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An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Watch Robert De Niro Do Standup

In The King of Comedy.

In The King of Comedy.

Every hack comedian has a De Niro impression. Question is, will Robert De Niro do his when he does standup tomorrow night? Last week the actor was spotted shooting his new film, The Comedian, outside of the Comedy Cellar, and this week his character will actually be yucking it up inside of the club’s West 3rd Street outpost at the Village Underground. His jokes were written by Comedy Cellar fixture Jeffrey Ross, so they won’t be as cheesy as the ones De Niro told in The King of Comedy. And they won’t be wasted on a bunch of extras– the club is actually inviting you to join.

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After Series of New Chapters for Left Bank Books, a Final Conclusion

Left Bank Books employees Eric and Jess with their customers outside their storefront on its final Saturday, 3/12 at 4 p.m. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Left Bank Books employees Eric and Jess with their customers outside their storefront on its final Saturday, 3/12 at 4 p.m. (Photo: Nick McManus)

A few weeks back, the owners of Left Bank Books took to social media to announce that after “nearly 24 years in business” they’d be closing shop. “It’s a familiar story by now: the costs of maintaining a brick-and-mortar used and rare bookshop in Greenwich Village are simply no longer tenable,” read the post. It was signed “the Freaks of LBB.”

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The Silver Spurs Slashing Suspect Is in Custody

(Photos courtesy of NYPD)

(Photos courtesy of NYPD)

The teenager suspected of slashing a busboy at the Silver Spurs diner in Greenwich Village is now in custody.

The police say a tip led to the apprehension of the man suspected of cutting a busboy on the cheek during an argument that erupted Wednesday evening after the teen went into the Laguardia Place diner soliciting donations.

Friday, the NYPD asked for the public’s help in identifying three additional teenagers– a man and two women– who were seen in the suspect’s company on the day of the assault.

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Edi & The Wolf Gets an Austrian Sister Spot in Greenwich Village

(Melissa Hom for Grub Street)

(Melissa Hom for Grub Street)

The folks behind Edi & the Wolf and The Third Man are venturing well west of their stomping grounds on Avenue C. Tonight they’ll open Freud in Greenwich Village. As ya might’ve guessed from the name, this is another contemporary Austrian joint, meant to evoke a turn-of-the-century tavern in chef Eduard Frauneder’s native Vienna. And as you also might’ve guessed, the 65-seat dining room is a real beaut, complete with requisite floral arrangements. That’s not entirely due to Florian Altenburg, who designed the sumptuous sister spots as well. The tile and wainscoting are left over from Pasticerria Bruno Bakery, which spent 41 years here on La Guardia Place.

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The Music’s Over at Garage, The Latest Village Jazz Club to Turn Out the Lights

David Coss (top, right) with his Saxophonist and fans as they performed their final set at Garage on it's closing night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

David Coss (top, right) with his Saxophonist and fans as they performed their final set at Garage on it’s closing night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Last week, as part of our A Lot About a Plot series, we looked back on the history of some bygone jazz joints, including the Village Gate and Nick’s Tavern. Now you can add another Village venue to the list: Garage Restaurant & Cafe closed its doors on Sunday. So much for its claim of hosting “more live jazz than anywhere in the world.”

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‘A Strange Story’: How 160 Bleecker Went From Slum House to Bohemian Bastion

This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

Evening in one of the courts in the Mills House, no. 1." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1902.

Evening in one of the courts in the Mills House, no. 1.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1902.

At the end of the 19th century, Ernest Flagg had a vision. Educated in the École des Beaux-Art in Paris, the young architect came back to New York in 1890 wanting to “reform the barbaric housing standards of the day.” Then he met banker and philanthropist Darius Odgen Mills, and before long Mills House No. 1, an inexpensive hotel for working men, opened in Greenwich Village in 1897.

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Nick’s Tavern, the Jazz Joint That Went Down Swinging

This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.
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When Dick Hyman — “a living, breathing encyclopedia of jazz,” per NPR – was a Columbia student, he’d often travel to 7th Avenue and 10th Street in Greenwich Village to catch a glimpse of his heroes playing. Although there were plenty of jazz joints in the neighborhood, the place he loved most was Nick’s Tavern.

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Watch Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck in the Theater, Then Hear The Home Recordings

Montage_of_Heck_The_Home_Recordings_(Deluxe)Earlier this year, during a chat with Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen, we broke news that a Kurt Cobain solo album was in the works. As of Friday, the posthumous album, culled from over 200 hours of home recordings found on 108 stored cassettes, is now out in the world, and it’s every bit what Morgen promised.

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Video: Hundreds, Including Mayor, Gather to Show That ‘New York Is Paris’

Hundreds of people, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, poured into Washington Square Park this afternoon for a “New York is Paris” gathering intended to send “love and support to the people of France” following last night’s terror attacks. Watch our video to hear from the mayor and others who gathered around the arch, sometimes breaking into France’s national anthem. Tonight, the monument, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was lit in the colors of the French flag.

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NYU Students Told Not to Mix With ‘CD Bullies’

bullyIt’s back-to-school time, which means hardened hustlers have a fresh crop of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young things willing to stop, chat, and be talked into buying a genuine Movado watch for $20. (They don’t call it St. “Marks” Place for nothing.) And that steady hum you hear? That’s the sound of CD burners whirring.

According to an alert from NYU’s public safety department, two students were robbed by a group of “CD bullies” at the corner of Broadway and 10th Street on Sunday, at around 3:10 p.m. Here’s a description of the incident — the latest of several.
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Expansion Foes Warn NYU: ‘We Will Not Stop Fighting For Justice’

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With NYU having prevailed in a lawsuit that contested its expansion and Cooper Union just this week settling a lawsuit brought by opponents of its new tuition scheme, you’d think things would’ve quieted at the neighboring academic institutions. But yesterday students and faculty of both, along with those of New School, marched to NYU’s doomed Greenwich Village gymnasium to make clear that they weren’t giving up the fight.

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Elisabeth Moss, Star of Queen of Earth, Found the Mad Men Exhibit ‘Super Weird’

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Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss, star of his new film Queen of Earth, may be the first duo to do back-to-back q&as at MoMA and MoMI. They were at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday and then at the Museum of the Moving Image on Tuesday to cap off Perry’s retrospective there. As you can see from the flyer above, the chats continue this week at IFC Center and Lincoln Center.

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