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Begin Again Is the Gazillionth Movie to Slum It at 7B

Here’s the newly released trailer for Begin Again, about an ex-record exec (Mark Ruffalo) who takes up with a singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) who’s just been dumped by her rocker boyfriend (Adam Levine). After he gets canned, Ruffalo’s character (who lives above Congee Village) does what any fictional schmuck would do: he ties one on at 7B, aka Vazac’s. Which makes this rom-com (premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this month and going wide in July) the latest in a long line of movies and tv shows to have filmed at the East Village corner spot.
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New Footage of Missing Bushwick Designer; Lindsay Lohan Visits BK Bazaar

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

New footage shows missing Bushwick designer Jay Ott walking over the Williamsburg Bridge around 5 a.m. Sunday. [Brooklyn Eagle]

And now another Bushwicker, 15-year old male Casey Chance, is missing. [Free Williamsburg]

Sources tell the Post that an arrest is imminent in the slaying of developer Menachem Stark. [NY Post]
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Watch Richard Hell Read From His Memoir and Then Chat About It

Richard Hell’s talk at The Strand has finally hit the store’s YouTube channel. You can watch it in its entirety above. The punk legend starts off by reading chapter two of his memoir, I Was a Very Clean Tramp, which he originally penned for Vice. “For a minute or two there, I was thinking, ‘I’m going to write this entire book for Vice — for the Vice demographic — because it felt so good,” he confesses. “It felt really natural to just be cold and sick.”
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And Now, All of Downtown’s Cool Kids in a Neat Little Video

We’re not sure how we managed to miss “Heroes” when the group show came to The Lodge Gallery last fall: it showcased what was basically a who’s who of downtown cool kids (if you can call late Ramones fixture Arturo Vega a kid). Luckily Glassine Box, the collective of superfriends that put it on, just posted a mini doc that allows us to fake having been there.
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Richard Gere Is On the Streets: 6 Things Homeless NYers Want His Film to Show

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

We found Richard Gere this morning huddled between two trash containers on East 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where the actor is filming Time Out of Mind, a movie about a homeless man in New York.

Just blocks away, near Tompkins Square Park, a handful of actual homeless New Yorkers pushed carts filled with bottles and cans they had collected for resale. Over on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, a group of “travelers” sat outside the shuttered May Chan restaurant. We asked both groups of people to share a little bit about their daily life. Here are six things they said the film should portray about homelessness in New York City.
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Rockaway Is Getting a Slew of Street Art… and Maybe a New Roberta’s Project

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As of this post, there are 30 days, 18 hours, 34 minutes and 19 seconds until the reopening of Rockaway Taco, per the countdown clock. But that isn’t even the most exciting thing coming to Bushwick-by-the-Sea.
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Hear Gary Shteyngart Talk ‘Immigrants, Tenements, Failure, All That Good Stuff’

Little FailureIf you paid $85 to listen to New York Times bestselling author Gary Shteyngart read from his memoir at Calliope, you might want to stop reading here. Tonight at The Tenement Museum, admission is free to hear the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story discuss his confessional book, Little Failure, in a Q&A with Suketu Mehta, Pulitzer-nominated author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
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