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Meet the Artist Behind the Dreamy New Light Installation in Prospect Park

HEDERA (Grimanesa Amorós Studio)

When I met Grimanesa Amorós on a wet spring day, she was dressed in a cozy jacket, red scarf and thick galoshes perfect for sloshing around in the mud. The artist had come prepared.

Amorós greeted me warmly, like an old friend, as she gave me a preview of HEDERA, the latest in a long line of other-worldly light installations that have been displayed across the world from the Middle East to Latin America.

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The ‘Beard Bros’ of Beach Volleyball Are Winning Online and in the Sand

(Photos: Mathew Silver)

The McKibbin brothers are changing the game of beach volleyball, though not necessarily for their play in the sand. Instead, the Hawaiian brothers, who compete together on the pro circuit, are slowly emerging as social media stars. Riley, 29, and Maddison, 27, also known as the “Beard Bros” for the grizzly facial hair that has become a part of their brand identity, create beach volleyball content that seeks to educate and entertain. They upload how-to videos, which explain techniques such as passing, hitting, and defense; or use vlogs (video blogs) to showcase life on the professional volleyball tour. Most recently, a video on their YouTube channel, which features former NBA player Richard Jefferson and current Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, has registered more than 93,000 views.

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After Shutdown, Brooklyn Venue The Gateway Turns to Crowdfunding to Reopen

From left: Nelson Antonio Espinal, Rob Granata, Ned Shatzer (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Bushwick/Bed-Stuy venue The Gateway was forced to close on May 23 and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to reopen, according to an email from the space’s owner Ned Shatzer. Keep Reading »

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Snag a Free Bike Helmet Just in Time For Cycling Season

(via @NYC_DOT on Twitter)

If you’re planning to survive the L-pocalpyse by taking advantage of those new bike lanes and jumping on a two-wheeled steed for the first time, you’ll want to grab a helmet first. Biking in this town is not a breeze. (Especially when you get stuck behind an exhaust-spewing city bus– then there’s truly no breeze at all.) Lucky for you, the Department of Transportation is giving away free helmets this summer.

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Plant-Based Picture Show: Alamo Drafthouse To Offer Vegan Menu

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Roast Veggie Quinoa Bowl (Photo: www.hlkfotos.com)

If you’ve never been able to awkwardly murmur your food order to a server in the dark while a movie is playing due to your dietary restrictions, soon you will have your time to shine. Indeed, Alamo Drafthouse will unveil a new vegan menu this Tuesday, so even those who refrain from animal product consumption can feel anxiety about whether or not they’re chewing too loudly during a crowded showing of A Quiet Place where no one seems to be eating anything crunchy but you. Keep Reading »

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What’s Up With the Lower East Side Ferry?

(image: Tara Yarlagadda)

On a cloudy May morning, maintenance workers were busy prepping the launch pad of the Stuyvesant Cove/Town stop on the Lower East Side ferry route. But the boarding ramp connecting the East River Bikeway along FDR Drive with the ferry launch pad remained roped off. An older gentleman named Bruce Goldstein, passing by on his Citi Bike, halted to inquire about this still-closed stop. Keep Reading »

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

(Photo via Elsewhere)

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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Philip Roth’s Early, Unhappy Days in the East Village

Roth’s childhood home in Newark. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

There were no flowers or tattered paperbacks on the steps of Philip Roth’s childhood home in Newark this morning. The house at 385 Leslie Street, in a former lower-middle-class Jewish enclave that is now pocked with boarded-up storefronts, bore no memorial for the writer who died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Roth will forever be associated with his city of birth in New Jersey, where his celebrated fictional avatars Alexander Portnoy and Nathan Zuckerman also grew up. Those who think of him as a New Yorker likely associate him with uptown Manhattan, where he and Zuckerman would come to live. But when Roth moved to New York in 1958, he lived in the East Village. It was there, in a basement apartment on East 10th Street, where the fledgling writer started his rise to fame, where he had formative experiences that would shape his highly personal novels, and where his work first sparked controversy about his complicated relationship with his Jewish identity.

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Help Bring Cup & Saucer’s Storefront Back to Life in a LES Park

Mock-up courtesy of Karla and James Murray.

Last July, when Cup and Saucer closed due to a rent hike after more than 75 years in business, the throwback luncheonette was mourned by Lower East Siders. The mom-and-pop diner has now been replaced by a chicken and pizza joint, but its storefront, at least, will return to the neighborhood in the form of a tribute that will live in Seward Park for a year. Karla and James Murray, the East Village photographers whose Store Front books document some of the city’s iconic and evocative facades, are creating a structure displaying near-life-size versions of four of their photos. “Mom & Pops of the LES,” as the project is called, is described in a Kickstarter campaign as “an artistic intervention and a plea for recognition of the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses.”

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Tribeca Serves Up a Tasty Lineup of Free Outdoor Films

Earlier this month, the French Embassy revealed that its Films on the Green series would have a food theme this year, and now the producers of the Tribeca Film Festival have announced that their summer series will also be grub-minded. Tribeca Drive-In Presents Westfield Dinner & a Movie, as the outdoor flicks at Oculus Plaza are called, will kick off June 14 with a screening of La La Land. Because Ryan Gosling looks delicious, I guess. Actually, Tribeca is being rather liberal with the theme and including food-focused films like Chef, the feel-good comedy where John Favreau plays a food truck dreamer, along with films where mere “key scenes” involve chowing down. So, Lady in the Tramp qualifies for its spaghetti seduction scene and When Harry Met Sally qualifies for the “I’ll have what she’s having” incident at Katz’s. If that seems like a stretch, who cares: There’ll be food from Eataly, Epicerie Boulud, Choza Taqueria, and other Westfield World Trade Center vendors.

Here’s the schedule.

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