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Our Mega Map of Outdoor Drinking and Dining Spots

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Memorial Day weekend has officially arrived, and while many of us plan to head to the beach to check out the Coney Art Walls, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway boardwalk concessions, and this season’s newcomers to Beach 96th Street, others are way too lazy to take that hour-long train ride and are keeping it local. After all, there’s a lot going on here in town: from a theatrical prom to pin shopping to outdoor movies to the newly reopened Nowadays and Seaport Smorgasburg, to boozing on floating bars in Chelsea, Greenpoint, and Tribeca.

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How Does Feasting Off of Nude Bodies During a ‘Night of Intense Intimacy’ Sound?

Event curator and performer Abby Hertz aka Lady C. (Photo: Adrian Buckmaster)

Event curator and performer Abby Hertz aka Lady C. (Photo: Adrian Buckmaster)

Two years ago, like so many of us lost New York City souls, Abby Hertz was disappointed with her sex life. She’d been married for almost a decade, and as a divorcee reentering the dating scene in her early 30s, she started to notice something. Excuse her language, but there was “a lot of fucking without intimacy going on.” Startled, she decided to do something about it. Something that involved a lot of dessert… smothered all over a model’s naked, supine body. She created LUST, “a night of intense intimacy without fucking.”

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Arrogant Swine Gets Sued; Loisaida Festival Returns to Alphabet City

Yesterday, two of the five men arrested for the brutal Williamsburg attack of Taj Patterson in 2013 pleaded guilty to lesser charges. [Gothamist]

A former employee at Bushwick’s Arrogant Swine is suing chef/owner Tyson Ho for more than $80K in back pay. [NY Daily News]

Nine months after the restaurant’s closure, the city marshall officially seized Calexico at 153 Rivington Street. Landlord Steve Croman now seeks a tenant for $12,500 per month. [Bowery Boogie]

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Listen to Die Jim Crow, ‘The First Anti-Prison Album Recorded in Prison’

The UMOJA choir (Photo courtesy of Fury Young)

The UMOJA choir (Photo courtesy of Fury Young)

“I need to get into a women’s prison. I need to get into another men’s prison. Maybe I can get into two women’s prisons, or three more men’s prisons,” Fury Young said, punching his open hand with his fist emphatically. “I don’t know, but I want to try and at least get into one more of each.”

I realized the Bushwick-based prison reform activist wasn’t really directing this statement toward me– instead he was drilling himself about what remains left of his enormously ambitious passion project. For years, Young has been at work on Die Jim Crow– an effort that, so far, has taken him to a State Prison in Ohio and to neighborhoods in New York City and Philadelphia with particularly high incarceration rates. Along the way, he has recorded and collaborated with musicians who, at one time or another, have spent time behind bars or are currently locked up. “It’s the first anti-prison album recorded in prison,” he explained.

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See Biggie as a Faberge Egg and Slick Rick as a European Noble in This ‘History of Hip Hop’

Biggie (Faberge egg)

Biggie Faberge egg. (Photo courtesy Amar Stewart)

Back in 2014 we told you about British painter Amar Stewart’s “Hip-Hop Royalty” series at the Cotton Candy Machine in Bushwick, a display of “Golden Age”-inspired oil paintings of influential hip hop artists like Rick Ross, Action Bronson, and 10 other rap royals. As of June 2, he’ll be back at it again in Bushwick, with a six-week (maybe longer, depending upon popularity) exhibition and residency at Sweet Science.

His new exhibition, titled “The History of Hip Hop” has all-new work, including more than 20 new portraits of major New York hip hop artists in place of European nobles, as originally portrayed by your Rembrandts and Van Dykes, two recreated “Imperial” Faberge eggs (originally crafted for the last Russian Czar Nicholas II) on canvas, and Stewart’s first-ever sculpture, a collaboration with Russian sculptor Anton Tishchenko. (Check out our photo gallery for a sneak peek, courtesy of Stewart.)

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Performance Picks: Office Wellness Seminar, Prom in 2003, A Permanent Caterpillar

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(photo via Kelly Cooper)

(photo via Kelly Cooper)

DTF Presents: Mandatory Seminar
Continues weekly through June 2 at The Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 9pm. Tickets are $10. More info here
Have you ever been a part of an office wellness seminar? I personally have not, but they sound truly absurd. Get a taste of one too outrageous for words tonight and next week in the hallowed halls of The Annoyance, where The Dingleberry Theater Foundation tries their very best to stage their own wellness seminar featuring a cast of characters who don’t seem at all suited for that sort of workplace, much less any workplace. Will there be meditative breathing exercises and miniature bottles of water or will there only be disaster? Only one way to find out.

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Beth Israel Hospital Downsizing to 14th Street; Free Beer at Lobster Joint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Residents of 95 E. Seventh Street claim that they’ve been without cooking gas in their building for almost 200 days. [EV Grieve]

Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital will relocate from its Gramercy Park home of nearly nine decades to a smaller space on 14th Street. [Town & Village Blog]

Tomorrow on First Avenue, the free Lower East Side Festival of the Arts takes place at the Theater for the New City. [NY Observer]

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L Train Riders Prefer Complete Shutdown; Cuddling Conman Picks Pocket

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday evening in Greenpoint, a thief tricked a man into hugging him in order to nab the victim’s phone. [Brooklyn Paper]

Per a survey by advocacy group Riders Alliance, 77 percent of L train riders would prefer a complete shutdown of their subway line lasting 18 months over a piecemeal closure stretched out over years. [Gothamist]

Employees of Babeland—the sex shop with a Lower East Side location plus two more in NYC—have joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. [NY Times]

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Cabbie Assaulted in W-Burg; Brooklyn’s New Community Gardens

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Police are circulating the photo of a man and a woman who allegedly assaulted and robbed a taxi driver in Williamsburg around 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning. [DNA Info]

This weekend in Williamsburg, pop-up nightclub Brooklyn Mirage was busted for serving booze without a liquor license. [Brooklyn Paper]

New community gardens will spring at both 9 Moffat Street in Bushwick and 375 S. Fifth Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

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Sea Wolf Open, Eat Wolf Eat: New Seafood Eatery Hits Bushwick

(Photo courtesy Sea Wolf)

(Photo courtesy Sea Wolf)

A replacement for the flash-in-the-pan Latin fusion cantina Lorenzo’s has arrived at the Jefferson stop in Bushwick. Daniel Cipriani, the proprietor of  Sea Wolf, who also owns a pair of dining establishments in Williamsburg– Lodge and Urban Rustic– as well as the Playland Grill in Rockaway, told us that the surf-n’-turf corner spot has been krilling it, so to speak, since it officially opened a few weeks ago. 

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Dinosaur Theft in Bushwick; Brooklyn Getting Its First Apple Store

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

A real estate firm purchased 103 St. Mark’s Place, a six-story building, for $11.5 million. [Commercial Observer]

Thursday evening, seven handmade dinosaur costumes were looted from the House of Yes in Bushwick. The venue is offering a $300 cash reward for their safe return. [Brooklyn Paper]

Brooklyn’s first Apple store will reportedly debut soon, likely at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. [Brownstoner]

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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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