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Cheer of the Rooster: Photos from Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade

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(Photos: Sam Patwell)

Despite the chilly, grey weather, masses of people lined the streets of Chinatown yesterday as the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade wound its way down Mott, under the Manhattan Bridge and up Eldridge to eventually land outside of Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

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Ultra-Modern ‘Steampunk’ Coffee Brewer Gets a Showcase Cafe in Brooklyn

(Photo: Jonsar Studios)

(Photo: Jonsar Studios)

New York City is saturated with coffee places, so how does one separate themselves from the pack? Well, one way is to invent your own brewing element. Extraction Lab has done just that with an original craft brewer called Steampunk. The device, which looks like a cross between a French press and a draft beer tap, is so ultra modern it’s operated by an iPad app and designed to combine all the elements of drip, French press, and espresso brewing. The whole process is like watching a coffee dance– I recommend checking the whole mesmerizing thing out here.

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How Two Bushwick Movies Are Doing at Sundance

Last week, two films set in Bushwick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the early word.

Jessica Williams as The Incredible Jessica James

The Incredible Jessica James
Directed by Jim Strouse (New York, I Love You), this is a meandering profile on youth starring Jessica Williams. Jessica is a struggling playwright living in Bushwick who is between relationships and attempting to get a play off the ground. She meets Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd, and after an awkward first date the two slowly fall for each other. Critics seem to agree that Jessica Williams single-handedly carried this movie, which has already been purchased by Netflix.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations Start Off With a Bang

Smoke from Firecrackers

Smoke from firecrackers billow over onlookers in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

A little after noon on Saturday, a string of firecrackers sent off loud crackles and smoke billowed over several thousand people in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. After the climactic event, some traditional Chinese performances continued with tai chi, folk songs, dancing, and more.

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Ring in the Year of the Rooster at One of These Rip-Roarin’ Events

Photo taken by Bob Jagendorf

Photo taken by Bob Jagendorf

This Saturday, January 28, is the first day of the Lunar New Year. We’re about to move from the year of the Monkey to the year of the Rooster so it’s time to contact your loved ones, clean your house, and buy some new clothes. When you’re finished with all that, hit up some of these cool (and mostly free) Chinese New Year celebrations over the next three weekends.

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This ‘Squirranha’ Maker Is Just One Reason We’ll Miss the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Before the Morbid Anatomy Museum suddenly ceased operations in Gowanus, we stopped by its holiday flea market at Bell House and met Wilder Duncan, who, among other things, conducted “skeleton workshops” at the museum. The artist and rogue taxidermist was just one member of “a community that gathered regularly to celebrate those strange, liminal ideas that led to the unexpected places where death, beauty, science and spirit meet,” as Evan Michelson, co-owner of Obscura Oddities and Antiques, put it in a eulogy for Morbid Anatomy. Duncan describes his work– including his “queer deer” series and his half-squirrel, half-piranha “squirranha”– as “a combination of morbid and humorous.” Watch our video and you’ll see why.

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Your Next Favorite Book or Album Is Hiding in a Mall Under the Manhattan Bridge

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(Photo: Sam Patwell)

If your idea of “discovering” new music is sitting back with a soy-milk Frappawhatever and browsing Pitchfork, then maybe you need 2 Bridges… but first you have to find it. Tucked away underneath the Manhattan Bridge in the New York Mart, the hidden gem sells independent, experimental, and international music as well as literature and art books.

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