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International Bar Leaves Its Longtime East Village Home, Moves Down the Block

International bar regular Bex Blakely with bartender Tyler (first and second from left) and artist Russell Murphy (right) during International Bar’s closing night at 120 1/2 First Ave., 11/22/17. (Photos: Nick McManus)

International Bar’s final night at its longtime East Village location was as loud, crowded, but also as intimate as you’d expect. The bar, which originated on St. Marks Place and has been on First Avenue since the ’80s, was filled with regulars who waited till the wee hours for co-owner Molly Fitch to arrive and make a rousing speech.

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Bike Racers Do a Supermarket Sweep of Manhattan to Feed the Homeless

The participants and staff of Cranksgiving 2017 at its Hudson Yards starting point, 11/19/2017. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Over 75 bike riders sprinted around Manhattan’s supermarkets in the cold rain on Saturday for New York City’s 19th annual Cranksgiving charity bike ride. The informal “alleycat” race, held in cities across the world, was described by this year’s organizer, Austin Horse, as “a sudoku board manifest of supermarkets where certain foods have to be bought in specific places with both long and short versions that riders of all levels can follow.” The food went to The Bowery Mission.

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This Man Has Spent 7 Years Unpacking the Mystery of ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’

Ben Sisto (right) with DJ Adrian Yin Michna at the conclusion of his talk.

Who let the dogs out? Who, who, who, who?

Ben Sisto spent an hour pondering that very question at Ace Hotel New York on Sunday night. Backed up by a detailed powerpoint and some items from his vast “Who Let the Dogs Out” collection, Sisto told a tale that stretches around the globe and is currently sending him on a small US tour.

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Photo BOOth: 37 Hours, 16 Halloween Parties Across NYC

Tight Fright with their audience at the conclusion of their tour kickoff at Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, 10/27/17 at 10p.

New York City partied hard over the weekend and today is a bit of an intermission before we celebrate all over again tomorrow. My annual marathon of Halloween party portraits took me all over town and culminated backstage with Fatboy Slim after a raucous two-hour set that shook the block-long entirety of Bang On’s Warehouse of Horrors.

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Last Waltz With Paramount Brooklyn’s Old Wurlitzer Before a Two-Year Restoration

Organist Mark Herman with the 4/26 Wurlitzer. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Last month, we noted that a mighty Wurlitzer organ that belonged to the Brooklyn Paramount before it was converted into a gym would be played one last time before the building’s conversion back to a theater. After writing about “The Beast,” we just had to see the thing for ourselves. So we stopped by Saturday as Los Angeles-based organist Mark Herman rehearsed for his once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

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Wastedland 2 Is an Art Show of Post-Apocalyptic Proportions

Wastedland 2’s opening mural featuring (from left to right) artist Russell Murphy, organizer Andrew Shirley, photographers Austin Pinon and Marris Mielnick, 9/17/16. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Wastedland 2, an immersive film exhibition that’s been touring the country for the past year, rolls into Maspeth’s Knockdown Center tonight and pays homage to the hottest graffiti artists painting New York today. The exhibition premiered in Detroit a year ago; with most of its artists based out New York, this show will be a homecoming. 

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Polaroid Unveils New Retro Camera and Partners With Ryan McGinley

Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy and Polaroid Originals CEO Oskar Smolokowski (third and fifth from left) with photographer Ryan McGinley (second from right) joined the companies’ representaives, 9/13/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The story of Polaroid film’s rebirth came full circle Wednesday night at Bowery gallery The Hole for the launch of Polaroid Originals, a re-branding of the instant film that The Impossible Project made for the classic cameras. Polaroid also unveiled its new OneStep2 camera, a 21st century update of the ’70s version.

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A Year in the Life of the Wild, Wonderful ‘Circus of Dreams’ Variety Show

Circus of Dreams, BIZARRE bar’s performance art showcase where anything goes, returns tonight after being preempted from its usual slot– the first Wednesday of the month– by last week’s Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival. Originally produced by party organizers House of Screwball, the show is now helmed by longtime performer Lindsee ‘Lonesome’ Lopez, who still takes the stage every month.

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16 Years Later, a Photographer Remembers 9/11

People watching the TV screens outside a small electronics store between Times Sq. and Herald Sq. just before 12p. (Photos: Nick McManus)

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was sophomore at Hunter College. In the first hours after the attack, I walked roughly 80 blocks to Ground Zero. I left an acting seminar in which a classmate worried about her mother, who worked at the World Trade Center, and went to Hunter’s North Lobby, where students crowded under televisions broadcasting the towers’ collapse.

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Where the Wild Things Are: BK Wildlife’s Summer Festival Is On

BK Wildlife founder Chris Carr (top, first left) with his performers and attendees of his Summer Festival opener at Paper Box, 9/2/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Brooklyn Wildlife kicked off its biggest summer festival yet at The Paper Box in East Williamsburg on Saturday, and it continues throughout the week. The opening show for the fifth annual fest featured over 60 performers spread over three stages for a 12-hour showcase as diverse musically as it was culturally.

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A No-Holds-Barred Wrestling Show Turned a Greenpoint Bar Into Roadhouse

Wrestlers Masada (left) and Casanova Valentine (right) before their matchup in Death Match V, 8/16/17 at 11p. (Photo: Ami Moregore)

Greenpoint was awash in red last month as Death Match V, the latest installment of Tender Trap’s no-ring wrestling series, smashed its way though the nightclub. Pro wrestler “The Ultra Violent Beast” Masada took an “art exhibition” victory over “The Hipster Heartthrob” Casanova Valentine in a battle that shattered both wood and glass. As the show’s organizer, Valentine also featured his MC Death Bear street art and a performance by the band Tight Fright.

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