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Takeru Kobayashi Is in Bryant Park Right Now, Grilling Hot Dogs

Team Takeru. (Photo: Courtesy Hester Street Fair)

Team Takeru. (Photo: Courtesy Hester Street Fair)

Speaking of iconic gurgitators who were conspicuously absent from this year’s hot-dog eating contest, Takeru Kobayashi wasn’t at Coney this year, but he did down 67 dogs in 10 minutes at Hester Street Fair’s hot-dog eating contest, and now – right now! – he’s grilling hot dogs in Bryant Park.

And not just any dogs – The Tsunami debuted his own line of Kobi Dogs at the 4th of July contest and he’s selling them until 10pm tonight ($3, plus fifty cents with avocado or cheese) during tonight’s screening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
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Free Soul Cycling in Williamsburg, Spanish Poet Reborn in Bushwick

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(Photo: Timothy Krause)

Soul Cycle NYC has launched Williamsburg Local Rides, in which neighborhood residents can take a class for free every Wednesday this summer. [Bedford + Bowery]

The New York Times is “confounded” by a new mural of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca on Stockholm Street in Bushwick. It’s part of the New York Public Library’s “Back Tomorrow” exhibit, closing July 21. [NYT] Keep Reading »

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Hostel Hostility! DOB Nixes Bunk Beds at Bowery Flophouse-Turned-Hotel

(Photo: Jillian Goodman, NYMag.com)

Looking for a cheap bed in downtown Manhattan? Not if the Department of Buildings has anything to say about it.

This morning, we observed a sign outside the Bowery House – 1920s flophouse turned chic, hostel-like hotel – indicating that the Department of Buildings had determined that “conditions in these premises are imminently perilous to life.”

Yikes! According to a DOB spokesperson, the partial vacate order was issued because four rooms within the hotel had been “illegally converted” into hostel rooms. So the scary sign might be overkill — though we know all too well the imminent perils of a snoring bunk-mate with body odor.
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Rocks Off Film Festival Docks in EV, SummerScreen Comes to McCarren

These upcoming flicks, films and festivals have us Reel Psyched.

Rocks Off is best known for taking sex, drugs and rock n’ roll to the water via their concert cruises; now they present the first ever Rocks Off Film Festival, focusing on (you guessed it) rock n’ roll.
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What’s the Best Least Atrocious $1 Slice? Crazy Legs Conti Finally Settles It

Last week, while Tim “Eater X” Janus took home a bronze at the Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest, his East Village roommate and fellow competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti was conspicuously absent from the eater’s table.
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Watch This Guy Turn a Busy East Village Intersection Into a Skate Park

Sure, our video of skaters shredding with Citi Bikes (Shiti Bikes?) got a bunch of likes on Facebook but not everyone was down with it. Commenter Dennis wrote, “i don’t get this, how is this funny? that is the thing i don’t like about skaters effing public property and acting like they deserve to do so.”

Well, if he didn’t dig that, he won’t dig this: on Saturday, this young turk had his way with the intersection of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street. Every time the light turned he’d try to clear this mess. And he actually did it once — after our camera died, of course. Still, the video’s worth a look.

Now who’s going to shred this “epic sinkhole” on Eldridge?

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What a Shiti Thing to Do…

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A few weeks ago, writer-photographer Kyle Dean Reinford tweeted, “surprised I haven’t seen an easily applicable sticker that changes citibike to shitibike.”

Et voilà! Last week we spotted just such a sticker, and now someone has gone and shitified the bikes themselves, at the station at Bedford and Metropolitan. Reactions on Twitter range from “LOL this is hilarious” to “get a fucking life.”

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We Thought It Was Going to Be a Slow News Day. Until THIS Happened

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Late-breaking news: Bedford + Bowery has learned that around 2pm today, a pack of unsuspecting pool-goers faced something possibly more vile than the infamous at McCarren Park Pool. Patrons of the Hamilton Fish Park Pool were evacuated after a small but explosive child vomited into the water.
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This Week, So Much Power Pop

We’ve already outlined a couple of worthwhile shows in our weekend events round-up (reminder: Death by Audio. Tonight. Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, and California X. You won’t spend a better $8 all year), but this being New York City, there are, of course, several more shows worth attending over the next week, a few of which are highlighted below. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar.
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Uh-Oh: ‘Thurstons’ Are Invading Downtown, and NOT Thurston Moores

(Photo: Joshua Kristal)

(Photo: Joshua Kristal)

While Williamsburg-Greenpoint copes with Murray Hill types pouring into Berry Hill, downtown Manhattan is dealing with its own infestation: “gaggles of Muffys and Thurstons wearing Lilly Pulitzer are invading neighborhoods below 14th Street,” The Times giddily reports. The trend may just “portend the end of Manhattan’s few remaining bastions of bohemia.” (Uh-oh: better tell the guy who’s “one of the East Village’s last standing bohemians.”)

Here now are the obligatory cringe-inducing quotes.
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Caught Between Two Worlds in Bushwick

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

(Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Jazz is floating through my window and it’s coming from the taqueria across the street. At Mesa Azeteca, there’s live jazz on Thursdays and mariachis on Fridays. Welcome to Bushwick, 2013.

The restaurant sits on Wyckoff Avenue near Hart Street, which has become a clear dividing line between two different worlds. Keep Reading »