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This Passover, There’s Lots O’ Matzo at Museum at Eldridge’s Synagogue Tours

Photo by Kate Milford

Photo by Kate Milford

This is the first Passover in 90 years without Streit’s Matzo in operation on Rivington Street. So what do you do if you get hungry after seeing the new documentary and art exhibit dedicated to the bygone Lower East Side matzo factory? Don’t get tsuris. The Museum at Eldridge Street is offering a taste of the old neighborhood via its Passover-week “Matzo Tours.”

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A Secret Dinner Proves ‘It Can Be Cool and Hipster and Greenpoint to Be Jewish’

Actor Sergey Nagorny (Photo courtesy of)

Actor Sergey Nagorny (Photo courtesy of Victor Nechay)

Last Friday around dusk, a group of Russian speakers met near McGolrick Park in Greenpoint. The women were tarted up and the men dressed to the nines in cufflinks, suspenders and derbies. A bald magician, bundled up in a three-piece suit and a black bowtie, made a solemn announcement: “Tonight is not like any other night. Tonight, we will be answering one question: What does it mean to be free?” With that, the small procession followed him to a secret location, where “an immersive live performance” was set to take place.

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On This First Passover Sans Streit’s Matzo, A Film and Exhibit Leaven the Mood

(Photo via Michael Levine)

(Photo via Michael Levine)

Next week during passover some Lower East Siders may feel something missing from their annual celebration– for the first time in ninety years, Streit’s Matzo at 150 Rivington Street is closed. Adding insult to injury, its old building with the famous red “Streit’s” sign above it is slated for demolition that same week, to make way for a seven-story luxury condo building.

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Bodacious Burlesque Tributes: Disney, the Bible, and Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj

Cherry Pitz (Photo: Ben Trivet)

Cherry Pitz (Photo: Ben Trivet)

Nothing’s sacred in the world of burlesque. This month, your favorite troupes take on everything from hip-hop to the Holy Bible.

Brown Girls Burlesque: Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj
April 2 at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., East Village; tickets $20
Brown Girls Burlesque promises to plumb “the good, the bad, and the ratchet” at this tribute to “hip-hop’s sista queens”: “We are going to get everything ‘Did,’ our hair, nails, with heels and hype gear to match and celebrate two of Hip-Hop’s greatest with sexy ferocity befitting a Double Queen Jubilee!” Va va voom.

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