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Watch Gov. Cuomo Sample the L-Train Tunnel’s ‘Toxic Cocktail’

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Just four months ahead of the planned L-train shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo and a team of experts toured a section of the Canarsie Tunnel in order to determine whether the MTA’s repair plan is up to snuff. Cuomo got up close and personal this morning with what he described as the “toxic cocktail” that was created when salt water from Hurricane Sandy mixed with the 94-year-old tunnel’s electrical equipment.

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Shop (or Drink) Till You Drop at These DIY-Driven Holiday Markets

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The holiday season doesn’t have to mean fighting tourists as they try to pry the last soy candle out of your freezing fingers at the Union Square Holiday Market. Below, we’ve singled out some of the chiller (and less chilly) gatherings of local independent vendors and makers. Most of them will be serving up booze, to quell your anxiety about what to get the thankless grumps in your life. Happy holidays!

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Where to Stuff Your Face On National Cupcake Day

Cupcakes at Butter Lane (Photo: Corinne Durand for NY Mag)

Prepare yourselves, the most important snack-related day of December is quickly approaching. December 15 marks National Cupcake Day, better known in some circles as the best day ever, and New Yorkers everywhere should be celebrating. Now that cupcakes are making a comeback(?), this is a holiday that knows no divide except whether or not you like jelly in the middle of your cupcakes and, really, everybody wins either way. We’ve rounded up some of the east side’s best places to celebrate.

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Performance Picks: Drag Karaoke, Bread and Puppet Theater, and More

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Yell Club
Thursday, December 14 at Rockbar NYC, 9 pm: FREE

People seem to like karaoke, and people seem to like drag shows. These two groups don’t necessarily seem to always overlap, but come Thursday night they will unite at Yell Club, where one person sings karaoke while a drag performer lip-synchs that very same song. So, those of you who feel uninterested or afraid of doing drag but like singing songs when weird MIDI tracks and projected lyrics are involved (shoutout to Sun Fly, the weird karaoke backing track brand bug mascot I have taken a liking to), this will be your night to shine while also giving other performers some material.

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Art This Week: Psychedelic Collage and Meditations On The Unpleasant

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Close Your Eyes
Opening Thursday, December 13 at The Storefront Project, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through January 6.

Looking at Nat Girsberger’s collages, on view at the Lower East Side’s Storefront Project starting Thursday, is a good way to get lost in a kind of psychedelic fantasy land. Outer space, nature, animals, and human figures intermingle in landscapes with colors that seem brighter than what one would typically encounter in reality. In a time where the news feels more and more anxiety-inducing every day, it’s important to have little moments of escape, where we’re not filled with dread and instead perhaps wondering about the inner life of a deer standing among very large mushrooms standing on a vivid path that seems to be leading into the sun.

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Newtown Radio Ups Its Game With a Street-Level Studio

Newtown Radio is taking it to the streets. The eclectic internet radio station just moved to a ground-level space that’s expected to give it more visibility in East Williamsburg and more room for art and music shows.

Founded in 2009, Newtown had been broadcasting out of a practice space hidden in the Danbro Studios building, a former brewery off the Montrose stop that now houses rehearsal studios. After a week off the air, the station has now moved down to a street-level storefront there, at 260 Meserole Street.
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