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The Folks From Chloe 81 Are Opening Kingsland Bar in Williamsburg Tonight

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Bar)

(Photo courtesy of Kingsland Bar)

Remember back in 2009, when Chloe 81, the subterranean Lower East Side lounge, was the “new Beatrice”? (We do! It was one of the few times the author of this post has been a bold-faced name.) Well, now there’s a “new Chloe 81,” and it’s launching tonight. With free vodka.
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Next to the Fetishwear Store, There’s a New Place to Buy Collars (For Dogs)

Zee's on East 13 Street. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Zee’s on East 13 Street. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Earlier today, Zee Raja’s seven- and nine-year-old sons were caring for Black Ninja, a rescued pigeon that had been bitten by a dog. “We’re trying to help it fly again,” Zee explained.

Zee is hoping his pet store will take off as well. Last week, he reopened Zee Pets Supply at 530 East 13 Street, just a few blocks north of the store’s former location off of Tompkins Square Park (who said Bushwick had to have all the new pet shops?). It’s right next to The Baroness’ New York City Latex Boutique — meaning fetishists can now purchase an inflatable straight jacket and then pop right next door for a collar and leash!
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Here’s Your Chance to Mingle With Lovers of the Cassingle

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Tapes are back! Well, at least for some established acts like Animal Collective and the Flaming Lips that are re-releasing material this Saturday to celebrate the first annual Cassette Store Day (a la Record Store Day). The truth is, tape culture never really died out for underground and experimental music — its cheap magnetic swathe has always been the most accessible medium for skuzzy punk bands and noise acts alike to lay down their tunes and distribute to audiences that tolerate their presence.
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Check Out Dimes, Bringing Some Crunch to the Lower LES Monday

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

A little while ago we told you about Dimes, the new health-focused cafe and eatery on Division Street from Sabrina DeSousa and Alissa Wagner. Though it was originally slated for a mid-August opening, the spot will finally open its doors next Monday, providing some long-awaited MSG-free eats to the Lower Lower East Side.
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It’s Out With the ‘Satan Rolls’ and in With ‘Ants on a Tree’ on Curry Row

Wilson Fu, owner of Red Pepper, a traditional Chinese restaurant on Curry Row. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Wilson Fu, owner of Red Pepper, a traditional Chinese restaurant on Curry Row. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Looks like David Schwimmer has a new takeout option: Red Pepper just opened across from Ross’s new place, on what used to be known as Curry Row.

Wilson Fu – who briefly tried his hand at serving “Satan rolls” and ramen in the sub-street-level space that used to be Calcutta — said traditional southwest Chinese food was hard to come by. “I tried so much Sichuan in Manhattan and none of it satisfied my tastes,” he said (we didn’t ask how he felt about Hot Kitchen, right around the corner).
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Nightclubbing: DNA at Mudd Club, 1979

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong are sifting through their voluminous archive of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at NYU’s Fales Library. This week: a look back at DNA.

“How dare you play your guitar like that! Don’t you know that’s the same instrument that Eric Clapton plays?” Audience members were often quick to share their dissatisfaction with the screeching dissonance that Arto Lindsay wrung from his instrument during a feverish set. So whenever his no wave band DNA finished up, Lindsay was sure to pack up quickly.

“It was the music I liked to play,” Lindsay says. “I thought the more far out you were, the more likely you were to be hailed as the next Jimi Hendrix. I just wanted to see what music would do to people. “
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Beacon’s Closet Is Moving to Greenpoint, East Villager Loses Hot Tub

Sheryo and The Yok on Ideal Glass, Hot Dawgs On Holiday

Sheryo and The Yok’s new mural at Ideal Glass in the East Village. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Yet another Williamsburg business is packing up and heading north to Greenpoint: Beacon’s Closet will shut down its flagship store of 11 years on North 11 Street to make room for Vice magazine’s expansion. They’ll get cheaper rent at 74 Guernsey Street. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Public Access TV at New Museum, Beach Flix Finale, and a Bourdeaux Doc


Call it nostalgia but the idea of attending a live taping being recorded directly to VHS for screening on public access television sounds like a damn good time. Especially if it’s free! This Thursday at the New Museum catch special guest Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer’s electronic, saxophone solo project) performing with live green-screen manipulation, while interviews, a how-to demonstration and other activities occur simultaneously.
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You’ve Either Seen Tinuade Oyelowo On Girls, or Dancing at Bembe

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Tinuade Oyelowo spends her days slinging soy lattes at Café Grumpy in Greenpoint and her late Saturday nights sweating on the dance floor at Bembe in Williamsburg. At Grumpy, she does double duty: after four months there, she was tapped to play a barista on HBO’s Girls. The 29-year-old Bed-Stuy resident appeared in two episodes last season and will appear in two more next season – “a very surreal New York experience.”
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Watch Aaron Cohen Woo ‘Potential Fans,’ Then See Him Shine in ‘Stanley Kubrick’

Aaron Cohen knew he wasn’t going anywhere in Seattle. “I just needed to get out. I wasn’t doing anything productive,” said the Jewish rapper of his hometown. Three years ago, he moved to New York, fell in with a nascent collective called Inner City Kids, and was soon producing music, doing shows and shooting videos.
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