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Marcha Cocina Marches From Washington Heights to the East Village

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Marcha Cocina opened its second location last week on Avenue C between 7th and 8th Street, bringing to Alphabet City the Latin-influenced Spanish tapas and light, airy atmosphere that made the restaurant popular at its Michelin-approved Washington Heights location.
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Cooper Union President Resigns; LES Ferry Details Revealed

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Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharucha announced his resignation last night, effective June 30. [Hyperallergic] This week the city revealed more info about their plan to introduce ferry service to the Lower East Side in 2018. [The Lo-Down] Residents of 262 E. Second Street are petitioning against aspects of mixologist Albert Trummer’s forthcoming Avenue C cocktail lounge. [EV Grieve] More →

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Peep Some Mini, Artsy Water Towers at These Two Openings

Claw Money's tower will be at "Towers of Power" event.

Claw Money’s tower will be at “Towers of Power” event.

What’s (possibly) more Brooklyn than Jay Z? Water towers. Or at least that’s what Boundless Brooklyn, a company that creates replica DIY model kits of the towers and other iconic New York City structures, would argue. Their water towers are featured in two upcoming art installations – one at MoMA Design Store and the other at a boutique that only sells Brooklyn-made goods, aptly named By Brooklyn.
This isn’t the water towers’ first appearance as an art installation – earlier this year they appeared at a MoMA Design Store show that featured the artists Zero Productivity and MURRZ.
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House of Yes Inches Toward Completion, Will Be All Kinds of Awesome By Fall

A makeshift entrance (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A makeshift entrance (Photo: Nicole Disser)

House of Yes is nearing rebirth, and co-founder Anya Sapozhnikova (who along with her partner Kae Burke was dubbed a member of the Brooklyn Establishment) promised that a “next level” venture is on the horizon. “Everything here has to be really fucking awesome,” she explained. When we dropped by the new House of Yes today, just steps away from the Jefferson stop in Bushwick, it was hard to believe the place was part of the craziness of Bushwick Open Studios last weekend. “It was so packed, like wall-to-wall, people couldn’t even get in,” Anya recalled. For now, the place has once again kicked up the sawdust and instead of performers, aerialists, and burlesque babes, we were met with sweaty construction workers. But Anya– who’s been through a fire, police raids, and evictions– seemed intent on forging through the final weeks of wood saws, drills, and hammers.
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Mike Love of Beach Boys On Love & Mercy: ‘Poor Brian, He’s Had a Rough, Rough Time’

(Photo: David McClister)

(Photo: David McClister)

When the Lower East Side Film Festival starts Thursday, Mike Love of the Beach Boys will be one of six judges. Love, who co-wrote and sang lead vocals on hits like “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun,” tells us he’s watched over a dozen films in preparation for the 10-day fest, but one film he says he hasn’t yet had a chance to see is Love & Mercythe newly released biopic about his cousin and former bandmate Brian Wilson. Still, when we spoke to him Monday, Love addressed some of the band drama (or lack thereof?) depicted in the film. And before he raced off to create “excitations” in his audience (50 years later, the Beach Boys continue to spread good vibes on tour, with Love as MC), he also filled us in on a book that will tell his own story.
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Shows: Give in to the Festivities or Frolic with the Punks

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Northside Festival is here, which means all your favorite venues are going to be filled with butt loads of people. If you’re hitting up any one of your usual spots in Brooklyn for a show this weekend– even this year’s venue newcomers like Alphaville, Aviv, and Pet Rescue are in the fest’s fold– chances are it’s going to be a Northside joint. So if you’re gonna really get out there and do the damn thing this weekend, save yourself some trubz and grip a pass. You may lament the crowds, but you can’t deny that a festival brings something like pure joy to your usual Friday or Saturday night kicks.
Based on what we’ve learned from close observers of festival culture, you’re likely to see naturally occurring people dressed in cringe-inducing headdresses and bro boats shotgunning beers. But since this is North Brooklyn and not Bro-chella, we’re guessing the headwear will be a little more culturally self-aware (e.g. an ode to 19th century farmers who had it made or something) and at least those beers will be craft. But remember, Northside may be the thing to do, but it’s not all there is.
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Greenpoint Bodega Freakout; Tattoo Museum Seeks Funds

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Robert Alan Diaz, a 39-year-old rapper from Brooklyn who went by the stage name Pumpkinhead, died yesterday in a New Jersey hospital. The cause of death has not been released. [NY Daily News] Early Friday night a Greenpoint store clerk was arrested for assault after throwing a soda bottle at a customer’s face. [Brooklyn Paper] A new gallery, Lyles & King, recently opened at 106 Forsyth Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie] More →