Watch Richard Hell Read From His Memoir and Then Chat About It

Richard Hell’s talk at The Strand has finally hit the store’s YouTube channel. You can watch it in its entirety above. The punk legend starts off by reading chapter two of his memoir, I Was a Very Clean Tramp, which he originally penned for Vice. “For a minute or two there, I was thinking, ‘I’m going to write this entire book for Vice — for the Vice demographic — because it felt so good,” he confesses. “It felt really natural to just be cold and sick.”
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Richard Gere Is On the Streets: 6 Things Homeless NYers Want His Film to Show

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

We found Richard Gere this morning huddled between two trash containers on East 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where the actor is filming Time Out of Mind, a movie about a homeless man in New York.

Just blocks away, near Tompkins Square Park, a handful of actual homeless New Yorkers pushed carts filled with bottles and cans they had collected for resale. Over on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, a group of “travelers” sat outside the shuttered May Chan restaurant. We asked both groups of people to share a little bit about their daily life. Here are six things they said the film should portray about homelessness in New York City.
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Rockaway Is Getting a Slew of Street Art… and Maybe a New Roberta’s Project

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As of this post, there are 30 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 19 seconds until the reopening of Rockaway Taco, per the countdown clock. But that isn’t even the most exciting thing coming to Bushwick-by-the-Sea.
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Hear Gary Shteyngart Talk ‘Immigrants, Tenements, Failure, All That Good Stuff’

Little FailureIf you paid $85 to listen to New York Times bestselling author Gary Shteyngart read from his memoir at Calliope, you might want to stop reading here. Tonight at The Tenement Museum, admission is free to hear the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story discuss his confessional book, Little Failure, in a Q&A with Suketu Mehta, Pulitzer-nominated author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
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The Balloon Nymphs Upstaged the Art at Succulent’s Debut Show

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Daniel Wientraub, Sek3, and the rest of the Succulent Studios crew promised us a big blow-out party to launch their new art gallery/event space in Greenpoint, and on Saturday night they most definitely delivered.
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As Williamsburg Gets Touristy, Pat Kiernan Finds ‘Real People’ at The Meatball Shop

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(Photos: Nina Westervelt)

You’ve probably seen Pat Kiernan on NY1 delivering the early-morning news in his sincere yet slightly dry style. If you haven’t, then it’s very possible you’ve seen him in 4:44 Last Day on EarthIron Man 3, The Avengers, or Broad City. In each, he plays himself informing terrified TV viewers that the world is ending by way of a super-villain or super-storm. To the world, the sharp news junkie has become the face of New York, even if that face (and that haircut) is so sweetly Canadian.
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Watch Hannibal Buress (Attempt to) Do ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Method Man

Not a day after dropping his new special on Comedy Central, Hannibal Buress celebrated his 31st birthday at the Knitting Factory last night. Sure, his actual birthday was last month — but whatever, it was an excuse to bring his weekly front-bar showcase into the Knit’s spacious back room for a proper rager promising a “VERY special” musical guest.
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A Yoga Mat Tribute to Kokie’s; Ludlow Hotel Finally Opening

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Sure enough, Richard Gere was homeless in the East Village last week — as he shot scenes for an upcoming film this week. Time Out of Mind returns to the neighborhood today. [Euro Weekly News]

Police are looking for a bank robber who hit the Popular Community Bank on the Lower East Side, among others. [NY1]

Sean MacPherson’s long in-the-works Ludlow Hotel is aiming for a spring opening. [Hotel Chatter]
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You’ll Want to Hit Hannibal Buress’s Birthday Party Sunday

Hannibal Buress really is the man of the hour: not just because he’s celebrating his 31st birthday Sunday, but also because he’s coming off a first season of Broad City that was so great it got name-dropped in a New Yorker cartoon, Seth Rogen just called him “the Jay-Z of stand-up comedy” in a hilarious interview over at Vulture, and his pilot just got picked up. (Actually, his tweet about that last one wasn’t quite true, as he recently explained to Conan). Oh, and his latest hour, “Live From Chicago,” drops Saturday at midnight on Comedy Central.
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