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Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg Are Coming to West Soho

Hot on the heels of a new Chelsea restaurant, Smorgasburg and its sister Brooklyn Flea are continuing their quest for citywide domination with two new markets in West Soho. The first, opening Saturday, will be a “permanent” location of Brooklyn Flea, inside of an 89-year-old Art Deco building at 100 Avenue of the Americas. According to an announcement sent out today, Brooklyn Flea Soho “will occupy the 13,000 square-foot ground-floor indoor space with 60 vendors for at least the next two years, year-round, on weekends only to start.” This should give veteran vendors and newbs alike more to do in the wake of Williamsburg Flea’s closure.

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Lawsuit: Owner of Will Ferrell Theme Bar Should Stay Classy and Pay Back $120K

It’s a story worthy of five-time Emmy-Award-winning anchor Ron Burgundy and Tits McGee. An investor who teamed up with the owners of Will Ferrell-themed bar Stay Classy New York claims he’s owed $120,000. By the beard of Zeus!

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Michael Galkovich alleges that the owners of the Lower East Side bar, Zachary Hosier and Brian Link, agreed to make him a managing partner and a 70-percent owner of the bar’s parent company if he paid them $120,000 and won approval from the State Liquor Authority. Galkovich put in $60,000 up front, but he never got the chance to become an owner, the suit alleges.

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Zomething Different Has Come to Brooklyn

You’ll have to book a flight to Tokyo if you want to hit one of the last remaining outlets of Tower Records, but you’ll no longer have to do the same to experience another throwback to the ’90s: the sickly sweet taste of Zima. The sparkling lemon-lime cooler, which was discontinued here in 2008 but remains popular over in Nippon, has returned to the states just for the summer. MillerCoors is bringing it back, complete with a website that screams GeoCities running on Netscape.

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Max Fish’s New T-Shirt Depicts a Real New Yorker

(Photo: Max Fish’s Instagram)

We’ve always loved artist Andrew Kuo’s cheeky Max Fish shirts, with their slumming-down of brands like Ralph Lauren Polo and Harvard. But this one really takes the urinal cake. Kuo has turned New Yorker mascot Eustace Tilley into a beer-funneling reprobate worthy of the Lower East Side dive. The iconic cover image’s butterfly has been replaced with a fly straight out of the Fish’s bathrooms. The shirts are selling for $30 at the bar. They’re long-sleeved, which isn’t ideal for summer– but they will protect you against skateboarding scrapes.

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Inside the Historic Building That’s Quietly Home to Disgraced Televangelist Trinity Broadcasting

TBN’s building at 111 E. 15th St., near Union Square.

Spreading the word of God has been extremely lucrative for Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest Christian broadcasting company. The organization’s late founders, evangelical power couple Paul and Jan Crouch, were renowned for extravagant lifestyles notably lacking in Christian asceticism or self-denial – his-and-hers mega-mansions in Newport Beach, chauffeured Bentleys, and $57 million in private jets. Jan maintained an air-conditioned trailer just for her snow-white Maltese dogs.

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Morgan Miller’s Twisted Tales Embrace the All-Too-Human Element of Animation

Morgan Miller has coffee stains on the sleeve of his shirt, on his briefcase, and even on his most recent animated work, There’s Too Many of These Crows.

“Coffee stains don’t bother me,” he says. Not even a tiny drop in the middle of the screen. “I mean, the audience ultimately knows they are watching a drawing so you can only fool them so much,” he says.

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Sesame Street Films in Tompkins Square Park While Oscar Slums on St. Marks

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last time I saw a shoot in Tompkins Square Park, Alia Shawkat and Rosie Perez were doing a scene for Search Party. How can you beat Alia and Rosie? Well, with Ernie and Bert, that’s how. As I type this, Chrysler is filming an ad for its Pacifica minivan and the stars of Sesame Street are on the scene. They just shot a scene where Ernie and Bert are in the cab, talking to Elmo in the back. Elmo is getting stage instructions like: “You can do it, Elmo!”

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Paul Major of Endless Boogie Saw Some ‘Crazy Stuff’ as a Record Store Clerk in ’70s NYC

L to R: Stephen Malkmus and Paul Major. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Record collecting isn’t what it used to be, now that the only way to experience Other Music is on the big screen. But Paul Major, the frontman of Brooklyn band Endless Boogie, was lucky enough to experience its glory days. He built such a reputation acquiring obscure vinyl that he’s now released a book about his life as a collector and rocker. On June 2, he and Stephen Malkmus, frontman of Pavement, got together at Bowery Ballroom to chat about Feel the Music: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major.

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Bowery Wall Tagged After Getting Mural By Controversial Pick, David Choe

(Photo courtesy of Shannon Barbour)

Taggers wasted no time marking up the Bowery wall’s newest mural.

The wall, on Houston Street and Bowery, has featured work by artists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf in the past and is now host to David Choe’s mural, completed last week.

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Can Cupcake Market’s Flower Cones Heal a Nation?

(Cupcake Market’s Instagram)

During the election, Cupcake Market made headlines with its cookie portraits of Clinton and Trump. But what’s a whimsical cupcakery to do now that politics is just way too depressing for all that? Jay and Beyonce cookies? Kim and Kanye? Drake and Rihanna? Actually, forget the cookies– how about… Flower Cones!

The bakery’s owner, Sarah Silverman—no relation to the Bernie-lovin’ comedian— tells us these buttermilk bouquets are currently an off-the-menu item. For about $10, those in the know can call her up to have one specially made in about an hour’s time. The cones are filled with banana pudding, so don’t expect to eat them and still have room for churro taco waffles.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unbuilt East Village Towers Rise High in New MoMA Exhibit

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

In October of 1929, a New York Times headline announced: “Odd-Type Buildings to Overlook Church.” Those odd-type buildings would’ve been New York’s first glass skyscrapers, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to surround St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bouwerie. Starting Monday, a meticulously restored model of his East Village towers will be exhibited for the first time in over 50 years, as part of a new retrospective at MoMA.

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Other Music Returns in Landline, Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child Follow-Up

This month, it’ll be a year since Other Music closed after two decades in business, and yet its storefront still sits sadly empty near the corner of East 4th and Lafayette. Which is why it was kind of surreal to see the indie record shop back in action in Landline, a new dramedy making its New York premiere at BAMcinemafest next Saturday. Like Gillian Robespierre’s previous film, Obvious Child, this one stars Jenny Slate. But this time, she plays a denizen of mid-’90s NYC, a land of Rollerblades, frozen hot chocolates at Serendipity (the cronuts of their day), and references to Helen Hunt’s “full-frontal wedgie” on Mad About You.

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