Grab One Last Celeb Burger at Shake Shack Before It Closes Oct. 13

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

Man, NYC just got the Rainbow Room back but now another of its hallowed institutions, Shake Shack, is closing its original Madison Square Park location for some “much-needed renovations.” And it’s happening just before the cold season, which is, like, the only time you can get a burger without waiting in that mind-numbing line. 
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We Got Really High (and Paid $25 For a Drink) at the New Rainbow Room’s Bar

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Really high as in: 65 floors up.

In case you haven’t heard, the 80-year-old Rainbow Room (where we once partied with Jay-Z following his Radio City show — not bragging or anything) reopened this week after a five-year hiatus. That and the Subway Inn’s imminent closure (temporary, thank goodness) seemed like a good excuse for us to venture into midtown last night.

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Rheingold Development Plans Submitted; CB3 Tells Coyote Ugly to Keep It Down

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Three passengers with a gun took their cab driver’s cellphone on September 30 when he arrived at their destination on N.8th Street in Williamsburg. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Paperwork was submitted for the first of 10 buildings planned for the newly rezoned-as-residential Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick. It’s a 385-unit structure at 123 Melrose Street. [NY YIMBY]

The two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy is this month, and Lower East Side residents still feel nervous about how they’d fare in another Superstorm. [Gotham Gazette]

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DOB Will Get a Wake-Up Call Regarding Weekend Construction at Domino Site

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 are expressing “outrage” that the Department of Buildings is allowing the developer of the Domino Sugar site to build on weekends, potentially disrupting Williamsburgers from sleeping in on Saturdays.
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New Bill Aims to Curb the Amount of Trash Being Trucked Through North BK

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

North Brooklyn handles almost 40 percent of the city’s trash, and a couple of City Council members think that just plain stinks. They’re introducing a bill that would dramatically curb the amount of garbage being hauled through Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick.
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Papercut Press: ‘There’s Definitely a Literary Something Happening in Bushwick’

(Courtesy Papercut Press)

(Courtesy Papercut Press)

Papercut Press’ Fall showcase at Radio Bushwick last week was surprisingly well attended considering it was on Rosh Hoshanah. A host of folks came out to see bands as well as readers, including Jason Napoli Brooks (also an indie publisher) and Dolan Morgan from the Atlas Review. Indie publishers keep gathering in North Brooklyn, which, along with the varying Short Story clubs, is adding to a rising literary scene that isn’t waiting for McNally Jackson to arrive.
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An Art Exhibit Pays Tribute to Subway Buskers, B-Boys and Rogue Puppeteers

(Photos: Andrew Han)

(Photos: Andrew Han)

What time is it?

On Friday, “SHOWTIME,” an exhibit celebrating subway art and artists, opened at Armature Art Space in Bushwick. The show was spearheaded by BuskNY, an organization advocating for the rights of subway artists to perform without being hassled by the NYPD. In addition to visual art inspired by the subway, opening night featured performances by staples of the subway arts scene, including dance crew Waffle Life, violinist Filip Pogady and puppeteer Kalan Sherrard, recently described by Daily Intel as “NYC’s most avant garde nihilist subway performer.”
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At the Bad Theater Fest, The Golden Girls Will Do King Lear

IMG_0645The Golden Girls doing King Lear, a one-man adaptation of Cats, and “the world’s longest theatrical piece about vomit!”

If you missed the screening of Tommy Wiseau’s new sitcom, don’t worry — you’ll have plenty of chances to see some so-bad-its-good(?) acting and directing at the Bad Theater Fest. The Fringe Fest-esque cavalcade of 50+ productions aims to expose “both first-time playwrights and discarded material from more established and seasoned writers.”
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Richard Kern’s New Book, Exhibit Is a ’90s Grunge Version of a Barbershop Lookbook

unnamedYou know those cheeseball lookbooks you see at places like Supercuts, that show you how you’d look with a bowl cut? Well, none other other than photographer Richard Kern, the thinking man’s Terry Richardson, has teamed up with an uber-hip Williamsburg hair salon to make a grunge- and porn-inspired version of them.
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Usher Sits In With Afghan Whigs; J.Crew Williamsburg’s Piñata Making Classes

Grub Street Food Festival 2014, Seward Park: Mini Golf

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A 27-year-old chef who used to work in Williamsburg, Diego Ramos, was convicted of assault yesterday for using a broken wine glass to retaliate against a man who he found having relations with his wife back in January. [NY Daily News]

After closing this summer, Greenwich Village sushi restaurant Japonica reopened down the block at 90 University Place, where it originally stood from 1978 to 1991. And Tuesdays through Saturdays, Noho’s Mile End deli will host $40/person, family-style Middle Eastern dinners in addition to its regular menu offerings. [Eater NY]

Over the next three Saturday mornings in October, Williamsburg’s J.Crew will hold DIY classes devoted to mini piñata-making, flower arranging and screenprinting. Email wytheevents@jcrew.com to reserve a spot. [Refinery 29]

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CBGB? CMJ? OMG! Your Guide to The Acronym Invasion

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In the coming weeks a flurry of acronyms approacheth the city as CMJ and the CBGB music festival make landfall. Both apparently used to stand for something cool. It’s safe to open your ears now, because we promise our picks have developed a special antibody rendering them resistant to a case of the lames which develops in conjunction with Apple collaborations and/or the advanced stage of Music Industrial Complex infection.
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