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The Mermaid Parade Has Been Saved, and Coney Island Museum Is Adding a Pinball Wing

Mermaids at last year's parade.

At last year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

The Mermaid Parade, Coney Island’s annual crowd-pleaser and glitter-industry Black Friday, is back on solid financial footing — and not a moment too soon — thanks to an unexpected deus ex machina: the intervention of two generous private donations supplementing an ongoing crowdfunding campaign.

Despite the recent news that Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie fame will raise their scepters as this year’s Queen Mermaid and King Neptune, the Parade had been struggling. A “Feed the Mermaids” crowdfunding campaign to save the parade has so far raised $9,000, far short of its $50,000 goal.

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Despite Rapid Development, Bushwick Community Plan Won’t Happen Until Next Year

Bushwick Rezoning? Watch Here at 10:00 TODAY!

City Limits’ publisher, Jarrett Murphy, interviewing New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso on the proposed rezoning in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Posted by City Limits on Thursday, May 25, 2017

When we last checked in with the Bushwick Community Plan that stakeholders are formulating for the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal were hoping to introduce it to the City Council sometime this year. But it now looks like it won’t happen until the end of 2018, Reynoso said in an interview with City Limits.

“Through negotiations and the work that they’re doing, we’ve noticed that we’ve had to push the timeline back a year,” Reynoso told the site’s publisher, Jarrett Murphy.

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Crashing Films Second Season in Williamsburg Soon

Crashing, the Judd Apatow-produced HBO show in which podcaster extraordinaire Pete Holmes plays an aspiring standup rebounding from a split with his wife, was renewed for season two a couple of months ago, and now it’s back on the streets of New York. A posting on Bedford Avenue indicates it’ll be filming in the heart of Williamsburg on Monday, June 5.

Much of last season’s action occurred in Greenwich Village, where Holmes’s character barked for the Boston Comedy Club and jockeyed for sets along with comics like the one played by Brooklyn fixture Aparna Nancherla. (The Boston Comedy Club was an actual venue; Comedy Village now occupies its subterranean space on MacDougal Street.)

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A Look at Red Hook Lobster Pound’s New Rockaway Clam Bar

(Photo: Rockaway Clam Bar’s Instagram)

Earlier this month, when we shared the lineup of food vendors at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, we noted that one of the newcomers this season would be Rockaway Clam Bar. Now we have some more information to share about the seafood purveyor that’ll take over for Wildfeast as that vendor focuses on its new Long Beach restaurant. Turns out that the folks behind Rockaway Clam Bar, which soft-opened yesterday and will fully open this weekend, are Susan Povich and Ralph Gorham of Red Hook Lobster Pound. The couple, who split their time between Red Hook and Rockaway, are focusing on the sort of New England-style grub you might find at Bigelow’s Fried Clams, the throwback clam shack over in Rockville Center, Long Island. Think clam rolls, clam-strip sliders, clam chowder, and peel-and-eat shrimp.

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Behold, The Churro Taco Waffle!

(Courtesy of Max Brenner)

What, you thought we were going to leave it at the fried-chicken donut sandwich? Oh, hell no. We have still more blechtacular food to hip you to, starting with the Churro Taco Waffle that’s now available at Max Brenner. The Union Square chocolatier just launched a new dessert menu, and the star of the show is this self-described “Mexi-Waffle creation.”

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Gratis Grub Alert: Free Dogs at Feltman’s, 99-Cent Burgers at Duncan’s

A happy Feltman’s customer. (Photo courtesy of Michael Quinn.)

If you were planning to mooch off of your friends this weekend by not bringing any beer to their Memorial Day barbecues, here’s a far more respectable way to freeload.

Feltman’s, the 100-year-old hot dog brand that preceded Nathan’s and this summer returned to Coney Island six decades after it closed there, is celebrating its return with a giveaway. On Monday, starting at 11:30am, the first 150 people to line up for the boardwalk shack’s grand opening and ribbon cutting will score free all-natural beef dogs, served on a toasted potato bun. Remember: This dog won the approval of competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi himself, who knows a thing or two about scoring free dogs. Then again, that’s probably not saying much, since he’s presumably pretty burned out on Nathan’s after eating fistfuls of them at a time.

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New Law Would Crack Down on Tenant Harassment, Put Slumlords in Jail

Renters, rejoice!

A new bill meant to hold New York landlords criminally accountable for harassing tenants was introduced today by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

It’s no secret that some landlords are less than easy to deal with. Because of high population and demand, New York City is a landlord’s playground. As a result, tenants are sometimes taken advantage of and suffer in shoddy living conditions.

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Nick Zinner and James Murphy Remember When Being in a Band Was ‘Not a Very Good Idea’

L to R: Nick Zinner, James Murphy, Rob Sheffield, and Lizzy Goodman. (Photo courtesy of Strand Book Store)

Last night at Strand Book Store, Lizzy Goodman said she considered her new oral history, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, a “dirty high school reunion.” Which was weird, because I don’t remember going to high school with Aziz Ansari and Seth Meyers, who were in the audience.

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Danny Bowien Sued By Mission Cantina Investor, a Former Trump Honcho

Danny Bowien at Mission Cantina. (Photo: Melissa Hom for NY Mag)

When Mission Cantina closed its doors on the Lower East Side late last year, the neighborhood had one less buzzworthy Mexican restaurant, the landlord one less problem tenant, and investor Scott Kasen had a heck of a lot less money. 

The restaurant, which was owned by Mission Chinese’s Daniel Bowien, had lukewarm Yelp reviews and was even called “curiously unsatisfying” by The New York Times, but remained highly Instagrammable during its three-year run.

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Attention Indie Film Fans: One Week to the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Picture courtesy of AoBFF17.

Here’s some good news for New York’s numerous indie film fans – the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is only a week away.

Running June 3 to 12, the festival (acronym, for extra credit: AoBFF17) describes itself as “the ONLY international, independent festival in the world devoted to Brooklyn’s vibrant film and media scene,” and considers films with any connection to the borough.

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Lobsterpalooza! A Lobster Fest and Two New Roll-Outs

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Lobstah season is upon us, and our pot runneth over. The morsel of news: Luke’s Lobster is opening near Union Square on June 1. Take a look at the storefront at 124 University Place, above, and you’ll notice it’s painted red, unlike the 11 other Luke’s locations around town. That’s because Luke’s has teamed up with (RED) for a promotion aimed at fighting AIDS. Donate $1 to the organization when you buy a lobster roll during the month of June, and not only will Luke’s match it, but so will The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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