Ilan Hall On Gorbals BK, Season 2 of Knife Fight, and Wrangling Action Bronson

The chef last night at his future restaurant, The Gorbals, inside Space Ninety 8 (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

The chef last night at his future restaurant, The Gorbals, inside Space Ninety 8 (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

Today we spoke by phone with Ilan Hall, who will soon open an East Coast outpost of his LA restaurant, The Gorbals inside the new Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8. The winner of Top Chef‘s second season, who “was born in Manhattan, grew up on Long Island, then blossomed into a flower in the East Village,” is now based in South Williamsburg. On April 15, the second season of his cooking face-off, Knife Fight, premieres on Esquire Network.
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Handsome Dan’s Has Quietly, Colorfully Opened an East Village Candy Shop

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Imagine our surprise today when we saw a gleaming new outpost of Williamsburg candy shop Handsome Dan’s occupying the storefront that 30-year-old A-1 Music vacated in January.
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My Bushwick Ride-Along Ended With a Shooting

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My ride-along with Bushwick’s 83rd Precinct landed on a sunny afternoon. I was told the sunny days are the busiest ones for the NYPD — something that rang true when, an hour into the ride-along, three teenagers opened fire on a public park, injuring a 19-year-old with a bullet to the back.

I’ve never trusted cops. I signed up for the ride-along because I was curious to see things from the perspective of a police officer.
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Some Artists Built a Bodega Inside of a Bushwick Gallery

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Last night Bushwick’s Exit Room gallery hoisted the flag for “Newmerica: The Birth of a Nation,” a tightly-focused group show (and burgeoning art collective?) of new works from Icy and Sot, NDA, Sonni, Matta Ruda, and LNY. Some of the work was so new, in fact, the LNY was still finishing his final piece even after the crowds started to arrive.
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Jim Jarmusch Isn’t Nostalgic; Ridgewood Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Faberge Big Egg Hunt NYC 2014: D*Face, Nolita

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Sitting at B Bar, Jim Jarmusch tells The Times, “I’m not nostalgic, because New York’s only about change and conning everybody out of whatever they have. That’s just what New York is.” [NY Times]

Ridgewood, Queens is the “next big thing” for creative types priced out of BK. [NY Daily News]

Some say the Domino deal isn’t as big a win for De Blasio as it would appear. [Real Deal]
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My Body Came Out of Shock and I Was Like, ‘Oh, I Got Hit By a Train!’

Liza Dye at Bellevue Hospital on Sunday night (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

Liza Dye at Bellevue Hospital Center on Sunday night (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)

Tonight, hours after Liza Dye has her eighth surgery since being struck by a B train on February 13, Abbi Crutchfield will host a benefit at the Jersey City Comedy Festival, in hopes of adding to the $63,000 that have already been raised for Dye online. Sunday, from her hospital bed at Bellevue, the 25-year-old stand-up from South Carolina told us her story in detail for the first time.
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Boardwalk Empire’s Buggies Are Back On East 12th Street

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Funny we were just talking about Steve Buscemi. The former Lower East Sider’s show, Boardwalk Empire, has returned to John’s of 12th Street and the whole block is buggin’ out. Click through the slideshow to see that rarest of sites: suits in the East Village on a Thursday afternoon who aren’t real estate brokers.

El Sombrero Lives Again; Bootleg Bar Opens in Bushwick

Faberge Big Egg Hunt NYC 2014: Ryan Cronin, Little Italy

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Five more cases of measles have been diagnosed and attributed to that outbreak that started in February, bringing the total number of patients to 25. Three of the newest people to be diagnosed are Lower East Siders. [NBC NY]

Local firefighter-turned-film star Steve Buscemi will have an AOL web series beginning in May called “Park Bench,” where he interviews New Yorkers while sitting streetside. [NY Daily News]

Next time you start complaining about how easy kids have it these days, remember that your parents never put you on a juice cleanse, an icky pint-sized trend. [NY Post]
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