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This Passover, There’s Lots O’ Matzo at Museum at Eldridge’s Synagogue Tours

Photo by Kate Milford

Photo by Kate Milford

This is the first Passover in 90 years without Streit’s Matzo in operation on Rivington Street. So what do you do if you get hungry after seeing the new documentary and art exhibit dedicated to the bygone Lower East Side matzo factory? Don’t get tsuris. The Museum at Eldridge Street is offering a taste of the old neighborhood via its Passover-week “Matzo Tours.”

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Iron Chef Jose Garces Opens First NYC Tapas Bar Downtown

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz)

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz)

It comes a little too late for the Tribeca Film Festival, but if you’re planning to head down to Battery Park City to peep those giant bunny rabbits, you might want to know that, today, celeb chef Jose Garces opens an outpost of his popular Philadelphia tapas bar, Amada, at Brookfield Place.

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There Was Purple Rain (and Every Other Shade of Rain) at Holi NYC’s Color Festival

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Stained glass window installation by The Oracle for BangOn!NYC.

Stained glass window installation by The Oracle for BangOn!NYC.

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Lucky Chops. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Lucky Chops. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Sei Smith, co-founder of Apostrophe (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Sei Smith, co-founder of Apostrophe (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

M.A.K.U Soundsystem (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

M.A.K.U Soundsystem (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

DJ Vic. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

DJ Vic. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Ki Smith (left), co-founder of Apostrophe, and visuals artists. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

Ki Smith (left), co-founder of Apostrophe, and visuals artists. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

On the Quetzal Bus, Junxion NYC. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

On the Quetzal Bus, Junxion NYC. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

(Photo: Daniel Leinweber / Razberry Photography)

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This past weekend, hitting the powder didn’t mean catching the Snow Bus to Whiteface Mountain. It’s finally spring, see, and what better way to celebrate the season than by throwing colored powder at a total stranger? That’s exactly what happened at the fifth annual Holi NYC, a tribute to Holi Phagwa, the Hindu festival of colors. The riotous celebration of spring, which had been held in East Flatbush in the past, was right in Bushwick this year, meaning locals didn’t have to ruin their Uber rating by leaving orange butt-prints on some poor bastard’s backseat. There were also some awesome powder-blasting canons this year, which turned the skies into one big rainbow bagel. Click through our shots to see all the local color.

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Prince Tribute Mural On Ludlow; Nuyorican Poets Cafe Director Dies

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Roland Legiardi-Laura, the director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village, died of cancer last week. [EV Grieve]

A 24-year-old woman who was being followed was the victim of a rape attempt Saturday afternoon inside her apartment building, located at the corner of Stanton and Pitt Streets. [NY Post]

Electrical wires caused the Dekalb Avenue fire that decimated five buildings last month, according to the FDNY. [DNA Info]

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An Awkward Encounter With Prince at Lucky Cheng’s, When He Was a ‘Crazy Symbol’

(Photo: Jeromes on Facebook)

(Photo: Jeromes on Facebook)

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who rememeber “random encounters with Prince” while nightclubbing in the East Village in the early ’80s, then you’d probably give your raspberry beret to have met the man. Rich Russo had the opportunity to do just that, back in the East Village of the ’90s–though it didn’t turn out very well.

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Unibrow Brilliant: A ‘Movement Installation’ Goes Beyond the Frida Kitsch

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What do you think of when you hear the name “Frida Kahlo?” Her lush, Tehuantepec-inspired dresses? Her flowered headdresses? Her unmistakeable unibrow? These days, one of the most iconoclastic and eccentric artists of her time is often reduced to a mass-produced fashion icon. With all the Halloween costumes and kitschy Frida-printed magnets, bags etc, she’s surely one of the most recognizable Mexican figures in the world–and the most commodified. (Though those El Chapo t-shirts could change that.)

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New Yorkers Pay Tribute to Prince

Chances With Wolves on Instagram

Chances With Wolves on Instagram

The city is awash in purple as New Yorkers mourn the death of yet another music legend this year. Last night, cries of “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette” reverberated around our neighborhoods as people danced into the wee hours. 

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A Secret Dinner Proves ‘It Can Be Cool and Hipster and Greenpoint to Be Jewish’

Actor Sergey Nagorny (Photo courtesy of)

Actor Sergey Nagorny (Photo courtesy of Victor Nechay)

Last Friday around dusk, a group of Russian speakers met near McGolrick Park in Greenpoint. The women were tarted up and the men dressed to the nines in cufflinks, suspenders and derbies. A bald magician, bundled up in a three-piece suit and a black bowtie, made a solemn announcement: “Tonight is not like any other night. Tonight, we will be answering one question: What does it mean to be free?” With that, the small procession followed him to a secret location, where “an immersive live performance” was set to take place.

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How Was Prince’s Times Obituary Written? A New Documentary Sheds Light

Archivist Jeff Roth in the New York Times morgue, which at one point contained some 10,000 drawers of clippings. (Photo: Ben Wolf)

Archivist Jeff Roth in the New York Times morgue, which at one point contained some 10,000 drawers of clippings. (Photo: Ben Wolf)

Sometime before 1:45 p.m. yesterday, the New York Times reported that Prince had died, via a bare-bones, two-paragraph squib citing the Associated Press. By 4:30 p.m., music writer Jon Pareles had written the beginnings of an obituary confirming the death with Prince’s publicist and a Minnesota sheriff, and expanding on the legacy of the musician who was “admired well-night universally.”

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Bushwickers Fight MTA Displacement; Purple Rain at Village East Cinema

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Both 77 and 79 Rivington Street are being auctioned off in a lot where bids start at $11 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Bushwick residents in danger of displacement when the MTA commences with M train repairs will fight to keep their homes. [DNA Info]

According to Airbnb, 40,000 guests used the site to secure temporary housing last year in Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. [DNA Info]

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The Olsen Twins Art Exhibit You Never Knew You Needed Is Now a Reality

(Photo: Courtesy of THNK 1994)

(Photo: Courtesy of THNK 1994)

Congratulations, internet! That pop-up art gallery dedicated to the Ashley and Mary Kate has become a reality.

“The Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi” has gone from being a wild idea crowded-funded by Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen (the comedic duo behind the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum) to becoming a real brick-and-mortar affair on Grand Street, right in the heart of Williamsburg (where else?).

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Hundreds Rally for the Right to Refuse Stop and Frisk

In 2013 Mayor Bill De Blasio was voted into office with pledges to reign in police violence and stop-and-frisk policing targeted at blacks and latinos. (Remember that emotional video about needing to have stop-and-frisk conversations with his son, Dante?) And since he took office, street-stops have continued on a downward trend–there were about 24,000 stops last year, a far cry from the peak of 685,000 in 2011 under Bloomberg.

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