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Don’t judge Malachy’s on the Upper West Side by its cover

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Don’t judge Malachy’s on the Upper West Side by its cover

This bar looks like it’s had one too many.

Upper West Side watering hole Malachy’s has been in the process of replacing its facade since late April, and what remains on its ghastly exterior are pieces of dilapidated plywood — and a few Irish flags.

“Clearly, the current situation looks more like a disaster zone and needs to be fixed,” said Jon Hill, who runs the Instagram handle Architecture of the UWS. “Projecting that kind of vibe isn’t great for the business, the neighborhood or the city.”

Irish — and plenty of other — neighborhood eyes are not smiling.

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“It’s a shame to leave something looking that way on an otherwise very pretty block,” said Haley Fox, owner of Alice’s Tea Cup, one block over. “At least throw some paint on it.”

But Malachy’s — a fixture on West 72nd Street off Columbus Ave. since the late ’80s — is the kind of place people like “because it’s old and ugly,” insisted Mike Mishkin, owner of news site ilovetheupperwestside.com.

“It kind of went from dive bar to burnt down crack den, but hopefully it will look nice once they’re done renovating,” he said.

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The “old and ugly” bar could look like this when renovations are finished.

Owner Theresa Kelly McCarthy explained that plans to renovate — replacing the ripped awning and adding windows that open out — were in the pipeline pre-pandemic.

“We said, ‘Maybe it will attract more people,”’ explained the Eire-native, who was a waitress there before she bought the bar in 2015 with Billy Raftery.

It was her idea to add the flags.

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“I said, ‘We have nothing out there, let’s put the Irish flags all around it. And I cut them off the St. Patrick’s Day [decorations] and stuck them all up,” she explained.

McCarthy claimed the bar hasn’t gotten any negative feedback about its appearance.

Malachy's Donegal Inn
For some patrons, the shoddy facade is more of a draw than a deterrent.
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“They just thought we were burned out,” she said.

The work began in late April, but the project came to a halt because contractors are waiting for additional permits.

Some residents said the state of the bar gave the neighborhood — known more for baby and dog carriages — a hip new vibe.

“I actually think it looks kind of cool like a little piece of the East Village on the Upper West Side,” said Sophie Orlich, who lives a few blocks away.

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And it might be good for its bottom line.

“I thought it was closed down, but then I kept seeing people walking in and out of it and I became intrigued to check it out,” said Matt Meoni, a Bed-Stuyvesant resident who was working in the area.

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Mishael Morgan becomes first Black artist to win Best Actress Daytime Emmy

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Mishael Morgan becomes first Black artist to win Best Actress Daytime Emmy

Mishael Morgan won the Best Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Award on Friday. Photo courtesy of CBS

June 25 (UPI) — The Young & the Restless star Mishael Morgan became the first Black artist to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the Best Lead Actress category in Pasadena Friday night.

“I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,” Morgan said as she accepted her statuette.

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“Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best.”

The actress also thanked viewers for their support since she joined the soap opera in 2013.

“I am so immensely proud of our generation,” she said. “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”

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BTS’ ‘Proof’ tops U.S. album chart

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BTS’ “Proof” is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. File Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License Photo

June 25 (UPI) — K-pop group BTS’ Proof is the No. 1 album in the United States this week.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Saturday is Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti, followed by Harry Styles’ Harry’s House at No. 3, Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache at No. 4 and Future’s I Never Liked You at No. 5.

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Rounding out the top tier are Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album at No. 6, Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers at No. 7, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour at No. 8, SZA’s Ctrl at No. 9 and Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones at No. 10.

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Shooting at Oslo, Norway, gay bar leaves 2 dead

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Police investigate the scene after several shots were fired outside the London Pub in the center of Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. Photo by Javad Parsa/EPA-EFE

June 25 (UPI) — Oslo, Norway, canceled its gay pride parade and raised its terror threat to the highest level Saturday after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub left two people dead and 21 injured, authorities said.

The shooting took place at 1:14 a.m. Saturday at the London Pub, a second bar and a fast-food restaurant. Police arrested a suspected gunman who they believe acted alone.

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Of those injured, 10 were in serious condition.

Police haven’t identified the suspected shooter, but described him as being a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent, according to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. CNN reported he was “known to police” and had minor previous convictions.

Authorities said they seized two weapons from him upon the arrest.

Roger Berg, the head of Norway’s domestic intelligence and security service, said the shooting was being investigated as an act of “extreme Islamist terror,” according to The Washington Post.

The suspect was being held on charges of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, police official Christian Hatlo said.

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The attack happened hours before the city’s planned gay pride parade. Organizers said pride events scheduled for Saturday have been canceled upon police advice.

Despite the cancellation, thousands of people joined an impromptu parade outside the nightclubs where the shooting took place. Many waved gay pride flags, while others shouted slogans of support for gay rights.

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