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This Little Long Island Luncheonette Is Now ‘Open For Biz’ in the East Village

Archie's & Sons on Third Avenue (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Archie’s & Sons on Third Avenue (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Get excited, Astor Place lunch-hour zombies (we’re looking in the mirror here) — there’s a new chow spot in town. Archie & Sons, the throwback luncheonette-style diner we told you about last month, opened its doors in the East Village today.
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Dead Shark Mystery Solved; CBGB Movie Trailer a ‘Love Letter’ to Hilly

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Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope

Feel unsafe walking home at night in Greenpoint, what with all the disturbing behavior in the neighborhood? Jay Ruiz, founder of the borough’s popular two-wheeled escort service, Brooklyn Bike Patrol, said Greenpointers shouldn’t hesitate to call for a cycle home. Ruiz also encourages local volunteers to put their own bikes to good use. [Greenpointers]

The mystery of the dead shark on the N train yesterday has been solved: photos surfaced from earlier in the day of kids on Brighton Beach holding the fanged fish, which had purportedly washed to shore. A report provided by a family friend assured that it was, indeed, the same shark. [Gothamist] More →

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Some Bushwick Seniors Had to Salsa Alone After Vito Lopez Stood Them Up

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Party time! (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez.
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Does This Man Have the Best Job in All of Brooklyn?

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During the six months he’s been a barback at Pumps, six or seven dudes have asked Dillan Raia the same question: “How did you get that job?”

The Long Islander was doing flooring for his uncle when a family friend told him about every 23-year-old’s dream gig. He immediately sniffed an opportunity. “They don’t want to just hire any random person,” Raia points out. “You don’t know if someone is going to be a creep or pedophile, like, smelling all the girls’ butts.”
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There Was a Car Fire on the Williamsburg Bridge [Updated]

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

High drama on the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon, as a car headed for Brooklyn caught fire shortly before 1:47 p.m.

The blaze, which shut down the east-bound lane, was extinguished by 2:39 p.m., but not before some folks on Twitter and Instagram got some pretty intense shots. It’s uncertain what caused the fire; no one was injured, the FDNY said.
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Mr. SMITHE Goes to Bushwick: Mexico City Artist Finishes Up Epic Mural

SMITHE at work at Vandervoort Place (Photo: Paula Villanueva for All City Canvas)

SMITHE at work at Vandervoort Place (Photo: Paula Villanueva for All City Canvas)

Today, a Mexico City artist will complete a 200-foot-long mural on a Bushwick wall that had previously been covered with work by JR and Jim Avignon.

SMITHE started the epic piece Monday of last week, but the story of the wall goes back to 2007, when Ali Ha opened Factory Fresh, a gallery focusing on urban art, just around the corner from a derelict alley.
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It’s Called Tropical Contact, and the Guy From Call Box Wants to Give It to You

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Laser-dancers at The Call Box. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Grab a Hawaiian shirt: Timothy Traynor, of Call Box Lounge dance party fame, is debuting Tropical Contact tonight at Isa. No, Tropical Contact isn’t a euphemism for some unspeakable jungle malady: it’s an island-themed soiree involving free beer, tropical fabrics, laid-back Caribbean tracks and a “nothing pretentious” great time, according to Traynor.
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Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City.
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