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A Record-Setting Banjo Picker Created These Fantastic Glass Paintings

Artist Doug Young was searching for a new medium when, at a flea market, he stumbled on an old painting on glass. This almost-lost technique was popular with decorative objects in the 19th century, but strangely had its heyday in the 1700s when China used it to produce Americana to sell to Americans. Cue lightbulb.
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James Murphy Releases Espresso Blend; Spike Lee On ‘Motherfucking Hipsters’

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope, on Flickr)

You can finally drink James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem‘s espresso blend at the newest location of Blue Bottle. [Grub Street]

City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso says he’s “not anti-development. I’m anti-irresponsible development, which is what we see in Williamsburg.” [Commercial Observer]

Spike Lee doesn’t like it when “”m—-f—–g hipsters” come into neighborhoods like Bushwick and change the name to East Williamsburg. “These Williamsburg m—–f—–s are changing the names,” he told a crowd at Pratt. [NY Daily News]

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Lit Is Opening a Place in the McKibbin Lofts

Barack and Mitt at Lit. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Barack and Mitt at Lit. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We’ve been hearing rumblings that the folks behind Lit, which just celebrated 12 years in the East Village, were working on a new bar in the McKibbin lofts. Back in December, Erik Foss said those were just rumors, but now he’s let the cat out of the bag.
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With Days Left to Legalize Their Lofts, Some Scramble, Others Stew, Many Have No Idea

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Landlords call him “the devil.”

Meet Arthur Atlas, an architect specializing in loft design. He earned this disparaging title as a result of his work with tenant advocacy groups, and a lifetime of finding loopholes within the city’s convoluted property laws. Currently, Atlas is helping a man who lives on the roof of a building in a small, prefabricated home. The man has water and a kitchen — amenities he built up himself. “It’s a great place,” Atlas said, “but it’s on the friggin’ roof.”
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Bushwick Is Becoming A Foodie Haven; Inside a Dilapidated Synagogue

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(Photo: Roey Ahram on Flickr)

A woman was shot in the chest in a Bushwick building Sunday. [NY Daily News]

Police have released video of a man who allegedly assaulted a man in Williamsburg and robbed him of his phone on New Years. [DNA Info]

A look inside the historic but dilapidated Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on the LES. [Curbed]

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Celebrate the Release of Outdoor Gallery at This Indoor Gallery Done Up By Street Artists

Mural by El Sol 25 outside of 17 Frost (Photo: Yoav-Litvin)

Mural by El Sol 25 outside of 17 Frost (All photos: Yoav Litvin)

Tomorrow night there’ll be a party in Williamsburg to celebrate the release of Outdoor Gallery, a book of photographs that author Yoav Litvin hopes will be viewed for decades to come as a historical document of the city’s street art. Most of the 46 street artists Litvin spotlights have contributed works to an exhibit he curated at 17 Frost.
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Greenpoint Ferry Update; Rosie Perez Remembers Her Bushwick Days

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Operators say busted anchor posts were responsible for the Greenpoint ferry ramp collapse, and there’s no telling when service will return. [NY Daily News]

Williamsburg’s latest luxury building features canvas wall coverings hand painted by artist Sebastian Vargas. [Curbed]

Inside William Scott Benoit’s home in a historic East Village synagogue. [Wall Street Journal]
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L Train Gets Yarn Bombed; Williamsburg’s Of-the-Moment Luxury Building

Above: Watch London Kaye yarn bomb the L train. [Animal]

The Lower East Side is among the neighborhoods with the most cases of binge drinking. Duh. [DNA Info]

Interior shots of sculptor Walter De Maria’s cavernous home in an East Village substation, which just hit the market for $25 million. [Curbed]
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There’s a Push to Keep Industry in Brooklyn, But What About Artisanal Tacos?

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Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center’s space on McKibbin. (Photo: GMDC)

Restauranteur Dario Wolos, who operates a taqueria from inside a VW bus in Nolita, spoke excitedly earlier this month as he told Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 about plans to bring the taco bus to Bushwick. But then came their response.

“Is there a community need for a restaurant there?” SLA Committee member Tom Burrows asked, with obvious dissatisfaction. Wolos looked confused. “Is it forcing out small industrial businesses?” Burrows continued.  “That’s an industrial business zone. It’s meant for industry.”
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