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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Legendary Gogo Dive Pussycat Lounge Returns After a Six-Year Catnap

Nine lives, indeed! The legendary Pussycat Lounge has quietly reopened after six years of uncertainty.

I haven’t yet read Meet Me in the Bathroom, the oral history of the aughts rock scene that got James Murphy and Nick Zinner reminiscing, but I’d be surprised if the Pussycat Lounge wasn’t mentioned. After all, it’s where Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte threw parties before they went on to open downtown hotspots Freemans and The Smile, respectively. At one point, the place was so cool that it appeared in a Times trend piece about the death of the trucker hat. And then, in 2011, the 41-year-old dive was suddenly closed by the city, after its building was deemed unsafe.

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Hotel Americano’s Rooftop Pool Has a New Menu, Killer Views of the Zaha Hadid Condo

(Photos courtesy of Hotel Americano)

Although neighbors managed to prevent the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street from adding a rooftop pool, there are plenty of new ones making a splash this year. Take the ones at the William Vale and the new 1 Hotel in Brooklyn— plus the one that’s coming later this summer to the Williamsburg Hotel. Also returning this season is La Piscine, the modest pool atop the Hotel Americano in Chelsea.

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Tribeca Film Festival Is Showing Outdoor Movies Under the Oculus

Here’s another outdoor screening series to add to your list, which should already include the Rooftop Films Summer Series, Rooftop Film Club, SummerScreen, Nowadays, Films on the Green, the Dobbin St Sunset Series and so on. The folks behind the Tribeca Film Festival have announced a new series in the shadows of Santiago Calatrava’s big bird, at Oculus Plaza. Tribeca Drive-In will bring al fresco flicks to the World Trade Center on the first Friday and Saturday of each month, June through October.

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Here’s What Good Room’s First Rooftop Party Looked Like

Holy Ghost! (Photo: Good Room on Instagram)

A week ago we brought word that Good Room, not to be outdone by Output’s rooftop, was bringing a Sunday party to the rooftop of its Greenpoint neighbor, the events space known as Dobbin St. So how did yesterday’s first installment turn out? Not bad, it looks like. The chilly weather didn’t keep a whole bunch of die-hards from boogieing down to Holy Ghost! and their openers, the guys from the Fixed parties. We don’t normally condone Instagramming the unsuspecting while they’re dancing, since it inevitably leads to comments like “Woah, dude in brown jacket be trippin!”. But the clips below serve as valuable intel. The parties continue every other Sunday through the summer.

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The Nesquik Bunny Is Working the Corner Right Now

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last time we saw the Nesquik Bunny, it was 166 weeks ago, outside of SummerStage. The BUNNY is BACK, BABY, and posted up on the corner of Lafayette and Houston. As of 1:45pm, the rabbit and his helpers (bodyguards?) were handing out free samples of Nesquik Protein Plus. They couldn’t say how long they’d be there, so you better hop on over if you want a selfie. After that, walk down to Despaña and get the good stuff: Cola Cao.

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This Rooftop Bar Has Crazy Views Of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Trippy New Whirlpool

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Chinatown isn’t the only one that just got a splashy new rooftop hotel bar. Across the water in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the newly opened outpost of Starwood’s “ecoluxury” brand, 1 Hotel, opened its rooftop bar and pool over the weekend.

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21 New Things to Do in NYC This Memorial Day Weekend

The William Vale.

Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, and we’re heading for the hills– or, more likely, the beach. While we’re away till Tuesday, here’s a rundown of all the fun options at your disposal this weekend. Whatever you do, don’t just sit around, get takeout, and watch Twin Peaks. Do you really think it’s going to be better than Twin Peaks burlesque?
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Crashing Films Second Season in Williamsburg Soon

Crashing, the Judd Apatow-produced HBO show in which podcaster extraordinaire Pete Holmes plays an aspiring standup rebounding from a split with his wife, was renewed for season two a couple of months ago, and now it’s back on the streets of New York. A posting on Bedford Avenue indicates it’ll be filming in the heart of Williamsburg on Monday, June 5.

Much of last season’s action occurred in Greenwich Village, where Holmes’s character barked for the Boston Comedy Club and jockeyed for sets along with comics like the one played by Brooklyn fixture Aparna Nancherla. (The Boston Comedy Club was an actual venue; Comedy Village now occupies its subterranean space on MacDougal Street.)

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A Look at Red Hook Lobster Pound’s New Rockaway Clam Bar

(Photo: Rockaway Clam Bar’s Instagram)

Earlier this month, when we shared the lineup of food vendors at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, we noted that one of the newcomers this season would be Rockaway Clam Bar. Now we have some more information to share about the seafood purveyor that’ll take over for Wildfeast as that vendor focuses on its new Long Beach restaurant. Turns out that the folks behind Rockaway Clam Bar, which soft-opened yesterday and will fully open this weekend, are Susan Povich and Ralph Gorham of Red Hook Lobster Pound. The couple, who split their time between Red Hook and Rockaway, are focusing on the sort of New England-style grub you might find at Bigelow’s Fried Clams, the throwback clam shack over in Rockville Center, Long Island. Think clam rolls, clam-strip sliders, clam chowder, and peel-and-eat shrimp.

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Behold, The Churro Taco Waffle!

(Courtesy of Max Brenner)

What, you thought we were going to leave it at the fried-chicken donut sandwich? Oh, hell no. We have still more blechtacular food to hip you to, starting with the Churro Taco Waffle that’s now available at Max Brenner. The Union Square chocolatier just launched a new dessert menu, and the star of the show is this self-described “Mexi-Waffle creation.”

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Gratis Grub Alert: Free Dogs at Feltman’s, 99-Cent Burgers at Duncan’s

A happy Feltman’s customer. (Photo courtesy of Michael Quinn.)

If you were planning to mooch off of your friends this weekend by not bringing any beer to their Memorial Day barbecues, here’s a far more respectable way to freeload.

Feltman’s, the 100-year-old hot dog brand that preceded Nathan’s and this summer returned to Coney Island six decades after it closed there, is celebrating its return with a giveaway. On Monday, starting at 11:30am, the first 150 people to line up for the boardwalk shack’s grand opening and ribbon cutting will score free all-natural beef dogs, served on a toasted potato bun. Remember: This dog won the approval of competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi himself, who knows a thing or two about scoring free dogs. Then again, that’s probably not saying much, since he’s presumably pretty burned out on Nathan’s after eating fistfuls of them at a time.

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