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We Went Uptown For the First Time in Two Years, to Preview the Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial, which opens to the public this Friday, attempts for the 77th time to offer a snapshot of contemporary art in America while simultaneously acknowledging that this is just not humanly possible – particularly in the confines of one brutal uptown structure. The Whitney brought in three external curators to take on this impossible task, giving each their own floor to fill with sculpture, paintings, video, performance, printed matter and big, plush penises (note: only one floor actually includes big plush penises).
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Domino Development Gets CPC Approval; the Girls Bus Tour You Knew Was Coming

Van

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

As expected, the new plan for the Domino Sugar factory site won the approval of the City Planning Commission and will now be voted on by the City Council. [NY Daily News]

The deal proves one thing: “the de Blasio administration cares a lot about affordable housing, less about how high the towers grow, and not at all about the minutiae of design.” [Daily Intel]

Yes, it’s finally happening (maybe): a Girls bus tour. HBO is said to be in discussions with the tour company that did the Sex and the City school. The tour would visit locations that “aren’t exactly glamorous” but are “authentic.” [NY Daily News]
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An ‘Arabian French Bistro’ Opens On Avenue A Tonight

photo: Frank Linkoff

Photo: Frank Linkoff

If the East Village didn’t already have enough restaurants which marry two seemingly disparate cultures, tonight it can add “Arabian French Bistro” Au Za’atar to the list. Located at 12th and A (in the space that previously housed Table 12), the restaurant’s menu certainly leans towards Arabian: there’s a range of traditional mezze (hummus, falafel, lamb tartare with scallion and mint) as well as grilled kebabs, various lamb dishes, and Tunisian cous cous served vegetarian or with lamb, merguez or chicken.
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Ian Vanek of Japanther: ‘If You Want to Say Fuck Williamsburg, You Better Not Be Talkin Bout the Southside’

(Photo: Jesus Rivera)

(Photo: Jesus Rivera)

Japanther, an art and rock n’ roll project established in 2001 by Pratt students Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly, might just be obsessed with phone booths. In the “Phone Booth” project, presented at Alanna Heiss’s now defunct Clocktower Gallery, the artists served farm-to-table meals in exchange for stories told by their guests. A 1970s phone booth was re-configured to record when the phone was taken off the hook and, later, played stories back to an audience of one.
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Buyer of Chinatown Fish, Beware!

Fish Market

(Photo: vpickering’s Flickr)

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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Bowery Getting an Ace Hotel; Oral History of Pyramid Club

HEK TAD

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

223-225 Bowery has sold for $30 million and will become a 180-room Ace Hotel with a small number of residential condominiums. [Curbed]

Unions want all workers at the Domino site to be organized. [NY Daily News]

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth believes that “the project should include more affordable housing than proposed. We also believe there are other important aspects of the project that must be considered, such as open space, design and neighborhood impacts.” [NAG]
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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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