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Helvetica, Yeah! Greenpoint Gets a Graphic Design Bookstore

(Photo courtesy of Hamish Smyth, Order)

If you’re the kind of person who delights in debating the relative merits of font serifs or reminiscing about the heyday of subway sign design then you may have a new place to congregate with the like-minded. The founders of Greenpoint-based design firm Order recently opened Standards Manual– to their knowledge New York’s only specialty graphic design bookstore.

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Indoor Comedy Shows, A Multitude of Taylors, and More Performance Picks

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(image via LAWL / Eventbrite)

LAWL
Thursday, May 25 at New Women Space, 7 pm: $5

It is good to laugh, and there are allegedly real scientific statistics to back up such a claim. In fact, I just found something literally called the Laugher Online University, and you know what, I have a lot of questions about it.  But why spend your time on weird websites when you can venture into the real world and get some actual laughter?

You’re in luck— Thursday night is LAWL (Ladies and Womyn Laughing), Arti Gollapudi’s comedy night showcasing women, trans, and gender non-conforming funny folk. Gollapudi is no stranger to curating spaces prioritizing these groups, as she is also a co-founder of the Comedy Cunt Collective. Tonight at LAWL, you can see jokes n’ silly stories by Sue Smith, Shannon Odell, and Wanjiko Eke. And if I’ve made you too curious about this University of Laughter, you can always just look it up on your phone in between acts or something. Keep Reading »

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Nick Zinner and James Murphy Remember When Being in a Band Was ‘Not a Very Good Idea’

L to R: Nick Zinner, James Murphy, Rob Sheffield, and Lizzy Goodman. (Photo courtesy of Strand Book Store)

Last night at Strand Book Store, Lizzy Goodman said she considered her new oral history, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, a “dirty high school reunion.” Which was weird, because I don’t remember going to high school with Aziz Ansari and Seth Meyers, who were in the audience.

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Danny Bowien Sued By Mission Cantina Investor, a Former Trump Honcho

Danny Bowien at Mission Cantina. (Photo: Melissa Hom for NY Mag)

When Mission Cantina closed its doors on the Lower East Side late last year, the neighborhood had one less buzzworthy Mexican restaurant, the landlord one less problem tenant, and investor Scott Kasen had a heck of a lot less money. 

The restaurant, which was owned by Mission Chinese’s Daniel Bowien, had lukewarm Yelp reviews and was even called “curiously unsatisfying” by The New York Times, but remained highly Instagrammable during its three-year run.

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Attention Indie Film Fans: One Week to the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

Picture courtesy of AoBFF17.

Here’s some good news for New York’s numerous indie film fans – the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is only a week away.

Running June 3 to 12, the festival (acronym, for extra credit: AoBFF17) describes itself as “the ONLY international, independent festival in the world devoted to Brooklyn’s vibrant film and media scene,” and considers films with any connection to the borough.

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Lobsterpalooza! A Lobster Fest and Two New Roll-Outs

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Lobstah season is upon us, and our pot runneth over. The morsel of news: Luke’s Lobster is opening near Union Square on June 1. Take a look at the storefront at 124 University Place, above, and you’ll notice it’s painted red, unlike the 11 other Luke’s locations around town. That’s because Luke’s has teamed up with (RED) for a promotion aimed at fighting AIDS. Donate $1 to the organization when you buy a lobster roll during the month of June, and not only will Luke’s match it, but so will The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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YURT ALERT: Camp Upstate in Brand New Yurts, or Glamp On a NYC Beach

Yurt at Evangola State Park.

Last time we issued a yurt alert, The Standard, East Village had just launched its winter garden. Let’s face it, at $200 and up, that situation was more yikes than yurts, but today we come to you with a far more reasonable proposition.

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo hyped the opening of camping season, this weekend, by announcing that the state has added some new facilities to its 119 campgrounds. Among them are six new cabins at Moreau Lake State Park, in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and– yes– two new yurts, located right off of Lake Eerie at Evangola State Park. Now, that park is located some seven hours from the city, so it’s not the most viable weekend trip. But, hey, it’s good to know the state is invested in #yurtlife. The wood-floor, fabric-walled yurts come equipped with cots, a refrigerator, and a microwave, so bust out the Hot Pockets. You can book them for about $84 a night.

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For Better or Worse, This Fried-Chicken Donut Sandwich Is Available For Three Days Only

It’s been a while since we saw something worthy of This Is Why You’re Fat, but the blog may just have to relaunch for this one. This weekend, West Village bakery The Doughnut Project is serving up a Maple Bourbon Tabasco Glazed doughnut, which is curious enough on its own. But here’s the blechtacular part: At the same time, Root & Bone will be using the orbs for fried chicken sandwiches.

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Good Room Launches Rooftop Party Series at Dobbin St, With Roberta’s Doing Food

(Courtesy of Dobbin St)

Output has one undeniable advantage over its Greenpoint clubbing counterpart, Good Room. It has a roof, which this year has been redesigned to resemble an “enchanted forest.” But, wait: Not to be outdone, Good Room has announced a series of parties over at Dobbin St, the neighboring events space that has been hosting man markets, movie screenings and the like.

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A Look at Industry City’s New Tugboat Bar, Ping-Pong Arena, and Mini Golf Course

(Photos courtesy of Industry City)

Last week we shared some details of the summer offerings at Sunset Park’s Industry City – including mini-golf, ping-pong, and a satellite eatery of the Frying Pan, the wildly popular floating restaurant at Pier 66 Maritime in Chelsea.

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Rally for Loft Law Reform; Falafel Guys Money Woes

The married owners of the recently-closed East Village spot Joe and Misses Doe will helm Georges Vongerichten’s soon-to-open Fire Island eatery. [EV Grieve]

Local politicians and advocates will lead a rally Thursday night in Greenpoint for a better citywide Loft Law. That same night, a new exhibition space, the Batu Museum, will debut at Grand Street’s Shin Gallery. [Art F City]

At Falafel Guys on Rivington Street, the new owner (an immigrant from Bangladesh), is trying to quickly cobble together $10K for plumbing upgrades. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »