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Kool Thing: Kim Gordon Is Crashing in Greenpoint These Days

(Photo: Patrick McMullan)

North Brooklyn has seen a lot of Kim Gordon in the past month: she introduced a screening of “A Woman Under the Influence” at Nighthawk and performed with Body/Head, her project with noise guitarist Bill Nace, at Saint Vitus during Northside. Plus, that show at Knockdown Center in May.

No, she hasn’t been commuting in from her home in Western Massachusetts. Turns out, the former(?) Sonic Youth bassist/singer/guitarist/blond-badass has been “keeping a room in a friend’s apartment” in Greenpoint since March, according to her rep at Matador Records.
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Protesters Gather Outside of ‘Penis Mayor’ Anthony Weiner’s Apartment


(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

An uninvited guest popped by Anthony Weiner’s Gramercy apartment building this morning, in the form of a giant inflatable rat. Union members have gathered in front of the mayoral hopeful‘s Park Avenue South address to protest a controversial cost-cutting measure in his education platform. And they aren’t exactly being subtle about it: “DON’T LET THE SEXTING PERV BE MAYOR,” reads one sign.
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Williamsburg Property Sells For $29 Million, Couple Brings Crib to Brunch

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A Williamsburg property at 65 North Sixth Street has sold for nearly $29 million. The developers plan 28 luxury apartments, 4,000 square feet of retail space and 14 off-street parking spots. [The Real Deal]

Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt will open The Elm tomorrow in Williamsburg’s fancypants King & Grove hotel. [Eater]

Hopefully this won’t happen there: a couple dined at Rosarito’s Fish Shack in Williamsburg with a crib alongside their delightful al fresco feast. [DNAinfo] More →

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Chelsea Gallerists Are Partying in Their New LES Space Tonight, Sans the Art


Chelsea gallery Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. is celebrating its move to the Lower East Side tonight, two months before it actually goes down.

The gallery’s first show at 33 Orchard Street — featuring the work of Blair Thurman — won’t happen until September 20. In the meantime, the owners are throwing a party in the unrennovated room that they’re calling the “Raw Space,” with bare walls and wires hanging from the ceiling.
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San Fran Transplant Opens Taqueria Diana, Now Serving Monster Burritos


Matt La Rue, the proprietor of the newly opened Taqueria Diana, had always dreamed of opening a taqueria in New York. The Stockton, California native spent a decade cooking in “more upscale” Bay Area Mexican restaurants, and came to love San Francisco-style burritos and quesadillas when he moved to the Mission District a few years ago.
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8 Injured By Possible Explosion and Partial Building Collapse in Chinatown


Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.

Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg.
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‘People Loved It Loud’: Rockers Recall Academy of Music and Palladium


(Photo: the private collections of Jason Knox and Harold C. Black)

Built as a movie palace in 1927, the Academy of Music on East 14th Street, at Third Avenue, was a place where Lower East Siders would watch first-run features in grand style. Promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to America, understood the 3,000-seat hall’s potential: in the mid-1960s, he regularly booked British Invasion bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Herman’s Hermits there. Manfred Mann, on the charts with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” would share a bill with the Exciters, the American group that first recorded the tune to little notice.
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Charles Bellafiore Usually Finds Someone to Talk to at Enid’s


(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Last week, the unthinkable happened: Enid’s went dry. The Greenpoint bar’s liquor license expired and it went a week without being able to serve (yesterday it announced on Facebook: “booze is back!”). This was particularly a blow to Charles Bellafiore, who’s been a regular at Enid’s since it opened just before the turn of the century – which is a much cooler way of saying 1999.
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