roams the streets armed with his camera, capturing street scenes that catch his eye.
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