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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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Welcome to… The Johnsons, in Bushwick

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

After a long summer of waiting, The Johnsons (Bushwick outpost of Welcome to The Johnsons) finally opened this past weekend.

With its white tiled bar, fake plants, wood accents, and tribal art, The Johnsons bears little resemblance to the den of iniquity that is its Lower East Side sister. This feels more like an adult take on the tiki bar: a little funk, but no over the top kitsch.
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LPC Demands Changes to Domino Plan, Ginsberg’s ‘Kaddish’ Building Sold

Last Night's Party

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has sent the developer of the Domino Sugar factory back to the drawing board, objecting to the height and massing of proposed glass-clad additions to the roof of the landmarked building. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Bill Murray is back in Williamsburg. [Gothamist]

The building where Allen Ginsberg wrote “Kaddish” and its neighbor on East Second Street have sold for $17.5 million. [BuzzBuzz Home]
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This Hardcore Band Is Back After 30 Years to Play the Scene’s Old Stomping Grounds

The High and The Mighty at A7 in 1983. (Courtesy of the band.)

The High and The Mighty at A7 in 1983. (Courtesy of the band.)

Avenue A seems more like Bourbon Street some nights, but this Thursday a hardcore show with several reunited New York bands will evoke the spirit of a grittier time. Once the location of the A7 club, where bands like Agnostic Front and Bad Brains played, Niagara will host a record release show for a band that hasn’t played in 30 years: The High and The Mighty.
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Gather ‘Round the Festivus Pole

dc38ebf0681111e394a00ef4841a629f_8If you’ve seen the holiday windows at The Bean and East Village Pizza (done by Nicolina’s Paint the Town), then you know they’ve showered the corner of First Avenue and East Ninth in Christmas cheer. But a few doors down, one East Village resident is looking out for the rest of us. With Festivus! Should you want to air your grievances on Dec. 23, you know where to go. (Or you could go to Allen Salkin’s place — the Lower East Sider wrote the book on Festivus, after all.) Just don’t let Fox News find out.

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