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Tribeca Film Fest Is Back, So Stop Sweating Moonlight Vs. La La Land

Samantha Elisofon as Sarah Silverstein and Brandon Polansky as David Cohen in KEEP THE CHANGE. (Photographer: Giacomo Belletti.)

Tribeca Film Festival has announced 82 of the 98 feature films that’ll show this year when the festival kicks off April 19. A good $160,000 of prize money will be up for grabs among the 32 films in the competition category, so folks, it’s time to stop worrying about the dopey Oscars and whether Moonlight or La La Land should’ve won.

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The Juice Is Loose! City’s First Vaping Trade Show Comes to Greenpoint

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Vape shops have become so ubiquitous that when Other Music closed, someone took its logo and morphed it into the above. Needless to say, in the past handful of years e-cigs have become a big business, so it’s not surprising that the industry just got its first New York trade show. Vapevent, which launched in Paris in 2013, wafted into New York today and continues at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint through tomorrow.

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The Flower Shop Is Now Serving Dried-Rose Cocktails On Eldridge Street

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It’s been just about a year since Fontana’s left Eldridge Street, but tonight a newcomer steps in to fill the void. The Flower Shop is a 3,600-square-foot, bilevel endeavor that resembles a midwestern diner mashed up with a New York hotspot.

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City Big-Ups Publicly Ponder New York’s Sanctuary Status

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Trump’s talent for alarmingly erratic policy positions did not disappoint Tuesday during his first formal Congressional address. At a White House meeting just hours before the speech, the president vacillated about one of his most fervently defended issues: immigration. He alluded to creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people, but then reinforced his crackdown agenda during the speech, describing the threat of “lawless chaos.” It appears the same incoherency afflicts local governments. New York City is officially a Sanctuary City, but what that means, and how it will actually play out during Trump’s tenure, remains unclear.

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LES-Born Meatball Shop Expands to Hell’s Kitchen With a Cocktail Bar

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Dos Toros isn’t the only drunk-food chain adding a westside outpost to its downtown and Williamsburg locations. The Meatball Shop, which started on the Lower East Side six years ago, opens its seventh location in Hell’s Kitchen today. This one comes with a brighter, cleaner design and an adjacent bar. The bar as tastefully named as you’d expect from the guys whose mantra is “EAT MY BALLS” and who offer BALLS t-shirts. They’re calling the place Sidepiece.

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$1 Burritos at New Dos Toros Outpost, Opening Next Week

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East Village and Williamsburg taqueria Dos Toros is opening a new location in Chelsea, just a couple doors down from where one of its competitors recently shuttered. Can Dos Toros succeed where Tres Carnes failed? One thing’s for sure: They’re pulling out all the stops to make it happen, by giving away $1 burritos during their opening day. You can snag one of them (guac and all) at the new store (668 6th Avenue, near 21st Street) on Tuesday, March 7, from 11:30am to 2:30pm and then again from 5pm to 8pm. If you’re more the taco type, a dollah bill will also get you two of those. Between this and the 32-cent hot dogs on March 2 and 3, you might just save enough lunch money to buy an $18 cup of coffee.

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Designers Search For a Way to Confront the Immigration Crisis

L-R: Ezio Manzini, Rachel Lehrer and Ker Thao (Photo: Mashal Khan)

Design is something that most of us have a vague interest in, if only while furniture shopping. But what does a plebeian like me, to whom design still relates to physical products, make of the changing definition of the word? What do all the thousands of students entering design school every year really do? Surely they can’t all be trained to design pretty wall hangings? Sometimes the words “social impact” creeps into my mind and I think of things like this utilitarian tent-cum-jacket meant to shelter refugees fleeing war, but that’s as far as my imagination stretches.

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These Aliens Tiki Mugs Want to Infect You With Booze

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No offense, G.I. Joe hoverfoil, but the best Christmas gift I ever got was the Gremlins tiki mug that Mondo made last year for screenings of the Xmas classic at Alamo Drafthouse. Until now, I didn’t think anything could replace this Gizmo-gone-wild in my heart or on my tiki shelf, but Christmas is coming early this year. Today at noon CST, Mondo’s website will sell the first of its new batch of mugs, inspired by the Xenomorph in James Cameron’s classic, Aliens. (Of course, the facehugging beast was first designed by the late, great creature creator HR Giger for Ridley Scott’s original.)

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At the Drone Film Festival, Hum-Drum Movies Won’t Fly

In just a few short years drones have gone from novelty to nuisance, swarming local events and crashing into apartment buildings. But don’t pull out your old Little League bat just yet– drones can also be great tools for filmmakers. As any Casey Neistat fan can tell you, you can get some jaw-dropping shots with even a low-priced model, a smart phone, and some spare time. 

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