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Ex-Doormen Talk ’90s Nightlife; A Tom Peeps in Greenpoint

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013: Original Dub

Scott Lynch

The PS1 Warm Up kicked off for the season in Long Island City this past weekend. You can see more of Scott Lynch’s photos in Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Meanwhile PS1’s VW Dome closed in Rockaway with a disco party. See B + B’s Instagram for that.

Former doormen Angelo Fabara (who it so happens was at the Dome party with us) and Thomas Onarato recall the glory days of downtown nightlife. “Everyone was in his/her persona, day or night,” says Fabara. “They didn’t go home and change into their nightclubbing outfit. These people were in it, all night long. In the East Village, they really were. You really saw a shift right at like ’98.” [Red Bull Music Academy] Keep Reading »

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Celebrate Independence Day With Some Indie Flicks — Or Not!

These upcoming screenings have us Reel Psyched.

The year 2000 marked the first time Brits elected a Mayor of London (not to be confused with the Lord Mayor of the City of London). In the running was Malcolm McLaren, best known as the manager and oft-disputed mastermind behind the Sex Pistols (he also managed the New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow, had a solo career, and was on a couple of reality shows).

In “Malcolm McLaren: Not For Sale” — featured in Wednesday’s “New Filmmakers: Films About Music” program at Anthology –Nancy Cohen and Andy Lee attempt to track down and interview McLaren about his run for mayor. He misses a few meetings with the film crew but they catch up with him eventually.
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Third Rail Coffee Very Quietly Opens On a Very Quiet Block

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

When he moved to New York City 21 years ago, Third Rail Coffee owner Humberto Ricardo would take the scenic route to the subway from his apartment in Alphabet City, so he could walk down Stuyvesant Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.

“Basically, I fell in love with it,” he says. Six years ago, when Ricardo began making plans to open a coffee shop, he dreamed of securing a location on Stuyvesant.
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Christina Aguilera’s Nose Piercer Moves, Gets Visit From Gilbert Gottfried

Tattoo Artist Chris Lockhart at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Tattoo Artist Chris Lockhart at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Store Clerk Joe Rossetti at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Store Clerk Joe Rossetti at Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

Venus Body Arts (Photo: Anna Silman)

East Villagers seeking fresh ink – don’t forget to Google Map before you go. A little over a month ago, vegan tattoo parlor White Rabbit Tattoo moved from East 10th Street to a new location at 121 Essex Street. And now Maria Tash, body-piercer to the stars, has relocated from East Fourth Street to a spanking new location at Avenue A and Second Street.
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Magick, the Gathering: Meet the Fairies and Goddesses of Witchsfest

A group of three friends attending the festival.

A group of three friends attending the festival.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

BabyDoll Smith

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

Temple of Thelema

A festival attendee.

A festival attendee.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Network for the Realization of the Goddess

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

Opening the Ways

A card reader taking a break.

A card reader taking a break.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

High Winds Farm

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

On Saturday, Astor Place became home to the second annual Witchsfest USA, a free Pagan street fair hosted by the NYC Wiccan Family Temple that aimed to raise funds to build a temple for the city’s Wiccan community.

The celebration, inspired by London’s Witchfest International, was pretty small — just a few tents set up on one block. I actually found myself asking someone, “Where’s Witchsfest located in relation to Kmart?” But attractions such as an astrology workshop, belly dancing class, and countless tarot readers managed to draw a small coven of people.
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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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The View From Atop Jupiter 21, the NoHo [Sic] Building That Killed Mars Bar

The Sundeck (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Sundeck (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Sundeck

The Sundeck

Second-floor outdoor lounge.

Second-floor outdoor lounge.

Communal garden.

Communal garden.

The hallway.

The hallway.

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The Jupiter 21 filter on Instagram.

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Oh hey, here’s the roofdeck of Jupiter 21, the luxury building, opening July 15, where a TD Bank will replace the former Mars Bar on the ground floor. There’s no pool up here, but a sales rep told us the deck will eventually feature “misting stations” and outdoors showers — because why would anyone want to sunbathe by the wet bar and be all gross when they get back to their $3,475 studio?
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Pride Guide: Open Bars, Rooftop Pool Parties, and a Madonnathon

Chalkboard outside Exit 9

Chalkboard outside Exit 9

The East Village and the Lower East Side, both rich in LGBTQ and drag history, are essential neighborhoods to party in this Gay Pride weekend (and oh, what a week it’s been), and Williamsburg has recovered enough from Brooklyn’s own celebration earlier this month to be ready for round two. Read on for our lineup of Pride picks, including a Madonna dance party, a camp-themed rave, and not one but two rooftop pool parties at the Thompson LES Hotel.
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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Gets Signage, Grumpy at Grand Central

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Hey, hey: we just spotted this neon signage going up on the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street in the East Village, where Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is set to open in late July, according to a construction manager.

Speaking of Brooklyn-Manhattan empires: Greenpoint’s Café Grumpy appears to be on a slow, steady course of dominating Manhattan. Last month, Café Grumpy Time’s Square was announced – and now? Looks like they’re set to arrive at Grand Central Station. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Despite Hail Mary Toss, There’ll Be No Digging For Bodies at Doomed Church

Nice one, guys. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Nice one, guys. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Scaffolding has gone up in front of Mary Help of Christians Church and demolition work has commenced at the rectory next door, but hey… at least the contractor’s logo is in keeping with the spirit of the place?

The small group of ex-parishioners who still pray the rosary in front of the 96-year-old church on East 12th Street are really going to have to hope for a miracle now: Bedford + Bowery has discovered that a few days ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected calls for an archaeological study to be conducted, making it all the more likely that Doug Steiner, who bought the property for $41 million back in November, will demolish it and replace it with an 80/20 mix of market-rate and affordable housing.
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7-Eleven Just Doesn’t Get That ‘This Is a Gritty Community By Choice’

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

A 7-Eleven opens once every three hours, according to Scott Teachenor, market manager for 150 of them around the city and Long Island. “We’re the largest retailer in the world,” he told residents of the Seward Park Housing Co-Op last night. “I’m kinda proud of that.”

At a sometimes contentious meeting to discuss the store’s second Lower East Side branch — slated to open next month at 403 Grand Street — co-op residents raised questions about everything from late-night robberies to the Kelvin temperature of the store’s light bulbs.
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Bushwick Mansion Landmarked, Alligator Limbs Strewn Around Williamsburg

Erik Den Bree: FahionHeroesBowie, at Rag and Bone

A 28-year-old man was shot to death in Bushwick early this morning. No suspects have been arrested. [DNAinfo]

A man in a station wagon drove into the front gates of Tompkins Square Park in the early hours of the morning. [EV Grieve]

Really disturbing, strategically placed alligator limbs have been found strewn across Williamsburg. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »