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If you’re not looking for Better Read Than Dead, then you probably won’t find it. Botanicas, salons, and Chinese take-out govern the shadowed Myrtle Avenue-Broadway area in Bushwick, but if you happen to find yourself in an otherwise nondescript alleyway on Broadway between Locust and Belvidere streets, you'll notice that it's lined with repurposed shipping containers that now serve as a de facto flea market. This is where you'll find Better Read Than Dead,...
SINCE OPENING SMALL, black-box music venue Cameo Gallery in 2009, Jify Shah has seen several of the acts which he first supported—Twin Shadow, The War On Drugs, Caveman—rocket to stardom. As a venue, Cameo needs no rebranding; over the last five years it’s solidified its reputation as the perfect spot to see everything from music to comedy (it’s been home to the beloved Big Terrific for years), but Shah felt the adjoining restaurant was...
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE INSPIRED BY SOMETHING, RIGHT? And for Joao Gonzalez—the Cuban-born, Florida-bred, and now Brooklyn-based producer—that something is cheap sushi. Or, at least, that’s what he was eating not only when he thought up stage name, Soft Glas, but also right before he wrote “I Need U (just because),” a snappy party gem that nods to his adolescent drumming days. Of course, Gonzalez undoubtedly also draws inspiration from his rich musical past;...
If the plight of finding affordable housing in this city wasn't bleak enough, there's even more disheartening news: The Daily News reports that 58,832 people entered an affordable housing lottery to vie for the chance to rent one of just 105 below-market units in a forthcoming building at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Bleak.  The winners have yet to be chosen, but the number of applications is the highest in the city this year. "That right there really underscores...

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