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New Musical About Old New York Has Lovely Tunes, But Just A Touch of Stories

(photo: Pavel Antonov)

(photo: Pavel Antonov)

Any show that begins in full blackout long enough for the elderly patron next to me to start murmuring and glancing at the program with the light of his phone screen is one that is going to pique my interest.

Evening – 1910, a new musical written by Randy Sharp and Paul Carbonara (a former guitarist and music director for Blondie), has many interest-piquing factors. Indeed, it began in the pitch dark. It’s an entirely sung-through musical in a quaint and intimate space (the Axis Theater in the West Village) with a live band. It follows immigrants who arrive in the city in 1910. Some are showgirls at a failing variety show theater on the Bowery who dream of finding more fulfilling work, one is a man who enjoys using his camera. Their lives are interrupted by a rich man who intends to transform the theater into a cinema.

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J. D. Salinger Returned to Greenwich Village Today, as Rebel in the Rye Filmed

(Photo: Laurie Gwen Shapiro)

(Photo: Laurie Gwen Shapiro)

Holden Caulfield once said that “people never notice anything,” but we couldn’t help but notice that a new biopic about J. D. Salinger was filming at Caffe Reggio today.

Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a regular at the 89-year-old coffeehouse on Macdougal Street, told us she was one of many who couldn’t get her usual caffeine fix there today.

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#MuppetBernie the Uncontested Winner of Washington Square Park Rally

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Forget the modest muppet at the Bernie-themed art show coming to the Bowery this weekend, this muppet really took Manhattan. It remains to be seen whether Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, but this guy was definitely a winner at the underdog candidate’s Washington Square Park rally. As Muppet Bernie walked down Broadway after the event let out, he was stopped for selfies by dozens and dozens of the estimated 27,000-plus people who flooded the Village to hear from Vampire Weekend, Rosario Dawson, Tim Robbins, Spike Lee, and bird-whisperin’ Bern himself.

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What’s the One Question Bernie Ralliers Would Ask Hillary at the Debate?

As a YUGE crowd gathered for a Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square Park this afternoon, we asked his supporters (some of which had been there since 1:30 a.m.) what they’d ask Hillary Clinton at Thursday’s Brooklyn debate. Click through to read their responses.

Disha Gandhi, Long Island. (Photos: Daniel Hoffman)

Disha Gandhi, Long Island. (Photos: Daniel Hoffman)

Aaron Koffsky, Long Island.

Aaron Koffsky, Long Island.

(From left to right) Amaris Sicklick, Billy Manton and Rosey Eikenberry, New York.

(From left to right) Amaris Sicklick, Billy Manton and Rosey Eikenberry, New York.

Carmela Caldarola, White Plains.

Carmela Caldarola, White Plains.

Viriginia Monaco, Brooklyn.

Viriginia Monaco, Brooklyn.

Quency, Brooklyn.

Quency, Brooklyn.

Patrick Sinclair, Long Island.

Patrick Sinclair, Long Island.

Tonny Connors, New York.

Tonny Connors, New York.

Natacha Sanchez, Texas, and Luis Rivera-Nesrala, Puerto Rico.

Natacha Sanchez, Texas, and Luis Rivera-Nesrala, Puerto Rico.

Ellen Levin, New York.

Ellen Levin, New York.

Mike and Cait, New Jersey.

Mike and Cait, New Jersey.

Chris Barczynsky, New York.

Chris Barczynsky, New York.

Bridget Gaitor and Darius Dukes, Michigan.

Bridget Gaitor and Darius Dukes, Michigan.

Rachel Precious, New York.

Rachel Precious, New York.

Cara Mooney, New Jersey.

Cara Mooney, New Jersey.

Douglas Bellizzi, New York.

Douglas Bellizzi, New York.

Dan Gurney, New York.

Dan Gurney, New York.

Alex Chong and Larry Wu, Fort Lee, NJ.

Alex Chong and Larry Wu, Fort Lee, NJ.

Gavin Gonzalez, Brooklyn.

Gavin Gonzalez, Brooklyn.

Juan Vallego, Colombia.

Juan Vallego, Colombia.

Schuyler Forsythe, High Falls, New York.

Schuyler Forsythe, High Falls, New York.

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NYU Tells Students to Brace For ‘Thousands of People’ at Bernie Rally

During a January march for Sanders. (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

A march for Sanders in January. (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

While a pro-Hillary pantsuit competition brews in Bushwick, NYU is warning its students that “thousands of people” are expected to attend a Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square park at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. A campus-wide email from the school’s Vice President for Health advises that some streets in Greenwich Village will be closed off and the area will be crowded, but if you’re an NYU student wondering whether this means you get to miss class (or your shift at Bedford + Bowery) — sorry, no.

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Honest Chops Is Opening a Halal Burger Joint in the Middle of Drunksville

Khalid Latif and Russell Khan (Sarah Aziza)

Khalid Latif and Russell Khan (Sarah Aziza)

“I’m a huge meat lover,” said Khalid Latif. “So, owning a burger joint is kind of the dream, right?”

The love of meat is only part of what’s driving Latif and his partners, Russell Khan and Bassam Tariq, to open Honest Chops Burgers, a Greenwich Village spin-off of their East Village halal butcher shop, Honest Chops. The partners are basing their new fast-casual burger joint on the “Honest-to-God” vision that inspired their flagship butchery. The Honest Chops team espouses the Islamic ideal of “tayyib,” a philosophy of “wholesomeness” and ethical consumption. The idea, says Latif, is to ensure “the entire process is good for the earth, the animal, and the human consumer.”

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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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