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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Dessert Club ChikaLicious Takes Its Crazy-Popular Churro Cones Over to Avenue A

(Photo: @churroconenyc_chikalicious on Instagram)

Just like Saul Goodman was such a hit on Breaking Bad that he got his own show, the wildly popular churro cone at Dessert Club, ChikaLicious is getting its own shop on Avenue A. Dessert Club has closed its location at 204 East 10th Street (ChikaLicious Dessert Bar remains up and running across the street) and has reopened at 151 Avenue A under the name Churro Cone.

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Cuomo Announces ‘Marijuana Listening Sessions’ (Sorry, They Do Not Involve Pink Floyd)

(Screen shot via Chris Cuomo’s Instagram)

Andrew Cuomo’s office has announced a series of “marijuana listening sessions”– and no, they won’t involve Dark Side of the Moon in quadrophonic sound. The governor wants to hear what you have to say.

Earlier this month it was announced that Cuomo had convened a workgroup– or as we prefer to call it, a joint committee– of academics, law enforcement officials, and commissioners at various state agencies who will draft recreational-marijuana legislation for Albany lawmakers to consider. Now the group wants to hear from potheads concerned citizens like yourself. To that end, Cuomo’s office has announced 15 listening sessions across the state, with the Manhattan one falling on Sept. 20 and the Brooklyn one on Sept. 25. Venues have yet to be announced (RSVP here to stay posted), but this much is certain: Sessions will begin promptly at 4:20pm. Just kidding, they’ll go from 6pm to 8pm.

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They’re Giving Away Bikes in Williamsburg, But You’ll Have to Wait a Wheelie Long Time

(Photos courtesy of Spiked Seltzer)

Spiked Seltzer is just one of the brands that have been using the L train shutdown as a marketing hook (you may have also noticed Stuy Town’s attempt to lure Williamsburgers over the bridge via its model-apartment truck). But the Connecticut-based alcopop brand gets extra points for just straight-up giving stuff away. And not just keychains or t-shirts– we’re talking [Price is Right voice] A NEW BICYCLE!

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Equinox Turns ‘Dusty’ Lower East Side Into a ‘Hub For Fitness and High-Performance Living’

(Courtesy of Equinox)

Equinox’s colonization of the Bedford + Bowery zone continues. The gym chain opened locations in the Williamsburg and the East Village in 2016, with the East Village opening being accompanied by signage declaring “There goes the neighborhood.” Today the chain opened its “much anticipated” (or so says the press release) Lower East Side location inside the new luxury building that killed beloved late-night spot Bereket and other East Houston Street mom-and-pops.

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New York Comedy Club Replaces EastVille: With Gaffigan We Can Laugh Again!

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Excuse me, do you like live comedy? Well, good news!

The EastVille Comedy Club– a low-key spot frequented by Janeane Garofalo and other downtown comics– picked up and moved to Brooklyn in July, leaving its home of 10 years empty but for the lingering odor of a thousand Long Island Iced Teas. Lucky for the East Village, the subterranean space at 85 East 4th Street was quickly taken over by the New York Comedy Club, which gave it a quick touch-up and has now soft-opened an outpost of its Gramercy club there.

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Slip Off Your Shoes and Enter This Kyoto-Inspired Hideaway For ‘Deconstructed Omakase’

(Photos courtesy of Ume)

The literal translation of omakase is “I’ll leave it up to you”– meaning the chef– but at Williamsburg’s new Japanese restaurant, Ume, chef Danny Zhang is turning the expression back on the diner. The specialty at this homegrown spot is a “deconstructed omakase” that leaves it up to you.

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Mister Rogers Is Getting Roasted, Just in Time For Sweater Weather

If you’ve seen the touching documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the words “The Roast of Mister Rogers” might seem like an oxymoron. Roasted? The national treasure who stands for everything good and pure in this crazy, mixed-up world? But that’s exactly what Character Assassination– a comedy troupe born in Louisville, Kentucky that has previously roasted Luke Skywalker, Freddy Kreuger, Walt Disney, and many others– plan to do at The Creek and the Cave on Aug. 30.

Not only that, but the roasters who’ll hold court at the Long Island City bar will be some other beloved figures from our childhood (or stand-up comedians playing them, anyway): Kermit the Frog, Pee-wee Herman, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. (It’s unclear whether Tom Hanks, who is playing Fred Rogers in an upcoming biopic, will make a cameo.)

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Tribeca TV Festival: Anthony Bourdain, Tracey Ullman, Rosario Dawson and More

The Tribeca TV festival, from the folks behind the film festival, is returning for its second installment Sept. 20-23. De Niro et al just dropped this year’s lineup and among the highlights are a chat with the East Village’s own Rosario Dawson; a conversation between Meryl Streep and sketch comedy queen Tracey Ullman, who will premiere the new season of her rebooted show; and the premiere of the final season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, followed by a conversation with some of the show’s makers, including comedian/director W. Kamau Bell. (Oh, and an appearance by Law & Order producer and human meme Dick Wolf.)

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