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Week in Film: Pooh-Pooh the ‘Sad Exigencies of Plot,’ and a ‘Mind-Numbing’ Satanic Crime Caper

(Via Light Industry)

(Via Light Industry)

Projective Life 
Tuesday November 22, 7:30 pm at Light Industry: $8 at the door

Light Industry is billing next week’s screening event as a reading (“broadly defined”), which sounds interesting but also begs the question: lol what?

As you may or may not know, Light Industry is more or less a cinema and film discussion forum, but with Projective Life they’re opening up the floor to some good old-fashion poetry and prose, setting the stage for an interesting dialogue between the oral/literary and their usual video and projection modes and getting rid of the “sad exigencies of plot” altogether: “Under these conditions, a film can act as a reading and reading may become a kind of film.”

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Seth Rogen Eyes East Village Condo; 200-Pound Tuna in Greenpoint

Yesterday afternoon on Knickerbocker Avenue, an alleged drunk driver who was going in the wrong direction hit a man in the foot after he first pushed his wife out of the car’s way, police say. [DNA Info]

A Rutgers University professor who lives in Greenpoint claims, “Trump’s crackdown on free speech has absolutely begun,” citing an incident that occurred Tuesday. That night, police took the Politicizing Beyonce author to Bellevue Hospital for a psyche evaluation after he tweeted what was interpreted as threats against white people. [NY Daily News]

Tomorrow from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Cafecito Bogotá on Manhattan Avenue will host a Love Trumps Hate event with free cookies and coffee. [DNA Info] More →

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L of a Plan: Rider Coalition Wants Cars Off of 14th Street During the L-pocalypse


Richard Barone of Regional Planning Association, one of the transportation experts on hand at “What the L?” listened to community members’ feedback (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Since word leaked in January that the MTA was planning to shut down L train service for over a year in order to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, the residents, small businesses, and restaurant and bar owners who belong to the grassroots L Train Coalition have desperately wondered what the extended vacation will mean in real terms. For almost a year now, they’ve been locked in a push-and-pull with the MTA and elected officials, all in an effort to get the facts straight and prepare for the impact. At a meeting last night dubbed “What the L?”, coalition members took matters into their own hands and unveiled a report that proposes a 14th Street “transitway” that would be closed to private vehicles and other measures to stave off the L-pocalypse.

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Own Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Loft; Video of Suspect in Williamsburg Shooting

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Police released video of the suspected gunman from the Williamsburg triple shooting that occurred Sunday outside of Don Pedro. [DNA Info]

The 2017 NYC Michelin Guide awarded two stars to Aska, a month-old Scandinavian restaurant on Wythe Avenue. [NY Times]

Casette, a year-old Greenpoint eatery partly backed by Kickstarter’s founder, will be replaced with a private event space. [Eater NY]

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Three Shot Outside of Williamsburg Bar; Bushwick Gets More Coffee

Three people were shot just before 2 a.m. yesterday when a pair of armed men began arguing outside of Don Pedro, a Williamsburg bar. None of the injuries are life-threatening and police arrested one of the shooters, a 36-year-old man who took a bullet to the knee. [NBC NY]

In Union Square, a 48-year-old man was arrested on a recent Saturday after allegedly threatening someone with brass knuckles and a hammer. [Town & Village]

Spicewala Bar Indian Cuisine will soon replace East Village Burritos & Bar on First Avenue. [EV Grieve] More →

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Local Leaders Support East River Skyway; Greenpoint Residents Against Paulie Gee’s

Thus far, 214 Greenpoint residents have signed a petition to prevent the forthcoming Paulie Gee‘s Slice Joint from obtaining a liquor license. [Gothamist]

Fives Leaves, the Greenpoint bistro that was the brain child of the late actor Heath Ledger, has ended its partnership with soon-to-rebrand neighbor Nights and Weekends and will now open outposts in other cities, beginning with Los Angeles. [Eater NY]

This month, three local leaders signed a letter asking Mayor de Blasio to support the East River Skyway, an aerial gondola that would aid residents who will be inconvenienced by the 2019 L train shutdown. [DNA Info] More →

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Robbery at Bushwick Hotel; Increased L Train Service This Summer

Saturday night a thief physically assaulted an employee of the Bushwick Hotel before making off with $1K in cash. [DNA Info]

When M train repairs begin as early as this summer in Bushwick, the MTA announced that increased L train service will go into effect. The L train’s own upcoming shutdown will not begin until 2019. [Curbed NY] More →

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Lyft Rider Steals Car in Williamsburg; Cafe Moto Becomes Cafe Velo

Shaun Martin—who crashed into an East Village storefront in 2013 while on drugs, killing a 62-year-old florist—was sentenced Friday to at least 20 years imprisonment. [NY Daily News]

On E. 12th Street Friday afternoon, a woman was left shaken after she fell from one roof to another while reportedly attempting to retrieve her drone with a handmade rope of tied-together sheets. [EV Grieve]

Around 3 a.m. yesterday in Williamsburg, a Lyft passenger urinated in the SUV and proceeded to punch the driver and steal the car after the driver called the police. The vehicle was later found abandoned on S. 1st Street. [DNA Info] More →

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New Essex Crossing Renderings; Converted Synagogue Going For $30K

Check out new renderings of the Market Line, the eventual site of the Essex Street Market in the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. [Curbed NY]

An eighth grade teacher at Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration launched a $4K crowdfunding campaign to buy computers for her students. [Bushwick Daily]

On E. 8th Street, a synagogue converted into a four-story townhouse is currently on the market for $30K/month. [Curbed NY] More →

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Danny Meyer Plans East Village Eatery; Carmellini Opens Williamsburg Restaurant

Four months after opening its first Brooklyn outpost in Williamsburg, Apple signed a lease at the Fort Greene space that was previously home to BAM South. [The Real Deal]

This week the theoretical 16-mile route was unveiled for the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a 16-mile streetcar that would take at least eight years to construct. [NY Times]

Tuesday night, the group Transportation Alternatives rallied near an entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, advocating for a more bike and pedestrian-friendly Grand Street. [Gothamist] More →