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Watch Glenn Branca Hold Forth On Bowie, Byrne, CBGB, Sonic Youth + His Own Bad Self

As excited as we were to celebrate Glenn Branca’s 65th birthday at the B+B Newsroom last week, we didn’t expect our discussion with the trailblazing composer to be as epic as, say, the time in 2001 that we were blown away by his 100-guitar symphony beneath the Twin Towers, and (more recently, in 2010) the debut of his 15th symphony at Le Poisson Rouge. How wrong we were: the master rolled into 155 Grand with a bottle of whiskey and, just like when New York spoke to him in 2004, immediately lit up a cig. We weren’t about to tell him to put it out.
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Cheeky Sandwiches Has Quietly Opened Its Greenpoint Spot, and There’s a Gold Room

Since last we checked in, Bread for the Eater has quietly opened in Greenpoint. The new venture from the team behind Lower East Side spot Cheeky Sandwiches is still very much in its early stages, with construction still underway on a separate, backroom dining area. “We still have a bit of work to do with the space,” says owner Din Yates, “so the opening is very soft.”
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Oasis Is the Latest Williamsburger to Hotfoot It to Greenpoint

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

(Photo: Chris Tonucci)

First Academy Annex and Flying Squirrel, then Beacon’s Closet, and now another Williamsburg business is making moves in Greenpoint.

Oasis, the venerable falafel and shawarma café that, let’s face it, is everyone’s favorite bathroom to use when the Bedford L is down, is opening a new branch on the north side of Greenpoint. According to the owner, the menu will more or less match that of its Williamsburg counterpart, with a few additions. Like another Greenpoint newcomer, Oasis is opening in a former pizza place with the brick oven still intact, so expect “pitza” staples like lambajin as well.
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Summer’s Back! Here’s Our Outdoor Drinking and Eating Map

Summer’s Back! Here’s Our Outdoor Drinking and Eating Map

Sup global warming? So the hotly anticipated fall season seems to have gone on vacay this week. But no matter, this just means your Hawaiian shirts have a new lease on life, and chilling at sidewalk cafes and bars around the city is as comfortable as it is possible. So check out our map of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the East Village, LES, and North Brooklyn that, according to city records, boast licensed sidewalk cafes where you can tipple, snack and people-watch. We’ve linked each outdoor spot to its New York mag listing so you can decide wisely. Only a few days of this goriousness left, after all.

Christopher Discipio contributed reporting.

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Triskelion Arts is the Latest Williamsburg Business To Hightail it to Greenpoint

Triskelion Arts, who has resided at 118 North 11 Street since 2000, will move to Greenpoint next summer. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Triskelion Arts, who has resided at 118 North 11 Street since 2000, will move to Greenpoint next summer. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Triskelion Arts is the latest of several Williamsburg businesses to relocate to Greenpoint: next June, the dance arts organization will move out of its third-story warehouse space on North 11th Street and reopen at 106 Calyer Street.

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Got Student Loans? Sal A. Mander (Actual Name) Has a Plan Involving a Van

A man and his van. (Photo courtesy of Sal Mander)

A man and his van. [Photo: John (Tex) O’Connor]

Sal Mander prefers sleeping in his van in the winter to anywhere he’s ever slept. “It’s cozy! . . . I sleep soundly in there,” he said convincingly. But, still. “The first time it dropped below freezing and I went into my van to sleep, I remember sitting on my memory-foam mattress, and it felt like I was sitting on a stack of, like, refrigerated cardboard boxes. I went, ‘Oh shit, I got into the wrong van.’ . . . And then I realized, ‘No, it’s just frozen!’” But Mander swears “once you pull two or three thick blankets over your head and breathe a few breaths, in five minutes, you’re warm.”
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Want to Hear a Sacagawea Joke? This Comic Wants to Tell You One

Mindy Tucker

(Photo: Mindy Tucker)

I first met Natalie Shure on an organized trip to Auschwitz. Sites of historical atrocity are unusual stomping grounds for a standup comedian, but Shure is no typical jokester. A tall brunette rocking horn-rimmed glasses and a flowery frock, the 27-year-old dresses like a sixties fashion icon and banters like a Russian History professor. When she’s not frequenting the city’s standup clubs or co-hosting her monthly Barely Regal standup show at the Palace Café in Greenpoint, you’re most likely to find her at the library with her head buried in a Soviet history textbook.

At NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (where we’re both students), she takes a break from working on her thesis about drug resistant tuberculosis in the former Soviet Union and tells me, “I like dark jokes. I tell a lot of jokes about history and genocide. Those are my favorite kind of jokes.” You can hear some of them at Palace Café on Wednesday, or just go on and read the B+B Q+A.
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And Now It’s the Beep’s Turn to Weigh In On Greenpoint’s Waterfront Towers

With Community Board 1 having weighed in on what could be 5,000 new housing units headed for the Greenpoint waterfront, it was the Borough President’s turn last night to hop on board the project’s lengthy civic vetting process.

Residents, city officials and representatives of 77 Commercial Street filled the Borough President’s courtroom and gave testimony before members of Marty Markowitz’s office.
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Another Greenpoint Label Is Celebrating Five Years With a Blowout

Last month Captured Tracks turned five with a weekend of shows and now everyone’s doing it! Another one of our fave Greenpoint indie labels, Mexican Summer, is celebrating the big fiver with a two-day festival in Red Hook — and a hardcover book with a 10″ EP.
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