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Peep the Lineups For Rockaway’s Outdoor Film Fests, One Curated by Greta Gerwig

(Photo courtesy of Rockaway Civic Association)

(Photo courtesy of Rockaway Civic Association)

Not only has Greta Gerwig unleashed a new clip from her forthcoming movie with Noah Baumbach, Mistress America (out Aug. 14), but she just unveiled the lineup of the outdoor film series she curated for The Palms in Rockaway. Among the flicks that will be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).

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Harry Potter and Ferris Bueller Come Alive For These Adults-Only Tributes

Whether you’re a child of the ’80s or the aughts, your film heroes will come to life at these tributes to Ferris Bueller and Harry Potter. Get ready to don your wizard hat, mullet, or both.

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Aug. 1, 2 until 8 pm at The Bell House: $8 at the door
Sorry, little muggles, this event is 21+. While there will be the requisite costumes of black robes and wands, there will also be drinks of the knock-you-off-your-broom variety (think Firewhiskey and Butterbeer). Beyond witches and wizards, expect to see magical creatures, squibs and muggles competing to win the costume contest (you may have a chance unless the lovely Fleur shows up). You can also see if you’re as smart as Hermione during trivia. Or take your turn in the sorting ceremony and try on the dusty hat. Overall, this is the perfect time to let out your inner Potterhead and practice your shoddy British accent with no shame. In keeping with Harry’s defeat of You-Know-Who through love and friendship, part of the PotterCon proceeds will go to the Harry Potter Alliance.

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This Dance Series Is About to Give New Meaning to Flexing On the Beach

Image courtesy of Beach Sessions.

Image courtesy of Beach Sessions.

Like the rest of Bushwick, Black & White Project Space is making a weekend escape to Rockaway Beach. On Aug. 1, the studio (part of Black & White Gallery) will launch a contemporary dance series on the sand at Beach 81st Street. During Beach Sessions, four local choreographers will make use of a 360-degree stage and channel the surrounding seascape into dance.

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La Churreria Has Closed; Guess They Weren’t Making Enough Dough

IMG_1340Well, this is a bummer. One of our favorite Spanish spots, La Churreria, has called it a day. Just a month after we got all excited about a menu makeover that brought churro cups into the mix, the three-year-old sister restaurant of neighboring Socarrat has “closed for renovations,” per a Facebook message. But don’t get it twisted, heart-shaped churro fans: the Nolita cafe isn’t coming back. An inquiry reveals the ownership will be “launching a new concept,” with details coming soon.

You can still walk down to Despaña for something close to the Spanish-style sandwiches that La Churreria served. But why did this have to happen when churros were finally going viral?

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Experimental Filmmaker Gets Year in Prison For Bank Heist

A shot from Gibbons' film 'Confessions of a Sociopath.'

A shot from Gibbons’ film ‘Confessions of a Sociopath.’

Experimental filmmaker Joseph Gibbons was the focus of multiple camera lenses this afternoon — not as part of one his projects, but because he had been convicted of robbery in the third degree. Today in Manhattan Supreme Court, he was sentenced to a year in prison, with the many months he’s been confined to jail counting towards time served.

Last December Gibbons was arrested following his robbery of a bank in Chinatown in which he gave the teller a note demanding money. What makes the case a shade more interesting than your standard stick-up is that, according to the New York Post, the theft of the $1,002 was filmed as part of a future project.

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In Chinatown, Mr. Fong’s Aims to Be Like the Old Max Fish, ‘With Better Cocktails’

The chill new bar at Mr. Fong's. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

The chill new bar at Mr. Fong’s. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Alas, Lit is closing, but could Mr. Fong’s keep hope alive for the downtown set? Lucas Moran, who just opened the neighborhood bar in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, wants his new place to be “like the way Max Fish used to be when I was a kid, but with better cocktails.”

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Comedian Damien Lemon Will ‘Get into the Deep Issues, But This Isn’t a TED Talk’

Damien Lemon.

Damien Lemon.

You’ve probably seen Damien Lemon on MTV 2’s Guy Code, or as the cabbie in one of those Spiderman movies or on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. This month you can find him doing stand-up at The Stand. Lemon first walked onto the stage in 2005, when he performed at Sal’s Comedy Hole, and since then he’s been dishing out laid-back advice and commentary on race, sex and, yes, Uber drivers. Lemon, who also co-hosts a podcast called #InTheConversation and co-anchors MTV 2′s Not Exactly News gave us insight into the comedians he most looks up to, the “two different Brooklyns,” and how he transforms “fucked up” shit into jokes that hit.

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Rockaway Gets More Boardwalk and Clam Boils, Just in Time for the 4th

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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I’m proud to be an American, because the Parks Department just opened another stretch of Rockaway boardwalk, from Beach 97th Street to Beach 106th Street (i.e. from Low Tide Bar’s concession stand to the Caracas concession stand). Okay, fine, so the construction company is Swedish, but whatever. As you can see from the slideshow above, shit is looking good.

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Shakespeare As You Like It: In a Park or in a Parking Lot

Last year's production of "Othello" in the parking lot. (Photo: Claire Taddei)

Last year’s production of “Othello” in the parking lot. (Photo: Claire Taddei)

After construction of Essex Crossing bumped it from its home last year, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will relaunch just three blocks away, in a parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Velez Center. From July 9 to 26, The Drilling Company, led by Hamilton Clancy of Orange Is the New Black, will imagine “As You Like It” in a “Steampunk paradise,” and from July 30 to August 15, they’ll be doing free performances of “Macbeth.”

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And Now Coney Island Is Getting a Flippin’ Trapeze School

Photo illustration by Daniel Maurer (photo of Coney by Daniel Maurer, photo of NY Trapeze School courtesy of Thor)

Photo illustration by Daniel Maurer (photo of Coney by Daniel Maurer, photo of NY Trapeze School courtesy of Thor)

The competition for summer weekend destination has been fierce: while Rockaway added a skate bowl and a (still forthcoming) palm-tree paradise, Coney Island leveled up with a Smorgasburg and some murals. Coney’s latest gambit? A freaking trapeze school. That’s right: Trapeze School New York, which has an outdoor rig at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park, is adding another location in Coney.

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Photos + Video: David Byrne, St. Vincent and Others Make Color Guard Pop

(Photos: Julieta Cervantes)

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“Ladies and gentlemen, America has changed,” David Byrne said Saturday as he introduced “I Was Changed” at the American debut of Contemporary Color at Barclays Center. And yes, what a week it was. Thoughts turned to diversity and understanding as Quebec color-guard troupe Les Eclipses formed a diagonal line and hugged one another for the opening of the song, performed by Byrne, St. Vincent and Lucius.

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Reactions Mixed as Albany Renews Rent Laws, With Some Tweaks

A rally earlier this week. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

A rally earlier this week. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Minutes and hours after Albany extended rent laws for four years, elected officials were already complaining that changes to the laws don’t go far enough.

“Just when it seemed Albany couldn’t get worse, it did,” wrote State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes the Lower East Side, East Village, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. “This year’s legislative session has just ended. I’m sorry to say, there’s a lot to be frustrated and disappointed about. This year offered a chance to extend and strengthen rent laws, but Albany came up short.”

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