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Ring in the New Year With Some ’60s Persian Funk at This Expat Cafe

There’s no Little Iran in New York, but since opening in April of last year, Greenwich Village’s Cafe Nadery has become a social hub for Iranians and non-Iranian alike. Case in point: on New Year’s Eve, Mitra Sumara, one of the bands that played the Yellow Dogs tribute at Brooklyn Bowl, will belt out ’60s funk classics from pre-revolutionary Iran. A ticket gets you some of the “New Persian” dishes New York magazine praised in its review, and a couple of glasses of Prosecco.

If you’ve already got New Year’s plans, don’t worry: the West 8th Street cafe, named after one of the first in Tehran, is always hosting backgammon tournaments, concerts, and art exhibits. Watch our video for a taste of one of Mitra Sumara’s recent performances.

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This Greenpoint High-Rise Gets to Rise Higher, With More Affordable Housing

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The City Council has agreed to let the developer of 77 Commercial Street stack a total of 35 more stories onto two-high rises bound for the Greenpoint waterfront. In return, the neighborhood will get 200 more units of permanently affordable housing, funding for a park where an MTA parking lot now sits, and — among other concessions — assurances that a WalMart isn’t on the way, Council Member Stephen Levin’s office has announced.
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My Favorite ’90s Sitcom Star Walked in on My Makeout Sesh With a 16-Year-Old

(Photo: Brianna Capozzi)

(Photo: Brianna Capozzi)

I woke up to a text from photographer Brianna Capozzi asking if I could fill in for an agency model who didn’t show up to set. After telling her I was free to shoot, I received a photograph of a guy with shaggy hair in his face and was told I would have to make out with him. I was apprehensive. I don’t often enjoy sticking my tongue in a random stranger’s mouth while a roomful of people watch, but it was for a fashion spread in a magazine of which I’m a fan, so I obliged.
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Yup, Even Your Christmas Tree Vendor Is a Chain, But You Gotta Love Em Anyway

If you’re the type that curses every time you pass a Dunkin’ Donuts, we’ve got some bad news: you may have bought your Christmas tree from a chain.

You wouldn’t know it from the name, but SoHo Trees doesn’t just do business at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street. Each year owner Scott Lechner oversees, give or take, nine locations throughout the city. He claims his stock of 2,500 trees is the largest in the country.
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Remembering Al Goldstein: ‘Pioneer of Free Speech,’ ‘Ralph Kramden of Porn’

(Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

(Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

He was arrested numerous times for obscenity and reviled as the devil incarnate by religious figures and feminists. But when pornographer Al Goldstein died at 77 yesterday in Brooklyn, there was a flurry of tributes to his chutzpah and humor, some from people who knew him in 1968 when Screw, his explicit sex tabloid, debuted. (He also presided nude over a cable tv talk show, “Midnight Blue.”)
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More Students for the EV; E-Cigs Banned Indoors; Stop-and-Frisk Snow Globe

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Sure enough, the City Council voted to enact a ban on indoor e-cig smoking. [Daily Intel]

With asking prices ranging from $795,000 for a studio to more than $3.5 million, The Jefferson condominiums are all sold out on East 13th Street. [The Real Deal]

More drama at Gwynett St.: the chef quit suddenly because, he says, “”the association with international drug trafficking, Federal informing, and recent financial troubles all made the restaurant unworkable for me.” [Eater]
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You Know Where to Find 1 Knickerbocker, Now Serving Fried Pig Ears and Roast Elk

(Courtesy of 1 Knickerbocker)

(Courtesy of 1 Knickerbocker)

Not too far from where The Johnsons opened last week (and from where Radio Bushwick opened last month), Bushwick just got yet another eatin’ and drinkin’ establishment.

Jesse Levitt of Minor Arcana and Kings County (yep, the Bushwick bar that held the smallest penis contest) has opened 1 Knickerbocker. It’s located at, yes, 1 Knickerbocker Ave., which is “in the heart of Brooklyn’s emerging Bushwick arts community,” per a website that says the restaurant and saloon “revives an age-old New York glamor.”
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Someone Who Hates NYU and/or Loves Philip Seymour Hoffman Paid Almost $10K For an Acting Lesson With Him

The new South Village Historic District.

The new South Village Historic District. (Map: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation)

While the St. Mark’s Bookshop has extended its auction to Dec. 22, Faculty Against the Sexton Plan’s fundraising auction is now over, and someone has paid a whopping $9,950 for an hour-and-a-half-long acting lesson with Philip Seymour Hoffman. For that kind of dough, you presumably have the right to request a sex scene (sorry for that image).
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