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Third Rail Coffee Very Quietly Opens On a Very Quiet Block

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

When he moved to New York City 21 years ago, Third Rail Coffee owner Humberto Ricardo would take the scenic route to the subway from his apartment in Alphabet City, so he could walk down Stuyvesant Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.

“Basically, I fell in love with it,” he says. Six years ago, when Ricardo began making plans to open a coffee shop, he dreamed of securing a location on Stuyvesant.
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Spend Your Life Savings to Grill on the Roof!

Photo via elliman.com

Photo via elliman.com

While house hunting today, we were delighted to discover that a $49,000 property had made its way onto luxury realtor Douglas Elliman’s website. $49,000? What a steal! Except the listing isn’t for an apartment — it’s for a “Cabana on the Roof” atop a complex on Attorney Street.
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Christina Aguilera’s Nose Piercer Moves, Gets Visit From Gilbert Gottfried

Tattoo Artist Chris Lockhart at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Tattoo Artist Chris Lockhart at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Store Clerk Joe Rossetti at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Store Clerk Joe Rossetti at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

East Villagers seeking fresh ink – don’t forget to Google Map before you go. A little over a month ago, vegan tattoo parlor White Rabbit Tattoo moved from East 10th Street to a new location at 121 Essex Street. And now Maria Tash, body-piercer to the stars, has relocated from East Fourth Street to a spanking new location at Avenue A and Second Street.
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Rockaway Gets Three New Outdoor Spots for Sun, Suds, Music and Movies

Heading to Rockaway Beach this 4th of July? Or whenever? Check out the latest outdoor drinking spots, starting with a B + B exclusive.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Last year the Rockaway Beach Surf Club was a scrappy hybrid: a surfboard storage joint, a workspace for local artisans, an occasional party (and mud wrestling) spot, and in the wake of Sandy, a relief hub. But in the next days, Long Beach native Brandon D’Leo and his partner and neighbor, firefighter Brady Walsh, expect to score a liquor license that will allow them to turn their concrete patio into a proper beer garden.
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Magick, the Gathering: Meet the Fairies and Goddesses of Witchsfest

A group of three friends attending the festival.

A group of three friends attending the festival.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

BabyDoll Smith

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

Temple of Thelema

A festival attendee.

A festival attendee.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Network for the Realization of the Goddess

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

Opening the Ways

A card reader taking a break.

A card reader taking a break.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

High Winds Farm

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

On Saturday, Astor Place became home to the second annual Witchsfest USA, a free Pagan street fair hosted by the NYC Wiccan Family Temple that aimed to raise funds to build a temple for the city’s Wiccan community.

The celebration, inspired by London’s Witchfest International, was pretty small — just a few tents set up on one block. I actually found myself asking someone, “Where’s Witchsfest located in relation to Kmart?” But attractions such as an astrology workshop, belly dancing class, and countless tarot readers managed to draw a small coven of people.
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Is Sam Lewontin a Coffee Snob? Well, It Depends What You Mean

Introducing the Couch Read. It’s the weekend: fix yourself a coffee and spend some time with these longer pieces.

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Everyman Espresso has had a lot brewing lately. Earlier this week, it closed its East 13th Street store for a month of renovations and opened a pop-up at Tribeca’s Bikini Bar. All this while being sued by the state of New York for allegedly appropriating its “I ♥ NY” logo.

But Sam Lewontin, who manages the shop, is trying not to think about that right now. He’s more focused on the menu at the summer pop-up, which he’s hoping will touch off a radical new trend. It’s among the first in the country to offer espresso drinks that rival cocktails in their complexity. The Queen Mary, for instance, combines tomato jam, citrus, herb and AeroPressed Kenyan Ndaroni.
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Upcoming Shows: Go to Dirty Beaches, Enjoy Some Clams Casino


Rest assured, Todd Patrick is doing more than just firing off e-mails this evening. As an aperitif to the imminent re-opening of the Market Hotel, he has organized a complete retrospective of Showpaper, the bi-weekly publication he founded in 2007 that immediately became the go-to source for every DIY all-ages show in New York City and the tri-state area. More than 160 issues will adorn the walls at the renovated Market Hotel, and most of them will be available to take home. The party is slated to end at 9 p.m. tonight, so get thee over to Market Hotel ASAP.

If you miss it, sorry for the late notice — but don’t worry: there’s a solid slate of shows in our nabes over the next week. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar, or check out some highlights below.
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FDNY Cracks Down On Bossa Nova’s Ability to ‘Rave With You Full Throttle’

If you were one of the people who thought, “Ugh, that’s the end of that place” when the Bossa Nova Civic Club got that write-up in The Times last month, well then you’re probably also the type that will say, “See, I told you so,” when you hear that, according to the Bushwick boite’s Facebook page, it got a visit from the FDNY and now must limit capacity at its sweat-drenched dance parties.

Cue the message that went out earlier this evening.
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Todd P : Boyd Rice Show Will Go On Even Though He ‘Sucks As a Human Being’

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 6.36.59 PMTodd P just sent out an epic missive explaining why 285 Kent won’t be among the venues canceling Cold Cave shows due to the addition of controversial opening act Boyd Rice. Patrick says that since Cold Cave added the provocative noise musician to the bill of tomorrow night’s show, 285 Kent has been subject to a “small uproar” involving “multiple oblique threats, several curse-laden late night crank calls, anonymous threatening text messages.”

But even though Rice, per Patrick, is a “washed up 80’s era troll” who “has spent the last 30 or so years saying truly disgusting things – everything from palling around with the KKK to wearing Nazi uniforms to advocating the subjugation of women and the efficacy of rape,” the show must go on in the interest of free speech. There will, however, be “literature at tables set up in the lobby, explaining who Boyd Rice is and what his shameful history entails.” Read the entire letter for yourself — it’s a doozy.
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The View From Atop Jupiter 21, the NoHo [Sic] Building That Killed Mars Bar

The Sundeck (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Sundeck (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Sundeck

The Sundeck

Second-floor outdoor lounge.

Second-floor outdoor lounge.

Communal garden.

Communal garden.

The hallway.

The hallway.

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The Jupiter 21 filter on Instagram.

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Oh hey, here’s the roofdeck of Jupiter 21, the luxury building, opening July 15, where a TD Bank will replace the former Mars Bar on the ground floor. There’s no pool up here, but a sales rep told us the deck will eventually feature “misting stations” and outdoors showers — because why would anyone want to sunbathe by the wet bar and be all gross when they get back to their $3,475 studio?
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Pride Guide: Open Bars, Rooftop Pool Parties, and a Madonnathon

Chalkboard outside Exit 9

Chalkboard outside Exit 9

The East Village and the Lower East Side, both rich in LGBTQ and drag history, are essential neighborhoods to party in this Gay Pride weekend (and oh, what a week it’s been), and Williamsburg has recovered enough from Brooklyn’s own celebration earlier this month to be ready for round two. Read on for our lineup of Pride picks, including a Madonna dance party, a camp-themed rave, and not one but two rooftop pool parties at the Thompson LES Hotel.
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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Gets Signage, Grumpy at Grand Central

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Hey, hey: we just spotted this neon signage going up on the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street in the East Village, where Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is set to open in late July, according to a construction manager.

Speaking of Brooklyn-Manhattan empires: Greenpoint’s Café Grumpy appears to be on a slow, steady course of dominating Manhattan. Last month, Café Grumpy Time’s Square was announced – and now? Looks like they’re set to arrive at Grand Central Station. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »