Have you seen this Judy Blume book? This dude is in some serious trouble!

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Someone is totally in the dog house for giving this Judy Blume book away. Spotted all over Greenpoint:

I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of Green & Franklin. This book is extremely important to my wife. It was a keepsake from her mother and is irreplaceable. On the inside cover is a note that reads “Christmas 1991.” If you happened to pick up this book can you please get in touch with me.

Some asshole cut down a tree to steal a bike in Williamsburg

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Grand Street between Driggs and Roebling; credit: DNA

We’re not sure how no one saw this happening, but talk about persistence!

A thief sawed down a 25-foot tree to steal a bicycle locked to its trunk last week, according to locals.

Christopher Ryan said his friend locked a bike to a tree in front of 242 Grand St., between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, overnight last week — a move Ryan acknowledged was illegal and carries a $1,000 fine.

Battles release mini-documentary about new record

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Their latest, La Di Da Di is out September 18 on Warp. Check them out at Saint Vitus next month!

New Bushwick restaurant Okiway dishes out savory Japanese pancakes

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1006 Flushing Avenue (Morgan Avenue)
Bushwick, Brooklyn
718-417-1091
okiwaynyc.com

Recently opened in Bushwick, Okiway is a new restaurant serving up Japanese okonomiyaki :

Pronounced OH-KOH-NO-ME-YAK-I, okonomiyaki is a savory grilled pancake that translates literally to “grilled as you like it”. Though the earliest records of Japanese pancakes date back to the 17th century, okonomiyaki is attributed to the World War 2 era, where this creative and inventive dish sprung from a rice shortage. Today there are many variations of Okonomiyaki, but we focus on the Osaka (our traditional) and Hiroshima (includes yaki-soba noodles) styles. We want you to enjoy your okonomiyaki ‘as you like it’ (with lots of kewpie mayonnaise). [Read more...]

Bill Baker’s craft beer gastropub now open in Williamsburg

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Bill Baker’s (credit: DNA)
364 Grand St. (at Marcy Street)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718-734-8890
BillBakers.com

A new gastropub with a great craft beer menu just opened on Grand Street.  Bill Baker’s menu features lots of small plates including deviled eggs, duck pierogis, creole shrimp and grits, steamed clams, mac & cheese, squash blossoms, and something called bacon puffs (bacon brioche and mushroom cream). For dinner, they have the obligatory burger, a roasted duck, and chili cheese dog. But, we’re primarily excited about the beer menu. They have twenty drafts including four they make themselves. Sure, they have the most hipstery website we’ve seen in years, but we’ll cut them some slack. This is Williamsburg after all. From Epoch Taste:

Named after one of the owners’ grandfather, a banker and sportsman with a reputation for being forthright, Bill Baker is a new restaurant and bar in Williamsburg that takes a page right out of his occupation and time. An antique banker’s clock and glass teller’s counter complement the marble bar top and brick walls, which date back to 1887. [Read more...]

Compost is making Greenpoint even more smelly

In a neighborhood that already smells like sanitation half the time, the city has upped the stank ante by spearheading a composting pilot program in Greenpoint. Most people that we’ve talked to in Greenpoint love that we can compost now, but think pick-ups need to be more than once a week. Especially on weeks like this one when rotting meat plus intense summer heat are creating an olfactory nightmare:

Walking down Guernsey Street, you can barely breathe through your nose due to the stench, Baker reported. And neighbors say the brown bins for composting are not working – Baker found one that was not securely closed, and had maggots spilling out. [Read more...]

Restaurant openings: Kings County Imperial, Freehold, & The Federal Bar

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Kings County Imperial
20 Skillman Avenue, Williamsburg; 718-610-2000
kingscoimperial.com
Credit: Gothamist

It’s the summer, so as always there are lots of restaurants opening in Williamsburg and North Brooklyn. We hear that Brooklyn Barge Bar will FINALLY open the weekend of July 24 in Greenpoint. Until then, there are a few other new places to try including Kings County Imperial – an inventive Chinese restaurant with soy sauce on tap:

Kings County Imperial has a ramshackle charm, and on any given night you might find yourself seated in a rickety metal chair seemingly salvaged from some 1970s classroom; or at a plush circular red banquette, complete with built-in Lazy Susan; or at a table in the back dining area, a space that feels like you’re eating inside the hull of Chinese junk; or perched happily on a stool (and probably chatting with beverage director Richard Murphy) at the extra-wide, antique mahogany bar. [Read more...]

Acro-Cats! Cat circus hits Bushwick tonight

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Clearly, you’re not going to want to miss this, starting tonight at The Muse:

The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (all former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. NOLA, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. We also have a new celebrity in the troupe, Alley, who was just awarded Guinness Book World Records title for longest jump made by a cat – but wait there’s more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE The Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes – Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her backing band really strut their stuff with their own style of original music. Cluck Norris, a chicken on cymbal and tambourine, isn’t “kitten” around – she usually steals the show! [Read more...]