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Chelsea Gallerists Are Partying in Their New LES Space Tonight, Sans the Art

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Chelsea gallery Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. is celebrating its move to the Lower East Side tonight, two months before it actually goes down.

The gallery’s first show at 33 Orchard Street — featuring the work of Blair Thurman — won’t happen until September 20. In the meantime, the owners are throwing a party in the unrennovated room that they’re calling the “Raw Space,” with bare walls and wires hanging from the ceiling.
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San Fran Transplant Opens Taqueria Diana, Now Serving Monster Burritos

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Matt La Rue, the proprietor of the newly opened Taqueria Diana, had always dreamed of opening a taqueria in New York. The Stockton, California native spent a decade cooking in “more upscale” Bay Area Mexican restaurants, and came to love San Francisco-style burritos and quesadillas when he moved to the Mission District a few years ago.
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8 Injured By Possible Explosion and Partial Building Collapse in Chinatown

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Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.

Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg.
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'People Loved It Loud': Rockers Recall Academy of Music and Palladium

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(Photo: the private collections of Jason Knox and Harold C. Black)

Built as a movie palace in 1927, the Academy of Music on East 14th Street, at Third Avenue, was a place where Lower East Siders would watch first-run features in grand style. Promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to America, understood the 3,000-seat hall’s potential: in the mid-1960s, he regularly booked British Invasion bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Herman’s Hermits there. Manfred Mann, on the charts with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” would share a bill with the Exciters, the American group that first recorded the tune to little notice.
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Charles Bellafiore Usually Finds Someone to Talk to at Enid’s

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Last week, the unthinkable happened: Enid’s went dry. The Greenpoint bar’s liquor license expired and it went a week without being able to serve (yesterday it announced on Facebook: “booze is back!”). This was particularly a blow to Charles Bellafiore, who’s been a regular at Enid’s since it opened just before the turn of the century – which is a much cooler way of saying 1999.
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Check Out King Noodle, a ‘Roller Rink on Acid’ Serving Asian Grub and Tiki Drinks

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

Just a few doors down from their cocktail bar The Narrows, Keith Cochran and Matt Webber have opened King Noodle — a laid-back Pop-Asian restaurant serving up haute drunk-food and tiki drinks into the wee hours.

At a preview party Tuesday, one patron described the fifty-seat spot — outfitted with disco balls, in-your-face neon and graffiti, and flimsy tables and chairs — as a “roller rink on acid.” Owner Keith Cochran, dressed like Tony Montana in a breezy Hawaiian shirt and fedora, said it was “a meeting of K-town and Bushwick.”
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Woman Goes Topless at Verso, Greenpoint Man Arrested in Flag Burning

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A woman was stabbed late on Monday outside the Jacob Riis house repeatedly with a razor blade. The victim’s estranged husband was arrested late last night. [The Lo-Down]

Get ready, Kent Avenue-ians: L + M Developers paid nearly $20 million for a 40,000 square foot warehouse at 149 Kent Avenue, with plans to erect a seven-story, mostly-residential building – that’s 164 new units plus some retail space on the increasingly circus-like thoroughfare. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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A Rider Got Mugged But Other Than That, Citi Bike Hasn’t Been Hell On Wheels

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NYPD officers pulled over a Citi Biker for salmoning on Second Avenue. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Thought Citi Bike would result in “total carnage”? WRONG. Unless you count some punny vandalism, the apocalypse on two wheels has yet to materialize. In the East Village, at least.

“Everyone thought Citi Bike was going to be way worse, with accidents all over the place, things getting stolen left and right,” a police source told Bedford + Bowery. Not quite: Citi Bike-related crime has been surprisingly low.
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Drunk Folks, Don’t Get Into This Car Unless You Want Be Robbed at Gunpoint

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61 East Third Street (Photo: Erica Martin)

Pro tip: if you’re walking home from the bar and a white, four-door sedan offers you a ride, do not get in. The driver may be brandishing a gun.

A group of three young women and one man may be targeting young women walking alone late at night, a police spokesperson source said.

On June 30, around 4am near 61 East Third Street, an approximately 20-year-old woman tapped a 26-year-old woman on the shoulder and demanded her wallet, according to a police report. The alleged robber, who wore a green baseball cap and tank top, told the victim there was a man with a gun in a car across the street and the victim promptly handed over her credit cards and cell phone (the robber was nice enough to let her keep her ID)
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Deborah Brown Is Showing on the LES While Going Big in Bushwick

Tonight, some of Deborah Brown’s bright, surreal, almost abstract paintings — inspired by the Bushwick landscape — will be featured in the opening of a at the Lesley Heller Workspace on the Lower East Side.

Though the artist shows downtown (she’ll be back at Lesley Heller for a solo exhibition in February), few things represent the explosion of the Bushwick gallery scene more dramatically than the big move she’s making there.
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