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I Heart NRCHY: Subversion in the City Festival

11542069_10153084448847897_8099449666193543539_n I Heart NRCHY: Subversion & the City continues the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space’s narrative of political and social activism and anarcho-community organizing. For the first time in the film festival’s history, all of the screenings will take place in community gardens throughout the East Village and Lower East Side. Of the various issues spotlighted, topics include “Anarchism in America,” “Bio Terror,” and “Sustainable Activism.” The fest is also diversifying its programming beyond films.

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Harmon Leon’s Bodyslamming for Jesus and Infiltrating Porn, for You

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What’s it like to be a clothed extra at a porn shoot? How about a member of the most hated church in America? A carney? O.J. Simpson’s hired sidekick on a reality TV show? Harmon Leon’s gone undercover to get answers, and thank God he’s willing to do it because let’s face it, you couldn’t pay most sane people to join any of these grim demographics (welllll, maybe the porn extra, but Leon’s here to tell you you’d regret it.)

Leon has written about his adventures for VICE, published five books about them, and tours with his always-evolving one-man show, coming to The Unicorn Saturday and the Kraine Theater Tuesday. On stage he uses video and other multi-media elements to give audiences a close-up look at what it’s like to infiltrate of some of America’s most fascinating subcultures. Leon took a few minutes to chat with us about, yes, the aforementioned stunts, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg–he’s been doing this a long time.
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Video: Busking for Benjamins With “Gypsy Jazz”


“One day we were playing a really sad song, and when I finished a girl came over and hugged me,” says Jordi Nus as he adjusts his violin. His cheeks turn a deeper shade of pink and he grins. It’s Thursday morning and Nus, a violinist, is performing in the Delancey Street Station with his friend, Pedro Curvello, a singer and guitar player.

While the two guys in their mid-20s look like your standard buskers as they stand in front of their amplifier and open guitar case, they’re actually graduate students in NYU’s film scoring program. They started busking a month ago to complement their composition work and have a set of 15 songs that they play – a mix of “gypsy jazz,” folk and alternative music.

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Triple Shooting in Bushwick; New Venture for Boss of Barramundi

Mars Bar reunion at WhiteBox: The Last Party

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Two teens and a 23-year-old were shot last night around 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Cornelia Street and Bushwick Avenue. All three arrived at Kings County Hospital in stable condition; the perpetrator(s) have not been found. [NY Daily News]

Three hundred-plus pigeons have reportedly been kidnapped from Washington Square Park and possibly sent to Pennsylvania for an upcoming hunt. [Washington Square Park Blog]

Barramundi‘s owner, Tony Powe, partnered with the Moscow 57 team to create a new restaurant at 168 1/2 Delancey Street called Kapowski’s. [NY Times]

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New LES Resto to Serve Fancy Burgers, Upstairs a Speakeasy Named For a Busted Banker

(Photo by Hannah Mattix, NYMag.com)

67 Clinton Street (Photo by Hannah Mattix, NYMag.com)

If you were a fan of longtime watering hole Barramundi and its upstairs speakeasy, 2nd Floor on Clinton, we’re afraid you missed last call. The pair of bars had their final hurrah last night, but the good news is the space won’t stay vacant for long if all goes as planned for Tim Gashi (Rocky Slims). The restauranteur plans to open a Criff Dog style hamburger joint/speakeasy combo that he’s hoping will help revitalize the LES block.

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Extell Mum About Height of LES Towers as Residents Complain About Construction

Anthony Abbruzzese gives a construction update. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Anthony Abbruzzese gives a construction update. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Extell Development addressed concerns last night about the massive towers that will rise on the former Pathmark site on Cherry Street, but refused to tell local residents just how tall they will be.

No height information was given about the massive condo tower or its smaller, more “affordable” sister, scheduled for completion in 2019.
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Brooklyn Comic Simeon Goodson is Leaving the Building

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

You’d expect someone like Brooklyn-born comedian Simeon Goodson to be straight up freaking out right about now. Depending on who you are, an impending move to Abu Dhabi could strike you as utterly terrifying or worthy of giddy anticipation. The dazzling, conservative Vegas of the Middle East is a polarizing place to say the least. But somehow Simeon’s experiencing these two extremes and managing still to take things as they come. While the United Arab Emirates is hardly the dream home for a guy who enjoys swigging glasses of Hennessy (“OD ice”) and belting out karaoke renditions of “Trap Queen,” Sim sees his impending move there less like a stint in purgatory and more an enjoyable challenge and the chance to be a transplant for once in his life.

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Another Run at Crowdfunding for B&H; The Narrows Turns 5

Mars Bar reunion at WhiteBox: The Last Party (Photo: PepKim)

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B&H Dairy has launched its second crowdfunding campaign since the eatery was forced to close following an East Village gas line exploded in March. [The Daily Meal]

Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li withdrew from the race for Assembly District Leader from Part C of the 65th Assembly District after allegedly fabricating petition signatures. [Bowery Boogie]

The organization New York Communities for Change and Real Affordability For All reports that 28 percent of East Village apartments double as illegal Airbnb hotel rooms. [NY Daily News]

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Mehran Khaghani’s ‘Hate Mail’

New York-based comedian Mehran Khaghani’s new monthly show at Rockwood Music Hall delves into actual hate mail that guests have received from jilted lovers, rival business owners, and more — “in some instances, even trying to look up who sent the mail,” says Khagani. “Basically, I’m getting all up in their business. And man, the nerve of some people…”

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Homeless Shelter Sells For $26M; Heavy Metal Yoga in Greenpoint

Larry Clark, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Jonny Abrahams (Photo: PepKim)

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In Williamsburg, a 31-year-old man was shot in the leg Thursday while en route to his grandmother’s home on Bushwick Avenue. [DNA Info]

A manhole fire caused a four-hour power outage yesterday on the Lower East Side. [NY1]

Recently released paperwork revealed that last fall developer Aby Rosen purchased the homeless women’s shelter on Lafayette Street for $26 million. [The Real Deal]

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Bar Goto Is About to Be Your New Go-To For Japanese-Style Cocktails and Tapas

(Photo Credit: Gabi Porter)

(Photo Credit: Gabi Porter)

The rapidly upscaling Lower Lower East Side — which recently got a new nightspot and French bistro — adds a cocktail destination to its ranks tonight. Bar Goto, a Japanese tapas spot, was envisioned by master mixologist Kenta Goto, who spent seven years at Houston Street drinks mecca Pegu Club.

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Shows: Gaze at Synth-Psych Legends and Dance to the Sound of Crack Recovery

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We’ve got quite a week in music ahead of us, with no shortage of neuron-twisting, brain ‘sploding variety. A week in shows wouldn’t be the same without that post-punk sound that’s so very now. This time around, two (very different) bands of this persuasion are sharing a bill as well as a genre, demonstrating these constraints are as fluid as their riffs. But best of all, a legendary psych band that perhaps you took for extinct will light up the stage at one of our favorite lil’ DIY venues. Hope that’s enough flavor to get you scrolling.

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