Watch It: James Franco, Michael Stipe and Patti Smith Kick Off ‘Rockaway!’

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

Outrage over the weekend shutdown of Rockaway’s city beaches made the cover of the Daily News (excuse to put a bikinied hardbody on the front page, much?), but fans of Patti Smith and James Franco found more welcoming sands over at Fort Tilden during the kickoff of the “Rockaway!” art festival.
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Bereket Closes After Two Decades; Alleged Serial Mugger Nabbed

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Travis Taylor— a 17-year-old who lives on East 6th Street—was arrested for allegedly breaking a man’s jaw and then robbing him outside 67 Avenue B two weeks ago. Police say Taylor and two partners in crime carried out four recent Lower East Side/East Village attacks. [DNA Info]

Bereket Turkish Kebab House shuttered after nearly two decades on the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. Landlord Ben Shaoul reportedly bought the Bereket space and several of its Lower East Side neighbors earlier this year.  [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

A 61-year-old East Village man, Carlos Pena, has been missing since Tuesday evening. [Town & Village Blog]

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9 Things Todd Phillips Revealed About Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Todd Phillips at left. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Nitehawk’s highly anticipated (by us, anyway) screening of Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies drew a crowd that may or may not have ever seen Todd Phillips’s subsequent films (Old School, The Hangover, etc.) In front of us was a guy in a Mohawk, brazenly smoking a vaporizer. Then there was the guy in the Plato’s Retreat shirt.
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First Taste of Root & Bone, Opening Next Week in Alphabet City

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Inside Root & Bone (photo: Nicole Disser)

Two of Top Chef’s blondest, Southernest contestants, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth were making the rounds at Root & Bone‘s opening party last night. The duo are at the helm of the newest Southern dining establishment in the old Mama’s Food Shop space.
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Cruising the Bijou, a Hidden Underground Cinema and Sex Den

The Bijou's exit door. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Bijou’s exit door. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It took me three passes before I could bring myself to open the unmarked black door on East 4th Street, the one an older man had entered after trying to cruise me near a rack of Citi Bikes. Inside was a steep staircase, painted deep orange, leading down into a basement lobby. There was a framed poster on the wall: Eyes Wide Shut, the Stanley Kubrick film in which an overcurious New Yorker stumbles into an orgy of anonymous, Bacchanalian sex.
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Greenpoint Comic Strip: ‘People Always Forget It Started With the Trucker Hats’

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 2.50.37 PMAttention all Greenpoint dwellers who aren’t yet sick and tired of talking gentrification. Longtime Greenpointer Tony Wolf is putting the neighborhood’s urban renewal woes on (virtual) paper and in cartoon form, for “the world’s first webcomic centered entirely around #greenpoint” (per Wolf’s twitter). The author is an actor, voiceover guy, singer, host, writer and illustrator, and has been living in the hood for 17 years.
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The Trap Lord Cometh and More Upcoming Shows

Here’s what’s good in live music this week.

Sacred Bones has kind of been killing it lately, and Crystal Stilts is no exception. They’re on tour leading up to their new album to be released this September, which means it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll be hearing some new stuff. Oh goody. This is starry-eyed sway time music for sure, but at times they come through with a Doors-ish sing-along vibe which will definitely pull you out of your hazy half slumber. Bring a date and a stellar nod, you’ll need em.
Baby’s All Right. Friday, June 27, 8 p.m., tickets $10
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We’d Like to Get Into Your Pants (Via Our New App!)

appLast week, we celebrated our first anniversary by unveiling a new events calendar and promised still more exciting news. Well, here it is! Get the new B+B app — designed by the downtowners over at DWNLD — to read and share all of Bedford + Bowery’s latest coverage, on the go. For starters, we’ve loaded the app with the 20 most popular stories of our first year. Check em out while you can, because starting Monday, they’ll be replaced by all of our latest content as it goes live. Download the B+B app for free on iTunes or by searching for “Bedford + Bowery” in your phone’s app store.

Bushwick’s Most Controversial Building; Free Gelato Today

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

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Police are searching for a 21-year-old man who was swept away by an East River current after jumping from a Williamsburg pier early yesterday, following a night of drinking. [DNA Info]

The city instructed Olympic Restaurant, Jade Fountain Liquors, Express Shoe Repairs, and The Jewish Conservancy to vacate Delancey and Grand Streets by next week so that demolition can commence, making room for the future Essex Crossing development. [The Lo-Down]

Today the Upright Citizens Brigade kicks off its 16th annual Del Close Marathon—56 straight hours of improv at seven venues around the city, including UCBeast and Theatre 80 at St. Mark’s.
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Cameo’s New Sister Restaurant Is a Caribbean Queen

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Jify’s. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last week Jify Shah opened up a namesake restaurant next to his venue Cameo Gallery, where Lovin’ Cup Café once stood. The chef there has stayed along at Jify’s, but the menu, concept, as well as the interior have all been transformed into a pretty refined Caribbean restaurant and bar.
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