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On Governors Island, the Hills Have Slides

“The air is heavenly up here,” a lady exclaimed delightedly into her phone as she paused her climb up the large granite slabs of Outlook Hill, the 70-foot-tall hill comprising the new highest point of Governors Island. Indeed, with a mild breeze tempering the sun’s otherwise aggressive rays and a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, I wasn’t too opposed to her declaration.
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Four Readings: This Month’s Prose Bowl, Sarah Anderson’s Webcomics Come to Print, and a Road Trip Gone Wrong

TUESDAY

(Photo: Courtesy of The Prose Bowl)

(Photo: Courtesy of The Prose Bowl)

The Prose Bowl XII
July 19, 6:30pm at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street at Richardson Street, Williamsburg.
The Prose Bowl (billed as “one part literature, one part bloodsport, one part American Idol”) is a sort-of nerdy battle royale for writers to win fame, glory, recognition… or just a free drink. On the third Tuesday of each month, four writers compete to see who has the best short story. Since it’s an open-mic affair, the writers’s names are randomly picked from a hat beforehand and are then subjected to the scrutiny of a panel and the audience. Each story is about five minutes long, and can include poetry or prose. Then there’s the lightning round, where the panel picks two of the competing writers, who then have to come up with quick stories, after which a winner is selected. It’s rowdy, it’s fun, it’s often hilarious, and it’s during happy hour, if you need any other incentives.

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Unlock Some Kim K-Level Skills at Tonight’s Selfie Tutorial

(Photo: Courtesy of Emily Oberg)

(Photo: Courtesy of Emily Oberg)

Are you tired of practicing your best pout in the mirror, positioning yourself in a way that minimizes upper-arm flab, and sexily tousling your hair while you hold your phone up in the air, only to be rewarded with a double chin, a half-closed eye, and a rat’s nest on your head? Then get yourself together and take your sorry, subpar-selfie-taking self to (where else?) American Apparel in Williamsburg tonight.

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Celebrate Williamsburg’s Answer to Pretty Little Liars This Sunday at Muchmore’s

(Photo: Courtesy of Shark Party Media)

(Photo: Courtesy of Shark Party Media)

A while back we gave you the heads up about Search Party, in which Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development fame tries to solve the mystery of a missing girl amid a group of fashionable, quasi-narcissist North Brooklynites.

While we wait for that show to come to TBS, another Williamsburg-shot comedy-suspense series– this one created by BFFs Ilana Michelle Rubin and Lana Schwartz– is set to hit the web Wednesday.

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Comedian Hits the Motherlode, Plays 16 Moms Onstage

(Photo: Courtesy of Carrie McCrossen)

(Photo: Courtesy of Carrie McCrossen)

Carrie McCrossen has moms on her mind. More specifically, she has about 16 moms on her mind. There’s hardcore career mom, there’s “overtly accommodating of her children” mom, and then there’s “still wants to be seen as a sexual creature but also is a bit nervous about that” mom. And she gets to play them all.
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Could This LES Park Building Be Turned into a Communal Kitchen or a Bike Co-Op?

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Whose park? Their park. If they can just get their ducks in a row.
Lower East Side stakeholders gathered yesterday evening to discuss how best to rally together as they call for the transformation of a derelict building into a vibrant community center.
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A By-the-Public, For-the-Public Art Project Takes Shape Under the FDR

Conceptual rendering of the installation (Photo: Courtesy of NY State Senate)

Conceptual rendering of the installation (Photo: Courtesy of NY State Senate)

The Department of Transportation’s newest pet project has been the DOT Art Initiative, which partners with artists and community organizations to bring some color into this concrete jungle. You might have caught last month’s “asphalt activation” at a Citi Bike docking station in Williamsburg. Now, the DOT has partnered up with New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and the non-profit Hester Street Collaborative to set up a temporary public art installation on the South Street median, starting at Rutgers Street.
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Let Your Nerd Flag Fly and Drink With Harry Potter and Pikachu

Dumbledore in boxers...? (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Dumbledore in boxers…? (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

What a time to be alive. Ours is an era where it’s not only socially acceptable but downright encouraged to gather in large groups, dress up as your favorite character from a fictional universe, and/or run around with your phone in front of your nose all day trying to catch imaginary little creatures through a virtual reality game. Even better? You can do all of these things while getting roaringly drunk at the following events.
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Missed Your Docs Appointment at Tribeca? Nitehawk’s Summer Series Is the Cure

(Photo: Courtesy of Nitehawk Cinema)

(Photo: Courtesy of Nitehawk Cinema)

In case you needed yet another film festival to bookmark this summer, Nitehawk Cinema has announced the lineup for its third annual summer documentary series. Starting Monday, July 18, Nitehawk will be screening four documentaries which were presented in the Tribeca Film Festival back in April.

The series starts off straight away with a jury favorite: Do Not Resist won Tribeca’s Best Documentary Feature. Craig Atkinson’s directorial debut focuses on the disconcertingly rapid militarization of the police in the United States– a timely subject if ever there was one.

On the 19th, Nitehawk will be screening Jenny Gage’s All This Panic, a coming-of-age story about seven teenage girls in New York. On the 20th, there will be a screening of Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, Maura Axelrod’s portrait of the artist Maurizio Cattelan.

On the 21st, the final film in the series will be Vanessa Gould’s Obit, which takes you into the offices (and yes, “the morgue”) of The New York Times obit writers. We caught that one at Tribeca and can tell you it’s a must-watch if you’ve ever wondered how many obits the Times has prewritten for living people. (Spoiler: about 1,700.)

All screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and will take place at 7:30pm, at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue).

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Four Readings: Growing Up in the Chelsea Hotel, Nerdy Road Trip, and Life in the Shadow of NASA

(Photo: Courtesy of Strand Books)

(Photo: Courtesy of Strand Books)

Tuesday
Nicolaia Rips: Trying to Float
July 12, 7pm at Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
The Chelsea Hotel is deeply entrenched in New York City folklore, and for good reason: basically anyone who’s ever made a name for themselves in the art, music, and literature scene of the 20th century has, at one point or another, set up camp there. Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, William S. Burroughs, Dylan Thomas, and Iggy Pop all enjoyed a stint in the famed hotel. The Chelsea also gained notoriety for less pleasant occurrences: Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of the Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious, was found stabbed to death in one of the hotel’s rooms, and many have reported sightings of paranormal activities within its walls.
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