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This Smoked Watermelon Katsu Sandwich Costs a Fraction of the $180 Steak Version

(Photos courtesy of Harry & Ida’s)

Can’t get your hands on– or don’t have the money for– New York City’s latest viral food sensation, the $75 smoked watermelon “hams” that Ducks Eatery makes at a rate of just three or four per night? Good news: Sandwich versions of the hams are now being served at the East Village restaurant’s sister spot, Harry & Ida’s. The catch: Only 30 are made per day, and they’re only available after 5pm.

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After a Ruff Go Of It, the Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade Is Back On

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Things looked very hairy for the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade back in August, when the event’s founder, Garrett Rosso, announced that permitting and insurance issues had caused him to cancel the event. Today, however, City Council member Carlina Rivera announced that the annual catwalk of costumed canines, which brings an estimated 500 dogs and 25,000 dog lovers to the park, is back on for Oct. 28 at 3pm, though it’ll be at a new location.

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Protesters Blew Up Henry Kissinger’s Appearance at NYU

A protester disrupted Henry Kissinger’s appearance at an NYU business school event yesterday. Ethan Frankel, an NYU student, took the megaphone and announced he had interrupted the event to several dozen protesters at Gould Plaza.

In a video, Frankel can be seen standing up a few rows from the front and beginning to make a statement about Kissinger’s involvement in the Vietnam War, to groans from the crowd, before he was escorted out. Then another student stood up, yelling “Henry Kissinger, you have blood on your hands”; she also mentioned Kissinger’s involvement in the overthrow of the democratically elected President Allende in Chile, before being escorted out.

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Photos: Coffee Shop Sambas Out of Union Square After 28 Years

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's one large tables during the final brunch.

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's one large tables during the final brunch.

Tourists from Washington, D.C. enjoying juices at Coffee Shop's

Tourists from Washington, D.C. enjoying juices at Coffee Shop's "Juc" kiosk.

Brazilian-style carnival dancers performing for the finale Coffee Shop's final brunch.

Brazilian-style carnival dancers performing for the finale Coffee Shop's final brunch.

Former Coffee Shop waitress Goldie (second from right) with her son as she interviewed the final diners.

Former Coffee Shop waitress Goldie (second from right) with her son as she interviewed the final diners.

Carnival dancers with Coffee Shop's classic pay phones.

Carnival dancers with Coffee Shop's classic pay phones.

Tourists at Coffee Shop's final to-go coffee's as the outdoor seating was closing.

Tourists at Coffee Shop's final to-go coffee's as the outdoor seating was closing.

Diners as they exited Coffee Shop after its final closing time at 6pm.

Diners as they exited Coffee Shop after its final closing time at 6pm.

Diners with co-owner Eric Petterson (top, center) as they exited..

Diners with co-owner Eric Petterson (top, center) as they exited..

Diners being served Coffee Shop's last cocktails at it's trademark snaking bar.

Diners being served Coffee Shop's last cocktails at it's trademark snaking bar.

Coffee Shop's bar staff at the end of their final bar shift.

Coffee Shop's bar staff at the end of their final bar shift.

Maucha Adnet with her Trio after their final samba music performance for Coffee Shop with co-owner Charles Milite.

Maucha Adnet with her Trio after their final samba music performance for Coffee Shop with co-owner Charles Milite.

Bartender Gia celebrating the serving of Coffee Shop's last hamburger with a round of whiskey shots.

Bartender Gia celebrating the serving of Coffee Shop's last hamburger with a round of whiskey shots.

Coffee Shop's security team (top row) during the brunch finale.

Coffee Shop's security team (top row) during the brunch finale.

Artists O.J. Jimenez with the carnival dancers behind Coffee Shop's rear bar.

Artists O.J. Jimenez with the carnival dancers behind Coffee Shop's rear bar.

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's window booths.

Diners at one of Coffee Shop's window booths.

Coffee Shop co-owner Eric Petterson (left) with diners during the final brunch.

Coffee Shop co-owner Eric Petterson (left) with diners during the final brunch.

Coffee Shop's servers with co-owner Charles Milite and manager Cookie (first and second from left) the rear dining room.

Coffee Shop's servers with co-owner Charles Milite and manager Cookie (first and second from left) the rear dining room.

Artist O.J. Jimenez and wife Kara Mullins enjoying the their final drink at Coffee Shop.

Artist O.J. Jimenez and wife Kara Mullins enjoying the their final drink at Coffee Shop.

Coffee Shop's final customers under its trademark neon sign with co-owner Eric Petterson (far left), 10/14/18 at 7pm.

Coffee Shop's final customers under its trademark neon sign with co-owner Eric Petterson (far left), 10/14/18 at 7pm.

Coffee Shops facade on Union Square West on a recent Sunday.

Coffee Shops facade on Union Square West on a recent Sunday.

A Union Square institution, Coffee Shop, served its final brunch Sunday with one last samba performance by Maucha Adnet, her trio, and a pair of roving carnival dancers. Charles Milite and Eric Petterson– who own the restaurant with Karolyn Effer, wife of music producer Jellybean Benitez— were on hand for the farewell, and fondly remembered a New York magazine story about the Brazilian diner’s opening 28 years ago. It noted “the  late-nighters who’ve been thronging Coffee Shop and its secret room in the back–artists, actors and young models wearing black tights and gold medallions.” At the time, Patterson said he wanted the 23-hour diner to recreate the feeling of Brazil: “the sensuality, the music, the friendliness of the people.”

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Comedic Techno, Talking Rakes, and More Performance Picks

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Queer As In Fuck You: Is It Halloween Yet?
Thursday, October 11 at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 10 pm: $5-10 suggested donation

No, it’s not technically Halloween yet (just a few more weeks!) but being in attendance at Vylette Tendency’s punk drag show Queer As In Fuck You (guest hosted this time by devilish drag demon God Complex) might make you forget that, as you’ll be surrounded with spooky, creative looks and costumes far as the eye can see. While most alternative drag takes place in Brooklyn nowadays, this show did win the Brooklyn Nightlife Award honor of “Best Reason To Leave Brooklyn,” so you know it’s worth making the trek to 14th and B for tiki drinks, alt vibes, and performances by Ms. Ter, Angelica Sundae, Mini Horrorwitz, and Richard Dicocko. Keep Reading »

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Inside the Velvet Underground Experience, a Tribute to All Yesterday’s Parties

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James Murphy, Laurie Anderson, and David Gahan were among the hundreds of party people who packed into last night’s opening of the Velvet Underground Experience, a pop-up exhibition in the Village celebrating the seminal NYC band and the cultural era it helped define. Also on hand were avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, whose work is a prominent part of the show, and one of the band’s founding members, John Cale.

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How The Lulls Went From a 5th Grade Talent Show to an EP Release Party at Berlin

While splitting their days between both NYC and LA, indie pop rock duo The Lulls have come together to release their latest EP, Meridian, out October 9th. The band, comprised of California natives and longtime friends Rutger Rosenborg (singer and guitarist) and Ryan Miller (drummer), take listeners on a journey of shimmering guitar riffs, cruising beats, and introspective, poignant lyrics. Ahead of their EP release show at Berlin on October 13, Bedford + Bowery was able to talk to Miller and Rosenborg about the new project, what it’s like to be a bicoastal band and how isolation and traveling influenced the creation of Meridian.

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Performance Picks: Juggalos, Kinky Basement Shows, and Macabre Burlesque

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Kink Haüs
Now through October 14 at La Mama, 8 pm (some performances at 10 pm): $30+

It’s common for performances to happen at late-night dance parties, but how often does a performance piece contain its own party? It does at Gunnar Montana’s Kink Haüs, a sexually-exploratory show in La Mama’s literally underground theater that doubles as a  “brutal underground nightclub where no f*c ks are given.” Perhaps if you haven’t been to notorious Berlin nightclub Berghain, where there’s dancing upstairs and debauchery downstairs, this will be some kind of version of that. Or not. Only one way to find out. Keep Reading »

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Midtown Sake Temple Sakagura Opens an Outpost in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When Robataya NY closed at the end of last year, the East Village lost one of its most distinctive restaurants, where barefoot cooks grilled food behind a semicircular bar and served it to diners with long paddles. But the establishment’s owners are turning lemons into lemonade, or rather rice into sake: Robataya has quietly been replaced by another beloved restaurant, an East Village outpost of Sakagura.

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Is This the Last Relic of the Hippies on St. Marks Place?

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

It couldn’t have been easy being a barber on St. Marks Place during the hippie era but somehow one shop has survived. Now called the St. Marks Barber Shop, the haircutter has been around since the 1960s or ’70s, according to Albert, one of the shop’s barbers.

Recovering hippies may recall when this was the Royal Unisex Barber Shop, located across St. Marks from the Electric Circus. A ghost sign, with mind-blowing psychedelic lettering, was covered by a new sign for the shop in 2017 but was recently resurrected.

For more ghost signs of the East Village and Lower East Side, check out our series.

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The Velvet Underground Experience Will Kick Off With a John Cale Q&A and a Tribute Concert

With the fifth anniversary of Lou Reed’s death coming up on Oct. 27, you may cringe at the idea of a Velvet Underground “experience” joining the ranks of the Color Factory,  the Dream Machine, the Egg House, and all the other gimmicky pop-ups that have been drawing lines of Instagrammers all over the city. Isn’t this the stuff of Ariana Grande? What, is there going to be a ball pit full of plastic bananas?

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