About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Tribeca Talks Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Lena Dunham, Noah Baumbach, and More

The Tribeca Film Festival unveiled its lineup a few weeks ago, and now comes the second big reveal: the lineup of Tribeca Talks, which last year featured J.J. Abrams and Francis Ford Coppola, among others. If you couldn’t bring yourself to shell out $1,000 to see Bruce Springsteen on his book tour, well, good news: You’ll have a chance to see him for a smidge less ($40) when tickets for his talk with America’s other sweetheart, Tom Hanks, go on sale tomorrow, March 21, at Tribeca’s site. The convo will happen April 28 at the Beacon Theatre.

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You Might Want to Sit Down (When You Pee): Tim and Eric Are Coming to Town

L to R: Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last time absurdist duo Tim and Eric came to town, they were trying to indoctrinate New Yorkers into a self-help cult inspired by a turkey man. If you were hesitant to drink the Kool-Aid– or in their case, the Tabitha Lane-brand Lemon Urine Drink– then worry not: They’ve shed the white suits and are hitting the road to celebrate 10 years of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

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Arrest in Lower East Side Beating; Sentencing in Williamsburg Gang Assault

Two people from Woodside, Queens were arrested for allegedly beating a man during a fight that spilled out of Pianos. [DNAinfo]

A 24-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison for a 2013 incident in which members of Williamsburg’s Shomrim Safety Patrol beat a man until he lost sight in one eye. [DNAinfo]

Developers have scaled back a 12-story building that was going to replace the old Stuyvesant post office in the East Village. [DNAinfo]

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Pie in the Face: Artichoke Bushwick’s New Basement Lounge Has a Comedy Night

If you’ve been to Artichoke’s relatively new location in the old Northeast Kingdom space, chances are you were too blotto to notice the steps leading to the basement. Turns out, the calorie-slinging pizzeria just opened a classy, banquette-lined venue in the cellar. Tonight at 10pm, a new comedy night debuts there.

Auggie Lutz, who hosts two monthly shows at nearby Pine Box Rock Shop, is MCing this one with Bob Palos, his co-host at Lantern Hall. Lutz says he’s hoping to get something “cool, fun, intimate” going—similar to the free shows he used to catch in the back room of bygone Kabin bar in the East Village. “That was around for years where comedians would hang out, people would go every week and it was a reliably good show,” he said, recalling that Louis CK once dropped in.

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Word Bookstore Is Expanding With a Kids Shop in Greenpoint

Children’s book author Ame Dyckman at Word. (Photo: Word’s Instagram)

We’ve lost too many local bookshops of late (RIP St. Mark’s Bookshop, Bookcourt, etc.) but at the same time others have expanded: Williamsburg’s Spoonbill & Sugartown opened a Bushwick outpost and Soho’s McNally Jackson recently opened a West 8th Street location of its Goods For the Study offshoot. On its tenth anniversary, its good to see Greenpoint’s Word in that latter category.

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The Vic’s Folks Are Opening 5 Restaurants in 3 Weeks, Sort Of

Hot chicken at #Blazingfeathers, via chef Hillary Sterling’s Instagram.

Because Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer apparently don’t already have enough on their plate as operators of some of the city’s most well-liked restaurants (Vic’s and Rosie’s in the East Village and Cookshop in Chelsea), they’ve decided to open a series of popups next door to Vic’s. We’re told the concepts, helmed by chefs from their various restaurants, are based on their group travels, just as Rosie’s was based on sojourns to Mexico.

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Police Shoot Pitbulls in Bushwick; Greenpoint Is ‘Land of $14 Hamburger’

Police officers shot and killed two pitbulls that were mauling a 50-year-old man outside a Bushwick bodega. [NY Daily News via Gothamist]

Local shopkeepers are fighting to stay put as Greenpoint becomes the “land of the $14 hamburger.” [DNAinfo]

Prosecutors will push for additional charges against the ex-cop accused of shooting a Greenpoint neighbor in the head. [DNAinfo]

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These Bars Are Offering Free Postcards and Cheap Drinks on The Ides of Trump

(Photo: Random Accessories on Instagram)

Mixing alcohol with your feelings about Trump may not be ate best idea (remember what happened to this guy?), but this week some local watering holes are inviting you to do just that, by handing out stamped postcards addressed to the country’s most dependable smdh trigger. It’s all in conjunction with The Ides of Trump, a letter-writing campaign based on the assumption that our president reads. “Just as the Romans did for Julius Caesar, you and I will now do for Donald J. Trump — only with postcards,” says the Facebook invite. Okay, it’s doubtful this day will end with Trump saying, “Et tu, Bannon?”, but whatever. Here’s where to post up.

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