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Just What the Puck Is Going On at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club?

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After dropping into the soft-opening of Gowanus’s new shuffleboard bar this past weekend, we’ve stopped oo-ing and ah-ing long enough to talk to Jonathan Schnapp, who tells us the free shuffleboard will continue tonight and tomorrow. Huzzah! After that, he and co-owner Ashley Albert will take a breather for a few days and hopefully open fully next week. At this early stage in the game, the Royal Palms Website is short on details and the public is clamoring for information, so we asked Schnapp to tell us how all of this is going to work. There’s a lot going on here (DJs! bands! food trucks! 10 shuffleboard courts!), so we went ahead and — as best we could with our trembling hands — broke it into a FAQ. All of this, of course, is subject to change.
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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club Has Soft-Opened in Gowanus

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Sure, there’s tabletop shuffleboard at The Diamond and Whiskey Brooklyn, but it used to be that if you wanted to play the old-fashioned stand-up variety, you had to venture out to Robert Moses State Park. No longer. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club soft-opened in Gowanus over the weekend, and we stopped in Saturday to admire what is definitely going to be everyone’s next birthday destination.
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A Juice Bar Has Replaced an 87-Year-Old Bakery, But There’s a Twist…

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

(Photo: Ryan Porush)

Over the weekend a juice bar opened in what was, for 87 years, the home of Ninth Street Bakery. The owner of beQu worked at, yup, Liquiteria for 10 years, but if you were outraged by Liquiteria replacing Gray’s Papaya, you might be less up in arms about this: after all, Taras Strachnyi is a 20-year resident of St. Marks Place who used to buy bread at Ninth Street Bakery and knew the owners.
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This New Spot Is Serving the Warm Octopus Balls You Need On This Cold Day

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Sushi Lounge isn’t the only Japanese spot in the East Village that just moved to new digs on the same street. Over on East 9th, Otafuku has, as expected, moved over to a larger new space that — just like Egg’s upgrade — will hopefully put the kibosh on having to wait outside.
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Williamsburg Gets Another Destination For Dog-Portrait Manicures

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 6.36.05 PMThe third location of Primp & Polish opened yesterday, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Manicure maniacs flock to the nail salon’s Driggs Avenue and Grand Street locations for hyper-specific custom designs. One woman came in to have the motif on her grandmother’s vase replicated on her fingertips. Another had Marilyn Monroe’s face painted on her thumb. Several have asked for portraits of their pets.
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Otafuk Yes! Everyone’s Favorite Octopus-Ball Nook Is Moving Indoors

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

(Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Excellent news for those who like fried octopus-filled dough balls and the warmth of the indoors; beloved 9th Street kiosk Otafuku is moving a couple dozen feet west to a storefront in which customers can wait for and devour their favorite Japanese street snacks in a well-heated space. Set to open sometime in the next two weeks at 220 East 9th Street, the new outpost features an open kitchen, a stand-up bar, adorable signage and an additional name, Medetai (according to owner Yo Katsuse, it will also be called Otafuku, in case you’re resistant to change).
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On St. Marks, Piercings Trump Fro Yo — Again

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

If there was ever any concern that there weren’t enough places on St. Marks to get your belly button pierced at 2 a.m. on a Friday night, Elite Jewelry and Piercing Co. has just opened, replacing self-serve fro yo shop Yogurt Station.

It’s the second late night “body mod” outpost to claim the space of a frozen yogurt joint on this very block (NYC Kulture replaced a Red Mango just across the street), which would suggest that the drunken vagabonds of St. Marks would rather enhance (or disfigure) their physical appearance than enjoy a frozen treat. Except that vegan ice cream joint DF Mavens is coming to the block.
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