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Domino Debate Rages On; More Weekend Train Shutdowns A Comin’

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At a contentious City Council hearing, there was some lively debate about the number of market-rate apartments that the Domino development could bring to Williamsburg. [Crain’s]

Offices for the art website Hyperallergic will relocate from Williamsburg to the Upper East Side later this month now that the web platform has been purchased by Buzzfeed. [Hyperallergic]

On Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, a man stole his date’s phone after she declined to go back to his place. Cops haven’t caught him yet, but they suspect he just wanted to put a ring on it. [NY Observer]
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Hear Gary Shteyngart Talk ‘Immigrants, Tenements, Failure, All That Good Stuff’

Little FailureIf you paid $85 to listen to New York Times bestselling author Gary Shteyngart read from his memoir at Calliope, you might want to stop reading here. Tonight at The Tenement Museum, admission is free to hear the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story discuss his confessional book, Little Failure, in a Q&A with Suketu Mehta, Pulitzer-nominated author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
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See R.L. Stine Do ‘Cool Shit/Weird Shit’ at UCBeast Tonight

(Photo: Larry D. Moore)

(Photo: Larry D. Moore)

If you were a kid in the ’90s, R.L. Stine was your Stephen King. This was pre-helicopter parenting, when your school book fair haul could consist solely of paperbacks like Say Cheese and Die!, The Girl Who Cried Monster, and The Curse of the Creeping Coffin. Stine has sold more than 350 million copies of his 300-plus books. The Goosebumps series alone had more product tie-ins than a Marvel movie: masks, shirts, trading cards, a board game (which I got for my ninth birthday), even a ventriloquist dummy named Slappy.
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The Village Is About to Get a Double Dosa Indian Fast-Casual

Inside Soho Tiffin Junction, opening within two weeks (Photos by Nick Gascoine, courtesy of STJ)

Inside Soho Tiffin Junction. (Photos by Nick Gascoine, courtesy of STJ)

A couple of Chipotle-esque South-Asian chains are coming to the NYU area. This summer the owner of Desi Shack, which serves skewer-grilled Indian-Pakistani food in Murray Hill, will open a takeout joint at 145 Fourth Avenue, near East 13th Street — right next to Dos Toros.
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A Former La Esquina Chef Is Bringing Grasshopper Tlayudas to the East Village

The Black Ant's future site (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

The Black Ant’s future site (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Insects are the last thing you want to think about while you’re eating, but The Black Ant takes its name from Mayan mythology: legend has it that Quetzalcoatl transformed himself into one in order to find the source of maize that would feed Aztecs — and taco-loving hipsters — forever after.
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Our Favorite Faux Drive-In Theater Is Relaunching With a Horror Film Series

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

After an eight-month intermission, reRun Theater reopens tomorrow night.

Located inside reBar gastropub, reRun debuted in July 2009 as Dumbo’s take on a drive-in (more duck fat popcorn, less exhaust fumes). The audience watches a 12-foot screen from 47 minivan seats from a Staten Island junkyard. Open to a 21-and-over crowd, reRun sells draft beer, wine, liquor, and cinema-themed cocktails. Drinks start at $5, and each person’s first drink is half-price.
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David Schwimmer’s and Dennis Leary’s New TV Shows Filmed Today

At Beauty & Essex, filming took place today for the new ABC series  Irreversible (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

At Beauty & Essex, filming took place today for the new ABC series Irreversible (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Before production on the new Richard Gere film rolls into the East Village, a pair of TV comedy pilots shot interior scenes nearby today.

Over at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side, filming is underway for the David Schwimmer vehicle Irreversible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Friends actor and Sixth Street resident will produce and star in the semi-improvised series on ABC, a reworking of Bilti Hafich, the most-watched original comedy on Israeli TV. Here is the trade magazine’s breakdown of Schwimmer’s character.
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Stacy Lambe and Meghan O’Keefe on Girls: ‘This Is Not a Finale’

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

This is what Stacy said he looks like.

This is what Stacy said he looks like.

The text in gray belongs to Stacy Lambe, a writer for VH1 and Out magazine who lives in Harlem. “One time he texted Hillary Clinton. It’s (literally) his only claim to fame,” Stacy writes. “He looks like her. Photo included.”

Meghan O'Keefe takes a selfie.

Meghan O’Keefe’s selfie.

The text in blue belongs to fellow VH1 writer Meghan O’Keefe. This Park Slope comedian runs the blog My Mom Watches Game of Thrones, and once wrote a very public letter to Ryan Gosling for HelloGiggles.
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