Bushwick Open Studios Guide: How to Do BOS Like a Boss

Tim Kent's home studio at last year's BOS. (Photo: Alexandria Glorioso)

Tim Kent’s home studio at last year’s BOS. (Photo: Alexandria Glorioso)

Bushwick Open Studios is happening this weekend and once again local artists will open their private studio doors to the public for a few days of art consumption, mingling, and performances. This year’s 600 related events stretch all the way from Decatur Street to just north of Grand. But don’t freak out just yet, because we’ve planned a pretty solid weekend for you below.
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Hester Street Fair Expands into Seward Park This Weekend

(Courtesy Hester Street Fair)

While Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg expands to Jones Beach, its Lower East Side counterpart, Hester Street Fair, is growing as well. This weekend, about 20 to 30 vendors — including some newbies — will spread out into a promenade in adjacent Seward Park that runs from the fair’s current perch at Hester Street all the way down to Canal Street.
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Yippie Building Becoming a Boxing Gym As Court Fight Goes Another Round

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

9 Bleecker. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A location of Crunch just opened at 2 Cooper Square, and now this: a boxing gym is set to replace the Yippie! Museum at 9 Bleecker Street, a building that long housed outspoken lefties like pot activist Dana Beal.

A lawyer involved in ongoing litigation over the building confirmed that it’s a done deal.

“The court appointed receiver performed his duty and signed a long-term lease with a tenant that will be running a boxing gym out of the premises,” said attorney Steven L. Einig, who represents the building’s lender Centech LLC, which last year sued the building’s owners, Yippie Holdings and the National AIDS Brigade. “I understand that the tenant is a local resident and now the rent is going to paid, the building, which was quite run down, will be cleaned up and no longer vacant.”
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Stabbing in East Village; Meat Hook Sandwich Shop Opens

Construction, East Village, NYC

(Photo: Lisa Larson-Walker)

After a scuffle between a prostitute and client sent both men to Bellevue Hospital with stab wounds early yesterday morning, East Village police got a break from actor David Schwimmer, who offered up security camera footage taken from his neighboring building. [NY Post]

According to a press release, East Village developer Ben Shaoul has settled the $50 million lawsuit brought forth by his parents. However, the attorney representing Shaoul’s parents says that an agreement has yet to be finalized. [The Real Deal]

Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka “Sabu“), the Alphabet City hacker-turned-FBI informant originally arrested in June 2011, will be charged today. The government is seeking a seven-month jail stint. [Wired]

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15 Respectable Reasons to Stay Local This Memorial Day Weekend

Trust us, the roads don't look anything like this right now.

Trust us, the roads don’t look anything like this right now. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? Count yourself lucky. Being stuck in the city is way better than being stuck in traffic, or — worse yet — in a Hamptons club, waiting for your friend to stop talking to that bro in the pink shirt so she can give you a ride back to the timeshare. Here’s over a dozen things you can do this weekend, starting with the next best thing to a cat cafe. Have a groovy weekend — we’ll be back here Tuesday.
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What to Eat at Bacchanal, Opening On the Bowery Next Week

Scottish salmon. (Courtesy: Bacchanal)

Octopus. (Courtesy: Bacchanal)

It’s surprising that there wasn’t already a wine and cocktail-focused restaurant in New York named after the debauchery surrounding the Greek god of the grape harvest (there is, unsurprisingly, one in New Orleans). That void will be filled when Bacchanal, a “casual fine dining restaurant,” opens its doors on Tuesday. Imagining a best of both worlds situation (a restaurant mullet of sorts) we decided to find out what casual fine dining means at a preview yesterday evening.
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Hold On To Your Seats: Stephen Hawking, Yoko Ono, and Pussy Riot Get Ionescoed

Stephen Hawking chair puppet, with Marit Sirgmets, Jane Catherine Shaw, and Jessica Smith. (Photo: Richard Termine)

Stephen Hawking chair puppet, with Marit Sirgmets, Jane Catherine Shaw, and Jessica Smith. (Photo: Richard Termine)

If your dream answer to “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is Pussy Riot, Stephen Hawking, Yoko Ono and Gertrude Stein — or if you happen to be a furniture lover and a connoisseur of existential angst — then get thee to The Chairs, premiering this evening at La Mama in the East Village.  
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