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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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WNYC’s Anna Sale Talks Death, Sex, Money and Tacos at Santos Anne

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

If a French-Mexican fusion restaurant sounds weird, that’s only because it is. The thing is, the eclectic, dark but innocuous Santos Anne is weirdly charming. What really makes this place stand out to people who live in Williamsburg is its solid backyard. The value of an asset like that cannot be stressed enough. And regular Anna Sale gets that all too well. The 34-year-old journalist used to live in the neighborhood, and when she did, she’d find solace from the city in a small corner in the backyard lit by a living room lamp. Charming, eclectic, see?
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Blonde Redhead Defends Their Decadence at St. Mazie

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(Photos: Phil Provencio)

Since 19-freakin’-93, Blonde Redhead has been conjuring killer music in New York freakin’ City. The trio – Italian twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace and Japanese chanteuse Kazu Makino – are absolute legends of noise-rock and sonic dreamscapes. First taken under the wing of Sonic Youth and later guided by Fugazi, the band constantly strives to create, as Simone says mystically, “something that feels right everywhere, that doesn’t feel it derives from anywhere but just comes because of something magical between us.” Their entire career has been defined by always feeling like outsiders in the city they call home.
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Soaking Up Rays (and Frozen Margs) With Bridey Elliott of Fort Tilden

Fort Tildenscreening tomorrow at Northside Festival, depicts a pair of naive, privileged, and self-obsessed friends journeying to the Rockaways. It’s a sunny, snarky quest to some very funny places.
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9 Comics Give Michael Che Their Two Cents On His New Daily Show Gig

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(All photos: Phil Provencio)

On Monday night, Broken Comedy celebrated co-founder Michael Che’s 31st birthday with a full-on blowout. Inside an extremely packed backroom at Matchless in Greenpoint, Che hosted the night alongside co-founder and regular host Nimesh Patel.
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Jessica Pimentel of Orange Is the New Black Gets Stuck to the Seats at This ‘Dirty Dive’

Jessica Pimentel has played pregnant Hispanic women before, but — as with all of Orange Is the New Black‘s amazing female characters — her role as Maria Ruiz (not the one who got knocked up by the prison guard; the other one) defies the stereotype.
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The Lucas Bros. Are Regulars at Tutu’s, Even If Weed Is Clearly Better Than Booze

The Lucas Brothers are comics and identical twins. And Keith and Kenny don’t just look alike — they also dress alike. One Lucas Bro says their twin dynamic is “deeper than brother-brother,” as the other Bro finishes the thought with, “we’re the same person.”
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Where to Find Kevin Corrigan Before He Chats Up the Broad City Girls Tonight

Maybe you don’t recognize Kevin Corrigan’s name, but when you see his face and hear that Bronx accent, you realize, “Oh, yeah. That guy. I LOVE that guy.” He’s been in countless movies you like: GoodfellasPineapple ExpressSuperbadThe Departed. On TV, he’s known for FringeDamages, and The Mentalist.
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Jad Abumrad of Radiolab Gets His Black Sabbath Fix at Splitty

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

Jad Abumrad is a genius. Really. In 2011, he received the ridiculously prestigious MacArthur Genius Award for creating “engaging audio explorations of scientific and philosophical questions” on his nationally syndicated WNYC show Radiolab, which he co-hosts with veteran broadcaster Robert Krulwich. When you listen to Jad talk on Radiolab or face-to-face at his favorite Brooklyn bar Splitty, it truly feels like you’re in the presence of a genius. He uses the word “quantum” way too casually and convincingly. And he drinks bourbon neat, which is definitely a genius-style drink.
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As Williamsburg Gets Touristy, Pat Kiernan Finds ‘Real People’ at The Meatball Shop

(Photos: Nina Westervelt)

(Photos: Nina Westervelt)

You’ve probably seen Pat Kiernan on NY1 delivering the early-morning news in his sincere yet slightly dry style. If you haven’t, then it’s very possible you’ve seen him in 4:44 Last Day on EarthIron Man 3, The Avengers, or Broad City. In each, he plays himself informing terrified TV viewers that the world is ending by way of a super-villain or super-storm. To the world, the sharp news junkie has become the face of New York, even if that face (and that haircut) is so sweetly Canadian.
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Watch Andrew W.K. Bring His Own Jäger to Amarin Cafe

Before he ascended to the divine status of Real-Life Party God, legendary party-rocker Andrew W.K. was just an anonymous regular eating Thai food alone at Amarin Café. From 1998 to 2001, he lived first in Williamsburg and then in Greenpoint, where Amarin opened in 1997 in a space that was formerly a Chinese restaurant.
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