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Comedy This Week: Amy Poehler Totally Wants to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)

Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)

This weekend marks the arrival of the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, the multi-day improv extravaganza hosted annually by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, with over 420 shows on 7 stages. Expect to see UCB mainstays like Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Veep’s Matt Walsh, The Office’s Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods, plus a whole lot of other SNL alums, Apatow-types and familiar faces. While the main theater in Chelsea always has epic lines, there’s still plenty of fun to be had over at UCB East or on some of the smaller stages.

If you don’t feel like springing for a $30 weekend pass, tickets for some of the bigger name shows can be bought individually from the UCB website. Or, for something completely different, check out our roundup of this week’s best laugh-ins, stand-ups and make-em-ups.
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East Villagers, Will You Like 7-Eleven Now That It’s Holding On to Your Spare Keys?

East Villagers, Will You Like 7-Eleven Now That It’s Holding On to Your Spare Keys?
Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Folks sure seem to feel strongly about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

7-Eleven, ruthless corporate hegemon and tyrannical purveyor of Slurpees, has become something of a pariah in the East Village as of late. But with the advent of a new 7-Eleven-based startup, which promises to combat “an insanely annoying problem that every single person in this city faces,” might the Big Gulp goliath finally succeed in getting into the good books of East Villagers (and not just Jimmy McMillan)?
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Study: Rents in Chinatown and LES Still Cheaper Than City Median, But Rising

Screen shot 2013-06-24 at 12.33.21 PMA new study tells us what we might’ve guessed from the recent proliferation of ping pong-tabled “event spaces”: gentrification is on the rise in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Or so concludes a report studying Asian neighborhoods in Boston, New York and Philadelphia in order to analyze displacement occurring as a result of higher rents (and no, we’re not just talking about ).
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Jimmy McMillan Couldn’t Stop the Rent From Going Even Damn Higher

Jimmy McMillan Couldn’t Stop the Rent From Going Even Damn Higher
(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Whelp, it’s official: the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, as expected, just approved rent hikes of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75 percent for two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments, according to Fox News.

Among the usual protesters who turned up outside of the meeting at Cooper Union’s foundation building was Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan.

The mayor of Papaya King wasn’t impressed with last night’s actual-mayoral debate. “They’re talking about stop and frisk, gun control,” he told us. “I’m talking about landlord control.”
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Lil’ Nugs | Massive Meat Smoker Coming to Union Square, Real-Estate News For Really Tall People

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

(Photo: Courtesy of History Channel.)

(Photo: Courtesy of History Channel.)

Via the B +B  tip line: next Tuesday, the History Channel’s Cross Country Cookout tour is bringing its 80-foot barbecue smoker and grill to Union Square. There’ll be free food from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. This beast can grill 1,000 hot dogs or 500 burgers at one time, so start fasting now. [Bedford + Bowery]

In other meals-on-wheels news, Red Hook Lobster Pound, a beloved stable of Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea, was voted the best food truck in the U.S by the Daily Meal. [Brooklyn Flea]

Some real-estate news for really tall people: a super-sized East Village home originally built for a 6-foot-9 man hit the market today for a neat $6.5 million. [DNA Info] More →

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Think Cronuts Are a Big Deal? Look at This Ice-Cream-Sundae Toast Castle

Think Cronuts Are a Big Deal? Look at This Ice-Cream-Sundae Toast Castle

By now you know that cronuts, the biggest phenomenon in crossbreeding since ligers, have become a viral phenomenon to rival even our most venerated online institutions, like Ryan Gosling Vs. a Puppy, or Grumpy Cat.

As a fledgling web operation, Bedford + Bowery is in need of just such a morsel of clickbait, and since our “Game of Thrones” birthday cake doesn’t seem to have gone viral (yet!), we were more than a little excited to see that a new pastry shop had opened on St. Marks Place. Might the next cronut be right under our nose?
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Check Out This Blood-Spattered ‘Game of Thrones’ Birthday Cake

Photo: Sweet and Shiny Cafe

Elaine Li of Bushwick’s Sweet & Shiny Cafe made an awesome “Game of Thrones”-themed “nameday” cake last week for one lucky Northman. What better way to cope with (read: eat) your feelings now that the season is over and we are all in Westeros withdrawal?
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We Go To Raves and Instagram Them So You Don’t Have To

Already craving more Bedford + Bowery in your life? We thought so. Follow all our exploits on Instagram as we photograph, filter and #hashtag all the cultural goodies on offer in our favorite neighborhoods.

This weekend we went to a sprawling indoor-outdoor party at 299 Meserole thrown by masters of debauchery Bang On NYC (yep, we did a lot of Banging this weekend). In the interest of supporting our fellow ravers, we’d like to refer everyone to this Craigslist Missed Connection. Good luck, shirtless tall guy. We’re rooting for you.

#Nofilter folks, we love you, too. Submit your shots to our Flickr group and we’ll share the standouts with our readers.

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At Rooftop Supper Club, a Sunset Hang With Mr. ‘Cook to Bang’

This past Saturday, Spencer Walker, the author of the pickup-artist cookbook “Cook to Bang” (think Martha Stewart for the Tucker Max set) mingled with a group of about 80 people on a private rooftop in his home neighborhood of Williamsburg.

No, he wasn’t teaching them how to “bring out their date’s inner slut” through recipes like “Tap that ass-paragus soup” and “miso horny cod.” Walker insists that the supper club he produces with his friend Will Holloway is entirely separate from “Cook to Bang.”
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