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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M.I.A.’s 9-Year-Old Was Surprised By What a ‘Bad Girl’ She Is in Her New Documentary

(Photo: @tinytheweirdo on Instagram)

How did M.I.A.’s father, an early leader of the Tamil resistance movement, react to the documentary about the trailblazing pop star, out today? “My dad watched it yesterday for the first time,” the musician-activist told those at NYU Skirball Center this morning. “But everybody else loves it.”

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Ace’s Bowery ‘Micro Hotel’ Announces Restaurant, Opening Date

(Photos courtesy of Sister City)

Earlier this year the folks behind the Ace Hotel chain announced that they were converting a former Salvation Army shelter on the Bowery into a minimalist “micro hotel” inspired by ““the functional perfection of Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, rock-cut cliff dwellings of prehistory and John Cage’s 4’33.” Now we’re told Sister City, as the new hotel chain will be branded, will open in January with a restaurant, Floret, helmed by the owner of Carroll Gardens’ acclaimed Battersby.

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Cheese Tea and Durian Pizza Is Coming to the East Village

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Cheese tea, the Asian sensation that has been on the brink of trending here in the States, is coming to St. Marks Place. If you’re the type that claims to have known about matcha before it was cool, brace for the opening of Mi Tea, the latest import to hit Chinatown North. The international chain, founded in 2016 in Hangzhou, China, specializes in teas that are topped with a layer of salted cheese foam.

Yes, this is a thing.

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At Sauce’s New Pizzeria, You Can Dunk Your Slices

(Photos courtesy of Sauce)

The East Village needs another pizzeria like a white pie needs extra cheese, but the latest one, Sauce Pizzeria, comes with a twist: True to the place’s name, slices and pies are served with a side of sauce.

You may know Sauce as a popular Italian restaurant on the Lower East Side. Owners Adam Elzer and Perry Rahbar will be offering some of that spot’s specialties (spaghetti bolognese, etc.) at this new spinoff. But the star of the menu is thin-crust pizza made with sourdough and organic malted flour.

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This Book About ‘Artisanal Blanket Forts’ Is Very InTENTS

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If you’ve ever Airbnbed a yurt in West Philadelphia or run out of TP at a teepee motel, boy do we have the book for you. It’s called Blanket Fort: Growing Up Is Optional, and it’s described by its publisher as a DIY primer on “artisanal blanket tents.”

As avid campers with an “epic backyard garden” in Brooklyn, novelist Nathaniel Kressen and his wife, illustrator Jessie T. Kressen— collectively known as Grackle + Pigeon– consider blanket forts to be “the pinnacle of all things awesome.” Or so they say in the introduction of their book showing how to create some 25 blanket forts without breaking the bank. That’s right, unlike those pricy REI tents, these are totally aFORTable. (Ok, I’ll stop.)

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Dario Argento Won’t Be Appearing at His Metrograph Retrospective After All

Asia and Dario Argento at Cannes in 1993. (Photo: Olivier Strecker)

Back in April, when Metrograph announced its forthcoming Dario Argento retrospective, it was said the Italian horror master would be appearing in person. A lot has happened since then. For one thing, the opening date of the series was moved from June to September 21. For another, Argento’s daughter, fellow filmmaker Asia Argento, has become involved in a #MeToo imbroglio that has, to some degree, sucked in her father as well.

Back in May, when Metrograph announced its postponement of the 12-film retrospective, it explained that “Mr. Argento wants to appear in-person, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll need to shift the series until a soon-to-be-announced date in September.” When the new date was announced, we were once again assured that the 78-year-old giallo pioneer would be in attendance.

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‘That’s What SHE Said,’ Indeed: Sarah Mackenzie Baron Will Play Michael Scott in Musical Parody of The Office

Michael Scott did once say “I am Beyonce, always,” so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that a woman has been cast to play him in the raunchy send-up of The Office that opens next month. Sarah Mackenzie Baron will play the World’s Best Boss when The Office! A Musical Parody starts Sept. 20 at The Jerry Orbach Theater.

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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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