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Flashback to This 19-Year-Old Article About Williamsburg Turning into Yuppadelphia

“People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate,” a New York Post headline informed us Saturday. Some 1 million people have left the city since 2010, according to US Census data. And it’s not just because Mars Bar closed. It’s in part because the economy is good and there are “more people to buy your house if you’re a baby boomer looking to move to Boca Raton or Myrtle Beach,” says one Post source.

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H.R. of Bad Brains Is Finally an Action Figure

How low can a punk get?

Nearly 34 years to the day Bad Brains asked that question on their April 15, 1983 release, Rock For Light, we finally have an answer: about 9″ off the ground. That’s the height of a new figurine paying tribute to Paul “H.R.” Hudson, the legendary lead singer of the New York punk band. The figurine is being released by Tokyo-based PressPop this summer, and is now available via pre-order via Aggronautix, distributors of the Debbie Harry bobblehead.

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How Cute! Park Slope Just Got a ‘Hipster Deli’

(Photo: Aimee Bianca)

Let’s face it, Bedford Avenue has become seriously congested with strollers, and Oleanders, the restaurant that billed itself as a modern-day fern bar, is now a hotspot for Babies Who Brunch. So, it’s time to ask: Is it possible that Park Slope has gotten cooler than Williamsburg? I mean, there are still plenty of reasons to mock the Food Coop— on the other hand, Park Slope just scored its own Blue Bottle and is even getting an outpost of Nitehawk. And then there’s this.

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Spaghetti Donuts Have Caused a Hole Lotta Saucy Comments

(Photo: Pop Pasta’s Instagram)

Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke– spaghetti donuts really are coming to Smorgasburg this weekend, via new vendor Pop Pasta, and the uproar is so intense that we can officially consider this a spaghetti incident. A tweet from Food & Wine unleashed a flurry of “Nooooos,” and “Ewwwws” in both text and gif form. F&W’s Facebook post got a similar reception; it’s clear people really want Pop Pasta to put a fork in this.

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Ninjasonik Kicked Off Their New Party With a Wild Music-Video Shoot

Jah Jah Brown and Telli Michaels (second and fifth from left) of Ninjasonik with crew during their performance. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Ninjasonik hosted a wild music video shoot for their new single “Hoolies” at Lower East Side bar The Skinny last night. The NYC music staple comprised of rappers Jah Jah Brown and Telli Michaels also used the occasion to kick off their new party series Disco Trap, and at least a hundred friends from the art-bar scene and their Fame School hip-hop family came through.

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Why Do These People Have Cubes on Their Heads?

Mysterious live-installation by the Alamo (Photo: Anaka Kaundinya)

Ugh, the Tribeca Film Festival is up to something cool at Astor Place — but they won’t tell what! Sneaky fellows. What we do is know is that there are folks (volunteers? actors? unsuspecting people on their way to work taken hostage by the crew? sad!) wearing mirrored cubes on their heads and just… standing around near the Cube cube. They’re also being filmed, so our best guess is that it’s an empathy-generating live-installation for some sort of performance art film.

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Smorgasburg Moves Outdoors With Spaghetti Donuts, Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and… Prison Food?

Ube Kitchen’s halo-halo. (Photos courtesy of Smorgasburg.)

Earlier this month we mentioned that Smorgasburg was set to return outdoors this very weekend, April 1 and 2, with Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market leaving its longtime home in Fort Greene and taking up residence next to Saturday Smorg in Williamsburg’s East River Park. Team Smorg now tells us there’s another change afoot this season: Their vendors won’t be returning to the South Street Seaport this year, since they’ve been unceremoniously replaced by a permanent resident. Bummer for those who like to pick up a lobster roll on the way to the Rockaway ferry.

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Little Tong Noodle Shop Is Mixian It Up as of Today

Photo by Afra Lu

Let’s face it, ramen has had its day in the noodle-soup limelight. Now it’s time for mixian to take its rightful place among NYC’s noodle royalty. And who better to make this happen than chef Simone Tong, graduate of Wylie Dufresne’s old Lower East Side spot wd~50. After a series of pop-up preview dinners, Tong opens her mixian restaurant, Little Tong Noodle Shop, today in the East Village.

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