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EV Rocker David Peel Hospitalized; More Fast Food with “McBushwick”

Former John Lennon collaborator and legendary East Village resident David Peel was reportedly hospitalized last week in Virginia following a major heart attack. [EV Grieve]

Seeking help finding the suspect, the NYPD released footage of the man they believe attempted to rape a Bushwick woman in her Greene Avenue apartment early on March 25. [Gothamist/a>]


The number of New York City hate crimes in last month was up 106 percent from March 2015. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Get Your High Tea on with Dabbing Mr. Peanut at Pikachu’s Garden of Artly Delights

(Flyer via Castor Gallery)

Sometimes I hate my friends. Like right after the release of Pokémon Go. Nearly every single one of them not only downloaded the dang thing, but actually used it in public. In broad daylight. In front of other people. Meeting up for a drink at the bar turned into scavenging the streets for more bars with more Pokémons. This had to be an ironic thing that my pals would forget after a day or two, I assumed. But after weeks of this nihilistic nonsense, I was feeling like so many of the little things that make life tolerable had been invaded by an army of tiny, mind-numbing jerks. Pokémon Go seemed like a harbinger of the kind of voluntary sedation that could become the norm in response to some scary stuff from above. So maybe Oliver Stone came across as just slightly insane when he likened Pokemon Go to “totalitarianism,” but I kind of agree with him. Pokemon Go feels like nothing less than a small, but important sign of the coming cultural apocalypse.

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Spaghetti Donuts Have Caused a Hole Lotta Saucy Comments

(Photo: Pop Pasta’s Instagram)

Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke– spaghetti donuts really are coming to Smorgasburg this weekend, via new vendor Pop Pasta, and the uproar is so intense that we can officially consider this a spaghetti incident. A tweet from Food & Wine unleashed a flurry of “Nooooos,” and “Ewwwws” in both text and gif form. F&W’s Facebook post got a similar reception; it’s clear people really want Pop Pasta to put a fork in this.

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Ninjasonik Kicked Off Their New Party With a Wild Music-Video Shoot

Jah Jah Brown and Telli Michaels (second and fifth from left) of Ninjasonik with crew during their performance. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Ninjasonik hosted a wild music video shoot for their new single “Hoolies” at Lower East Side bar The Skinny last night. The NYC music staple comprised of rappers Jah Jah Brown and Telli Michaels also used the occasion to kick off their new party series Disco Trap, and at least a hundred friends from the art-bar scene and their Fame School hip-hop family came through.

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Houston Street Welcomes Wowfulls; ‘Younger’ is Bushwick-Bound

In Greenwich Village, restaurateur Silvano Marchetto suffered a broken trachea and was robbed of $1,800 Monday when he was attacked by two men in the lobby of his former restaurant of 41 years, Da Silvano. Police are searching for suspects. [NY Daily News]

Wowfulls, the Smorgasburg veteran purveyors of Hong Kong-style egg waffles, will debut their first brick-and-mortar store today at 309 E. Houston Street. [Gothamist]

Macaron Parlor on St. Mark’s Place has closed in preparation for their upgrade to a larger space on Hester Street. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: Punky Frida Kahlo, Buñuel in France, and More

(Painting by Panteha Abareshi)

The Girl Who Loves Roses
Thursday March 30, 6 pm to 9 pm at Larrie, NY: free

Kelsey and Remy Bennett, granddaughters of Tony Bennett, are working artists, outspoken feminists, and curators of various exhibitions and art happenings. You might be saying to yourself, “Of course they are.” But that would be a jerk move, since the Bennett sisters take after their family patriarch, who is widely known as one of the nicest dudes in showbiz (the Daily Beast called him “one of the greatest living Americans” for his long history of service to just causes including “Nazi hunting” and participating in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches of the Civil Rights movement). Their approach to curating is ultra-inclusive and social justice-oriented, but it’s not motivated by self-congratulatory horn tootin’ and seems instead to come from an easy, natural inclination to do good work.

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Why Do These People Have Cubes on Their Heads?

Mysterious live-installation by the Alamo (Photo: Anaka Kaundinya)

Ugh, the Tribeca Film Festival is up to something cool at Astor Place — but they won’t tell what! Sneaky fellows. What we do is know is that there are folks (volunteers? actors? unsuspecting people on their way to work taken hostage by the crew? sad!) wearing mirrored cubes on their heads and just… standing around near the Cube cube. They’re also being filmed, so our best guess is that it’s an empathy-generating live-installation for some sort of performance art film.

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Smorgasburg Moves Outdoors With Spaghetti Donuts, Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and… Prison Food?

Ube Kitchen’s halo-halo. (Photos courtesy of Smorgasburg.)

Earlier this month we mentioned that Smorgasburg was set to return outdoors this very weekend, April 1 and 2, with Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market leaving its longtime home in Fort Greene and taking up residence next to Saturday Smorg in Williamsburg’s East River Park. Team Smorg now tells us there’s another change afoot this season: Their vendors won’t be returning to the South Street Seaport this year, since they’ve been unceremoniously replaced by a permanent resident. Bummer for those who like to pick up a lobster roll on the way to the Rockaway ferry.

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Kyle, a Cocaine Comedy, Aims to Have You Snorting With Laughter

Kyle, a ‘cocaine comedy’ (Photo: Jody Christophersen, courtesy of Frigid New York, Horse Trade Theatre Group)

Up until, ahem, pretty recently, you could get away with making the claim that as Americans we are far more enlightened than we were 50, or even 10 years ago. The numbers appear to support this–  fewer of us are going to church, the youngins among us are far more tolerant than the olds, 60 percent of us are down to see marijuana legalized, and best of all, this whole “Golden Age of TV” thing means that even our beloved Idiot Box is smart these days. We all know what happened next– which meant that progress was not only going to be stopped, but deported back to Angela Merkel’s lap and replaced by nonsense rhetoric (the “best people” are doing “tremendous” things to make the U.S.A. “great” “again”) and “alternative facts.” We are only a few months into this horror show, but the impact on art, and how we process art, is already being felt.

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Village Pourhouse to Close; Lower East Side Pop-Up Gallery Debuts

An affiliate of real estate broker-cum-investor Raphael Toledano’s Brookhill Properties filed bankruptcy protection Tuesday on collection of 15 East Village addresses.
[The Real Deal]

Locals are trying to raise $250K by June to convert a onetime Wythe Avenue firehouse into a community center. [Brownstoner]

Third Avenue’s Village Pourhouse will reportedly shutter Monday, making way for the music venue E.Vil.
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Little Tong Noodle Shop Is Mixian It Up as of Today

Photo by Afra Lu

Let’s face it, ramen has had its day in the noodle-soup limelight. Now it’s time for mixian to take its rightful place among NYC’s noodle royalty. And who better to make this happen than chef Simone Tong, graduate of Wylie Dufresne’s old Lower East Side spot wd~50. After a series of pop-up preview dinners, Tong opens her mixian restaurant, Little Tong Noodle Shop, today in the East Village.

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