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Bejeweled Opera, Empowering Blurred Lines, and More Performance Picks

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(image courtesy of Hallie Haas)

(image courtesy of Hallie Haas)

Masterpiece Classic: Women in Art
Wednesday, February 8 at UCB Chelsea, 8 pm: $7

It is generally agreed upon that art is Good. However, the art world is where things get a little more polarized. This new character-based show by comedian and actress Hallie Haas takes on the type of people who consider themselves high and mighty creators, the type of people who take themselves reeeeeeally seriously. The premise is that Laura Linney, of course, has gathered together seven of the most sophisticated and acclaimed women artists for an evening that feels a lot like a certain public access television show. Only probably a lot weirder. Especially considering Haas will be playing every character. This spoof on PBS classics feels especially timely, considering I just got an email asking me to sign an online petition so that Donald Trump doesn’t get rid of PBS Kids. Please, think of the children. And the art.

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City Doesn’t Have Greenbacks For Rehab of Sara D. Roosevelt Park

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

“It’s not so good, huh?” laughs Kathleen Webster, president of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition as she refers to the D- grade that the park received from New Yorkers for Parks. The near-failing grade was issued last year by the nonprofit whose research and policy recommendations help in advocating for more equitably distributed, sustainable and well-maintained parks in the city.

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River Coyote Is a Rare Beast: A Coffee Shop That Doubles as a Wine Bar

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

Jay Nir was chilling in a café in Amsterdam some years ago when he noticed that the person to his right was sipping coffee while the person to his left was quaffing wine. He’s hoping that ever-so-European comingling of caffeine cravers and liquor lovers will be a common sight at River Coyote, which he opened today on the Lower East Side.

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Blue Bottle and Van Leeuwen Expand; Tour Williamsburg’s Priciest Apartment

Yesterday, the MTA board voted to keep the price of a single subway ride at $2.75 during 2017, but raise the price of each unlimited pass option. The fare increased go into effect on March 19. [Gothamist]

Blue Bottle Coffee opens for business tomorrow at 279 McKibbin Street in East Williamsburg. [Bushwick Daily]

Through Monday, 107 Norfolk Street will host a pop-up installation of “Subway Therapy,” the multitude of affirmation Post-Its New Yorkers left in the Union Square subway station after Election Day. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Ayakamay’s ‘Captive Train_reck’ Nods to Her Days as a Used-Panty Hustler

(photo: Apiwich Bangrapimolpong)

(photo: Apiwich Bangrapimolpong)

On a recent night at The Lodge Gallery, Ayakamay stood inside a spherical sculpture of white drapes, extending a manicured nail, beckoning her audience one by one to join her in the cramped space. Once she lured them in, there was a flash, and a small instant film photo fell to the floor. In one instance, she kneeled in front of a visitor within the enclosure. Sometimes you could see other kinds of flashes in between the drapes— suddenly bare breasts or the pleats of a short schoolgirl skirt. Other than that, you couldn’t see much else. It was up to your imagination. Keep Reading »

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Protesters Sound Off About LES Skyscrapers; ‘Stay Nasty’ Show Raises $50K

Bushwick Economic Development Corp., the non-profit that oversees the Bronx property where twin sisters died last month because of an errant radiator, had as many as 185 open violations at a separate Bronx site it operates. [The Real Deal]

Police arrested a 22-year-old man for burglary last Friday, alleging he stole a $400 bicycle from a Clinton Street apartment last month. [DNA Info]

Residents of the Lower East Side met with developers for a second time Wednesday to voice concerns about a series of planned waterfront skyscrapers. [Curbed NY] In addition, protesters interrupted the meeting. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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New One From El Cortez; Egg-Waffle Cones Hit LES

Members of the Williamsburg Montessori School community are advocating for a crossing guard, speed bump and school zone signs on Kent Avenue, where a 21-year-old man died in December after he was pulled under the wheels of a tractor-trailer. [DNA Info]

In Williamsburg’s Hasidic enclave last Tuesday, police say two Yiddish-speaking men in a van attempted to entice a 12-year-old boy and then a 10-year-old girl with a lollipop. [Patch]

On E. 2nd Street, Houston Street Beer Distributors recently encountered the wrecking ball, making way for a seven-unit residential building. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Last Look at Fong Inn Too, Gone After Eight Decades in Chinatown

(Photo: Nick McManus)

(Photo: Nick McManus)

One of Chinatown’s oldest businesses, Fong Inn Too, shuttered over the weekend after 82 years in business. It was thought to be the oldest family-run tofu shop in the country. Opened in 1933 by a Guangzhou immigrant, Geu Yee Eng, the Mott Street shop grew into a factory churning out about 10,000 squares of tofu per day. Still, in 2011, third-generation owner David Eng told WNYC that business was “terribly slow,” and lamented that the family’s fourth generation had no interest in taking it over.

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Jennifer Rubell, Art By Animals, and More Art Openings To Investigate

(flyer via The Living Gallery / Facebook)

(flyer via The Living Gallery / Facebook)

Emergence: Emerging Artists in New York
Opening Tuesday January 17 at The Living Gallery, 6 pm to 9 pm. One night only. 

The term “emerging artist” has been a bit of a buzzword for quite some time now. To some, it means someone who has literally just started creating, to others, it is someone who’s been on the scene for a couple years but hasn’t won any fancy awards. And sometimes it’s somewhere in between. But this art show really owns the title in a way that’s clear: simply, Emergence is showing work by New York artists who have never shown their work in a gallery before. There will be over 20 artists covering the gallery in their work, whether it be painting and sculpture, performance, or even fashion pieces. Come one, come all, and witness the emergence.

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LES Residents Are ‘Rent Burdened’; Cookie Pantsuit For Hillary

According to the real estate brokerage firm MNS, Lower East Side tenants are among the city’s most “rent burdened” because on average, household incomes are lower than many other neighborhoods. Residents paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent are considered rent burdened. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., financial and real estate professional (including notorious landlord Ben Shaoul) will participate in a talk at Landmark Sunshine Cinema called, “L.E.S. is MORE.” [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

Bushwick-based photographer Delphine Diallo collaborated with Shepard Fairey on a portrait that will be used prominently in “We The People,” an Amplifier Foundation-backed social justice campaign kicking off on Inauguration Day. [Bushwick Daily]
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City Adds 22K Affordable Housing Units; President Sanders Film Festival

The loss of two young Bronx sisters last month blamed on a malfunctioning radiator has caused Public Advocate Letitia James to investigate the Bushwick-based non-profit that oversees the shelter where they died. [DNA Info]

In a lawsuit, five disabled or mobility-impaired tenants of 946 Bushwick Avenue accuse their landlord, GRJ LLC (helmed by brothers Graham and Gregory Jones), of violating their civil and housing rights. [DNA Info]

Last year, the city built or preserved nearly 22K units of affordable housing, a 27-year high. [NY Times] Keep Reading »