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A Blessing and a Setback For Steiner at Mary Help of Christians Site

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Things have been quiet at the Mary Help of Christians site ever since the 96-year-old church was torn down over the summer — and it looks like they’ll stay that way for now. The Department of Buildings has disapproved plans to build a 7-story building on the lot between East 11th and 12th Streets, off of Avenue A.
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This Week’s Film Fests: Pro Wrestling, Nitehawk Shorts, and Williamsburg Indies

Were you ever a Hulkamaniac? Of course you were, and so was anybody who grew up in the ’80s.  Rocks Off successfully threw their first ever rock n’ roll themed film festival a few months back and are now making their way into the world of professional wrestling. It’s a natural progression, really: Billy Corgan did it.
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Regress to 1996 at These Retro Video Game Nights

1403111_10202285991691876_1949360368_oMom sold the Nintendo 64 for $25 back in 2005 and that was the end of that. If your classic video game console met a similar fate at a stoop sale or a Goodwill donation, here a couple of chances to re-up on nostalgia.

Entertainment group Sexy Nerds is having its latest Retro Video Game Night next Saturday at Nevada Smiths at 100 3rd Avenue. Fellow East Village nerds from Video Games New York on East 6th Street provide the discontinued video game consoles and games, and you provide the carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Beer Lovers, Meet Your New Best Bud: Dirck the Norseman

Island bar. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Island bar. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Wood-burning fireplace. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Wood-burning fireplace. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Light fixture. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Light fixture. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Keg light. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Keg light. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

The mural room. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

The mural room. (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Kegs (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Kegs (Photo: Virginia McLure)

Dirck the Norseman, opening in Greenpoint next month, has all the makings of heaven on earth. At least for those who love all things beer. And Belgian fries. And old church pews around a wood-burning fireplace.
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Williamsburg Gets More L Trains, Select Bus Service; Yellow Dogs Benefit Tonight

Christopher Walken-Rex, by Rainbow Hoodie Gang

Christopher Walken T-Rex (Photo: Scott Lynch)

To make up for this weekend’s service outage, here’s some good news for L riders: the MTA is adding 8 round-trips ever weekday and 4 every Saturday and Sunday, which will bring shave 12 seconds off the time between trains from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 50 seconds off it from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. [Brooklyn Paper]

And in other transportation news, there’s now Select Bus service between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg. [News 12]

Luke Temple, Nada Surf and others will pay tribute to the Yellow Dogs at a benefit show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. [Brooklyn Vegan]
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At the Vine Film Festival, They Were Showing Vines and Feeling Fine

Much as we love the handiwork of Nicholas Megalis, he isn’t the only Master of Vine Arts. Last week, Melanie Schnitzlein and Karly Snajczuk brought the first Vine Film Festival to the Bat Haus in Bushwick. Watch our video to see 6-second masterpieces from folks like Chanice White, winner of the Best How-To Vine, and Bill Stiteler, comedian and inventor of the flip-phone chip clip. (And don’t even think of stealing the chip clip; you will get called out.)

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This Spanish Spot Is Serving 100 Types of Mini Sandos (And Orange Cola Sangria!)

The open kitchen. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The open kitchen. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The front bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The front bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Photos of Spain. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Photos of Spain. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back room. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back room. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The enclosed backyard. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The enclosed backyard. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

100 Montaditos. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

100 Montaditos. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We didn’t think Bleecker Street could get any more authentically Spanish than that place that serves chips and salsa before your meal, but on Monday, it shall! Last night we got a sneak peak at the first NYC location of 100 Montaditos, a Spanish fast-casual chain that has 270 restaurants around Europe, Mexico and Colombia. (By sneak peak, we mean we were plied with free mugs of sangria and mini sandwiches.)
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Step Into This ‘Live Magazine’ For the Latest in Anti-Surveillance Fashion

After setting up a pop-up in our pop-up last month, Eric Ho and his modular elves at Made in Lower East Side have launched a 7-week project showcasing the different ways their Storefront Transformer can rock the world of an underused retail space.
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This Actor-Comedian Doesn't Want to Desecrate His Local With 'a Particular Type of Woman'

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

The bartender at Brooklyn Star doesn’t know Seaton Smith. Perhaps he will someday soon, but not because Seaton’s been a regular for the past several months. Instead, maybe it’ll be because Seaton will be on TV. The 31-year-old comedian and soon-to-be sitcom actor keeps a low profile at the bar-restaurant he visits late at night after hitting the comedy clubs. On this night, he’ll perform two sets in Times Square. Then, he’ll likely do what he usually does: come back to his neighborhood and unwind here with his preferred drink, a Sazerac. Since a kitchen fire took out the original, this Williamsburg location is just over a couple years old. But it has quickly become a favorite go-to for late-night diners and drinkers.
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Downtown Kid Leo Fitzpatrick May Just Move Upstate After Starring in Doomsdays

Leo Fitzpatrick as Bruho in Doomsdays.

Leo Fitzpatrick as Bruho in Doomsdays.

If you know Leo Fitzpatrick mostly as the 16-year-old who played Telly the Virgin Surgeon in Kids, then you should probably get out more. The longtime East Villager (now 35) has earned his place in the downtown pantheon by DJing at Lit for over a decade, skating to parties at Max Fish and Motor City, showing art in exhibitions like the recent “Cut Teeth,” and opening a gallery of his own. All that and he’s still acting — most recently in Doomsdays, which makes its New York City premiere Saturday and Monday as part of MoMA’s annual “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” series.
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