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This French-Born NYC Tour Guide Will Serenade You With Gypsy Jazz Tonight

(Photo: Sherry Hsieh)

(Photo: Sherry Hsieh)

One look at Alex Gabriel McKanze and it’s obvious he’s a musician: the tall, lanky 22-year-old has shoulder-length brown hair and a tattoo of the solar system on his right arm. But he isn’t your stereotypical Bushwick rocker: raised in the Paris suburbs by an American father with Cherokee blood and an Italian mother with Gypsy blood, he’s fluent in five languages (and knows a little Portuguese and Latin, to boot). And as a freelance tour guide for Great New York Tours, he’s a walking encyclopedia. Even with a hangover, he can tell you that Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson River in 1609 (adding snidely, “Because the Native Americans obviously never saw it before”).
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A Glöggfest and a Donut Soiree Are Coming to City Reliquary

finaldonut3-jpeg-1024x732City Reliquary, the NYC-obsessed cabinet of wonders at the corner Metropolitan and Havemayer, isn’t usually a foodie destination — but it’ll celebrate two of life’s sweetest indulgences next week.

Dec. 7, the museum kicks off its latest exhibit, “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut,” with  a “grand donut soiree” featuring glazed samples from local shops like Peter Pan Donut, the Doughnut Plant, Dough. Plus, donut-inspired games from “How to Run a Successful Party.” The 1940s booklet (just one of the items that self-described “donut ambassador” Julie Thomson has culled for the exhibit) promotes donuts as “morale boosters,” and who can argue with that?
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Watch Diners Barehand Some Pig Heart For a Good Cause

What better way to raise money for the victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippines earlier this month than by hosting a six-course Filipino dinner party? None, argues Yana Gilbuena, who was born and raised in the island nation. Her pop-up dinner series, Salo, landed in Greenpoint yesterday, contributing 30 percent of revenues to those in need. We joined in, got our hands dirty and heard more about Gilbuena’s plans to take her pop-up nationwide.

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A Boardwalk Empire Star Showed Up at This Amazing Time Warp to the Prohibition Era

Frank Spano worked his way down a line of guests, welcoming the men in fedoras and women in flapper dresses to his hidden nightclub. He was tall, wore a grey suit and spoke with old-fashioned politeness. When he shook my hand and introduced himself, I shared a knowing smile with the other guests. We were all aware that Frank Spano would soon be shot dead in the narrow alleyway where we stood. We were here to find out why.
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Rough Trade NYC Will Recreate Donald Glover’s Bedroom When It Opens Monday

The warehouse space.

The warehouse space.

Iconic British record store Rough Trade’s first foray across the sea, into a sprawling warehouse space on North 9th and Wythe, is three days from its opening, and resembles a sort of digitally-savvy industrial amusement park much more than it does a retail record shop.
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Because You’ve Always Wanted to Combine Yoga With Tightrope Walking

Sure, you do yoga, but with the holidays upon us it’s going to take more than a few warrior poses to make you feel centered again after you’ve gorged on turkey and candy canes. So it’s time to up the ante. With yoga on a rope.

Watch our video to hear Tun Khine describe the yoga slacklining course he teaches at Brooklyn Boulders, and hear from one of his novice yoga “slackers.” This is easily the best mashup workout we’ve seen since chessboxing. Just don’t fall downward, dog!

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Welcome This New E-Cig Shop to the Circus That Is St. Marks Place

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

The building on St. Marks that once played host to Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, featuring the Velvet Underground, is now home to Beyond Vape — a West Coast-based electronic cigarette store that opened Saturday.
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Here’s Sarah Silverman On Kanye West, Rape Jokes, Her HBO Pilot, and the Word ‘Retarded’

Sarah Silverman (Todd Barry’s onetime housemate in the East Village) was at the 92nd Street Y last night, so we sucked it up and headed uptown to see her chat with Andy Borowitz of the New Yorker. Twas an elucidating convo in which she revealed some of her embarrassing high school jokes (“I don’t know why my fish died, I put it in a tank… top”) and shouted out her favorite comedians, including Kyle Dunnigan, who she’s dating, and Claudia Lonow, who it turns out gave her one of her signature jokes: “I was licking jelly off of my boyfriend’s penis and I thought, oh my God, I’m turning into my mother.”

We’ve transcribed the highlights of the conversation below, and you can watch the whole thing above.
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