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Film: 2015 Olive Tree International Story-Teller Film Festival

Yeah, we know, this one’s kind of a mouthful. But it’s cool, this festival can call itself whatever it wants because the lineup is full of films with a humanitarian bent. Standouts include the feature-length film, The Pink Room, about sex slavery in Cambodia and War Child, a short animation about the experiences of one South Sudanese musician.

For more info and to see the trailer for The Pink Room click here.

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Williamsburg’s $6.5M Pad; East Village Birdman Flies the Coop

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Late Monday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was stabbed in the arm by a safety-scissors-weilding stranger on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

A 5K-square-foot Williamsburg penthouse is under contract for a neighborhood record $6.5 million. [NY Post]

Prosperity Dumpling on the Lower East Side was quickly shuttered by the Department of Health after a published photo revealed that the owners were using a neighborhood alley as their prep kitchen. [Bowery Boogie]

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Week in Film: Dada Brunch, Florida in Celluloid Form, and More


Have we got an interesting crew for you this week! Our lineup is a regular emotional rollercoaster, from feel-horrible humanitarian films about sex slaves and child soldiers all the way to feel-sick, total-garbage cult Martial Arts-action films. Don’t try to swallow them all at once is our only advice.

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Elizabeth Street Garden Under Threat; Work Stopped at Ace Hotel Bowery

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A 42-year-old man is in critical condition after being assaulted outside Bushwick’s La Fogata restaurant yesterday morning around 4 a.m. Police are looking for the suspect and released video footage to the public. [Gothamist]

The rising Ace Hotel on Bowery received two stop-work orders for failing to convince the Department of Buildings of its structural stability. [Bowery Boogie]

Developers hope to replace the Elizabeth Street Community Garden in Nolita with up to 75 units of affordable housing. [DNA Info]

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Chef-Driven Cantonese Spot Will Bring Venison Stir-Fry to Avenue B

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

The co-founder of what might just be “the best Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn” is setting up shop in the East Village. Ben Pope, former executive chef at 2 Duck Goose in Gowanus, has signed a 15-year lease at 165 Avenue B, per an announcement from broker Eastern Consolidated.

Pope, a former East Villager, plans to open Sum, a restaurant serving “modern and traditional Cantonese cuisine.” The name means “heart” in Cantonese and captures “how he feels about the East Village community that remains close to his heart,” said Joe Robinson, one of the brokers who represented Pope in the deal. The space, between 10th and 11th Streets, includes a 700-square-foot back garden.

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Lit Reopens September 11; Bernie Sanders Big in Bushwick

Smorgasburg 2015: Williamsburg, Madonna

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Police closed a Second Avenue convenience store, alleging stolen property and synthetic marijuana being sold on the premises. [EV Grieve]

East Village landlord Rafael Toledano is being investigated by the state for allegedly harassing his tenants. [NY Daily News]

The team who thought up the Lowline filed paperwork to open a “Lowline Lab” underneath Essex Street Market, where tests will be performed on how to best harvest sunlight. [Bowery Boogie]

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Boulton & Watt Team Opens Drexler’s, Serving Booze in a Trophy Cup

(Photo courtesy of Drexler's)

(Photo courtesy of Drexler’s)

While Jesse Malin expands his portfolio by opening Berlin underneath 2A, another East Village proprietor, Darin Rubell, is making moves a couple of blocks away. This Wednesday, Rubell (owner of Boulton & Watt and, more recently, Forrest Point) will replace his old spot, Ella, with Drexler’s, a cocktail bar serving meats, cheeses and spreads.

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Milk & Honey’s Sasha Petraske Has Died; ‘Taxi Graveyard’ in Greenpoint

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Police say a Bushwick man shot and killed his 33-year-old girlfriend in their bed on Saturday morning, then ran into a Knickerbocker Avenue deli, where he was taken into custody. [NY Daily News]

Sasha Petraske, the 42-year-old cocktail pioneer and owner of the former Milk & Honey bar on the Lower East Side, was found dead Friday morning at his home in Upstate New York. [NY Times]

A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot on Cooper Street in Bushwick yesterday around 3 a.m. [ABC 7 NY]

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Gas Station Fire in Williamsburg; Lovecraftian Cocktails in East Village

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A fire at a Leonard Street gas station in Williamsburg yesterday morning resulted in a collapsed roof. No injuries were reported. [Pix 11]

Downstairs at the former Germania Bank building on Bowery, the 30K retail space is on the market with a $2.2 million rent. [Bowery Boogie]

For the next month, Jumpin, a ball pit for adults, will be open for free play at 455 Broadway in Soho (RSVP here). [amNY]

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Week in Film: OG Midnight Pulp and a Number of Noir Nights Coming Your Way

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We’re a lucky, lucky bunch to live in a city where we’re at the wellspring of new film and the source of cinematic reconsideration, where grind-house becomes art-house and a dum-dum boy can be made into a bandana-wearing teddy bear genius. See all that and more this week and beyond.

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How Ten Thousand Saints Revived ’80s Punk in a ‘Very Sterile East Village’

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Last week saw the release of Ten Thousand Saints, which we’ve been looking forward to ever since the film reenacted the Tompkins Square Park riot last year. The adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s novel revolves around a hippie father, Les (Ethan Hawke), who brings his teenage son, Jude (Asa Butterfield), to the tumultuous East Village in 1988, the year of the riot.

While living with his way-too-chill, pot-smoking dad, Jude becomes absorbed in the straight-edge punk scene and fascinated by a rich, uptown girl (Hailee Steinfeld). Variety describes the film as a “love letter to a bygone era of New York City,” and, because we have our own love affair with that time and place, we played jealous lover and did some snooping. We spoke with directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, Girl Most Likely, The Nanny Diaries) about how the East Village of the 1980s intertwines with the lives of the characters, why Ethan Hawke is the ultimate New Yorker, those silly lap dogs on the Upper East Side, and Springer Berman’s accidental involvement in that epic clash of police and residents.

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