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Alan Cumming’s Club Is Coming; Here’s What’s Coming Up at Club Cumming

Club Cumming on Facebook)

Back in April, Page Six brought word that actor and man-about-town Alan Cumming was teaming up with the owners of East Village gay bar Eastern Bloc (including Anderson Cooper’s boif, Ben Maisani) to relaunch the beloved bar as Club Cumming. The mini cabaret, which had promised a “very quiet” opening, is soft-launching Wednesday, and the folks behind Club Cumming have revealed the initial lineup, which includes a smattering of appearances by some local nightlife legends.

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Alan Cumming to Open EV Nightclub; Houston Street Library Remodel

Brazilian chef Guilherme Barreto, who built his career in East Village and Lower East Side kitchens, died in a Florida motorcycle accident on Friday. He was 37, and a $10K Go Fund Me page has been established to benefit his two daughters. [EV Grieve]

Hours after a transit officer visited The Whiskey Brooklyn in July, then struck four people with his car (killing one), the State Liquor Authority investigated the Williamsburg bar, and found $15K worth of violations. [DNA Info]

Early in the next decade, Houston Street’s now-57-year-old Hamilton Fish Park branch of the NY Public Library will unveil a major renovation. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Alan Cumming Came to Astor Alive With Blue Man Group, Mosaic Man and More

@Astorplacenyc on Instagram.

@Astorplacenyc on Instagram.

While Poseidon’s Parade was going down in Rockaway, Astor Alive! took over the renovated Astor Place and Cooper Square in Manhattan. As noted last week, the Astor cube was nowhere to be found, but the Village Alliance saw to it that it was represented via spinning cardboard cubes that were hoisted in the air during the two-day festival’s closeout procession. And one thing made a glorious return, at least: Jim “Mosaic Man” Power unveiled one of his mosaic-dotted light poles at the new Alamo Plaza.

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CB Lets Club Cumming Sing Again, With Some Restrictions

Alan Cumming (photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

A drag queen let me into Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority licensing committee meeting on Monday night. Inside, she was joined by a bevy of others who came out in droves to support Club Cumming, actor Alan Cumming’s East Village bar that recently ran into trouble due to their liquor license lacking a stipulation to allow live music and DJs.

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Before Club Cumming and the Nuyorican, the Beer Flowed at a Prohibition-Era Church

This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

Mural on the walls of Club Cumming.

There’s no sign announcing the name of the establishment on the ground floor of 505 East 6th Street. There are only two silver C’s on the receded wood and glass door, and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the foyer, where a small bulletin board announces the month’s events at Club Cumming.

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New Doc Goes Gaga For ‘Queen of Nightlife’ Susanne Bartsch’s Wild Style

(Photo: Jeff Mermelstein for New York magazine)

As the den mother of the club kids and the Queen of Nightlife, Susanne Bartsch has been profiled countless times, most memorably in 2006 by New York magazine. Back then, none other than Ian Schrager described Bartsch as “a true icon of the night, someone who goes down in the nightlife hall of fame.” Of course, there is no nightlife hall of fame (yet), but Bartsch has now been immortalized in the form of a documentary, Susanne Bartsch: On Top, that will open Newfest, the city’s long-running LGBT film festival.

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Would-Be W-Burg Rapist Sentenced; Bushwick City Farm Evicted

Todd Deas, 31, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment yesterday for attempting to rape a 27-year-old woman on the streets of Williamsburg last month. [DNA Info]

To make way for incoming development, Bushwick City Farm has been instructed to vacate their Stockton Street lot before August ends. [Bushwick Daily]

Following a rent increase, non-profit studio Hosh Yoga launched an $8500 GoFundMe campaign to remain in Greenpoint, it’s neighborhood of eight years. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Schiller’s Liquor Bar to Close; Village Voice Pride Awards

Restauranteur Keith McNally will shutter 14-year-old Lower East Side spot Schiller’s Liquor Bar at the end of the summer. [Eater NY]

The city filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against a Rivington Street landlord for illegally renting out her units on Airbnb. [NY Post]

Next month during the city’ Pride Week, Alan Cumming will host the first annual Village Voice Pride Awards, featuring a performance from Tegan & Sara. [Brooklyn Vegan] Keep Reading »

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Design on a Dime Is the Fair For Furniture Fetishists on a Budget

The annual Design on a Dime fair kicked off last night with a party hosted by actor turned East Village bar owner Alan Cumming. If you missed it, you can still cumm on over to Metropolitan Pavilion to peep an array of vignettes created by local designers. Unlike BKLYN Designs, which returns to Greenpoint next month, admission to this one is free, and proceeds from whatever you buy go to Housing Works and the non-profit’s efforts to house formerly homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS.

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The Final Debate: Where to Drink While You Watch

(flier via Village Pourhouse/Facebook)

(flier via Village Pourhouse/Facebook)

Tonight marks the third and (mercifully) final presidential debate in Las Vegas, meaning that the more socially minded among us will be looking to share in the democratic process with their fellow citizens and copious amounts of alcohol. 

Maybe you’re a diehard Donald Trump supporter drinking to distract yourself from what looks like an imminent landslide defeat, or a Hillary Clinton backer drowning away your sorrows at the indignities your candidate has endured. Perhaps you’re resigned to watching the world burn, but you’ve got some potentially lucrative prop bets riding on whether the candidates shake hands or how many times Trump says “tremendous.”

Whatever your motivation, if you’re looking to knock back a few while you take in the action, we’ve got you covered.  Keep Reading »