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This East Village Institution Is Celebrating 25 Years of Big-Ass Burgers

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As everyone mourns the passing of Bereket, it’s heartening to see another old-timer celebrating its 25th anniversary — with bells on. On July 19, Paul’s Da Burger Joint will rewind its prices (and music selection) back to 1989, when it opened near the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks.
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Here’s Jimmy McMillan’s Incredible Song About an ‘Outhouse Specialist’ Named HamBone

Since we last admired the musical stylings of Rent Is Too Damn High candidate Jimmy McMillan, he’s pumped out soulful tunes about having just 50 cents and empty nest syndrome — and he’s even endorsed Hillary Clinton for president (so much for that Republican phase). But the above music video, which clocks in at six and a half minutes, might just be his masterpiece.
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Williamsburg Gets a Malaysian ‘Night Market’ (More of a Restaurant, Really)

After Anthony Bourdain visited Laut, Salil Mehta hoped more foodies — rather than the usual after-work crowd — would flock to his well-regarded Union Square restaurant. “So I started keeping pig intestines on the menu,” he told us. “And three weeks went by and only one person ordered it.”
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Dunkin’ Has Done Its Plunkin’ and Our Spirits Are Sunken

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As expected, Dunkin’ Donuts has plunked down on Cooper Square, in the former home of Norman’s Sound & Vision — because apparently the one thing that was missing from Latte Row was cookie-dough coffee. It remains to be seen whether No 7-Eleven will form a splinter group called Dunkin’ DoNOT.

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9 Things Todd Phillips Revealed About Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Todd Phillips at left. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Nitehawk’s highly anticipated (by us, anyway) screening of Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies drew a crowd that may or may not have ever seen Todd Phillips’s subsequent films (Old School, The Hangover, etc.) In front of us was a guy in a Mohawk, brazenly smoking a vaporizer. Then there was the guy in the Plato’s Retreat shirt.
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Cruising the Bijou, a Hidden Underground Cinema and Sex Den

The Bijou's exit door. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Bijou’s exit door. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It took me three passes before I could bring myself to open the unmarked black door on East 4th Street, the one an older man had entered after trying to cruise me near a rack of Citi Bikes. Inside was a steep staircase, painted deep orange, leading down into a basement lobby. There was a framed poster on the wall: Eyes Wide Shut, the Stanley Kubrick film in which an overcurious New Yorker stumbles into an orgy of anonymous, Bacchanalian sex.
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Greenpoint Comic Strip: ‘People Always Forget It Started With the Trucker Hats’

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 2.50.37 PMAttention all Greenpoint dwellers who aren’t yet sick and tired of talking gentrification. Longtime Greenpointer Tony Wolf is putting the neighborhood’s urban renewal woes on (virtual) paper and in cartoon form, for “the world’s first webcomic centered entirely around #greenpoint” (per Wolf’s twitter). The author is an actor, voiceover guy, singer, host, writer and illustrator, and has been living in the hood for 17 years.
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