Erdos-Bacon Six Degrees of Separation Party

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It’s a small, small world – uncomfortably so at times. Jackie Aude McBrien is exploring the Small World Phenomenon through her documentary on the Eros-Bacon number and throwing a party tonight to show everyone just how intertwined we really are:

The Small World Phenomenon predicts that we are less than six handshakes from anyone in the world. By examining this peculiarity, this documentary will track down Kevin Bacon and colleagues of Paul Erdős in order to explore human connectivity, Six Degrees of Seperation, and to set the world record for the lowest Erdős-Bacon number.

Party Details:
July 19th, 8pm-2am
Brooklyn Fire Proof (East)
119 Ingraham St, Brooklyn, NY

What you can expect:
- An exclusive trailer of the film
- An interactive Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game (with lots of prizes!)
- Good music (courtesy of DJ Rick Bubs), great drinks, and tasty hor d’oeuvres
- Featuring work from New York/BK-based artists: Paula Wegman, Phil Ashworth, Nicholas Cueva

‘Bushwick Nightz’ book launch party is tonight

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Our friends at Bushwick Daily just released a collection of short stories, Bushwick Nightz. Tonight they’re throwing a party to celebrate:

In 12 original, honest, brutal and completely self-aware stories, you’ll explore the bright and dark moments of all that occurs here from drug deals, to gallery shows, drinking, sex, Zagat-rated meals, gentrification and trying to figure it all out.

Meet the writers in person, hear them read, discuss the stories, drink some champagne & most importantly celebrate Bushwick with us!

8:30-9:30: Discussion & reading moderated by Eric Silver with writers Dallas Athent, Prospero Vega & John Jarzemsky [Read more...]

Dannenhoffer’s Opalescent building in Bushwick being turned into condos by “housing for hipsters” duo

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From Wyckoff Heights:

Developer ASH NYC is planning a 70,000 SF mixed-use development at 330 Himrod Street between Wyckoff and Irving Aves, with retail space and a rumored 80 apartments. Originally home to a glass factory and more recently occupied by a manufacturer of plastic bags, demolition applications have been filed for existing structures on the site, although it appears that the largest will be incorporated into the new building.

ASH NYC founders Ari Heckman and Jonathan Minkoff worked on “housing for hipsters” in Williamsburg and Bushwick for Cayuga Capital Management before starting their own firm in 2008.

Housing for hipsters? Ha. At least we can rest assured that development of this landmark site is in good hands. Not sure how we missed this 2009 Housing for Hipsters presentation: [Read more...]

Body Language and A Place to Bury Strangers headline Out in the Streets Festival

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Out in the Streets, a two day art and music fest, comes back for a second year on July 26-27 in Ridgewood at the historic Onderdonke House with a pretty stellar lineup. Early bird passes are available today for $20 for the whole weekend, and regular priced weekend and one day passes go on sale tomorrow, $18 Saturday, $15 Sunday and $25 2-day pass. I think that fits into the summer budget.

Here is the current lineup:

A Place To Bury Strangers
Body Language
Cities Aviv
Hunters
What Cheer? Brigade
Monogold
Ski Lodge
Tiny Victories
Not Blood Paint
Psychic Twin
Honduras
Weyes Blood
Modern Rivals
+ more to be announced!

Check out last year:

Wreck Room, king of all Bushwick dives, closing after 9 years

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Photo via Hrag Vartanian

So this one floored us… according to our pals over at Bushwick Daily, Flushing Avenue’s Wreck Room will be closing up shop after nine years:

We couldn’t believe it either…. What seemed like a staple at Bushwick bar scene, dive bar Wreck Room has announced that they are closing as of June 30, and this coming Saturday will be their last day.

One of the bartenders at Wreck Room, Troi Benjamin has publicly announced on his Facebook:

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“The same old Bushwick story,”  told us the bar manager, Tuck on the phone today confirming that indeed, Wreck Room is closing on Saturday. “Landlord, new lease, rent increase….” Tuck refused to tell us the specific numbers but told us that the owner was over it already. “After nine years….”

An employee whose name we didn’t catch on the phone mentioned also constant trouble with the maintenance of the place and the landlord.

Arancini Bros, the famed rice ball maker will be closing too.

Arancini Bros have kinda cemented their place amongst the “kitschy food stand that has a stand at every BK event” crowd, so I’m sure they’ll be fine without a brick-and-mortar location (for now), but the loss of Wreck Room is a huge blow. It’s one of the last true dives in the hood; colorful alcoholic regulars, impossibly cheap drinks, bathrooms swarming with an entire alphabet of hepatitis strains (see above)… exactly the kind of place we love. You’ll be missed, Wreck Room.

Trash Talk is Playing a Free Show Tonight

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In case your Tuesday has been a little too, uhm well, Tuesday, then we can change that up. American thrashcore band Trash Talk is playing a FREE show tonight at Palisades (906 Broadway) in Bushwick. It’s part of a multi-city US tour where they are announcing shows on the day of. Sneaky, sneaky . . .

They’ll be playing along with Odd Future member Left Brain and Cities Aviv as well. The RSVP has been closed, but entry is first come first serve, so push your way up in line. Fuck it, start a fight. IT’S TUESDAY. There’s an afterparty at the Flat (308 Hooper) with DJ sets going until 4 AM.

Where To Get $13 Tattoos for Friday the 13th in North Brooklyn

It’s Friday the 13th, which means you have no reason not to get inked up for the low, low price of $13. Lots of shops in Williamsburg and nearby are offering cheap tattoos today. Here’s a list of all the shops we could find that are offering $13 (in some cases $20, call for exact pricing) tattoos in honor of the occasion:

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Popular Brooklyn DJ, Zack Xochil Fortune, killed by motorist while cycling

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We’re very sad to hear about this.

A Brooklyn DJ was killed yesterday afternoon while riding his bike near Hart and Broadway streets in Bushwick. Friends of Xochil Zack Fortune, who went by the stage name Furoche, say he was heading to an interview for a job as a bike messenger around 2:30 p.m. when he was hit by one motorist, then pinned between a second vehicle. According to the FDNY, he was taken to Woodhull Hospital in serious condition, but expected to survive. Reports from friends, however, indicate he later died at Bellevue, though neither the NYPD nor the FDNY claim to be aware of any fatalities. Friends also tell us Fortune’s mother arrived this morning from Florida and identified his body.

A crowdfunding page has been set up in his honor.