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Citi Bike’s Getting Generous With a Slot-Happy Expansion Plan

(Photo: B+B)

(Photo: B+B)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that, starting in August (er, just in time for the end of summer), Citi Bike will be installing new docking stations for their ubiquitous, sluggish tourist-mobiles in several new zones– all over Manhattan up to 110th Street and several Brooklyn neighborhoods including, among others, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook– as well as expanding their slots in already covered areas. The announcement comes after what was Citi Bike’s “busiest year ever” in 2015, when around 100,000 annual members took more than 10 million rides.

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Glenn Branca’s Guitar Orchestra Sorta Blew Out My Ear Drums, But I’m OK With It

(Glenn Branca's Symphonies - Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2016)

(Glenn Branca’s Symphonies – Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2016)

There are few things in this world that make you feel more like a corporate lackey than sipping a free cocktail spiked with piss-colored (and flavored) energy drink at a show put on by said energy drink’s uber-branded festival that you didn’t pay for either. Ok, so maybe when it comes to the Marxist-guilt department, writing a glowing review about the aforementioned caffeine company’s spectacular music event tops one shameless night (ok, two) spent gobbling down all those freebies. But the real and honest-to-god truth is that Red Bull Music Academy is responsible for some truly killer (and sometimes truly rare) music happenings all over the world– Glenn Branca’s Symphonies, held at the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, were no exception.

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Recipe Peep Show at Essex Street Market Reveals Your Neighbor’s Shopping Lists

When you’re out picking up groceries for the week, ever wonder what recipes the other shoppers have up their sleeves? If you shop at Trader Joe’s you’re probably too busy elbowing people out of the way and fighting over the last jar of coconut oil to really get a good look at your neighbors’ shopping lists. (Wait, does anyone handwrite those things anymore?) But if you live near the sleepy old-school Essex Street Market, you’ve surely got a little more time to poke around and wonder about the diverse cast of vendors and shoppers rubbing shoulders amid the fruit and vegetable sellers, Japanese specialty items and fancy cheeses. If there’s anywhere you’d shop to whip up something unique, it’s here.

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Thrift, Browse, and Haggle Your Way Through ‘Question the Market’

(Image courtesy of Eric Schmalenberger)

(Image courtesy of Eric Schmalenberger)

The House of Yes has something of a problem with their shimmering, funky, newish venue in Bushwick– they have a surplus of space, which is sort of a unique issue when it comes to digs in post-industrial-squatting Brooklyn. But as the performance collective settles into what’s by far their most functional and fanciest home yet, they’re filling up their calendar with even more events. Soon enough they’ll have every inch of the space and their time occupied by cool happenings. Take for example, the first-ever Question the Market (Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29), billed as a new pop-up “queer design and arts market.”

“It will be shopping as nightlife, nightlife as shopping,” organizer Eric Schmalenberger told us. “I feel like shopping can be more than shopping. When given the right space, it can be more interesting and engaging, and the great thing about flea markets is that you, often, can engage with the maker.”

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NY Porn Fest Is W-Burg Bound; More Ice Cream for the EV

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday the funeral for Isaac Rosenberg was held, the 67-year-old developer and Williamsburg Hasidic community leader who drowned this week while on vacation. [DNA Info]

According to a real estate rumor, Soho House is in the process of purchasing Ludlow Street’s Comfort Inn for a pretty price. [Bowery Boogie]

At 25 Bleecker Street, a nearly 200-year-old building will be torn down and replaced. [NY YIMBY]

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Curves and Hair Lift ‘Burden’ on Ancient Women at Sappho-Inspired Art Show

One of Melanie Park's "What If Sappho" works. (Photo courtesy Mary Judge)

One of Melanie Park’s “What If Sappho” works. (Photo courtesy Mary Judge)

The sardonic #Hoffsome-approved Tumblr posts of “All Male Panel” keep us painfully aware of how underrepresented women are, well, everywhere, but especially in the world of art conferences, culture Q+As, academic panels, and business summits. (Oh wait, that’s just the entire public realm.) At least the female form will be better represented on paper starting tomorrow, with the opening of Italian Airs, the first-ever pop-up show hosted by Schema Projects, an all-art-on-paper, all-the-time gallery in Bushwick. (The exhibition will also be included in the inaugural Bushwick Hot Summer Nights.)

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Medium to the Stars Descends on LES, Will Connect Select Guests With Dead People

(Image via Thomas John)

(Image via Thomas John)

Tarot cards, crystals, and witchery are all the rage these days– case in point: NYU hosted the first-ever (and sold-out) Occult Humanities Conference earlier this year. Now, more than ever before, it seems so not crazy to bring up the rift between a friend’s astrological rising sign and their actual sign in order to explain why they’re not exactly the most self-aware person, and the chances that you’ll be taken seriously if you suggest that a pal with back probz head to the acupuncturist are pretty, pretty high.

Meanwhile (and somewhat counterintuitively) old-fashioned psychics are seeing something of an inquisition– whether it’s a justified one or not, is hard to say.

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Schools Out and MoMA PS1Warm Up is Here

via MoMA PS1

via MoMA PS1

School’s out for summer, but don’t plan on leaving the playground just yet. At MoMA’s PS1 in Long Island City, sunny daze means things are just getting started. The annual sweaty summer experimental music series (it’s been going strong for 19 years now!) is on its way back to PS1’s courtyard, arriving Saturday June 11 with a sick lineup to keep your weekends filled with the sweet sounds of electronic music, punctuated by threads of rap, indie and more.

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Performance Picks: PowerPoint Presents and an Appearance by Ronald Trump

WEDNESDAY

(image via The Bushwick Starr)

(image via The Bushwick Starr)

Ike At Night
Now through June 4, Wednesday through Saturday at The Bushwick Starr: $18. 
Acclaimed comic performer Ikechukwu Ufomadu hosts a talk show of his own creation at the Bushwick Starr. Each night is different, featuring a new selection of handpicked artistic guests each time, including  B+B fave M Lamar, theatre director Richard Maxwell, performance group Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, The Dance Cartel choreographer Ani Taj, and more. Keep Reading »

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Essex Market’s Block Party Has Your Munchies Covered This Weekend

Photo by Nina Lo Schiavo

Photo by Nina Lo Schiavo

It’s the time of year again, when the venerable Essex Street Market marks its anniversary with an all-out block party, taking over the stretch between Delancey and Rivington with pushcarts, astroturf, outdoor DJs, and delicious food galore. It’s been 76 years and as the longest-surviving market from the La Guardia era, it deserves to celebrate. (To get the full deets on its history, check out our deep dive into its roots. You can also get a free market tour at the party, from Turnstile Tours).

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W-burg Developer Dies in Florida; ABC No Rio Is Getting New Digs

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg-based developer Isaac Rosenberg drowned yesterday while swimming in North Miami Beach, Florida. [The Real Deal]

On Rivington Street, ABC No Rio will be demolished and the cultural space will relocated to a new structurally-sound, environmentally-friendly building. [NY Times]

Next month, a 100-bed men’s shelter will open at 1154 Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick. [DNA Info]

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Brazilian Fusion (and Former Models) Up the Rockaway Beach Food Scene

Chef Carlos Varella and his wife, model Andressa Junqueira, at Beach Bistro 96. (Photo courtesy Andressa Junqueira)

Chef Carlos Varella and his wife, model Andressa Junqueira, at Beach Bistro 96. (Photo courtesy Andressa Junqueira)

I’m not on many models’ speed dial, so I was surprised when New York-based Brazilian model Andressa Junqueira called me to tell me about a new restaurant that she and her husband chef Carlos Varella just opened in Rockaway last week.

Called Beach Bistro 96, it’s taking over the space previously occupied by Anna Bow (and before that occupied by Veggie Island) to offer “Brazilian internacional fusion” fare, with dishes ranging from Brazil’s national dish feijoada (black beans with pork meat, rice, kale, orange slices and farofa), served on Wednesdays and Saturdays, to ratatouille and temaki sushi hand rolls.

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