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Kings Pharmacy Leaves Williamsburg; Bruffins Comes to LES

There but for the grace of god go they..

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During the fireworks show over the East River on Friday night, someone sawed a hole on the roof of Delancey Street’s Popular Community Bank, sneaked in, and robbed the place. According to one report, approximately $290K was taken in the heist. [NY Post]

A firefighter died Saturday night after becoming trapped in the two-alarm blaze at 75 Wilson Street in Williamsburg. Lt. Gordon Ambelas, a 40-year-old father of two, is the first NYC firefighter to die on the job since April 2012. Two additional firefighters and two civilians suffered minor injuries. [DNA Info] The determined cause of the fire was a faulty electrical cord from an air conditioning unit. [Wall Street Journal]

To coincide with NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton’s “Summer All Out” campaign, 232 police officers will be reassigned to Brooklyn to combat the recent increase in shootings. [NY Daily News]
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Missing Man Found in Newtown Creek; Nitehawk’s Free Outdoor Movies

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Police recovered the body of 21-year-old Stephen L. Middleton—who went for a swim off a Williamsburg pier just before 6 a.m. on Thursday—from Newtown Creek in Greenpoint on Monday evening. [DNA Info]

In a closet at 124 E. Houston Street—where Bob Dylan recorded from 1969 to 1972—two boxes of acetate discs were found featuring never-before-heard cuts from Dylan albums Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Two women, ages 18 and 20, were arrested for assault after allegedly punching a 79-year-old man on the corner of Taylor Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg late Saturday night. [The Brooklyn Paper] More →

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Best Gay Bars, Outdoor Drinking Spots; 21 Questions For Alex Karpovsky

FIFA World Cup 2014 at Miss Lily's 7A

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The driver of a 2003 Infiniti sedan was decapitated after crashing into the back of a flatbed truck on the BQE while trying to evade police. The car’s passenger and an officer were taken to Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, and the truck driver walked away from the scene. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Pop, a nine-year-old clothing store on Grand Street in Williamsburg, will close in late August due to a rent increase and neighborhood competition. A 25-percent-off closing sale begins tomorrow. [Racked NY]

Despite CB4’s pledge to “halt the influx” of new liquor licenses in Bushwick, the State Liquor Authority may have the final say. [Brick Underground]
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Miniature Replica of Graham Ave; Sinkhole in Williamsburg

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St. Mark’s Bookshop will close its current location Monday after business hours and re-open Wednesday on East 3rd Street. [St. Mark’s Bookshop]

Not to be outdone by the Lower East Side, Williamsburg got its very own sinkhole this week: a six-foot-deep doozy on Driggs Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue. There were no injuries; the cause was a broken sewer line. [Daily Intelligencer]

Silvershore Properties has been sued by the city after the ground-floor tenant at one of the sites the firm oversees on the Lower East Side—Lamar’s Bagel & Grocery—was allegedly caught selling untaxed cigarettes out of their Madison Street retail space. [] More →

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Abraço’s New Coffee Shop; Rents Off the L, Stop-By-Stop

Stik watertower

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State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, who represents North Brooklyn, announced a series of tenants’ rights bills in the wake of rising rents and allegations of misconduct by landlords. [Greenpointers]

Taj Patterson, the 22-year-old fashion student who police say was brutally beaten by five members of the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Union (or Shomrim) on December 1, is suing his alleged attackers. [DNA Info]

To help raise money for the feature film Inside You, a romantic comedy in the midst of a month-long Kickstarter campaign, Hannibal Buress will headline a free show at Lulu’s in Greenpoint tomorrow at 8 p.m. [Brokelyn]

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North BK Gets More Affordable Housing; Williamsburg Hit-and-Run

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While the 14th Street Halal Guys brick-and-mortar is still weeks from opening, the brand just inked a deal that could place it in not only LA but also Canada and the Middle East, with a projected 100 locations in five years (including restaurants in Europe). [NY Times]

A motorcyclist injured in a Williamsburg hit-and-run Sunday night when he and his passenger were struck by an SUV is not expected to survive. [Daily Intelligencer]

Because of the impending Essex Crossing Development—which will include an Andy Warhol museum—next month Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will begin its 20th and final season at the intersection of Ludlow and Broome Streets on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

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WD~50 Will Close in November; Occupy Protestors Get Big Payday

UFO

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Wylie Dufresne will close wd~50, his 11-year-old molecular gastronomy mecca, on November 30. A seven-story mixed-use building will soon be constructed on the restaurant’s Lower East Side lot. [Grub Street]

Fourteen Occupy Wall Street protesters who sued the city—claiming they were wrongfully arrested in the East Village in 2012—have been awarded $583K. [Daily Intelligencer]

Meet Lilly, a woman who moved into Bushwick’s polyamorous residence, Hacienda Villa. [Bushwick Daily]

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Verb Cafe To Shutter; Beastie Boys Win Six-Figure Lawsuit

Adam Fujita mural at Bushwick Open Studios 2014

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At the end of the month, 15-year-old Verb Cafe on Bedford Avenue will close for good following a 70 percent rent increase. [Gothamist]

The destabilized Lower East Side building at 255-259 Houston Street/171-173 Suffolk Street—where a daycare was forced out due to safety concerns—is on the market for $36 million. [Massey Knakal]

A Manhattan judge awarded The Beastie Boys $1.7 million in an breach of copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink, who used the band’s music without permission to promote a snowboard competition. [Stereogum] More →

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Plantworks Closes in East Village; Co-Working Space Opens in Bushwick

Big day

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After four decades in business, Plantworks closed for good yesterday in the East Village. [Bowery Boogie]

Be Electric, a new video and photography workspace in Bushwick, opens tonight with a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., coinciding with the start of Bushwick Open Studios. [Free Williamsburg]

A five-story, 10-unit apartment building is coming to the former Bushwick Tire Shop site, where the owner was murdered by a gunman in 2011. []
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