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Williamsburg’s Newest Takeout Joint Serves a Woody Allen Sando

Drive In Sandwiches (Photo: Instagram @driveinbk)

Drive In Sandwiches (Photo: Instagram @driveinbk)

First a Williamsburg filmmaker paid tribute to Annie Hall, and now a Williamsburg sandwich maker is doing the same.

At Drive In Sandwiches, which opened yesterday at 690 Metropolitan Avenue, the Annie Hall consists of pastrami, swiss, tomatoes, onions, and homemade slaw on a baguette. Other “feature presentations” (i.e. specialty sandwiches) are named after classics like The Hangover, Down By Law, and Three Amigos.

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Spring Clean Your Face with Bust’s Beauty Market at Brooklyn Bazaar

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Brooklyn Bazaar is changing it up on Sunday, April 19 for Bust Craftacular’s Primped, an event dedicated to providing goods and services for the ladies and gents out there who tend toward grooming and elaborate face painting rituals. We’re talking about a full day of beauty of course.

If this sounds like exotic, unfamiliar territory then seriously listen up, you probably need all the help you can get. It’s like that Discharge song :“You got acne all over your face/ See a doctor/ What a disgrace/Get some face cream.” Solid advice.

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Skate ‘Prof’ Shows Kids How to Make Decked-Out Decks

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(Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

Paul Schmitt and pupil. (Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

Paul Schmitt and pupil. (Photos: Anthony Pappalardo)

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A line of skateboarders from their pre-teens to their 30s queued up this past Saturday, waiting up to an hour for “Professor” Paul Schmitt to saw their 9-ply rectangles of wood into custom skateboards. Hosted by Converse Cons at Chemistry Creative in Bushwick, Schmitt was part of a team that included Brooklyn-based designer Grotesk, and local pro skater Aaron Herrington, conducting a workshop titled, “Making & Designing Skate Decks,” as part of the Cons Project’s free community program.

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What’s This Typewriter Cabin Doing in Tompkins Square Park This Summer?

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Forget paying some guy to write a poem on his typewriter. This summer you’ll be able to type your own deep thoughts when the Typewriter Project comes to the East Village June 14 to July 19.

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Sting Helps Explosion Victims; Townhouse With Trampoline Selling For $7.25M

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“A plumber who worked at the East Village building where two people died in an explosion last month has admitted to illegally tapping into a gas line there — but said the landlord’s son ordered him to do it, The Post has learned.” [NY Post]

Sting and his wife have contributed $36,000 to Good Old Lower East Side and victims of the explosion. A fundraising performance is coming at Theatre 80. [MyFox]

So far $6K has been raised to aid the family of Moises Locon Yac, the 26-year-old Sushi Park busboy killed in the recent East Village gas line explosion. [DNA Info]

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Closer Look at K’ook, a Korean Upstart Now Open on Curry Row

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

K’ook, the casual Korean restaurant that replaced Jewel of India at 324 East 6th Street, opened this week and is now serving “crispy rice eggs” (boiled eggs wrapped in pork, rice, and kimchi and then deep fried). We stopped in for a visit this afternoon and they rolled out a feast of traditional and fusion dishes. That’s what “casual” means, explained chef Dantae (given name Yong Choi), who has worked in restaurants in Koreatown and on Long Island. (Owner Felicia Park was a partner in Han Joo on St. Marks Place.) Like another Korean newcomer, Yooeating, K’ook serves more than just the classics, as you can see from the menu and from the photos below.

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Williamsburg’s Tender Trap Reopens in Greenpoint With an LES Gallery in Tow

Superchief gallery (Instagram)

Superchief gallery (Instagram)

One of Williamsburg’s wildest bars has reopened in Greenpoint, bringing a party-prone ex-Lower East Side gallery with it.

Tender Trap was described as one of the “50 Coolest Places in New York” before it abruptly closed after just two years in November of 2013, and Superchief was part of the “#1 Art Bar in America” when it was forced to leave its Clinton Street perch inside of CultureFix back in July. Now the two exiles are dream-teaming up in the former home of rock bar Coco 66, which itself closed rather abruptly.

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B&H Owner Worries Post-Explosion Closure Could Cook His 73-Year-Old Diner

B&H Dairy awaits the return of their gas before they can reopen. (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

B&H Dairy awaits the return of their gas before they can reopen. (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

This morning, outside of a shuttered B&H Dairy, owner Fawzy Abdelwahad stood waiting for Con Ed inspectors who were due to check his gas line. Since an explosion leveled three buildings a few doors down from him last week, he’s been working with various city agencies and his insurance company to reopen his 73-year-old diner and keep his business from going under.

Abdelwahad, who has owned B&H for 13 years, said that with taxes, rent, insurance, labor, food, and supplies, his expenses run between $30,000 to $40,000 a month. He has no savings and no personal assets to leverage in order to support the business. “If it’s going to be like this for a while,” he said, waving at the darkened diner, “we could be out of business like, 1-2-3.” He estimated that it would not be able to survive more than a three-week closure. “I love it, of course,” he said of the greasy spoon. “It’s like my son, one of my children, my family.”

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Witches of Bushwick Haunt Stream Gallery All Month Long (First Stop: Foot Paintings)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

In anticipation of the opening for the Witches of Bushwick residency at Stream Gallery, we stopped by the Bushwick mini-art front yesterday. We can’t say we didn’t look sort of ridiculous getting there right as the gate opened, but thankfully we were greeted not only by a singular, unopened bottle of red wine sitting by its lonesome on a pedestal but also by Christine Tran (co-founder of Witches of Bushwick along with Anne Alexander).

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Is a Dysfunctional Love Letter to East Village

If you were bopping around the East Village in the summer of 2012, there’s a good chance you’ll catch yourself in the background of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which filmed in the neighborhood that August and just hit Netflix. Ned Benson’s trilogy about a married couple’s separation following the death of their child isn’t just a unique cinematic experiment – it’s also worth watching if you’ve ever had a relationship play out between East Houston and 14th Street.

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Team Forgetmenot Will Open Kiki’s, a Homey Greek Spot, Next Week

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Kiki's (Photo: Paula Ho)

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Zhen Ling Tan Taoist today, Kiki’s tomorrow.

What was once a Chinese supply store on 130 Division Street is now an oasis of absolute Grecian cool. A step away from your typical blue and white Greek island vibe, this rustic restaurant, the second baby of Forgetmenot owners Kiki Karamintzas, Nick Spanos, and Paul Sierros, pays homage to the real heartland of Greece: the northern mountains.

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4 Must-Go Shows, One at a Secret Locale and Another at David Blaine’s Steakhouse

11081195_590080871094591_8503587807180071635_n Making a weekend show list was insanely easy this time around because there are an outrageous number of amazing happenings stuffed into a tiny slice of time, so choose wisely guys. Take your pick from surprises, standbys, newish venus, and secret locations. Believe it or not, it’s all happening within the next 48 hours.

Speaking of believing, you should probably, definitely hit David Blaine’s The Steakhouse– a newish DIY spot in where else? Bushwick. We’ve been in touch with the management over there and after this weekend will hopefully have a better idea of what kind of magic tricks we’re dealing with and whether or not this spot will reign as Bushwick’s most exciting steak dining destination. They’ve got a great deal of stiff competition.

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