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Three Food Fests That Are a Really Big Dill

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You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the ethical delicacies offered at the Vegan Shop-Up; with more than a dozen food vendors serving every animal-free product you could imagine (and some you could probably never imagine if you tried), it’s the place to go for a wide variety of vegan cuisines. We’re not sure exactly which items most of the vendors will be offering, but taking a look at the Cake Thieves Facebook page was enough to convince us that pretty much anything they make can’t be bad. Case in point: vegan Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches, pictured left.

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Dagger, The Queer Lesbian Party Where Straight Dudes Pay to Play

(Photos: Maggie Craig)

(Photos: Maggie Craig)

Even the most jaded of after-hours ravers probably haven’t seen this pricing scheme before: for women, entry to Dagger is $5 at the door before midnight and $10 after; meanwhile it’s $15 all night for “homo cys dudes” and $50 all night for “str8 cys dudes.” Those covers are actually enforced, and yet the people at the monthly party’s latest installment were still easily a third male-presenting.

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Williamsburg’s Sleek New Hotel Gets Glassed Up (Plus: The Rooms!)

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If you were anywhere in the general proximity of the William Vale these last few days you may have noticed the futuristic giant is getting glassed in. The rapidly rising hotel has just one last growth spurt left in it before it reaches max height, according to general manager Sebastien Maingourd. Construction on the building, located on Wythe Avenue between North 12th and 13th Streets, should be complete by the end of the year. They’re currently shooting to open on March 1, 2016, and we’ve obtained some renderings of the rooms and dining space.

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Here’s Trump as a Dump

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

With Donald Trump getting lambasted in the form of Ronald McDonald and then a piñata, you knew it was only a matter of time before the Lower East Side’s consummate pop-culture absurdist took a swipe. Not to be outshined by his namesake street-artist-turned-amusement-park-operator, Hansky just threw up this masterpiece on the corner of Canal and Orchard. Unlike other Hanksies, this one appears to be pun-free — until you look at the sign next to it: “Private Property. No [ahem] dumping allowed.”

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We Dodged the Selfie Sticks Inside of Soho’s Adult Ball Pit

Pearlfisher's hard at work (Photo: Rob Scher)

Pearlfishers hard at work (Photo: Rob Scher)

When I heard that an adult ball pit was opening in Soho, I jumped at the opportunity to cover it. And I wasn’t alone in my enthusiasm: 4,200 others booked half-hour slots in just a week. Maybe visitors to “Jump In!” really did want to awaken their inner child and channel the wealth of creative energy back into their day jobs. More likely, they envisioned a grown-up version of Chuck E. Cheese — a Charles Edward Cheese, if you will.

“I’m playing hooky from work,” admitted Kristin Ren as we took the elevator up to the fifth floor offices of Pearlfisher yesterday afternoon. Beside us stood an actual employee of the office, simply returning to work from a break void of reminisced childhood. “Yeah, it’s been fun,” semi-enthused the unnamed worker, his excitement understandably waning since his office took a turn toward a McDonald’s PlayPlace.

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Watch This Giant Donald Trump Piñata Get Bashed to Bits

Stare into the void y'all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Stare into the void y’all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A flock of Trump groupies gathered on the eastern side of McCarren Park yesterday, but there was nary a “Thank You Lord Jesus” sign to be found. Instead they were wielding sticks and lining up to bash their patron saint. Well, in reality we can’t be sure where anybody helping to destroy a pair of Donald Trump piñatas–created by the people at Ratter— leans politically.

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Chef-Driven Cantonese Spot Will Bring Venison Stir-Fry to Avenue B

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

The co-founder of what might just be “the best Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn” is setting up shop in the East Village. Ben Pope, former executive chef at 2 Duck Goose in Gowanus, has signed a 15-year lease at 165 Avenue B, per an announcement from broker Eastern Consolidated.

Pope, a former East Villager, plans to open Sum, a restaurant serving “modern and traditional Cantonese cuisine.” The name means “heart” in Cantonese and captures “how he feels about the East Village community that remains close to his heart,” said Joe Robinson, one of the brokers who represented Pope in the deal. The space, between 10th and 11th Streets, includes a 700-square-foot back garden.

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Boulton & Watt Team Opens Drexler’s, Serving Booze in a Trophy Cup

(Photo courtesy of Drexler's)

(Photo courtesy of Drexler’s)

While Jesse Malin expands his portfolio by opening Berlin underneath 2A, another East Village proprietor, Darin Rubell, is making moves a couple of blocks away. This Wednesday, Rubell (owner of Boulton & Watt and, more recently, Forrest Point) will replace his old spot, Ella, with Drexler’s, a cocktail bar serving meats, cheeses and spreads.

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Metrograph Art-House Cinema and Eatery Slated to Open On LES in February

7 Ludlow. (Photo: Angelo Fabara)

7 Ludlow. (Photo: Angelo Fabara)

As if the advent of 4DX wasn’t exciting enough, downtown film-goers are getting a new art-house cinema as well. Alexander Olch, the filmmaker-designer who owns an eponymous tie shop on Orchard Street, is bringing Metrograph to nearby 7 Ludlow Street. The theater will open in February, according to an announcement that went out today.

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Michael Alig’s Return to Nightlife Gets Off to a Rather Rocky Start

Ernie Glam and Michael Alig on eppy #173 of The Pee-Ew (Photo via YouTube)

Ernie Glam and Michael Alig on eppy #173 of The Pee-Ew (Photo via YouTube)

One need only read the comments on our post-prison interview with Michael Alig to know he has his haters, but the former King of the Club Kids believes one of them has gone too far. Upon hearing that Alig’s talk show would be taking up residency at Lovegun, an editor at Next magazine pulled his own party from the Williamsburg gay bar. Now Alig is accusing the editor of trying to sabotage his comeback.

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Will Fredrik Berselius’s New Restaurant Be Awesome? Do We Even Have to Aska?

Aska (Photo: Victor Prado, NYMag.com)

Aska (Photo: Victor Prado, NYMag.com)

It’s not easy to find good Nordic food and, truthfully, most people wouldn’t even know what they’re looking for, but Chef Fredrik Berselius hopes that will change when he reopens Aska under a different name, in a larger space, at 47 South 5th Street. The restaurant inside of Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg closed over a year ago, after Food & Wine named it one of the 10 best new restaurants in America and New York gave it Best Bar Food honors. We caught up with Berselius Wednesday when he successfully obtained support for a liquor license at a meeting of Brooklyn Community Board 3’s SLA Committee.

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