Manhattan Is Getting a Matcha Cafe, Too

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When MatchaBar opened in Williamsburg last month, it touted itself as the only matcha cafe in the city. But it won’t be for long. B+B contributor Jenna Marotta tipped us off to another one “opening soon” at 223 East Fourth Street.

Per a sign in the window of the sliver of a space between Avenues A and B, Matcha Bar Wabi will be selling shots of the trendy Japanese green tea, matcha lattes, and espresso and lattes made with beans roasted by Stone Street Coffee Company. There will also be sweets and green tea ice cream. Plus, a “local artists show” as well as classes like “Let’s Learn About Japanese Food,” “How to Make Specialty Coffee,” and more.

We’ll keep you posted as the opening date nears.

Someone Finally Psychoanalyzed NYC’s Wackiest Street Performer

You may not know his name(s) but you definitely know Matthew Silver, aka the Great Performer, aka the Village Idot, aka the Man in the White Dress, aka this year’s Mr. Lower East Side. He’s the crazy-eyed carrot-top who strips down to a speedo in Union Square and terrifies tourists by playing with props like a rubber chicken and an ostrich costume, all the while promoting the “wackadoodle love movement.”
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Susan Sarandon at Rocky Horror, Revenge of Walrus Man, and Nazi Zombies Return

Hey! There’s tons of stuff happening this week in the moving-picture world.

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IFC is screening a smorgasbord of stuff this upcoming week in anticipation of NYC Comicon including “sneak previews of new movies and revivals of action, animated and genre classics, as well as special appearances by filmmakers and creators” — neat-o stuff for nerds, basically. Keep Reading »

I Survived ‘Nightmare: New York,’ the NYC-Themed Haunted House

(Photo: Michael Blase)

(Photo: Michael Blase)

I am terrified of haunted houses because they usually include the things that I find to be most terrifying: People leaping out from around corners, people screaming something in your ear, teamwork of some sort, and theater majors running at you from down a hallway. None the less, I still very much enjoy going to them because I get a great deal of pleasure out of being in uncomfortable situations. Being in a uncomfortable situation, for me, is the same as going to a day spa because it cancels everything out to zero. You’re there. Things are happening to you. And you don’t have to think about anything else.
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Send in the Sad, Bad, Singing, Stripping Clowns

Alas, the New York Clown Theatre Festival just passed, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see life through the eyes of a clown. Or at least, catch a “clown peep show.”
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Bushwick Coffee Shop Owner Denies Anti-Semitism; Inside a $6.5M Firehouse

Marc Cram Concepts, at First Street Green

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Michael Avila—owner of The Coffee Shop in Bushwick—is being accused of anti-Semitism because of a rant against Jewish landlords who “function via greed and dominance.” He says he was “misunderstood” and is merely “anti-Zionism.” [DNA Info]

This week paperwork was submitted for the latest building in the forthcoming Essex Crossing development, a 26-story mixed-use structure at 115 Delancey Street. [The Real Deal]

Former Greenpoint record store Permanent Records opened in its new location Wednesday, in the South Slope. [Brooklyn Vegan]
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Lena Dunham Thinks Catcalls Are a Reason to Love New York

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Lena Dunham’s new memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, is written with just the sort of unabashed honesty and self-depricating wit you’d expect from the voice of her generation — or at least, “the voice of a generation.” And it also reveals the extent to which her personal experiences — some of them harrowing, some of them hilarious — have seeped into her work.
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Brooklyn Artists Take Over the Brooklyn Museum

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

There’s stuff to blow your mind for days on end at Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyondwhich opens to the public at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, October 3, and will be open and accompanied by tons of related programs and performances until January 3.
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Siempre Garden Issues a Cry For Help as Developer Moves In

Siempre Verde garden on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Siempre Verde Facebook)

Siempre Verde garden on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Siempre Verde)

In 2012, a blighted sliver of land between two buildings at 181 Stanton Street was transformed into a blooming green space by the hands of local volunteers. Siempre Verde is one of the most recent additions to the number of miniscule community gardens dotting the Lower East Side, but its existence is already threatened by a proposal for luxury housing.
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