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The Bean Is Expanding Into the Former St. Mark’s Bookshop Space

(Photo: The Bean on Facebook)

As East Villagers fight another Starbucks, a more homegrown chain has announced that it’s expanding in the neighborhood. The Bean, which started in the East Village and now has a place in Williamsburg, is opening its fifth location, at 31 Third Avenue, in the former home of St. Mark’s Bookshop. According to Instagram and Facebook messages, it’s “coming this Fall.”

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Di Fara Preps for W-Burg; The Bean Will Replace St. Mark’s Bookshop

The man who attacked a set of college-age brothers with brass knuckles and a knife this February on Hester Street will serve community service, per a plea deal. [Gothamist]

Fifty-year-old Midwood pizza institution Di Fara will sell its slices in Williamsburg beginning this September, when it opens a stand at the forthcoming North 3rd Street Market. [Eater NY]

Local coffee chain The Bean will debut its fourth East Village outpost in the Third Avenue storefront that St. Mark’s Bookshop occupied for 21 years. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Tips On Tipping For Coffee: Baristas Spill the Beans

(Photo: Hanna McCarthy)

(Photo: Hanna McCarthy)

Are you shorting the guy who made your long black?

A recent Times item about the phenomenon of “tip creep” triggered debate on sites like Gothamist, which insisted that you should be tossing $1 into the jar every time someone pours you a coffee. While some commenters agreed, others kvetched that “it is not and has never been standard to tip for counter service.” 
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The Bean Opened Its First BK Location, Bringing the Mosaic Man to Williamsburg

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The Bean opened its Williamsburg store today in the swank 101 Bedford complex at the corner of Bedford and North 11th. Full disclosure: we’re tapped into its free WiFi right now. It’s the chain’s first store outside of the East Village, but you’ll find some EV touches as soon as you (and your dog) step inside, in the form of a tiled entryway by Mosaic Man“Mosaic Man” Jim Power and, in the far corner, a wall painting by Nicolina and Walker Fee.
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At Variety Cafe’s New Location, the Beans Will Really Pop

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Gavin Compton, owner of Variety Café and Miller’s Tavern, brewed up a hot idea for his latest endeavor: coffee roasting. The newest addition to the Variety family is at 146 Wyckoff Avenue; as of April 1st, it’ll be offering a variety (yes, we went there) of coffee from around the world.
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Another Manhattanite, The Bean, Hits Bedford Avenue

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Because Bedford Avenue isn’t caffeinated enough, The Bean, a chain of East Village coffee shops popular with NYU students, is planning to open a location along Williamsburg’s main thoroughfare this Spring. And the Manhattanization of Bedford continues!

The Bean’s fourth outpost — in a brand new residential building at 101 Bedford, just a block from McCarren Park — is due to open this April.
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Art This Week: Edible Drawings, Fuzzy Dudes, and More

(image courtesy of Cooler Gallery)

Origins
Opening Tuesday, April 3 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through May 19.

What is a Fuzzy Dude? I have some theories, but so does artist and director John McLaughlin, whose solo show Origins will give you a thorough introduction to these wacky creatures that have sprung from his brain. Appropriately, Fuzzy Dudes are beings covered in a stringy, colorful fur that recalls silly string, shaggy dogs, household mops, or something else entirely. They come from a “space-like” dystopian world, or so I’m told, but you can see them come to life on Earth by way of sculpture, video, and more. Watching these curious creatures feels almost like a psychedelic experience, as their multicolored, textured bodies run, jump, and sway. Their actions are humanlike, but their appearance is a lot more interesting. Why not take a break from the dreaded news cycle for an evening and go meet some otherworldly beings? Keep Reading »

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Circus of Dreams Ends Its Five-Year Run, and More Performance Picks

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(image via Circus of Dreams / Facebook, photos by Nick McManus)

Circus of Dreams
Wednesday, December 6 at Bizarre Bushwick, 9 pm: $10 suggested donation

This performance art variety show, originally hosted by bearded street performer Matthew Silver, was one of the first shows in New York I saw that wasn’t a formal “theater” show, and it truly bewildered and impressed me. It was strange, daring, messy, stressful, loud, rule-breaking, sometimes all of those things, sometimes none of them. It made me realize that there was this whole community of performance I didn’t know about or thought wasn’t around anymore, and I found myself involved in the show first as friend of performers, then recurring door worker, then occasional performer. Since then, the host and producer has changed to show regular Lindsee Lonesome but the spirit has stayed the same. Tonight, after five years, Circus of Dreams will happen for the final time, and it truly feels like the end of an era. So, if you’re free, pop by Bizarre to see some of the show’s veterans and newbies alike take that scrappy stage for the last time. I’ll be at the door. Keep Reading »

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Stop Everything, the Gilmore Girls Wanna Give (Very Few of) You Free Coffee

In case you forgot, Gilmore Girls is making a triumphant return to Netflix on November 25, just in time for the show’s Sweet 16. If you just can’t wait till then to cozy up with your best friends on Earth these strictly TV-only characters who you’re just somewhat mildly familiar with, and a piping-hot cuppa Joe (the Gilmore Girls official beverage of choice, duh), then Netflix has something sweet (but mostly just bitter) to hold you over.

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