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Leave Your Mark On Wallplay Tonight Before It Leaves The LES

(Photo: Courtesy of Wallplay)

(Photo: Courtesy of Wallplay)

Today is Wallplay’s last day on the Lower East Side before it has to vacate the premises at 118 Orchard Street, and if you’ll remember, they’re throwing one hell of a farewell party to commemorate their pop-up space, which during its short history added some serious color to the Lower East Side landscape. The best part? Everyone’s invited.

From 9pm until late into the night, members of the public are invited to check out Wallplay’s last installation by graffiti artists Mint & Serf, shown going up in the video below.

More importantly, you can leave your own mark on the space, which has been tagged both inside and out.

Its like the Lower East Side is back for one day only. #artwillwin #ripwallplay #lowereastside #nyc #wallplay

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Since the building is poised to be demolished in favor of a new luxury construction, people are invited to add their own art, and send the place off in style. There will be DJ sets throughout the night, as well as light installations and plenty of dancing. So if your Friday night isn’t sorted yet, grab some markers, paint, or a spray can, or simply tag along for one last blast at the corner of Orchard and Delancey.

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What Will Happen to Clinton Street, the ‘Toss-Up’ of the Lower East Side?

Clinton Ink next to Koneko Cat Cafe (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Clinton Ink next to Koneko Cat Cafe (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Lillian Melendez still remembers when Clinton Street was a destination for anyone planning a sweet sixteen, baby shower or wedding. “If you were having a party, you had to come to Clinton,” she said. “Clinton was famous, everybody knew Clinton.” As a child she spent afternoons playing in her mother’s shop, Genesis Party Supplies at 97 Clinton, packed with custom wedding and bridesmaids dresses, speciality balloons and centerpieces and themed baby shower chairs and pins. Back then, Genesis held court¬†with three other Latino party shops on that stretch of the block alone–¬†if a customer didn’t find what they wanted at Genesis, her mom would send them next door or across the street.

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4 Readings: Nathan’s Hot Dog History, Palestinian Struggles, and a Father’s Transition

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faludiBook Launch: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena. 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
Is identity something you choose, or is it actually the very thing you can‚Äôt escape? This is the question Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi¬†poses in her most personal work yet, In the Darkroom. In 2004 Faludi went in search of her estranged 76-year-old father, a man who had been an elusive and sometimes violent presence in her childhood and then all but disappeared¬†from her life. When Faludi¬†discovered he had undergone sex reassignment surgery and was now living in Hungary, her whole frame of reference was shaken to the core. Her book is an effort to unpack¬†her father’s transition and her own questions of identity, while traveling through a country in the midst of its own dangerous project of refashioning its nationhood.

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Secret Project Robot Is Closing But ‘Not Giving Up,’ Co-Founder Says

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The secret is out: beloved Bushwick art/party space Secret Project Robot, which has featured tons of art and hosted dozens of good shows and parties, will be closing its doors at the end of the summer. Although the news was posted just a week and a half ago, co-director Rachel Nelson doesn’t seem too broken up about it.

‚ÄúThe thing is we just can‚Äôt afford to stay there,‚ÄĚ Nelson said. ‚ÄúThat’s it.‚ÄĚ

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Albert Trummer Is All Fired Up About Sanatorium, a Place For ‘Healing With Alcohol’

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Albert Trummer¬†of¬†Apoth√©ke¬†has finally opened his new bar on Avenue C,¬†having dropped the rather hilarious working title of Mixers & Elixirs¬†in favor of Sanatorium, a name that’s true to both the bar’s Habsburgian decor (surgeon’s lamps, anatomy-driven artwork, even an X-Ray lightbox) and its¬†Dionysian philosophy on wellness.

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Try Squeezing Into a Little Chair at This Outpost of Forgetmenot and Kiki’s

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Deep in Chinatown, the¬†team behind¬†Forgtmenot and Kiki’s Greek bistro is putting down new roots–today they open Little Chair, a homey¬†coffee shop on Monroe Street, under the Manhattan Bridge.¬†The entrance is decorated with hanging greenery and¬†potted flowers, like a rustic farm stand in the country. They also have a brand-new Mediterranean restaurant in the works next door.

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Food Fests That Don’t Bite: Taste of Bushwick and Grub Street Beats & Eats

Taste of Bushwick 2015 (Francisco Bravo)

Taste of Bushwick 2015 (Francisco Bravo)

Sure, Smorgasburg used to satiate your eccentric food cravings,¬†but, like everything else in this city,¬†popularity got the best of it and¬†now it’s a crowded, sweaty mess, populated with frat boys, tourists and out-of-town parents scrambling for the last bite of $12 truffled ramen burrito and fighting for a table in the shade.¬†If you’re looking for a chiller place¬†to sample¬†an array of drinks and creative new eats while hanging outside with your besties, maybe one of these summer food fests will do the trick. Just don’t bogart the¬†okinomiyaki on a stick.

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Take a $13,000 ‘Steampunk’ Brewer For a Spin at CoffeeCon

The "Steampunk" at Onyx Coffee Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo courtesy Tarra Culbertson)

The “Steampunk” at Onyx Coffee Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo courtesy Tarra Culbertson)

CoffeeCon is relocating to the borough that burnt its tongue drinking coffee before it was cool. The ‚ÄúConsumer Coffee Festival,‚ÄĚ which previously took place at Broad Street Ballroom, will be catering to the caffeine-inclined at Industry City this Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Tickets range from $22.50 to $45, and perks include prizes, samples, brewing and tasting classes, a presentation of Caf√© Cinema film clips; panels on the¬†Future of Coffee and Sustainability; and for *sedimental* value, a Chemex Pop Up Museum with a collection of ‚Äú75 years of coffee making history.‚ÄĚ

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With Bluestone Lane and Coco & Cru, East Village Gets Two New Aussie-Style Cafes

(Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Brady)

(Photo: Kid Genius @iamkidgenius)

If after falling in love with the ever-popular flat white you’ve found yourself searching for anything Australian, your prayers have officially been answered. In April, Bluestone Lane, the Aussie-influenced coffee roasters with locations in the West Village and on the Upper East Side, opened their latest cafe inside of 51 Astor Place. And earlier today another Oz-inspired cafe launched in Noho with a menu filled with simple dishes inspired by the Lucky Country.

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There Was Bubbly and Braiding as Northeast Kingdom Ended Its 10-Year Run

Staff and friends of Bushwick's Northeast Kingdom during their closing party, May 29 at 1am. Co-owner Paris Smeraldo is dead center behind the bar in the blue button-down shirt and his partner Meg is next to him at his left. (Photo: Nick McManus.)

Staff and friends of Bushwick’s Northeast Kingdom during their closing party, May 29 at 1am. Co-owner Paris Smeraldo is dead center behind the bar in the blue button-down shirt and his partner Meg is next to him at his left. (Photo: Nick McManus.)

Bushwick lost one of its pioneering restaurants over the weekend when Northeast Kingdom closed after more than 10 years off of the Jefferson stop. (Yes, Virginia, it opened way before there was a “Jefftown.”) In a goodbye message, owners Paris Smeraldo and Meg Lipke explained that they hoped to devote more time and energy to their children and their upstate farm and home (Lipke, a visual artist, will continue working from her Bushwick studio).

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Next Time You’re at the Beach, It’s All About This PB&J Donut Ice Cream Sandwich

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Because you’re so over the cotton candy bubble tea float and rainbow bagels with rainbow cream cheese — not to mention the new rainbow donut covered in more rainbow donuts — Citysticks has introduced yet another blechtacular food creation. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Rockaway Beach ice cream parlor launched its PB&J donut ice cream sandwich, and you shouldn’t swim within five hours of eating it.

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Our Mega Map of Outdoor Drinking and Dining Spots

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Memorial Day weekend¬†has officially arrived, and while many of us plan to head to the beach to check out the Coney Art Walls, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the¬†Rockaway boardwalk concessions, and this season’s newcomers to¬†Beach 96th Street, others are way too lazy to take that hour-long train ride and are keeping it local. After all, there’s a lot going on here in town: from a theatrical prom to pin shopping to outdoor movies¬†to the newly reopened Nowadays and Seaport Smorgasburg, to boozing on¬†floating bars in Chelsea, Greenpoint, and Tribeca.

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