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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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Luke’s Lobster, Gotham Pok√©, ¬†and More Premiere at the New Gansevoort Market

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

After opening in 2014, Gansevoort Market was unceremoniously booted earlier this year so that Keith McNally could take over the food hall’s space for a revival of his Meatpacking District longtimer Pastis, which itself had become homeless due to development. If you’re keeping score in this game of musical chairs, Gansevoort Market has quietly reopened on 14th Street and 9th Avenue with a host of new vendors in addition to some returning favorites.

One of the new stands is East Village-born Luke’s Lobster, located in the back of the market, which is still undergoing some serious construction. The outpost’s manager, Chad Bacon, told us things have “just kind of been word of mouth” while finishing touches are put on the food hall’s new digs. “But each day we’re getting more and more people coming by.”

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Luke’s has really been branching out of late: its lobster tail cart debuted in Battery Park in early June and will now also have a permanent spot in the new Williamsburg Whole Foods, alongside Roberta’s Pizza, when the store opens July 26. Bacon explained that the tail cart was Luke’s Lobster’s attempt to use all parts of the lobster, instead of just the tender knuckle and claw meat used in the rolls. The tails will be grilled, served on a stick, and accompanied with dipping sauces.

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Other new vendors at Gansevoort Market include Gotham Poké, which is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of poké, a type of Hawaiian raw fish and rice bowl. The stand, also located in the back of the market, serves up favorites such as Ahi tuna and spicy salmon over rice and pickled veggies.

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Bangkok Bar, a Thai eatery from the market’s previous location, is also back, and has additionally debuted a Korean street food joint called Oppa, complete with bibimbap, bulgogi beef wraps, and more.

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Other new additions include The Doughnut Project and Grinder, a salad and wrap spot.

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Returning establishments include Luzzo’s Pizzeria, Dana’s Bakery, Cr√™pe Sucre, The Meatball Guys, and Mission Ceviche, which will now include a build-your-own-ceviche option.

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Gansevoort Market, 353 West 14th Street at 9th Avenue.

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Summer Spells ‘Doomsday’ at Secret Project Robot’s Last Hurrah

The saddest rainbows in the world (Photo via Secret Project Robot)

The saddest rainbows in the world (Photo via Secret Project Robot)

In less than two weeks, Rainbow Hugs and Kisses: a Doomsday Celebration, the final closing ceremony/bye-bye art show at Secret Project Robot, will open as a “greatest hits” celebration of the last five years at their current space, 389 Melrose Street in¬†Bushwick.¬†Rachel Nelson, who co-directs the long-running DIY art and music venue with her partner Erik Zajaceskowski are moving on to their fourth (to be determined) location since the couple started an underground party place in Williamsburg known as Mighty Robot way, way back in 1998.

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Co-Owner of Glasslands Heir, Elsewhere, Talks Fixing DIY’s ‘Sustainability Problem’

(Image via Elsewhere/ PopGun Presents)

(Image via Elsewhere/ PopGun Presents)

Yesterday we told you what we know about Elsewhere, the new venue from the Glasslands crew set to open in East Williamsburg sometime this fall. As we speak,¬†the owners are wrapping up a $3 million makeover on the¬†24,000-square-foot warehouse they’ve landed that, when complete, will boast a 5,000-square-foot music¬†hall, among other performance spaces, all of them rigged with a superb sound system, plus a rooftop party zone, an art gallery called the “Skybridge,” a courtyard, even a “loft bar.”

It all sounds pretty grand, especially as a follow-up to Glasslands, which closed just as 2015 began, and in the course of its existence traded in and out some classic DIY features: homemade art installations (those clouds, tho), labyrinthine lofting, and swinging saloon doors between your bathroom break and the impatient line waiting behind you.

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MTA To House Displaced Bushwickers; Where to Drink on St. Mark’s Place

Yesterday afternoon, a motorcyclist was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition after he was hit by an SUV near the intersection of Metropolitan and Grand Avenues. [DNA Info]

Juan Scott plead guilty this week to sexually assaulting women in the East Village and Stuyvesant Town in 2014. Following the latter incident, he reportedly hid in a tree to evade capture. [DNA Info]

MTA officials vowed that this time next year, Bushwick residents forced from their homes¬†by the months-long M train repairs¬†will be housed at the organization’s expense. [Bushwick Daily]

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Wendy’s Subway Is Right On Track After Moving Further Down the L Line

The new Wendy's Subway storefront at 379 Bushwick Ave. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

The new Wendy’s Subway storefront at 379 Bushwick Ave. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

At the start of 2016, after two years at their second-floor studio on Metropolitan Avenue, non-profit library and writing space Wendy‚Äôs Subway moved two stops down the L train to a storefront at 379 Bushwick Avenue. The move wasn‚Äôt necessarily by choice‚ÄĒ in April DNAinfo reported that other artists who refused to move from the warehouse at the request of landlord Barnett Brickner ended up locked into a costly legal battle, and managing board member Rachel Valinsky told us they were ‚Äúessentially evicted, as most people in Brooklyn studios end up at some point or another.‚ÄĚ But, to borrow from colloquial literary metaphor, every cloud has a silver lining, and they‚Äôve been making the most of their new, smaller space since announcing their first open hours January 31.

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Four Films: Nelson Sullivan’s ’80s LES and ‘Violence, Motherfuckers!’


Nelson Sullivan’s Downtown: ’83 – ’89
Monday July 18, Tuesday July 26 (7:30 pm and 10 pm) at Spectacle: $5
When Nelson Sullivan, the tireless documentarian of the 1980s downtown party scene, died suddenly of a heart attack in 1989, not only did he refuse to go quietly into the ’90s and subsequently save himself from the disappointing developments of the aughts, but he left over 1,200 hours of footage in his wake. It was a “treasure trove of late-night videos,” according to Michael Musto. As the former Village Voice writer whose beat was the ins and outs of the Downtown party scene (he was largely responsible for some of the first coverage of the Michael Alig murder case), Musto should know some good gossip when he sees it.

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Here Are the Outdoor Movies Coming to Tompkins Square Park This Summer

(Photo: Joshua Davis for The Local East Village)

(Photo: Joshua Davis for The Local East Village)

Maybe you thought the summer’s outdoor film fests had already announced their lineups (and hopefully you snagged tickies to next Saturday’s sold-out screening of the Death by Audio documentary at Rooftop Films, followed by a set from A Place to Bury Strangers). If so, you were mistaken. In Rockaway, the annual Beach Flix series is still getting its act together, and in the East Village the folks at Howl! Arts have taken their sweet time letting us know what’s coming to Tompkins Square Park this summer. But good things come to cinefiles who wait.

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A Look Around Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, Opening Soon With $715 Rooms

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

The rooftop of the William Vale Hotel isn’t finished yet‚ÄĒright now the floor is covered in some kind of black canvas‚ÄĒbut I hardly noticed that when I was 21 stories up, with the Manhattan skyline to¬†the west and all of North Brooklyn surrounding me. Across the river, this altitude is nothing (the Flatiron building is 22 stories, for reference) but in Williamsburg it’s pretty mindboggling.

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Celebrate America’s Brexit at One of These 4th of July Ragers

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

You’re no doubt already counting down the hours till Independence Day weekend, with its blessed promise of a booze-soaked Monday (and Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday…). But don’t waste your precious free day standing in a massive, sweaty crowd all afternoon just to have any hope of glimpsing some fireworks thwarted when some NBA reject stand right in front of you at the last minute. Instead, spend it drinking, partying, and stuffing your face with grilled meats (or grilled meat substitutes), at one of these parties– no screaming toddlers included. Fireworks are overrated, anyway.

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Sock Man Returns to the East Village; Aska Comes Back to Williamsburg

Last week following a traffic incident in Williamsburg, the two cyclists in this video allegedly choked a bread truck driver and whipped him with a bike chain during a middle-of-the-night fight that partly occurred inside Union Deli & Grocery. [DNA Info]

Kanye West tweeted various Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan intersections on Monday night, where crowds gathered in vain to see the rapper and/or watch his new music video, “Famous.” [Bushwick Daily]

The Sock Man, who closed his St. Marks Place shop in January following a rent increase, will reopen a couple blocks from his original spot later this summer. [EV Grieve]

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Team Glasslands Is Opening Elsewhere, a Warehouse Venue in East W’burg

Elsewhere, so far just a $3 million enigma wrapped in an upside-down pyramid cutting through waves. (Image via PopGun Presents)

Elsewhere, so far just a $3 million enigma wrapped in an upside-down pyramid cutting through waves. (Image via PopGun Presents)

It’s only been about a year and a half since the closure of Glasslands Gallery, the¬†other¬†DIY venue on the Williamsburg waterfront– the one that was the button-down oxford (second-hand, but you couldn’t tell) to Death By Audio’s torn-up band tee. It wasn’t so¬†surprising– after 8 years of hosting indie rock, R&B,¬†techno, you-name-it shows in their cavernous, blackened industrial confines, their neighborhood along Kent Avenue no longer felt like the “forgotten backwater”¬†it did when they opened in 2006. Today¬†the Glasslands team announced¬†that it’s returning with a new venue in East Williamsburg, Elsewhere, set to open this fall– and it’s not just any old ramshackle DIY establishment, but a 24,000-square-foot affair¬†in a former warehouse. It’ll be #blessed with $3 million worth of pure sparkle, including a sprawling roof, food and¬†drink service, and an adjacent art space.

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