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Our Mega Map of Outdoor Drinking and Dining Spots

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Memorial Day weekend has officially arrived, and while many of us plan to head to the beach to check out the Coney Art Walls, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway boardwalk concessions, and this season’s newcomers to Beach 96th Street, others are way too lazy to take that hour-long train ride and are keeping it local. After all, there’s a lot going on here in town: from a theatrical prom to pin shopping to outdoor movies to the newly reopened Nowadays and Seaport Smorgasburg, to boozing on floating bars in Chelsea, Greenpoint, and Tribeca.

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Arrogant Swine Gets Sued; Loisaida Festival Returns to Alphabet City

Yesterday, two of the five men arrested for the brutal Williamsburg attack of Taj Patterson in 2013 pleaded guilty to lesser charges. [Gothamist]

A former employee at Bushwick’s Arrogant Swine is suing chef/owner Tyson Ho for more than $80K in back pay. [NY Daily News]

Nine months after the restaurant’s closure, the city marshall officially seized Calexico at 153 Rivington Street. Landlord Steve Croman now seeks a tenant for $12,500 per month. [Bowery Boogie]

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Performance Picks: Office Wellness Seminar, Prom in 2003, A Permanent Caterpillar

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(photo via Kelly Cooper)

(photo via Kelly Cooper)

DTF Presents: Mandatory Seminar
Continues weekly through June 2 at The Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 9pm. Tickets are $10. More info here
Have you ever been a part of an office wellness seminar? I personally have not, but they sound truly absurd. Get a taste of one too outrageous for words tonight and next week in the hallowed halls of The Annoyance, where The Dingleberry Theater Foundation tries their very best to stage their own wellness seminar featuring a cast of characters who don’t seem at all suited for that sort of workplace, much less any workplace. Will there be meditative breathing exercises and miniature bottles of water or will there only be disaster? Only one way to find out.

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Beth Israel Hospital Downsizing to 14th Street; Free Beer at Lobster Joint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Residents of 95 E. Seventh Street claim that they’ve been without cooking gas in their building for almost 200 days. [EV Grieve]

Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital will relocate from its Gramercy Park home of nearly nine decades to a smaller space on 14th Street. [Town & Village Blog]

Tomorrow on First Avenue, the free Lower East Side Festival of the Arts takes place at the Theater for the New City. [NY Observer]

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Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Board Action on Push to Limit Building Heights

I’m here to tell the CB, please take a stand to support us, to be on our side, not on extell’s side not on the developer’s side

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

You gotta give it to the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and their friends–they are persistent AF, despite long odds. In their eight-year quest to pass the Chinatown Working Group rezoning proposal, a plan that would create a new special district with more height restrictions and protections to fend off sky-high luxury towers, they’ve kept up a steady stream of rallies against new developments, marches in support of tenants, held town halls (trying to invite the mayor), and even hand-delivered a “gift” to Gracie Mansion.

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L Train Riders Prefer Complete Shutdown; Cuddling Conman Picks Pocket

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

New informational signs at the redesigned Astor Place. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Friday evening in Greenpoint, a thief tricked a man into hugging him in order to nab the victim’s phone. [Brooklyn Paper]

Per a survey by advocacy group Riders Alliance, 77 percent of L train riders would prefer a complete shutdown of their subway line lasting 18 months over a piecemeal closure stretched out over years. [Gothamist]

Employees of Babeland—the sex shop with a Lower East Side location plus two more in NYC—have joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. [NY Times]

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Four Films: Cyber Punks, Parker Posy in Braces, Singles Not Exactly Ready to Mingle,


Best in Show
Friday, May 27, 7:30 pm at Fort Greene Park: FREE
To promote the impending opening of the first NYC Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, the boozy Austin-based cinema (and direct competitor of our beloved Nitehawk, we might add) is hosting three free screenings at Fort Greene Park starting this week. They’re all family-friendly, for sure (which means you’ll have to get your R-rated full-frontal and cigarette-smoking kicks elsewhere), but actually only two of the screenings are worth going to– that is, if you have a dignified hair left on your body. You’re guaranteed to literally never get laid again if you go see the third screening, Finding Nemo– but if you’re willing to take that risk anyway, it’s happening Friday, June 10, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, and I wish you the best of luck.

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Specter of More Luxury High Rises Looms Over ‘One Manhattan Square’ Meeting

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Every bob has its day (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Anxiety over the 77-story apartment building coming to the Two Bridges waterfront multiplied last night as neighbors grappled with the possibility that two more towers will join it.

In addition to Extell’s controversial One Manhattan Square, L+M Development Partners are feeling out plans for two 50-story twin towers– one at 265-275 Cherry Street, at Lands End II (a pair of Section-8 housing complexes located on a site that was purchased for $279 million a few years back) and a second at Lands End I (257 South Street), which the firm bought last year. L+M has assured that the existing buildings will maintain their Section 8 designation, and preliminary discussions have indicated that the two new towers would likely go up in the parking lots parcels between the East River and Lands End.

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Dinosaur Theft in Bushwick; Brooklyn Getting Its First Apple Store

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

A real estate firm purchased 103 St. Mark’s Place, a six-story building, for $11.5 million. [Commercial Observer]

Thursday evening, seven handmade dinosaur costumes were looted from the House of Yes in Bushwick. The venue is offering a $300 cash reward for their safe return. [Brooklyn Paper]

Brooklyn’s first Apple store will reportedly debut soon, likely at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. [Brownstoner]

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Benefit Tonight for W-Burg Fire Victims; Top NYC Vintage Shops

(Nicole Disser)

(Nicole Disser)

IDIO Gallery will host a musical benefit tonight for those displaced by March’s Dekalb Avenue fire. Tickets are $8 to $10. [Bushwick Daily]

The Department of Homeless Services is renting rooms in BKLYN House, a luxe new Bushwick hotel, for New Yorkers in need of shelter. [DNA Info]

A 19-story apartment building will rise at 275 South Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

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Recipe Peep Show at Essex Street Market Reveals Your Neighbor’s Shopping Lists

When you’re out picking up groceries for the week, ever wonder what recipes the other shoppers have up their sleeves? If you shop at Trader Joe’s you’re probably too busy elbowing people out of the way and fighting over the last jar of coconut oil to really get a good look at your neighbors’ shopping lists. (Wait, does anyone handwrite those things anymore?) But if you live near the sleepy old-school Essex Street Market, you’ve surely got a little more time to poke around and wonder about the diverse cast of vendors and shoppers rubbing shoulders amid the fruit and vegetable sellers, Japanese specialty items and fancy cheeses. If there’s anywhere you’d shop to whip up something unique, it’s here.

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NY Porn Fest Is W-Burg Bound; More Ice Cream for the EV

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday the funeral for Isaac Rosenberg was held, the 67-year-old developer and Williamsburg Hasidic community leader who drowned this week while on vacation. [DNA Info]

According to a real estate rumor, Soho House is in the process of purchasing Ludlow Street’s Comfort Inn for a pretty price. [Bowery Boogie]

At 25 Bleecker Street, a nearly 200-year-old building will be torn down and replaced. [NY YIMBY]

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