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Astoria Comes to Astor Place Via This Meat, Cheese and Beer Spot

Photo courtesy of Giulia Alexandra

(Photo: Giulia Alexandra)

The Village just got a little slice of Queens. Tonight Milk & Hops, a Manhattan spinoff of Astoria Bier & Cheese, celebrates its grand opening with a par-tay: $35 gets you in on a buffet-style meal of meat, cheese and sandwich platters, Mast Brothers chocolate, and a steady flow of draft beer.

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Keith Haring’s NSFW Bathroom Doodles On Display at Relaunched LGBT Community Center

Liz Taylor by Andy Warhol.

Deborah Kass, “Deb,” 2012. Screenprints, edition of 60, 24 x 24 inches each.

Some of the city’s most colorful characters flocked to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center last night to celebrate the completion of a $9.2 million renovation project. A sparkling rainbow ribbon was cut by Edie Windsor, who famously caused the Supreme Court to change its exclusively heterosexual interpretation of marriage through a civil rights case that is now a historical milestone for the LGBT community. Cheers resounded as it fell to the floor.
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Bowie, Bayside, and Taylor Negron: 4 Anniversary Shows Not to Miss

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Some of our favorite institutions, parties, and performances are celebrating big milestones in the next days. Why not join in the festivities?
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This Exhibit of Radical Art Speaks to the Power of the Pen

Mabel Dwight, "Danse Macabre," c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Mabel Dwight, “Danse Macabre,” c. 1934. Lithograph, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1995.59.

Anyone needing a crash course in the ways the pen can confront the gun should head over to NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, where a decade’s worth of revolutionary art celebrates immigrants, denounces tyrants, ennobles workers of every race–and even illustrates the very idea of terror.
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The Secret Lair of Dr. Strange, His Creators, and a Ghost of Christmas Past

All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.

A passerby casts a typical Dr. Strange magical spell.

A passerby casts a typical Dr. Strange magical spell.

If you walk past 177 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and see a middle-aged guy in black clothes and a flowing red cape making a horn sign with both hands, watch out for the multi-dimensional mayhem about to be unleashed.

To us mere mortals, 177 Bleecker may be a stately Queen Anne-style apartment building that rises five stories above a busy Manhattan street. But in the Marvel universe, the building has long been the home of Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme who’ll be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in a hotly anticipated film. Since Marvel introduced the master magician to the comic world in the 1960s, he has lived in his Sanctum Sanctorum at 177 Bleecker Street, and much of the universe-threatening action perpetrated by the forces of darkness against our unsuspecting world has taken place within these walls.
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NYU Taps 9/11 Memorial Architects to Design Controversial New Building

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

With a lawsuit contesting the construction of NYU’s new Coles Sports Center up for appeal, the university has named the architects that will design the controversial building.

The school has tapped Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake, writes Alison Leary, NYU’s Executive Vice President for Operations, in a letter sent to university students and employees such as myself.
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With Ruffalo's Feathers Ruffled, Group Appeals Ruling Favoring NYU Expansion

7638676016_9d9da66801NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village experienced another hiccup Friday, as actor Mark Ruffalo cheered on the latest appeal in a lawsuit that seeks to limit the school’s efforts to build beefed-up facilities on two superblocks south of Washington Square Park.
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Utopia, Indeed: Pop-Ups, Sample Sales and PBR-Fueled Shopping

Carleen's "Utopia" sweatshirt. ($180)

Carleen’s “Utopia” sweatshirt. ($180)

As if all the holiday markets weren’t enough, these pop-ups and sample sales are still more reason to fill yr shopping bag with locally made chicness.

Carleen Pop-Up at Erica Weiner
Nov. 21 to Jan. 1 at Erica Weiner, 360 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill; 718-855-2555
A B+B favorite, Bushwick-based Kelsy Parkhouse, is debuting her Carleen line’s Fall 2014 collection via a pop-up inside of Erica Weiner’s Boerum Hill shop. Look for a “Weiner”-ized version of Carleen’s “Utopia” sweatshirt and outerwear incorporating vintage quilts.
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Arrr You Ready For A New Nautical Bar?

(Courtesy of The Folly)

(Photos courtesy of The Folly)

Funny we were just talking about The Brooklyneer. Turns out, the team that opened the Houston Street restaurant in 2009 with the intention of featuring Brooklyn purveyors in Manhattan have been planning an offshoot “gastropub” just a few blocks away, and it opens after a private party tonight.
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Get to Know Walt Whitman’s Drinking Buddies Next Week

Whitman at Pfaff's.

Whitman at Pfaff’s.

A couple of weeks ago we told you what we’d learned from one of two new books about Walt Whitman and the crew of eccentrics who spent time at Pfaff’s, the beer cellar that may well have been the city’s first hipster bar. Now we’re delighted to hear that Justin Martin, the author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, will be appearing at the Strand to share more. 
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