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SantaCon Location Still a Mystery; Critics Say ‘Be Good, For Goodness Sake’

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SantaCon’s massive band of red-suited revelers will arrive in New York on Dec. 9, but no one seems to know where.

The controversial bar crawl keeps its starting point secret until the night before, a move that has “rankled public officials” like State Senator Brad Hoylman. With little notice, they don’t have enough time to tell their constituents “to get out of the way,” Hoylman told us.

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‘Nosh For Profit’ Cafe Aims to Keep Kids Out of Prison By Turning Them into Baristas

“Enjoy your career as a barista” might be a putdown in the mind of a certain hilaaarious New York Post columnist, but the folks at Grand Street Settlement believe that slinging coffee really can make a world of difference for local young adults. They just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a cafe staffed by at-risk youth. They’re calling it the Lower East Side’s first “nosh for profit.”

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International Bar Leaves Its Longtime East Village Home, Moves Down the Block

International bar regular Bex Blakely with bartender Tyler (first and second from left) and artist Russell Murphy (right) during International Bar’s closing night at 120 1/2 First Ave., 11/22/17. (Photos: Nick McManus)

International Bar’s final night at its longtime East Village location was as loud, crowded, but also as intimate as you’d expect. The bar, which originated on St. Marks Place and has been on First Avenue since the ’80s, was filled with regulars who waited till the wee hours for co-owner Molly Fitch to arrive and make a rousing speech.

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Doc Holliday’s Sued By Comedian Alleging Wild West Behavior

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Doc Holliday’s is facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles based-comedian who said he was attacked by a member of the staff late last year.

Julian McCullough – who has appeared as a guest comic on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden – filed suit in October in New York Supreme Court against Wishbone Productions, which owns the East Village dive, along with an unnamed employee of the bar. McCullough contends that on Dec. 18, 2016, the employee physically battered and assaulted him without any warning.

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Legendary Naples Pizzeria Sorbillo Opens On the Bowery

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A legendary Italian pizzaiolo has opened an East Village offshoot of his flagship parlor.

Gino Sorbillo’s eponymous pizzeria in Naples is so popular there’s often a two-hour wait. Munchies called it the town’s “best and most famous pizza hub,” and has credited its owner with “changing the perception of the pizzaiolo from a second-rate cook into a deeply-respected position.” Add to which, he undertook to drive Mafia-linked food suppliers out of the city. His pizzeria is known for its oversized, soft-crust and extremely light Neapolitan pies using high-quality ingredients, said a spokesperson for the Bowery location.

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Don’t Rat Out the Mice-Size ‘Squeakeasies’ Hidden Around Town

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Rats are no longer happy suckling at the rim of a cast-off PBR can. Like all discerning New Yorkers, today’s vermin demand a boutique experience. Hence the “squeakeasies” that Hunter Fine has placed around Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tiny tippling spots are strategically located near the city’s “rat reservoirs.” If you want in, wear earth tones and be about six inches long.

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Unsilent Night Will Wash the Taste of SantaCon Out of Your Mouth

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My computer insists on autocorrecting “Unsilent Night” to Insolent Night, but, no, that would be SantaCon.Unsilent Night is a far more enjoyable holiday tradition. Every year, Phil Kline, a composer who has collaborated with the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Nan Goldin, Bang On a Can, and other downtown luminaries, leads a roving boom box orchestra from Greenwich Village to the East Village in a wonderful act of modernist caroling.

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Never Mind the Turkey, a Food Porn Fest Is Coming to Bushwick

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Forget about that post-Thanksgiving diet. On the weekend of Dec. 16, a Food Porn Fest will take over a large warehouse two blocks from the Morgan stop. Shwick, the fest’s producer, has confirmed 19 vendors and is seeking over 40 of them total.

Did you know, the average American will eat 3,000 PB&J sanwiches in their lifetime?

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Those currently on board show a fair amount of variety. There’s vegan friendly Indian food, simple biscuits and beer, a boutique waffle experience, distilleries, a candy shop with hemp seed oil (CBD) infused products, and much more.

Shwick, founded by husband-wife team Christopher and Jinyen Carew, came to notoriety with the Shwick Market of Makers, a large warehouse space filled with vendors hawking artisanal products. It proved to be unsustainable and closed after nine months

Without a storefront, Shwick has been conducting pop-up markets to sell Brooklyn-made goods to Brooklyners. For the last two years, the couple has put on the Brookyln Maker’s Market in the restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.

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Tickets for the second annual Food Porn Fest, at 395 Johnson Avenue, are $3 and you can snag em here.

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Broad City Put Charlie Rose in His Place Weeks Ago


Until yesterday, the most memorable part about the “Abbi’s Mom” episode of Broad City, which aired a month ago, was the SAD lamp that Ilana dragged into Sushi Mambeaux, the seemingly Sex and the City-inspired restaurant where she’s been working this season. But that changed when eight women came forward to tell the Washington Post that now-fired PBS and CBS personality Charlie Rose had sexually harassed them.

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Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend With Richard Hell

This weekend, local record shops (at least, those haven’t morphed into DJ nights) are sure to be mobbed for Record Store Day’s Black Friday. One highlight in particular: To coincide with the 40th anniversary of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation, there’ll be a limited-edition, double-LP rerelease of the seminal album, remastered by original engineer Greg Calbi. Now comes word that Hell himself will leave his book-filled East Village apartment and make two rare public appearances, signing copies of the record on Friday, Nov. 24 at 1pm at Generation Records in Greenwich Village and Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2pm at Rough Trade in Williamsburg.

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