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Deluge of Domino Sugar Applicants; Grateful Dead Anniversary Concert

Eighty-seven thousand hopefuls applied for 104 affordable-housing apartments at 325 Kent Avenue, the first of the repurposed former Domino Sugar Factory buildings. [The Real Deal]

Grateful Dead cover band Ice Petal Flowers will perform a free show Thursday afternoon in Tompkins Square Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jerry Garcia & Co.’s first live set. [EV Grieve]

Two listening parties for Planetarium—the new album from Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and others—will take place Monday evening at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. [Brooklyn Vegan] Keep Reading »

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Coney Island’s New Vintage Pinball Arcade Is Ready to Roll

The Mystic Machine

Photo credit: Norman Blake

Last week we shared the news that the Coney Island Museum is expanding with a new (playable) pinball exhibition. We’ve obtained more details about the pinball gallery, which had its soft opening yesterday.

“We had machines in the bar being played nonstop,” said Dick Zigun, founder of Coney Island USA and “unofficial mayor” of Coney Island.

Not all the machines are installed yet; by this coming weekend everything should officially be in place.

There are going to be 10 pinball machines – six in the Coney Island Museum storefront and another three or four in the Freak Bar in the lobby of the nearby Arts Center.

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Here’s What Good Room’s First Rooftop Party Looked Like

Holy Ghost! (Photo: Good Room on Instagram)

A week ago we brought word that Good Room, not to be outdone by Output’s rooftop, was bringing a Sunday party to the rooftop of its Greenpoint neighbor, the events space known as Dobbin St. So how did yesterday’s first installment turn out? Not bad, it looks like. The chilly weather didn’t keep a whole bunch of die-hards from boogieing down to Holy Ghost! and their openers, the guys from the Fixed parties. We don’t normally condone Instagramming the unsuspecting while they’re dancing, since it inevitably leads to comments like “Woah, dude in brown jacket be trippin!”. But the clips below serve as valuable intel. The parties continue every other Sunday through the summer.

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New Museum Will Debut New Galleries With a Kahlil Joseph Show and More

231 Bowery. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

To celebrate New Museum’s 40th anniversary (contemporary art museums, they grow up so fast!), two new gallery spaces and several exhibits will be added this fall. The temporary galleries will open on September 27 and showcase work by Peter Halilaj and filmmaker Khalil Joseph.

The galleries will connect the museum’s ground floor to 231 Bowery, which the museum purchased in 2011, and will operate for an indefinite period of time, according to a museum spokesperson.

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The Nesquik Bunny Is Working the Corner Right Now

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last time we saw the Nesquik Bunny, it was 166 weeks ago, outside of SummerStage. The BUNNY is BACK, BABY, and posted up on the corner of Lafayette and Houston. As of 1:45pm, the rabbit and his helpers (bodyguards?) were handing out free samples of Nesquik Protein Plus. They couldn’t say how long they’d be there, so you better hop on over if you want a selfie. After that, walk down to Despaña and get the good stuff: Cola Cao.

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This Rooftop Bar Has Crazy Views Of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Trippy New Whirlpool

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Chinatown isn’t the only one that just got a splashy new rooftop hotel bar. Across the water in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the newly opened outpost of Starwood’s “ecoluxury” brand, 1 Hotel, opened its rooftop bar and pool over the weekend.

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Elderly LES Cyclist Dies; Previewing 325 Kent Ave

A 74-year-old Lower East Side woman died from injuries sustained when her bicycle was doored on E. 20th Street. [Town & Village]

The Times published a recent piece making the case for Williamsburg residents to stay in the neighborhood during the forthcoming 15-month L train hiatus. [NY Times]

Designer Lindsey Thornburg will forgo her eponymous Orchard Street shop for an appointment-only successor in Chelsea. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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21 New Things to Do in NYC This Memorial Day Weekend

The William Vale.

Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, and we’re heading for the hills– or, more likely, the beach. While we’re away till Tuesday, here’s a rundown of all the fun options at your disposal this weekend. Whatever you do, don’t just sit around, get takeout, and watch Twin Peaks. Do you really think it’s going to be better than Twin Peaks burlesque?
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The Mermaid Parade Has Been Saved, and Coney Island Museum Is Adding a Pinball Wing

Mermaids at last year's parade.

At last year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

The Mermaid Parade, Coney Island’s annual crowd-pleaser and glitter-industry Black Friday, is back on solid financial footing — and not a moment too soon — thanks to an unexpected deus ex machina: the intervention of two generous private donations supplementing an ongoing crowdfunding campaign.

Despite the recent news that Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie fame will raise their scepters as this year’s Queen Mermaid and King Neptune, the Parade had been struggling. A “Feed the Mermaids” crowdfunding campaign to save the parade has so far raised $9,000, far short of its $50,000 goal.

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Despite Rapid Development, Bushwick Community Plan Won’t Happen Until Next Year

Bushwick Rezoning? Watch Here at 10:00 TODAY!

City Limits’ publisher, Jarrett Murphy, interviewing New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso on the proposed rezoning in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Posted by City Limits on Thursday, May 25, 2017

When we last checked in with the Bushwick Community Plan that stakeholders are formulating for the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal were hoping to introduce it to the City Council sometime this year. But it now looks like it won’t happen until the end of 2018, Reynoso said in an interview with City Limits.

“Through negotiations and the work that they’re doing, we’ve noticed that we’ve had to push the timeline back a year,” Reynoso told the site’s publisher, Jarrett Murphy.

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Crashing Films Second Season in Williamsburg Soon

Crashing, the Judd Apatow-produced HBO show in which podcaster extraordinaire Pete Holmes plays an aspiring standup rebounding from a split with his wife, was renewed for season two a couple of months ago, and now it’s back on the streets of New York. A posting on Bedford Avenue indicates it’ll be filming in the heart of Williamsburg on Monday, June 5.

Much of last season’s action occurred in Greenwich Village, where Holmes’s character barked for the Boston Comedy Club and jockeyed for sets along with comics like the one played by Brooklyn fixture Aparna Nancherla. (The Boston Comedy Club was an actual venue; Comedy Village now occupies its subterranean space on MacDougal Street.)

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Fire at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza; Astor Place Shake Shack

Early this morning, a fire originated inside the walls of the first Artichoke Basille’s Pizza on E. 14th Street, spreading to apartments above before firefighters were able to quell the blaze. [EV Grieve]

A man seated near the intersection of Norfolk and Rivington Street’s received a two-inch gash on the chin from a random passerby one week ago, per police. [DNA Info]

Shake Shack signed a lease at 51 Astor Place, where it is expected to debut later this year. [NY Post] Keep Reading »