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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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A Blessing and a Setback For Steiner at Mary Help of Christians Site

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Things have been quiet at the Mary Help of Christians site ever since the 96-year-old church was torn down over the summer — and it looks like they’ll stay that way for now. The Department of Buildings has disapproved plans to build a 7-story building on the lot between East 11th and 12th Streets, off of Avenue A.
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Surviving Members of The Yellow Dogs Say They’ll Play On, Are Planning a Benefit

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

In the hours following the triple homicide and suicide in East Williamsburg on Monday morning there were conflicting reports about the victims, the shooter, and the relationship between them. This morning, the surviving members of the Yellow Dogs — Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai — released an official statement with the help of their manager Ali Salehezadeh, street artists Icy And Sot, and their friend Pooya Hosseini, a member of the band, the Free Keys, that the shooter had been kicked out of.
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Stews and Booze! There’s a New Persian Spot in the East Village

That coffee-and-crepes spot isn’t the only newcomer on First Avenue. On the other side of St. Marks Place, around the corner from where Cafe Rakka recently closed for renovations, Parmys Persian Fusion just opened, serving what it says is the “first and only Persian food in the East Village.”

Co-owners Amir and Mojgan Raoufi, from the northern Iranian city of Tabriz, hope to fill what they see as a culinary void.
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The Lower East Side’s Newest Gallery Is Named After John Singer Sargent

(Photo courtesy Sargent

(Photo courtesy Sargent’s Daughters)

The Area exhibit isn’t the only exciting thing happening in the downtown art world: last night Sargent’s Daughters, a gallery named after painter John Singer Sargent, opened at 179 East Broadway.

The gallery’s first show, “Painting 101,” features (you guessed it) paintings by Francesca DiMattio, Dennis Hollingsworth, Jonathan Lasker, Sandi Slone and Daniel Rios Rodríguez.
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