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Tonight: Enjoy a Casual Encounter With a Founder of OkCupid

Christian Rudder

Christian Rudder

Remember the Love Calculator? Though still a reliable standby, we’ve come a long way since the days when we depended on Dr. Love to diagnose compatibility. There’s now a whole universe of dating data out there thanks to the explosion of Internet dating sites. Christian Rudder, co-founder of endless source of romantic hilarity, OkCupid, put his Harvard degree in mathematics to good use and tapped into this datasphere. Tonight at the Yard, he’ll present material from his forthcoming book about data driven matchmaking.
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Nightclubbing | Buzz and the Flyers, 1980

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong are sifting through their voluminous archive of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at NYU’s Fales Library. 

Buzz and the Flyers (Photo: Mick Rock)

Buzz and the Flyers (Photo: Mick Rock)

“We wore ’50s clothes, we loved ’50s music, we wanted ’50s amps — if it had been possible, we would have been in black and white.” That’s how Dig Wayne, lead singer of the great rockabilly band Buzz and the Flyers, recalled the band’s obsession with all things midcentury. “We even wanted to have one of those great big old microphones ’cause they looked so cool, but they sounded awful. So we got an old one and rewired it so the guts inside were new and the outside was old and fantastic.”
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Williamsburg Is Getting Yet Another Gene Kaufman Building

83 Kent Avenue. (Photo: Jia Guo)

83 Kent Avenue. (Photo: Jia Guo)

There’s yet more change coming to Kent Avenue, just a few blocks from where a chunk of the Domino site is headed for demolition. A filing with the Department of Buildings indicates that the owner of 83 Kent Avenue is seeking to build a seven-story building on the lot near North 9th. Reached by phone yesterday, Jay Weitzman, a member of the LLC that owns the lot, told B+B the new building would include affordable housing units, but didn’t want to speak further about the project.
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Hasidic Williamsburg Is Full of Thompson Twins, But Not Quite Completely

Check out the New York Times map depicting the outcome of Tuesday’s mayoral Democratic primaries and you can pretty much guess what Williamsburg looks like. A clear line separates the north and south sides, revealing a politically (and otherwise) divided neighborhood. Whereas Bill de Blasio won the gentrified section north of Broadway, Bill Thompson swept the Hasidic-dominated section south of Broadway and east of Williamsburg Street.
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Firefighters Gathered at McSorley’s to Remember 9/11

New York City firefighters outside McSorley

New York City firefighters outside McSorley’s Old Ale House today. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Members from fire rescue units across New York City congregated at McSorley’s Old Ale House today in commemoration of September 11.

Paul Sainsbury of FDNY Rescue 4 in Queens said, “We gather here every year at 3:43 p.m.” – a number that mirrors the total loss of firefighters on this day twelve years ago. Sainsbury said he arrived on the scene that Tuesday “as the second tower was going down.”
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We All Scream For Ice Cream, Except These Folks Who Filed Noise Complaints

With summer on the way out, we’re already missing the tinny jingle of Mr. Softee, but apparently not everyone is a softy for it. Citizens from around the city have complained to 311 about noise from ice cream trucks more than 1,264 times this summer, with about 65 of those in our neck of the woods. (City law prevents ice cream trucks from blasting their jingles while idling.)
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Watch the 13-Minute Finale of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s Show at Union Pool

Kim Gordon’s North Brooklyn reign continues. Last week we spotted the former Sonic Youther at the opening of 3rd Ward’s new restaurant, Fitzcarraldo, and last night at Union Pool she and Bill Nace, as Body/Head, kicked off a tour supporting their new album.
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