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Williamsburg Fire Under Investigation; LES Playground Updates

The cyclist killed by a trash truck in Greenpoint this weekend has been identified as East Village resident and Paulie Gee’s employee Neftaly “Neffy” Ramirez. [DNA Info]

Yesterday on Graham Avenue, 100+ firefighters quelled a blaze that broke up above Ore Bar. No injuries were reported. [DNA Info]

PDT [Please Don’t Tell]’s Jeff Bell, a seven-year veteran of the East Village cocktail haven, won Bartender of the Year 2017 at this weekend’s Spirited Awards in New Orleans. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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This Mac-n-Cheese Burger Is the Latest Sign of the Apocalypse

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Important news for decadent foodies, millenarians, and doomsday preppers: the latest sign of the impending apocalypse has come to pass. Following on the heels of Burger King’s “mac-n-Cheetos,” we now have another ungodly Doctor Moreau-style mac-n-cheese cross-over dish: the mac-n-cheese burger. And, just like the mac-n-cheese bagel, this grotesque beast was created right here in New York.

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This Sculpture Is Williamsburg’s Newest Instagram Bait

Credit: Douglaston Development.

Move over, rainbow bagels.

Deborah Kass‘s iconic OY/YO sculpture made its triumphant return to Brooklyn two weeks ago, and it’s proving irresistible Insta bait.

The sculpture — which reads YO (“I am” in Spanish) or OY (as in the Yiddish “oy vey”) depending which way one faces it — was previously installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Now, a year later, it’s back — this time at the Williamsburg waterfront at the end of N. 5th Street.

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Technicolor Blanket Forts and More Art To Soak Up This Week

(flyer via Point Green / Facebook)

Tümbiverse
Opening Thursday, July 27 at Point Green, 7 pm to 11 pm. On view through August 5.

Despite what you may think, “Tümbiverse” isn’t a weird German futuristic version of Tumblr. It refers to painter Michael Bianchino’s sweeping and immersive “technicolor portraits” that invite all types of self-expression. He won’t be the only one creating art, as Bianchino and co-curator Jasmine Williams have asked 20 innovative folk to do what they do alongside his vibrant mini-worlds. The result is expansive, featuring textiles, video art, sculpture, performance art, voguing, and even a living doll experience courtesy of Toshi Salvino.

On the last day of the exhibition, the band Confetti Armor will lead a hands-on workshop on “blanket forts as ritual practice,” which will surely justify any of the times your mom said you were wasting time making a blanket fort growing up. Uh, mom, I was doing important ritual work. And if you’re hungry for even more art in a Greenpoint photo studio, earlier in the week Point Green will also be showing How This Has To Be Told, a 35mm slideshow of photos by Martha Naranjo Sandoval that interrogates old photos and the power they have. Keep Reading »

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Garbage Truck Kills Greenpoint Cyclist; Sleepover in Boss Tweed’s Saloon

By the Greenpoint intersection of Franklin and Noble Streets, a male cyclist, 27, died around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when he was struck by a garbage truck in a hit-and-run. [Gothamist]

An unconscious, underage New Jersey women spent Friday night inside the bathroom of Boss Tweed’s Saloon on Essex Street after the staff accidentally closed the business while she was still inside. [NY Post]

On July 2 near Graham Avenue and Seigel Street, a woman’s purse was stolen along with the $2,900 inside. Police released a photo of the suspect. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Tessa Skara Is a Goddess of ‘Confessional Comedy Rock’

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Though she’s previously declared herself “the Courtney Love of comedy,” Tessa Skara says it would actually be more fitting to call herself the comedic Liz Phair, referring to the ’90s alt-rock musician’s confessional style. All these music comparisons aren’t pulled out of thin air, but refer to Skara and her rock music comedy cabaret creation Rock Goddess, being staged at The Duplex this Sunday.

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Go Watch Seth Meyers Have a Frank Discussion With Franken

(Photo: B&N Union Square on Instagram)

If you missed Al Franken shaking his damn head at Trump’s “stupid” budget a few weeks ago at Barnes & Noble Union Square, don’t worry: The Strand is having the gentleman from Minnesota back for an appearance at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. It’s just been announced that the moderator for the August 1 discussion will be Seth Meyers, who is no stranger to the East Village bookstore– we saw him at the recent Meet Me in the Bathroom event (no, we did not meet him in the bathroom.)

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Williamsburg Shopping Weekend Launches With Free Drinks and Sweet Discounts

(Photo: Williamsburg Shopping Weekend)

With rents going up, an L Train shutdown imminent, and chains like Lululemon moving into the ‘burg, retailers are tasked with drumming up more business and loyal shoppers. Enter the first ever Williamsburg Shopping Weekend.

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LES Protests New Towers; Bushwick Schooling Sticker Shock

On the Lower East Side in less than an hour, elected and community leaders will rally against the construction of three planned skyscrapers. [Bowery Boogie]

Much-loved Schiller’s Liquor Bar will reportedly serve its final customers on Sunday, August 13. [Bowery Boogie]

Bushwick Montessori, which opens in September, is generating criticism for it’s $25K/year tuition. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »