5 Things To Know This AM — Jul 02 2013

Major book publishers Random House and Penguin have united under one roof — Penguin Random House. The NYC company is now "the world's largest publisher of consumer books" according to The Associated Press. (NPR)
Everyone, meet Franklin, the adorable pot-bellied pig mascot of Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center in Williamsburg. Turns out he's a vegan and really really cute. (Racked NY)
Interns, this one's for you! InternsNtheCity is hosting its first-ever Summer Intern Kickoff Party on Thursday, July 11th at Above Allen. Spend the night networking, cocktail-ing, and winning fantastic giveaways with fellow NYC-based interns. Tickets can be purchased here. (InternsNtheCity)
Famed Japanese noodle house Ippudo is opening up shop on the west side on July 13. The only way to celebrate? With Brooklyn Brewery's new Kaedama Ale, inspired by the practice of ordering extra noodles and made specially for Ippudo. (Grub Street)
Still looking for a great weekend getaway? Book a room at The Borgata and party with Steve Aoki and Chiddy Bang this Saturday night. Not to mention all the other concerts and comedy shows taking place all summer long. (The Borgata)
Photo: Via The Borgata.