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Do Your Apartment Ace Hotel-Style at Rough Luxe, a New Home Design Shop

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Metal console, $1,299.

Metal console, $1,299.

Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.

Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.

Bronze spotlight with chain, $799

Bronze spotlight with chain, $799

Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).

Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).

Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).

Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).

Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Feltraiger isn’t the only retro-minded store that’s recently relocated to Williamsburg. After a little over a year in Dumbo, Thomas Buczkowski, a veteran of Brooklyn Flea, closed Rough Hewn in October and has now opened a new home design store, Rough Luxe, on Broadway.
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Over 150 People Are Lined Up For Free Pancakes Right Now

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

These people are flippin’ insane.

It’s National Pancake Day at IHOP and here’s what the line looks like on East 14th Street. Over 150 people strong — most of them dorm kids. At 7:30 p.m., the person at the front had been waiting for over an hour in 30-degree weather. One happy customer walked out and said, “Totally worth the wait. Four dollar dinner.” And here’s a look at the back of the line.
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Williamsburg Gets a New Shop For Natty Menswear and Beard Pomade

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

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(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

(Photos courtesy of Feltraiger)

After closing its Lower East Side store in December, Feltraiger soft-opened in Williamsburg this past weekend, quietly joining the neighborhood’s Grand Street strip. The new store is just off of Bedford, in what was previously the home of our pop-up Newsroom.
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Richard Hell Will Chat With Robert Christgau Tomorrow Night

CleanTramp-pb-c-copyIf you missed your chance to dine with Richard Hell, you’ll have a chance to see him for free tomorrow night when the punk-rock royal signs copies of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (just released in paperback) at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The East Villager’s former band, Television, played its first show at CBGB 40 years ago this month.

That momentous performance may well be talked about during his interview Tuesday with Robert Christgau, who spent more than three decades as The Village Voice‘s chief music critic. Following the discussion, Hell will answer a few questions from the audience before signing books, according to powerHouse Arena’s events coordinator, Justin Levine.

Seating for the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are encouraged via RSVP@powerHouseArena.com.

If you’d rather see him in Manhattan, he’ll be at The Strand on March 20, in conversation with Bryan Waterman, who penned the 33 1/3 about Television’s Marquee Moon album.

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Sarah Gregory and Christine Femia on Girls: ‘Another Episode About Mortality!’

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.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Sarah Gregory (L) and Christine Femia

Sarah Gregory (L) and Christine Femia

The text in blue belongs to Sarah Gregory, one-fourth of the creative power behind The Gregory Brothers where she serves as the Director of Diversity (she’s the lone female). The Gregory Brothers make music and YouTube videos, and broke out with their “Auto-Tune the News” series. Watch the group’s videos on their two YouTube channels, Schmoyoho and The Gregory Brothers. Sarah lives in Greenpoint with her husband, Evan Gregory.

The text in gray belongs to her friend Christine Femia, who lives in East Williamsburg. Christine has contributed to Bust magazine and The Complete Guide to Everything podcast. She’s participating in the upcoming National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.
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Watch the Oscars at One of These 13 Spots and You’ll Be Golden

1926908_10152255670215930_215930380_nAt last year’s Oscars, Seth MacFarlane hosted, Jennifer Lawrence tripped, and Ben Affleck called his marriage to Jennifer Garner “work.” Movie musicals and James Bond were celebrated, because nobody — except 40 million viewers — wants a short ceremony, and the producers had to bookend some very expensive commercial time.

This weekend, we found a smattering of places where you can share eye rolls (it’s the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and the theme of the night is “heroes”) or memorial toasts (Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Harold Ramis).
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St. Mark’s Bookshop Is Raising Funds For an Early Summer Move

(Dave Ratzlow, NYMag.com)

St. Mark’s Bookshop launched another fundraiser this week, this time aiming to draw $50,000 via Indiegogo. So what’s the latest with the bookshop’s attempt to relocate? Co-owner Bob Contant doesn’t want to say until he has a lease in hand, but he did reveal that the Bookshop has seen three previous deals fall through.
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Rick Ross, Action Bronson and 10 Other Rap Royals, as Painted By a Dutch Master

jayzWhen Amar Stewart moved from London to Bushwick a couple of months ago, he brought with him his oil paintings of Biggie and Tupac, inspired by the art of Frans Hals, a Dutchman whose works hangs at The Met.
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A Steven Spielberg-Ed Burns Project, Public Morals, Is Shooting in the East Village

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Public Morals — a TV pilot about police in the ’60s from executive producer Steven Spielberg — is filming today in the East Village. Star Ed Burns wrote the script and is directing the episode.

According to Deadline, Burns plays Terry Muldoon, a cop and father of four who is in a moral bind: he wants to raise law-abiding sons, but much of his daily grind involves ne’er-do-wells. Parenthood actress Lyndon Smith has been cast as Mrs. Muldoon. Additional cast members include Wass Stevens (The Wrestler, House of Cards) and Elizabeth Masucci (Shame).
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Sam Grittner and Abbi Crutchfield On Girls: ‘Relapsing Looks Like Fun!’

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.

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Sam Grittner and Abbi CrutchfieldThe text in gray belongs to Sam Grittner, a stand-up comedian and writer currently residing in Bed-Stuy. He created and writes @TonightonGirls and performs Tuesday nights at the free Manifesto! show at the People’s Republic of Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens.

The text in blue belongs to fellow stand-up comedian Abbi Crutchfield, who appears in lots of commercials and lives in Park Slope when not touring across the country.
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