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This Week In Film: Vampire Giggles, Larry Clark Is Back (Sort Of), And Spanking New Cronenberg

It’s Awards Season. Apparently. Which means we here at Reel Psyched are staying as far, far away from TV screens as is possible in this day and age, lest we’re tricked into watching the fashion police spew racist crap or pop stars we were 100 percent sure were dead until now jiggle impossibly across some seizure-inducing nightmare of a stage set. It’s all so demonic when you think about it, really. And all of this disturbing spectacle is in the name of… movies? Like, how? Rather than watch perfectly white teeth teetering on top of high heels, fight back against all the inanity and celebrate the movies for reals.
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NYC Porn Film Fest Begins; Bye Bye, Benny’s Burritos

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The city closed Lower East Side lounge and taqueria Los Feliz on Wednesday night following a police raid due to numerous neighborhood complaints. [Bowery Boogie]

British model Lily Cole sold her 625-square-foot Nolita apartment for $920K. [NY Daily News]

Today the first-ever NYC Porn Film Festival begins at Secret Project Robot in Bushwick. A three-day weekend pass is, obviously, $69.

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New Round of Tenement Talks: Richard Price, Andrew Kuo and More

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12.08.03 PMThe Tenement Museum just unveiled the schedule for the upcoming season of Tenement Talks, its excellent series of readings, lectures, and panel discussions. We’re especially excited about Richard Price, who recently chatted with Vulture about his new urban thriller, The Whites. Read on for the entire schedule of taks, all of which go down at the museum’s Visitor Center at 103 Orchard Street.
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Umami Williamsburger Opens Next Month; Meet the LES ‘Party Killers’

Nike Shoebox line on Bowery

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LA-based Umami Burger, which was supposed to land in Williamsburg back in 2013, will open its 3K-square-foot space on N. 4th Street next month. [Grub Street

Otto's Tacos on Second Avenue added fish tacos to their regular menu. [Eater NY]

Local upcoming food events include “More Than Maize and Mole: Nahuatl Language Through Food” at City Lore Gallery Space (7 p.m. tonight, $10), Lithuanian Scouts St. Casimir Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Caramel in Williamsburg (Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free), and a Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West (Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) [Eating in Translation]
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Sheldon Silver Pleads Not Guilty; US Attorney Accused of Creating a ‘Firestorm’

Silver back in the good ol' days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Silver back in the good ol’ days. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lower East Side assemblyman Sheldon Silver pled not guilty to federal corruption charges during his arraignment yesterday, proclaiming after the hearing that he expected to be vindicated in court.

His lawyers, meanwhile, claimed he had already been convicted in the press and accused U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of orchestrating a “media firestorm” against their client before a single witness had been called. They filed a motion to dismiss the indictment that was handed down by a grand jury last week, contending the proceedings may have been tainted by pre-trial publicity.
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Semilla Gets Two Stars; Freaks and Geeks Bingo at Videology

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Landlord Aron “Al” Stark, brother of murdered Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark, was busted by a judge last month for allegedly collecting and keeping taxpayer-generated money intended for families seeking public housing. He was in court for an unrelated dispute involving one of his rent-stabilized Bushwick tenants. [Brooklyn Paper]

A black bag holding $12K was stolen from a Withers Street office in Greenpoint on February 17. [Brooklyn Paper]

New renderings were released for Williamsburg construction projects underway at 190 S. 1st Street and 308 N. 7th Street. [NY YIMBY]

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Consensus: 16th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Was Totally Nuts

Claude Debris, winner of the Mr. Lower East Side pageant (Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, Facebook)

Claude Debris, winner of the Mr. Lower East Side pageant (Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, Facebook)

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out to the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant last night in Gowanus, which is seriously regrettable not only because it was the annual man fest’s very first year in Brooklyn, but also because it sounds like people went buck at this thing. We got in touch with “Rev” Jen Miller to make sure no “bro douchebags” showed up, but all social media indicators pointed to the pageant being a wild success. “The showing was enormous,” Rev Jen wrote in an email to B+B today. “You build it and they will come although at least 45 minutes late due to the R train.”

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Smorgasburg Returns to Williamsburg in April; Retail Complex Replacing Spike Hill

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Police say a man with a knife robbed Spring Street beauty shop Molton Brown of $350 last night around 7:30 p.m. [NY Daily News]

A rendering was released of the three-story retail structure planned for Spike Hill‘s former address on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. [Wall Street Journal]

At 200 Lafayette Street in Noho, 85K-square-feet of fully-leased offices are expected to sell for $120 million. [Crain's NY]
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This Is Why We Can’t Have Ice Things

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

The Chinatown snowman has been tagged — and we don’t mean on Facebook. (Though, strangely enough, the creature does have a Facebook page.) A tipster who lives nearby sent us the above photo of the adorable snowman chilling at the corner of Essex and Canal, sporting his usual traffic cone and some fresh ink. It’s not the first time the big guy has tried something new — as you can see from these photos taken in 2011, he’s been known to sport some festive scarves.
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The LES Gets A Comfy New Diner Serving Sazeracs and ‘Jewbano’ Sandwiches

The Comfort on Grand Street (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Comfort on Grand Street (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we could feel exactly zero of our extremities by the time we rolled up to the Comfort, a new diner on the Lower East Side, but something about this place was so… comfortable. Roomy old-school vinyl booths and a springy color scheme offer a seriously cushy respite from the brutal second coming of the Ice Age happening outside right now. Oh, and the Comfort, unlike its older sister restaurant the Comfort Diner (which has called what’s perhaps the least comfortable spot on the planet, Times Square, home for the last 20 years or so) has possibly the best cure for New Ice Age-related ecophobia: booze.
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Mr. Lower East Side Moves to Brooklyn to Escape the ‘Bro Douchebags’

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

(Photo: Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Facebook)

This year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen might well be remembered as the year Mr. Lower East Side left the Lower East Side. The annual pageant cum notorious raunch fest and queer extravaganza celebrating the male form in all its sweaty, smelly, hairy glory, now in its 16th year of existence, was originally scheduled to happen in January at Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. But the show was cancelled at the last minute due to the “fun police,” according to event organizer “Rev.” Jen Miller (also the operator of our favorite Troll Museum). Thankfully, the good people at the Lucky 13 Saloon reached out to Rev. Jen and offered their space for the annual event.
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Bushwick Has the Most Burglaries; Williamsburg’s Oldest Bar Gets New Owner

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Last month, the number of burglaries reported in Bushwick (38) exceeded every other NYC neighborhood. [DNA Info]

The eight-story, mixed-use building at 99 Suffolk Street is on the market for $26 million. One of its tenants, Lower East Side Montessori School, will be replaced by Elements Preschool later this year. [Bowery Boogie]

Dating back to the 1880s, Teddy’s Bar & Grill was purchased last week for an undisclosed amount to a buyer who pledged to preserve the aesthetic of Williamsburg’s oldest watering hole. [Brooklyn Paper]

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