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And With This, Christmas Is Officially Over

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This morning we spotted the folks at Illuminations — the Bushwick-based lighting company that brings holiday cheer to countless corners of the city — taking down the decorations over St. Marks Place. And with this, the Christmas season is finally over. If you have a tree lingering in the apartment even though Mulchfest came and went, it’s time to give it the heave ho. We know it’s hard to pack up the jingle bells — especially in this weather — but seriously: there are less than 100 days until the reopening of Rockaway Taco.

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What Marnie From Girls Might Talk About at the Apple Store Tonight

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Is Marnie Michaels embracing her unsolicited Internet fame? Tonight at 6 p.m. Girls star Allison Williams will be at Soho’s Apple Store to promote season three. On everyone’s mind: Marnie’s music video, which debuted in Sunday’s episode. If we know Marnie Marie Michaels, she’ll be giving some sort of small-scale TED Talk. A title has not been announced, but we took a few guesses.
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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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Mr. Throwback Tingles Inside Every Time He Watches The Sandlot

Everyone’s favorite connoisseur of all things retro and nostalgic, Mr. Throwback, gives us his weekly blast from the past.

Mr. Throwback has had an eventful few days: he made a cameo appearance on the Jumbotron at the Garden and then Allan Houston, assistant GM of the Knicks, dropped off a jersey [update: not really! Mr. Throwback was just kidding around on Instagram] at his store. And yet he still found time to make his throwback pick of the week.
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Sideshow Goshko Celebrates 5 Years of Comedic Storytelling and ‘So Much Alcohol’

(Photo by Maryanne Ventrice, Courtesy of Leslie Goshko)

Leslie Goshko. (Photo by Maryanne Ventrice)

It’s kind of appropriate that Leslie Goshko, a woman of Ukrainian heritage with an arsenal of anecdotes, hosts a monthly storytelling show at KGB Bar, the former socialist clubhouse for Soviet ex-pats. Tonight, Sideshow Goshko celebrates its fifth anniversary.
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‘The Room’ Is Now Showing (No, Not the One You Throw Spoons At)

Minjung Kim, The Room, 2008, mixed media on rice paper affixed to panel, courtesy the artist and Oko

Minjung Kim, The Room, 2008, mixed media on rice paper affixed to panel, courtesy the artist and Oko

What appears to be an infinite black vortex in the miniscule space nestled between the Asian restaurants on East 10th Street are actually the detailed paintings of Korean artist Minjung Kim. Entitled “The Room” (not to be confused with the Tommy Wiseau flick that’s always playing at Sunshine) the exhibit is the artist’s first solo show in New York in over a decade, and it could not have found a more appropriate home than Oko, the nondescript East Village gallery known for its immersive art experiences.
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Wasted Again: Max Fish Returned to the LES Last Night

With the overambitious lighting, lack of personal space and countless familiar faces (including the affable Shannon Moore, who along with other former Max Fish bartenders divulged his current whereabouts to us just last week), the Max Fish pop-up party at 203 Houston last night felt a helluva lot like the real deal. The folks who brought you the Lower East Side fixture teamed up with Klughaus gallery and Converse (who were responsible for providing guests with free booze, hoorah!), to pull off the event. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus — who last week told us there wasn’t a set date for the Williamsburg reopening — was all smiles, surrounded by her loyal staff and regulars. Here are some of the choice Instagrams from the evening.
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Thousands Rode Citi Bikes During the Polar Vortex, and These Folks Have Something to Say About It

Citi Bike just sent out an e-mail sharing its top 10 “2013 highlights.” Among the accomplishments: Citi Bikes make up a third of all bike traffic in the program’s service area, each bike was ridden an average of six times per day over the summer, customer service gets an average of 1,300 calls a day, an average of 625 bikes are repaired each week, and Citi Bike riders took 6,000+ trips during the day of the Polar Vortex.
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A Spaceship Landed On the Bowery Today

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

(Photos: Jenna Marotta)

A spaceship has landed on the Lower East Side — and no, George Clinton isn’t playing Bowery Ballroom. The New Museum launched “Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module,” an exhibition/installation taking over the building’s fifth floor from now until April 6.
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