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City Council Passes Sweeping Tenant Protections

Credit: Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center.

Yesterday the City Council passed a sweeping package of pro-tenant legislation long advocated by tenants’ rights groups, activists, and sympathetic city officials. One of the key organizations that lobbied for the legislation, the “Stand for Tenant Safety” coalition, held a support rally outside City Hall.

The main target of the new legislation is the widespread practice of “construction as harassment,” whereby landlords use invasive, unsafe, and sometimes illegal construction to drive out tenants. Typically the landlords are trying to get rent-regulated tenants out so they can charge market rents.

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Tim and Eric Return With a Surprise Special and New Episodes of Bedtime Stories

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Between the return of Broad City, Nathan For You, and Vice Principals, September is going to be a good month for TV comedy. And we won’t even have to wait that long for the comeback of one of our other favorites, Tim and Eric. Those who attended their 10th anniversary show at Town Hall last month got a surprise glimpse of this and were sworn to secrecy; now the duo has officially revealed a teaser for a half-hour special of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! that will premiere Sunday, August 27 at midnight on Adult Swim.

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‘Search Party’ and ‘Broad City’ Return With New Seasons, Sex Toys

Last we heard about the new season of Search Party, co-creator Michael Showalter was saying it would return to TBS sometime this fall. Well, the new season– or, at least, John Early’s part in it– wrapped today, according to a hilarious Instagram from the show’s robot-dancing co-star. (By the way, if you haven’t seen Early in Showalter’s other recent release, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, stop what you’re doing and binge watch it now. Aside from Early’s turn as Camp Firewood’s drama-queen drama teacher, Kim’s Video makes an amazing cameo in the first episode.)

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Meadows Fest Releases Food Lineup, Webster Hall Finale Tix

We’re still recovering from Panorama— maybe we spent too much time in the VR dome, but things still haven’t stopped spinning. But duty calls: The Meadows, from the folks behind Governors Ball, is right around the corner– it’s bringing acts like Jay-Z, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run the Jewels, Gorillaz, and many more to CitiField from Sept. 15 to 17.

There’s some news coming out of camp Meadows today: first off, some more tickets have just been released for the Action Bronson show that the fest is presenting at Webster Hall tonight– the storied venue’s last blast before it gets a revamp from its new owners, AEG.

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It’s Showtime! Beetlejuice Screens Outdoors Tonight, and Gets a Doc

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SummerScreen shows its audience pick tonight, and Beetlejuice has beaten out The Life Aquatic, She’s All That, and a few others in this year’s online poll. Either that, or someone said Beetlejuice three times in a row and Tim Burton’s 1988 classic magically appeared on SummerScreen’s slate. Either way, go see Alec Baldwin in one of his most enduring roles (this was way before his Trump impersonation turned his life into a “living nightmare”).

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Just a Typical Night of Schooner Hopping

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Next month it’ll be 408 years since Henry Hudson’s fateful trip up the river, and it seems New Yorkers are finally rediscovering the thrill of boat travel. Earlier this year, the NYC Ferry hit the waters, and now even LaGuardia Airport is due to get high-speed water taxis. Meanwhile, all sorts of waterfront attractions– from barge bars to rooftop bars overlooking whirlpools— are cropping up, though it may be a while before we see that floating pool.

Last night, I joined some fellow ferry fanatics to experience what might become an increasingly routine thing, especially once service expands to the Lower East Side next summer. We hopped from ferry to schooner to ferry to schooner, practically without having to put down our beers.

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Worlds Fair Coming to Brooklyn Promises Art, Food, Tech, Tim Kaine

“Worlds Fairs have inspired Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, and many others to express their brilliance. For 130 years, American cities set the standard for Worlds Fairs. Now it’s time to rebuild the world’s greatest stage in the United States, and inspire the pursuit of our best possible future.”

So says the manifesto of Worlds Fair USA, an organization which describes itself as “an independent effort to bring the international showcase of the future, featuring the world’s most amazing technology, art, and more, back to the United States.” Keep Reading »

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Renderings of New LaGuardia Hilariously Include a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog

In 2015, when New York unveiled plans for its $8 billion revamp of LaGuardia Airport, architecture critic Carter B. Horsley called the design “lackluster and uninsipired” compared to those of other new airports. He went on to complain that “the new plans for LaGuardia sadly have no new urban mascot, logo or icon to offer and amuse, not even a Jeff Koons ‘Puppy.'”

Well, the lack of a Koons, at least, has been remedied in renderings circulated today by Governor Cuomo’s office. Sitting right there in the middle of the forthcoming central hall is none other than a bright red Jeff Koons balloon dog.

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Get Ready to Stuff Some Muff at This Muffuletta Eating Contest

The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island has gotten stale as an un-dunked hot dog bun now that Joey Chestnut just keeps winning and winning. (His latest record, set last month: 72 dogs in 10 minutes. Yawn.) But wait, here’s a new form of competitive gorging we can get behind: Twin Suns Deli, the New Orleans-tinged deli opened in part by Montana Masback of Montana’s Trailhouse, is hosting a muffuletta eating contest in which average joes (sloppy joes?) will compete to devour the monstrous Italian deli-meat sandwich.

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New LES Beer Store Promises to Cure What Ales You

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A new craft beer store is coming to the Lower East Side: Beer Fridge, at 41 Essex St., is currently in soft launch, with the official opening “hopefully sometime in the next few weeks,” according to owner Cat DiPaci.

“We’re working out the kinks,” she added. DiPaci, 26, is a first-time entrepreneur. In terms of industry qualifications, “I’m a very avid beer drinker,” she said.

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New York Comedy Festival: Kevin Smith, Conan, 2 Dope Queens, and Podcasts Galore

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In recent years, the New York Comedy Festival has brought us Anthony Atamanuik’s genius Trump impersonation, pre-President Show; waterworks courtesy of Nathan Fielder; and the “Oh, Hello” guys before they made it big on Broadway. So it’s no surprise that there’s plenty to look forward to during this year’s fest, set for Nov. 7 to 12.

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