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[Editor's note: Every week, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com] Dear Andrew...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Last night, The Gutter, Williamsburg’s divey alternative to Brooklyn Bowl, was turned into Ray Ban and Vice’s version of a homespun punk prom. Decorated with shimmering balloons and Confetti System streamers, the wood-paneled bowling alley played...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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City flags were ordered to half mast today after the death of Sanitation Enforcement Sergeant Frank Musella. According to the Department of Sanitation, the nine-year veteran was on duty in Staten Island when he “mentioned” the day’s heat — which...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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"I never wanted to be a solo artist. I had no interest in it. I wanted to be the guy in a cool band, but it didn't turn out that way," says singer/songwriter David Poe. "I had started around six bands that all broke up, so I became a solo...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Say what you want about the perfection of French fries, but when it comes to spicy, salty roasted potatoes, the Spaniards have the market nailed down. At El Colmado in Gotham West Market (600 11th Avenue; 212-582-7948), chef Seamus Mullen doesn't stray...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Migos knows how to make an entrance. The rap group breaks the humdrum lobby of the Dream Midtown by walking in — gliding in, actually — on a neon blue Oxbord. “Ay. You that writer with a cold?” Quavo suspiciously asks, while gingerly balancing...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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The New York Department of Health is expected to announce either today or tomorrow the which five companies it has selected to give licenses to grow medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act. This announcement, first reported by the Daily Freeman...
From: Village Voice | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Upper East Side mainstay J.G. Melon recently opened a downtown location in Greenwich Village (89 Macdougal Street; 212-744-0585), the first time in 22 years that two J.G. Melons have existed on the isle of Manhattan (an Upper West Side location closed...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Six weeks ago, Ray’s Candy Store owner Ray Alvarez had emergency heart surgery to replace two valves and get a pacemaker put in. He spent two weeks in hospital and two weeks in rehab. On Wednesday, the 82-year-old was back at the store as if nothing...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Here's the thing about covering the music of another artist: It's completely and totally mortifying when it doesn't go perfectly and said musician is sitting in the venue watching the disaster unfold. This happened with Forro in the Dark the first time...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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During his childhood in the Punjab region of India, Jessi Singh, executive chef and owner of the recently opened Babu J (175 Avenue B; 212-951-1082), experienced the perfect recipe for chef training. His had access to a plethora of local ingredients...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Hailing from Portland, Oregon (or Portlandia as it's known to millennials), Bathtub Gin's (132 Ninth Avenue; (646-559-1671) bar manager Jeffrey Dillon became accustomed to seeing some pretty exciting drinks coming out from behind the bar. However, when...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Let it be known that the world is a trap house. Future epitomized this with “Trap Niggas,” which uses the hook’s character sketch — a go-getter who acknowledges lethal steel and lady luck over hygiene and a god — and turns it into an anthem...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Back in September of 1981, Simon John Charles Le Bon, 23, along with his band of sharp-dressed music-makers, hit American shores for the first time as Duran Duran. Though the British quintet only had two club shows booked in the NYC area — one at the...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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What Baohaus (238 East 14th Street; 646-684-3835) lacks in space (the Taiwanese eatery is small and easily crowded), it more than makes up for in its signature bao dishes — snack sandwiches served on mantou bread, a steamed bread native to China....
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Tomatoes, at last. A week or two behind schedule because of the cold spring, but here they are. A rainbow spectrum from vivid green to golden yellow; through bronze, rust, red, scarlet and magenta. Some gnarled and bulbous, the greenmarket displays are...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Beer and greasy bar bites go hand in hand — booze stimulates the appetite while fried foods are the ideal cushion for soaking up copious amounts of carbonated beverages. Impending hangover aside, the two make the perfect circle of gustatory enjoyment....
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self titled 2005 debut opens with a slightly skewed carnival romp. There was no predicting it at the time, but in retrospect that circus-like intro perfectly sums up the feverish excitement that followed the record’s release....
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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maverick noun: a person who refuses to follow the customs or rules of a group - Merriam-Webster  When the Mavericks were last in New York, they drove the crowd at Town Hall into such a state of jubilation that people were dancing in the aisles. The...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Today, the Village Voice announces the second round of participating breweries for the fifth annual Brooklyn Pour festival, on September 26 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn). Nine craft brewers have been added to the line-up: ACE...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Notoriously gamy and easy to mess up, goat benefits most from slow cooking and a heavy hand with the spices. So when I discovered that the meat in hilib ari, a Somali dish at Safari restaurant in Harlem (219 West 116th Street, 718-399-2384), had been...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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It's not just cops who appreciate a good doughnut these days; gourmet shops proffering fancy circular pastries have been on the rise for quite some time now. Offering flavors ranging from hibiscus and tropical chili to dulce de leche and cafe au lait, Dough (multiple locations)...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Throughout the history of American cinema, few films have been as beloved and reviled as Larry Clark’s 1995 ode to teenage delinquency, Kids. Released nationwide 20 years ago today, July 28, the movie charts the exploits of a gang of unrepentant skate...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Once upon a time there was a kid from Fayetteville, North Carolina, who moved to the big city with dreams of becoming a hip-hop star — but J. Cole's career was far from a fairy tale. A college student at St. John's University in Queens by day, the...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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The Village Voice does not recommend that you try to get inside the mind of Donald Trump. It's far too risky a proposition. We’re pretty sure that there be dragons. But for a peek — just the scantest glimpse — of what might be rattling around...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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