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Ring in the New Year With Some ’60s Persian Funk at This Expat Cafe

There’s no Little Iran in New York, but since opening in April of last year, Greenwich Village’s Cafe Nadery has become a social hub for Iranians and non-Iranian alike. Case in point: on New Year’s Eve, Mitra Sumara, one of the bands that played the Yellow Dogs tribute at Brooklyn Bowl, will belt out ’60s funk classics from pre-revolutionary Iran. A ticket gets you some of the “New Persian” dishes New York magazine praised in its review, and a couple of glasses of Prosecco.

If you’ve already got New Year’s plans, don’t worry: the West 8th Street cafe, named after one of the first in Tehran, is always hosting backgammon tournaments, concerts, and art exhibits. Watch our video for a taste of one of Mitra Sumara’s recent performances.

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Someone Who Hates NYU and/or Loves Philip Seymour Hoffman Paid Almost $10K For an Acting Lesson With Him

The new South Village Historic District.

The new South Village Historic District. (Map: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)

While the St. Mark’s Bookshop has extended its auction to Dec. 22, Faculty Against the Sexton Plan’s fundraising auction is now over, and someone has paid a whopping $9,950 for an hour-and-a-half-long acting lesson with Philip Seymour Hoffman. For that kind of dough, you presumably have the right to request a sex scene (sorry for that image).
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Hell of a Deal! Dinner’s On Richard Hell If You Bid in This Anti-NYU Expansion Auction

Mark Ruffalo is donating some Hulk memorabilia.

Mark Ruffalo is donating some Hulk memorabilia.

That star-studded auction aimed at snuffing out NYU’s forthcoming Greenwich Village towers went online today, and there are some big ticket items in addition to the previously mentioned shopping trip with Padma Lakshmi, acting lessons from Philip Seymour Hoffman, and lunch with Lewis Lapham. Maybe the most exciting addition: dinner with Richard Hell at John’s of 12th Street, down the block from Hell’s apartment.
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These Celebrities Will Hang Out With You If You Just Help Stop NYU

Photo: @jennababin, WNYC)

Picture yourself spice shopping with Padma Lakshmi and joking about how NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan is like a dose of cayenne to the eyes. Picture yourself getting private acting lessons from Philip Seymour Hoffman and saying, “Hey, do the ‘pigfuck’ line and I’ll pretend I’m John Sexton!” Picture yourself lunching with Bill Moyers, Fran Lebowitz or Lewis Lapham and keeping your hour and a half of conversation tightly focused on just how disastrous it would be if NYU added about 2 million square feet of new construction to two Greenwich Village superblocks, because, let’s face it, you’re too terrified to talk about anything else with them.

All of this could be yours thanks to a new silent auction that NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is putting on. (The reserve for each: just $2,500!)
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This Spanish Spot Is Serving 100 Types of Mini Sandos (And Orange Cola Sangria!)

The open kitchen. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The open kitchen. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The front bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The front bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Photos of Spain. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Photos of Spain. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back room. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back room. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The enclosed backyard. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The enclosed backyard. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

100 Montaditos. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

100 Montaditos. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We didn’t think Bleecker Street could get any more authentically Spanish than that place that serves chips and salsa before your meal, but on Monday, it shall! Last night we got a sneak peak at the first NYC location of 100 Montaditos, a Spanish fast-casual chain that has 270 restaurants around Europe, Mexico and Colombia. (By sneak peak, we mean we were plied with free mugs of sangria and mini sandwiches.)
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John Sexton Numbers His Days as NYU Prez and His Critics Say, 'Meh'

(Photo: NYU)

(Photo: NYU)

John Sexton will step down from his position as president of NYU in 2016, according to a campus-wide e-mail by NYU Local. The e-mail, from The Special Committee of the NYU Board of Trustees, indicates that J-Sex has “made clear” that he will not serve as president beyond 2016, and that faculty and students will be able to participate in the search for his replacement.

Sexton’s opponents know how to party (just ask Thurston Moore and the guy from the Violent Femmes) but they aren’t exactly dancing in the street about this.
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Apparently, Padma Lakshmi Wants NYU to Pack Its Knives and Go

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.

A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.
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Third Rail Coffee Very Quietly Opens On a Very Quiet Block

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Third Rail Coffee (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

When he moved to New York City 21 years ago, Third Rail Coffee owner Humberto Ricardo would take the scenic route to the subway from his apartment in Alphabet City, so he could walk down Stuyvesant Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.

“Basically, I fell in love with it,” he says. Six years ago, when Ricardo began making plans to open a coffee shop, he dreamed of securing a location on Stuyvesant.
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