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Tuscan Restaurant-Retail Hybrid ‘Coming Soon’ to Union Square

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Over the weekend we noticed signage for Mi Garba up at 129 Fourth Ave., the former home of Dryden Gallery Space near Union Square. According to the Post, the company, which stocks European supermarkets with freshly prepared Tuscan foods, is planning a 10-table restaurant where clothing items and food and wine will also be for sale.
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Listen to Iggy Pop Talk Burroughs and Then Go To William’s 101st Birthday Party

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During Friday’s episode of This American Life, Ira Glass confessed that — just like he thought “Shakespeare sucks” — he totally didn’t get William S. Burroughs. Until, that is, a BBC Radio documentary narrated by Iggy Pop — and featuring interviews with John Waters, Will Self, and some of Burroughs’s biographers and lovers — totally made him realize what all the hoopla over the man’s 100 birthday was last year.
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From the Streets to the Suites: ’80s East Village Shows in Modern-Day Midtown

(Photos: Giulia Alexandra)

(Photos: Giulia Alexandra)

After talking to photographer Ken Schles last week about his exhibition opening at the Howard Greenberg Gallery I headed to the Midtown East last Thursday to check it out. Ken captured the East Village during the 1980s heroin haze and I wanted to see the glittering carnage up close. What I found was something else entirely.
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Knifepoint Boutique Robbery; Wes Anderson Bingo in Williamsburg

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The fire at a Williamsburg records storage facility continues to smolder and will likely take a week to completely put out. [NY Daily News]

A 19-year-old was woman working at Goldwater Thriftique on E. 7th Street was threatened at knifepoint by two men who stole $240 from the cash register last month. [DNA Info]

Today is Groundhog Day—find out whether Phil saw his shadow this morning. [Punxsutawney Groundhog Club]
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‘The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of’: A Serial-Like Case In Our Own Backyard

Paul Higgins today. (Illustration of photo by Elizabeth Flock.)

Paul Higgins today. (Illustration of photo by Elizabeth Flock.)

A Brooklyn man is fighting to prove he was wrongfully convicted following a trial that bares striking and unsettling parallels to the one that was the subject of Serial.
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‘Community Gardens District’ Would Prevent Gutting of Greenspace

(Photo: Siempre Verde)

(Photo: Siempre Verde)

While Community Board 3 is staunchly opposed to synthetic greenery, it’s doing everything it can to preserve actual greenspace. The board wants to designate all of the East Village and Lower East Side’s community gardens as parkland, so that they’re protected from future development. Last night, it overwhelmingly approved a resolution to request that the city officially name its area Community Gardens District.
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Otto’s Shrunken Head Rethinks Its Decor

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Before you freak out, the East Village’s diviest tiki bar hasn’t changed immensely– but Otto’s Shrunken Head has revamped what Nell the bartender described as a floor that was “peeling off,” and apparently the source of that overpowering smell of urine. The new bright blue floor smells like fresh linoleum and has given Otto’s, which opened back in 2002, a new lease on not-smelling-like-piss-and-regret, something really quite fortunate for a bar where people get shamefully sloshed on Zombies and Singapore Slings.
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