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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS—If you like old-school Brooklyn and/or nostalgia, head to the Brooklyn Historical Society tonight for the unveiling of the latest project by James and Karla Murray, authors of two bestselling books on graffiti. "Photographer-curators James and Karla Murray have scoured Brooklyn to observe 'mom and pop' businesses from humble neighborhood stores tucked away on narrow side streets to well-known institutions on historic avenues," says Gothamist, which also has a slideshow of classic signage. Circo's Pastry Shop, above, has a nice Edward Hopper feel to it, but we also like the borderline-psychedelic look of Manhattan Furrier. [Gothamist]
FORT GREENE—Tomorrow night, the Fort Greene Indie Bookstore Initiative is holding a party to celebrate local literary savior Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, who plans to open the neighborhood's first indie bookstore (other than Indigo or Dare Books, neither of which qualify for some reason.) Fort Greeners' thirst for an indie bookshop seems overwhelming: So many people have RSVP'd to the party that the FGIBI had to come up with a new location. Find the party starting at 7 PM in the lobby of the BAM Harvey Theater at 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and Rockland.) Colson Whitehead will read, authors Jennifer Egan and Kate Christensen will mill around being literary, and the drinks and food will be free. [Racked Inbox]