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All-You-Can-Eat Bacon Festival; Roller Derby Girls Wanted

At the Greenpoint French/Catalan eatery Cassette, chef Norberto Piattoni now helms the kitchen. [Eater NY]

Falafel Shop on the Lower East Side appears to have shuttered after four years in business. [Bowery Boogie]

On E. Sixth Street, the same fate has befallen Tonkatsuya, a Japanese restaurant that debuted in March. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: Punk Rock’s Golden Daddy and ‘Ludicrous’ Janis Joplin Remixes


Danny Says
Friday September 30 through Thursday October 6 at IFC Center: $14

Danny Fields was the music manager “at the pulse of the underground,” the man behind the best rock n’ roll to come out of the ’70s New York City scene and actually some of the most influential rock of all time. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and the Ramones were just a few of his associated acts and though all of this stuff is standard by now, back in Danny’s glory days it was nothing short of insanity.

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Now Airstreaming: Mister Dips Brings Ice Cream and Burgers to William Vale Hotel

(Photo: Andy Boyle)

(Photo: Andrew Boyle)

Certain things are givens these days. If you’re a disgraced celebrity on a mea culpa tour, you appear on The Today ShowIf you order something involving burrata, you post it to Instagram. If you’ve been to Austin, you tell everyone you know how amazing it is until they stop talking to you.

If you’re a hotshot chef, you open a fast-casual burger joint. It’s just what you do.

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It’s National Coffee Day; Jimmy Fallon Got Down at Manitoba’s

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As part of The Little Italy Street Art Project, Shepard Fairey is currently painting a mural at the corner of 11th Street and 1st Avenue. [Bowery Boogie]

In Williamsburg, a cocktail bar called The Twenty recently debuted at 177 Grand Street. [Eater NY]

On E. Sixth Street, the Moroccan and Mediterranean eatery Zerza will reportedly be replaced by the artery-clogging Merica NYC. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Many Marys, and a Broome Street Salon and More Performance Picks

(image via Future Forms / Facebook)

(image via Future Forms / Facebook)

WEDNESDAY

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

The future may not be looking very great for the country/society as a whole, but it’s looking okay for the four hosts of this recurring comedy show: Mary Houlihan recently went viral for her hilarious and biting interview with Martin Shkreli, “space prince” Julio Torres was recently hired as an SNL writer, Sam Taggart was named one of Brooklyn’s funniest people, and Joe Rumrill‘s face is currently comedian Tig Notaro‘s Twitter avatar. While they’re all certainly busy with all this and more, they still find time to gather in this Williamsburg watch store and host a comedy show.

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Gas Explosion Site Sells For $6M; Score Free Studio Space

Near the corner of Graham Avenue and Ten Eyck Street yesterday afternoon, a driver was critically hurt after suffering a seizure and hitting a B57 bus with his SUV. Three others also sustained injuries. [DNA Info]

Yesterday, the members of three local couples—including a landlord with properties in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Shlomo Kubitshuk—were arrested for allegedly cheating the government out of $1.3 million in benefits since 2001. [DNA Info]

The site where Pommes Frites stood prior to the Spring 2015 gas explosion, 123 Second Avenue, was reportedly purchased for $6 million. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Week in Music: Wacky Electro Banana Jammers, Miserable Shoe Gaze, and More

(Image via Berlin)

(Image via Berlin)

Holiday Mountain, Coaches
Wednesday September 28, 8 pm at Berlin: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Even when they’re jamming an oversized banana down your throat, you might find it sorta hard to swallow Holiday Mountain‘s product. It’s almost as if that great, mushy mass they’re thrusting toward you isn’t edible at all, but something meant to linger in your cheek like a big chunk of chewing tobacco– mmm, actually let’s just go with Big League Chew, coz even though I’ve railed snuff a couple of times in my life, I’m really not sure of the mechanics of actual dip.

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Guilty Charge in Killing of Williamsburg Landlord; Robbery Spree in Greenpoint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday, Kendel Felix, 29, was found guilty of kidnapping and killing Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark in January 2014. [DNA Info]

In addition, former assistant principal William Abreu was convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl who who had graduated and was working in the office of his Williamsburg high school in 2009. [DNA Info]

Between September 19 and 25, seven robberies were reported in Greenpoint, and police believe those to blame are delinquents from Queens. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Tonight’s Debate: Where to Watch, Drink and (Try to) Laugh It Off

(flyer via NOW-NYC / Facebook)

(flyer via NOW-NYC / Facebook)

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and I somehow just got an email from Al Franken with the subject line “Time to panic.” Looks like it’s Debate Day.

As Hillary and Donald face off in Long Island tonight, some will watch alone in the dark, while clutching a pint of ice cream in sheer fear. Others will jump into the thick of it and head to Hofstra University, where street performer and purveyor of love and farts Matthew Silver will be debating fringe candidate Vermin Supreme. Good luck finding them. Thousands of protestors — not to mention a 51-foot joint — are also expected to descend on the Hempstead school.

Don’t worry, you can also watch from a safe distance. Here’s who’s throwing watch parties, offering drink specials, or otherwise spicing up this evening of discourse.

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Week in Film: The Jazz Loft, a New Indie Theater, and More


The Jazz Loft According to Eugene W. Smith
Friday September 23 through Wednesday September 28 at the Metrograph: $15

In this film about a loft that from 1957 to 1965 drew some of the best musicians of its time to a nondescript location in the city’s Flower District, you might get the feeling that you’ve been to a place sort of like this before. Like almost everything cool in America, the DIY venues we frequent today have their roots in jazz, specifically the underground spots of yesteryear where the music could be experienced in its natural state.

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Mono No Aware Aiming to Bring Motion Picture Film Lab to the Masses

Mono No Aware festival (Photo via Mono No Aware Facebook)

Mono No Aware festival (Photo via Mono No Aware Facebook)

For a long time we’ve heard that analog film formats– for both making and viewing– are on the verge of mass extinction and very soon will be swallowed up by digital photography and filmmaking, never to be seen again. Recent events seem to confirm this prediction– in July, the last manufacturer of VHS players announced that it was quitting the game and shortly after, the Chinese factory where the clunky, black plastic boxes were made for Sanyo ceased production. The end came quietly, and some people were surprised that VHS consoles were still being made at all, since it had been nearly a decade since Eragon, an elf/fantasy movie, was the last ever to be released on VHS. Even before that, Fujifilm had stopped manufacturing motion picture film. As somebody once (pretentiously) told me, books, which are a lot like film in this context, are “nothing more than fetish objects” nowadays.

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Robberies Up in Bushwick; Rents Up in Williamsburg

The Greenpoint neighbors of the late Krystyna Nowak, a Polish immigrant who died last month at age 78, raised more than $3K to pay for her funeral. [DNA Info]

During the 28 days prior to Monday, the number of robberies in Bushwick was up 12 percent from the same dates a year ago. [DNA Info]

On N. 6th Street between Driggs and Kent Avenues, rents on retail spaces rose an average of 24 percent in the past year, an increase that exceeded everywhere else in Brooklyn. [Commercial Observer] Keep Reading »