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Annual Loisaida Festival Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage, Rain Or Shine

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The rain was out in full force this past Sunday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of performers and Lower East Side residents who came out for a celebration of Puerto Rican heritage. For more than thirty years, the Loisaida Festival has served as an homage to Puerto Rican culture in the Lower East Side and back on the island. This year, the festival’s theme was “Bridging Resurgence: From Sandy to Maria.” According to the Loisaida Festival’s Twitter page, the theme served as “a tribute to the resilience of the Lower East Side, past and present, and in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.” Keep Reading »

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Eleven Excuses to Stay in New York for the Memorial Day Weekend

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Stuck in town this Memorial Day weekend? You’re better off avoiding the mile-long airport lines anyway, so consider yourself lucky. But just in case you’re tired of hitting up to Smorgasburg for the third weekend in a row or staring at your computer screen as you Netflix your life away, Bedford + Bowery has put together plenty of options to keep you entertained over the long weekend.

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Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth Have Left Us, and Are Flying Off the Bookshelves

Just two days after the death of Philip Roth, on Thursday morning alone, more than 50 customers entered the Strand, the bookstore just a few blocks from the novelist’s old East Village apartment, and left with copies of his work in hand. The most popular picks were Ghost Writer, Sabbath’s Theater, and The Plot Against America. 

Over the phone, Leigh Altshuler, Strand’s marketing director, chuckled lightly. “By lunchtime…a young man came up to me and [said], ‘The Philip Roth section—all the books are almost gone!’”

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The Schooner the Better: Pilot Oyster Bar Reopens on the Brooklyn Waterfront This Week

Pilot’s main deck when it opened last August. (Photo: Kasper van Laarhoven)

The schooner-slash-seasonal-oyster-bar, Pilot, reopens for its first full season this Thursday, May 24 at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pilot—along with other waterfront restaurants Grand Banks and Island Oyster—was co-founded by brothers Alex and Miles Pincus. They turned their lifelong love of sailing into a unique dining extravaganza for seafood lovers aboard this majestic boat.

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The Skinny On ‘Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story,’ Kicking Off the LES Film Festival in June

The Schlep Sisters. (From Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story)

The 2018 Lower East Side Film Festival is announcing its opening night film, Getting Naked: A Burlesque Storywith this exclusive from Bedford + Bowery. The documentary is about the wild and ever-changing burlesque revival in New York. It premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and played at DOC NYC 2017 prior to its scheduled showing at the LES Film Festival on June 7.

We chatted with the film’s director, James Lester, about burlesque in New York and the inspiration behind his feature documentary.

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