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‘Real-life Parisians’ Detected in Bushwick; Pop-up N’awlins Brunch at the Speakeasy

Bushwick: “Fresh-baked baguettes, croissants, and pastries,” painted in cursive at 1096 Broadway isn’t some cruel graffiti artist’s joke. Recently opened Athom Cafe is “owned by real-life Parisians.” [Bushwick BK via Brownstowner]
Carroll Gardens: Smith Street celebrates Bastille Day with a block party this Sunday — the official French holiday is July 14 — featuring beer, sausage, and pétanque, France’s answer to bocce. [Brooklyn Paper]
Coney Island: Calorie labeling may have its flaws, but it’s pretty easy to calculate what’s in a plain hot dog on a bun, and Joey Chestnut consumed nearly 20,200 calories at the annual Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest last weekend. [WSJ]
Corona: Opening Timmy O’s Frozen Custard (49-07 104th Street) wasn’t a total departure for owner Timmy O’Leary after he was laid off from JPMorgan last year; he was so enamored with ice cream as a kid that he eventually attended the Frozen Dessert Institute in St. Louis. [Q Note]
Ditmas Park: The human-height Statue of Liberty replica stolen from Vox Pop last month has turned up (decapitated!) in a strange YouTube video. [Gothamist]
Ditmas Park: On the second Thursday of every month (tomorrow), Sycamore hosts the Q-Train Party, when “The upstairs will play host to a charcuterie board of well groomed local gays, while the downstairs whiskey cellar will cater to a less gay but just as fantastic music experience.” [Brooklyn the Borough via Ditmas Park Blog]

Fort Greene: Two professionals with “Louisiana roots” have been hosting a pop-up Bayou Brunch at the Speakeasy on Saturday mornings. [Local/NYT]
Midtown East: Fans of fine Japanese cutlets should know that the owners of Menchanko-Tei have annexed the space next door and will open a second location of their other restaurant, Katsu-Hama, there by next month. [Midtown Lunch]
Red Hook: Fort Defiance has secured a liquor license and will debut forties-era cocktails along with longer hours on July 17. [Feed/TONY]

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