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Happy 50th Anniversary, Rosario’s

1963 was a big year for pizza on the Lower East Side. That’s when a 16-year-old Salvatore Bartolomeo first flipped a disc of dough at Rosario’s Pizza, which quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday.

The neighborhood has changed since then, as has the pizza joint’s Houston Street location (it’s now at 173 Orchard). So is Bartolomeo nervous about the recent and impending closures of Max Fish (being replaced by Sweet Chick),  El Sombrero (being replaced by Artichoke Pizza), Motor City, and all the rest? Or does he plan to go as long as Katz’s, which is celebrating its 125th?
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The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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Meowzers! There’s Going to Be a Cat Painting Takedown

1378803_629586530412143_503297906_nMatt Timms, organizer of legendary amateur-chef competitions, is hosting his third Painting Takedown. This time, instead of velvet paintings, talented artists — well, anyone with at least some confidence in their ability to wield a paint brush — are being challenged to smear canvases with their best interpretation of cats. It’s the next best thing to a cat cafe!

Don’t worry, if you “can’t paint cats” — the exact words of one tattoo artist whose unfortunate work will never see the light of day again, thanks to one SUPERB cover-up — you can still mow some spicy chili, alternate with swigs of ice-cold beer, and bid on paintings to support local animal shelters.
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Buy Anything at Essex Street Market and Luca & Bosco Will Put Pumpkin Ice Cream On It

Oddfellows and Davey’s Ice Cream aren’t the only ones that started scooping over the summer. At the Essex Street Market, Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky of Luca & Bosco have been quietly serving up goat cheese ice cream as well as cocktail-inspired varieties like Gin & Juice. For the fall, they’re doing seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice. Watch our audio slideshow to find out more about the cart’s “a la mode” program and then try asking them to top the mac & cheese pancakes you bought at Shopsins with a scoop of their Drunk & Salty Caramel.

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These Guys Want to Bring Brewing Back to Bushwick

(Photo: Nikita Richardson)

(Photo: Nikita Richardson)

These days, Bushwick is generally regarded as the land of artisan pizza and warehouse parties, but let’s not forget that it was once the beer capital of the Northeast. If Eric Feldman and Marshall Thompson get their way, they’ll open the first brewery in Bushwick since Rheingold closed its doors in 1976 and the neighborhood may relive its glory days as the site of Brewers Row.

“We want to be the first,” says Thompson, sporting a black t-shirt emblazoned with the company’s logo, the Braven. “But we definitely don’t want to be the last.”
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Peaches Does Herself Is an Anti-Jukebox Musical That Takes ‘Cock Rock’ Very Seriously

The film opens on a podium, where a stuffy professor lectures in un-subtitled German sprinkled with English words: “Teaches of Peaches,” “rock mainstream,” “Fatherfucker,” “clitoris.” Then he disappears, replaced by Berlin-based girl group Jolly Good, both wearing Plasmatics T-shirts and screeching “Rock Show.” It’s the first of 22 songs by the Canadian electro-clash rocker Peaches, best known for Lost in Translation’s “Fuck the Pain Away.”
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Tom Wolfe Wants To Read More About Hipsters

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Today, speaking at our own Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Tom Wolfe was asked what aspect of contemporary New York life he’d like to see reported on more often. To which the famed author responded, with total earnestness, “I have never seen a profile of the hipster.”

Seriously, Tom? You’ve never seen a profile of a hipster? Clearly the Man in the White Suit hasn’t met the Gray Lady, having somehow missed the The Times‘s near weekly anthropological fascination with said species (see How I Became a Hipster, Caught in the Hipster Trap, and The Hipster in the Mirror for a quick primer).
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Listen to Not One But Two Full-Album Covers of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

Forget the $150 box set and the fax from Steve Albini — the most amazing thing to emerge from the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero might just be a pair of cover albums. Last month at Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick donned some flannel to become Deervana and played the album in its entirety. But that fairly faithful rendition (audio here) is nowhere near as trippy as a collection of covers, out this month, by bands from the Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula.
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