This Week In Film: Bourgeois Problems, Godfather Part 4, And The Academy Snub

Nominees for the Academy Awards were announced today, which is either a total bore parade or an outrage-inducing annual occurrence, depending on your perspective of course. Generally we here at Reel Psyched (i.e. me) could care less about some gilded relic from Old Hollywood, a yearly spectacle that has become so much worse since the invention of HD television, something that has enabled throngs of unlucky viewers to clearly see the sweaty pores and close-to-bursting seams barely holding those half-dead, half-plastic polymer living, breathing action figures and laser-cut voodoo dolls together.

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Festival Frenzy: Northside Badges On Sale, Mexican Summer Launches ‘New Myths’

New Myths (main)Take a break from scouring Airbnb for remotely affordable places to stay during SXSW, cuz passes just became available for a couple of other first-rate festivals. First off, early-bird badges went on sale today for Brooklyn’s own Northside Festival, set for June 8 to 14 this year. Prices are $25 for Film (around 50 films are expected), $70 for Music (around 400 bands), and $245 for Innovation (around 150 speakers).
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East Village’s Newest Dorm Building Drops the Drapes

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Between the Cube going bye-bye and the ongoing construction of a new pedestrian plaza, Cooper Square has been a mess lately. But at least there’s this: just shy of a year after the foundation was poured, the construction netting is now completely off of the controversial dorm building that replaced a historic row house at 35 Cooper Square.
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Renderings For Essex Crossing, Yotel Williamsburg; ‘Metal Yoga’ in Bushwick

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

According to a new report, chain stores accounted for at least 275K-square-feet of Brooklyn real estate leased last year. [The Real Deal]

Renderings were released of the hard-to-recognize Essex Market (and three of its neighbors) circa 2018. [Curbed NY]

When The Oosten, a luxury residence, opens next year in Williamsburg it will be the first major building constructed by a Chinese company stateside (without a local partner). [WNYC]

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Theater in an Abandoned Middle School, Prom at Chicken Hut High School: Which One’s the Joke?

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A Swimming Cities party. (Photo: Nick Normal/Flickr)

McSweeney’s just posted a satirical piece titled “Audience Instructions for Our Immersive/Experimental Theatre Production in an Abandoned Middle School in Bushwick.” It reads like something out of The Burning Bush, but it maybe should’ve taken its audience insturctions (“it is recommended that you self-administer an enema at least three hours prior to the start of the performance”) just a little further. Because it isn’t the most absurd event-description copy we’ve read today.
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What’s the Tougher Table: Momofuku Ko or the Cat Cafe?

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It’s been just about a month since the city’s first permanent cat cafe opened, right on the heels of Momofuku Ko’s relaunch in a swanky new space on Extra Place. When they first hit the scene, their calendars were jam-packed with reservations, scaring off many a would-be cat cuddler and caviar connoisseur. Are they any easier to get into these days? Let’s take a look!
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Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke Taking Up Residence in East Village

A letter taped to the door of 280 E. 10th Street Tuesday asking permission to film the building in the movie Maggie's Plan. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

A letter taped to the door of 280 E. 10th Street Tuesday asking permission to film the building in the movie Maggie’s Plan. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Get ready to spot some stars — the movie Maggie’s Plan, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig, is slated to begin filming in the East Village next month.

We spotted this letter today on the door of an East 10th Street apartment building, between First Avenue and Avenue A. The filmmakers plan to shoot in the area on February 23, 24, and 25 and are seeking a first- or second-floor apartment for interiors and exteriors. So maybe some lucky local will get the surreal experience of seeing Julianne Moore sipping a glass of water in their kitchen?
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Gang Assault On Montrose Ave; Manitoba’s Fights For Its Life

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Bushwick firefighters rescued a woman in her 20s who fell four stories from a Madison Street apartment rooftop and found herself trapped in a two-and-a-half-foot-wide crevice on Monday night. [Daily News] She was stuck for 45 minutes; watch a video of her extrication. [Gothamist]

Sunday morning at approximately 4:40 a.m., four individuals assaulted an inebriated man on Montrose Avenue before getting away in a gray sedan. The man sustained a cut to the face and was treated at Woodhull Medical Center. [Brooklyn Paper]

Two gun-toting thieves held up a cellphone store on N. 10th Street in Williamsburg Friday at around 7:45 p.m. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Embattled Hell Square Eateries Inch Closer to Fine-Dining Reboots

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

Rob Shamlian, the owner of Fat Baby and The Derby, is one step closer to unloading two of his controversial Lower East Side eateries, just days after he publicly blasted “hostile neighborhood groups, the blogs with no culpability who are able to spout whatever nonsense they think of, and the constant harassment.”
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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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