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Todd Solondz, Werner Herzog, JT LeRoy? BAMcinemaFest Is a Malcontent’s Dream!

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog.

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog.

BAMcinemaFest, the summer series that last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of Kids, is back with some equally exciting offerings this year, and tickets go on sale tomorrow. If you thought the Anthony Weiner documentary would be hands-down the best Weiner movie of the year, note that it’ll have some competition when Todd Solondz’s long-awaited Welcome to the Dollhouse follow-up, Wiener-Dog, screens at BAM on June 17.

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Rooftop Cinema Club Comes to Bushwick, Starting With Prince and Bowie Screenings

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 2.41.22 PMWith the Rooftop Films Summer Series off to an albeit soggy start and Galaxy Quest playing at the McCarren Park Pool tomorrow, May 26, as part of the city’s Movies Under the Stars series, al fresco flicks season is official in full swing. The latest series to announce its slate is Rooftop Cinema Club, the British export that sets up atop the Yotel in midtown.

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Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Board Action on Push to Limit Building Heights

I’m here to tell the CB, please take a stand to support us, to be on our side, not on extell’s side not on the developer’s side

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You gotta give it to the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and their friends–they are persistent AF, despite long odds. In their eight-year quest to pass the Chinatown Working Group rezoning proposal, a plan that would create a new special district with more height restrictions and protections to fend off sky-high luxury towers, they’ve kept up a steady stream of rallies against new developments, marches in support of tenants, held town halls (trying to invite the mayor), and even hand-delivered a “gift” to Gracie Mansion.

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Specter of More Luxury High Rises Looms Over ‘One Manhattan Square’ Meeting

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Every bob has its day (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Anxiety over the 77-story apartment building coming to the Two Bridges waterfront multiplied last night as neighbors grappled with the possibility that two more towers will join it.

In addition to Extell’s controversial One Manhattan Square, L+M Development Partners are feeling out plans for two 50-story twin towers– one at 265-275 Cherry Street, at Lands End II (a pair of Section-8 housing complexes located on a site that was purchased for $279 million a few years back) and a second at Lands End I (257 South Street), which the firm bought last year. L+M has assured that the existing buildings will maintain their Section 8 designation, and preliminary discussions have indicated that the two new towers would likely go up in the parking lots parcels between the East River and Lands End.

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Citi Bike’s Getting Generous With a Slot-Happy Expansion Plan

(Photo: B+B)

(Photo: B+B)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that, starting in August (er, just in time for the end of summer), Citi Bike will be installing new docking stations for their ubiquitous, sluggish tourist-mobiles in several new zones– all over Manhattan up to 110th Street and several Brooklyn neighborhoods including, among others, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook– as well as expanding their slots in already covered areas. The announcement comes after what was Citi Bike’s “busiest year ever” in 2015, when around 100,000 annual members took more than 10 million rides.

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The Second Avenue Subway Line Finally Makes Mommy Proud

(Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's Office)

(Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Office)

It’s been a crazy, screwy, messed-up journey, but somehow we’ve made it to the future– well, almost. Some said Manhattan would be underwater before the Second Avenue subway became a reality, but by Jove (or perhaps by way of a contract with Satan himself) the MTA is finally wrapping up the first phase of the century-long project over the next several months. Or at least, that’s what we’ve been told. However, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney actually checked up on the MTA’s word, and her office issued their findings in the 2nd Avenue subway “report card,” which was released today.

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Fat Radish Had their Building Sold, But Ain’t Growing Nowhere

via Eastern Consolidated

via Eastern Consolidated

This morning, real-estate brokerage firm Eastern Consolidated announced that the retail condo at 17 Orchard Street– otherwise known as homebase of The Fat Radish– was sold. The 2,500 square-foot space was snatched up for $2.5 million by Elijah Equities (a real-estate company that recently made headlines for leasing their 5th avenue storefront to a Chinese burger chain, Uncle Sam Fast Food).

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Staten Island Teen Arrested in LES Rape Attempt

A Staten Island teen has been charged with attempting to rape a woman as she entered her Lower East Side apartment building.

Police believe that on the afternoon of April 23, 18-year-old Gabriel Bulina followed his victim into an elevator in her building near Stanton and Pitt Streets; as the door opened on her floor, Bulina began to grope the 24-year-old woman, pushed her against a wall, and fondled her. Bulina followed the woman to her apartment but fled when a man came to answer the door, police said.

Bulina was arrested at his home in St. George on Friday and faces charges of attempted rape, sexually motivated burglary, sex abuse, and forcible touching.

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How an Apartment Guru Saved My Tiny Home from the Clutches of Clutter

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Some people can work wonders in small quarters. (Remember that beautifully organized, itty-bitty kitchen-shower apartment?) I am not one of those people. I’ve lived in a 350-square-foot Lower East Side apartment with my husband for four years, and during that time I’ve managed to keep it in an almost uninterrupted state of mess (except when guests come to stay).

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The Astor Place Cube Returns Next Month

The Design Pavilion being set up. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Design Pavilion being set up. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It was a year and a half ago that the Astor cube got boxed up and carted away, and the city hasn’t been the same since. I’m neither a psychologist nor a geologist, but I’m willing to bet that the removal of the Alamo took the very earth off of its axis, causing the mass imbalance of brain chemistry that led to the imminent nomination of Donald J. Trump.

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Bedford Avenue is Getting a Cafe That Doubles As a ‘Modern-Day Apothecary’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Bedford Avenue has more than its share of coffee spots, starting with the El Beit reboot that opened in March. But this next one promises to be a little different. Equilibria, opening just down the block from Oslo and Black Brick, isn’t just a cafe offering free wifi– it doubles and triples as a pharmacy and wellness store.

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