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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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Watch Danielia Cotton Show You What Sweet Dreams Are Made Of

On Thursday, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Danielia Cotton celebrates the release of The Real Book, featuring 12 cover songs ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Radiohead. One of the new album’s tracks, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” features musician Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm. Tracy Bonham and Rachel Yamagata also have cameos on the record.
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Mysteries: Mike Tyson Statue at NYU, Turkey’s Nest in Hell’s Kitchen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Fillmore East’s new plaque wasn’t the only historical marker unveiled in recent days — last week, while we were trying to score tickets for Television and Joshua Light Show (some footage of the show here), we noticed this stately statue of Mike Tyson outside of Skirball Center, across from Washington Square Park. After we did a double take like Little Mac getting clocked in the jaw by Iron Mike, it was obvious this was just a promotion for his new Adult Swim show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which — as Tyson himself has noted — is a trippy version of Scooby-Doo meets A-Team. When we walked by yesterday, the statue had vanished.
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We Visited Michael Stipe’s Studio, and So Can You

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

Michael Stipe’s personal art studio is in a weirdly public place—the gallery for NYU’s studio art school, 80 Washington Square East. But he only works there when it’s closed.
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Doc NYC Is Bringing a Dizzying Number of Documentaries to Town

unnamedIf you’re the type to get excited about hacker documentaries, then clear your calendar between Nov. 13 to 20, because the Doc NYC festival is once again bringing a slew of true-dat films to Chelsea and the Village.

This year’s fest features 19 world premieres, 7 US premieres and 40 New York City premieres. And that’s just among the 92 features — there will also be 37 shorts and 24 panel discussions and classes.
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Journey to Jackson Heights Without Having to Hop On the 7 Train

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Audiences of the latest play to appear at The New Ohio Theater can relish the sweetly comedic absurdity of an Indian man handing an Ecuadorian woman a mango as if she might not know what it was, and of a Latino drag queen tenderly assuring his straight-laced, off-duty policeman one-night stand, “Being a cop is nothing to be ashamed of.”
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The Story of Kim’s Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

When the last remaining location of Kim’s Video & Music announced it was closing for good, most agreed it was just another nail in the coffin, the latest reminder of what the Times called “a downtown culture now largely lost.”
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Judd Apatow and a Disconcertingly Clean-Shaven Louis CK Have Been Dropping into the Comedy Cellar

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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