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Before Essex Street Market Moves, It’ll Groove at This Block Party

Outside the Essex Street Market. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Outside the Essex Street Market. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

This Saturday, a blowout block party will serve as a much needed reminder that the Essex Street Market is still alive and kicking after 75 years, despite confusion caused by its impending move to the new Essex Street Crossing development.

Joshua Nelson, senior vice president of the city’s Economic Development Cooperation, which oversees and rents out spaces at the market, said the party would be a “huge celebration of the past but with an eye to the future.”

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What it Was Like to Hang on the ‘Playground’ with Blondie and the Ramones

Deedee Ramone and Connie Gripp in the kitchen at Max's Kansas City, 1975 (Photo: Paul Zone)

Dee Dee Ramone and Connie Gripp in the kitchen at Max’s Kansas City, 1975 (Photo: Paul Zone)

You’ve seen photos from the heyday of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City a thousand times. In a way, they never get old, but a new photo book out by Paul Zone (and an exhibition opening tomorrow at Leslie-Lohman’s Prince Street Project Space) gets even closer to the likes of Blondie, the Ramones, and the Dead Boys than we’ve ever been. The downtown figures we know and love still certainly look cooler than iced tea, but it’s clear their guards are let down — it’s something like seeing the punks in their natural element.

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Eat Like a Martian at this Supper Club’s Art Exhibition

(Photo: Menu for Mars Supper Club)

(Photo: Menu for Mars Supper Club)

“As a group, we’re imagining the future,” explained Douglas Paulson, who co-founded the Menu for Mars Supper Club with fellow artist Heidi Neilson. This weekend throughout June, the supper club– which has been holding meetups for the past year where members gather to dream up, enact, and discuss solutions to culinary life on Mars– will hold a residency at The BoilerThe Menu For Mars Kitchen, complete with tastings, cook-offs, and interactive events of all kinds. “It’s thinking expansively about interpreting the Martian experience,” Paulson explained. “We have a pretty ambitious lineup and hopefully we’ll get a lot of people who come in and try their hand at cooking something.” When the exhibition wraps up, the supper club will hand out awards to the most innovative chefs and will pack up the winning dishes and ship them off not to Mars, but to NASA in hopes their creations will be adopted in missions to Mars.

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Yr Summer Saturdays: Here’s Who’s Playing Summer Thunder, PS1 Warm Up

unnamedTwo of the city’s great outdoor concert-series-slash-parties have announced their lineups. They’re both Saturday afternoon affairs, so you’ve got some decisions to make. If you’re thinking “whatever’s free,” well then Summer Thunder, the weekly that has brought the likes of J Mascis, Thurston Moore and Luke Temple to Union Pool’s courtyard, starts this weekend. The good folks at Other Music have helped curate a lineup that includes acts like Hector’s Pets, Wolf Eyes, and some yet-to-be-announced surprises presented by WFMU and other tastemakers.

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Brace For Branca at Bang On a Can Marathon

A poster Branca is selling on eBay.

A poster Branca is selling on eBay.

Earlier this month, when we saw Pharmakon, Genesis P-Orridge, Merzbow and others at “Nothing Changes” during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, we bumped into legendary no-wave composer Glenn Branca and his wife and ensemble member Reg Bloor in the crowd. Over the thrum on stage, they managed to tell us they’ll be closing out the annual Bang on a Can Marathon, returning to the Winter Garden on June 21.

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Week in Film: Feel Bad About Fashion and Do a Classic Noir Redo

There’s a lot, a lot on the horizon in the New York City art world. Bushwick Open Studios is coming up and it’s apparently art festival season – seems like the last sigh of culture before everyone hits the beaches and stops giving flying Fs about anything that doesn’t start with “froz” and end with “ita.” Or maybe that’s just us? But we play. Really, because this week we’re back with a list of film happenings that are either artsy in their appeal, packed with must-know facts, or must-see classics you gotta have in your impressive tool box of things you talk about with an air of knowing. Because sure, everyone loves a bikini but unless that bikini is chock full of good stuff to talk about, you’re no better than a virgin margarita – all style, no substance. And who needs that?
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Sheldon Silver Back in Court; Brooklyn Pride and Film Festivals

Second Avenue Explosion: In Memorium

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

LES assemblyman and the state’s former assembly speaker Sheldon Silver‘s lawyers defended him in court yesterday in the wake of an additional corruption indictment. [NY Daily News]

CRG Gallery of W. 22nd Street will relocate to 11 Rivington Street. [Bowery Boogie]

With Kickstarter‘s help, organizers hope to fund the first ever North Brooklyn Pride Festival, to be held June 20. [Greenpoint Gazette]

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Starchitects Built a Lego City On the High Line, And Now You Can Add to It

(Photos: Rob Scher)

(Photos: Rob Scher)

If there weren’t already enough reasons to visit the High Line (besides gourmet popsicles and nurturing a slow-hatred for waddling tourists) starting tomorrow and running till September 30, you’ll be able to add “indulging your undiscovered design genius through the conduit of Lego” to the list.

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The East Village Just Got a Swiss Pavilion Made From Shredded Milk Cartons

(Photos: Rob Scher)

(Photos: Rob Scher)

As the tides rise and we fast approach our collective demise as a species, it’s a small consolation knowing there are still those of us out there searching for solutions. One such solution, taking the form of yet another pop-up pavilion (or did you think NASA’s was the only one?), landed in the East Village’s First Street Garden this morning, courtesy of ETH Zurich.

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Lane Moore, Host of ‘Tinder Live,’ Tells Us How to Navigate That ‘Sea of Cocky Idiots’

(Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

(Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

Next Saturday, instead of staying home and cruising Tinder, let Lane Moore do the swiping for you. The writer, musician, and stand-up comic produces and hosts the popular show Tinder LIVE!, which returns to the Knitting Factory on June 6. Once again, Moore will offer funny tips and observations about real Tinder profiles, and call on the audience as she decides to swipe left or right. As a warm-up, I asked Moore to reflect on past Tinder experiences (both scary and blush-worthy). Read on as she tells us how to navigate the vast amount of hot bods, tiger pics and corny bios.

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Speaking of the Melvins, They’re Coming to Santos

In the long lost interview we published today, Mike Patton of Faith No More talked about releasing new music by the Melvins. That was a good decade and a half ago, but King Buzzo et. al. are still at it, having just posted the new single, “Captain Comedown,” off of a split EP they’re releasing with tourmates Le Butcherettes. If you want to get your hands on the Chaos As Usual 10″ — not to mention, see one of the most rip-roarin’ live bands out there — the Melvins will be selling it when they hit Santos Party House on June 29 and 30.

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Think Fro-Yo’s Over? This New Juice Bar Begs to Differ

(Photo: Sam Gillette)

(Photo: Sam Gillette)

This week, the haters are saying that fro yo spots are “dying like flies,” but nobody told Fancy Juice. The new spot at 69 First Avenue, just above East Fourth Street, celebrates its grand opening today with a “buy one, get one half off” special on drinks like fresh juice, smoothies, shakes, and bubble tea. And rest assured, fro yo is on the way.

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