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Vice’s Shane Smith: ‘Will We Eventually Be Old and Shitty? Yes.’

Previewing season two of HBO’s Vice to an audience of NYU students last night, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith admitted there was a time when “we were concerned about rare denim, cocaine and super models — we weren’t the nicest people.” Of course, times have changed. The HBO show was nominated for an Emmy (“a bunch of dirtbags from Brooklyn finally make good,” Smith said last year) and the Williamburg-based media empire launched Vice News this week.
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One Word For the Observer Editor Who Thinks Brooklyn Is ‘Over’: Junglepussy

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After deriding “Brooklyn’s Overhyped, Undercooked Restaurant Scene,” the New York Observer has now gone ahead and declared that “Brooklyn is over. Done. Finished. Brooklyn as brand has overtaken Brooklyn as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.” Oh, snap! And here we thought its greatest work was Leaves of Grass.
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This Year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival: David Byrne, a Laser Show, a Street Party and More

After dropping an oral history of the East Village’s Pyramid Club earlier this week, the Red Bull Music Academy has now announced the line up for this year’s month-long RBMA festival, coming in May. Among the 15 events are a party at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a laser show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a record fair at Brooklyn Flea, a Panda Bear show at Warsaw, and a street party honoring Paradise Garage.
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Buyer of Chinatown Fish, Beware!

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No, it doesn’t all come from the East River.

But there’s been an outbreak of a rare bacterial skin infection caused by handling live or raw fish sold in the city’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens Chinatown markets, the city’s health department announced today.
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Boys and Girls, Here’s the New Video From The Men, Playing Bowery Tonight


If that new movie about Fort Tilden didn’t have you longing for summer, this new video from The Men surely will: it involves a trip down to Robert Moses State Park and some True Detective-style dabbling in the occult. The song, “Pearly Gates,” is a hard-chugging throwback rawk tune in the spirit of “LA Woman,” and it’s off of Tomorrow’s Hits, out this week via Brooklyn label Sacred Bones (you may have seen a mural for the album — their fifth in four years — in Williamsburg).
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Over 150 People Are Lined Up For Free Pancakes Right Now

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

These people are flippin’ insane.

It’s National Pancake Day at IHOP and here’s what the line looks like on East 14th Street. Over 150 people strong — most of them dorm kids. At 7:30 p.m., the person at the front had been waiting for over an hour in 30-degree weather. One happy customer walked out and said, “Totally worth the wait. Four dollar dinner.” And here’s a look at the back of the line.
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The Directors of Fort Tilden Traveled From Williamsburg to Rockaway to SXSW

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(Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott in Fort Tilden.

It’s hard to get accepted by the South by Southwest film festival — especially if you’re not from New York. This year’s festival features eight films, chosen from 1,324 submissions, and more than half of them have roots here: The Heart Machine, directed by Village Voice film critic Zachary Wigon; Wild Canaries, Lawrence Levine’s Brooklyn-based film; The Mend, set in Harlem and directed by John Magary, who attended Columbia University’s graduate film program; Brooklyn resident Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns; and the world premier of Fort Tilden, about two girls’ “needlessly complicated” bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway’s Fort Tilden beach, co-directed by two NYU MFA film candidates.
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Richard Hell Will Chat With Robert Christgau Tomorrow Night

CleanTramp-pb-c-copyIf you missed your chance to dine with Richard Hell, you’ll have a chance to see him for free tomorrow night when the punk-rock royal signs copies of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (just released in paperback) at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The East Villager’s former band, Television, played its first show at CBGB 40 years ago this month.

That momentous performance may well be talked about during his interview Tuesday with Robert Christgau, who spent more than three decades as The Village Voice‘s chief music critic. Following the discussion, Hell will answer a few questions from the audience before signing books, according to powerHouse Arena’s events coordinator, Justin Levine.

Seating for the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are encouraged via RSVP@powerHouseArena.com.

If you’d rather see him in Manhattan, he’ll be at The Strand on March 20, in conversation with Bryan Waterman, who penned the 33 1/3 about Television’s Marquee Moon album.