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Week in Film: Love Poems You Never Knew Were Communist and Pour One Out for Your Katz’s Homies


Neruda
Now through Thursday January 5 at IFC Center: $14

For all you literary nerds out there, here’s your once-in-a-great-while chance to see a film about a poet– which, strangely, is something the movie bizz must be really feeling right now because whatddya know, Jarmusch’s new one, Paterson, also puts a poet front and center. What makes Neruda an even rarer opportunity is that Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet in question, is hardly some rugged, hard-boiled Anglo-centric beardo. Rather, Neruda is best know for his simple, yet heart-crushing love poems (especially the ones contained in Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.)

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Three New EV Businesses; Royal Tenenbaums Bingo at Videology

Williamsburg landlord Moishe Indig was reportedly questioned by the FBI yesterday regarding a fundraiser he co-hosted for future mayor Bill de Blasio in 2013. [NY Post]

Plans for a new Jewish heritage mural are underway after its 43-year-old predecessor was painted over last month outside of 232 E. Broadway. [DNA Info]

On E. 11th Street, Little Tong Noodle Shop will replace Schnitz, a sandwich spot that closed in August. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Murder Mystery, Spaghetti Puppetry, and Poetry Marathons for the New Year

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(image via Future Forms / Facebook)

(image via Future Forms / Facebook)

Future Forms
Wednesday, December 28 at Throne Watches, 8 pm: FREE 

Mary Houlihan, Joe Rumrill, Sam Taggart, and Julio Torres’s recurring comedy show Future Forms is a tasty treat, and probably one of the only shows you can say you’ve seen in a watch showroom. I mean, with the impending closure of spaces like Cake Shop, and DIY spaces getting all hush-hush for fear of getting shut down, perhaps we’ll all soon be watching shows in the aisles of grocery stores or something like that. Which could be fun, but the lighting leaves something to be desired.

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Brooklyn Bridge Trespasser Arrested; Elvis Guesthouse and The Stone to Depart EV

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

A 23-year-old Virginia man was arrested Monday afternoon after taking a walk along the beams above the Brooklyn Bridge to secure selfies. [NY Post]

Ten days ago, police say a burglar assaulted a man in a Williamsburg apartment building before stealing his iPhone, an incident captured on security footage. No arrested have been made. [DNA Info]

Elvis Guesthouse, Avenue A’s bar/music venue that shares owners with Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, will also shutter at the end of the week after a 22-month run. [Mix Mag]
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Soap Library’s Outer-Space Tape Set to Launch into the New Year

Last week, we told you about Soap Library, the “holistic” tape label specializing in cassettes that are not just objects to behold with your with your eyes and ears, but with your nose too. The brains behind this operation, Kerry Santullo and Rachel Barnhart–former co-workers at the Greenpoint-based Mexican Summer and, uh, current friends–decided to branch out from the predictability of the music industry machine, and go it alone with releases that are anything but “mechanical,” and instead occupy “more of a softer space.”

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How the Synagogue Where George Burns Worshipped Became an Artist’s Studio

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The preserved façade at 58-60 Rivington Street (Photo: Daniel Hoffman)

Hale Gurland was among the aspiring artists, bohemians, and hippies who crowded Soho in the 1970s. From the small room he rented on Wooster Street, the Jewish sculptor and painter ventured out one day in 1973 to buy a pair of cheap shoes. On his way, he noticed a derelict synagogue with a “For Sale” sign at 58-60 Rivington, at the corner of Elridge, a scene he described in a magazine interview a couple of years ago: “People were going inside the building because the doors were out, junkies were shooting up. I walked in, and the place looked like Dresden after the bombs.”

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Double Stabbing in the East Village; Cake Shop’s Run Comes to an End

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

An Alphabet City couple was taken to Bellevue Hospital yesterday morning in critical condition after they were allegedly stabbed by their upstairs neighbor, police and fellow residents of 1 Haven Plaza reported. [NY Post] One witness said the female victim attempted to escape to the elevator before putting on her clothes. [CBS2 NY]

Ludlow Street’s eleven-year-old music venue, Cake Shop, will shutter this weekend, but it may eventually reopen in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Paperwork was submitted to begin construction on a 12-story mixed-use building with 61 residential units at 40 Bleecker Street. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Is Mission Chinese Planning a Vietnamese Offshoot?

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz for Grub Street)

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz for Grub Street)

Mission Cantina has apparently closed after three years of serving up Mexican-Chinese-whatever food, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Danny Bowien’s Lower East Side empire is shrinking. According to a Community Board 3 calendar of meetings sent out today, an entity by the name of Mission Vietnamese is interested in a liquor license in the former Pies ‘n’ Thighs space.

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Live in Bret Easton Ellis or Aaron Neville’s Pads; Jude Law Hits Economy Candy

Tour the penthouse that until recently belonged to Grammy-winning singer Aaron Neville, who recently unloaded the $2.6 million property on E. 9th Street. [NY Post]

Baci e Vendetta, a wine bar/trattoria/cafe replacing 10 Degrees Bistro, opened last week on Avenue A. [EV Grieve]

At Central Avenue’s Maite, a whole roasted pig will be served Saturday night as part of a special Chistmas Eve dinner. [Bushwick Daily]

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Newly Signed Law Will Help Keep OId Folks Homes From Becoming Rich Folks Homes

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

It’s too late to save Rivington House, the former HIV treatment facility that a non-profit nursing home operator unexpectedly flipped to a luxury developer after the city quietly lifted a deed restriction. But a bill signed into law today should do something to prevent buildings designated for community use from becoming luxury condos.

The new law requires the city to maintain a searchable online database of properties with deed restrictions, and forces developers who want to have them lifted to inform their local City Council member, community board, and borough president. The law requires the mayor, a specially formed committee, and the Department of City Planning to review any such requests, and approve them with the mayor’s personal sign-off only if they’re deemed to be in the city’s best interest. While there had been talk of requiring the city’s stringent Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in such scenarios, the new law stops short of that.

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Your Next Favorite Book or Album Is Hiding in a Mall Under the Manhattan Bridge

(Photo: Sam Patwell)

(Photo: Sam Patwell)

If your idea of “discovering” new music is sitting back with a soy-milk Frappawhatever and browsing Pitchfork, then maybe you need 2 Bridges… but first you have to find it. Tucked away underneath the Manhattan Bridge in the New York Mart, the hidden gem sells independent, experimental, and international music as well as literature and art books.

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Gang Assault on Williamsburg Bridge; Manhattan Apartments Average $2.2M

Per the New York Supreme Court, the family of former Stuyvesant Town resident Mark Chanko—who was hit by a garbage truck and killed in 2011 while filming a scene for the reality series NY Med—may not obtain unlimited access to the footage. [Town & Village]

Yesterday morning, a 62-year-old man sustained serious head injuries after he was hit by an Escalade at the intersection of Allen and Grand Streets. [DNA Info]

A Lower East Side-bound deliveryman was attacked on December 10 by five punching men on the Williamsburg Bridge, who robbed him of $60, his bicycle, and the $105 food order he was dropping off. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »