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El Sombrero Lives Again; Bootleg Bar Opens in Bushwick

Faberge Big Egg Hunt NYC 2014: Ryan Cronin, Little Italy

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Five more cases of measles have been diagnosed and attributed to that outbreak that started in February, bringing the total number of patients to 25. Three of the newest people to be diagnosed are Lower East Siders. [NBC NY]

Local firefighter-turned-film star Steve Buscemi will have an AOL web series beginning in May called “Park Bench,” where he interviews New Yorkers while sitting streetside. [NY Daily News]

Next time you start complaining about how easy kids have it these days, remember that your parents never put you on a juice cleanse, an icky pint-sized trend. [NY Post]
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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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