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Williamsburg Loses Another Venue, as Cubana Social Closes This Weekend

(Photo: Linnea Covington for Nymag)

(Photo: Linnea Covington for Nymag)

Just a few months after the closure of Black Bear Bar, its neighbor on North 6th Street, Cubana Social, is leaving Williamsburg after six years. No, it’s not the changes in Cuba that are to blame. According to the closing announcement by owner Christina Bouza, it’s changes in the neighborhood.
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Here’s Who Turned Up at 16 New Year’s Eve Parties in Brooklyn

Bang On!'s morning partiers dancing in the mini loft, 9:30am.

Sure, we’re well into January, but we’re only just now recovering from our post-New Year’s Eve haze and putting together the pieces of the night. Personally, I put my faith in the You Are So Lucky masquerade ball, put on by some of the wild-eyed dreamers from The Danger (RIP) and JunXion. They bused attendees to a secret location that ended up being a former copper baron’s 72-room, 22-acre estate, and it was pretty amazing, as Instagram photos attest. The only downside was that it was all the way out in Yonkers. Luckily, photographer Nick McManus was back in Brooklyn to document the festivities there. From sundown to sunrise, he hit no less than 16 parties and shared with us his group portraits from each. Click through the slideshow to see who turned up.

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Puppies N’ Pints! Brooklyn Brewery Went to the Dogs Last Night

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

No, not all of the 2,000-plus people who committed on Facebook to attending the first ever Puppies n’ Pints were able to go – sorry guys, Brooklyn Brewery’s just not that big. They had to cap the event at 100, but in the wake of the incredible response the event’s organizers are already planning two upcoming opportunities to play with adoptable dogs while enjoying a few good brews. And as for Wednesday night’s event, the smiles on people’s faces would indicate success for the fledging cause.

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We’re Still Waiting For the ‘Last Special Nights’ of Lit Lounge

Outside Lit (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Outside Lit (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We waited with bated breath last week for what we expected to be an epic reopening of Lit Lounge. Last month the bar, which is nearing its end of days in the East Village, posted on Facebook that “after a much needed deep cleaning and even more crucial maintenance and repairs,” the place would reopen on Friday, September 11. But that date came and went, and the gates at the downtown institution remained down.

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Big Trouble in Little China Meets Coney Island at the New Tropical 128

Tropical 128 (Photo: Dario Alequin)

Tropical 128 (Photo: Dario Alequin)

It’s hard not to get misty-eyed, reminiscing over New York’s party days of yore. In some ways it’s the blessing and curse of this city, forever trapped in a glow of its former self. Rather than indulge the nostalgia, though, Tammany Hall owner and general party starter Dave Delzio has decided to take matters into his own hands with his re-launch of Little Chitaly tiki bar/pool hall Tropical 128.

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Film-Music Editor Nic Ratner Won’t Stand For Nickelback at His Bars

From Left: Nic Ratner and Geoff Popler

From Left: Nic Ratner and Geoff Popler

Nic Ratner hates televisions in bars. So much so, in fact, he’s banned them from the three he runs along Second Avenue.

“If there was a television in here right now, even with the sound off, I could be talking with the most beautiful, intelligent, funny girl and a damn ShamWow commercial could come on and I’d be staring at it instead of her, no matter what,” proselytizes Ratner, standing in Shoolbred’s, the Scottish-themed bar where he’s an “honorary partner” (“hiring and firing powers, but I don’t make any money” ), with owner and business associate Robert Morgan. Together the two also own Ninth Ward, Kingston Hall (together with Steve Pyke and Geoff Popler) and a soon to be opened spot on Farringdon Road in London.

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The Wayland Opens a Natty Neighborhood Spot, Good Night Sonny, in the Old Simone Space

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

With the launch of Good Night Sonny, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, the chef/bartender team behind Alphabet City’s cocktail bar/live music venue The Wayland, are finally realizing their dream of opening a classic New York City tavern in the heart of the East Village. After a gut renovation of the former Simone martini bar location on First Avenue and Saint Marks, they’re having a soft opening this week with drinks and some food; they’ll be officially open for business daily from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting this Monday.

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Kavasutra Opens, Putting the ‘Chill’ in Chilled Drinks

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

After months of renovation, the East Village’s first kava bar is officially open and offering its kava teas, cold brew coffee and other novel drinks you may have never encountered before like Relaxinol, a liquid relaxation aid containing melatonin and other sleep supplements, which is for sale by the can.

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There’s a New Mayor in Hell Square: Controversial LES Bars Get New Owner

Los Feliz (Photo: Shanna Ravindra, NYMag.com)

Los Feliz (Photo: Shanna Ravindra, NYMag.com)

They won’t have Rob Shamlian to kick around anymore, because he’s turning over his restaurants to Sarid Drory. The former owner of the Cub Room, who bought Murray Hill bistro Artisanal last year, told Community Board 3’s SLA committee last night that he had purchased 100 percent of Ludlow Street tequileria Los Feliz and plans to put an end to the noise, drunkenness, and dance club atmosphere that caused Shamlian to butt heads with neighborhood group LES Dwellers earlier this year.

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Here’s What The Black Rose Has Done With the Old Odessa Cafe and Bar

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

When it opens tonight, Black Rose will be serving up “Personal Jesuses” and “Comfortably Numbs” at what was, for over three decades, Odessa Cafe and Bar. Don’t be too shocked by the makeover- the space has been hit with a dose of classic rock and roll, but if you look carefully you’ll recognize the booths near the door.

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Trash Bar Owner’s New Place Gets Dumped On By Neighbors

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Trash bar owner Aaron Pierce. Directly behind him on the right, resident of 63 Montrose Avenue, Jamie Slaper. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

The owner of Trash Bar, who recently announced his music venue will be closing its doors this spring, faced a wall of opposition against his proposed new bar at a meeting in Williamsburg last night. Though Aaron Pierce claimed his new venture would be a classy bar and restaurant, he wasn’t able to shake Trash Bar’s reputation as a drunken, divey free-for-all (delightful for patrons but frequently termed “a nightmare” by those who would be living near the proposed new establishment). His bar failed to get the support of CB1’s SLA Committee.

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