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Foodie Fest Washes Up in Rockaway This Weekend, Get There or Be Jelly

Note: this is the brass band, not everyone at the  party dressed like this (photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Note: this is the brass band, not everyone at the party dressed like this (photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

The cab driver who picked us up from Le Fooding and San Pellegrino’s Fruitstock at the Rockaways gourmet picnic extravaganza, was non-plussed. “None of this was here ten years ago,” he pointed out. In fact, none of this was here 18 months ago, when Hurricane Sandy ravaged this stretch of coastline. But the Rockaways is bouncing back with a vengeance and this weekend—in addition to the varied food concessions lining the sand at Beach 97‘s pristine boardwalk—comes Le Fooding’s Beach Club concept, complete with guest chefs and an array of tasty offerings (all with an Italian twist, in deference to San Pellegrino’s involvement).
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LED Unicorns on Roller Skates? Yes, Please

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B.
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Two Ice Cream Extravaganzas: Our Cup (or Cone) Runneth Over!

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

This could be the most epic ice cream battle since Mr. Softee vs. Master Softee. The Brooklyn Flea and the Hester Street Fair are each hosting ice cream extravaganzas — on the same days. That’s right: between the 10+ vendors (and 50+ flavors!) at Smorgasburg’s Creme de la Creme and the 14 vendors at Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social, you’re pretty much definitely going up a belt size on the weekend of July 19.
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Bruce LaBruce Made a Perfume Called (What Else?) ‘Obscenity’

10515191_752303521498697_2127219433983143213_oIf our perfume inspired by the stankiest block in NYC was just too subtle for you, then you may want to head to The Hole tomorrow for a whiff of Obscenity.

It’s not by Calvin Klein. It’s by Bruce LaBruce.

The out and outré filmmaker’s debut scent will be unveiled at the opening of a solo photo exhibition that riffs on sexual and religious ecstasy. LaBruce, whose memoir is titled The Reluctant Pornographer, is no stranger to blasphemy: his next film, Santo the Obscene, is about “a beggar saint who performs miracles and heals people through sexual acts,” he has said. The Toronto resident’s campy flicks about zombies, Nazis, and sex terrorists (Give Piece of Ass a Chance) have violated enough taboos (and featured enough gay hardcore) that his work, he says, is frequently seized by Canadian customs and labeled OBSCENITY.
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Hot Dogs and Sparklers Are For Basics: Here's What's Really Poppin' on the 4th

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Fireworks over the Manhattan Bridge, at The Bean on Second Avenue. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Because the your pyrotechnic fun on this most sacred day, arguably defying the founding fathers’ true intentions, please be advised it’s probably best to toss out your mortars and Roman Candles if you’re sticking around this crock-pot of a city for the weekend. But buck up kiddies, because we’ve got an ultra-Patriotic guide for this 4th of July featuring tons of activities that are almost as exhilarating as narrowly escaping having your hand blown off by a defective firecracker.
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Art Is in the Air: FAB! Festival Tomorrow, Art in Odd Places Next Month

FAB! Festival, 2012. (Photo: Tim Schreier)

The installation of Chris Burden’s on the facade of the New Museum isn’t the only bit of public art livening up in the neighborhood. Two of the East Village’s beloved culture carnivals are back, starting with the FAB! Festival tomorrow.
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Billy’s Antiques Is Popping Up Tonight, and ‘Baggage Battles’ Returns Next Month

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Billy Leroy (front, left) and Jim Jarmusch at the Billy’s goodbye bash. (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

If you’re still crushed over the demise of Billy’s Antiques & Props at the intersection of Houston and Bowery and you can’t get enough of the man who now auctions neglected luggage on the Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles, then you’re in luck: Billy Leroy, the one-time East Village fixture, returns to his old stomping grounds tonight via a party on Cleveland Place.
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Don’t Miss These Blockbuster Block Parties Tomorrow

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The East 9th Street block party. (Photo: Jacob Sugarman)

Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
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You're Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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