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Williamsburg Gets Another Destination For Dog-Portrait Manicures

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 6.36.05 PMThe third location of Primp & Polish opened yesterday, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Manicure maniacs flock to the nail salon’s Driggs Avenue and Grand Street locations for hyper-specific custom designs. One woman came in to have the motif on her grandmother’s vase replicated on her fingertips. Another had Marilyn Monroe’s face painted on her thumb. Several have asked for portraits of their pets.
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Jena Friedman and Elna Baker On Girls: ‘My Daddy Issues Are That I Love My Dad Too Much’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

(Courtesy of HBO)

(Photo: Jessica Miglio/Courtesy of HBO)

Elna and Jena. (Photo: Jena's Instagram)

Elna and Jena. (Photo: Jena’s Instagram)

The text in green belongs to Elna Baker. Based in Greenpoint, she is the author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, and has appeared on This American Life. On the last Wednesday of each month, she hosts The Talent Show at Littlefield.

The text in white belongs to fellow comedian Jena Friedman. She’s a former writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, who lives in the East Village.
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Live From East Williamsburg, It’s SNL’s New Hire! Sasheer Zamata Is ‘Going to Kill It’

(Photo courtesy of UCB)

(Photo courtesy of UCB)

Sasheer Zamata learned she was SNL’s newest cast member just minutes before you probably did. “It was pretty wild because that day they called her [at] Monday at like 3 p.m. and it was on the Internet at 3:30,” said Josh Sharp, her friend and one of her frequent comedy collaborators. That night, 20 or 30 improvisers and writers from the Upright Citizens Brigade feted the 27-year-old with champagne and cocktails at The Drink, near her home neighborhood of East Williamsburg. Bedford + Bowery spoke with six of her peers to ask what Sasheer was like before she got the call from Lorne Michaels.
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Astor Place Bombshells: IBM Moving In, Another Newsstand Down

(Photo: Jenna Moratta)

(Photo: Jenna Moratta)

First Jerry Delakas’s Astor Place newsstand shuttered and now New Corner Magazine, on St. Marks and Third Avenue — rated one of Racked’s Best International Newsstands in Manhattan — is a wiry, splintery, cigarette butt-laden wreck. Renovation is underway. Why? “It was old,” said one construction worker. “It’s not that exciting.”
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It’s Movie Night at The Bowery Mission

(Courtesy Bowery Mission)

(Courtesy Bowery Mission)

It’s not all that often that church pews double as theater aisles at The Bowery Mission’s Lower East Side Chapel but that’s what happened today, as local homeless men sought refuge from the single-digit temperatures.

Staffers set the thermostat above 70 degrees and unspooled a projection screen to show DVDs of The Bible, a 10-part miniseries that aired on the History channel last March. (The Blind Side was screened during a previous film session.) A few dozen men wearing hooded sweatshirts and nylon jackets watched stories of Jesus, Moses and Sampson before a backdrop of Christmas tree garland and organ pipes.
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Joyce Carol Oates Wants Tarantino to Direct a Menachem Stark Movie

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(Wikipedia Commons)

Police have yet to identify suspects in the death of Brooklyn real estate magnate Menachem “Max” Stark last week, but author Joyce Carol Oates is already endorsing a feature film about the man and the murder.

“Only a great film can do justice to rise & fall of Menachem Stark. Scorsese or Tarantino?  Coen brothers?” tweeted the 75-year-old Pulitzer Prize nominee.
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