Okay, This Totally Trumps Seth Rogen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We were pretty sure Seth Rogen would be the biggest star around Tompkins Square Park this afternoon, but yeah — this totally trumps it.

While Rogen’s “Untitled X-mas Movie” was plunked down on the east side of the park, these portraits of Jesus, Mother Theresa, Spike Lee, Nelson Mandela, the Obamas, and Malcolm X loomed large over the west side. And yes, that’s The Donald.

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The paintings are part of the “Idols” series by artist Jeffrey Reid, who sat behind a table showing off a binder full of women (and men that he had painted) to curious passersby.

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Meanwhile, over on Avenue B, Sunny & Annie’s was closed — as expected — so that Jonathan Levine could film his Christmas movie starring Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Yawn!

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Bushwick’s New Wine Bar Wants to Buck the ‘Trader Joe’s Model’

The current drinks list (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

The current drinks list (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Oenophiles of Bushwick, take note: Yes, you are slightly pretentious (full disclosure, I sheepishly include myself in this category) and no, you no longer have to feel bad about it. Henry Glucroft, proprietor of neighborhood gem Henry’s Wine and Spirit, has rustled up the answer to your Chablis-soaked dreams—in the forms of a local biodynamic wine bar.
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Smell O’ John Waters, No-Hitter On Acid, Anna Karina After Godard

Our list of the films worth seeing around town this week and beyond


How Anna Got Her Groove Back: Karina After Godard
Spectacle Theatre is hosting a month-long look at the lesser known work of French New Wave icon Anna Karina. The actress is best known for her roles in Godard films. But after her brief marriage to the filmmaker ended, she moved on to more varied roles and worked with legendary filmmakers such as Visconti and Fassbinder. Spectacle has chosen three films starring Karina: Anna (“a radiant pop musical”), Rendezvous a Bray (an erotic drama based on a short story by surrealist Julien Gracq), and The Time To Die (a sci-fi thriller). Starting Friday, September 5th and screening until September 30, various showtimes at Spectacle Theatre, 124 S 3rd Street in Williamsburg; tickets, $5 at the door 
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Remembering Shakespeare & Co.: ‘I Was Proud to Work There; It’s Hard to Explain’

With Shakespeare & Co. set to close its downtown store after 27 years — possibly to be replaced by a Foot Locker — we asked Marc Spitz, a former clerk, to share his thoughts about the beloved bookshop.

(Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

If Chris Peterson, the general manager of Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, circa 1996, didn’t sit me down one afternoon and give me the choice to quit or be fired (a classy move so I could travel on to another job without having to explain a termination), they would have had to close their doors nearly twenty years ago instead of this month.
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‘Break Open Your Sexy Side’ at Brooklyn’s New Pole Dancing School

Sally Sutton, owner of Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Sally Sutton, owner of Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“I’ve seen it all,” says Sally Sutton. “Every type of venue, from topless, to nude, to burlesque, to bikini, pole, every level of every club in six different states.” Over the course of two decades, her career took her “from a girl to a woman,” and now she wants to do the same for her clients at the Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio.
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Gang Robbery in McCarren; Trumpet Mob On Meeker

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Around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, police say a man at McCarren Park’s handball court was assaulted and robbed by a group of eight to 10 men, who took a bat to his right knee. [DNA Info]

In Williamsburg this week, 36-year-old Rosella Best was arrested for spray painting messages including “Nazis=NYPD” on police cars and public school walls last month. [Animal NY] Click here to see video surveillance (obtained by The Post) of Ms. Best allegedly caught in the act.

The East Village’s last gas station just shuttered, a Mobil at the corner of Houston and Avenue C. [EV Grieve]
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Get the New + Improved Bedford + Bowery App

screen322x572Today we invite you to download a beefed-up version of the Bedford + Bowery mobile app we launched earlier in the summer.

Aside from looking purdier, the new app allows you to navigate more easily from story to story, watch videos, and read news as it breaks on our site. All without ungluing your smartphone or your tablet from your palm.

That’s all thanks to downtown-based developers DWNLD, who today launched their own app allowing publishers to easily create similar mobile platforms. Best part: you can customize your app with themes that have names like Lafayette and Roebling. (We’re not sure what our theme is, but let’s hope it isn’t some icky Upper East Side theme, because sorry dudes the Upper East Side is not cooler than Brooklyn now).

Get the B+B app by searching for Bedford + Bowery in the app store or by clicking here.

Look For Seth Rogen Celebrating Christmas On Avenue B Tomorrow

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Signs on Avenue B indicate that an “Untitled Xmas Project” will be filming on the avenue tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Could it be Jonathan Levine’s Christmas film, starring the Seth Rogen alongside Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anthonie Mackie and Lizzy Caplan? After all, the movie recently started filming in New York, by the looks of photos of the Apatow acolyte sporting an elfish ginger beard.

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