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Dead Man Found Near East River; Cat Cafe Looted

A deceased man believed to be approximately 40 years old was found yesterday morning on the rocky bank of the East River, near East Sixth Street and FDR Drive. [Patch]

On Thursday afternoon, a Lower East Side resident was punched in the face by a stranger while riding the F train. [Gothamist]

Two men with guns stole $850 from Koneko, Clinton Street’s cat cafe, on Monday night. A police search for suspects is underway. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Coney Island Announces Lineup for Summer ‘Flicks on the Beach’

From last year’s Flicks on the Beach. Credit: Alliance for Coney Island.

With the memory of the recent Mermaid Parade still warm in our hearts, we’re pleased to note that the Coney Island Flicks on the Beach festival has announced this year’s lineup.

The film selection is an eclectic mix of the heavily family-friendly — Beauty and The Beast, Finding DoryThe Lego Batman Movie — and a few edgier selections like Get Out. The series is sponsored by Amazon Studios, who will also be doing previews of two Amazon Studios originals — Landline, the new dysfunctional family dramedy from the Obvious Child team, and Crown Heights, a Sundance drama (adapted from a This American Life episode) about a wrongfully imprisoned man.

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Hit This Zine Fest to Find Out Whether Your Last Bender Was Immortalized in ‘Bar Scrawl’

(Photo courtesy of Bill Roundy)

Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is coming to Williamsburg next Saturday and there will be some interesting zines up for grabs including Fracking Can Be Fun and Homos in Herstory. Bill Roundy will also be there selling Bar Scrawl, his Brooklyn bar review guides. These aren’t the kind of reviews you’d read in Frommer’s or on TripAdvisor. They’re cartoon guides with some different takes on places you’ve probably been before or have been wanting to check out.

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Watch It: MoMA PS1’s ‘Warm Up’ Installation Magically Lights Up at Night

“Lumen” at night © Kasper van Laarhoven

If you’ve ever dived into the ocean and looked up at the surface to find jellyfish or seaweed dangling on a background of breaking sunlight, you’ve got a notion of what you’ll see at MoMA PS1 when Warm Up starts this weekend.

Experimental architect Jenny Sabin has graced the museum’s courtyard with a vast network of threads that light up in various enigmatic colors in reaction to the sun. “Lumen” is impressive in both size and beauty. Held up by masts and cables like an expansion bridge, hundreds of digitally knitted cells and tubes dangle like old white dresses on a clothes line.

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Gay Talese Is ‘Enthusiastic About a Brash New Yorker’ in the White House

Gay Talese at Strand Book Store in 2006. (Photo: David Shankbone)

It was the last Tuesday night concert of the Washington Square Music Festival. A few minutes before the JP Jofre Ensemble began to play mostly Argentinean music, I did a double take on a white-haired thin man seated on a park bench a few feet opposite from me. Unlike the casually dressed folks passing by, this gent was elegantly attired in a tailored suit. His straw fedora gave him a faintly rakish air. He had on what looked like custom made shoes. Occasionally he would say something to a comely middle-aged woman sitting not far from him.

The man had to be 85-year-old Gay Talese, legendary grandaddy of ’60s New Journalism who left the New York Times to pen signature pieces about Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio for Esquire, later producing bestsellers with biblical names like Honor thy Father, about the Mafia and Thy Neighbor’s Wife, a controversial book about the sexual revolution in which he took a decidedly personal interest in the research. Then there’s High Notes, a collection of his work out this year.

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Two Local Men Injured By Vehicles; RIP Bushwick-Linden Community Garden

Around 3:30 a.m. this morning, a 32-year-old male cyclist was seriously injured when struck by a vehicle on Central Avenue. [DNA Info]

A man, 82, was struck by a cement truck while crossing Chrystie Street yesterday afternoon, and taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. [DNA Info]

Two 30-something men were arrested in Union Square Park early Wednesday night after one sold the other crystal meth. [Town & Village] Keep Reading »

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Drink from a Literal Negroni Fountain at Dante’s New Location

The Negroni Fountain. Credit: AvroKO Hospitality Group.

Dante, the award-winning Greenwich Village bar-restaurant best known for its negroni on tap (and its sadly discontinued $1 martini specials), is launching a new satellite location tonight. Created in partnership with design firm-slash-restarauteur AvroKO, the new bar — “Dante at GENUINE” — is located above GENUINE Liquorette in the space formerly occupied by GENUINE Superette.

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Michael Showalter On The Big Sick and His Returning TV Shows, Wet Hot and Search Party

Michael Showalter’s Q&A. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

“I keep thinking it would be very funny if you and I just blew away,” Michael Showalter told the moderator last night during a gusty Rooftop Films screening of his new film, The Big Sick.

The director, who got his start in the Stella comedy troupe, imagined out loud what the crowd at the William Vale rooftop would think: “Thank god, this conversation is boring the fucking shit out of me. I thought Showalter was funny but he’s, like, all fucking serious, talking about himself as a filmmaker or whatever.”

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The Museum of Interesting Things Is a Roving ‘Speakeasy’ Run By a Quirky Curator

How did we watch films at home before Netflix and DVD? And before VHS? Denny Daniel will show you at his Museum of Interesting Things. This “speakeasy museum” pops up weekly at various locations in the city to show how our current-day technology is based on earlier inventions, often going all the way back to the late 19th century. From 1960s solar-powered walkie-talkies to carousel animations and parts of the original World War II Enigma machine, Daniel has collected a wide array of antiques and curiosa.

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McCarren Park Pool’s Summer Return; Free Pet Adoption Drive in Greenpoint

Next month, according to the Newtown Creek Alliance, the Kosciuszko Bridge will merely be disassembled and “will not be exploded.” [Gothamist]

Today swim season officially returns to Williamsburg’s McCarren Park Pool. [Free Williamsburg]

Free four-legged friends will be available for adoption this Sunday afternoon at Petland Discounts on Manhattan Avenue. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »