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Ran Tea House Is Now a Zen Co-Working Space By Day, Venue By Night

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

It’s a challenge to think of many communal places in the city where one can find absolute calm, and good luck finding peace and quiet at anything resembling a coffee shop. Someone’s inevitably going to waltz in and play some bad folk music or talk well above normal conversation level about their Master’s thesis in who-the-hell-cares. Enter the newly made-over Ran Tea House. Once mainly dedicated as a private event space, it’s now a very grown-up co-working space by day and venue by night and weekend, complete with a fine selection of teas.

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Talks and Readings: Historic Greenpoint, Multiculti Confessions, and More

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Almost Famous, except about a girl. And set in the ’90s. And British.
How to Build a Girl, described by the New York Times’ Dwight Garner as “a British version of ‘Almost Famous,’ delivered from a female perspective and set two decades later,” is celebrating its paperback release with a reading by author Caitlin Moran. She’s often compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham, “which is fair so far as it goes,” according to Garner, “though I’d add Amy Winehouse and the early Roseanne Barr to the mix.” Watch her read excerpts from her comic novel about a poor teen determined to reinvent herself as a rock critic in 1990s London.
Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village).

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A DIY Space Where ‘People of Color Have Empowerment’ Gets Ready For Next Act

Winston Scarlett: curator of Slackgaze and founder of Nola Darling (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Winston Scarlett: curator of Slackgaze and founder of Nola Darling (Photo: Nicole Disser)

For the city’s DIY scene, the year 2014 was anything but static– openings, closings, you know the drill. And while one little venue might seem like it’s simply joining the list of short-lived venues and tragic casualties, in all probability, Nola Darling is just getting started.

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Police Seek Help Finding Pepper-Sprayers; Macaron Push-Pops

Fourth of July NYC 2015: Martin Tanahey Playground

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Police released surveillance video of two attempted burglars who pepper sprayed a Bushwick man to gain access to his apartment on June 30. [Pix 11]

One of the tourists who took a selfie in front of the East Village explosion aftermath in March is now a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. [Fox News

A six-month-long resurfacing project began yesterday on FDR Drive. [CBS NY]

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Sneak Peek Inside Miscalanea, a Luchador-Free Mexican Deli and Coffee Spot

Guillaume “G” Guevara, owner. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Guillaume “G” Guevara, owner. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Guillaume “G” Guevara isn’t a big fan of the way local businesses represent Mexico: “When I go to a restaurant here it looks like a museum for wackos,” he told us. That’s why he’s opening Miscelanea New York, a grocery, gift shop and takeaway torta/coffee spot featuring products sourced from or inspired by his homeland.

“It’s an extension of Mexico, in a way,” said Guevara. When his store opens in the East Village on July 15, he hopes it’ll be more true to contemporary Mexico than what he has seen in other places during his 12 years of living in New York. “I don’t mean to diminish people’s businesses, but I’ve had an issue with the way Mexico is presented in other establishments,” he said. “It works and it sells, but I don’t like when I go to a Mexican store and everything is luchador masks and mariachi and tequila shots. That’s not the Mexico I grew up with.”

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Want to Get ‘Permanently Tweaked’? Make a Miniature Painting Every Day

Lorraine Loots (photo: Rob Scher)

Lorraine Loots (photo: Rob Scher)

Can you think of an activity you’ve completed every single day for two years? While I’d struggle to even claim taking a brush to my molars that consistently, South African miniaturist Lorraine Loots extended hers (brush, not molars) to 730 photorealistic watercolor paintings, the prints of which will be on display this Wednesday at Three Kings Studio in Williamsburg.

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Shows: Forecast Predicts Raining Men; Enigmatic Band Releases New Tracks

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Welcome back to IRL. Here’s to hoping you had a good one being equal parts proud to live in a country where you don’t have to think too hard about what went into your readily available Apple phone and palm oil snacks, and all “pshhh” about the whole affair. We’re also fingers-crossed that you didn’t go too DIY on fireworks after a failed reconnaissance mission ‘cross the Pennsylvania border (really, you gotta know a guy to get anything close to decent fireworks ’round these parts)– because fingers and toes are maybe more valuable than even the most awe-inducing homemade mortar blast or Roman candle to your unsuspecting friend’s face. In the interest of such things, maybe you didn’t get your kicks, but fear not, there are better, much safer ways to get your thrills via rock n’ roll. Take this week to scoot your butt to some shows and allow yourself to revel. Believe us, it’ll make up at least a little bit for this increasingly less-explosive holiday.

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Comedian Damien Lemon Will ‘Get into the Deep Issues, But This Isn’t a TED Talk’

Damien Lemon.

Damien Lemon.

You’ve probably seen Damien Lemon on MTV 2’s Guy Code, or as the cabbie in one of those Spiderman movies or on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. This month you can find him doing stand-up at The Stand. Lemon first walked onto the stage in 2005, when he performed at Sal’s Comedy Hole, and since then he’s been dishing out laid-back advice and commentary on race, sex and, yes, Uber drivers. Lemon, who also co-hosts a podcast called #InTheConversation and co-anchors MTV 2’s Not Exactly News gave us insight into the comedians he most looks up to, the “two different Brooklyns,” and how he transforms “fucked up” shit into jokes that hit.

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Man Falls to Death on LES; First Victory for B&H in Quest to Re-Open

Fourth of July NYC 2015: Flag jorts

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A 28-year-old man died around 2:30 a.m. yesterday when he accidentally fell off the roof of a six-story building on Delancey Street, according to authorities. [NY Post]

Four people were hospitalized in stable condition following a July 4th fire in Bushwick at 170 Wyckoff Avenue. [ABC 7]

Last week B&H Dairy received a bit of good news: the Department of Buildings okayed the first permit so the eatery can begin making structural improvements in the wake of the EV explosion. [EV Grieve]

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Rockaway Gets More Boardwalk and Clam Boils, Just in Time for the 4th

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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I’m proud to be an American, because the Parks Department just opened another stretch of Rockaway boardwalk, from Beach 97th Street to Beach 106th Street (i.e. from Low Tide Bar’s concession stand to the Caracas concession stand). Okay, fine, so the construction company is Swedish, but whatever. As you can see from the slideshow above, shit is looking good.

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