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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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Video: A Look Inside Industry City

Sunset Park has been a contender for next “it” neighborhood since 2013, when the team behind Chelsea Market took over Industry City. The six-million-square-foot warehouse complex, dating back to 1895, used to be a thriving manufacturing and import-export facility but now looks almost abandoned with its broken windows and uneven alleyways. But the clamor of construction and the comings and goings of employees hints at dramatic changes afoot.
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Get Your Zappie Fix At Early

(Photo: Jas Chana)

(Photo: Jas Chana)

About a year ago, Radek Kucharski, owner of a Brooklyn-based electrical contracting company, noticed something about Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue. The street’s northern-most portion was lined with countless bodegas, laundromats and bars  but not a single place to get a truly gourmet sandwich or cup of coffee. An electrical contractor by trade, Kucharsk lacked any kind of formal or professional culinary training. But a product of his Polish heritage, he knew he appreciated the art that is good sandwich making.
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Amid Spike In Crime, Police On The Lookout For Armed Robber In East Village

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Bitter blasts from Old Man Winter failed to put a freeze on crime in the NYPD’s 9th precinct. The East Village experienced spikes in felony assaults, grand larcenies and robberies over 28 days starting in the last week of January when compared to the same period last year, according to Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice, the precinct’s commanding officer.
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Lit Is Throwing Itself a Sweet 16 Party

image1Lit, the onetime “place where the Strokes hang out” and the only place that was Lit before a hundred places were “the new Lit,” is turning 16. In New York City nightlife years, that’s about 95, so who can blame the East Village bar for entering its teenage/golden years with a killer b-day party. Sure, the den of depravity atop a cavern of chaos has seen some changes over the years, but as you can see from the Friday the 13th-themed flyer, it can still draw a virtual dream team of downtown scenesters, including Ben Cho (Dima Dubson’s right-hand man during Morrissey night at Sway), Eric Duncan of Rub N Tug, Lit owner Erik Foss, and many more. It all happens Monday, Feb. 23, from 10pm to 4am – if nothing else, go chat up Paul Sevigny so you have a chance in hell of getting into his new place.

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Long Week? Walk A “Crooked Line” to the Camlin, Williamsburg’s Newest Respite

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Near the banks of the East River, The Camlin’s out of the way location evokes the restaurant’s namesake, a river that flows through Ballinalee, Ireland. The old warehouses and Williamsburg Bridge let you know you’re still in Brooklyn, but the simple, clean food and placid atmosphere make this new restaurant an ideal escape from the pressures of city life.
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