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Watch Diners Barehand Some Pig Heart For a Good Cause

What better way to raise money for the victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippines earlier this month than by hosting a six-course Filipino dinner party? None, argues Yana Gilbuena, who was born and raised in the island nation. Her pop-up dinner series, Salo, landed in Greenpoint yesterday, contributing 30 percent of revenues to those in need. We joined in, got our hands dirty and heard more about Gilbuena’s plans to take her pop-up nationwide.

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Beware the Bald, Mustachioed Man Who Offers You His Wedding Ring

The perp as rendered by his victim.

The perp as rendered by his victim.

As you can probably tell from the fact that you’re reading words I’ve put on a page, I’m a writer. And if you know something about the state of writers in general, and in New York in particular, then you know I’m poor. Luckily for me and the city’s taxpayers, I’m not yet food-stamp poor (I checked, I don’t qualify), but I’m cash strapped enough that if I’m out to dinner with a friend, I’ll make sure she pays the extra dollar she owes instead of splitting the check down the middle — because, after all, that’s why I got the PBR and not the glass of house wine.

All of this is to say that I can’t afford to just hand out money to strangers on the street, especially when it comes in the form of paper and not coins. Yet, despite the fact that I’ve lived in New York off-and-on for more than 12 years, that is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. I handed $30 to a scam artist.
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Finally, a Workout Video You Can Watch While Pounding Free Beer

Williamsburg has a Santa Claus, and its name is Rubber Tracks. Not only does Converse’s Williamsburg recording studio exist just to offer free sessions to up-and-coming bands on a year-round basis, but it’s really getting into the giving spirit these next weeks — with free shows, music workshops, and beer.
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I Live Above Fette Sau, and the Bacon Waft Haunts Me So

(Photo: Elliot Black/NY Mag)

(Photo: Elliot Black/NY Mag)

I live above a barbecue restaurant in Williamsburg called Fette Sau. It offers meats that have been sugared, smoked, and roasted until they are soft and sweet, like candy. It’s a popular place.

When my fiancée and I moved in, we were worried about the noise, since our apartment is directly above their outdoor seating area. Our bedroom window, in fact, is only 50 feet away from the active mouths of the patrons, and while smoking is not allowed, drunken storytelling certainly is. We go to bed early – I’m a school teacher, and she’s a medical resident – and for the first few nights we lay awake until midnight, grinding our teeth with rage, wishing death on these people and their stupid stories, these people who could stay up late drinking bourbon and eating ribs on a Wednesday.
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There’s a Sexy New Spot For Dulce de Leche and Banana Crepes

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rustico, the crepes-and-coffee spot replacing Iconic Hand Rolls on First Avenue, has fired up its grinder and griddle.
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This New Store Is Selling the Gummi Bear Chandelier Of Your Dreams

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Don’t want to grow up cuz you’re a Toys”R”Us kid? Then this is just the place to score a cap-gun mirror, cupcake seats, and ice cream benches for your $1 million condo.
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Your First Look Into Rough Trade NYC, Now Open in Williamsburg

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Ping pong, natch

Ping pong, natch

The stage

The stage

The bar

The bar

The Guardian area

The Guardian area

Velvet Underground painting

Velvet Underground painting

Shipping containers

Shipping containers

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

The Room sigange

The Room sigange

Donald Glover's bedroom

Donald Glover's bedroom

After last week’s preview glimpse into the hotly anticipated Rough Trade store, we couldn’t resist returning for its opening today, to see the finished product.

Well, not quite finished. The cafe and bar aren’t yet open, and co-owner Stephen Godfroy assured us, “We’re going to add the fat to the store.”
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A Boardwalk Empire Star Showed Up at This Amazing Time Warp to the Prohibition Era

Frank Spano worked his way down a line of guests, welcoming the men in fedoras and women in flapper dresses to his hidden nightclub. He was tall, wore a grey suit and spoke with old-fashioned politeness. When he shook my hand and introduced himself, I shared a knowing smile with the other guests. We were all aware that Frank Spano would soon be shot dead in the narrow alleyway where we stood. We were here to find out why.
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Lou Reed Was Honored By Kyp Malone, Arto Lindsay and Many Others Last Night

Kyp Malone (Photos: Pete Voelker)

Kyp Malone (Photos: Pete Voelker)

Arto Lindsay

Arto Lindsay

Ivan Julian

Ivan Julian

Donald Cummings

Donald Cummings

Lenny Kaye

Lenny Kaye

The Bottom Dollars

The Bottom Dollars

Kevin Salem

Kevin Salem

Matt Hitt of Drowners

Matt Hitt of Drowners

Shannon Funchess

Shannon Funchess

Phantom Family Halo

Phantom Family Halo

Kembra Pfahler

Kembra Pfahler

Justin Young

Justin Young

The life and music of Lou Reed was celebrated last night during the city’s first tribute concert since the rock legend died at the end of last month.
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We’d Say These Cat Paintings Are Cute, But That’s Just Scratching the Surface

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Cat Painting Takedown (Photos: Nikita Richardson)

Last night, we braved the frigid weather to preserve for posterity the first-ever Cat Painting Takedown at The Active Space in Bushwick. Nearly two dozen lucky individuals (including yours truly) went home with priceless, one-of-a-kind cat-centric artwork. With the ever frisky Matt Timms emceeing, more than 20 volunteer artists painted a surprisingly diverse set of feline portraits while an eager crowd of onlookers peered over their shoulders. All work was auctioned to benefit the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition and in the end Timms & Co. raised $2,800 for the no-kill shelter. Here, a look at the brilliantly bizarre night.

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Rough Trade NYC Will Recreate Donald Glover’s Bedroom When It Opens Monday

The warehouse space.

The warehouse space.

Iconic British record store Rough Trade’s first foray across the sea, into a sprawling warehouse space on North 9th and Wythe, is three days from its opening, and resembles a sort of digitally-savvy industrial amusement park much more than it does a retail record shop.
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