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Why Do These Women Have Flowers In Their Mouths?

From the Petal Series. (Photo: Tal Shpantzer.)

From the Petal Series. (Photo: Tal Shpantzer.)

Williamsburg’s Honey Gifts will be displaying more than just the usual lingerie and sex toys this Friday night. Brooklyn artist Tal Shpantzer has adorned the shop’s windows with images of women holding flowers and petals in their mouths. The photographs from Shpantzer’s Petal Series are inspired by Dadaism and, specifically, Hannah Höch’s collages. They’re striking, intense, and beautiful–some of the women look a little sad, others almost feral.

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Photos + Video: At Moth Ball, Louis C.K. Talks About Finding Himself in Moscow

Louis C.K. talks hard times in Russia at The Moth Ball. (Photo: Liz Ligon for The Moth.)

Louis C.K. talks hard times in Russia at The Moth Ball. (Photo: Liz Ligon for The Moth.)

Last night, Supermans, Batmans, and many Gothamites in sequined capes filled Capitale for The Moth’s superhero-themed gala. In its fourteenth year, The Moth Ball celebrated storytellers like honoree Louis C.K.

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Women of Letters Brings a Lost Art to Joe’s Pub

Presenters from the April Women of Letters show. Left to right: Summer Brennan, Elissa Schappell, Jean Grae, Sofija Stefanovic, and Adelle Waldman. (Photo: Kat Burdick.)

Presenters from the April Women of Letters show. Left to right: Summer Brennan, Elissa Schappell, Jean Grae, Sofija Stefanovic, and Adelle Waldman. (Photo: Kat Burdick.)

Now that e-mails have been replaced by iMessages consisting mostly of poop emojis, a monthly show is trying to bring back the “lost art” of letter writing. “There’s just something really lovely about a well-crafted letter,” says Michaela McGuire, co-creator of Women of Letters.

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North Brooklyn Pols Back Plan to Improve Transit By Adding Tolls

Photo: Move NY Fair Plan

Photo: Move NY Fair Plan

Could a tax on East River bridges ease some of North Brooklyn’s transportation woes? The area’s council members, Antonio Reynoso and Stephen Levin, think so. Today they threw their support behind the Move NY Fair Plan, which aims to combat congestion and generate some of the $15.2 billion funding gap in the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan.

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An ‘All-Female Tonight Show‘ Premieres at The Slipper Room

Carolyn Castiglia for Right NOW! (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Carolyn Castiglia for Right NOW! (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

A live late-night show premiering this Wednesday at the Slipper Room aims to “shine a light on women,” according to its host, comedian Carolyn Castiglia. The guests and supporting cast of Right NOW! will be women, and all the behind-the-scenes work will be done by women. With the occasional exception. “We have two guys on the first show,” Castiglia said. “One is black and one is gay. These are the voices that I relate to and these are the voices that right now—pun very much intended—I want to empower.”

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Video Tour Proves the Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan Museum Is ‘Very Real’

By now you’ve probably heard of The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, dedicated to one pivotal year in the lives of “two of the world’s most well known athletes who did more in their young lives than we ever will,” as its website says. After a ton of pre-opening coverage, the museum — located in the hallway of a Williamsburg apartment — celebrated its opening last Saturday with a gala at Standard Toykraft, and now we have this video tour in which creator Viviana Olen assures us that “it’s very real.”

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Comedian Sue Smith Wants Your Vag to Save the World

Comedian Sue Smith. (Photo: Timothy Bailey)

Comedian Sue Smith. (Photo: Timothy Bailey)

If you haven’t heard of comedian Sue Smith yet, you likely will soon, because Time Out New York named her one of the 10 funniest women in NYC in 2014 and she’s coming out with an EP, Slutty Pretzel, on May 7 on The Experiment Comedy Network. Or maybe you met her in McCarren Park one recent Saturday when — as a member of UCB1, the Upright Citizens Brigade “news” team —  she asked you to stick something up your vagina to save the world. We called her up to learn more.

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Via Della Pace Owners Worry That Without Help, Blast Site Will Be a ‘Ghost Corner’

Marco Ventura and Giovanni Bartocci. (Photo: Lindsay Smith)

Marco Ventura and Giovanni Bartocci. (Photo: Lindsay Smith)

“It’s been a long two and a half weeks,” City Council Member Rosie Mendez said today at a meeting with owners of East Village businesses affected by the gas explosion of March 26. Among those who’ve survived the aftermath of the tragedy are the owners of Italian restaurant Via Della Pace on East 7th Street, just across from the blast site.

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Two Big Chances to Tell Local Pols How to Spend Your Tax Ducats

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 4.54.49 PMSure, your first priority this weekend probably involves lying in the grass with a margarita blender, but don’t let the lurvley weather keep you from doing your civic duty. Between an epic town hall on the Lower East Side and the launch of Participatory Budgeting in North Brooklyn, in the next days you’ll have some choice opportunities to bend the ears — and pull at the pursestrings — of the city and state’s power players.

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Williamsburg’s (D)evolution Captured in #MyChangingNeighborhood

(Photo by Stéphanie de Rougé/Instagram)

(Photo by Stéphanie de Rougé/Instagram)

When photographer Stéphanie de Rougé moved to New York in 2006 she settled on the south side of Williamsburg. “From the first day, I knew I was at home here,” she wrote on her website. “Williamsburg had it all: the Brooklyn grittiness, the sexy wild parties, the shady pharmacy, the old pigeon cooper and the sweet little café around the corner. Other than the fact that yellow cabs refused to cross the bridge, life was good.” Yes, yes it was. But then Starbucks moved in, and Whole Foods and Apple made their nefarious plans.

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Sweat Winter Away With 6 Workouts That Aren’t Exactly Routine

Class at Exile Professional Gym (Photo: Kristen O'Regan)

Class at Exile Professional Gym (Photo: Kristen O’Regan)

Just about the only thing this long winter was good for was helping us catch up on our favorite TV shows while developing a healthy donut addiction. But now that spring is in the air, the day will soon come where we can put away the Canada Goose and get off the couch. Rather than joining the legions at the chain gyms that are spreading across the city like the plague, here are six fun, physical ways to enjoy the city, get back in shape, and celebrate our newfound freedom from winter’s icy claws.

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