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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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Cameo’s New Sister Restaurant Is a Caribbean Queen

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Jify’s. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last week Jify Shah opened up a namesake restaurant next to his venue Cameo Gallery, where Lovin’ Cup Café once stood. The chef there has stayed along at Jify’s, but the menu, concept, as well as the interior have all been transformed into a pretty refined Caribbean restaurant and bar.
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In Williamsburg, A Hidden Refuge For the Undocumented and Incurable

Casa Betsaida's chapel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Casa Betsaida’s chapel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

The former convent on Hewes Street is a mystery house: there’s no sign outside announcing its name or mission. People walk in and out of the two-story building quietly, most of them black and Latino men largely unnoticed in this Satmar Hasidic part of South Williamsburg. One 34-year-old man, from Guatemala, paused to talk to this reporter and then was on his way, in a hurry to get a prescription filled.
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The Lowline Just Got Another $30K From Boosters Like Adrian Grenier

Adrien Grenier and friend at the benefit (Photo ℅ Andrew Einhorn)

Adrien Grenier and friend at the benefit (Photo courtesy of Andrew Einhorn)

The folks behind the Lowline are in high spirits: a benefit at the Bowery Hotel on Monday night attracted 500 guests (including celebrity supporter Adrian Grenier) and raked in about $30,000. The money will go towards funding the next phase of technology and design research, according to Robyn Shapiro, the project’s Director of Community.
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Meet Brooklyn’s Newest Small-Batch Sriracha

fgf.products-05The snarkier corners of the web had a field day when it came to light that artisanal sriracha was being made in (where else?) Brooklyn, and now Jojo’s Sriracha has some competition: Ft. Greene Farms has launched with the spicy stuff in its burgeoning product line.

Nate Meshberg, a veteran of acclaimed chef Michael White’s kitchens, is currently making condiments and pickled products out of an incubator kitchen in Long Island City. Within a year, he hopes to be making his pickled mustard seeds and pepper relish out of a permanent facility near his home in Fort Greene, and selling them in local stores.
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Now Showing: Bicycle Film Fest, Al Fresco French Flicks and More

Now you’ve finally made it through OITNB, maybe you’re ready for some big-screen action?


Fed Up
If Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and the collected works of Michael Pollan have yet to convince you of the evilness of Big Food, why not hit up Fed Up? The tagline is “Congress says pizza is a vegetable,” and it only gets better from there. Brought to you by Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David (the producer behind An Inconvenient Truth), this doc delves into America’s obesity epidemic and the creepy corporations behind it. Apparently guaranteed to “change the way you eat forever.” So if you treasure your customary diet, maybe skip it…
Thursday June 26, 11am, Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave), $7.50. LAST CHANCE!
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