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Three Food Fests That Are a Really Big Dill

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You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the ethical delicacies offered at the Vegan Shop-Up; with more than a dozen food vendors serving every animal-free product you could imagine (and some you could probably never imagine if you tried), it’s the place to go for a wide variety of vegan cuisines. We’re not sure exactly which items most of the vendors will be offering, but taking a look at the Cake Thieves Facebook page was enough to convince us that pretty much anything they make can’t be bad. Case in point: vegan Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches, pictured left.

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Dagger, The Queer Lesbian Party Where Straight Dudes Pay to Play

(Photos: Maggie Craig)

(Photos: Maggie Craig)

Even the most jaded of after-hours ravers probably haven’t seen this pricing scheme before: for women, entry to Dagger is $5 at the door before midnight and $10 after; meanwhile it’s $15 all night for “homo cys dudes” and $50 all night for “str8 cys dudes.” Those covers are actually enforced, and yet the people at the monthly party’s latest installment were still easily a third male-presenting.

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Williamsburg’s Sleek New Hotel Gets Glassed Up (Plus: The Rooms!)

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If you were anywhere in the general proximity of the William Vale these last few days you may have noticed the futuristic giant is getting glassed in. The rapidly rising hotel has just one last growth spurt left in it before it reaches max height, according to general manager Sebastien Maingourd. Construction on the building, located on Wythe Avenue between North 12th and 13th Streets, should be complete by the end of the year. They’re currently shooting to open on March 1, 2016, and we’ve obtained some renderings of the rooms and dining space.

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Owner of Bossa Nova Civic Club Opening ‘Elevated Diner’ in Bushwick

(Photo via John Barclay's Facebook)

(Photo via John Barclay’s Facebook)

If all goes as planned this fall, John Barclay, owner of Bushwick dance destination Bossa Nova Civic Club, will be serving up over-easy eggs and bloody marys across the way at his new restaurant, which he’s calling an “elevated diner.”
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Williamsburg’s $6.5M Pad; East Village Birdman Flies the Coop

Ratter Smashes Trump Piñata: Chango

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Late Monday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was stabbed in the arm by a safety-scissors-weilding stranger on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

A 5K-square-foot Williamsburg penthouse is under contract for a neighborhood record $6.5 million. [NY Post]

Prosperity Dumpling on the Lower East Side was quickly shuttered by the Department of Health after a published photo revealed that the owners were using a neighborhood alley as their prep kitchen. [Bowery Boogie]

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Week in Film: Dada Brunch, Florida in Celluloid Form, and More


Have we got an interesting crew for you this week! Our lineup is a regular emotional rollercoaster, from feel-horrible humanitarian films about sex slaves and child soldiers all the way to feel-sick, total-garbage cult Martial Arts-action films. Don’t try to swallow them all at once is our only advice.

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‘Drag Kings are Really Coming Back,’ and Here’s Where You’ll Find Them

Reggi Regina performs at BEEF.

Reggi Regina performs at BEEF.

BEEF may not be the first all-drag king showcase ever, but the new monthly showcase brought to you by the Brooklyn-based drag collective Switch n’ Play is the first repeating drag king show that New York City’s seen in a long, long time.

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7 Wacky Things to Do at Waku Waku, a Cavalcade of Japanese Pop Culture

Always dreamt of traveling to Japan but couldn’t face the 14-hour flight? If so, you’ll be glad to know that this weekend your biggest obstacle to experiencing all the cultural wonders of that far eastern isle will be a trip on the G train. Presenting the inaugural “Waku Waku + NYC” Japanese pop culture festival, a cornucopia of “anime, video, games, fine art, fashion, cosplay, food, music and sports” taking place at the Brooklyn Bowl, Verboten and the newly opened Brooklyn Expo Center. “Waku Waku” roughly translates to “excitement in a dream-like state.” With that in mind, we scoured the schedule in search of events likely to precipitate the most dream-worthy excitement, featured below.

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Here’s Trump as a Dump

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

With Donald Trump getting lambasted in the form of Ronald McDonald and then a piñata, you knew it was only a matter of time before the Lower East Side’s consummate pop-culture absurdist took a swipe. Not to be outshined by his namesake street-artist-turned-amusement-park-operator, Hansky just threw up this masterpiece on the corner of Canal and Orchard. Unlike other Hanksies, this one appears to be pun-free — until you look at the sign next to it: “Private Property. No [ahem] dumping allowed.”

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Elisabeth Moss, Star of Queen of Earth, Found the Mad Men Exhibit ‘Super Weird’

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Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss, star of his new film Queen of Earth, may be the first duo to do back-to-back q&as at MoMA and MoMI. They were at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday and then at the Museum of the Moving Image on Tuesday to cap off Perry’s retrospective there. As you can see from the flyer above, the chats continue this week at IFC Center and Lincoln Center.

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