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Norte Maar settled in Bushwick in 2005, back when the property boom was just a gleam in a developer’s eye and long before Bushwick Open Studios was an enormous corporate-sponsored block party. The not-for-profit arts organization, which promotes and presents multidisciplinary artistic collaborations, set up a permanent location in an apartment on Wyckoff Avenue in […]

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Lit Lounge is closing up shop on 2nd Avenue in the East Village and moving to more hospitable digs in Bushwick “sometime in the next two months,” owner Erik Foss told nightlife writer Steve Lewis. A “for rent” banner went up over the bar last month, and Foss confirmed that it’s due to “the new […]

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A Starbucks will open on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood sometime this year, Ridgewood Social first reported. It will soon appear at 329 Wyckoff Ave, just outside of the Myrtle-Wyckoff station. Before we start crying “gentrification,” though, it should be noted that this part of town is already full of chain stores and fast […]

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UPDATE: Joel and Aaron Israel pleaded not guilty to seven charges on Thursday afternoon, including fraud, burglary, grand larceny, submitting false documents and unlawful eviction, the New York Times reports. The burglary charge, the most serious of the allegations, comes from a 2014 incident where an employee deputized by the Israels entered an apartment at […]

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A troupe of Brooklyn circus performers is hosting an interactive variety show inspired by the 10 plagues of Egypt in the tradition of Jewish vaudeville, the Brooklyn Paper reports. According to the website for the Super Fun Variety Show: Audience members should be prepared to perform in a Seder Plate pageant, participate in call-and-response readings […]

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For years, the future of the historic Beaux-Arts Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick has been a mystery. It was put up for sale in 2010 and was quietly sold in 2014, according to the Brooklyn Eagle, but there was little word on what its new owner would do with it. Well, now we know — […]

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On Wednesday, Bushwick Daily editor-in-chief Katarina Hybenova announced that the five-year-old East Wlliamsburg/Bushwick/Ridgewood community news website will be launching a quarterly print magazine, Bushwick Notebook. The 92-page inaugural issue is slated for release on June 1. It isn’t Bushwick Daily’s first foray into print, as the website has published a guide to Bushwick Open Studios […]

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More manhole covers exploded in New York on Thursday night, this time injuring several people. CBS2 reports that a Con Ed worker and National Grid worker were injured after responding to a manhole fire in Boreum Hill. In a separate incident about an hour later, three firefighters were taken to the hospital after a manhole […]

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Residents in Brooklyn are now able to check out Wi-Fi hotspots for up to one year, at no cost if they meet certain criteria. For now, card-carrying visitors to public libraries in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Bushwick will have the opportunity to take home free broadband access as part of a $2 million program funded by Google and […]

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The annual event known as SantaCon is THE cool thing to hate right now, and so it looks like the frat-ty expedition is going to have to look for a new neighborhood to kick off their yuletide-inspired debauchery this year. After announcing its plans to invade Bushwick, and the resulting NIMBY backlash, organizers have decided […]

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