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Watch St. Lucia Perform ‘Elevate’ in Their Studio Before They Get Evicted

Though they played Governor’s Ball in June and opened two sold-out shows for Two Door Cinema Club last week, it’s been over a year since Williamsburg’s St. Lucia has headlined a hometown show of its own. But on the heels of the band’s first LP, When the Night, Bowery Presents has just announced two new gigs: one at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 17 and the other at Bowery Ballroom the next day.

St. Lucia recently invited Bedford + Bowery into the studio on South 11th Street where their debut album was recorded, and performed an acoustic version of their single “Elevate.” Afterward, we spoke to Jean-Philip Grobler about facing eviction from the studio and maybe spending more time in Los Angeles.

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Watch These Two Musician Memoirists Remember Stanton Street Very Differently

Friday at the B+B Newsroom Rayya Elias, author of Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk from the Middle East to the Lower East Side, and Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of our Lives read from their recently published memoirs and talked about the changes they’d seen in the East Village and Lower East Side over the years. Play the video to watch the readings and conversation. And here’s what happened when an audience member asked the authors to compare the eras during which they moved to the city (the late ’80s and mid-aughts, respectively).
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It Happened: A Pop-Up Popped Up in a Pop-Up

Shortly after we opened our pop-up Newsroom last month, we discovered that Made in the Lower East Side — no stranger to setting up pop-ups in underused spaces — had a new project: a Storefront Transformer that instantly turns any vacant corner into a shop, classroom, or office. A lightbulb popped up over our head: could we create a pop-up within a pop-up?
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Would You Get One of These Memorial CBGB Tattoos?

tumblr_muh5artsdU1qbr14ko1_1280Okay, so Glenn Branca thinks CBGB was “just a shithole where bands got up on stage and played,” but others think the place was pretty special. And many of those folks are likely to converge on Greenpoint today, because Three Kings Tattoo is giving away one of these memorial tattoos between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. It’s first come, first serve, but don’t expect quite the kind of line those $13 tats got: these are going for $100 to $300.

When you’re done getting inked, head over the the B+B Newsroom to hear Rayya Elias, who played at CBGB back in the day, read from Harley Loco, her memoir about her rough-and-tumble life in the ’80s East Village, followed by Brendan Jay Sullivan reading from Rivington Was Ours and sharing his memories of running with Lady Gaga on the Lower East Side. The free reading and discussion starts at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.

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This Is Definitely the Most Pizza and Pickles You’ll Ever See in One Place

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Pickle lovers and pizza lovers, prepare for sensory overload at two upcoming feasts.

Tonight, no less than 43 pizzerias will converge on St. Anthony’s Church at 154 Sullivan Street, for the annual Slice Out Hunger event. Tickets are only $1 and get you any one slice of your choice out of 700 pizzas to be found inside the event. Rest assured these aren’t the kind of dollar slices that Crazy Legs maligned: among the 43 pizzerias represented here are Motorino, Two Boots, Joe’s Pizza, and Forcella. Even De Blasio favorite Di Fara will be there. Dollars from this mega pizza party go directly to the NYC Food Bank. Vegan and gluten-free options will also be available for those of a softer disposition.
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Friday at the Newsroom: Musicians Remember the LES in the ’80s and Aughts

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With the CBGB movie premiering tonight and the CBGB Festival kicking off this week, nostalgia for the East Village and Lower East Side of yore is ripe as ever. You’ll forgive us for indulging along with everyone else: This Friday, join two consummate chroniclers of downtown music and nightlife at the B+B Newsroom as they read from their recent memoirs and tell it like it really was (no Savannah stage sets here).
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Cheeky Sandwiches Has Quietly Opened Its Greenpoint Spot, and There’s a Gold Room

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Bread for the Eater (Photos: Chris Tonucci)

Since last we checked in, Bread for the Eater has quietly opened in Greenpoint. The new venture from the team behind Lower East Side spot Cheeky Sandwiches is still very much in its early stages, with construction still underway on a separate, backroom dining area. “We still have a bit of work to do with the space,” says owner Din Yates, “so the opening is very soft.”
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Katz’s Delicatessen Is Opening a Pop-Up

(Courtesy of Katz's)

(Courtesy of Katz’s)

Not to be outdone by the forthcoming Russ & Daughters Cafe, that other East Houston Street institution, Katz’s Delicatessen, has just announced its own plans for an expansion — albeit a temporary one. As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Katz’s is moving into the adjacent storefront it usually rents out (it was last occupied by Tim Horton’s) and opening The Space, a two-month-long pop-up that will “celebrate all the local artists and designers that live and work and create art down here on the Lower East Side,” per owner Jake Dell.
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Summer’s Back! Here’s Our Outdoor Drinking and Eating Map

Sup global warming? So the hotly anticipated fall season seems to have gone on vacay this week. But no matter, this just means your Hawaiian shirts have a new lease on life, and chilling at sidewalk cafes and bars around the city is as comfortable as it is possible. So check out our map of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the East Village, LES, and North Brooklyn that, according to city records, boast licensed sidewalk cafes where you can tipple, snack and people-watch. We’ve linked each outdoor spot to its New York mag listing so you can decide wisely. Only a few days of this goriousness left, after all.

Christopher Discipio contributed reporting.

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Hester Street Cafe Has Opened, Complete With a Gingerbread New Museum

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Gingerbread New Museum

Gingerbread New Museum

The Chris Burden retrospective, “Extreme Measures,” opens at the New Museum tomorrow, but for foodies, today’s opening might just be more exciting: Hester Street Fair opened its cafe in the museum’s lobby, and our friends at Hester sent us the above shots. Click through to check out the 2-foot-tall gingerbread reproduction of the New Museum created by Krystina Holak, baker at Cafe Grumpy. It’s just about the sweetest thing we’ve seen since that Game of Thrones cake. Even if it doesn’t include Chris Burden’s sailboat.
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You're Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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