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Our Gift to You: A Guide to the East Village’s Best Holiday Shopping

Some feminist swag from Bulletin in Soho. Both items are $24. (All photos by Diego Lynch)

Before you fall back on the Union Square Holiday Market this season, remember that there are plenty of indie gift shops a little further downtown. We scoured some of them (and, okay, the Holiday Market, too) for this year’s quirkiest stocking stuffers.

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International Bar Leaves Its Longtime East Village Home, Moves Down the Block

International bar regular Bex Blakely with bartender Tyler (first and second from left) and artist Russell Murphy (right) during International Bar’s closing night at 120 1/2 First Ave., 11/22/17. (Photos: Nick McManus)

International Bar’s final night at its longtime East Village location was as loud, crowded, but also as intimate as you’d expect. The bar, which originated on St. Marks Place and has been on First Avenue since the ’80s, was filled with regulars who waited till the wee hours for co-owner Molly Fitch to arrive and make a rousing speech.

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Streetball Letterman Jackets, Art & AIDS, and More Exhibitions This Week

(image via Fort Gansevoort)

I’ve Been Heard
Opening Thursday, November 30 at Fort Gansevoort, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through

“Public Parks to this day exist as one of the very few remaining spaces that are designed to be democratic: free and open to all,” proclaims a statement for artist and boxing teacher Cheryl Pope’s latest installation at Fort Gansevoort. While the intent for a location isn’t always put into practice by all, it does remain true that public parks provide, or attempt to provide, such a freedom. Pope’s installation focuses on NYC youth, who often flock to parks and the street basketball courts that accompany them. After speaking with an array of young people, she created banner flags and “All-American Varsity Letterman Jackets” displaying some of their statements, elevating the words of youths who may be often ignored into literal fine art. Keep Reading »

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Doc Holliday’s Sued By Comedian Alleging Wild West Behavior

(Photo: Shana Ravindra for NY Mag)

Doc Holliday’s is facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles based-comedian who said he was attacked by a member of the staff late last year.

Julian McCullough – who has appeared as a guest comic on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden – filed suit in October in New York Supreme Court against Wishbone Productions, which owns the East Village dive, along with an unnamed employee of the bar. McCullough contends that on Dec. 18, 2016, the employee physically battered and assaulted him without any warning.

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Legendary Naples Pizzeria Sorbillo Opens On the Bowery

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

A legendary Italian pizzaiolo has opened an East Village offshoot of his flagship parlor.

Gino Sorbillo’s eponymous pizzeria in Naples is so popular there’s often a two-hour wait. Munchies called it the town’s “best and most famous pizza hub,” and has credited its owner with “changing the perception of the pizzaiolo from a second-rate cook into a deeply-respected position.” Add to which, he undertook to drive Mafia-linked food suppliers out of the city. His pizzeria is known for its oversized, soft-crust and extremely light Neapolitan pies using high-quality ingredients, said a spokesperson for the Bowery location.

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Get Your Relationship Turned Into a Musical, and More Performance Picks


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Your Love, Our Musical
Wednesday, November 22 at Caveat, 7:30 pm: $15

If you’ve ever dreamed of turning your latest Tinder date into an original musical, I don’t know what kind of a person that makes you, but you can take a stab at making this odd dream a reality at the return of Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman’s Your Love, Our Musical, now presented at new brainy venue Caveat. It’s fairly self-explanatory; the duo selects an actual couple from the audience and interviews them. After that, they work their magic and craft a whole (and wholly improvised) musical about what they’ve just heard. If you’re looking for a new perspective on your relationship but can’t afford therapy, this could be the way to do it. Keep Reading »

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Don’t Rat Out the Mice-Size ‘Squeakeasies’ Hidden Around Town

New Bartender? (Photo by Diego Lynch)

Rats are no longer happy suckling at the rim of a cast-off PBR can. Like all discerning New Yorkers, today’s vermin demand a boutique experience. Hence the “squeakeasies” that Hunter Fine has placed around Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tiny tippling spots are strategically located near the city’s “rat reservoirs.” If you want in, wear earth tones and be about six inches long.

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Unsilent Night Will Wash the Taste of SantaCon Out of Your Mouth

(Photo: Tom Jarmusch)

My computer insists on autocorrecting “Unsilent Night” to Insolent Night, but, no, that would be SantaCon.Unsilent Night is a far more enjoyable holiday tradition. Every year, Phil Kline, a composer who has collaborated with the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Nan Goldin, Bang On a Can, and other downtown luminaries, leads a roving boom box orchestra from Greenwich Village to the East Village in a wonderful act of modernist caroling.

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Never Mind the Turkey, a Food Porn Fest Is Coming to Bushwick

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Forget about that post-Thanksgiving diet. On the weekend of Dec. 16, a Food Porn Fest will take over a large warehouse two blocks from the Morgan stop. Shwick, the fest’s producer, has confirmed 19 vendors and is seeking over 40 of them total.

Did you know, the average American will eat 3,000 PB&J sanwiches in their lifetime?

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Those currently on board show a fair amount of variety. There’s vegan friendly Indian food, simple biscuits and beer, a boutique waffle experience, distilleries, a candy shop with hemp seed oil (CBD) infused products, and much more.

Shwick, founded by husband-wife team Christopher and Jinyen Carew, came to notoriety with the Shwick Market of Makers, a large warehouse space filled with vendors hawking artisanal products. It proved to be unsustainable and closed after nine months

Without a storefront, Shwick has been conducting pop-up markets to sell Brooklyn-made goods to Brooklyners. For the last two years, the couple has put on the Brookyln Maker’s Market in the restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Tickets for the second annual Food Porn Fest, at 395 Johnson Avenue, are $3 and you can snag em here.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Is Both Memorial and Call to Action

All photos by Diego Lynch

New Yorkers gathered in Washington Square Park last night to mark the 17th Transgender Day of Remembrance and memorialize the 25 transgender people murdered in the U.S. so far this year. More violence has been reported against transgender people in 2017 than in any previous year.

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