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Delicious Scenes From the 2016 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returned to Madison Square Park on June 11 and 12. People from all over the New York City area flooded the streets to try out dishes from over a dozen pit masters at the event. From smokey brisket and whole hogs to fried peach pies and crawfish boils, anyone who stopped by for a bite to eat was more than satisfied. 
Photos by Emily Tan for the Village Voice

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Partying in the Rain at Governor’s Ball 2016

Governor Ball returned to Randall’s Island over the weekend with acts like the Strokes, the Killers, Against Me!, Beck, and De La Soul playing. While the weather forecasts predicted thunderstorms for Sunday — leading to the cancellation of the festival’s third day on June 5 — many didn’t expect for the showers to come on Saturday, June 4. While Haim and Miguel were performing at their respective stages, it began to pour, which led many festival goers to escape the island. However, there were still plenty of partiers ready to finish out the day’s festivities and dance in the rain. 

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Scenes From the Renegade Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair made its way to Brooklyn over the weekend (May 21 and May 22) to entice New Yorkers with its collection of handmade, artisan products. From leather goods and jewelry to small batch spirits and one of a kind furniture, the market also offered small snacks from Van Leeuwen Artisanal Ice Cream, Wafels & Dinges, and some free candies from Martha Stewart Living. This is Renegade Craft Fair’s first trip to the Big Apple this year and the fair will return to East River State Park in June. Find out more on the market’s website.
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The Faces of Record Store Day 2016

Music lovers and vinylphiles all over the country headed to their local, independent record stores on April 16 to celebrate Record Store Day. While many waited on lines since dawn, New Yorkers ventured to shops like Rough Trade, Other Music, Generation Records, and In Living Stereo to get their hands on some rare LPs from David Bowie, J Dilla, Patti Smith, and Madonna. The inaugural Record Store Day Crawl also launched and took LP collectors from store to store to feed their vinyl needs.

Photos by Emily Tan for the Village Voice

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Dos Equis’ ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ Auctions Off His Treasures

After throwing a wild party at Wall Street last November, the Most Interesting Man in the World has decided to say goodbye to earth and take a one-way trip to Mars. Lucky for us, he decided to leave his most prized possessions behind for all his fans.

Dos Equis held an estate auction of the Most Interesting Man’s “Coveted Collection” at 632 on Hudson on April 13. Some of his lavish items included a leather elephant, a prized art piece, and a gigantic crest to the people with the most “dositas.” While guests enjoyed endless Dos Equis and specially made cocktails, auction winners were also surprised with a special gift that went with each item including luxurious spa day, twenty-course meal, and two orchestra seats to Hamilton. One lucky individual also walked away with an adopted elephant care of the Impact Plan.

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The Faces of the Rally Against Donald Trump in New York City

With Donald Trump taking state after state in the Republican primaries, New Yorkers gathered at Columbus Circle on March 19, 2016, to let the presidential hopeful that they don’t want him to be their next president. Despite a change in the route — as well as a run-in with a couple of Trump supporters — the protesters marched toward Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and showed a united front against Trump. As ralliers circled Trump Tower, the NYPD were forced to close off the Fifth Avenue side of the building until the protest was over.
“We hoped in that in a nonviolent manner — which for the most part we’ve achieved that — to tell the general public that he’s a threat. He’s a threat,” says Steven Hamlin,19, spokesperson for Cosmopolitan Antifascists.
Hamlin also added: “He’s incited violence at his rallies. He’s erred on the side of hatred, fascism. We realized it’s a fearful time in this country. We don’t deny that, but we think erring on the divisiveness and hate is not how we should solve our problems in this country.”
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Rough Trade Goes Back to the ’80s for Pretty in Pink’s 30th Anniversary Party

Pretty in Pink celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The cult classic has not only made a couple generations of high school outsiders feel cool, but it has also sparked plenty of style trends and introduced us to some kick-ass bands. 
The Golden Age of Music Video’s Stephen Pitalo threw a dance party on February 26 to commemorate the occasion. Rough Trade was transformed into TRAX and brought partiers back to the ’80s complete with music videos from the classics — OMD, the Psychedelic Furs, and the Go-Go’s. Partygoers also showed off their best moves to “Try A Little Tenderness” during the Duckie dance-off.

Don’t forget to check out the Voice’s piece on learning the art of the mixtape from its unsung master, John Hughes. 

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Get in Formation: Scenes From the ‘Anti-Beyoncé Protest’ That Wasn’t

With massive press coverage of a rally protesting Beyoncé’s halftime performance at Super Bowl 50, New Yorkers braced themselves for herds of anti-Bey protesters to gather at the NFL headquarters on Park Avenue.

But the hype was just that — hype.

Wearing blue in solidarity with the NYPD, four individuals showed up to the rally location only to find none of the Proud of the Blues supporters. Instead, a crowd of pro-Beyoncé Black Lives Matter activists were ready to represent their cause — and start a dialogue with the opposing side about why they were against Beyoncé in the first place.
The anti-Beyoncé protesters held their ground, despite their paltry numbers.
“I think it’s sparking an outrage,” said April Bedunah, a 25-year-old college student. While she’s a Beyoncé fan, Bedunah didn’t appreciate the singer’s Black Panther-inspired attire during the Super Bowl. “We’re spending so much time focused on this when there’s other matters to worry about,” she said. “We’re all people. We’re all Americans. If your birth certificate says you were born in America, you should act like it.”
Ariel Kohane, a volunteer for the Ted Cruz campaign, came to support the police. He also believed that Beyoncé’s performance was not appropriate for the Super Bowl. “I think it was awful,” he said. “I think it was terrible. I don’t think it even belonged at the Super Bowl. It has nothing to do with football at all. It’s not the way to bridge the gaps between police officers and civilians, whites and blacks, and people of all races and nationalities.”
Although no other anti-Beyoncé ralliers showed up after 10 a.m., Kohane stood in the rain without an umbrella and talked about his views with anyone who would listen.
While those against Beyoncé see this is as a loss, Tajh Sutton, 27, looks at today’s rally (or lack there of) as a victory for the black community.
“The proof is in the pudding,” said Sutton, founder of Brooklyn’s Young People of Color, Inc. “We are here, and they are not. So I consider this a win. It was great to just come out in solidarity and be reminded that we can come together, and we can take a stand on things we don’t agree with are happening.”

 

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New Yorkers Spread the Bern on Broadway for Bernie Sanders

“We are the 99 percent!” 

“This is what democracy looks like!”

Bernie Sanders supports throughout the New York tri-state area shouted these statements down Broadway on Saturday, January 30. About 3,000 men, women, and children of different ages and backgrounds rallied in Union Square before making their way down to Zucotti Park. With homemade signs in their hands, the marchers’ voices remained strong during the two-hour march, literally stopping traffic and passersby who made sure to document the scene for social media. 

While trying to get people to join the Bernie camp, others felt that this was a way to prove that people do have the opportunity to change things, even though they’re not on Capitol Hill. 
“Bernie Sanders has been an honest man,” said Michael Miller, 72, who resides in Manhattan. “What he says is what he always says. He’s not a typical politician. And you know, people say, ‘Can he get it done? Can he change?’ No, he can’t change it. The people can change it!”
Miller also added, “You know, I was a teenager during the Vietnam War, people stopped the Vietnam War, not our politicians. We stood up. Millions of us came together, marched, and that’s where it comes up from.”
Photos by Emily Tan for the Village Voice.

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The Dos Equis XX Masquerade Comes to Wall Street

During the day, Wall Street is New York City’s financial epicenter. But when night fell on November 14, New Yorkers dressed in lavish outfits and ornate masks and headed the Dos Equis XX Masquerade at 23 Wall Street. With the “Most Interesting Man in the World” in attendance, party goers got down to DJ Irie and Saint Clair while sipping (or chugging) all the Dos Equis they wanted.