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Yo! Billboards Out of the Bike Lane!

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This advertisement for the Cellphone Doctor has been roving around the East Village since the shop opened on Avenue C late last year, but the fine weather has brought it out in full force. We’ve seen this guy pedaling down Second Avenue, at a snail’s pace, twice in the past couple of days — to the consternation of bikers.
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Bob Holman Fetes Steve Cannon, Announces a Hiccup in HOWL! Festival

Bob Holman at Howl! Festival in 2012. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)

This was already going to be a wistful week for Bob Holman, owner of the Bowery Poetry Club. Tonight and tomorrow, he’s hosting a farewell party for A Gathering of Tribes and its founder Steve Cannon, who are being forced to leave their home of 24 years on East Third Street. On top of that, Holman took to his blog yesterday to make an unexpected announcement: this year’s HOWL! Festival will no longer happen as planned.
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Mike Doughty On Downtown Nostalgia: ‘This Disease Is Omnipresent’

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Last week, Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing launched a crowd-funding campaign for his next two solo albums. Yesterday, as part of “Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues” at the Downtown Literary Festival, the Lower East Sider turned Brooklynite took the stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, just around the corner from where he once worked the door at the original Knitting Factory, and spoke about his career, the folly of nostalgia, and the extreme changes he’s seen during his 25 years in NYC. Here’s what he said.
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Could This New Web Series Be The Next Broad City?

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Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo at the Jane Hotel. (Photo: Cameron Cuchulainn)

Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite, a Greenpointer and a Williamsburger who together are Purple Milk, know a thing or two about reinvention: for their web reality show “Every Woman,” Roxo (purple) and Leite (milk) take on the stigmatized jobs of women around the country (the pilot, for VICE, finds them working a truck-stop strip club). Their new scripted web series, “Be Here Nowish,” is about “two girls who are having a shit time in NY and go to LA in search of a spiritual awakening and new potential hot dates.”
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Merchant’s House Desperately Needs You to Nominate Its Plaster For an Award

merchanthouse1The Merchant’s House Museum suffered a blow on Tuesday when the Landmarks Preservation Commission finally signed off on the design of a controversial nine-story building that’s due to be erected next to the 182-year-old house. Today the museum sends out an e-mail indicating that it’s still concerned that the new building’s construction could damage the meticulously preserved East Fourth Street residence, and its custodians will soon be taking steps “to secure the necessary legal and engineering protective measures.”
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Watch Nirvana Reunite — With Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde As Kurt

It’s not every show that Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and freaking Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are merely the warm-up acts, but then last night’s concert at Barclays Center wasn’t just any show: Nirvana was also being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and surviving members performed the band’s songs for the first time since the death of Kurt Cobain 20 years ago this month.
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