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A Teen in the Turnstile, A Man in the River, and Sex at the Center — The Hook-up 9/29

Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper
Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper

We’ve all had trouble with the turnstile before — maybe your MetroCard isn’t swiping, maybe some of the turnstiles are out of order — but it takes a special skill and dedication to find yourself wedged on top of a full height turnstile at 8am on a Tuesday morning at Court Square, as one teenage turnstile jumper did this week. A witness told Gothamist that the teen “tried to hold back the gate and slip through it, but it slipped back and wedged him in.” Ultimately, he had to be detangled from the turnstile by MTA personnel.

And that’s not the only wild feat in the news this week. Christopher Swain, an activist swimmer who has already plunged into the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, swam the East River last Thursday from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Bridge Park in order raise awareness for the global refugee crisis. He took off from Greenpoint’s India Street Ferry Dock, and finished his journey at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Continue reading

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Oh Honey Plays Free Outdoor Show This Wednesday

DJ Ariella
DJ Ariella opens the free show

If you want to see how North Brooklyn culture fares in a foreign land, head down to the Brooklyn Half-Marathon pre-party taking place this Wednesday in Brooklyn Heights Park from noon to 9 pm. The Williamsburg-based folk-pop band Oh Honey performs a free set at 8:45 pm, and food trucks and graffiti artists will be present.

Party sponsors are also offering $10 to anyone who shows up with a photo ID that has a Greenpoint address, because they want to amp up the event’s cool factor. Just kidding, no paid appearances for us. Continue reading

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