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There’ll Be a Vigil for the Orlando Shooting Victims Tonight at Stonewall Inn

Last June, Stonewall was the site of a celebration for the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide gay marriage. (Photo: Talya Galasko)

Last June, Stonewall was the site of a celebration for the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide gay marriage. (Photo: Talya Galasko)

There will be a formal vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at the Stonewall Inn for the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting in Orlando at the gay nightclub Pulse. Speakers including governor Andrew Cuomo and mayor Bill De Blasio as well as leaders and activists from the LGBTQ community will address mourners and “call on Congress to stop standing in the way of reasonable gun control laws.”

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Bill Passed Would Make It Easier For Micro-Businesses to Score Loans

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State Senator Daniel Squadron (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

A bill that would help the smallest of small businesses tap into much-needed loans and funding has cleared the State Senate and Assembly. Today, the bill’s co-sponsor, State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes the Lower East Side and parts of Greenpoint, Williamsburg and the East Village, gathered with other boosters of the Small Business Support bill to call on Governor Cuomo to sign it into law. The measure calls on the state to prioritize micro-businesses (i.e. those with less than five employees) when awarding Small Business Revolving Loan Fund loans, and would waive application fees for approved “micro-loans” of under $5,000.

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Find a Strange Card on the Street? Could Be a ‘King Bozo’

Tim Platt (Photo: John Ambrosio)

Tim Platt (Photo: John Ambrosio)

In a booth at a coffee shop on Bowery, artist Tim Platt hunches over a small piece of cardstock and tries to figure out how to turn a collection of near-random shapes and lines he’s made into a finished drawing.

“Oh, I’m going to destroy this one,” he finally decides. Platt, 28, dashes a thick red line over the drawing and, in the corner, writes You’ve failed me by agreeing to look at this. “Yup, I’d give this one a C minus at best.”

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Secret Project Robot and Grand Victory Must Move; Epic Tribute to Other Music

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Brolga’s tribute to Muhammad Ali, on the wall of Joe’s Pizza in Williamsburg.(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A developer rejected Mayor de Blasio’s $100K bid to turn a parcel of his property into Bushwick Inlet Park. [Brooklyn Paper]

Melrose Street music venue Secret Project Robot must once again find a new home. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Grand Victory in Williamsburg is also closing at the end of the month, with plans to relocate and hopefully be in operation by early next year. [Brooklyn Vegan]

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Trans-Pecos Founder Is Bringing Out-There Outdoor Shows to SculptureCenter

(Flyer via Sculpture Center)

(Flyer via Sculpture Center)

The Long Island City fine art scene is about to get a dose of DIY cred with Holding Space, a new three-part music series curated by Sam Hillmer (aka Diamond Terrifier) launching tomorrow at SculptureCenter. As the guy behind the scenes at Trans-Pecos (and co-founder along with Todd P), Hillmer will present his usual fare– a motley brew of various sounds stemming from eclectic tastes and experimental practices.

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Squad Goals: Watch All the Eurocup 2016 Games at These Bars

(Photo: Courtesy of Blind Pig Bar)

(Photo: Courtesy of Blind Pig Bar)

Today is a very special day. Why, you may ask? Well, because the UEFA Eurocup is starting, silly! For the less soccer obsessed among us, fret not. Public viewing, a standard activity during soccer season in Europe, has steadily been gaining popularity in the United States, and more and more bars have begun showing the games and even hosting events and drinks specials in connection with the (arguably, but not really) biggest sporting event after the World Cup.

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Your Guide to This Summer’s Outdoor Film Series

(Photo: Courtesy of N. Charles, via Films on the Green)

(Photo: Courtesy of N. Charles, via Films on the Green)

Sitting outside on a balmy summer night and watching one of your favorite films with the Manhattan skyline in the background almost makes the stinking mounds of cooking garbage on the street and the hellish temperatures in subways stations worth it. With that in mind, here are some of the best upcoming outdoor film series this city has to offer. Best of all: Most of these are free!

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Try Squeezing Into a Little Chair at This Outpost of Forgetmenot and Kiki’s

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Deep in Chinatown, the team behind Forgtmenot and Kiki’s Greek bistro is putting down new roots–today they open Little Chair, a homey coffee shop on Monroe Street, under the Manhattan Bridge. The entrance is decorated with hanging greenery and potted flowers, like a rustic farm stand in the country. They also have a brand-new Mediterranean restaurant in the works next door.

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10 Things We Got Turned Onto at the NYC Porn Film Festival

Ron Jeremy (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Ron Jeremy (Photo: Karissa Gall)

It was a whirlwind weekend at the second-annual NYC Porn Film Festival. Who knew that getting slapped across the eyes with a regular throng of weens; being inundated with sauce shots, endless bumpin n’ grindin, butt pirates, fet fun, furries; and having to contend with a tarted-up unicorn who happened to have a passion for, well, piss could be so exhausting? It was almost as if we were the ones doing all the porking.

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Mini Me’s, Selfie Scanners and Other Futuristic Finds at Northside Innovation Expo

The Northside Innovation Expo features zero gravity chairs, umbrella vending machines, 3D selfie scanners and more. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

The Northside Innovation Expo features zero gravity chairs, umbrella vending machines, 3D selfie scanners and more. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

Dreamcrusher’s “nihilist queer revolt musik” and the other bands worth seeing aren’t the only innovators at Northside Festival this year. Today at the Brooklyn Expo Center, entrepreneurs, industry heavyweights and the b2b enterprises in between are on elevator pitch-mode from 10 am to 6 pm. Here’s a look at what constitutes cutting-edge this year, minus all the awkwardness of approaching a booth that ends up being of no interest, looking at the one eager staffer there and saying “hi” because now you feel like you owe it to them, taking one last look at the fanned out informational materials, feigning thoughtfulness, then distraction, and casually walking away.

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Bedford Ave.’s Spoonbill & Sugartown Expands, Books It to East Williamsburg

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Spoonbill & Sugartown owners Miles Bellamy (Left) and Jonas Kyle (Right). (Photo: John Ambrosio)

After more than 16 years in Williamsburg, bookseller Spoonbill & Sugartown is opening a second store in not-so-distant East Williamsburg. The new location, in the front half of the Montrose Avenue storefront currently used as the bookstore’s warehouse and office space, will be open Friday through Sunday, starting today.

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City Offers $100K For Bushwick Inlet Park; Cellphone Thief Busted After Taking Selfie

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Police got an assist in the quest to find a woman’s iPhone, which was stolen on the L train last week—the alleged thief uploaded a shirtless selfie to her iCloud account. [DNA Info]

Pop-up nightclub Brooklyn Mirage, which was shutdown in May for various fire hazards, is now back in business. [Brooklyn Paper]

This week, Mayor de Blasio budgeted $100K for the completion of Bushwick Inlet Park. [Gothamist]

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