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This Week: Naughty and Nice Shorts, 15 Oscar-Shortlisted Docs

35mmShortsNaughtyHere’s one way Santa will know who was naughty or nice: by finding out who went to Nitehawk’s Naughty 35MM Shorts vs. who went to their Nice ones.

This Friday and Saturday at noon, catch some retro cartoons and obscure holiday clips with Jack Theakson, 35mm film archivist and historian. Watch children-friendly shorts plus a rare 1948 Technicolor print of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, while you brunch for this nice “Holiday 35MM Fun Show.”

Then return at midnight when Theakson presents naughty clips from his massive 35 mm collection. See “Nude in a White Car” (you can figure out the premise), “Love For Sale” (featuring 1950s burlesque strippers both on and off stage), and “Violated” (clips featuring NYC weirdos and derelicts on the streets and in the clubs of NYC).

Here’s what else we’re Reel psyched about this Christmas week!
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Snag an Andy Warhol Christmas Mug at This New Kitchenware Shop

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(Courtesy of Cucina & Tavola)

So, yeah, Grand Street sure has popped off since the B+B Newsroom was there in October — in addition to and Sha-Fa, a new cookware and dinnerware store opened on Williamsburg’s Mason-Dixon line earlier this month, across from the recently opened Brooklyn Running Co. and next to a recently opened outpost of State Farm Insurance.
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March Into This ‘Slow Fashion’ Bunker and Strap On Some Bow-Ties

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A military-minded purveyor of “slow fashion” has pitched his tent in Williamsburg.

Kai D. Fan was creative director at Nautica before he “burned out on the corporate career” and shifted to consulting for brands like Jon Varvatos and Lacoste. In 2009, he started Kai D. Utility and opened up a short-lived shop selling “tools and clothing for artisans” on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand.
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Bklyn Beast Closes; Stabbing in Bushwick; $700 Roberta’s Tank Top

North 6th Street

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A Williamsburg resident facing a predicament from a bygone era was forced to put up a sign: “Please Do Not Smoke Crack in Our Building.” [NY Times]

That incident ended politely, but this one didn’t: an off-duty cop was stabbed in the neck after he asked his cousin to stop smoking pot in his Bushwick home. [NY Daily News]

Bushwick parkour studio Bklyn Beast is closing after 230 Bogart was hit with a vacate order. The owners say they “had no choice but to move forward in seeking a new location.” [Brooklyn Paper, New York Shitty]
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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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