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We’ve Debunked That Urban Legend About Curry Row, Thanks to This Newcomer

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

There’s an urban legend that all of the restaurants on Curry Row, in the East Village, share the same kitchen. We’ve even heard there’s an underground tunnel connecting them all. Today, in talking to the owner of East Sixth Street’s newest Indian establishment, we’ve debunked that myth. ONCE AND FOR ALL!
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This Man Helped the ‘Homeless (Hipsters)’ of McCarren Park

Hot on the heels of The Onion’s “hipster molting season” video, Scott Rogowsky has gone and kicked Williamsburg’s scruffier denizens while they’re down. In the video above, the host of Running Late dresses in his preppiest attire (at least, we hope that’s his preppiest attire) and reaches out to McCarren Park’s “homeless (hipsters),” as he puts it to us in an email. Here’s hoping he eventually gave that fruit to the actual homeless folks in the park.

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This East Village Institution Is Celebrating 25 Years of Big-Ass Burgers

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As everyone mourns the passing of Bereket, it’s heartening to see another old-timer celebrating its 25th anniversary — with bells on. On July 19, Paul’s Da Burger Joint will rewind its prices (and music selection) back to 1989, when it opened near the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks.
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Here’s Jimmy McMillan’s Incredible Song About an ‘Outhouse Specialist’ Named HamBone

Since we last admired the musical stylings of Rent Is Too Damn High candidate Jimmy McMillan, he’s pumped out soulful tunes about having just 50 cents and empty nest syndrome — and he’s even endorsed Hillary Clinton for president (so much for that Republican phase). But the above music video, which clocks in at six and a half minutes, might just be his masterpiece.
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Judd Apatow and a Disconcertingly Clean-Shaven Louis CK Have Been Dropping into the Comedy Cellar

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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Williamsburg Gets a Malaysian ‘Night Market’ (More of a Restaurant, Really)

After Anthony Bourdain visited Laut, Salil Mehta hoped more foodies — rather than the usual after-work crowd — would flock to his well-regarded Union Square restaurant. “So I started keeping pig intestines on the menu,” he told us. “And three weeks went by and only one person ordered it.”
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Dunkin’ Has Done Its Plunkin’ and Our Spirits Are Sunken

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As expected, Dunkin’ Donuts has plunked down on Cooper Square, in the former home of Norman’s Sound & Vision — because apparently the one thing that was missing from Latte Row was cookie-dough coffee. It remains to be seen whether No 7-Eleven will form a splinter group called Dunkin’ DoNOT.