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Bitterness Over St. Marks Starbucks

(Photo: Shannon Barbour)

Hell no, we won’t Frappuccino. 

Nearly 50 residents, small business owners, activists and crusties alike attended an anti-Starbucks rally Thursday evening in the East Village.
The crowd gathered at St. Marks and Avenue A, where the chain plans to open a new store, to discuss what another Starbucks would mean for the community. Increased corporate presence, increased rents, increased tenant harassment, increased property taxes, increased vacant properties, decreased retail diversity, decreased community involvement– the list of fears went on.

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The Water Table Loses Its Dinner Boat, Looks Toward a Cloudy Horizon

Captain Kelli Farwell with the Revolution (Photo: The Water Table Instagram)

In April we shared the sad news that The Water Table’s boat, the Revolution, was hit by a large tugboat, forcing them to postpone their scheduled dinner cruises. Since then, there have been even more setbacks.

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Spread the Blerd: Black Nerds Get a Con of Their Own

(Photo courtesy of Blerd City Con)

Black nerds unite!

There’s no shortage of black nerds a.k.a. blerds and there’s a bunch of black writers, actors, and artists, but there’s definitely a lack of representation in popular nerd cultureit’s been 19 years since Marvel has made a new film with a black protagonistand in conventions. That’s where Clairesa Clay and Blerd City Con come in.

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Hit This Zine Fest to Find Out Whether Your Last Bender Was Immortalized in ‘Bar Scrawl’

(Photo courtesy of Bill Roundy)

Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is coming to Williamsburg next Saturday and there will be some interesting zines up for grabs including Fracking Can Be Fun and Homos in Herstory. Bill Roundy will also be there selling Bar Scrawl, his Brooklyn bar review guides. These aren’t the kind of reviews you’d read in Frommer’s or on TripAdvisor. They’re cartoon guides with some different takes on places you’ve probably been before or have been wanting to check out.

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Eggloo Is Bringing Its Egg-Waffle Ice Cream Cones to the East Village

(Photo courtesy of Eggloo)

The East Village is getting another trendy dessert spot this weekend. This time it’s in the form of egg waffles topped with ice cream and a ton of fixings. Looks like Wowfulls might have some competition.

Eggloo is opening a new shop for the popular Hong Kong dessert on Avenue A right across from Tompkins Square Park– its second location in the city after a Chinatown one opened last February.

Those who make it out to the grand opening on Saturday and Sunday will be treated to a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all waffle cones and their new make-your-own ice cream sandwiches. As an added bonus, Eggloo will be debuting some new cookie, soft serve and drizzle flavors.

The new cookies are chocolate chip, chocolate black sesame, ube coconut and matcha white chocolate.

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Rockaway Summer House Offers Buddhism on the Beach

(Photo courtesy of Giovanna Maselli)

Peace and quiet is hard to come by in New York City. Even trying to zen out in a yoga class can prove quite difficult with all the sirens, shouting and nondescript music perpetually playing in the background. On the other hand, leaving the island will cost you. You can rent a mini cabin in a mystery location for $165 per night, or you can take the A train down to the Rockaways for a free, all-inclusive meditation retreat.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe, Sharks Wash Up On City Shores

(Photo: Dylan Sirgiovanni)

Who needs a screening of Jaws on the water when you can see a real, live shark in Rockaway Beach?

No, it’s not a great white, but Instagram user Dylan Sirgiovanni spotted this sizeable, bug-eyed fish, which looks like a dusky shark, at 136th Street. He said he saw it on Tuesday evening and after snapping a picture, he did what any person with a healthy disregard for their hands would dohelped it back into the water.

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