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  • It’s a gas, gas, gas

    It’s late on a Tuesday night and a mob of people stand outside the entrance to Brooklyn Steel holding clusters of balloons. With the colorful bundles and their eager eyes waiting for the venue doors to burst open, they resemble a crowd waiting for a guest of honor to arrive for a surprise birthday party. These are not, however, partygoers.…

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  • Congestion pricing: How something that was supposed to save our city ended up as roadkill

    Governor Kathy Hochul shocked New Yorkers last week when she did a very public about-face on congestion pricing, halting the ambitious initiative “indefinitely.” Citing concerns about the city’s precarious post-pandemic economy and the struggles of working families, she said, “a $15 charge may not seem like a lot to someone who has the means, but it can break the budget…

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  • Juneteenth, Cardi B and Father’s Day weekend: 19 things to do

    Juneteenth is on Wednesday, June 19, and Brooklyn is pulling out all the stops with early celebrations all weekend long. You’ll find events for kids and adults in our weekend round-up below. An exhibit about Brooklyn’s own seven-term congresswoman Shirley Chisholm comes to The Museum of the City of New York on Friday. You can savor the final weekend of…

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  • Scenes from Gov Ball’s wild weekend, with headliners Post Malone, The Killers and SZA 

    The Governors Ball Music Festival, which began in 2011 as a one-day affair on Governors Island and is today simply called Gov Ball, has been shuffled around to several locations in New York City over the years, but has really hit its stride recently at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. This past weekend, featuring a stacked lineup of more…

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  • Yeehaw: Brooklyn’s country scene is blowing up

    If you’ve found yourself trotting by a tipsy cavalcade of cowboy booted Brooklynites, or foisted into a line dance at your favorite watering hole, you’re not alone. The country undercurrent in Brooklyn isn’t new — it’s always been here. But the music genre is undergoing a vibrant renaissance. Since the tailend of 2020, when Covid lockdown restrictions slackened, honky tonk…

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  • On display at Photoville: Stark exposures of our shared humanity

    Wildlife photography from Africa’s savannas, scenes from 45 years of New York City theater, explorations the interconnection of nature and man, an unblinking look at the drug epidemic, a playful celebration of local journalism and countless other compelling themes from around the world are on display across dozens of storage containers beneath the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend — the centerpiece…

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  • Strange Delight brings the ‘oyster disco’ party to Fort Greene 

    When we first heard about Strange Delight in 2023, it was being billed as an “oyster disco.” Which: say no more! Instantly sold! The team — Anoop Pillarisetti, Ham El-Waylly, and Michael Tuiach — has since dropped the “disco” part of tag for their New Orleans-style seafood restaurant that finally opened last weekend on Lafayette. Pillarisetti tells me they feared NYC…

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  • The Beach is back: 19 things to do this Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day Weekend ushers in the summer season with events at Coney Island, Governors Island and everywhere in between. Here’s what’s in store for the long weekend: Governors Island rings in the season on Friday with two weeks dedicated to live music at We Belong Here, a series of 6 concert-driven parties. Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets is happening all weekend…

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  • Quick Bites: Amazing aguachilies, a restorative congee brunch, sandwiches at Oh Mercy 

    The city’s best aguachile is coming to Greenpoint It was a year ago that Alonzo Guzman and Amy Hernadez opened Mistica on the northern edges of Greenpoint’s Franklin Avenue, surprising everyone by going for an ambitious “Mexican steakhouse” here in Brooklyn instead of an outpost of their justifiably adored Jackson Heights aguachile spot, Mariscos El Submarino. And Mistica had a…

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  • The Boris & Horton dog-friendly cafe in Williamsburg is shutting down

    Boris & Horton, a dog-friendly cafe with outposts in Manhattan and Brooklyn, has announced it will be closing its Williamsburg location this week, despite a fundraiser earlier this year that raised $250,000 for both. Owners Logan Mikhly and Coppy Holzman wrote on Instagram that after “much consideration and evaluation, we’ve made the difficult decision” to close the Brooklyn location at…

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