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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Gets Signage, Grumpy at Grand Central

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Hey, hey: we just spotted this neon signage going up on the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street in the East Village, where Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is set to open in late July, according to a construction manager.

Speaking of Brooklyn-Manhattan empires: Greenpoint’s Café Grumpy appears to be on a slow, steady course of dominating Manhattan. Last month, Café Grumpy Time’s Square was announced – and now? Looks like they’re set to arrive at Grand Central Station. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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7-Eleven Just Doesn’t Get That ‘This Is a Gritty Community By Choice’

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

A 7-Eleven opens once every three hours, according to Scott Teachenor, market manager for 150 of them around the city and Long Island. “We’re the largest retailer in the world,” he told residents of the Seward Park Housing Co-Op last night. “I’m kinda proud of that.”

At a sometimes contentious meeting to discuss the store’s second Lower East Side branch — slated to open next month at 403 Grand Street — co-op residents raised questions about everything from late-night robberies to the Kelvin temperature of the store’s light bulbs.
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New Gallery in Flower Shop Basement, Black Label Biker's First Solo Show

Liz Taylor: Virginia Woolf by Wayne Hollowell

Liz Taylor: Virginia Woolf by Wayne Hollowell

Tomorrow night at 365 Grand Street, a new gallery will bloom in the basement of Essex Flowers — one that harks back to the Lower East Side’s “scrappier days,” according to Gallerist. The kickoff, at 5 p.m., features the work of nine local artists in their early 30s who will curate subsequent shows at the space (which has a very minimalist website).

For more of this week’s openings and closings, see the B + B art calendar, or have a look at the highlights below.
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Revoke and Pose Do Bowery Wall, BrisketTown Gets Beer

Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
Revok and Pose bomb the Houston Bowery Wall

Scott Lynch was kind enough to drop the above photo into Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Artists Revoke and Pose were working on the latest Bowery Wall mural last night.

Today, a man went in to Molasses Books today asking to an exchange an Oscar Wilde book he’d bought because he “didn’t know he was gay.” Looks like somebody won’t be celebrating today’s SCOTUS victory. [Daily Intel]

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Skater Joel Meinholz Grabs Sloppy Cemitas En Route to Slappy Sundays

There’s a good chance that before you’ve finished watching the video above, professional skateboarder and event promoter Joel Meinholz will have hatched five new ideas.

As we followed the Milwaukee native around on a humid Sunday, he schemed something on each block – everything from a skateboarding play based on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to an initiative that would turn boring blocks into obstacle courses by adding transitions to existing architecture.
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How Your $200 Steve Jobs Sweatshirt Gets Made

There’s a Steve Jobs biopic on the way, and Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta know exactly what you’ll want to wear to the premiere. As you can see in our video, the Williamsburg-based designers have created a limited-edition line of $200 sweatshirts emblazoned with the face of the Great One.
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Bicycle Film Festival Returns to LES This Week, But May Be Brooklyn Bound

At last year's street party. (Photo: Stephen Robinson)

At last year’s street party. (Photo: Stephen Robinson)

The Bicycle Film Festival kicks off tonight with a party at Le Baron in Chinatown and continues through the weekend with dozens of screenings at Anthology Film Archives, an after-party at Lit, and, of course, the annual street party.

Despite speculation that the 13-year-old festival might move to Brooklyn, organizer Brendt Barbur decided to keep it local — for now, anyway. “This is where we were born,” he said of the East Village and Lower East Side.
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Comedy This Week: Amy Poehler Totally Wants to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)

Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)

This weekend marks the arrival of the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, the multi-day improv extravaganza hosted annually by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, with over 420 shows on 7 stages. Expect to see UCB mainstays like Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Veep’s Matt Walsh, The Office’s Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods, plus a whole lot of other SNL alums, Apatow-types and familiar faces. While the main theater in Chelsea always has epic lines, there’s still plenty of fun to be had over at UCB East or on some of the smaller stages.

If you don’t feel like springing for a $30 weekend pass, tickets for some of the bigger name shows can be bought individually from the UCB website. Or, for something completely different, check out our roundup of this week’s best laugh-ins, stand-ups and make-em-ups.
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#MellowYeezus Got Bushwick on Buzzfeed, CitiBikes Coming to Greenpoint?

(Photo: Michael Tapp's Flickr)

(Photo: Michael Tapp’s Flickr)

Above, Shaun Blonde gets suited up before taking folks for a ride on Olek’s “yarnshaw.” Check out Michael Tapp’s documentary about the yarn-swaddled rickshaw over at Time.

In light of the 12 weekends of G train closures that begin July 6, rumors have begun circulating that Citibank will partner with the MTA to place new Citi Bike stations around Greenpoint and LIC. Greenpointers documents a rep’s verbal gymnastics as he neither confirms nor denies the new stations. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Is This Lena Dunham Send-Up Enough to Cure You of ‘Girls’ Withdrawl?

Did you miss “Too Many Lenas,” the loving spoof of Lena Dunham and her characters that we told you about last week? Well, then you missed two Lenas playing Chubby Bunny, a monologue rife with breakfast-themed double entendres, a human-sized cake, topless doubles ping-pong, masturbation to a Woody Allen film, and zingers like “Does curly hair make me ethnic?” But don’t worry: Bedford + Bowery has secured this clip of Sam Corbin as Self-Depicted Lena. Just a little something to tide you over until the real Lena returns to HBO.

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Lil' Nugs: Nomenclature Wars, (Under)Waterfront Property

Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

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(Photo: Joe Raskin)

The East Village, Alphabet City, Midtown South – seems that no one really knows what to call the area east of Third Avenue and north of Houston anymore. But it turns out that this ontological crisis is nothing new. Flaming Pablum traces the evolving nomenclature of, uh, whatever we’re calling this neighborhood now. [Flaming Pablum]

Massey Knakal Realty is marketing a parcel along the Greenpoint East River waterfront. Check that; it’s in the East River. It is literally underwater. But the good news is that “the lot presents a unique opportunity for waterfront development,” as the listing puts it. The price? A cool $2.5 million. [] Keep Reading »

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Motor City Bar Threw Itself a Going-Away Party

Image(3)Last night Motor City Bar celebrated “17 years of sex, drugs and rock n roll,” as the invite to its going-away bash put it. We stopped by the Lower East Side dive and got a few photos of the packed, humid room, presided over by the gyrating Anna CopaCabanna and — in the DJ nook — Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers.

If you missed the official sendoff, don’t worry: the whiskey will be flowing for another week.