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Closer Look at K’ook, a Korean Upstart Now Open on Curry Row

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

K’ook, the casual Korean restaurant that replaced Jewel of India at 324 East 6th Street, opened this week and is now serving “crispy rice eggs” (boiled eggs wrapped in pork, rice, and kimchi and then deep fried). We stopped in for a visit this afternoon and they rolled out a feast of traditional and fusion dishes. That’s what “casual” means, explained chef Dantae (given name Yong Choi), who has worked in restaurants in Koreatown and on Long Island. (Owner Felicia Park was a partner in Han Joo on St. Marks Place.) Like another Korean newcomer, Yooeating, K’ook serves more than just the classics, as you can see from the menu and from the photos below.

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Gallery Invites Cats and Dogs to Paws and Reflect On This Pet-Themed Art Work

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“Egyptian Cat” by Nancy Grimes, photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

Call it a pet project. This Sunday, the Mark Miller Gallery will launch a show featuring paintings of cats and dogs, and four-legged gallery goers will be treated to wine and cheese water bowls and dog treats.

Ever since he was a kid, Mark Miller has had a soft spot for animals. “People can’t afford to take care of their dogs and cats,” he told me. “We’ve had a lot of homeless animals in the Lower East Side and it’s caused me to get warm to the whole idea of doing something for dogs and cats.”

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That Feeling When You Leave Your 200-Acre Tree Farm For a Tiny Greenpoint Art Studio

Shara Hughes in front of "Tree Farm", Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

Shara Hughes in front of “Tree Farm”, Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

When Shara Hughes was born, her father bought her and her three brothers 200 acres of land each in rural Georgia. It was the early ’80s and land was going for 10 cents an acre. Her father saw his opportunity and planted a tree farm. Shara spent a lot of her childhood on that property, learning about land and taking care of the trees. She still goes there to enjoy the space and the nature and when she moved to New York from Atlanta in August last year, land – because there’s so little of it in the city – was the first thing she thought about.

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Astoria Comes to Astor Place Via This Meat, Cheese and Beer Spot

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(Photo: Giulia Alexandra)

The Village just got a little slice of Queens. Tonight Milk & Hops, a Manhattan spinoff of Astoria Bier & Cheese, celebrates its grand opening with a par-tay: $35 gets you in on a buffet-style meal of meat, cheese and sandwich platters, Mast Brothers chocolate, and a steady flow of draft beer.

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Dawn Luebbe Gives You Permission to Read Her 1992 Diary

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With My 1992 DiaryDawn Luebbe has become the adult star of her own awkward childhood. Officially released last night at Word in Greenpoint, the book collects Dawn’s fifth-grade diary entries, photographs, and essays into what she calls a general “celebration of the awkward phase.” Tonight Dawn will be performing her stage show at UCB Theatre in Chelsea along with five other comedians who’ll tell stories and read letters from their pre-teen pasts. In addition to recently starring in a series of animated shorts based on her book (peep one of them below), Dawn has also been featured in comedy sketches for College Humor, Nickmom and UCB. We chatted with her earlier today.

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A Van Hopped the Curb and Slammed into Phebe’s on the Bowery

Photo courtesy of Ryan Birkenhead

Photo courtesy of Ryan Birkenhead

A van ran into Phebe’s Tavern & Grill on the corner of East Fourth Street and Bowery shortly before noon today, putting a dent in the side of the recently renovated bar and dislodging part of the wall.

“It sounded like a bomb going off,” said owner Ryan Birkenhead, who was in his office working when it happened. He ran upstairs, and with the help of some passersby, managed to smash the van’s window open to see if the driver was responsive. “All the airbags deployed,” he said. “The gentleman apparently had a seizure and ran off the side of the road.”

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Keith Boadwee May Or May Not Have Painted These Poppies With His Butt

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Keith Boadwee is known for provocative photographs like this NSFW one of a compromised Homer Simpson doll as well as his “scatological” paintings. About 20 years ago, at the insistence of his art dealer, Keith shared the documentation of his artistic process and became an instant sensation. In this case, the process involved filling his body (and you know which part I’m talking about) with paint and splashing it out onto a blank canvas.
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Spring/Breeeeeak: Cruising One of Our Fave Armory Week Art Fairs

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Before “Spring/Break” opened today, some of the James A. Farley Post Office’s rooms hadn’t been used in 20 years. Sofia Majstorovic, who was working an information booth at the fourth edition of the Armory Arts Week satellite fair, told us that getting the “disaster area” ready for the public was “quite an undertaking”: “When we opened it up there were dead pigeons that we had to sweep out.” Well, it cleaned up nice. We cruised the show, consisting of two floors of mostly Brooklyn and Lower East Side artists, and snapped photos of the highlights.
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Vegan Clothier Says Her Dog Was Lost After Dog-sitter Lost His Mind

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(Courtesy of Morgan Bogle)

East Village tweeters are in an uproar today as they band together to search for Sugar, the four-year-old Pitbull mix that went missing under bizarre circumstances earlier this week.

Morgan Bogle left her dog in the care of a trusted dog-sitter while she flew to London on a business trip. The man reportedly flipped out and was observed by neighbors on Monday kicking down Bogle’s door.
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People Got Their Ashes Everywhere, Even On the Train

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Hannah and Nicole outside Grace Church on Broadway. Hannah hasn’t given much thought to what she’s giving up for Lent – Nicole just giggled.

The East Village is filled with ashes today as Christians prepare for 40 days of self-restraint, atonement and fasting. Even if you’re not the religious type, you probably still noticed people walking the streets with gray crosses on their foreheads and realized it’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. To celebrate, we actually went to church.
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