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Otto’s Shrunken Head Rethinks Its Decor

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Before you freak out, the East Village’s diviest tiki bar hasn’t changed immensely– but Otto’s Shrunken Head has revamped what Nell the bartender described as a floor that was “peeling off,” and apparently the source of that overpowering smell of urine. The new bright blue floor smells like fresh linoleum and has given Otto’s, which opened back in 2002, a new lease on not-smelling-like-piss-and-regret, something really quite fortunate for a bar where people get shamefully sloshed on Zombies and Singapore Slings.
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Eat Shark Sandwiches and Chicken Feet at Williamsburg’s New Global Street-Food Spot

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

While New Yorkers await Anthony Bourdain’s forthcoming food hall, another global-cuisine concept has sneaked onto the scene in Williamsburg. The owners of Greenwich Village Caribbean spot Negril Village quietly opened Streets last week.
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First Look at the Williamsburg Hotel’s Water-Tower Bar, Rooftop Pool, and More

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News that the incoming Williamsburg Hotel would feature a rooftop bar inside of a water tower really made a splash earlier this month. Now we’ve obtained renderings of the seven-story hotel that show it will offer an outdoor rooftop pool, a basement dance club, and a “stylish restaurant,” among other splashy amenities.
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Van Leeuwen Gets Frozen Out, Scoops Itself Up and Reopens in Greenpoint

(Photo courtesy of Van Leeuwen)

(Photo courtesy of Van Leeuwen)

If you’ve been panicking ever since Van Leeuwen closed its Greenpoint store over New Year’s, a) you might have an ice cream problem, because it is freaking winter. And b) take a deep breath and update your address books: the store just reopened store six doors over. The new location, at 620 Manhattan Avenue, opened just minutes ago.
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Manitoba’s Launches Life-or-Death Fundraiser After Settling Discrimination Suit

Dick Manitoba and Zoe Hansen

(Photo: Shira Levine)

Earlier this month it was Cake Shop putting out a cry for help and this week Alphabet City fixture Manitoba’s is looking to raise funds. The headline of the “Save Manitoba’s!” campaign, which hit Indiegogo yesterday, is dire: “Please help save Manitoba’s bar from being FORCED out of business through no fault of our own.”
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