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How an Art Raft Gets Built For a Gonzo DIY Boat Battle in the Rockaways

This year’s Battle For Mau Mau Island, the annual art-raft extravaganza that raged last month in the Rockaways, was as crazy as we showed you last year and the “combatants” had wonderful weather to enjoy it. Nary a cloud could be found in the sky all day as rafts were built and launched into the calm waters of Jamaica Bay. By mid-afternoon enough of them were lashed together to make the Island of Mau Mau, where jousting, swimming races and flag stealing had each team on their pruney toes.

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No Charges Expected in Greenpoint Hit-and-Run; Grand Street Ferry Dock Proposed

The garbage truck driver who killed cyclist and Paulie Gee’s employee Neftaly Ramirez, 27, in a hit-and-run last month reportedly won’t face charges from Brooklyn’s District Attorney. [DNA Info]

Per newly-submitted paperwork, Corlears Hook Park on the Lower East Side is the site of a proposed ferry dock that could be built by Summer 2018 to shuttle passengers. [Curbed NY]

Two of the NYC neighborhoods with the greatest disparity between average incomes and rents are Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. [Town & Village] Keep Reading »

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35,000 Drawings Turn a Vampire Classic Into a Story of Immigrant New York

For three years, Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito and a dozen assistants have slaved away on NYsferatu: a Symphonie of a Century, a remake of the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, but made out of 35,000 hand-drawn pictures. “This movie is my second wife right now,” Mastrovito told us. “We are always together, me and NYsferatu. And even if I love it, I love and hate it. NYsferatu has sucked my blood.”

At last, this Monday, the film will premiere at Pier 63.

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Eccentric Pop-Up Antique Shoppe Coming to LES

Credit: Dr. Jennifer Craig.

Is your apartment missing that certain something? Could that certain something be a turn-of-the-century slide projector? Or mother-of-pearl opera glasses? Or an original Singer sewing machine? Or some steampunk-esque optometry glasses?

Well, you’re in luck. There’s a pop-up antique store coming to the Lower East Side next week, and the highly curated roadshow shoppe, which bills itself as a kind of “cabinet of curiosities,” may have just the eccentric accent your staid apartment needs.

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Vermin Got You Squirmin’? Here’s 10 Things We Learned at Rat Academy

Rat Academy graduates collecting their free rat-proof garbage bins. Photo: Shannon Barbour

In a city with as many rats as there are children, New York has taken on several methods of eliminating the pests from city streets, homes and sewers. Birth control, dry ice, and bait have all been employed to curb the ever-growing population. Just last month Mayor de Blasio declared a $32 million war on rats, which has already proven to be successful in the East Village. But rats aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and they’ve even been linked to a Bronx resident who was killed by leptospirosis this year. So last night, a few dozen New Yorkers scurried over to Midtown to attend the third annual Rat Academy and get schooled on all things vermin by a health department rat expert, Caroline Bragdon. Graduates of the talk, hosted by Council Member Corey Johnson, walked away with brand-new rat-proof garbage bins and two hours worth of rat facts. Here are 10 lessons we learned at Rat Academy.
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Bushwick’s Living Gallery Opens an East Village Outpost With BYO Art

(Courtesy of The Living Gallery)

Back in June, when Joseph Meloy and Alexandria Hodgkins saw an ad for a storefront at 53 Avenue B, they fell in love with the building, and understandably so: it’s light purple and its facade has palm tree, heart and animal shapes cast by the landlord, Antonio Echeverri. Within days, the married couple and their business partner, Nyssa Frank, had rented the 250-square-foot storefront to use as a Manhattan outpost of their Bushwick gallery, The Living Space.

Meloy, a native Lower East Sider, felt good about bringing a new art space “back home.”

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A Mysterious New Netflix Show Is Filming at Cup and Saucer

It’s been nearly a month since Cup and Saucer went dark after over 75 years, but someone is basking in the diner’s old-school charm today. Specifically, a film crew. That’s right, the vultures location scouts have descended on the Chinatown diner and a new Netflix series is being filmed there. There isn’t much out there about Ronald, but a casting call for a September shoot indicates that the producers, Paramount Television, are looking for “Chinese shop workers,” a “Caucasian female toddler,” and “Japanese lab workers (scientists, doctors, assistants, etc.).”

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Meatball Shop Looted; Parm Peaces Out of Williamsburg

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, two men—one armed—stole $2K from the Bedford Avenue location of The Meatball Shop, forcing an employee into a walk-in freezer. [NY Post]

Parm has closed its Williamsburg location of three-and-a-half years, setting its sights on Downtown Brooklyn instead. [Eater NY]

A real estate investment firm is attempting to unload six Wooster Street condos for $105 million. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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City Council Passes Sweeping Tenant Protections

Credit: Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center.

Yesterday the City Council passed a sweeping package of pro-tenant legislation long advocated by tenants’ rights groups, activists, and sympathetic city officials. One of the key organizations that lobbied for the legislation, the “Stand for Tenant Safety” coalition, held a support rally outside City Hall.

The main target of the new legislation is the widespread practice of “construction as harassment,” whereby landlords use invasive, unsafe, and sometimes illegal construction to drive out tenants. Typically the landlords are trying to get rent-regulated tenants out so they can charge market rents.

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Tim and Eric Return With a Surprise Special and New Episodes of Bedtime Stories

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Between the return of Broad City, Nathan For You, and Vice Principals, September is going to be a good month for TV comedy. And we won’t even have to wait that long for the comeback of one of our other favorites, Tim and Eric. Those who attended their 10th anniversary show at Town Hall last month got a surprise glimpse of this and were sworn to secrecy; now the duo has officially revealed a teaser for a half-hour special of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! that will premiere Sunday, August 27 at midnight on Adult Swim.

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‘Search Party’ and ‘Broad City’ Return With New Seasons, Sex Toys

Last we heard about the new season of Search Party, co-creator Michael Showalter was saying it would return to TBS sometime this fall. Well, the new season– or, at least, John Early’s part in it– wrapped today, according to a hilarious Instagram from the show’s robot-dancing co-star. (By the way, if you haven’t seen Early in Showalter’s other recent release, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, stop what you’re doing and binge watch it now. Aside from Early’s turn as Camp Firewood’s drama-queen drama teacher, Kim’s Video makes an amazing cameo in the first episode.)

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Meadows Fest Releases Food Lineup, Webster Hall Finale Tix

We’re still recovering from Panorama— maybe we spent too much time in the VR dome, but things still haven’t stopped spinning. But duty calls: The Meadows, from the folks behind Governors Ball, is right around the corner– it’s bringing acts like Jay-Z, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run the Jewels, Gorillaz, and many more to CitiField from Sept. 15 to 17.

There’s some news coming out of camp Meadows today: first off, some more tickets have just been released for the Action Bronson show that the fest is presenting at Webster Hall tonight– the storied venue’s last blast before it gets a revamp from its new owners, AEG.

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