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‘Gentrification in Progress’ at 190 Bowery; Outdoor Movie Guide

Rockaway Beach 2015: New seating

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Presidential candidate Rand Paul and his wife and fellow author, Kelley, will be at Strand tonight at 7:30 p.m. to promote his book, Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America. Attendees must purchase a copy of the book or a $15 gift card.

GILF, a local street artist, roped off 190 Bowery in police tape reading “Gentrification in Progress.” [Bowery Boogie]

A week from today, the Thai chain Spice will shutter its outpost on E. 6th Street and Second Avenue in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

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Climb ‘Shit Rock’ or Forage in the Park at OutdoorFest

(Photo from Destination Backcountry Adventures)

(Photo from Destination Backcountry Adventures)

Learn how to make a fire, forage for your lunch in Central Park and scale Shit Rock and Worthless Boulder during OutdoorFest, a week of more than 50 events across the city between May 27 and June 7. We’ve gathered a short list of some of the activities below. Join in, and you can pretend you’re Reese Witherspoon in Wild, except showered, and with an apartment to go home to when all the outdoorsiness gets old.
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Go See Abbi From Broad City Spiel With Susie Effin’ Essman

Hey, if Awkwafina can pen a New York City guide, why shouldn’t Abbi Jacobson of Broad City do a NYC coloring book? Like Onur Tukel, Jacobson is that rarest of combos, an actor-illustrator, and next month she’ll talk about Color This Book: New York City at the Strand, which is actually featured in the book alongside Washington Square Park, UCB, Artichoke Pizza and other landmarks.

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Chill New Spot For Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken and Chocolate Slush

10409622_1601862313419431_810605332597685005_nJust in time for summer, Chinatown got a new bubble tea parlor via Formosa Cafe, on Eldridge Street. Actually, this one is less of a parlor and more of a slick lounge, complete with pleather seating, wifi, and Shepard Fairy-esque art on the walls. If you’re in a rush for slush, check out the photo below and read on for the menu.

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Burlesquers Don Pasties For Mad Men Tribute

mad-men-logoDon’t know about you, but I was a little disappointed with the Mad Men finale. Maybe it’s just because I’m yoga-phobic, but I wasn’t a big fan of LululemDon. Luckily, the show isn’t going to end with ashram Hamm, cuz the folks at Hotsy Totsy Burlesque are writing the next chapter in the form of a Mad Men tribute.

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Bushwick’s Farm-in-the-Sky Gets Uprooted By Its Landlord

photo-originalFarm-in-the-Sky, a youth-run rooftop garden that set up shop at the Mayday building in Bushwick last year, is struggling to manage an unexpected move after being kicked out for causing damage to the roof, according to the program’s executive director Sean-Michael Fleming, who also suspects the organization is being ousted because of discrimination against the teenagers the program is designed to help.

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Hotel Coming to Bushwick; Watch the John’s of 12th Doc

Stop Arresting and Beating Protestors

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A developer has proposed a 112-room hotel for 71 White Street in Bushwick, formerly home to ViceVersa Vintage. [The Real Deal]

Bushwick’s Community Board 4 promised to end to closed-door debates about new liquor licenses. [DNA Info]

The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts kicks off today and runs through Sunday at Theater for the New City. [The Skint]

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The East Village Just Got a Hot Beef Injection of Dirty Jerz

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight months after Sutra ended its 10-year run, its replacement is now open. Bar Akuda comes from the owners of 1 Republik, a sports bar with locations in Hoboken and North Arlington, New Jersey. Kenneth Caulfield, who owns the self-described “premier sports bar” with childhood friend Keith McKeon, told us that once his gas service is upgraded the “upscale gastropub” will serve an array of burgers with “a lot of different spices and seasonings from all over the world.”

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Photos: Smorgasburg Opens Seaport Smorg, With Coney Island to Follow

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.

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Week in Film: Public-Access Cosmonauts, 15-Year-Old Cult Leader and More

It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep your attention, dear readers. What with palm tree paradises popping up at Rockaway and the smell of BBQs now ubiquitous. Don’t miss out on such luxuries, dear readers. But if you don’t want to turn into an unfeeling blob, sucking down nothing but frozen margs and “beach reads” (shudder), then you gotta keep dosing yourself with a hefty shot of culture every now and then, now don’t you? Well this week we’ve got a variety of fantastic films, documentaries, and never-realized TV series for you to choose from. Consume wisely.

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Drones to Invade Knockdown Center This Summer

The Knockdown Center is accepting submissions for a drone obstacle course to be built this summer (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Knockdown Center is accepting submissions for a drone obstacle course to be built this summer (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Call me a hyper-sensitive freak, but when I first heard the buzzing sound of a drone hovering above the smooth concrete floor at Knockdown Center, I got the chills. There’s something deeply ominous about drones, not least of all because they’ve become synonymous with a futuristic, one-sided (for now anyway) kind of warfare that’s shrouded in secrecy. Somewhat evil undeniably, but drones are also fascinating. “I have a drone newsfeed and stuff pops up like every day, probably 10 or 15 different stories ranging from ‘Three People Killed in Pakistan’ to ‘Drone Captures Surfing Dolphin’ or ‘Perverts are Spying on People,’” said Michael Merck, the creative director at Knockdown Center. It’s no wonder, then, that the Queens-based art center has chosen drones as the centerpiece of its summer exhibition.

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