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We Dodged the Selfie Sticks Inside of Soho’s Adult Ball Pit

Pearlfisher's hard at work (Photo: Rob Scher)

Pearlfishers hard at work (Photo: Rob Scher)

When I heard that an adult ball pit was opening in Soho, I jumped at the opportunity to cover it. And I wasn’t alone in my enthusiasm: 4,200 others booked half-hour slots in just a week. Maybe visitors to “Jump In!” really did want to awaken their inner child and channel the wealth of creative energy back into their day jobs. More likely, they envisioned a grown-up version of Chuck E. Cheese — a Charles Edward Cheese, if you will.

“I’m playing hooky from work,” admitted Kristin Ren as we took the elevator up to the fifth floor offices of Pearlfisher yesterday afternoon. Beside us stood an actual employee of the office, simply returning to work from a break void of reminisced childhood. “Yeah, it’s been fun,” semi-enthused the unnamed worker, his excitement understandably waning since his office took a turn toward a McDonald’s PlayPlace.

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The Yin Yangs Premiere ’21st Century,’ from Their New Tape Taste

Official Yin Yangs band photo (Photo via the Yin Yangs)

Official Yin Yangs band photo (Photo via the Yin Yangs)

It’s been a big summer for the Yin Yangs, the Brooklyn garage-psych-punk outfit you’ve most likely seen at any number of DIY venues around town. Right before they took off on a Southern tour, the trio played Gigawatts Fest back in July alongside their up-and-coming peers, some of the best rock bands in the city right now (Heaven’s Gate, Surfbort, Vulture Shit, Future Punx, etc.). And in September they’re dropping a new tape, Taste, their first true release since unleashing their digital demos in 2013. Lucky for you we got our grubby paws on “21st Century,” and are premiering the brand new track right here, right now for your listening pleasure.

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Like Champers and Oysters? The McCarren Hotel’s Rooftop Is Your New Xanadu

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After a brief turn as Sheltering Sky, the McCarren Hotel & Pool’s rooftop bar is now Xanadu. The year-round roof deck has been reimagined by Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) and Francesco Panella (Antica Pesa), the team behind the hotel’s new fern bar Oleanders.

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Penelope Gazin Draws Monstrous Broads and Alien Goddesses as If She Were ‘Living in a Cave’

Penelope Gazin in front of her work (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Penelope Gazin in front of her work (Photo: Nicole Disser)

We’re guessing the world would look a whole lot different if bad ass women like Penelope Gazin had been well-represented in animation and comics from the start. But Gazin has her hand in so many projects, it’s almost as if she’s single-handedly trying to make up for lost time. Her paintings, drawings, and animations have a unique staying power, and will almost certainly end up plastered all over the walls of your skull if you spend some time with them. Gazin’s sassy, hilarious, and sometimes twisted images of alien babes and monster princesses don’t depart amicably.

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Watch This Giant Donald Trump Piñata Get Bashed to Bits

Stare into the void y'all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Stare into the void y’all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A flock of Trump groupies gathered on the eastern side of McCarren Park yesterday, but there was nary a “Thank You Lord Jesus” sign to be found. Instead they were wielding sticks and lining up to bash their patron saint. Well, in reality we can’t be sure where anybody helping to destroy a pair of Donald Trump piñatas–created by the people at Ratter— leans politically.

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Elizabeth Street Garden Under Threat; Work Stopped at Ace Hotel Bowery

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A 42-year-old man is in critical condition after being assaulted outside Bushwick’s La Fogata restaurant yesterday morning around 4 a.m. Police are looking for the suspect and released video footage to the public. [Gothamist]

The rising Ace Hotel on Bowery received two stop-work orders for failing to convince the Department of Buildings of its structural stability. [Bowery Boogie]

Developers hope to replace the Elizabeth Street Community Garden in Nolita with up to 75 units of affordable housing. [DNA Info]

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Chef-Driven Cantonese Spot Will Bring Venison Stir-Fry to Avenue B

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

The co-founder of what might just be “the best Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn” is setting up shop in the East Village. Ben Pope, former executive chef at 2 Duck Goose in Gowanus, has signed a 15-year lease at 165 Avenue B, per an announcement from broker Eastern Consolidated.

Pope, a former East Villager, plans to open Sum, a restaurant serving “modern and traditional Cantonese cuisine.” The name means “heart” in Cantonese and captures “how he feels about the East Village community that remains close to his heart,” said Joe Robinson, one of the brokers who represented Pope in the deal. The space, between 10th and 11th Streets, includes a 700-square-foot back garden.

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Read This Book Before You Snapchat That Masked Punk Musician

"Placid Girl"

“Placid Girl”

“What if on the outside of this picture, where this guy is sitting on a chair with his guitar, there’s a chained up hostage being held outside the frame?” said Brenna Ehrlich, explaining the inspiration behind her debut novel. “That would be super weird.”

Ehrlich will launch Placid Girl tonight at her neighborhood bookstore, Word in Greenpoint. She describes the YA thriller as a punk rock version of Catfish. After Hallie, a young aspiring drummer, starts talking to her “favorite masked punk musician” on a photo-sharing app, she decides to travel with a group of friends to meet Haze in person. The result is a gut-knotting trajectory from suburban teenager to dangerously obsessed fangirl.

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Talks and Readings: Bourbon Guru, Top-Notch Poets, and a Professional Internet Person

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Robert Goolrick’s most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, finds retired 1980s ad man Rooney writing his memoir after an era of American Psycho-style unrepentant debauchery and greed (but without the murdering). Join the author for a discussion with the undeniably fabulous author and actress Joan Juliet Buck. (She played Madame Elisabeth Brassart in Julie & Julia and wrote an essay about being intimidated by Nora Ephron during the audition, and she’s written for a bunch of fancy publications, including Vogue, W, and The New Yorker.) And Algonquin’s publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt will be there, too.
Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho). 

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Tap Your Inner ‘Good Ole Boy’ in Bushwick This Weekend

“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand. My point ain’t subtle. I’m a southern man,” are the opening lines to The Cadillac Three’s song “The South,” a country-meets-rock tune you might just catch if you stop by The Shop this Saturday.

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Lit Reopens September 11; Bernie Sanders Big in Bushwick

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Police closed a Second Avenue convenience store, alleging stolen property and synthetic marijuana being sold on the premises. [EV Grieve]

East Village landlord Rafael Toledano is being investigated by the state for allegedly harassing his tenants. [NY Daily News]

The team who thought up the Lowline filed paperwork to open a “Lowline Lab” underneath Essex Street Market, where tests will be performed on how to best harvest sunlight. [Bowery Boogie]

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