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Sexy vs. Sexton: Padma Shows Up to Support Lawsuit Against NYU 2031

As expected, Padma Lakshmi was among those who packed into a courtroom today to hear arguments against NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan. This was the first public hearing in a battle for the soul of the neighborhood that has become almost as heated as the hellish temperatures outside Manhattan State Supreme.
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Protesters Gather Outside of ‘Penis Mayor’ Anthony Weiner’s Apartment

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(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

An uninvited guest popped by Anthony Weiner’s Gramercy apartment building this morning, in the form of a giant inflatable rat. Union members have gathered in front of the mayoral hopeful‘s Park Avenue South address to protest a controversial cost-cutting measure in his education platform. And they aren’t exactly being subtle about it: “DON’T LET THE SEXTING PERV BE MAYOR,” reads one sign.
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This Week, So Much Power Pop

We’ve already outlined a couple of worthwhile shows in our weekend events round-up (reminder: Death by Audio. Tonight. Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, and California X. You won’t spend a better $8 all year), but this being New York City, there are, of course, several more shows worth attending over the next week, a few of which are highlighted below. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar.
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This New ‘Surf Shuttle’ Will Take You From LES to LI

No, this isn't the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

No, this isn’t the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

As mentioned in our 4th of July rundown, the Rockabus now has another competitor in the Beach Bus. But what if you think Rockaway is so over now that it has a haute motel and no hard liquor on the beach, and a trip to Coney is out of the question because you’re scared the Astrotower might fall?

Enter the Surf Shuttle.
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Rockaway Rundown: Bluth-Style Frozen Bananas Coming to 97th Street (+ More)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP's Instagram)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP’s Instagram)

Earlier this week we noted that Caracas had reopened in Rockaway with a new sidekick at its Beach 106th Street concession stand.

Now a Parks Department spokesperson confirms that Rockaway Taco won’t be doing flautas at the 97th Street stand this year. But these places will be back by tomorrow (in fact, they’re opening today, according to this tweet from Motorboat and the Big Banana).
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Rockaway Concessions Gain Roberta’s Pizza, Ice Pops, Fro Yo… But Lose Booze

A benefit at the 96th Street stand (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A benefit at the 96th Street stand (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Roberta's pizza oven at 69th.

The Roberta's pizza oven at 69th.

Seating at 106th Street (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Seating at 106th Street (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The window at Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The window at Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Caracas is back. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Caracas is back. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Grub at Caracas (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Grub at Caracas (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Rippers (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Rippers (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

So, yes, Rockaway has three new outdoor drinking spots – but what about the boardwalk concessions we already know and love?

The good news is this: Roberta’s has set up a mobile pizza oven on a short stretch of boardwalk on Beach 69th Street and will be slinging pies on the weekends, weather-permitting.
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Rockaway Gets Three New Outdoor Spots for Sun, Suds, Music and Movies

Heading to Rockaway Beach this 4th of July? Or whenever? Check out the latest outdoor drinking spots, starting with a B + B exclusive.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Last year the Rockaway Beach Surf Club was a scrappy hybrid: a surfboard storage joint, a workspace for local artisans, an occasional party (and mud wrestling) spot, and in the wake of Sandy, a relief hub. But in the next days, Long Beach native Brandon D’Leo and his partner and neighbor, firefighter Brady Walsh, expect to score a liquor license that will allow them to turn their concrete patio into a proper beer garden.
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Is Sam Lewontin a Coffee Snob? Well, It Depends What You Mean

Introducing the Couch Read. It’s the weekend: fix yourself a coffee and spend some time with these longer pieces.

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Everyman Espresso has had a lot brewing lately. Earlier this week, it closed its East 13th Street store for a month of renovations and opened a pop-up at Tribeca’s Bikini Bar. All this while being sued by the state of New York for allegedly appropriating its “I ♥ NY” logo.

But Sam Lewontin, who manages the shop, is trying not to think about that right now. He’s more focused on the menu at the summer pop-up, which he’s hoping will touch off a radical new trend. It’s among the first in the country to offer espresso drinks that rival cocktails in their complexity. The Queen Mary, for instance, combines tomato jam, citrus, herb and AeroPressed Kenyan Ndaroni.
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Don’t Even Think About Asking These Improv Legends to Do ‘Real Housewives’

(Photo: Facebook, Baby Wants Candy)

As mentioned in this week’s comedy roundup, the 15th annual Del Close Marathon kicks off this Friday, with 56 straight hours of improvised comedy taking place across 7 stages throughout the city, including East Village’s own UCB East theater and Theater 80 on St. Marks Place.

There’s reason to range beyond the Bedford + Bowery borders, as well: Baby Wants Candy — the long-running, Chicago-based improvised musical — is one of the most beloved institutions within the improv world and a Marathon fixture, having played over 1,700 shows worldwide.
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Comedy This Week: Amy Poehler Totally Wants to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)

Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)

This weekend marks the arrival of the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, the multi-day improv extravaganza hosted annually by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, with over 420 shows on 7 stages. Expect to see UCB mainstays like Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Veep’s Matt Walsh, The Office’s Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods, plus a whole lot of other SNL alums, Apatow-types and familiar faces. While the main theater in Chelsea always has epic lines, there’s still plenty of fun to be had over at UCB East or on some of the smaller stages.

If you don’t feel like springing for a $30 weekend pass, tickets for some of the bigger name shows can be bought individually from the UCB website. Or, for something completely different, check out our roundup of this week’s best laugh-ins, stand-ups and make-em-ups.
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#MellowYeezus Got Bushwick on Buzzfeed, CitiBikes Coming to Greenpoint?

(Photo: Michael Tapp's Flickr)

(Photo: Michael Tapp’s Flickr)

Above, Shaun Blonde gets suited up before taking folks for a ride on Olek’s “yarnshaw.” Check out Michael Tapp’s documentary about the yarn-swaddled rickshaw over at Time.

In light of the 12 weekends of G train closures that begin July 6, rumors have begun circulating that Citibank will partner with the MTA to place new Citi Bike stations around Greenpoint and LIC. Greenpointers documents a rep’s verbal gymnastics as he neither confirms nor denies the new stations. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »