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Motorcycle Film Festival Is Not Just For ‘Gnarly, Bearded Harley Guys’

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Jack Drury (Photo via Motorcycle Film Festival)

The annual Motorcycle Film Festival, if you’ve ever imagined there could be such a thing, might defy most of or even all of the expectations you have in your head. Firstly, it’s not held at some Harley Davidson dealership outside of Hoboken. So far, the fest has had a home in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and this year, the fest’s third year, it’ll be happening in Gowanus (mostly) at Littlefield. Secondly, it was founded by a woman, Corinna Mantlo and a guy, Jack Drury. But guess which one of them has been riding motorcycles longer? Here’s a hint: she runs a badass all-female motorcycle club called the Miss-Fires. And finally, this fest is about so much more than just motorcycle films.

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Concert: The Cadillac Three

“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand. My point ain’t subtle. I’m a southern man,” are the opening lines to The Cadillac Three’s song “The South,” a country-meets-rock tune you might just catch if you stop by their upcoming show at The Shop. A country show in Bushwick might seem as out of place as plaid at a black-tie event, but Dan Lyle, owner of the newish barbecue joint, thinks it “makes people feel like they’re home.”

Hailing from one of the great kingdoms of music, Nashville, The Cadillac Three has been described as “Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Dierks Bentley.” They’ve toured with country star Jake Owen, have written songs for him and others like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, and their song “I’m Rockin’” is on the Madden NFL 16 soundtrack.

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Williamsburg’s Sleek New Hotel Gets Glassed Up (Plus: The Rooms!)

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If you were anywhere in the general proximity of the William Vale these last few days you may have noticed the futuristic giant is getting glassed in. The rapidly rising hotel has just one last growth spurt left in it before it reaches max height, according to general manager Sebastien Maingourd. Construction on the building, located on Wythe Avenue between North 12th and 13th Streets, should be complete by the end of the year. They’re currently shooting to open on March 1, 2016, and we’ve obtained some renderings of the rooms and dining space.

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Williamsburg’s $6.5M Pad; East Village Birdman Flies the Coop

Ratter Smashes Trump Piñata: Chango

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Late Monday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was stabbed in the arm by a safety-scissors-weilding stranger on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

A 5K-square-foot Williamsburg penthouse is under contract for a neighborhood record $6.5 million. [NY Post]

Prosperity Dumpling on the Lower East Side was quickly shuttered by the Department of Health after a published photo revealed that the owners were using a neighborhood alley as their prep kitchen. [Bowery Boogie]

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Week in Film: Dada Brunch, Florida in Celluloid Form, and More


Have we got an interesting crew for you this week! Our lineup is a regular emotional rollercoaster, from feel-horrible humanitarian films about sex slaves and child soldiers all the way to feel-sick, total-garbage cult Martial Arts-action films. Don’t try to swallow them all at once is our only advice.

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The Yin Yangs Premiere ’21st Century,’ from Their New Tape Taste

Official Yin Yangs band photo (Photo via the Yin Yangs)

Official Yin Yangs band photo (Photo via the Yin Yangs)

It’s been a big summer for the Yin Yangs, the Brooklyn garage-psych-punk outfit you’ve most likely seen at any number of DIY venues around town. Right before they took off on a Southern tour, the trio played Gigawatts Fest back in July alongside their up-and-coming peers, some of the best rock bands in the city right now (Heaven’s Gate, Surfbort, Vulture Shit, Future Punx, etc.). And in September they’re dropping a new tape, Taste, their first true release since unleashing their digital demos in 2013. Lucky for you we got our grubby paws on “21st Century,” and are premiering the brand new track right here, right now for your listening pleasure.

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Like Champers and Oysters? The McCarren Hotel’s Rooftop Is Your New Xanadu

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After a brief turn as Sheltering Sky, the McCarren Hotel & Pool’s rooftop bar is now Xanadu. The year-round roof deck has been reimagined by Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) and Francesco Panella (Antica Pesa), the team behind the hotel’s new fern bar Oleanders.

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Art Exhibit: Girls at Night on the Internet

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Grace Miceli explains the name of the exhibit she has curated thusly: “Being a girl at night on the internet is where I personally found the confidence to share my work and to create this really supportive community of artists. For me, it’s an identity and a space I wanted to celebrate. Being a girl at night on the internet is where I met all these artists and, in a very basic way, it’s just a description of where this all comes from.”

Girls at Night brings one particularly creative corner of the internet to real life. It’s hard to imagine a better suited venue for it than this one fronted by Alt Citizen, the mini-music zine and online mag. Located where Bushwick meets Williamsburg, the art gallery/concept store has the feel of a hyper-net-aware Tumblr.

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Penelope Gazin Draws Monstrous Broads and Alien Goddesses as If She Were ‘Living in a Cave’

Penelope Gazin in front of her work (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Penelope Gazin in front of her work (Photo: Nicole Disser)

We’re guessing the world would look a whole lot different if bad ass women like Penelope Gazin had been well-represented in animation and comics from the start. But Gazin has her hand in so many projects, it’s almost as if she’s single-handedly trying to make up for lost time. Her paintings, drawings, and animations have a unique staying power, and will almost certainly end up plastered all over the walls of your skull if you spend some time with them. Gazin’s sassy, hilarious, and sometimes twisted images of alien babes and monster princesses don’t depart amicably.

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Watch This Giant Donald Trump Piñata Get Bashed to Bits

Stare into the void y'all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Stare into the void y’all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A flock of Trump groupies gathered on the eastern side of McCarren Park yesterday, but there was nary a “Thank You Lord Jesus” sign to be found. Instead they were wielding sticks and lining up to bash their patron saint. Well, in reality we can’t be sure where anybody helping to destroy a pair of Donald Trump piñatas–created by the people at Ratter— leans politically.

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Tap Your Inner ‘Good Ole Boy’ in Bushwick This Weekend

“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand. My point ain’t subtle. I’m a southern man,” are the opening lines to The Cadillac Three’s song “The South,” a country-meets-rock tune you might just catch if you stop by The Shop this Saturday.

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Lit Reopens September 11; Bernie Sanders Big in Bushwick

Smorgasburg 2015: Williamsburg, Madonna

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Police closed a Second Avenue convenience store, alleging stolen property and synthetic marijuana being sold on the premises. [EV Grieve]

East Village landlord Rafael Toledano is being investigated by the state for allegedly harassing his tenants. [NY Daily News]

The team who thought up the Lowline filed paperwork to open a “Lowline Lab” underneath Essex Street Market, where tests will be performed on how to best harvest sunlight. [Bowery Boogie]

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