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Yet Another Williamsburg Longtimer, The Abbey, Is Closing

(Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Williamsburg’s “BEST NO BULLSHIT, NO TOURISTS, ALL AROUND GREAT LOCAL BAR” is closing. The Abbey, a neighborhood fixture for over two decades, will shutter this Thursday. This follows news that two other local longtimers, Enid’s and Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern, are also closing.

The owner of the building at 536 Driggs plans to fully renovate it, according to a permit application that was approved last week.

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Taco ‘Bout a Bummer: San Loco Is Closing Its Williamsburg Location

(Photo via San Loco’s Instagram)

Back in 2017, San Loco left the East Village after 30 years of serving tacos there, and last year it left Bushwick. Now the “gringo Mex” institution is closing up its Williamsburg shop, in part because of the L train “nightmare.” Its last day will be February 24, but the owners hope to reopen nearby and have launched a fundraiser in hopes that fans will, well, shell out.

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Inside DeKalb Market Hall’s New Music Venue and Cocktail Bar, Opening This Weekend

Understudy. (Photo: Liz Clayman)

Could Downtown Brooklyn be the new destination for catching live music? And not just at Barclays? Hot on the heels of the reincarnated Hank’s Saloon bringing foot-stomping jams to the space above Hill Country Food Park, the nearby DeKalb Market Hall is also adding live music to its numerous food options, by opening up a performance venue with a cocktail bar attached. DeKalb Stage opens this weekend.

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The Hottest Valentine’s Dates in New York Are… Red Lobster and Applebee’s?

Valentine’s Day is, of course, when the city’s master toques spin sensuous tasting menus by pulling oysters, cocoa nibs, and other aphrodisiacs from their quiver. But are New Yorkers taking their lovers to Applebee’s and Outback Steakhouse instead?

The folks over at Lyft have sent over a list of “the most popular Valentine’s spots in New York City,” according to their ride-share data from last year. And we’re not talking Le Bernardin. More like Benihana.

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Dan Smith Will Teach You How to Be Chill About Being in Broad City

(Photo via Comedy Central)

We’ve long had an obsession with flyer folk, and last night on Broad City, Abbi became one of them when her laundromat lost a treasured clothing item and she decided to post flyers for her “MISSING SWEATSHIRT” (or was that “MISSING: SWEATSHIRT”?). At one point, she ducks into a deli and posts her flyer right next to a parody of the mother of them all: “Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar.”

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The East Village Now Has a Bone-Broth Kiosk

(Photo via Brodo’s Instagram)

Because a bone-broth window wasn’t enough, the East Village now has a bone-broth kiosk. Brodo, which started as a takeout window adjacent Marco Canora’s Hearth restaurant, has temporarily taken over the Astor Place kiosk that belonged to La Newyorkina and is now ladling out bubbling, bracing broth.

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Snarkitecture Is Now Selling Tickets For Snark Park, Their Artsy ‘Enchanted Forest’ at Hudson Yards

A lot is happening uptown at Hudson Yards, the so-called “neighborhood of the future.” This week alone, developers unveiled the installations by Frank Stella and other artists that will be displayed across the site’s building lobbies, and it was announced that restaurateur Danny Meyer would open a 3,000-square-foot, 121-seat all-day cafe on the ground floor of The Shed, the arts center and concert hall due to open this spring with productions by Björk, Steve Reich and others. The Danny Meyer project joins others by A-list chefs like David Chang, Thomas Keller, and José Andrés.

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