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The Village Voice Is Leaving the Village… and Occupying Wall Street

Will the Voice take its letters to 80 Maiden Lane? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Will 80 Maiden Lane soon look like this? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

In a move fittingly symbolic for a paper whose corporate overlords flew in to lay off some of its most venerated, tenured writers, the Village Voice is moving out of the Village — where it’s been, of course, since 1955 — to an office tower in the Financial District. The move is scheduled for sometime in August.

The new offices are located on the twenty-first floor of an office building at 80 Maiden Lane. Also in the building are the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the New York offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Department of Investigation for the City of New York. According to a realtor at Winick Realty Group, the sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s will be opening its first Manhattan location in the building’s ground-floor retail space over the summer.
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Lil’ Nugs: Dressler Closes, Ludlow Lot Sells For $5.7M

Delancey Street view from the Williamsburg Bridge

Photo by: Congo Rodes

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump. Sorry we’re late today — launch and all!

A Williamsburg/East Village writer-producer team uses the Bedford + Bowery tipline to tell us about their new web series, “Brunch on Sundays.” Filmed in both neighborhoods, it explores the real brunch-time topics of 20-somethings, like pooping in front of boyfriends. [Brunch on Sundays]

South Williamsburg’s Dressler, serving fancy food since 2006, closed its doors for good today. The restaurant’s website cited a regrettable failure to reach a lease-renewal agreement with the landlord. [Free Williamsburg]

A vacant lot at 145 Ludlow Street has been sold by Lower East Side developer Sion Misrahi for $5.7 million. A six-story apartment complex and 1,900 sq. ft. of retail space are set to take its place. [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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Reel Psyched: Our Northside and L.E.S* Film Festival Picks

Introducing “Reel Psyched,” wherein we tell you what we’re really excited to see in the theaters this week.
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With the Lower East Side Film Festival in full swing in Manhattan and the Northside Festival’s film program popping off tonight in Brooklyn, it’s a good time to be a film buff.

At the L.E.S* Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday and continues through the weekend, offerings from up-and-coming directors are judged by a panel of guests including celebrities like Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) and Dan Janvey (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”). The audience favorite gets a $2,000 check from Vimeo (ahem, Bedford + Bowery’s video player of choice).
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Help This Man Realize His Trippy Dream Of Staging ‘Wizard Of Oz’ in Bushwick

Somewhere over in Bushwick the L train rides; artists and Hasids, poets and dreamers, ride their bikes.

So goes a dreamy, surreal version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that may some day appear in “Bushwick the Musical the Movie,” an in-the-works film set in the neighborhood and modeled almost entirely on “The Wizard of Oz.” John Martino, a 55 year-old former IT specialist, is trying to raise a staggering $2.5 million to get the movie made.
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We Go To Raves and Instagram Them So You Don’t Have To

Sunrise over the USS Titanic at #BangOnNYC

Sunrise over the USS Titanic at #BangOnNYC

Yoga 2.0 #BangOnNYC

Yoga 2.0 #BangOnNYC

Rave hands! #BangOnNYC

Rave hands! #BangOnNYC

A rave grows in Bushwick #BangOnNYC

A rave grows in Bushwick #BangOnNYC

Already craving more Bedford + Bowery in your life? We thought so. Follow all our exploits on Instagram as we photograph, filter and #hashtag all the cultural goodies on offer in our favorite neighborhoods.

This weekend we went to a sprawling indoor-outdoor party at 299 Meserole thrown by masters of debauchery Bang On NYC (yep, we did a lot of Banging this weekend). In the interest of supporting our fellow ravers, we’d like to refer everyone to this Craigslist Missed Connection. Good luck, shirtless tall guy. We’re rooting for you.

#Nofilter folks, we love you, too. Submit your shots to our Flickr group and we’ll share the standouts with our readers.

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At Rooftop Supper Club, a Sunset Hang With Mr. ‘Cook to Bang’

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

Rooftop Supper Club summer kickoff (Photo: Anna Silman)

This past Saturday, Spencer Walker, the author of the pickup-artist cookbook “Cook to Bang” (think Martha Stewart for the Tucker Max set) mingled with a group of about 80 people on a private rooftop in his home neighborhood of Williamsburg.

No, he wasn’t teaching them how to “bring out their date’s inner slut” through recipes like “Tap that ass-paragus soup” and “miso horny cod.” Walker insists that the supper club he produces with his friend Will Holloway is entirely separate from “Cook to Bang.”
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Hi-Collar Opens Tomorrow With the Blingiest Bathroom Ever

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Hi Collar's bathroom door. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

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Bon Yagi isn’t Osaka’s latest Bon Jovi cover band. He’s the “mayor of Japantown” who quietly owns, oh, pretty much every Japanese joint in the East Village: Robataya, Decibel, the list goes on.

After a quiet test run last week, he’ll open Hi-Collar tomorrow in the old Rai Rai Ken space (another Yagi venture, now relocated two doors down). The bar-cafe is a slim portal to Japan’s jazz, or “Taisho,” era, when western fashion and food first made inroads – up to a point.
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100 Bottles of Beer On the Wall (Literally!) at Bushwick’s New Growler Den

100 bottles of beer on the wall.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

100 bottles of beer on the wall. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

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The room.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The room. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

"Musicians, actors, and other artists are welcome." (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photos: Lauren Carol Smith)

For all the new bars that have opened up in Bushwick in the past year or so, the craft beer scene has remained woefully underrepresented. That changed this weekend when Jorge Arias opened The Sampler just steps off the Jefferson L.
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Can’t Get Enough Lena Dunham? Boy, Do We Have the Play For You

Left to right: Tessa Skara (Apologetic Lena), Haley Traub (Perfect Lena), Stephanie Hsu (Urban Lena), Sam Corbin (Self-Depicted Lena), Jaime Wright (Naked Lena)

Left to right: Tessa Skara (Apologetic Lena), Haley Traub (Perfect Lena), Stephanie Hsu (Urban Lena), Sam Corbin (Self-Depicted Lena), Jaime Wright (Naked Lena)

She’s won a Golden Globe. She’s sold a book for over $3.5 million. She’s one of the most influential people in the world. Now imagine if there were six of her.

This is the premise of “Too Many Lenas,” a play based on — you guessed it — the creator of HBO’s “Girls” premiering at Dixon Place later this month.
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Members of Hold Steady, Spoon Bring Minneapolis to Manhattan Avenue

Bobby Drake in Lake Street's bathroom. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

Bobby Drake in Lake Street’s bathroom. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

What do a bunch of band dudes from the Midwest, who now live in Greenpoint, do when not making music together? Easy: they open a bar. Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) named Lake Street after a major thoroughfare in Minneapolis, and they want it to be reminiscent of the bars they used to hang out at back home – “kind of old-man divey but cool bars, you know, where they could be sketchy, but not really,” Drake told Bedford + Bowery during a chat at the nearly finished space at 706 Manhattan Avenue, near Norman.
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Black Flag Annihilated Last Week With a Super Secret Show

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Depending on whose tweets you prefer, Black Flag spent Friday and Saturday either “destroying” or “kicking the crap out of” Warsaw, only to go on to do a Sunday show at a venue so secret that if anyone gave up the name (Grand Victory) they probably would’ve had to disappear to Hong Kong. (Seriously, the email confirmation was all: “Any social media or other discovered leaks of location may result in denied entry.”)
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Bike-Loving Hasids Want More Pedals in the Shtetl

Black and blue. (Photo: Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Black and blue. (Photo: Sasha Von Oldershausen)

They don’t roll on Shabbos, or anytime else. But among the Hasidim of South Williamsburg, a grassroots organization is pushing for more bike-share stations.

Hasidim For Bikes, founded late last month, is committed to uniting those members of the Hasidic community who are psyched for bikes — and bummed about a perceived dearth of bike stations south of Broadway.
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