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Downtown Kid Leo Fitzpatrick May Just Move Upstate After Starring in Doomsdays

Leo Fitzpatrick as Bruho in Doomsdays.

Leo Fitzpatrick as Bruho in Doomsdays.

If you know Leo Fitzpatrick mostly as the 16-year-old who played Telly the Virgin Surgeon in Kids, then you should probably get out more. The longtime East Villager (now 35) has earned his place in the downtown pantheon by DJing at Lit for over a decade, skating to parties at Max Fish and Motor City, showing art in exhibitions like the recent “Cut Teeth,” and opening a gallery of his own. All that and he’s still acting — most recently in Doomsdays, which makes its New York City premiere Saturday and Monday as part of MoMA’s annual “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” series.
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The Day Gash and Muff of Guns N' Hoses Met Slash and Duff of Guns N' Roses

(Photo: @GunsNHosesRock)

(Photo: @GunsNHosesRock)

Every tribute band’s ultimate wet dream has got to be meeting their match IRL. And just over a week ago Guns N’ Hoses— Brooklyn’s own all-girl Guns N’ Roses cover band — got to do just that. But it wasn’t like girls were desperate groupies waiting backstage.

“It was some pure universe serendipity shit. It was crazy,” Charlene Kaye (a.k.a. Gash) told B+B of the time Gash met Slash.
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Here’s What Open Mic Night at NYC’s First Maid Cafe Looks Like

Two of the maids working during open-mic night

Two of the maids working during open-mic night

Toppings for frozen yogurt.

Toppings for frozen yogurt.

Bows, candy, and a combination of other cute things on sale at New York Maid Cafe.

Bows, candy, and a combination of other cute things on sale at New York Maid Cafe.

Tails and dresses available for purchase

Tails and dresses available for purchase

Larissa, a regular at New York Maid Cafe.

Larissa, a regular at New York Maid Cafe.

"She's always here, so we just kind of became friendly," explains maid Mizuki.
"I really like the brownies," Larissa said when we asked her what she liked most about the place.

Clothing available for purchase at the New York Maid Cafe.

Clothing available for purchase at the New York Maid Cafe.

Green tea parfait.

Green tea parfait.

Japanese curry.

Japanese curry.

The host for the evening, Eri (her non-maid name: Erica).

The host for the evening, Eri (her non-maid name: Erica).

Maid service.

Maid service.

Lucky Phan, a 15-year-old who came from Jersey City to open mic night to support his friend Jeremy Freiere.

Lucky Phan, a 15-year-old who came from Jersey City to open mic night to support his friend Jeremy Freiere.

Owner Satoshi Yoshimura gives opening remarks about open-mic night and introduces Eri, the host.

Owner Satoshi Yoshimura gives opening remarks about open-mic night and introduces Eri, the host.

Green forest cake.

Green forest cake.

Aleena Gonzalez:

Aleena Gonzalez: "I chose to sing 'Breathe in the Heights' because I've always been into musical theater. I love doing plays -- it fits me a lot."

Jeremy Freire:

Jeremy Freire: "I chose this song called 'Moon on the Water' by the artist Beat Crusaders because it reminds me of this girl. She's far away, but I really, really love her. It's just a feeling I had to express."

Eri in between singing acts.

Eri in between singing acts.

Anthony Ellison:

Anthony Ellison: "The song I sung was 'Journey Through The Decade.' It was originally sung by jpop singer Gackt, but was remodeled for this generation by the Kamen Rider Girls. It's pretty much telling people that no matter what happens you have to push through your journey to the decade."

Ivan Yeung and Lucky Phan standing under the framed maid costume.

Ivan Yeung and Lucky Phan standing under the framed maid costume.

Maira Sanchez:

Maira Sanchez: "Tonight I sang a lullaby, from the videogame Clockwork Knight. The game was released in 1996 on the Sega Saturn. It's based on a knight who has to save a princess, it's more, like, related to Mario games. It's one of my favorite games so that's why I chose it."

A woman draws on a cup for nearly all of open mic night.

A woman draws on a cup for nearly all of open mic night.

Ivan Yeung:

Ivan Yeung: "I have a lot of friends that come here. It's more of a chill spot for me. Most of the people who come here like anime and japanese culture -- and yeah, the menu is all, like, Japanese food, so that's what brings people here. My favorite part is how the maids are dressed, all pink and white-ish. It's cute."

Mizuki, one of the maids not on the clock this evening.

Mizuki, one of the maids not on the clock this evening.

Tell me about having two separate names, one for work, one for private.
We like to keep things private. Work is work, private matters are private matters. It's always been like that, even in cafes in Japan.

What is day to day like working at the cafe?
I think it's just like normal waitressing, except we have to dress differently and we have to greet our guests differently. For the greeting, it's always the same thing for everybody, but it depends on your gender. It's always in Japanese, for females it translates to "my princess" and for males it translates to "my master."

Meghan Woods:

Meghan Woods: "I actually work in a mobile maid cafe, Tenshi No Ai. Their motto is cuteness comes in all forms. They took the idea that this cafe is trying to promote here from Japan, but they're saying you don't have to fit a certain stereotype to still be considered cute. You can be anything and you can still promote yourself, and yourself is just as cute and attractive. Right now we move around to different conventions."

"I like the fact that when you come in, it just makes you happy. When you're having a bad day or it's raining, you're going to walk outside and it's going to be bright and sunny. No matter what the weather is outside, you're going to feel warm and happy. They're here to help you get rid of all your problems."

Marina:

Marina: "Me and my sister are kind of obsessed with all things Asian. I'm part Japanese and we just love anime and stuff like that. I like Naruto and Soul Eater, they're my favorites. My sister convinced me to come in and try it -- so far it's cool. A lot of people think maid cafes are weird but we just love it."

Couple Kellen Xu and Timothy He share the beef bowl.

Couple Kellen Xu and Timothy He share the beef bowl.

Satoshi Yoshimura, owner:

Satoshi Yoshimura, owner: "This generation is changing really fast because of the Internet. All the information is there. All the information from other parts of the world -- we share that similar information together. Whether you are from Japan, Korea, or China, people have very a similar idea of what this life is all about. This is a chance for me as a Japanese man to introduce what you're missing physically in New York. Many people already have information about what this culture is about, but they don't have the physical access. The timing felt right to open up the Maid Cafe."

Sorry, guys, New York still doesn’t have a cat cafe, but at least there’s this: Tuesday, the city’s first Tokyo-style maid cafe launched an open-mic night. Which seemed like a great time to head to Chinatown to see what Maid Cafe NY was all about.
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The Yippies’ Deepening Legal Woes Couldn’t Dampen the Pie Man’s Party

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

About 50 close friends of Aron Kay gathered in the imperiled Yippie! Museum in Noho yesterday night to celebrate what could be the Yippie Pie Man’s last birthday there.

A Corcoran “For Rent” sign now hangs outside 9 Bleecker. As previously reported, lawyers for David F. Segal, the building’s court appointed receiver, have filed a contempt motion against the building’s owners — who are already fighting foreclosure — over non-payment of rent, seeking $250 a day in fines, eviction of tenants, possible jail time and the auctioning off of possessions belonging to imprisoned yippie Leader Dana Beale on the second floor.
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L-pocalypse: There Will Be No L Trains This Weekend

1455054_10100405541558425_333144430_nSorry, good people of the L train, starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday there will be no service between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave station in Brooklyn and 8th Ave in Manhattan. Trains won’t be rolling again till early Monday morning, so get ready to rent a Citi Bike or hop aboard the M14 in Manhattan or a shuttle bus in Brooklyn. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll have to use the A, J, or M trains.

The MTA tells us it’s replacing track ties along 14th Street and at the Bedford, Lorimer, Grand and Graham stops. You can admire those gleaming new planks starting 5 a.m. Monday. In the meantime, get to bitchin’.

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Help the Philippines: a Hackathon for Techies, a Drinkathon for Alkies

Outside of Jeepney. (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Outside of Jeepney. (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Post-typhoon reports from the Philippines look increasingly grim, and the country badly needs any help it can get. Does that include apps?

, an organization that holds talks and events promoting Filipino entrepreneurship, is hosting a disaster-relief hackathon on the Lower East Side this weekend.
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Surviving Members of The Yellow Dogs Say They’ll Play On, Are Planning a Benefit

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

In the hours following the triple homicide and suicide in East Williamsburg on Monday morning there were conflicting reports about the victims, the shooter, and the relationship between them. This morning, the surviving members of the Yellow Dogs — Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai — released an official statement with the help of their manager Ali Salehezadeh, street artists Icy And Sot, and their friend Pooya Hosseini, a member of the band, the Free Keys, that the shooter had been kicked out of.
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This Former Momofuku Chef Wants His Pita Pop-Up to Go Permanent

(Virginia McLure)

(Virginia McLure)

Good shwarma seeks stable and (meat-)loving home, preferably in Brooklyn or the East Village.

Last night, former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef/partner Scott Garfinkel brought Furn: Project Shawarma to the backyard at Fritzl’s Lunch Box, serving up shawarma (shocker), chicken wings (with garlic toum, chili, and sumac), great northern beans stewed with lamb’s neck, chicken liver pâté, smoked lamb breast, and the traditional Bushwick palate cleanser, Narragansett tallboys.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Colonizing Another L Train Stop

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if you bitch about Dunkin’ Donuts in Williamsburg, they’re going to not care and instead keep opening more locations. Just a month after the opening of their widely bemoaned Bedford Ave. store, the popular (and not so popular) doughnut chain has started renovation on a new location directly off the Metropolitan L. Signage for the forthcoming shop has gone up at 527 Metropolitan Ave, former home to the charmingly sketchy Subway Bar.

While outrage over the new location has yet to start, it’s a safe bet that locals will most certainly not be coolatta about this.

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Shots Heard Round the World: Iranian Musicians Rocked By Brooklyn Tragedy

Clockwise from left: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz.

Clockwise: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz. (Photo: Yellow Dogs Facebook page)

The tragic killings of two members of Iranian expat band The Yellow Dogs rocked the local and national media outlets yesterday. Across the world, Iranian musicians were just as hard-hit by the news. “We were all shocked,” Sam Solino, keyboardist of the Tehran-based prog-rock band Liberty Square, told us in a Facebook message last night.
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At the Brooklyn Fishing Derby, Shit Got Reel

The Brooklyn Fishing Derby culminated Sunday after three days and nights of aggressive angling. The event, sponsored by the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association, brought together fishermen and women from all over who enjoy casting a line while admiring the New York City skyline.

And yes, these folks were playing for keeps: most participants said they’d be okay taking a bite of striped bass — like, say, the 12-pound, 36-incher that Jon Ruffino, winner of the inaugural 2009 derby, hauled in this year.  That’s a migratory fish that passes through the area this time of year and — in theory – hasn’t spent too much time in the less than crystalline waters of the East River.

Watch the video to hear from the bassmasters at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, and fish on!