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There’s a new gym in North Brooklyn. CAYPE Athletics is open for business helping Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint get in shape. [Read more...]

People actually prefer the shuttle to the G train

credit: Greenpointers

credit: Greenpointers

We griped and griped, but many commuters actually preferred the shuttle to taking the awful G train. Enjoy it while it lasts. Service resumes on Tuesday:

“It’s faster,” said George Huarotte, 22, who works in Greenpoint. “I prefer the shuttle.”

“The shuttle is always there,” said Tiffany Elisca, 25, who also works in Greenpoint. “And it’s free.”

The G train has been shut down between the Nassau Avenue and Court Square stops since July 25 to allow workers to make “extended repairs” after 3 million gallons of salt water flooded the line during Sandy, according to the MTA… [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

011107-liturgy15) Black Wine, Brick Mower, The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints, Tim Duffy, Brett Davis at Death By Audio
While our resident Don Giovanni specialist and Death By Audio wallflower Chris Quartly already told you all you need to know about this one earlier in the week, there’s no reason not second his sentiment: For $8, this record release bash for Black Wine—featuring an opening set from Brick Mower (whose new album also rules), stand-up comedians, and more—is by far the bargain of the weekend.

Friday, doors at 7pm

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Permanent Records closing due to the over-inflated rent crisis that’s pummeling New York

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We just lost Lulu’s and Brooklyn Ale House is closing soon. Now this!

The main reason for the record store’s closing has nothing to do with being analog in a digital world, unfortunately it has to do with Real Estate. Like many businesses in Greenpoint, Permanent Records has fallen victim to an over-inflated, hyper-speculative, bullish market where astronomical rents and lost leases are becoming the norm. Cool folks like Permanent Records, who found love in Greenpoint, are now priced out of the neighborhood that once welcomed them with open arms.

“Permanent Records will close the Franklin St. location not because we’re not doing well, but simply because we’ve lost our lease. None of you reading this will be shocked to hear that after months of looking for an affordable suitable store front, we’re now priced out of the neighborhood we helped to shape. It’s an all too common story in the NYC retail / small business landscape.”

Video: Terrifying dust devil tornado-like thingamajig strikes McCarren Park

From Mother Jones:

The spiraling, orange tunnel-like phenomenon appears to be a textbook specimen of a “dust devil”, which according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration​ definition, is a “small, rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up.” It’s not a tornado, which is much more powerful and connected to a cloud, and certainly not as dangerous (though in 1992, an Alburquerque dust devil produced 70 mph winds, equivalent to a typical severe thunderstorm.) Instead, according to NASA, “a dust devil typically forms on a clear day when the ground is heated by the sun, warming the air just above the ground. As heated air near the surface rises quickly through a small pocket of cooler air above it, the air may begin to rotate, if conditions are just right.” And they were.

According to Gambale, who was relaxing in the park with friends, it lasted about a minute, leaving some locals “perplexed”, and others filled with a sense of adventure: “Some dude ran into it, that’s why I said don’t run into it,” Gambale added. “And he did! He just got all dusty. It wasn’t that strong obviously.”

But don’t diss the dust devil by calling it weak or short-lived: “It’s a dirtbag hipster tornado and it’s Brooklyn’s.”

Video: Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and Operators at House of Vans

Last night was the penultimate House of Vans show of 2014. Headliner Future Islands brought out the devoted fans and they delivered an energized performance that demonstrated why their live shows have become viral YouTube hits. Frontman Samuel T. Herring had the crowd moving with his bizarro dance moves and schizophrenic Death Metal-Morrissey-Elton John vocals. (No sign of David Letterman in the crowd, unfortunately.) Next week, Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxmann, and Dave P close out the House of Vans shows for 2014.

Here’s video from Future Islands, Omar Souleyman, Operators, and Mas Ysa:

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BangOn! NYC Short Shorts Party Next Saturday

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I’ve been waiting for this party all summer. BangOn! NYC is back with Short Shorts3: From Dusk Til Dawn, taking place at a secret Brooklyn Venue next Saturday, August 16th. The party will rage from 6 PM – 6 AM and feature live DJs, a silent disco, an open pit BBQ, slip n’ slide, pancakes at  dawn (hell yeah!) and a whole hell of a lot more. So put on some “too small to call clothing” and bring those cheeks out to play.

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Video: Dillinger Escape Plan at Saint Vitus

DillingerEver wonder what would happen if Dillinger Escape Plan played a five-dollar show at Saint Vitus? Well the answer, as it turns out, is the sociological equivalent of a liter of Coke and a tab of baking soda: A full-room pit, walking on heads, beer, sweat, more beer, and, of course, other generalized mayhem courtesy of NYC’s metal set who turned out in force for last night’s impromptu throwdown at the house that Satan built. If you missed out on tickets or were otherwise engaged (probably with your couch, which can be an admittedly alluring siren), dry your eyes before the corpse paint starts running and check out video of the Jersey mathcore HoFers’ set from last night below. If you’re looking for the full effect, however, you’ll first need to dim the lights, crack a cold one, and start slamming yourself off the living room walls.

The show was co-hosted by Party Masher Inc., one of latest projects from the DEP dudes and featured support from Mothership, Meek is Murder, and Torrential Downpour, whose set you can also watch below.

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