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Court Blesses NYU Expansion; Happy Birthday, Debbie Harry

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The State Court of Appeals unanimously approved NYU’s $6 billion expansion plan yesterday. [NY Daily News]

Sunday morning around 4 a.m., three men punched a drunk man and stole his phone on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]

On June 23, a woman visiting an apartment on Eagle Street in Greenpoint had hot soup thrown on her right arm and leg by her prospective new roommate, a man police are now trying to find. [Brooklyn Paper]

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City Adds Small Business Advocates; Critics Say It’s Business as Usual

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A bill signed into law today creates small business advocates to serve local entrepreneurs within the Department of Business Services. Sounds like something that might help stem the disappearance of beloved mom-and-pops, right? But members of the group Take Back NYC say that the bill is “phony” and a ploy to distract from the larger issues, like sky-high rent hikes and unfair lease agreements, that are putting local stores out of business.

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Uber and TLC Clash Over Bill That Would Limit Growth of For-Hire Car Services

DSC_5458A bill put forward to the City Council Committee on Transportation today would cap the number of cars that services like Uber can add. Under the bill, backed by the Taxi & Limousine Commission, “for hire vehicle” (FHV) services with a base of more than 500 drivers would only be able to increase their fleet by 1% each year.

As the bill was read, two distinct camps gathered outside City Hall. On the one side: a handful of brightly colored, turbaned yellow cab drivers, bearing signs reading “Do Not Disturb Peace of City” and “Please Save Yellow Cab.” Opposite them: a black-shirted Uber-logoed mass handing out sandwiches and free t-shirts.

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Owner of Les Enfants Terribles Is Back, Baby! Check Out LES Enfants de Bohème

Outside the cafe/bar. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Outside the cafe/bar. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Orphans of Les Enfants Terribles, the Afro-Brazilian restaurant that was on the Lower East Side for almost 10 years, can now make themselves at home at owner Stéfan Jonot’s new space, LES Enfants de Bohème, which opened today. Located at 177 Henry Street, the café, restaurant and bar is reminiscent of the bistros of Jonot’s hometown of Paris.

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Shows: Cold Wave in Lieu of AC, Plus a Sugar OD at the Arcade

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So, we dunno about you, but we certainly slept on the Death Grips shows, both of which sold out faster than you can say, “What the hell? I thought they broke up?” One’s happening at Webster Hall on July 7 and another at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on the 8th, just in case you think you have a chance of weaseling your way in. But the rest of us are just going to have to settle for a bunch of other great shows coming up, though keep in mind most of them are sandwiching the weekend. Coz it’s our Great Nation’s Birthday Celebration on Saturday, in case your sense of time is already shot from all the Jell-O shots, Cat Hair Pills, and dips in the East River after chilling at our borough’s sickest yacht club, all of which are required in heavy doses to live your best summer ever (these are actually things we’re doing, don’t sneer). Hence missing the party boat straight to Death Grips. Le sigh. You live and you learn.

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Delicious Development: Farm On Domino Site Opens With Outdoor Dinner Parties

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Just nine months after North Brooklyn Farms dismantled its plot at Havemeyer Park, it’s returning at a new location and hosting some al fresco, farm-to-table dinners.

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And Now Coney Island Is Getting a Flippin’ Trapeze School

Photo illustration by Daniel Maurer (photo of Coney by Daniel Maurer, photo of NY Trapeze School courtesy of Thor)

Photo illustration by Daniel Maurer (photo of Coney by Daniel Maurer, photo of NY Trapeze School courtesy of Thor)

The competition for summer weekend destination has been fierce: while Rockaway added a skate bowl and a (still forthcoming) palm-tree paradise, Coney Island leveled up with a Smorgasburg and some murals. Coney’s latest gambit? A freaking trapeze school. That’s right: Trapeze School New York, which has an outdoor rig at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park, is adding another location in Coney.

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Talks and Readings: Bookworm Cats, Trans Poetry Jam, and Radical Self Love

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TUESDAY

Sitting down to a good book with a purring cat on your lap–it’s the combination that made the Meow Parlour so irresistible, but if you never got around to making reservations, the coffee shop’s exclusive rescue partner KittyKind will be lending some furry friends to Strand Books for the afternoon (in the basement level, next to the Pets section, of course). Don’t miss this purrrrfect (sorry, we couldn’t resist!) opportunity to meet adoptable kittens and cats and speak with adoption counselors about fostering, permanent homes, volunteering, and more.
Tuesday, June 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. Strand Books, 828 Broadway (East Village). 

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Faith47 Ponders ‘Psychic Power of Animals’ Across From Keith Haring’s Place

"The Psychic Power of Animals” by Faith47 (Photo: Rob Scher)

“The Psychic Power of Animals” by Faith47 (Photo: Rob Scher)

Undoubtedly this past weekend was a love-filled one for Manhattan. While one fabulously feathered flock made there way down Sixth Avenue, another newly painted pair settled on the corner of Broome and Chrystie Streets. The mural was painted by acclaimed South African artist Faith47, whose work has appeared on streets and galleries around the world, in collaboration with the Little Italy Street Art (L.I.S.A) project. Completed in the early hours of Monday morning, the swans form part of the artist’s latest series, “The Psychic Power of Animals,” and aptly appear embracing in the shape of a heart.

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Rent Guidelines Board Votes For Historic Rent Freeze; ‘Right Call,’ Says De Blasio

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Nearly two hours after the Rent Guidelines Board was scheduled to vote on whether more than 1.2 million New Yorkers would be required to pay more for their rent-regulated apartments, the board made a historical decision to freeze rent increases for one-year leases. Amidst intermittent boos and cheers, the board’s chair, Rachel Godsil, announced that for the first time ever one-year leases would see a zero percent increase in rent, while two-year leases would be subject to a 2 percent increase.

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10-Story Condo Coming to Chrystie; Ten Thousand Saints Trailer Drops

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See a rendering of the 10-story condominium planned for 165 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Philly burger joint PYT will open an NYC outpost on Bowery in the former home of Gia Trattoria. [EV Grieve]

Mid-July will bring a second new eatery to 23 Essex Street, Taco Recipes. [Bowery Boogie]

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Marc Maron On Interviewing POTUS and ‘Disappointing the Venue’ at BAM

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Maron at BAM. (Photo: Richard Termine)

When Marc Maron’s show at BAM sold out, I had no choice but to go see him in Huntingon, Long Island – something I figured might’ve been a mistake when I looked over the crowd of about 1,500 at the Paramount and saw just one skinny bearded guy. Just one  recognizable hipster for Marc Maron, the ultimate alt comic? Even the opening act, Brooklyn’s own Mike Lawrence, seemed to know this could get ugly. After describing Florida as the “Ellis Island of awful people,” including Juggalos and Fred Durst, he said, “In the green room there was a Limp Bizkit poster. Fuck it, looking at it gave me the strength to do that joke even more.”

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