Theater in an Abandoned Middle School, Prom at Chicken Hut High School: Which One’s the Joke?

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A Swimming Cities party. (Photo: Nick Normal/Flickr)

McSweeney’s just posted a satirical piece titled “Audience Instructions for Our Immersive/Experimental Theatre Production in an Abandoned Middle School in Bushwick.” It reads like something out of The Burning Bush, but it maybe should’ve taken its audience insturctions (“it is recommended that you self-administer an enema at least three hours prior to the start of the performance”) just a little further. Because it isn’t the most absurd event-description copy we’ve read today.
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What’s the Tougher Table: Momofuku Ko or the Cat Cafe?

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It’s been just about a month since the city’s first permanent cat cafe opened, right on the heels of Momofuku Ko’s relaunch in a swanky new space on Extra Place. When they first hit the scene, their calendars were jam-packed with reservations, scaring off many a would-be cat cuddler and caviar connoisseur. Are they any easier to get into these days? Let’s take a look!
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Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke Taking Up Residence in East Village

A letter taped to the door of 280 E. 10th Street Tuesday asking permission to film the building in the movie Maggie's Plan. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

A letter taped to the door of 280 E. 10th Street Tuesday asking permission to film the building in the movie Maggie’s Plan. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Get ready to spot some stars — the movie Maggie’s Plan, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig, is slated to begin filming in the East Village next month.

We spotted this letter today on the door of an East 10th Street apartment building, between First Avenue and Avenue A. The filmmakers plan to shoot in the area on February 23, 24, and 25 and are seeking a first- or second-floor apartment for interiors and exteriors. So maybe some lucky local will get the surreal experience of seeing Julianne Moore sipping a glass of water in their kitchen?
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Gang Assault On Montrose Ave; Manitoba’s Fights For Its Life

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Bushwick firefighters rescued a woman in her 20s who fell four stories from a Madison Street apartment rooftop and found herself trapped in a two-and-a-half-foot-wide crevice on Monday night. [Daily News] She was stuck for 45 minutes; watch a video of her extrication. [Gothamist]

Sunday morning at approximately 4:40 a.m., four individuals assaulted an inebriated man on Montrose Avenue before getting away in a gray sedan. The man sustained a cut to the face and was treated at Woodhull Medical Center. [Brooklyn Paper]

Two gun-toting thieves held up a cellphone store on N. 10th Street in Williamsburg Friday at around 7:45 p.m. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Embattled Hell Square Eateries Inch Closer to Fine-Dining Reboots

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

Rob Shamlian, the owner of Fat Baby and The Derby, is one step closer to unloading two of his controversial Lower East Side eateries, just days after he publicly blasted “hostile neighborhood groups, the blogs with no culpability who are able to spout whatever nonsense they think of, and the constant harassment.”
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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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Top 10 Ghost Signs of the East Village and LES

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(Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

Though many lament the frenzy of change in New York’s oldest neighborhoods, there are still remnants of the past to see if you’d look up from your smartphone. Ghost signs, advertising signage that has survived long after a business has gone bust, are still around… but are disappearing fast.

Click through the slideshow to see our favorites, then leave your own in the comments.
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Fire Forces Building Evacuation on East 4th Street

Photo: Jaime Cone

Photo: Jaime Cone

A fire caused the evacuation of an East Village building shortly before 11 a.m. this morning. The fire at 133 East 4th Street, between First and Second Avenues, was contained to the basement, and no one was injured. FDNY Battalion Chief Philip Tufano said a gas line in the basement appeared to have been tampered with, but the fire marshal has yet to determine whether that was a contributing factor to the blaze.
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John Waters Exhibit Draws Gasps From Unsuspecting Chelsea Tourists

(Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York,  © John Waters)

(Photo: Beverly Hills John, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, © John Waters)

When I stopped by the Marianne Boesky Gallery on an exceedingly chilly Saturday afternoon, just one day after the opening of John Waters’ Beverly Hills John exhibition– the raunchy filmmaker’s been featured in a number of solo shows across the country since 2000– the place was packed with an awkward mix of tourists and people who seemed to be in the know. One woman snapped a photo of a sculpture depicting a mini-living room, a memorial dedicated to the late Mike Kelley, an artists who continues to be an inspiration to Waters. In a speech given at UCLA, Waters dubbed Kelley a “terrorist and a hero.”
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Miranda July at B&N; ‘Snacktacular’ at Fritzl’s

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Former Community Board 1 chairman Vincent Abate died last week at age 96. [DNA Info]

Filmmaker Miranda July will promote her debut novel, The First Bad Man, tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Union Square. [The Skint]

The New Yorker‘s pop music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, is stepping down to help helm Kent Avenue start-up Rap Genius. [NY Times]

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