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Wanna Be Our 5,000th?

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.40.05 PMIf you’re not following Bedford + Bowery on Twitter, you’re really missing out. Hells, yesterday Natasha Lyonne favorited one of our tweets (yo Nicky, can we get a RT?). Rest assured, you don’t have to be a celeb to follow @bedbow — and if you do it right this second you’ll be number 5,000. Exciting! (For us, anyway.)

While you’re at it, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, too. We’ve got an exciting announcement coming up that you won’t want to snooze on.

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Testing the Waters: Our Public Pools, Visited and Graded

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Have you no time to haul out to Rockaway? Are you close to home and looking to be submerged in something other than sweat? Lucky for you the city provides its residents with tons of options for a free swim — and we’re not talking about the fountain in Washington Square Park. If you haven’t found your swimming hole of choice just yet, it’s best not to take a blind jump into some mystery bath.
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Have a Brilliant Weekend, Y’all!

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The windows above belong to Bull McCabe’s, and you’d do well to spend your weekend chilling on its sidewalk patio, enjoying the melting pot that is St. Marks Place. If you’re looking for more ambitious plans, consult our hand-dandy 4th of July guide, or peruse the B + B events calendar. It’s also available on our new mobile app, should you find yourself glued to the patio of Bull McCabe’s.

Enjoy the weekend, fellow Americans and citizens of Satan!

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We’d Like to Get Into Your Pants (Via Our New App!)

appLast week, we celebrated our first anniversary by unveiling a new events calendar and promised still more exciting news. Well, here it is! Get the new B+B app — designed by the downtowners over at DWNLD — to read and share all of Bedford + Bowery’s latest coverage, on the go. For starters, we’ve loaded the app with the 20 most popular stories of our first year. Check em out while you can, because starting Monday, they’ll be replaced by all of our latest content as it goes live. Download the B+B app for free on iTunes or by searching for “Bedford + Bowery” in your phone’s app store.

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Our Anniversary Gift to You: an Events Calendar (and More!)

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A year ago, Bedford + Bowery launched with stories about “Too Many Lenas” (look, the Lenas are back!) and Black Flag (they’re back, too!).

Nearly 2,000 posts later, you’re still with us, and for that you deserve a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’. So enjoy the hell out of the events calendar that now lives on the top right of every page. Click on a date to see what’s happening, say, tonight (oh hey, Naked Girls Reading!) or click on the “Upcoming Events” button to view concerts, films, readings and talks, art openings, theater and just plain boozy fun by month. From either of those pages, you can switch to a weekly view, as well.

As you can see, we’ve got everything from Grumpy Cat to beachside laser shows to air guitar to air sex. And we’ll be adding more picks daily.

In the next days we’ll be offering you something even more appetizing, so stay tuned!

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Teen, Tweens, and The Teen Age: How to Tell All Those Northside Bands Apart

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.52.43 PMNo doubt you’ve already got your Northside Festival favorites penciled in, but what about the hordes of sound artistes whom you’ve never heard of and whose band names are befuddlingly similar? Lest you plaster on the Goth face paint for what you think is a black-metal screamfest only to stumble into a cute indie-pop sing-along, here’s how to tell Whalebelly from Dinowalrus, and Pussywolf from the Perfect Pussy.
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Want to Catch Eric Ripert in Conversation?

Eric_Ripert_3This Wednesday, Soho House is hosting what’ll surely be a momentous and memorable conversation with Eric Ripert, the acclaimed chef-owner of Le Bernardin. He’ll be speaking to Bedford + Bowery editor Daniel Maurer, so we’ve managed to secure a handful of the screening room’s 44 seats for our readers. For a chance to get your name on the list with a guest, just subscribe to our daily newsletter of top stories using the form below, or retweet this by Tuesday at 6 p.m., when we’ll contact two randoms (one a newsletter subscriber, the other a retweeter) to let them know they’ve won.
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We're Still Giving Away Tickets For the <em>Billy on the Street</em> Season Premiere

As mentioned last week, we’re helping Vulture give away tickets to the invite-only season premiere of Billy on the Street, March 5 at Beacon Theater. All you have to do is be among the first 50 people to sign up for Bedford + Bowery’s daily newsletter, below, and we’ll put you on the list +1. You’ll see sidewalk silliness like the video Billy posted yesterday, in which he quizzes a random passerby on Scarlett Johansson’s vagina (or, as the kids are pronouncing it these days: vayaña).

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Lena Dunham Will Milk a Cow on 'Billy on the Street': Get FREE TIX to the Season Premiere

We’re helping give away tickets for an invite-only shindig celebrating the new season of Billy on the Street — and you don’t even have to get Quizzed in the Face to snag em. All you have to do is sign up for B+B’s newsletter below, and be quick about it: in the new season, Lena Dunham milks a cow in the Meatpacking District.
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Follow Us and We’ll Give You All 20 of These Chanel Purses

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Okay, no, we’re not going to give you any of the Chanel purses on display at the Pilgrim store. Who do you think we are, Swagg Man? What me meant is that if you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter, you’ll be the first to know next time we see something as blingtastic as this display window — or, say, this golden loo. So, go ahead! We dabble in Tumblr and Instagram, too.

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Earwax’s Owner Says Rough Trade Is Welcome to Ride His Coattails

When Rough Trade opened in Williamsburg last month, we wondered how the neighborhood’s smaller record shops felt about the British invasion. Earwax Records, for one, describes itself as “the oldest standing record shop in Williamsburg — Since 1991! and still the most selective and quality oriented.” You can believe owner Fabio Roberti had some thoughts about the British behemoth opening up just a few blocks over from him on North 9th. Watch our video to hear what he had to say.

Video by Tamerra Griffin, Sara Afzal and Mel Bailey