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Smorgasburg Is Bringing Oysters, Nachos, Beer and Ping-Pong to Jones Beach

Work in progress. (Photo courtesy of Smorgasburg)

Work in progress. (Photo courtesy of Smorgasburg)

Until now, culinary options at Jones Beach were mostly limited to that one food court that we used mostly for the bathrooms, but that’s about to change: ever-expanding Smorgasburg is bringing a semi-tented beer garden to the beach’s Central Mall, near the main entrance. They’re calling it SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach.
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Experience Duende (Or At Least Free Drinks) in an Artsy Schoolhouse Tonight

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 4.21.51 PMDuende is “the heightened state of emotion that we often experience as shivers [run] up and down our skin when we are moved by a song or performance,” says Benjamin Moe. It’s a feeling he’s experienced from time to time, and it’s the centerpiece of the inaugural issue of Table Talk, a journal of ideas that aims to “talk about these things that we all feel but don’t really talk about — the inexpressible!”

The biannual publication — which launches tonight in an old red schoolhouse turned loft space in Bushwick — aims to be “a magazine that goes past the borders of academia, that publishes both well-known and unknown thinkers.” Moe, who attended Reed College and hatched the concept while summering in Greece, imagined something “that’s unorthodox. That doesn’t follow the rules of a normal publication.”
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Deadly Beating a ‘Nasty’ Example of East Village Assault Spike

DSCN1792While crime is generally down by ten percent in the East Village this year, there’s been a 21 percent increase in felony assault with strangers, NYPD Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice revealed at a community meeting last night. The Ninth Precinct’s new commanding officer said the brutal May 9 beating of Wen Hui Ruan was a particularly “nasty” example of the trend. But it was also “an isolated incident where one individual went too far,” Venice insisted.
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30 Tweet-Worthy Moments From the Webby Awards, Hosted by Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Hours after Bill de Blasio kicked off Internet Week, the technorati poured into Cipriani Wall Street last night to see Patton Oswalt host the 18th annual Webby Awards. The comic was quick to poke fun at websites whose founders were in the audience: “Even if I eat it tonight Reddit will find a way to blame it on the wrong person,” he quipped.

Here, now, are the ceremony’s most memorable (or shall we say, Tweetable) moments.
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At Memorial, Children of Wen Hui Ruan Demand Life in Jail For His Killer

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

During a public memorial yesterday evening for Wen Hui Ruan, the 68-year-old retired garment worker who was fatally attacked in the East Village ten days ago while walking to his home on Avenue C, community leaders condemned what they called an epidemic of random violence and the apathy of some local residents.

“After he was attacked and was lying there on the sidewalk, a number of people saw him and kept on walking by,” said City Council member Margaret Chin, who described Ruan as a loving father, grandfather and husband “who did not deserve to die the way he did.”
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Brooklyn Is Filming in Brooklyn (Near the Cyclone, Not This Newfangled Coaster)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Earlier this month we shook our heads over the fact that Brooklyn (Nick Hornby’s film adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name) was actually filming in Montreal. But you can’t fake Coney Island (even if Zamperla has tried!) and the production is now coming stateside, presumably to film the scene in which a blond Italian seduces the book’s Irish-immigrant heroine, Ellis, by taking her to Coney.
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Get Some Culture and Some Sun at These Upcoming Street Fests

A past installment of the LES Festival of the Arts. (Photo: Theater for the New City)

A past installment of the LES Festival of the Arts. (Photo: Theater for the New City)

What better way to celebrate the emerging sun and not-yet-oppressive heat than by spending time outdoors? And if you can do so while celebrating New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods and getting a cultural kick for free, so much the better. Luckily, the next couple of weekends have got you covered.
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