Brooklyn Mutt Show at the Diamond this Sunday

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Attention mongrel owners, The Diamond is hosting a mutt contest this Sunday. The event will celebrate the newly passed law that allows dogs at restaurants and bars with outdoor spaces:

Owners can enter their flea bags into the contest for a $10 fee, which Hook says will go to the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition Shelter in Williamsburg.

A panel of judges — a vet, a rescue center volunteer, and a pet disco host — will then judge the mutt-testants on their “proletarian demeanor,” as well as smell, obedience, their how well they protect their owner against a cardboard burglar cutout, and self-control in the face of a urine-beckoning fire hydrant. [Read more…]

Greenpoint pharmacy busted for running $15M oxy ring — largest in New York history

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Looks like Greenpointers will need to find a new place to buy their vitamins, greeting cards, and homeopathic elixirs:

Marcin Jakacki, 35, and his wife Lilian, 49, owners of Chopin Chemist in Brooklyn, doled out pills to “customers” who often used prescriptions from stolen pads written to obviously fake names like “Chanel” and “Coach.” [Read more…]

The Witches of Bushwick

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The Witches of Bushwick are more interested in empowerment, fashion, hip parties, and fine arts than than they are in the dark arts, but here’s a video from Broadly just in time for Halloween: [Read more…]

Check out this handy map of toxic “hot spots” in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

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Just in time for Halloween! Ugh:

The NAG Greenpoint-Williamsburg ToxiCity Map is an interactive map of toxic “hot spots” in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Data used to compile this map came from city, state and federal sources, guided by on-the-ground knowledge from local activists. Click through the data layers on the map to understand some neighborhood trends such as population density and asthma hospital visits, and locate some specific sites such as former NuHart Plastics factory and the Exxon oil spill. Sites that have already been remediated and sites that require future remediation are included on this map. [Read more…]

Beloved Bushwick bar Tandem is closing

Tandem, via tandembar.net

Tandem, via tandembar.net

From their Facebook page:

Dear Bushwick – after almost 7 years on Troutman street and countless sweaty nights in the back room, we are sad to announce the imminent closing of the bar. Sunday, November 1st will be Tandem’s last day. A heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing regulars, staff, patient neighbors & random walk-ins, cheers! And for those feeling wistful upon reading this news, please join us in celebrating Tandem for one last kale salad–side room make-out–Diablo— chilaquiles –and fog filled dance party!!

They’ll be having a closing party next Thursday.

House of Vans is throwing a Halloween party with Flipper

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You can RSVP here.

RSVP has officially opened for the October 31st edition of House of Vans Presents Hallo-Wolfbat, a Visual Conjuring by Brooklyn-based artist Dennis McNett. The night of Hallows’ eve brings Vans, McNett and special guest collaborators together to transform the expansive House of Vans event space into an enthralling psychedelic arena. The venue embodies a world of fantasy and spectacle, brought to life by ethereal visual art concepts and exploits from mythological creatures, and wild musical performances. [Read more…]

Restaurant roundup: Cozinha Latina, Cassette, and Whiskey Burger now open in Greenpoint

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Cozinha Latina, credit Grub Street

The Brazilian-inspired Cozinha Latina opened this week in the former Red Star space inside the Pencil Factory building. We miss the wings at Red Star already! That said Cozinha Latina looks promising:

Shanna Pacifico earned her nose-to-tail bona fides under Peter Hoffman at Savoy and Back Forty, where she butchered whole animals in the basement. Then, at the short-lived Pacifico’s Fine Foods in Crown Heights, the Brazilian-American chef took inspiration from her own heritage — an approach she’ll reprise at Cozinha Latina, her new partnership with (among others) Josh Cohen, the Brooklyn restaurateur behind Anella. Other Latin American influences pervade the menu, but Brazil makes its presence known with a collard greens salad, pão de queijo, a picanha steak, and the telltale trail of farofa crumbs. (Weekend feijoada parties are planned for the upstairs bar, opening later this year.) To drink, there is the compulsory caipirinha, plus Planter’s Punch on draft and a coconut cocktail served in the shell with two straws. [Read more…]

Watch the trailer for the Mr. Show reboot, W/ Bob & David

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Finally, a reason to not cancel Netflix. Four episodes of W/ Bob & David will debut on Netflix on November 13th. Watch the trailer below: [Read more…]