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Scenes from the 9th Annual Harold Hunter Day Skate Jam [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hundreds rolled down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass Sunday afternoon to skate for the great. It was the ninth annual Harold Hunter Day at Coleman Skatepark, an all-ages skate jam paying tribute to the fallen soldier. As always, the event was sponsored by the Harold Hunter Foundation alongside skatewear brand DC. Harold Hunter Day was […]

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Named After Beastie Boys Album, Star Wars Alien ‘Ello Asty’ is Born to Ill

Posted October 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

The original Star Wars trilogy remains a personal obsession. Despite the creative meddlings of George Lucas, who butchered the legacy with revisionist history and a second trilogy of insufferable prequels. We devoured much of the literature on the fantasy world, including the Timothy Zahn Thrawn series from the early nineties. And one of the things […]

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New Bodega Opens in Joon Cleaners Space on East Broadway

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:19 am

​The former Joon Cleaners at 219 East Broadway finally has a replacement, three years after the death of its owner. Those evergreen leasing signs above the storefront were deposed weeks ago, as a new bodega is set to open here. Behind that new security gate system, ownership had gradually prepared the space; shelving is now […]

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Carolina Sarria Boutique Opening at 149 Ludlow Street

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:14 am

Blessed Peacemakers relinquished control of 149 Ludlow Street in the summer of 2014. It was a tough run for the boutique, considering its entire two-years of existence were spent behind a business-killing shield of plywood and scaffolding. Seriously, construction on the block had a sidewalk bridge here for some four years. Until a couple months […]

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Shakeup at Pearl & Ash: Kitchen Changes and Renovations

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

You may have seen those trendy garbage bag curtains hanging in the windows of Pearl & Ash the last couple days. The restaurant is not closing, but retooling after a recent shakeup in the kitchen. (The first cracks of uncertainty.) Former executive chef Richard Kuo left the business and has already been replaced. Managing partners […]

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Webster Hall-Backed ‘Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge’ Gives up Bid for Chinatown

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Mul-bay went Mul-bust. That’s the word on the street, anyway. Just check out the new for rent signs that returned to the shuttered grates on 69 Mulberry Street. The Webster Hall-backed cocktail lounge met with entrenched community opposition almost from the get go. And it seemed that, at every turn, principals Lon Ballinger and Kenny […]

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Identify All the Vanished Businesses in this Jeffrey Lewis Album Art [CONTEST]

Last modified October 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Here’s a contest for you… Local “antifolk” hero Jeffrey Lewis, an East Village native and frequent Sidewalk Cafe performer, has another record coming out at the end of the month. Dubbed Manhattan, the long-player has some pretty cool cover art (designed by Lewis) that resembles a comic strip. The illustration includes depictions of 27 no-longer-existing Manhattan businesses and other […]

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Photo: Steven Menendez

Ghosts in the Playhouse: ‘Sisters’ Follies’ Tribute to 100 Years of Abrons Playhouse [RECAP]

Posted October 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

Halloween is quickly approaching and we’ll probably come across a fair share of ghost stories. But how about a musical ghost story? Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons’ Playhouse, Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds is a “spooktacular” directed and designed by Basil Twist (Arias With A Twist, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Symphonie Fantastique) […]

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Defective Benches in Allen Street Mall Receive Replacement Slats

Posted October 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

Yes, the Parks Department came through on broken promises over busted benches. The curve-shaped seating dotting the lower medians of the Allen Street Mall – basically left for dead – was finally remedied last week after more than a year of prodding. Prodding from both vocal community members and local politicians. The newer wood slats were installed, […]

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