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‘Trump’ Gets an Icy Reception in Union Square

Trump. That’s all that was spelled out this afternoon when artist David Datuna laid down some cool art in Union Square. The all-caps letters were made of large blocks of dry ice that emitted fog that drifted away in the wind. On top of the blocks, some of which were cracked, were notes that said #thistooshallpass.

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Artichoke Debuts New Pizzeria Across From Fire-Ravaged Original

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A brand new Artichoke Pizza opened today in the East Village, across the street from where its famed and decidedly funkier predecessor was shuttered by a fire last month.

The two-alarm blaze broke out at 5:15 am on Friday, May 26, just as Artichoke was closing. It spread to the second floor of 328 E. 14th Street, but no one was injured. Fire marshals determined it was “an accidental fire which started in the kitchen due to heat from the pizza-oven flue,” according to an FDNY spokesperson.

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$13 Million Synagogue Sale Threatened by Power Struggle of Biblical Proportions

The Home of the Sages property on Bialystoker Place. Photograph: J. Oliver Conroy.

A new lawsuit is only the latest sign of an epic power struggle within the Home of the Sages of Israel, a tiny Lower East Side synagogue. The house of worship’s nondescript and rundown building on Bialystoker Place has become the subject of a ferocious real estate battle between different factions, each claiming to be the synagogue’s lawful representative.

In a suit filed two weeks ago – only the latest in a mounting pile of litigation – members of the Orthodox Jewish synagogue’s small congregation allege that Rabbi Samuel Aschkenazi, “who despite his title, is not the rabbi for Home of the Sages,” is attempting to sell the property out from under them to real estate developer Peter Fine – and then split the $13 million profit with Friends of Mosdot Goor, a Gerer Hasidic group unconnected to the synagogue.

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Learn to Twerk From the Pole Dancers at Matchless, Greenpoint’s New Pole-ish Bar

Incredipole at Williamsburg Walks (Photo courtesy of Incredipole)

Want to twerk a lil somethin’ tonight? Head over to Twerk It Tuesday, a new night at Bar Matchless, where instructors from Greenpoint dance studio Incredipole will be working a portable pole. They’re pretty impressive (just check out their Instagram), so you might want to get there at 8pm sharp. Stick around after their show and you can get a mini pole-dancing or twerking lesson for just five smackers. The buy-one-get-one-free drinks are sure to loosen up any stiff muscles and give you some liquid courage.

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How Rahi Makes Two of Its Buzziest ‘Artisanal Indian’ Dishes

Rahi, a word meaning “traveler,” is the name of an upscale Indian restaurant that opened two weeks ago in the West Village. Its menu adapts locally sourced produce to explore the lesser known flavors and dishes from the Indian subcontinent. B+B sat down with owner Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya to understand how the restaurant drills deeper into the cuisine, instead of resorting to fusion. Plus, Chef Pandya serves up two popular dishes from the menu: Banana Leaf Chicken and Inked Crab.

Rahi, open 5-11 pm, 60 Greenwich Ave

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Mac DeMarco Is Playing Radio City; Meantime, Peep His New LA Digs in This Video

When Mac DeMarco took the stage at Governors Ball yesterday afternoon, he told everyone he was psyched to be back in New York. In case you didn’t hear, the troubadour made the obligatory move to Los Angeles last year, ditching his Rockaway digs for a grown-up place in Silver Lake. But not to worry, he’ll be back soon. His label, Greenpoint’s own Captured Tracks, just announced that he’s playing Radio City Music Hall in September.

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Bushwick Collective’s Block Party Is On, But Don’t Neglect These Manhattan Murals

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s prime street-art season, what with Bushwick Collective’s Block Party coming up. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 7pm, dozens of street artists will once again descend on the area around Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue and spray away. The lineup of live music is truly insane this year, even after Busta Rhymes canceled. Still in the mix are Foxy Brown, Cam’ron, and Juelz Santana, among others.

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Bicycle Film Festival Is Going to Be Wheelie Good, According to a Spokes-person

Biking is having a moment. Citi Bike is expanding, Andy Samberg just released his Tour de Pharmacy trailer, and Bicycle Fetish Day is quickly approaching. Which makes it a great time for the Bicycle Film Festival to roll into town. The fest will bring a week of screenings, live performances, exhibitions, and even a new animation program to Anthology Film Archives.

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How Some Classical Musicians on Wheels Turned a Truck into Carnegie Haul

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Last night on the northern end of Union Square, passersby stopped and listened– some in rapt astonishment– to classical music, the kind they’d normally hear at Carnegie Hall. Except that these soulful sounds were coming from top performers playing in a popup theater that came out of back of an old U-Haul. The Music Haul is a tour bus operated by Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music based in Putney, Vermont, that seeks to bring Beethoven, Bartok and Mozart to the masses.

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