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Brace for a Lengthy Webster Hall Closure; Beer Yoga Destinations

Although the driver who killed Neftaly Ramirez in a Greenpoint hit-and-run last month will not be charged, the case will remain open for the foreseeable future, per police. [Brooklyn Paper]

While undergoing it’s just-begun renovations and a change of management, Webster Hall will reportedly be closed for at least two years. [Billboard]

After three years on E. 11th Street, coffee and clothing shop Fair Folks & a Goat will shutter August 31. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Hungry For Stink? Sorry, L7: Pretend We’re Dead Is No Stinker

Pretty much exactly two years ago, we told you about L7: Pretend We’re Dead, the Kickstarter-funded documentary about the ’90s grunge band. The doc is being released on VOD and DVD on October 13, but first it’ll screen at Nitehawk on October 5. If the words “shitlist” or “wargasm” mean anything to you, you’ll want to watch this on the big screen, with a beer in hand, because it’s an awesome blast from the past.

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LES Residents Call For City to Intervene On ‘Nightmarish’ Mega Towers

(Two Bridges resident Trever Holland speaking at the rally in front of the Department of City Planning)

In another installment of “the rent is too damn high,” Two Bridges residents are demanding that the city increase its oversight of the mega-towers coming to the Lower East Side waterfront, which are set to add thousands of luxury units to the lower-income and working-class community.

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There’s Another Death By Audio Doc, And It Wants You to Feel ‘A Little Drunk and Disoriented’

The Death By Audio documentary Goodnight Brooklyn got a lot of attention when it premiered in 2016—partly because the film’s stars and creator had some choice words for Vice, the media giant that infamously took over the DIY space’s home on Kent Avenue. But it wasn’t actually the first documentary about DBA. Back in November of 2007, John and Takako Tymkiw chronicled a year in the life of the two-and-a-half-year-old loft space and effects-pedal workshop as it started hosting shows. The result, You Were Here, will be screened at Lot 45 on Aug. 29 at 10pm, in what’s said to be the doc’s first public showing.

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Taco Bell’s Newest One Has a Fried Egg For a Shell, and You Can Try It With Free Mimosas

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

Back in January when Taco Bell introduced its Naked Chicken Chalupa, the Bell’s pop-up “Speakeasy” in Noho seemed like the toughest table in town. We caught wind of the place too late to get in on it, and experienced some 7-layer FOMO, but now we all have a chance to redeem ourselves: The Bell just announced a new breakfast creation, dubbed the Naked Egg Taco, and it’s going to be served at a brunch pop-up where mimosas will be flowing.

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Alleged Meatball Shop Robber Arrested; EV Massage Parlor Shuttered for Prostitution

Police arrested Brownsville resident Tony Thomas on Friday in connection with last week’s robbery of The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg. [NY Post]

Nie’s Service Center—an East Village massage parlor located next to a school—was shutdown after employees attempted to prostitute themselves to undercover police officers this spring. [DNA Info]

A liquor license was granted to Trionas’s, an Irish bar set to open its third NYC location in the former Croxley Ales space on Avenue B. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Art Openings: Teacups Get Handsy, Ruminations on the Grid, Photography Galore

Tom Butler, analog photography (image via Foley Gallery)

Analog v. Digital
Opening Wednesday, August 16 at Foley Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 26.

Nowadays, it’s common to hear that film photography is dead and that anyone can be a photographer who has enough money to get the iPhone with that fancy Portrait Mode built-in. Nothing like automated depth of field to convey the illusion of skill and craft! However, this group show at Foley Gallery seeks to uplift both analog and digital forms of photographic art.

The gallery defines “analog” as “the photographer using light sensitive paper or film in the process” and “digital” as “using hardware requiring a digital component (point and shoot, cell phone or dSLR cameras) regardless of how it was printed.” Fifty artists in total, approximately 25 in each category, will demonstrate the wide range of photography that’s still out there. It’s one of the rare times that focusing on the merits of “both sides” isn’t a totally useless thing to do.

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Nitehawk Nods to Female Directors, Addressing the ‘Elephant in the Room’

(Photo: Signature Move)

Representation matters. But unsurprisingly, it’s still lacking in nearly all fields. Especially in Hollywood. Casts, directors and producers are overwhelmingly white and male. So much so that in 2015 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated claims of systematic discrimination against female directors.

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Lee Ranaldo Is Doing a Free In-Store at Rough Trade and Signing His New Album

The last couple of times we saw Lee Ranaldo, he was out of town– first at an Inauguration Day show in DC where he and his former Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore let their feelings about Trump be known, and then in New Jersey at the Montclair Film Festival, after the premiere of Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim, a film that documents the making of the singer/guitarist’s next album.

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Forget Beauty Rest, Judah Friedlander’s Activist Barbie Is Woke As Hell

Even Barbie is snapping out of her dream world and mobilizing against Trumpism. During the past several months, comedian and “World Champion” Judah Friedlander, of 30 Rock fame, has been taking this woke Barbie to protests. “If the only people protesting are the ones who are the direct victims of injustice,” Activist Barbie explains in her Insta bio, “then progress will either never happen or will take much longer.” She was back in action this weekend, during anti-Trump, anti-racism marches that took over the streets of Manhattan. Today, she’s at the UN and Trump World Tower, rallying against war with North Korea.

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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 »