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After a Shady Incident, Lunasa’s Back Patio Reopens in Time for the Game

(Photo: Sasha von Oldershausen)

(Photo: Sasha von Oldershausen)

Calamity struck at one of the city’s World Cup viewing destinations yesterday when a tree branch came crashing down onto Lunasa’s back patio.

There were no casualties from the fall, save a couple pint glasses and one wayward can of Modelo. But patrons were a little shaken, especially the honorary guest of one birthday party who came close to having what might have been the worst birthday ever.
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The Picture Show: A Microcinema That Spends 1/4 of its Profits on Alcohol

(Photo: Sasha Von Oldershausen)

(Photo: Sasha Von Oldershausen)

“Idealism and business rarely mix,” says Chester Kent, a lead character in Guy Maddin’s film, The Saddest Music in the World.

The Picture Show—a new experimental microcinema in Greenpoint—screened Maddin’s film (which is about finding the saddest music in the world during Depression era Winnipeg) on their opening night in early February. For Katya Yakubov and Daniel Hess, co-founders of the theater, idealism and business have found a rare place to converge… Except they haven’t exactly figured out the business part yet.
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With Days Left to Legalize Their Lofts, Some Scramble, Others Stew, Many Have No Idea

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Landlords call him “the devil.”

Meet Arthur Atlas, an architect specializing in loft design. He earned this disparaging title as a result of his work with tenant advocacy groups, and a lifetime of finding loopholes within the city’s convoluted property laws. Currently, Atlas is helping a man who lives on the roof of a building in a small, prefabricated home. The man has water and a kitchen — amenities he built up himself. “It’s a great place,” Atlas said, “but it’s on the friggin’ roof.”
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Shots Heard Round the World: Iranian Musicians Rocked By Brooklyn Tragedy

Clockwise from left: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz.

Clockwise: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz. (Photo: Yellow Dogs Facebook page)

The tragic killings of two members of Iranian expat band The Yellow Dogs rocked the local and national media outlets yesterday. Across the world, Iranian musicians were just as hard-hit by the news. “We were all shocked,” Sam Solino, keyboardist of the Tehran-based prog-rock band Liberty Square, told us in a Facebook message last night.
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We Thought It Was Going to Be a Slow News Day. Until THIS Happened

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Late-breaking news: Bedford + Bowery has learned that around 2pm today, a pack of unsuspecting pool-goers faced something possibly more vile than the infamous at McCarren Park Pool. Patrons of the Hamilton Fish Park Pool were evacuated after a small but explosive child vomited into the water.
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McCarren Park Pool Is OPEN (Don’t Worry, Swimmies Diapers Are For Sale)

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(Photo: Sasha Von Oldeshausen)

“No urinating or defecating in the pools,” states the NYC Parks Department’s official “Pool Rules.”

Not so at McCarren Park Pool, where swimmers were once made to evacuate the pool when a “brown cloud” dispersed within its waters. And that wasn’t the only cloud hanging over the pool last summer.

Instances of lewd behavior sprang up multiple times alongside more sobering reports of assault and theft, which included a cop getting socked in the face, and lifeguards who were attacked by a bunch of rowdy, backflipping kids.

But that wasn’t enough to deter swimmers when the pool reopened today. By 10:30 a.m., a sizable line had already formed outside its gates.
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Bike-Loving Hasids Want More Pedals in the Shtetl

Bike-Loving Hasids Want More Pedals in the Shtetl
Black and blue. (Photo: Sasha Von Oldershausen)

Black and blue. (Photo: Sasha Von Oldershausen)

They don’t roll on Shabbos, or anytime else. But among the Hasidim of South Williamsburg, a grassroots organization is pushing for more bike-share stations.

Hasidim For Bikes, founded late last month, is committed to uniting those members of the Hasidic community who are psyched for bikes — and bummed about a perceived dearth of bike stations south of Broadway.
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