Warm Up For Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival Kicks With Some Free Booze

(Illustration: Kate Gavino)

(Illustration: Kate Gavino)

To get people psyched for Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival, tonight Housing Works Bookstore Cafe will host a happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where the first 100 drinks are free.

The Downtown Literary Festival was created in 2013 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown Manhattan. “Downtown’s been the crucible of New York for so long,” said Amanda Bullock, director of public programming for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, which is presenting the 15-event line-up with McNally Jackson Books.
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Could This New Web Series Be The Next Broad City?

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Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo at the Jane Hotel. (Photo: Cameron Cuchulainn)

Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite, a Greenpointer and a Williamsburger who together are Purple Milk, know a thing or two about reinvention: for their web reality show “Every Woman,” Roxo (purple) and Leite (milk) take on the stigmatized jobs of women around the country (the pilot, for VICE, finds them working a truck-stop strip club). Their new scripted web series, “Be Here Nowish,” is about “two girls who are having a shit time in NY and go to LA in search of a spiritual awakening and new potential hot dates.”
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Merchant’s House Desperately Needs You to Nominate Its Plaster For an Award

merchanthouse1The Merchant’s House Museum suffered a blow on Tuesday when the Landmarks Preservation Commission finally signed off on the design of a controversial nine-story building that’s due to be erected next to the 182-year-old house. Today the museum sends out an e-mail indicating that it’s still concerned that the new building’s construction could damage the meticulously preserved East Fourth Street residence, and its custodians will soon be taking steps “to secure the necessary legal and engineering protective measures.”
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Jad Abumrad of Radiolab Gets His Black Sabbath Fix at Splitty

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

Jad Abumrad is a genius. Really. In 2011, he received the ridiculously prestigious MacArthur Genius Award for creating “engaging audio explorations of scientific and philosophical questions” on his nationally syndicated WNYC show Radiolab, which he co-hosts with veteran broadcaster Robert Krulwich. When you listen to Jad talk on Radiolab or face-to-face at his favorite Brooklyn bar Splitty, it truly feels like you’re in the presence of a genius. He uses the word “quantum” way too casually and convincingly. And he drinks bourbon neat, which is definitely a genius-style drink.
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Watch Nirvana Reunite — With Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde As Kurt

It’s not every show that Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and freaking Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are merely the warm-up acts, but then last night’s concert at Barclays Center wasn’t just any show: Nirvana was also being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and surviving members performed the band’s songs for the first time since the death of Kurt Cobain 20 years ago this month.
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Williamsburg Apartment Fire; Bushwick Hit-and-Run Driver Caught on Video

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More than 100 firefighters fought a blaze at a Williamsburg apartment building. Two police officers were hospitalized with smoke inhalation before being released. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Here’s video of the speeding hit-and-run driver who killed a Bushwick bicyclist Wednesday crashing into a parked car. [ABC 7 NY]

For $108, you can attend tonight’s “gong bath sleepover party” at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. [Racked NY] Keep Reading »