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Secret Project Robot Opens a Happyfun Hideaway

The secret seems to be out about Secret Project Robot’s new sister establishment. “Yesterday, I made a batch of vegan pulled pork and it sold out in about three hours,” Rachel Nelson told Bedford + Bowery.

Happyfun Hideaway’s early success after just a few weeks in business seems to have come from a combination of word-of-mouth and a straight-up irresistible atmosphere (just look at our slideshow). The bar offers mixed drinks and reasonably priced beers, plus what the owners describe as a “slightly healthier version of Americana bar food” (so far, offerings have included jackfruit with barbecue sauce, mac and cheese, Frito pie and cheeseburgers).
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Police: Brooklyn Bargoers Are Getting Attacked and Robbed On Their Way Home

Police: Brooklyn Bargoers Are Getting Attacked and Robbed On Their Way Home
Posted at Pearl's (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Posted at Pearl’s (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

If you’re in the habit of walking home alone while checking your Facebook feed with just one eye open, it might be time to wise up: police in Williamsburg and Greenpoint are on the lookout for a man who has robbed five area residents in the last two weeks as they returned from bars in the evening.

“He’s only been striking between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.,” said Stefan Komar, captain of the 94th Precinct. “I don’t know why, but he has a schedule.”
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No Joke, The Newsstand at Metropolitan Now Sells Pickle Chips, Zines, and Vinyl

These days, the customers of the newsstand in the Metropolitan stop aren’t waiting in line to buy the Post, Times, or those stale House of Bazzini nuts that you can’t actually find above ground. Instead, they’re asking for change to buy zines out of a vending machine and snatching up vinyl records curated by Greenpoint shop Co-Op-87.
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Artist-Musicians (and a Former Pro Runningback) Open AP Coffee

Yesterday, Wes Mapes and his business partners opened AP Coffee on a once desolate block that, until recently, had been known more for its murals. He thinks it was a good call. “This street is going to be the street off [the Jefferson] stop, for sure,” he told Bedford + Bowery. “It may even be the premiere street in all of Bushwick, even above a lot of places off the Morgan stop.” (He may be on to something: the sister bar of Welcome to the Johnsons is set to open just a block away.)
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Lil’ Nugs: Ethiopian Speakeasies and NYU Hamptons

King Live Poultry

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Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

Yesterday morning, the Bedford Avenue L train platform looked like McCarren Park during Northside: crowded with sweaty people. That’s because the L trains weren’t going into Manhattan, due to, apparently, electrical malfunctions that messed up the signals. The good news (for cabbies, anyway)? It might keep happening! [WNYC]

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Step Right Up! Coney Island’s Sealo the Sealboy Will Be Reborn in Bushwick Tonight

Scary Ben and Darlinda Just Darlinda (Photo courtesy of Bushwick Burlesque)

Scary Ben and Darlinda Just Darlinda (Photo courtesy of Bushwick Burlesque)

Tassel-twirling burlesque veteran Darlinda Just Darlinda and her partner-in-circus Scary Ben have a love affair with Coney Island. Tonight, their Bushwick Burlesque series will feature 10 spectacular Coney-born acts to raise funds for Coney Island USA, a non-profit whose facilities for sideshow and burlesque were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Even as the cabaret and underground circus scenes thrive at venues like House of Yes, Coney still carries cultural cachet with the young and hip of North Brooklyn as a locus of performance. It’s still relatively rare to find sideshow acts such as fire-eaters, snake-charmers and sword-swallowers north of Coney Island.
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Check Out This Blood-Spattered ‘Game of Thrones’ Birthday Cake

Photo: Sweet and Shiny Cafe

Elaine Li of Bushwick’s Sweet & Shiny Cafe made an awesome “Game of Thrones”-themed “nameday” cake last week for one lucky Northman. What better way to cope with (read: eat) your feelings now that the season is over and we are all in Westeros withdrawal?
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Welcome to Bushwick, Welcome to the Johnsons!

Welcome to Bushwick, Welcome to the Johnsons!
(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

Max Fish isn’t the only Lower East Side bar that’s Brooklyn bound. Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a sister spot in Bushwick. Unlike the Rivington Street den of depravity, it’ll be called simply The Johnsons. But don’t worry – it’ll still be welcoming. More so than the scruffy original, it could be argued, since it’s about four times the size.

The offshoot, at 369 Troutman Street, will feature an open-air patio that’ll be in full swing till closing time, said owner Lisa Gartner, who also co-owns Sweet Paradise on the Lower East Side.
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The Village Voice Is Leaving the Village… and Occupying Wall Street

Will the Voice take its letters to 80 Maiden Lane? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Will 80 Maiden Lane soon look like this? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

In a move fittingly symbolic for a paper whose corporate overlords flew in to lay off some of its most venerated, tenured writers, the Village Voice is moving out of the Village — where it’s been, of course, since 1955 — to an office tower in the Financial District. The move is scheduled for sometime in August.

The new offices are located on the twenty-first floor of an office building at 80 Maiden Lane. Also in the building are the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the New York offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Department of Investigation for the City of New York. According to a realtor at Winick Realty Group, the sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s will be opening its first Manhattan location in the building’s ground-floor retail space over the summer.
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