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A Rom-Com Set During Superstorm Sandy Taps the ‘Quirky, Diverse East Village Fantasia’

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If you were living downtown in 2013, you probably remember the strange suspended week of superstorm Sandy. Maybe you lined up at a pay phone, or held up your iPad at that weird 3G oasis on Houston Street, or scooped up half-melted ice cream at the deli, or drank warm beer with your neighbors on Halloween. The storm wreaked havoc downtown (and caused much more destruction in other areas of the city), but for many people in secure locations, it was also a respite from the constant stream of tweets, emails and phone calls, and a chance to reflect, reconnect, and maybe even hook up (just think of the many kids named “Sandy” nine months later).

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Week in Film: Fassbinder Gets His Doc and Patrick Stewart Plays a Punk Choker

Green Room
Friday, April 29 through Thursday, May 5 at Nitehawk: $12
Is there anyone more punk than Patrick Stewart? Apparently there is, and it’s Patrick Stewart on a murderous rampage, hellbent on killing a little punk band for no apparent reason. Green Room might be the most bizarre combination of genres we’ve seen come together under one film in a long, long time. Fusing together snuff, Saw-like torture horror, teen drama, punk movies, and backwoods suspense, the film follows a punk band as they embark on a tour that takes them to some real hillbilly places.

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It’s Showtime at Beetle House, the Tim Burton Theme Bar Facing a Cease and Desist

Meet your host, "Juice"(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Meet your host, “Juice”(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The idea of a Tim Burton theme bar opening in the East Village is so weird on so many levels that I started to drive myself bonkers unpacking the implications of this so-called Beetle House. Would this be an ironic ode to Tumblr culture and fan fiction? A comment on how themed consumer culture has reached bizarre peaks? As it turns out, Beetle House is actually just a completely earnest theme bar and restaurant dedicated to the beloved, oh-so-spooky-creepy films of Tim Burton. Which hasn’t stopped it from getting smacked with a cease-and-desist from the director’s minders.

“I was like, ‘Why don’t we open a bar?'” co-owner Zach Neil recalls telling Brian Link, his business partner and BFF who was suffering from “massive depression” last year. “Bars are fun, it’s like having a birthday party every night. People come in, they hang out, you drink, hang out, everything’s good.”

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Pulaski Bridge Bike Path Debuts; LES History Month

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Last night near Grand and Willett Streets, a 56-year-old driver was rear-ended by a taxi before the cab’s passenger punched him in the face. [Daily Intelligencer]

Today the Pulaski Bridge Bike Path debuts, connecting Greenpoint and Long Island City. [Gothamist]

The old Moscot glasses store at Orchard and Delancey Streets may be replaced by a 12-story apartment complex. [Bowery Boogie]

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Missing This Would Be a Grave Mistake: Off-Limits Cemeteries Open to Visitors

(Jesse O'Neill for The Local East Village)

(Jesse O’Neill for The Local East Village)

The Brooklyn band of the same name is off on tour right now, but you can still see A Place to Bury Strangers (two of them, actually!) when these landmark East Village cemeteries, usually off limits, open to the public.

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Man Punched For Looking Like Shia LaBeouf; Sanatorium-Themed Cocktail Bar

At Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

At Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In Bushwick yesterday, a 37-year-old man died after he was shot in the shoulder inside his Linden Street apartment. [DNA Info]

A 26-year-old man was punched in the face at the Delancey Street subway station Saturday because he “look[ed] like Shia LaBeouf.” [Gothamist]

At a Williamsburg hookah bar at 4 a.m. Saturday morning, a man was stabbed in the arm after an argument about his girlfriend. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Tonight: A Pop-Up Show for Street Heroines, a New History of Women Street Artists

Anarkia, Brazilian street artist (Film still from "Street Heroines")

Anarkia, Brazilian street artist (Film still from “Street Heroines”)

Tonight, you can catch original works by no fewer than 17 street artists all in one place. In an effort to bring attention (and raise some cash money) for her work-in-progress documentary, Street Heroines, filmmaker Alexandra Henry is hosting a one-night-only pop-up exhibition and fundraiser with the help of some of local female street artists including Danielle Mastrion (you may recall her Beastie Boy murals in the East Village), Alice Mizrachi, and Lexi Bella. With the help of Howl Happening, Rabbithole Projects in Dumbo will play host to the free event, which starts at 7:30 pm.

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This Here Sonic Crystal Ball Reveals Five Killer Shows in Your Future

(Image via Webster Hall/ Facebook)

(Image via Webster Hall/ Facebook)

SUUNS, Eaters, John Congolton and the Nighty Nite
Thursday April 28, 7 pm at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall: $15
The Marlin Room inspires a sense of foreboding in me: visions of an antechamber filled with clamoring sea beasts who’d like nothing more than to pierce my and your flesh with their Samurai snouts, then placidly inspect our writhing, tortured remains with their lifeless, black membranes-for-eyes. But I’m sure that people have made it in and out of shows at this Marlin Room before. Right? Could be a trap, or it could be worth it. If you can get past all this, then by all means go see Suuns and friends.

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Brooklyn-Queens Connector Gets Support; Dessert Atelier in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mayor de Blasio’s proposed 16-mile Brooklyn-Queens Connector was endorsed by urban planners who studied the specifics of the project. [Politico NY]

Veterans of LA eatery Gjelina recently partnered with restauranteur Ken Friedman to open a two-story Noho restaurant at 45 Bond Street. [Eater NY]

Saluggi’s Pizza will replace The Comfort diner at 399 Grand Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

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Prince Tribute Mural On Ludlow; Nuyorican Poets Cafe Director Dies

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Roland Legiardi-Laura, the director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village, died of cancer last week. [EV Grieve]

A 24-year-old woman who was being followed was the victim of a rape attempt Saturday afternoon inside her apartment building, located at the corner of Stanton and Pitt Streets. [NY Post]

Electrical wires caused the Dekalb Avenue fire that decimated five buildings last month, according to the FDNY. [DNA Info]

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An Awkward Encounter With Prince at Lucky Cheng’s, When He Was a ‘Crazy Symbol’

(Photo: Jeromes on Facebook)

(Photo: Jeromes on Facebook)

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who rememeber “random encounters with Prince” while nightclubbing in the East Village in the early ’80s, then you’d probably give your raspberry beret to have met the man. Rich Russo had the opportunity to do just that, back in the East Village of the ’90s–though it didn’t turn out very well.

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Bushwickers Fight MTA Displacement; Purple Rain at Village East Cinema

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Both 77 and 79 Rivington Street are being auctioned off in a lot where bids start at $11 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Bushwick residents in danger of displacement when the MTA commences with M train repairs will fight to keep their homes. [DNA Info]

According to Airbnb, 40,000 guests used the site to secure temporary housing last year in Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. [DNA Info]

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