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Five Leaves Chef Steps Down; Professional Pokemon Trainers

Ken Addington has stepped down as the chef at a pair of Bedford Avenue eateries: Five Leaves and Nights and Weekends. [Eater NY]

The long-gestating William Vale Hotel opened on Monday in Williamsburg.[Greenpointers]

As part of a $2.5 million project, the Department of Design and Construction is currently installing several Lower East Side pedestrian ramps. [Bowery Boogie]

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Another One Could Bite The Dust: IDIO Gallery Turns To Crowdfunding To Survive

screenshot of Montana Simone's GoFundMe page for Idio Gallery.

Screenshot of Montana Simone’s GoFundMe page for Idio Gallery.

There’s been many a Bushwick disappearance lately. Punk venue The Acheron recently said their goodbyes, acclaimed restaurant Northeast Kingdom put away their plates for good, and Palisades is closed until at least August. In nearby Williamsburg, the Experiment Comedy Gallery, DIY space for funnies, just had to relocate to a new spot that’s quite literally underground.

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Bowery Gets a Nosh Nook That Brings Together Alidoro, Butcher’s Daughter and More

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Glorified food courts keep sprouting up, from the new Gansevoort Market to the one at the forthcoming Whole Foods Williamsburg. The latest, from real estate developer Scott Marano, opened in Noho earlier today. The Bowery Market features stalls from several local vendors and restaurants, including Soho Italian sandwich spot Alidoro, “veggie slaughterhouse” The Butcher’s Daughter, taco joint Pulqueria, and upscale Brooklyn cafe Champion Coffee.

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Comedian Jen Clark Preaches Pussy Positivity With Mein Künt

(photo courtesy of Jen Clark)

(photo courtesy of Jen Clark)

Somewhere, a woman brashly bursts from a large vagina. No, this isn’t the hospital, and you don’t have to worry about any mess… aside from some tissue paper and glitter, of course.

This is a peek at comedian Jen Clark’s show happening this Saturday at The PIT, appropriately titled Mein Künt. It’s a solo show that takes you on a journey through different stages of her life. It’s about growing up, it’s about queerness, but truth be told, it’s mostly about vaginas.

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Could This LES Park Building Be Turned into a Communal Kitchen or a Bike Co-Op?

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Whose park? Their park. If they can just get their ducks in a row.

Lower East Side stakeholders gathered yesterday evening to discuss how best to rally together as they call for the transformation of a derelict building into a vibrant community center.

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Williamsburg Whole Foods Gets OddFellows, No. 7, and Deli Nodding to Nabe’s ‘Storied Roots’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We already knew that Luke’s Lobster was bringing an outpost of its lobster-tail cart to the forthcoming Williamsburg location of Whole Foods, and Roberta’s has been teasing the sticky buns (and other breads) it’ll bring to the table. Now comes news that some other local institutions will be repped at the megastore’s food hall, including OddFellows Ice Cream, No. 7, and East Coast Poke (which, sorry, is not a Pokemon gym, but a Smorgasburg vendor that specializes in Hawaiian salmon-and-rice bowls). Because if there’s one thing the Urban Outfitters concept store taught us about chain retailers, it’s that one simply does not walk into Williamsburg without giving some space to indie producers.

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Experiment Comedy Gallery Loses (Some of) the Hasslers, Moves to Ex-Punk Venue

The Experiment Comedy gallery has moved to Grand Street (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Experiment Comedy gallery has moved to 272 Grand Street (Photo: Nicole Disser)

When The Experiment Comedy Gallery opened last fall, just steps from a fast-changing corner on the Williamsburg waterfront where Broadway meets Kent Avenue, it was a little surprising to hear that a DIY comedy club catering to up-and-coming standups and underrepresented comics was setting up shop in an area that, strangely, seems to be shriveling up as it hurdles toward major development. “Vice isn’t here yet,” joked The Ex’s founder, Mo Fathelbab, when we first met last October. That might have been true, but the luxury developments were definitely there already– and funny thing was, the venue was actually located on the ground floor of one such condo building, Broadway Riverview, which had been around since the start of the Williamsburg condo boom.

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Lowline Wins City Support; Saturday Is Bicycle Fetish Day

The city awarded a conditional approval to the team that wants to break ground on the Lowline underground park in 2020. [Bowery Boogie]

Today the Bowery Market debuts outdoors near the intersection of Bowery and Great Jones Street. [Eater NY]

East Village landlord Raphael Toledano is financially supporting the maintenance of Alphabet City’s Creative Little Garden. [EV Grieve]

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Brooklyn BP Urges Community to Help Fight K2 ‘Epidemic,’ Bodegas Raided

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams speaks about K2 at a press conference on Tuesday (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams speaks about K2 at a press conference on Tuesday
(Photo: Nicole Disser)

When we arrived at the intersection of Myrtle and Broadway today, the often hectic meeting point of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy was even more chaotic than usual– midday traffic jams were in full effect as trains rattled overhead at the JMZ transfer point and a crowd had gathered to hear a press conference held by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The racket was so loud that it was nearly impossible to hear at times, but the commotion was nothing compared to what went down here yesterday, when 33 people were plucked up from the area and rushed to the hospital after a “mass overdose.”

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Sonos Got Thurston Moore, Kyp Malone and Others to Turn Its New Flagship Into a Shrine of Sound

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I met a man today whose religion was speakers. Whitney Walker, the general manager of retail for the soon-to-be-unveiled Sonos store in Soho, talked to me for an hour about sound diffusion and stereo design and, while I’m not sure, there’s a chance our discussion may have ended with me agreeing to check out their literature. Who knows? 

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A By-the-Public, For-the-Public Art Project Takes Shape Under the FDR

Conceptual rendering of the installation (Photo: Courtesy of NY State Senate)

Conceptual rendering of the installation (Photo: Courtesy of NY State Senate)

The Department of Transportation’s newest pet project has been the DOT Art Initiative, which partners with artists and community organizations to bring some color into this concrete jungle. You might have caught last month’s “asphalt activation” at a Citi Bike docking station in Williamsburg. Now, the DOT has partnered up with New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and the non-profit Hester Street Collaborative to set up a temporary public art installation on the South Street median, starting at Rutgers Street.

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Let Your Nerd Flag Fly and Drink With Harry Potter and Pikachu

Dumbledore in boxers...? (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Dumbledore in boxers…? (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

What a time to be alive. Ours is an era where it’s not only socially acceptable but downright encouraged to gather in large groups, dress up as your favorite character from a fictional universe, and/or run around with your phone in front of your nose all day trying to catch imaginary little creatures through a virtual reality game. Even better? You can do all of these things while getting roaringly drunk at the following events.

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