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Rocks Off Film Festival Docks in EV, SummerScreen Comes to McCarren

These upcoming flicks, films and festivals have us Reel Psyched.

Rocks Off is best known for taking sex, drugs and rock n’ roll to the water via their concert cruises; now they present the first ever Rocks Off Film Festival, focusing on (you guessed it) rock n’ roll.
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What’s the Best Least Atrocious $1 Slice? Crazy Legs Conti Finally Settles It

Last week, while Tim “Eater X” Janus took home a bronze at the Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest, his East Village roommate and fellow competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti was conspicuously absent from the eater’s table.
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Watch This Guy Turn a Busy East Village Intersection Into a Skate Park

Sure, our video of skaters shredding with Citi Bikes (Shiti Bikes?) got a bunch of likes on Facebook but not everyone was down with it. Commenter Dennis wrote, “i don’t get this, how is this funny? that is the thing i don’t like about skaters effing public property and acting like they deserve to do so.”

Well, if he didn’t dig that, he won’t dig this: on Saturday, this young turk had his way with the intersection of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street. Every time the light turned he’d try to clear this mess. And he actually did it once — after our camera died, of course. Still, the video’s worth a look.

Now who’s going to shred this “epic sinkhole” on Eldridge?

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Uh-Oh: ‘Thurstons’ Are Invading Downtown, and NOT Thurston Moores

(Photo: Joshua Kristal)

(Photo: Joshua Kristal)

While Williamsburg-Greenpoint copes with Murray Hill types pouring into Berry Hill, downtown Manhattan is dealing with its own infestation: “gaggles of Muffys and Thurstons wearing Lilly Pulitzer are invading neighborhoods below 14th Street,” The Times giddily reports. The trend may just “portend the end of Manhattan’s few remaining bastions of bohemia.” (Uh-oh: better tell the guy who’s “one of the East Village’s last standing bohemians.”)

Here now are the obligatory cringe-inducing quotes.
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Can Citi Bikes Shred? Let’s Find Out!

We never thought we’d see Billy Rohan on a Citi Bike. You’re more likely to catch him skateboarding in Iraq or backflipping off a cop car.

But the other day he shot us an idea: “I thought it would be a funny skit to take these silly bikes to famous skate spots and get our friends to ride them on stairs and skate parks.”
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Hanksy Gets Patriotic; Brookland! Is America’s Hippest Theme Park

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(Photo: Jackie Weisberg)

Williamsburg music venue Public Assembly has been undergoing on-site renovations for over a month, but now it looks like the front room may not ever reopen for shows. [BrooklynVegan]

Hanksy, our most lovable graffiti-slash-“street-fartist,” made the Lower East Side a bit more patriotic last night by hanging a series of posters depicting the heads of famous bald celebrities (Patrick Stewart, Walter White, Britney Spears) on the bodies of bald eagles. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Burlesque for Nerds and a Dance Party with Imelda Marcos

Tburlesque Blitzhe prolific Horsetrade Theater Group, which operates the Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks in the East Village, is getting even busier than usual, with a Summer Burlesque Blitz beginning July 18. Four days of live performances include GeekBoys (a “Nerdy-Burly review” with bearded strip-tease artists making pop culture references) and RAWR! Burlesque, which has performances in honor of classic cult films. Expect jokes about light sabers at either or both. Visit Horsetrade’s website for the full schedule, and read on for our July theater round-up.
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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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Here’s What’s Popping Off This Fourth of July Weekend

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013: Dance floor

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Macy’s fireworks may have permanently decamped to the Hudson, and the city’s slowly bleeding out to the Hamptons, so it might seem that Bedford + Bowery’s neighborhoods have nothing to offer for Independence Day weekend. Au contraire! Herewith, a round-up of events and on-goings to keep you celebrating our great nation through the weekend.
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Yelp Helps You Avoid (Or Track) Hipsters, Tørst Gets a Tasting Restaurant

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

From the looks of a photo that Scott Lynch added to B+B’s Flickr pool, the 7-Eleven on Bowery is now rocking the machine that keeps spare keys for you. This changes everything.

Yelp put together a “heat map” that shows how frequently certain words are mentioned in Yelp reviews. And guess what? There’s lots of mentions for the word “hipster” in the East Village and Williamsburg. We’re as shocked as you are. (Gothamist)
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Living Above the Indian Joints With the Lights, You Hear the B-Day Song. A Lot.

Have you ever wondered, “Who lives above that place?” Introducing Life Above. 

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Lawrence's uncles. (Photo: Ted Simmons.)

Lawrence’s uncles. (Photo: Ted Simmons.)

You may not know them by name, but you definitely know Milon, Panna II, and Royal by sight: they’re the Bangladeshi-Indian restaurants with all the Christmas lights that share the same building on First Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets.

In between Milon and Panna II — flanked by two sidewalk barkers competing to pull people in — is a door that leads to 16 apartments, including the second-floor studio where Lawrence Chance, 50, has lived for 20 years. He recently welcomed us in to discuss the upsides and downsides of life above the iconic East Village businesses.  (In case you’re wondering: no, his apartment didn’t smell like curry.)
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