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This New Art Space Is Gangster About Preserving Chinatown’s Heritage

Max Waldman, Michelle Esteva, and Jordan Hill of Chinatown Soup. (Photos: Paula Ho)

Max Waldman, Michelle Esteva, and Jordan Hill of Chinatown Soup. Gate art by Boy Kong. (Photos: Paula Ho)

Gentrification is inevitable, the folks at Chinatown Soup know that. But Michelle Esteva, Jordan Hill, and Max Waldman are ready. Sleeves rolled up and muscles flexed, they’re eager to preserve the cultural heritage of Chinatown — downtown Manhattan’s final frontier — one art exhibition at a time.

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Not-Shivering Me Timbers! The Frying Pan Has Reopened For the Season

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All aboard the S.S. Boozy Brunch. After a winter-long hiatus, the bar-on-a-barge known to most as the Frying Pan welcomed back its devotees yesterday with beer, sangria, and a new spring menu.

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Williamsburg Creamery Closes On Bedford, Making Way For Davey’s Ice Cream

photo (1)When one creamery closes, another one opens.

After two years at 201 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Creamery will officially close at 10:45 p.m. tonight.

“We sold our establishment to Davey’s Ice Cream,” explained a person who answered the phone at Williamsburg Creamery.

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Williamsburg’s Newest Takeout Joint Serves a Woody Allen Sando

Drive In Sandwiches (Photo: Instagram @driveinbk)

Drive In Sandwiches (Photo: Instagram @driveinbk)

First a Williamsburg filmmaker paid tribute to Annie Hall, and now a Williamsburg sandwich maker is doing the same.

At Drive In Sandwiches, which opened yesterday at 690 Metropolitan Avenue, the Annie Hall consists of pastrami, swiss, tomatoes, onions, and homemade slaw on a baguette. Other “feature presentations” (i.e. specialty sandwiches) are named after classics like The Hangover, Down By Law, and Three Amigos.

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Team Forgetmenot Will Open Kiki’s, a Homey Greek Spot, Next Week

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Zhen Ling Tan Taoist today, Kiki’s tomorrow.

What was once a Chinese supply store on 130 Division Street is now an oasis of absolute Grecian cool. A step away from your typical blue and white Greek island vibe, this rustic restaurant, the second baby of Forgetmenot owners Kiki Karamintzas, Nick Spanos, and Paul Sierros, pays homage to the real heartland of Greece: the northern mountains.

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Missed the Gallery Show? Buy This Brooklyn Band Mix So Kids Can Make Art

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Out of Line Exhibit (Photo: Paula Ho)

Keep calm and carry home some art — and help fund schools in the process.

On Friday, The Creative Cycle hosted “Out of Line” at Bruce High Quality Foundation University in the East Village. The one-night only exhibit raised a total of $420 for two arts classrooms at PS 64 Robert Simon and PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen. If you missed it, don’t worry: you can still chip in by buying a new mix tape of previously unreleased tracks from your fave Brooklyn bands.

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‘Hasidic Melody Is Like Wine’: A Pre-Purim Chat With ‘Hasidic Hipster’ Band Zusha

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From Left: Zachariah “Juke” Goldshmiedt, Shlomo Ari Gaisin, and Elisha Mendl Mlotek (Photo: Marko Dashev)

They’ve been called a “Hasidic hipster” band, but Zusha is all about dispelling labels and bridging the dichotomy between the spiritual and secular.  “Independent on all levels,” their wordless melodies are a self-described blend of “jazz, reggae, folk, ska, gypsy swing, and traditional Jewish soul.”
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Ryan Raftery Plays Anna Wintour ‘From the Waist Up’ in a One-Man Musical

Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion (Photo: Eva Sakellarides)

He’s She. He’s Anna.

Ryan Raftery’s pop-inspired one-man musical is a sassy, highly exaggerated take on the revered ice queen of fashion, Anna Wintour. Framing the show around Vogue‘s controversial “Kimye” cover, he takes the audience through a comical yet humanizing and emotional journey anticipating what seems like Anna’s looming dismissal from Condé Nast.
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Local Chefs Treat LES Seniors to Top Level Cuisine

Vladeck House Seniors (Photo: Roy Rochlin)

“Fifty-one years [this] May,” said Maria Litwin of her marriage to Gregory Litwin, “Fifty-one years on May the twentieth.”

The seniors of Vladeck Houses, the Litwins included, were all smiles as they wait to be served their Valentine’s Day Luncheon in the Vladeck Resident Community room on 328 Madison Street. The room, humble in size and a faint yellow in color, had been transformed two hours earlier by diligent and dutiful volunteers who decorated the room’s otherwise unassuming walls with parchment paper and vegetable stamps, flower petals and vases of carnations.
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How Not to Be That Person Who Buys a Valentine's Card at Duane Reade

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Pink Olive (Photo: Paula Ho)

Lingerie aside, there’s nothing quite as sexy as penning deep, mad feels onto paper. Whether you’re professing romantic love, friend love, or even self love, we’ve hunted down the best stationery stores for the most poignant, passionate, and tastefully blunt Valentine’s Day cards. So, make like an E L James and put your brain (and metaphors) to good use.
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