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Mr. Throwback Stuck His Finger in His Dunk-a-roo Icing (Let’s Face It – Who Didn’t?)

This week, we asked Mr. Throwback what his childhood snack of choice was. Gushers? Fruit Roll-Ups? Fun Dip? Bugles? Damn, the ’90s had good snacks.

Yes, all of those artificial ingredient-laden treats were fun and delicious, but Mr. Throwback went with the most fun and delicious treat of them all: Dunk-a-roos!
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A Fact-Checking Note for This Bar-Hating Graffitist

Graffiti at 151 Avenue C (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Graffiti at 151 Avenue C (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

One curmudgeonly graffiti artist is not on board with the watering hole set to open at 151 Avenue C.

The artist should note that Nublu, the bar/experimental music venue taking over this space, previously existed just down the street at 62 Avenue C. The venue, which is a popular haunt for musicians, was forced to temporarily relocate to 1st Avenue back in 2011 when the city revoked their liquor license (it was discovered that Nublu was located too close to a nearby Jehova’s Witness Kingdom Hall to legally serve liquor).

At any rate, Nublu isn’t an additional bar (i.e. “more”). Perhaps our anonymous naysayer failed to do his or her research.

 

 

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Katz’s Sues Katz and Dogz, Car Plows Through Crowd at SXSW

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(Photo: beau-dog Flickr)

Katz’s is suing a competing pastrami truck for naming its operation “Katz & Dogz.” We are currently fashioning our “Team Katz’s” -shirts in order to capitalize… er… show our support. [NY Daily News]

Two are dead and many are injured after a car evading a drunk driving stop plowed through a crowd at SXSW. [Austinist]

Check out the glitzy new interior of the restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank. [NY Times]

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Brooklyn Buildings Marketed to Beijingers; BrisketTown Taps Free Kegs

First Street Green

(photo: Scott Lynch)

What does that pesky groundhog know? The truest sign of spring arrived yesterday: Gemma at The Bowery Hotel put its tables outside. [Eater]

It’s a sad day for pizza lovers (so, everyone). LES pizzeria San Marzano, which had initially closed temporarily due to a burst pipe, is now closed for good. [Grub Street]

Some investors from Beijing are advertising some very fancy looking apartments on China’s largest real estate website. But wait… these apartments are at 421 Kent, in Williamsburg! []
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Spiegel Opens Monday With Fish Tacos and Cali Coffee

Spiegel's inviting interior. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Spiegel’s inviting interior. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Forget Arabian/French, Japanese/Ukrainian or Swedish/Mexican — new neighborhood joint Spiegel is ditching the East Village trend of unexpected cuisine marriages and going simply “International.” “I grew up in Israel, I lived in New York for 13 years and traveled Central America,” says owner Shmulike Avital. “I picked up good stuff from all over.”
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Jorge Arias of Bushwick’s The Sampler Has Opened an East Village Wine Shop

The interior of Urban Wines (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The interior of Urban Wines (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Urban Wines. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Urban Wines. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The opening of a new wine store is always cause for celebration, particularly if it boasts a healthy selection of bottles under $15, daily tastings and signage featuring Walter White. That’s precisely what you get with Urban Wines, which opened this past Saturday on First Avenue between Second and Third Streets.

“Every day I like to have a glass of wine,” says owner Jorge Arias. “So I open a bottle and share it with the customers.”
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At Independent, There Are Newspapers in Jars and Pickled Veggies in Tables

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours (2014), at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours” at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The Independent art fair (the art fair that prefers not to be described as an art fair) opened its doors yesterday evening. To its credit, it does avoid many of the typical art fair evils. There are no square booths, exhibitors are typically friendly – even if you don’t look like you’re wielding a checkbook, and natural light streams through the windows. Located in Chelsea at what was once the Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition space, the whole Independent experience is rather palatable and pleasant.
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Trade Your Baubles For Fine Art at Cynthia Daignault’s Barter Shelf

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Do you have any small and valuable objects? A beloved rubber ducky? The first love letter you ever received? A condom that’s been in your wallet since the late ’90s? If you answered “yes,” you may be qualified to participate in Brooklyn-based artist Cynthia Daignault’s Das Tauschregal (The Barter Shelf).
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