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Germs warfare: DJ Danzie spun the house into a frenzy at Friday night’s Germs NYC party at Club Europa. The new version of Manhattan’s Ruff Club is better than the original.

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smack in the face, while former Ruff Club diva Danzie kept a darker adjacent room packed by spinning the hits (New Order? Yes, thank you). Each new set gave us a great mix of the new and old, a breath of fresh air amid Manhattan’s Top 40 stink. The spinmeisters were happier, too. “The Ruff Club turned all of our music into somewhat of a competition to stay alive,� said Hiro, also known as Irving Ortega (hear the entire set I heard on Friday night on BrooklynPaper.com). “Brooklyn’s not competitive like that, so we invited people here. I just wanna hear loud music and speakers pumping.� So did the rest of the club’s newfound regulars, who kept filtering in despite the closing of the G train for the next few weekends ­— the club’s only reliable mode of nearby transportation at night. And if all those train-less kids made it out, why couldn’t the Park Slope girls? (Apparently, they still think Brooklyn has nothing to do.) But for me, Germs is yet another reason to steer clear of that other island every Friday night. Germs NYC at Club Europa [98 Meserole Ave. at Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, (718) 383-2322]. Admission is $10 (or get in free by friending one of the DJs on Facebook).

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t’s not Lincoln vs. Douglas, but bike lane activists and opponents will participate in the 2010 version of the great debate at Pete’s Candy Store on Monday night. Organizers of the forum, which follows the city’s unannounced removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lane in November, have invited both flashback: Guerrillas repainted the Bedford Avsides to offer their spin, but enue bike lane last year. Now, they’ll debate it. if opponents don’t show up, “The bike lane literally cut biking activist Baruch Her- sidic community. zfeld has said he’ll act as a The tempers are still hot off part of the community and put kids and their famstand-in for the naysayers. over the whole thing. “I don’t want to fan the Joining the debate will be ilies in danger.� flames of discord, rather I Isaac Abraham, a Hasidic He added that it’d be hard want to talk about the cul- activist and former Coun- to sway him from his position, claiming that a biker hit his tural differences wife and knocked her unconinvolved,� said scious on the same street. coordinator and But swaying isn’t necesbiker James Hook. sarily Hook’s goal. “But we also want “Somebody has to bring to do it in a fun way these communities back that’s engaging.� And there are The battle for Brooklyn’s byways together to talk,� he said. “That’s the reason you move plenty of flames to quell here: the city removed cil candidate who supports to Brooklyn, because you enthe bike lane, reportedly to ap- the city decision to remove joy the different cultures and communities. If you want to pease the Hasidic community, the bike lane. which has opposed such cycle “[Bikers] claim the roads have a homogenous experipaths. Then, two rogue activ- have to be shared, but I own a ence, move to Minnesota.� ists were arrested for repaint- car, pay taxes on my gas, in- Bike lane debate at ing the bike lane in the dead of surance and repairs, and that Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lonight. Then, activist Heather creates revenue for the city — rimer St. between RichardLoop tried and failed to host yet bikes add zero revenue. son and Frost streets in Wila topless bike ride down the Why?� Abraham told The liamsburg, (718) 302-3770), avenue to spite the local Ha- Brooklyn Paper this week. Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30 pm.

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