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These Restaurant Collabos Are Very x-citing

“Restaurant Tweak” dinner at Dos Toros.

Restaurant Week usually means hum-drum prix fixes that may or may not even be a bargain. But this year a couple of local favorites have decided to make an occasion of it by teaming up with some other local favorites. Like Bruce Springsteen once said, two restaurants beat better than one.

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NYC’s Party of the Summer Might Just Have Happened… in New Jersey?

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There was a mass exodus from Brooklyn this past weekend as the finest minds from the city’s underground art scene headed for the beaches of Keansburg, New Jersey for the third annual Gratitude Migration festival. The Burning Man-inspired gathering brings the principles of Black Rock City (no, they are not Gym, Tanning, Laundry..) to the beach for an immersive experience of art, music and fire. Workshops on everything from “Conscious Consumerism” to “Connecting with the Multiverse” were conducted by the School of Dreams, and DJs like Myk2melo and David Starfire blasted beats well into the evenings. The JunXion crew played cumbia all night and closed out the weekend with an epic beach party. Click through our slideshow to have a look.

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George Romero Was America’s Bram Stoker

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Since he passed away on Sunday, tributes to George A. Romero have been pouring out like a ravenous undead horde escaping from a government research facility. The Fear NYC film festival, which will bestow its annual Legacy Honor on the director, has announced a special screening of Night of the Living Dead at the Sonnet Theater in October. In Williamsburg, Vinnie’s Pizzeria is serving up special pies like the Night of the Living Ched. Local movie houses like Syndicate, Sunshine, and Alamo have also paid their respects.

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Diner Death Notice: Cup & Saucer Goes Dark

Credit: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine.

Last week we reported that LES/Chinatown stalwart Cup & Saucer — one of the last of the New York luncheonette old guard — is closing after more than three quarters of a century, thanks to a rent hike on its Canal Street location.

Although Bowery Boogie reported that today would be Cup & Saucer’s last day of operation, it already, as of this morning, appears to be closed forever. Phone calls to Cup & Saucer are going unanswered, and sources tell us the diner is dark.

People paid their respects on Instagram.

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The owners told the New York Times that their rent was set to nearly double and that they may look for another space.

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The Bean Is Expanding Into the Former St. Mark’s Bookshop Space

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As East Villagers fight another Starbucks, a more homegrown chain has announced that it’s expanding in the neighborhood. The Bean, which started in the East Village and now has a place in Williamsburg, is opening its fifth location, at 31 Third Avenue, in the former home of St. Mark’s Bookshop. According to Instagram and Facebook messages, it’s “coming this Fall.”

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This Souped-Up Truck Serves Free Food With a Side of Social Services

Cooper Park residents Guillermo Nunez and Maria Albarado enjoying a free meal © Kasper van Laarhoven

A $340,000 “Angelmobile” has started cruising the streets of North Brooklyn, handing out free meals in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. The state-of-the-art food truck– funded in part by Norman Brodsky, the entrepreneur who drew ire from community activists when he held out on selling his valuable waterfront property for parkland— is more than just a mobile soup kitchen. Inside, it has an office space where a rotating array of neighborhood organizations can dole out social services.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky On Poetry, Psychomagic, and How to Get Free of Trump

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When surrealist auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky makes a rare trip to New York City— to promote his new autobiographical film, Endless Poetry— you know it’s an occasion. During a MoMA discussion on Wednesday, the spry 88-year-old gave a tarot reading to Daniel Craig; the next evening on the Bowery, there was a party celebrating the release of the film’s soundtrack, composed by Alejandro’s son Adan Jodorowsky, who also stars in it.

Clearly, multi-talentedness runs in the family. Like his 37-year-old son, the elder Jodorowsky has composed music for films in which he has also acted— namely his cult masterpieces, El Topo and The Holy Mountain. At various times, he’s been a circus clown, a puppeteer, a mime, a novelist, a comic book artist, and a practitioner of his own brand of “shamanic psychotherapy,” called psychomagic.

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Bitterness Over St. Marks Starbucks

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Hell no, we won’t Frappuccino. 

Nearly 50 residents, small business owners, activists and crusties alike attended an anti-Starbucks rally Thursday evening in the East Village.
The crowd gathered at St. Marks and Avenue A, where the chain plans to open a new store, to discuss what another Starbucks would mean for the community. Increased corporate presence, increased rents, increased tenant harassment, increased property taxes, increased vacant properties, decreased retail diversity, decreased community involvement– the list of fears went on.

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Julie Orlick Debuts Her Surreal Opus, Silent Lovers

Still from Silent Lovers.

Two androgynous sisters, their cheeks caked with jewel-sized tears, embracing in silvery black-and-white. Contrasted against the downtown street, with its storied past muzzled by high-priced developments, this striking portrait, located on Orchard and Broome, provides a rare public glance through a time portal. It’s a strange alchemy conjured by Julie Orlick, a Bushwick-based surrealist who specializes in tintype photography and silent 16mm films. She is currently featured in The Storefront Gallery’s group show “SaveArtSpace: The Future is Female,” which runs until July 16. That same day, Mono No Aware will host her latest film Silent Lovers, in the first of many nationwide screenings, at Brooklyn’s Center for Performance Research. Hers is a world that is at once contemporary and retroactive, populated by mimes, beached sirens, and creatures with only an eyeball for a head.

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Can We Talk About the VitaminWater Jukebox On Bedford Avenue?

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When Williamsburg longtimer Bliss Cafe closed at the end of last month, Free Williamsburg snarked that it “will be missed when it’s replaced by Zara, or whatever ends up there.” Well, it’s not a Zara, but a little further north, Bedford Avenue has suffered yet another corporate indignity. Currently lodged in the facade of the 101 Bedford luxury apartments, off of McCarren Park, is a VitaminWater vending machine/jukebox.

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LES Stalwart Cup & Saucer to Shutter After 75 Years

Shanna Ravindra for New York Magazine.

Cup & Saucer, a throwback luncheonette that has occupied the same quiet spot on Canal Street for more than 75 years, is likely closing, Bedford + Bowery has learned. The small but much-loved diner — whose iconic Coca-Cola sign and faded retro aesthetic hearken to an older era — is a staple of the Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood.

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