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Meximania: La Lucha Closes, Blockheads Opening Next Week

Site of new Blockheads located 60 3rd Av

Site of new Blockheads located 60 3rd Av

If you’re among those who feel like the East Village is looking more and more like Murray Hill, you’ll get a kick out of this one. Blockheads, the Cal-Mex chain that launched on Third Avenue and 34th Street back in 1992, is opening its East Village location in a couple of weeks.

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Wanna Fake Stab Someone in Dumbo On Friday? Come Out and Play!

Come Out and Play 2014 (Photo: Lia Bulaong)

Come Out and Play 2014 (Photo: Lia Bulaong)

Stick with me here for a sec. OK, so you’re blindfolded and holding a “knife” (retractable) in a “graveyard” (technically, Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza), stalking out an opponent you need to “impale” (prod) for victory. For those still reading, as you may suspect I’m describing a kind of game. Specifically, it’s titled Rose Macbeth and forms one of the many “big games” on offer this Friday evening at the 10th annual Come Out and Play: After Dark festival.

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Nolita Just Got a Pop-Up Beach With Artsy Towels and 7,000 Pounds of Sand

Welcome to Nolita Beach (photo: Tictailerooni)

Welcome to Nolita Beach (photo: Tictailerooni)

Hot damn, it’s summer in the city. In celebration, a pop-up beach just appeared for the weekend at 171 Elizabeth Street. “Nolita Beach,” reads a blue neon sign outside the tiny gallery filled with 7,000 pounds of beach sand. Appropriately draped along its walls, like a set of functional tapestries, are beach towels created by ten prominent New York designers such as Jessica Walsh and Damien Correll. The crazed brain behind this bohemian beach is Tictail, an online marketplace where designers and artists create their own stores (think a less crunchy Etsy.)

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Bar Maestro Ravi DeRossi Takes On Tiki at Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl (photo: Caitlin Morelli)

Mother of Pearl (photo: Caitlin Morelli)

After six months of renovations following an unfortunate sinking situation, the former Gin Palace re-opened at the corner of East Sixth Street and Avenue A last night under its shiny new banner, Mother of Pearl. Taking cues from tiki traditions, Mother of Pearl has been described by owner Ravi DeRossi as “postmodern Polynesia.”

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Want to Get ‘Permanently Tweaked’? Make a Miniature Painting Every Day

Lorraine Loots (photo: Rob Scher)

Lorraine Loots (photo: Rob Scher)

Can you think of an activity you’ve completed every single day for two years? While I’d struggle to even claim taking a brush to my molars that consistently, South African miniaturist Lorraine Loots extended hers (brush, not molars) to 730 photorealistic watercolor paintings, the prints of which will be on display this Wednesday at Three Kings Studio in Williamsburg.

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Ex-Workers Picket Grand Sichuan as Wage Dispute Rages On

Picketers outside Grand Sichuan Restaurant. (photo: Rob Scher)

Picketers outside Grand Sichuan Restaurant. (photo: Rob Scher)

“Take a stand against sweatshop restaurants! DON’T PATRONIZE GRAND SICHUAN!” read the flier handed out on St. Marks Place by several ex-employees of the Chinese-food favorite yesterday. They claim they were fired as a result of involvement in a previous lawsuit filed against the restaurant’s owner, Xiao Tu Zhang.

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