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International Playground Brings Its Condom-Packing Boxer Shorts to Soho

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Virginia Craddock at International Playground. (Photo: Dani Damario)

True to its name, International Playground believes in keeping fashion fun, and now it’s got a new sandbox to romp in: the store dedicated to forward-thinking Lower East Side denizens has moved uptown in spirit with a Soho outpost that opened this weekend.

With items like Chromat caged bustiers, ISLYNYC necklaces with chunky letters stating “BLAH BLAH BLAH” and “ZERO FUCKS,” and limited edition in-house team-ups (such as recent boxer shorts complete with a condom pocket and pervy photo by artist Ben Fredrickson), the shop has been an outré staple on Stanton Street since 2009. ItsSoho sibling stands out among neighbors like Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang.
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Calling All Bicycle Fetishists, Car Crazies, and Subway Nostalgics

Listen up, transportation nation! The next few months are going to be a trip, no matter what your preferred mode of hitting the road. 

Maspeth World of Wheels
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
The above video teaser alone is worth the price of admission ($5) to this auto show curated by artists including Grayson Cox, Elizabeth Ferry, Jeff Degolier and Michael Merck, who was last seen producing the Knockdown Center’s flea marketAmong the “100 carcentricities” promised are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting the “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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I’m Pretty Fucked Up

Written by Brooklyn playwright and New Mexico native Ariel Stess, I’m Pretty Fucked Up is a play about three high school friends who skip class to take a road trip into the New Mexico mountains. The action cuts between the friends and their freedom on the road, and the school, where teachers and students are dealing with an emergency lock-down.

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With Days Left to Legalize Their Lofts, Some Scramble, Others Stew, Many Have No Idea

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Landlords call him “the devil.”

Meet Arthur Atlas, an architect specializing in loft design. He earned this disparaging title as a result of his work with tenant advocacy groups, and a lifetime of finding loopholes within the city’s convoluted property laws. Currently, Atlas is helping a man who lives on the roof of a building in a small, prefabricated home. The man has water and a kitchen — amenities he built up himself. “It’s a great place,” Atlas said, “but it’s on the friggin’ roof.”
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Tonight, Digest Some Words That Are Sexier Than ‘Be Mine’

1902940_10153861171425192_1724211845_nFor those of you preparing for the spoken word romances of our dystopian future society a la Spike Jonze’s Her, we’ve got two Valentine’s Day happenings you don’t need a physical body to enjoy.

First, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 384 Broome Street, The Poetry Brothel is offering what its very own iteration of the “quickie,” in which you get to sidle up beside the “Poetry Whore” of your choosing and bask in 15 minutes worth of his or her sweet, sweet spoken words. In this case, physical existence doesn’t hurt the experience, as there are calligraphist body painters present to leave you with a parting gift.
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Stephen Colbert Still Can’t Get Over That Hillary Clinton Cover

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

At the Apple Store Soho last night, documentarian Ken Burns called the interface on his self-titled new free iPad app a “constellation” of historical events and themes, likening it to the “Planet Hillary” chart that accompanied The New York Times Magazine‘s January 26 cover story. A visibly drained Stephen Colbert — who’d just filmed two episodes of The Colbert Report — perked up when Burns made the reference.
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Is Sam Lewontin a Coffee Snob? Well, It Depends What You Mean

Introducing the Couch Read. It’s the weekend: fix yourself a coffee and spend some time with these longer pieces.

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Everyman Espresso has had a lot brewing lately. Earlier this week, it closed its East 13th Street store for a month of renovations and opened a pop-up at Tribeca’s Bikini Bar. All this while being sued by the state of New York for allegedly appropriating its “I ♥ NY” logo.

But Sam Lewontin, who manages the shop, is trying not to think about that right now. He’s more focused on the menu at the summer pop-up, which he’s hoping will touch off a radical new trend. It’s among the first in the country to offer espresso drinks that rival cocktails in their complexity. The Queen Mary, for instance, combines tomato jam, citrus, herb and AeroPressed Kenyan Ndaroni.
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100 Bottles of Beer On the Wall (Literally!) at Bushwick’s New Growler Den

100 bottles of beer on the wall.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

100 bottles of beer on the wall. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

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The room.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The room. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

"Musicians, actors, and other artists are welcome." (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photos: Lauren Carol Smith)

For all the new bars that have opened up in Bushwick in the past year or so, the craft beer scene has remained woefully underrepresented. That changed this weekend when Jorge Arias opened The Sampler just steps off the Jefferson L.
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