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This New Luxury Meeting Pad Will Cure Your Case of the Mondays

(Photo: Courtesy of MEET on Chrystie)

(Photo: Courtesy of MEET on Chrystie)

Let’s face it, office meetings are the soul-sucking worst: they’re a dull grey-hued stream of stale pastries, pretending to pay attention and vague lower back pain. If visiting Don Draper’s office makes you wish you could brainstorm amongst whiskey carts and midcentury mod couches, then you might want to take your next conference call at MEET on Chrystie.
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Funny Business: Amy Shumer, Billy Eichner Taking Over the East Village Today

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Two comedy shows are taking this yucky weather and adding still more yucks. As in… laughs! Ok, fine, that was weak. What we’re trying to say is that Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s new show, Difficult People, has temporarily turned San Marzano, on the corner of East 7th, into D’s Cafe, as you can see here. Meanwhile, just a couple of blocks down Second Avenue, Inside Amy Schumer has returned to the East Village. If you’ve always wanted to be on one of her HBO Real Sex-style man-on-the-street segments, sorry, there’ll be no stopping and chatting in this frigid weather: they’re shooting indoors, at Kingston Hall.

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Smorgasburg Returns to Williamsburg in April; Retail Complex Replacing Spike Hill

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Police say a man with a knife robbed Spring Street beauty shop Molton Brown of $350 last night around 7:30 p.m. [NY Daily News]

A rendering was released of the three-story retail structure planned for Spike Hill‘s former address on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. [Wall Street Journal]

At 200 Lafayette Street in Noho, 85K-square-feet of fully-leased offices are expected to sell for $120 million. [Crain's NY]
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This Is Why We Can’t Have Ice Things

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

The Chinatown snowman has been tagged — and we don’t mean on Facebook. (Though, strangely enough, the creature does have a Facebook page.) A tipster who lives nearby sent us the above photo of the adorable snowman chilling at the corner of Essex and Canal, sporting his usual traffic cone and some fresh ink. It’s not the first time the big guy has tried something new — as you can see from these photos taken in 2011, he’s been known to sport some festive scarves.
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The LES Gets A Comfy New Diner Serving Sazeracs and ‘Jewbano’ Sandwiches

The Comfort on Grand Street (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Comfort on Grand Street (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we could feel exactly zero of our extremities by the time we rolled up to the Comfort, a new diner on the Lower East Side, but something about this place was so… comfortable. Roomy old-school vinyl booths and a springy color scheme offer a seriously cushy respite from the brutal second coming of the Ice Age happening outside right now. Oh, and the Comfort, unlike its older sister restaurant the Comfort Diner (which has called what’s perhaps the least comfortable spot on the planet, Times Square, home for the last 20 years or so) has possibly the best cure for New Ice Age-related ecophobia: booze.
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Mr. Lower East Side Moves to Brooklyn to Escape the ‘Bro Douchebags’

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

This year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen might well be remembered as the year Mr. Lower East Side left the Lower East Side. The annual pageant cum notorious raunch fest and queer extravaganza celebrating the male form in all its sweaty, smelly, hairy glory, now in its 16th year of existence, was originally scheduled to happen in January at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. But the show was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police,” according to event organizer “Rev.” Jen Miller (also the operator of our favorite Troll Museum). Thankfully, the good people at the Lucky 13 Saloon reached out to Rev. Jen and offered their space for the annual event.
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Glenn Branca Premiered ‘Orgasm,’ His New Symphony For 100 Guitars

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

(Photo: Philharmonie Paris/Twitter)

Kim Gordon’s forthcoming memoir (being plugged at BAM tonight and Strand tomorrow) has brought new attention to the No Wave scene she emerged from during her downtown days in the early ’80s — Glenn Branca, one of the movement’s forerunners, was even name-checked in yesterday’s All Things Considered story about the book. And yet the premiere of Branca’s sixteenth symphony at the Paris Philharmonic on Friday strangely hasn’t received much attention, even though the hour-long opus has a hell of a title (“Orgasm”) and was written for a staggering 100 electric guitars (that’s 80 six-string guitars and 20 basses).
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Bushwick Has the Most Burglaries; Williamsburg’s Oldest Bar Gets New Owner

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Last month, the number of burglaries reported in Bushwick (38) exceeded every other NYC neighborhood. [DNA Info]

The eight-story, mixed-use building at 99 Suffolk Street is on the market for $26 million. One of its tenants, Lower East Side Montessori School, will be replaced by Elements Preschool later this year. [Bowery Boogie]

Dating back to the 1880s, Teddy’s Bar & Grill was purchased last week for an undisclosed amount to a buyer who pledged to preserve the aesthetic of Williamsburg’s oldest watering hole. [Brooklyn Paper]

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This Week In Shows: Extra Bratty Punk, Sludge Metal, And Seriously Heady Art Noise

(Photo: Chargaux)

(Photo: Chargaux)

Hi guys, it’s been a minute since we’ve done a Good Shows listing featuring our picks for live music happenings of the week, but here we go again. As before, we’ll try our darndest to bring you a diverse range of shows featuring lesser-known bands, great touring acts, and local mainstays. The only rule we stick to is that the music rules– no genre or scene specific constraints. However, any band that describes their music as “soaring” need not apply. Sorry, we have our limits.

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Crazier and More Chaotic: A Q + A With Sally Burtnick

Sally Burtnick and Brett Davis, co-creators of "The Macaulay Culkin* Show." (Photo: The Macaulay Culkin* Show)

Sally Burtnick and Brett Davis, co-creators of “The Macaulay Culkin* Show.” (Photo: The Macaulay Culkin* Show)

The fact that The Macaulay Culkin* Show has never had its namesake on stage doesn’t bother Sally Burtnick, the show’s co-creator. Since December 2013 when it debuted, it’s gained a reputation of being insane, and people have started caring about the show for its own sake. Despite the lack of Mac, the show’s had a huge year, with success neither she nor her co-creator Brett Davis could foresee. We rang her up to hear about it, and get a peek inside their upcoming performance, a staged reading of the screenplay Whenever Possible Forever, starring Jon Glaser.

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