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Cheeky Sandwiches Will Open a Basement Restaurant With a ‘Dark Alley’ Vibe

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Cheeky Sandwiches (Photos: Ryan Monaghan)

At Cheeky Sandwiches on the Lower East Side, things are starting to look normal again; or, as normal as it gets at Cheeky. After closing its doors just over two weeks ago due to a bad inspection by the DOH, Cheeky reopened them—cautiously—last Monday. Din Yates tells B+B that the basement is also under renovation, and it’ll open as a new, separate restaurant within the next two months, ostensibly to fill the void of his shuttered “breakfast club,” Bread for the Eater, in Greenpoint.
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Watch ‘Brooklyn Boys,’ the Had-to-Happen Parody of ‘Brooklyn Girls’

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After the initial wave of mutilation over Catey Shaw’s “Brooklyn Girls,” someone did a funny factcheck of the anthem-that-wasnt’s lyrics, a “Brooklyn woman” penned an open letter, Gawker reviewed Shaw’s show at Babys All Right, and the singer herself talked to Bullett about the backlash, which she described as a “blessing in disguise” (Brooklyn girls — always staying posi). And now the inevitable: a parody video titled “Brooklyn Boys.”
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An Ambitious Look at the South Side, ‘Still Not the Neighborhood You Want to Think It Is’

Living Los Sures, a collaborative work-in-progress documentary project by UnionDocs, is a multifaceted portrait of Williamsburg’s South Side that has been four years in the making. The ambitious project—selections of which are now on display at Fordham University’s Idliko Butler gallery—was inspired by Los Sures, Diego Echeverria’s 1984 feature documentary about the then-blighted Hispanic neighborhood. “Remarkably,” wrote Eleanor Mannikka of the film, “some hope and ambition and drive are still present in spite of the crime and grime that settles over the neighborhood like dust.”
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ChikaLicious Is Coming to Williamsburg

Chef Chika preparing the day’s amuse of yellow tomato gelée and a watermelon sorbet.

Chef Chika preparing the day’s amuse of yellow tomato gelée and a watermelon sorbet.

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar has set an opening date for its West Village location — and here’s some more sweet news: it plans to expand to Williamsburg next year.

The East Village dessert spot – home to the cronut-esque “doughssant,” among other quirky confections – is aiming to open at 27 Bedford Street, near Downing Street, on October 1. Don Tillman – co-owner with his wife, head chef Chika Tillman – is calling this “the origin of the national rollout of ChikaLicious,” with the West Village location serving as the “prototype” for stores they hope to open nationwide. Those will join ChikaLicious’s international outlets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Tokyo.
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Brooklyn Brewery Eyes Staten Island; Farewell, Kim’s Video

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Yesterday afternoon Charles Mozdir—who police have been searching for since 2012, alleging that he had inappropriate relationships with children—shot two U.S. Marshals and a detective while working at Smoking Culture head shop on West Fourth Street. Mozdir, 32, was shot and killed, and the three law enforcement officials were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. [NY Post]

Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Brewery wants to build a $70 million production facility in Staten Island. [Crain's NY]

Mission Cantina on the Lower East Side now delivers to Noho and the East Village sans $10 surcharge. Delivery orders must exceed $20. [Grub Street]
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International Playground Brings Its Condom-Packing Boxer Shorts to Soho

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Virginia Craddock at International Playground. (Photo: Dani Damario)

True to its name, International Playground believes in keeping fashion fun, and now it’s got a new sandbox to romp in: the store dedicated to forward-thinking Lower East Side denizens has moved uptown in spirit with a Soho outpost that opened this weekend.

With items like Chromat caged bustiers, ISLYNYC necklaces with chunky letters stating “BLAH BLAH BLAH” and “ZERO FUCKS,” and limited edition in-house team-ups (such as recent boxer shorts complete with a condom pocket and pervy photo by artist Ben Fredrickson), the shop has been an outré staple on Stanton Street since 2009. ItsSoho sibling stands out among neighbors like Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang.
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Sip Some Suds and Watch Some Docs at the Beer Film Festival


As the craft beer industry in New York City and beyond continues to grow, the folks behind tomorrow’s inaugural Beer Film Festival found it fitting to gather some of the industry’s biggest names for a night of frothy brews and film.

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The Latest Lamppost Lothario Has Gotten Over 400 Calls

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When we saw this latest “Looking for a Girlfriend” poster up around the East Village, we thought it might be one of our previous flyer boys. Probably not swinging-man Alex, but possibly lonely-hearted Luis. This assumption was based on similar, defensive wording: “I’m really looking for a girlfriend. This is not a joke. Just tired of the singles scene and hoping to meet the right person…Open to the possibility of the relationship morphing into something more profound.”
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Salma Hayak’s Cleanse Guru Has Opened a Juice Bar On Bedford Ave

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After opening 11 locations in Manhattan, Juice Generation has come to Brooklyn via Bedford Avenue. As you can see, the raw juicer, which launched in Midtown in 1999 and opened a kitchen in Long Island City ten years later, is relishing its new Williamsburg outpost with a mural of the Manhattan Bridge in the back room, where there’s also an enclosed plant display (and free wifi!).
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