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We're Still Giving Away Tickets For the <em>Billy on the Street</em> Season Premiere

As mentioned last week, we’re helping Vulture give away tickets to the invite-only season premiere of Billy on the Street, March 5 at Beacon Theater. All you have to do is be among the first 50 people to sign up for Bedford + Bowery’s daily newsletter, below, and we’ll put you on the list +1. You’ll see sidewalk silliness like the video Billy posted yesterday, in which he quizzes a random passerby on Scarlett Johansson’s vagina (or, as the kids are pronouncing it these days: vayaña).

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Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue: ‘Right Now It’s Just on the Edge’

(Photo: Liz Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

It’s lunchtime at Polski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and business is dead. Again. An older woman makes pierogis in the back, while her son Adam Parys mans the meat case, which contains nine kinds of kielbasa, and another employee straightens the shelves. In half an hour, only one customer steps inside.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Hours; Rents Down in Bushwick and Greenpoint

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours included a stop into his usual coffee shop, dinner at Automatic Slims, and a phone call to his longtime girlfriend during which he seemed high, per CNN. Police are looking for the actor’s drug dealer after dozens of baggies of heroin were found in his apartment.

Frank Prisinzano, the owner of Frank, said on Instagram that Hoffman was a regular and “a real New Yorker and a super low key.” Yesterday, Ajay Naidu recalled being taken under the actor and director’s wing.

Rents went up in Williamsburg in December but down in Bushwick and (for studios and two-bedrooms, anyway) Greenpoint. [MNS]
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In The Bowels of Union Square, There's a Place Where Models Go…

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Models listening to casting director John Pfeiffer. Photo: Courtesy modelloungexmicrosoft.

Do the mere mortals dining on club sandwiches at The Coffee Shop in Union Square have any idea that below their feet, dozens of models – the real kind, who will walk the runways of top designers for New York Fashion Week later this week – are sipping on coconut water, having Xbox dance-offs and getting professional massages? It doesn’t matter, really, because even if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to partake in the fun. The is a subterranean private space for models to relax, gossip in their native tongues and enjoy speakers and events aimed at helping to boost their careers.
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Here They Come Now: More Tributes to Lou Reed

LouReed 3It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help:  and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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Because a Burlesque Tribute to Marina Abramovic Needed to Happen…

photo-7The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present.
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A ‘Not Wimpy’ Vegetarian Spot Is Popping Up, With Plans to Settle Down

photo-41Those of you who eat exclusively “vegetable-based” food may have already heard of Young’s, the veggie enthusiasts best known for their stand at the Hester Street Fair. On March 6 and 7, the meatless masters will be hosting a pop-up restaurant at The Old Bowery Station in which guests can enjoy four courses of vegetarian fare with the option of beer or cocktail pairings. “All our food is made with alcohol in mind. That’s how we really win people over,” says chef and co-founder Jessica Young.
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Sweetgreen Is Opening a Williamsburg Outpost Across From Whole Foods

Photo by Josh Cogan, courtesy of sweetgreen

Josh Cogan/Courtesy of sweetgreen

This summer 162 N. 4th Street will be home sweet home to sweetgreen, the Washington, D.C.-based chain of salad spots. The new location, on the corner of Bedford Avenue, will benefit from the foot traffic Whole Foods Willamsburg generates when it eventually opens across the street, and will share a building with forthcoming locations of Umami Burger and Parm.
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And Now at the Bowery Wall: Maya Hayuk

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

Nice to see the Bowery wall getting some new color on this rather dreary day. This latest piece, first spotted on Hanksy’s Instagram, is by Williamsburg-based painter Maya Hayuk, who has created similar murals around the world. Her work is inspired partly by Ukrainian crafts, so it’s fitting that she’s installing this down the road from Little Ukraine. Take a closer look.
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Rob Michael Hugel and Shannon Coffey on Girls: ‘She’s Gonna Try to Take a Bath in the Coffin’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

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Rob Michael Hubel.

Rob Michael Hubel.

The text in blue belongs to Rob Michael Hugel, creator and star of the Williamsburg-set web series I Hate Being Single. He directed episodes of Broad City before it was picked up by Comedy Central, as well as UCB comedy videos, including that Girls tour of Greenpoint featuring Sasheer Zamata.

Shannon Coffee takes a selfie.

Shannon Coffee takes a selfie.

The text in gray belongs to Shannon Coffey, Hugel’s I Hate Being Single co-star (they’ve got an Indiegogo campaign going to raise money for season two). Three times per week, she posts new content on her YouTube channel, Random Ass Girly Channel. She used to helm an online talk show called Coffey Chat.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Took Me Under His Wing

Hoffman at the opening night party for "The Little Flower of East Orange," at B Bar on April 6, 2008.  (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

Hoffman at the opening night party for “The Little Flower of East Orange,” at B Bar on April 6, 2008. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, found dead in his West Village apartment yesterday, was a Villager through and through: he battled his alma mater, NYU, in the fight for Greenwich Village, and he often ventured east to stage shows at The Public. There, as artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company, he helmed “The Little Flower of East Orange” and taught East Villager Ajay Naidu — who played a doctor alongside Ellen Burstyn — some lasting lessons about theater. Over the phone yesterday, Naidu, best known for his roles in “Office Space” and “Bad Santa,” told us what it was like to get his first break as a solo artist from one of the most talented and admired actors of our time.

In 2001 I was making my first venture into solo work, with an esoteric piece that combined breakdance, clowning, rhyming, mask work, ancient gestures from the Natya Shastra, Sanskrit drama, and characters from the streets of New York City. I had no I idea where it fit. My manager, who was also Phil’s, told me I should show it to him in the LAByrinth and do it in front of them after one of their company meetings.
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