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Bushwick Directors On What It’s Like to Bring Civil War to Brooklyn

Cary Murnion and Jon Milott have teamed up to direct Bushwick, an action movie about a Texas army that invades the Brooklyn neighborhood. Starring Brittany Snow and Dave Bautista, it was one of two Bushwick-set films that clocked some buzz at Sundance back in February (the other one, The Incredible Jessica James, will have a Rooftop Films screening on July 25, and will be streaming on Netflix July 28. With the trailer for Buswhick out earlier this week (it hits theaters Aug. 25), we caught up with the busy directors to talk about the film, politics and why Bushwick? Keep Reading »

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Videology Takes Landlord to Court; Failed LES Bank Robber in Custody

To avoid eviction, Videology‘s co-owners sued their landlord of six years Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court. [The Real Deal]

A New Jersey man, 22, was arrested yesterday after attempting to rob three Lower East Side banks in 24 hours. [Bowery Boogie]

The landlord of the E. 6th Street building that will house Mayahuel until August wants to then open a comparable bar in its place. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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Astor Place Now Home to Mexican Ice Cream Stand From Creators of Dough

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you, like me, require a daily allotment of chocolate or ice cream in order to forestall the possibility of slipping into a homicidal rage?

In that case, good news. As of today Astor Place is now home to a La Newyorkina ice cream stand. The stand, which sells “paletas” (popsicles), “Mexican ice cream,” and other treats, comes from the same people behind Dough, the New York pastry purveyor which inspires almost cult-like devotion. It joins the newly opened Astor Plate Cafe on the reconstructed plaza.

The stand is open today till 9 pm. (The person I spoke with seemed unsure about the stand’s hours going forward but it appears it will be open till that time every day.) Not all menu items are available at this location yet.

La Newyorkina is already a fixture of the Highline and Smorgasburg, and it has a storefront in the West Village, among other locations.

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Performance Picks: AI Theater, the ‘Courtney Love of Comedy,’ and More

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Not Dead Yet
Thursday, July 20 at C’mon Everybody, 8:30 pm: $5 advance, $7 doors

This comedy show, hosted by the multi-talented and highly strange Lorelei Ramirez, really gets to the bottom of the human condition based on its title alone. Sure, we aren’t dead yet, but we will be soon. Whether it be from being cooked alive due to climate change, from inhumane health care policies (though that one seems a tiny bit less likely now), from an aggressive ghoul with a mustache that no one can see but you… Or maybe you’re just one of the lucky few to pass peacefully. Either way, you’re still here. So you might as well go to this comedy variety show.

The show itself (which is monthly) is packed to the brim with notable creatives serving up a whole bevy of funny n’ weird stuff across disciplines. There’ll be comedy by Becca Blackwell, Brett Davis, Sydnee Washington, and Katie Boyle; readings by poet Sasha Fletcher; videos by Lukey Walden and Alan Resnick, and even music by Drag Lomax and Tredici Bacci. As the teens say: what more could you want? Keep Reading »

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Slipper Room Owner Faces Criticism After Dropping N Bomb On Stage

Credit: Liz Clayman for New York Magazine.

Lower East Side vaudeville venue the Slipper Room is at the center of a controversy over offensive speech which began Wednesday, July 5, when host and owner James Habacker, while performing as his character Mel Frye, used a racial slur onstage as well as referred to mentally disabled people with language often considered offensive.

According to a Facebook post (quoted in a recent addition to the Slipper Room’s Wikipedia page) by someone who attended the show in question, Habacker made a joke using the term “retarded,” which he justified by arguing he was changing the word’s context to be more positive, and then, adding further fuel to the fire, claimed it was akin to black Americans’ reclamation of the “N-word,” which he used several times to the discomfort of the sole black audience member.

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Absinthe and Jazz Party Dispels the Green Fairy’s ‘Strange, Outlandish Reputation’

The Red Room above KGB— the former black box that you were probably dragged to by college friends doing DIY theater in the early aughts— has become a swanky, prohibition-themed bar. Every bit as tuxedo as the KGB is shirtsleeves, it boasts warm lighting and art deco details, with a tiny stage and a copper bathtub. “The Green Fairy” event showcases a monthly absinthe tasting paired with era-appropriate entertainment: August’s episode features live piano by Chris Johnson, absinthe history by Kellfire Bray, and Nelson Lugo on the Victrola during breaks. Ticket prices drop for those in “vintage, evening wear, unmentionables or intimate attire,” encouraging you to help create the ambiance.

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East Village Lands Himalayan Salt Cave; Williamsburg’s Bacon Omakase

Paperwork has been submitted to replace two previous Driggs Avenue marble yards with these mixed-use buildings. [Brownstoner]

Online luxury consigner The RealReal will make its first foray into brick-and-mortar on Wooster Street (following a December pop-up shop in the neighborhood). [Commercial Observer]

Vegan tapas bar Ladybird will begin welcoming customers to E. 7th Street in about four weeks. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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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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Bushwick Muralists Sue Designer; Mayahuel’s Last Day is 8/8

Four local street artists sued designer shoe and clothing maker Vince Camuto this month for using their work in the brand’s recent “Bushwick Beats” ads. [Artnet]

Last night, Community Board 3 denied liquor licenses to a trio of businesses: S.E.T. BBQ, Analogue and MJK Foods. [Bowery Boogie]

Tequila spot Mayahuel will end its eight-year run on E. Sixth Street early next month. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »