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This Really Stinks: Sock Man’s Sign Comes Down

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s official– the sockpocalypse has come and gone, and the Sock Man is gone for good. His iconic awning came down this morning, and we were there to witness the carnage. Marty Rosen, the “grumpiest man on earth” (per Chloe Sevigny), was nowhere to be seen, as he’s now minding his online store. When we spoke to him earlier this month, the St. Marks denizen told us, “I don’t want to leave this block. As bad as it is, I don’t want to leave.” If it makes you feel any better, Sock Man, we’ve snagged the awning and are keeping it safe in the B+B vault, right next to this tile from Mars Bar.
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Jimmy Fallon Serenaded Mission Chinese With ‘Frosty the Snowman’

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Last night, Mission Chinese’s dining room was suddenly interrupted by an impromptu serenade of cheesy Christmas carols and Beatles renditions.

Who was behind this earnest outburst of “Frosty the Snowman” and “Hey Jude?” We peeked over the ledge of the hidden downstairs room and found Jimmy Fallon and crew surrounded by a private feast. (With our eagle eyes, we think it could’ve included green-tea noodles, fried rice and super spicy ma-po tofu?)

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Bodies Wash Up in Williamsburg; Peter Pan Donuts Sued

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Within a few hours yesterday morning, police recovered the bodies of two women—ages 50 and 69—from the East River in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]

A veteran cook/diswasher at Peter Pan Donuts in Greenpoint is suing his employer of eight years for past-due overtime wages. [NY Daily News]

If a longterm L train closure does in fact happen, rent prices in Williamsburg and Bushwick are expectedly to drop significantly. [DNA Info]

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Inside the ‘Bushwick-Inspired’ Hotel That’ll Make Bushwick More Like Williamsburg

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Sound the trumpets– or the alarms– Bushwick’s first boutique hotel has opened its doors on 9 Beaver Street, blocks from the JM Flushing stop. BKLYN House (who needs that extraneous “ROO”?), the first hotel from developer Moris Yero Shalmi, sits in the shadow of NYCHA’s Bushwick Houses. It looks a bit like an alien spaceship dropped on a block consisting of quiet one-story warehouses, a public school, and a bodega.

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Backstage at a Fest That’s ‘Experimenting With the Idea of Experimental Theater’

Last week, we gave you the heads up about Exponential Festival, a cavalcade of local productions that are “all experimental and strange in nature, but in a way that’s experimenting with the idea of experimental theater,” according to founder Theresa Buchheister. With the fest continuing through Sunday, we checked in to see how it’s going. Watch our video for a taste of the shows at The Brick, Cloud City, The Silent Barn and The Bushwick Starr.

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Catch East Village Royalty (Iggy Pop, Philip Glass) at These Regal Venues

Two members of East Village royalty, Philip Glass and Iggy Pop, have upcoming gigs at venues that befit their majesty. Iggy, whose throne is in Miami these days, just released the first and second songs off of Post Pop Depression, his recently announced album with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (out March 18). The supergroup (also made up of members of The Dead Weather and Arctic Monkeys) announced tour dates today. The NYC stop, on April 12, will be at the United Palace Theatre, the gilded, grandiose former movie palace in Washington Heights. (The onetime Loews “wonder theater” was a sister of the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, and is bigger and possibly even more jaw-dropping than its lavish sibling.) Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., with presales starting Thursday.

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Bedford Ave’s Verb Cafe Now in G’point, Serving Hot Coffee Sans ‘Cold Interactions’

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was one of the last vestiges of a bygone Williamsburg– a grungy, cavernous little coffee shop with worn-down wood floors and a lifetime of coffee grounds seemingly plastered onto every surface. Verb Cafe, which opened in 1999, was nothing fancy– no one went there to get a pour-over or fawn over bespoke beans with tasting notes. But when the place closed in June 2014, there was more than a bit of sadness (which was compounded when life imitated every joke ever told about Brooklyn hipsters and the coffee shop was replaced by an artisanal soap boutique with handmade, organic cupcake soap).

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Performance Picks: Salon, Salon …Macaulay Culkin?

This week is a week of variety… shows, that is. Plop down at a show featuring way more than just one performance. Take it all in.

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(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

(photo: Allison Michael Orenstein)

A Ride On the Irish Cream

Continues through February 6 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. More info here

Full disclosure: I’m performing in this show. But even if I wasn’t, I would still be telling everyone to see it. Erin Markey (who we saw perform at the St. Marks Is Dead party a few months ago) and a team full of champions has created a deeply personal ode to relationships and childhood full of strange but plentiful humor, bright-eyed wonder, and honestly some of the best live music I have heard in a piece of theater in a long time. Unlike some of those bland poppy posers billing themselves as rock musicals up in midtown, this show is the real deal.

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Slashing at Broadway-Lafayette; Zosia Mamet in Patti Smith Biopic

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Carmen Rivera, a 71-year-old seamstress, needed 20 stitches yesterday after she was slashed while waiting for the D train at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in Noho. [ABC 7 NY]

Sunday on S. 3rd Street in Williamsburg, a man was punched and robbed by three assailants after he tried to stop them from throwing snowballs at his car. [Brooklyn Paper]

On January 17, a couple entering a Greenpoint subway station was attacked around 4 a.m. by two perpetrators who fled the scene. [Brooklyn Paper]

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A ‘Quite Unorthodox’ Artists Residency Puts Bushwick into Global Perspective

 Piril Gunduz (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Piril Gunduz (Photo: Nicole Disser)

I had a hard time believing I was in the right place, what with shattered glass scattered everywhere and the absence of a sign. I’ve been to a few galleries in my day, but none that looked like a party house from the outside. I was just about to turn around when a woman with neon yellow streaks in her dark hair, swung open the old door and invited me into the dark-red brick building’s castle-like space. Piril Gunduz– the founder of this Bushwick art space, The Hollows– apologized for the broken window downstairs. “What happened?” I wondered. She shrugged. Strange, but it was actually broken windows at a brand new development next door that inspired Piril to curate an ongoing program called Bushwick in Time.

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Pass a Tortilla Factory and Enter a Phantasmagoria of Art

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, "Breathless" (image courtesy of IDIO Gallery)

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, “Breathless” (image courtesy of IDIO Gallery)

Rice paper aerobics exercises, blotchy watercolor eeriness, and vast colorful landscapes all intermingle in a dance of shapes and shades in Phantasmagoria, an exhibit of works on paper that opened this past Friday at Bushwick’s IDIO Gallery, curated by Gillian Zinser and IDIO’s director Montana Simone.

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