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Oh, Hail Yes: Checker Cabs Ride On in NYC, and You Can Totally Rent Them

“Greenpoint is basically the Checker capital of New York City,” says Mark Briggs, a resident of the neighborhood who rents out the iconic yellow cabs.

He makes a point. If you’ve spent any time in Greenpoint, you’ve probably seen the vintage yellow cabs (made internationally famous by shows and movies like Taxi and Taxi Driver) outside of the Henry Norman and Box House hotels. They sometimes spring into action at the request of guests who prefer the throwback rides to the hotels’ sleeker BMW shuttles. A couple of years ago, Box Street played host to the Checker Car Club of America’s annual convention, attended by about 120 Checker enthusiasts. At the time, experts estimated that just 600 to 1,000 of the vehicles were still running.

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We’ve Got Just the Stitch to Wear to This Morrissey Party

mozMopers of the world unite! A Morrissey dance party is coming to Littlefield, in Gowanus, on Saturday, Sept. 24. Okay, you’re probably lamenting: “But I haven’t got a stitch to wear.” Well, may we suggest the new Garbage Pail Kids sticker that portrays Meaty Morrissey in the grips of a nightmarish meat-and-greet? (Hey, it was either that or a double-decker bus crashing into Moz.)

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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: Ride a Vintage Train to the Rockaways

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

If you clicked through our slideshow of the Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Ride to the Rockaways a couple of summers ago and thought to yourself, “Dang, I really missed the boat,” now’s your chance to hop aboard. The New York Transit Museum is firing up some of its 1920s subway cars for a ride to everyone’s favorite beach. If you’ve ever wanted to skip across Jamaica Bay on a piece of transportation history, listen up.

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Still No Date For Alamo Drafthouse’s NYC Debut, But Here’s a Look Inside

(Photo: Alamo's FB)

Alamo NYC’s lobby mural. (Photo: Alamo’s FB)

Ever since Tim League revealed that he was opening an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this summer, we’ve been waiting for an exact opening date with baited breath, with only some enticing details about the menu to tide us over. But wait, what’s this? On the Fandango app right now, it says that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is screening there on September 1. Could it be that Alamo will finally be open by then? After all, the Fandango listing even lets you reserve seats, offering a glimpse into the layout of one of the theaters.

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Performance Picks: Beds Not Chairs + Silent and/or Messy Laughs

WEDNESDAY

(flyer via Judson Arts Wednesdays)

(flyer via Judson Arts Wednesdays)

Blind Crest
August 17, 7 pm at Judson Memorial Church: FREE

Judson Arts Wednesdays, a series of free music, dance, and theatrical-readings twice a month, wraps up the season with this final play reading.

Blind Crest was inspired by the true story of Ronnell Wilson and Nancy Gonzalez, this work by Monet Hurst-Mendoza is take on a “boy-meets-girl” story where a black man on death row and a newly-appointed corrections officer make a connection and plan to have a baby.

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Get Blasted for a Good Cause at This Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

(flyer via Friends and Lovers)

(flyer via Friends and Lovers)

When America is faced with what seems to be an endless stream of police brutality, discrimination, and gentrification toward black and brown individuals, sharing an article for the fifth time can start to feel fruitless. Those of us who continue to see this kind of gut-wrenching news on our social media feeds can start to wonder what exactly we can do to help.

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Street Art Goes to the Beach via Two Rockaway Exhibits

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse.

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Resurrection" by See One.

"God's Gift to Man" (the bee) by Rockaways artist John Hedderson.

"Camouflage" by Federico Massa aka iena cruz. A scramble jet morphs into a green heron in the midst of Jamaica Bay sassafras.

"Lt. Col. Alfred A. Cunningham, Father of Marine Aviation" by Rockaway artist Carlos A. Game, aka See TF.

"Robert Moses and 11 Migratory Birds" by Brooklyn- and Baltimore-based artist Gaia, who shows her subjects against the rubble of Moses's Urban Renewal Era.

"Geometry in Pollination" by Heidi Unkefer

"The Golden Venture" by comic and mural artist Christopher Cardinale. The legend reads: "On Jun 6, 1993, around 2am, the Golden Venture, a cargo ship carrying 286 refugees from the Fujian province of China, ran aground on the beach at Fort Tilden. They had been at sea for 112 days on the boat operated by smugglers known as snakeheads. Ten people drowned in their attempt to get to shore. For the survivors this was just the beginning of their efforts to seek asylum in the USA."

"Abundance" by Fefa Romanova.

"Seed Posture" by Cern One.

"Rockaway!" By Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" By Katharina Grosse

"The Forest Within Me" by Magda Love.

Rockaway Brewing Co.'s Mini Cooper delivering product to

Rockaway Brewing Co.'s Mini Cooper delivering product to "Rockaway!"

The backyard at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

The backyard at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

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Last week, we caught a glimpse of Katharine Grosse’s installation at Fort Tilden– part of PS1’s “Rockaway!” series– while it was in progress. The German artist had spent the past days spray-painting the skeleton of a building on the former army base with colors that call to mind either the sunset or David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane makeup. The piece, which had been roped off and guarded by security as if Nike missiles had returned to Tilden, opened to the public Sunday with an outdoor reception that was really more of an Insta pose-fest.

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Photos: Sea Creatures and See-and-Be-Seen Creatures at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

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Coney Island was all aglitter Saturday as the 34th annual Mermaid Parade rolled down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Amidst the usual semi-naked sirens, less-than-sober pirates and other fishy types (#Netflixandkrill), some paid tribute to the late David Bowie, others honored the victims of last week’s shooting in Orlando, and plenty celebrated Pride early. Click through our photos to have a look at the colorful mix of beauty, activism and buffoonery.

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Here’s Who Shimmied Over to the Jazz Age Lawn Party

(Photo: Nick McManus)

(Photo: Nick McManus)

The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now in its 11th year, returned to Governors Island this weekend for a gay old time. Photographer Nick McManus took this group portrait at the conclusion of Saturday’s throwback fête, around 5 p.m. Click to enlarge the photo and, in the sea of Prohibition-era pageantry, you’ll spot organizer Michael Arenella (on stage with baton) and his Dreamland Orchestra. To see the Gatsby-esque outfits up close, check out The Cut’s slideshow. And to get in on the next lawn parties, Aug. 13 and 14, head over here for tickets.

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This Week’s Primo Performance, Including a Beyoncé Musical and a Trans Theater Fest

(image via Dead Darlings)

(image via Dead Darlings)

WEDNESDAY

Dead Darlings
At Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, Greenwich Village. Free. More info here
Typically, when we go see a performance of any sort, the material we’re watching has been written, rewritten, and carefully narrowed down from a presumable slew of ideas. Dead Darlings, a monthly show curated by performer and female drag queen Amanda Duarte, seeks to assemble a group of artists to show work that didn’t make the final cut or has not yet found a home. This time is “book club edition,” so there’ll be a gaggle of authors reading their work: Dave Hill (Inside Amy Schumer), Michael Schulman (Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep), Rebecca Traister (All The Single Ladies), and Cintra Wilson (Fear And Clothing).

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Next Time You’re at the Beach, It’s All About This PB&J Donut Ice Cream Sandwich

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Because you’re so over the cotton candy bubble tea float and rainbow bagels with rainbow cream cheese — not to mention the new rainbow donut covered in more rainbow donuts — Citysticks has introduced yet another blechtacular food creation. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Rockaway Beach ice cream parlor launched its PB&J donut ice cream sandwich, and you shouldn’t swim within five hours of eating it.

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‘Passport’ to Planet Booze, Where Rivers of Craft Cocktails Flow Free (Er, Two-for-One)

Via Passport Program

Via Passport Program

It’s forecast to rain all weekend (boo), but today the weather gods are giving us a pretty tantalizing taste of the summer vibes around the corner. And we all know what that means: soaking up drinks, drinks, and more draaanks galore.

The Passport Program is a not-too-shabby way to make your summer imbibing a little bit cheaper, especially if your #goals this summer include expanding your cocktail repertoire and hitting new bars on the drink scene.

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