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Greg Stone Taped His Standup Album at the Queens Bar Where He Once Poured Shots

“My mom says that when I was young, I used to walk around the house saying I was going to be a communist.” Greg Stone says. “Then she saw me watching Gallagher and realized I meant comedian, which I think hurt more.”

Greg Stone has a way of making his impressive career sound mediocre. Aside from his laundry list of appearances on Comedy Central and the like, he has written for The Break With Michelle Wolf and the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. You’d think that would merit some self-credit, but Stone won’t even answer a question about where he’s from without taking a carefully timed shot at himself. “I’m kind of from New York City–my dad lived in the Bronx and my mom lived in Bloomfield [New Jersey]. I officially moved to New York City when comedian Mike Vecchione told me I had to if I wanted to be good. So I did. I’m still not good, so Mike is a liar.”

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After 50 Years, a Hidden Refuge For American Indians Faces a Funding Crisis

(Photos: Clarrie Feinstein)

One could easily pass the unassuming building at 39 Eldridge Street, on an uncommonly quiet side-street in Chinatown, without knowing it’s home to a New York institution. But take the tiny elevator to the fourth floor and you’ll find a bare-bones space with an L-shaped sofa, conference table and kitchen. A welcome sign greets newcomers and regulars to the American Indian Community House (AICH), a place to gather, educate and learn.

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The Hottest Valentine’s Dates in New York Are… Red Lobster and Applebee’s?

Valentine’s Day is, of course, when the city’s master toques spin sensuous tasting menus by pulling oysters, cocoa nibs, and other aphrodisiacs from their quiver. But are New Yorkers taking their lovers to Applebee’s and Outback Steakhouse instead?

The folks over at Lyft have sent over a list of “the most popular Valentine’s spots in New York City,” according to their ride-share data from last year. And we’re not talking Le Bernardin. More like Benihana.

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For Your V-Day Pleasure, Piquant Poems About a Doomed Relationship

(Photos courtesy of Drew Pisarra)

If Thursday goes well, you can keep the Valentine’s Day love flowing at the Bowery Poetry Club. On Sunday, the venue will host a release party for Brooklynite Drew Pisarra’s collection of love sonnets, Infinity Standing Up. Just be aware that Pisarra, known for bringing haikus to the marquee of Nitehawk Prospect Park, may be suspicious of your newfound love.

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A Max Fish and Pianos Alum Aims For World Fame With Bushwick Bar

Jaleel Bunton, of TV on the Radio and PaloPalo fame, helps his brother Kareem out behind the bar. (Photos: Stephen Kosloff)

After decades of pouring drinks and managing bars in the city, Kareem Bunton, a gentle giant of New York nightlife, has opened his own place, nestled in the crotch of the J and M lines just east of Myrtle Avenue station. It’s called Bunton’s World Famous.

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Dan Smith Will Teach You How to Be Chill About Being in Broad City

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We’ve long had an obsession with flyer folk, and last night on Broad City, Abbi became one of them when her laundromat lost a treasured clothing item and she decided to post flyers for her “MISSING SWEATSHIRT” (or was that “MISSING: SWEATSHIRT”?). At one point, she ducks into a deli and posts her flyer right next to a parody of the mother of them all: “Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar.”

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Photos: Lunar New Year Starts With a Bang in Chinatown

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Chinatown kicked off the Lunar New Year today with the 20th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival, hosted at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.

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Hank’s Saloon Is Back and Rocking Out Again

Attendees outside Hank’s Saloon’s entrance at 345 Adams Street.

Over the weekend, Hank’s Saloon welcomed live music to its new location upstairs from Hill Country BBQ’s Food Park in Downtown Brooklyn. The spacious new venue at 345 Adams St., which soft-opened last Monday, brought out a full house of regulars on Saturday for performances from Hank’s mainstays The Cameramen and The New York Fowl Harmonic. Keep Reading »