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Billy Leroy Wants YOU to Come to the Return of His Famed Oddities Tent

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

That menacing man in the British safari hat is Sir William Leroy. If you don’t know the “Wizard of Odd” as one of the stars of Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles, then you certainly know him as the dapper gent who, for years, sold antiques, props and oddities from an iconic tent at Bowery and Houston. That billowing cabinet of curiosities was sadly forced to fold in 2012, but we’re bringing Billy’s beloved tent back Saturday — for one day only — at the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar.

Don’t believe us? Here’s the sign, which was chilling in his backyard when we visited his home in Greenpoint last night.
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Watch Museum of Love’s Crazy (Clazy?) New Video, Then Sip Free Beer With Them Saturday

Above you’ll find the first video off of Museum of Love’s self-titled album, just out on James Murphy’s DFA Records. It’s kind of amazing: the song, “The Who’s Who of Who Cares,” and the video remind us of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” with shades of David Bowie, East Village underground disco pioneer Arthur Russell, and of course Pat Mahoney’s old band LCD Soundsystem. That’s actually Mahoney sculpting a startling likeness of his bandmate Dennis McNany (aka Jee Day) and then melting it down into a bubbling morass. Yep, in addition to being a drummer-turned-singer and DJ, Mahoney is a sculptor who has even created toys for his DFA labelmates The Juan Maclean.

Anyway! Speaking of Museum of Love, we’re beyond stoked that they’ll be DJing our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday. And speaking of The Juan Maclean (which also recently dropped an album via DFA), that band’s Nancy Whang (another LCD Soundsystem alum) will also be DJing. So come out and catch them as you sip free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery, yet more beer from Torst, and food from Arrogant Swine, Bunker Vietnamese, and many, many more of our favorites. Plus, shop for vinyl, clothing, home stuff, jewelry, occult items, and much more. You can find all the details here.

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The L.I.S.A. Project Turned a Little Italy Parking Lot Into a Tagger’s Delight

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The week didn’t start out great for Wayne Rada and the L.I.S.A. Project, his non-profit outfit that has brought a ton of world-class street art to Little Italy (of all places) and beyond over the past couple of years. Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Queen Andrea, Lister, Crash and Daze, Stikman, Michael de Feo (aka The Flower Guy), Tristan Eaton… the list of L.I.S.A.-backed artists is long.
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Papaya King Is About to Put Midtown Hot Dog Vendors in a World of Squirt

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

After expanding to St. Marks Place and then launching a food truck, Upper East Side institution Papaya King has decided to go for the jugular and is putting down roots in Herald Square, ground zero for dirty-water dog vendors. Starting Oct. 23, the king will station its flashy new food cart (shown here) outside of Macy’s in Herald Square. It’ll be at Broadway and 35th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs, and knishes. This is such a setback to workaday wiener vendors that we don’t know how they’re going to ketchup.
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Rosario Dawson’s Cousin Arrested For Attempted Rape; Stupak Opens Al Pastor

City Kitty: Office Job

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Juan Scott, 26 and apparently a cousin of actress Rosario Dawson, was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to rape a 20-year-old woman last week in her Stuyvesant Town apartment. [The Villager]

Dennis Nemirovskiy, a 27-year-old Brooklynite, was arrested Friday morning at Bellevue Hospital (where he stopped to his clothes, stained by packs of exploding red dye) for allegedly committing five local bank robberies in early October, netting nearly $8500. [NY Post]

In Greenpoint, paperwork was submitted to convert 214 Franklin Street into a 30-room hotel with a coffee shop and gym. [NY Shitty]

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Market Watch: Brooklyn Xchange Drops Promo Vid, Artists & Fleas Expands

Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot.
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Saturday: Free Beer, Amazing Eats, Rad Shopping + DJs From LCD Soundsystem

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Strap on the party hat: it’s time again for the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, our outdoor extravaganza of food, shopping and muzak. This Saturday, Oct. 25, we’re once again bringing our fave-most North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan restaurants, makers, and vendors to the Hester Street Fair in the LES. To make it a party, there’ll be free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Plus beats by Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) as well as Museum of Love, the deliriously danceable DFA Records outfit featuring Pat Mahoney (also of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). (The Juan Maclean’s new album dropped last month and MoL’s new video, off of their just-released self-titled album, is up today.)

In addition to the free Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts, Tørst will be pouring bitching beers by Evil Twin Brewing and serving duck sandwiches, plus there’ll be Carolina whole-hog BBQ from Arrogant Swine, good pho-king Vietnamese food from Bún-Ker, southern grub from Empire BiscuitKorean-American fried bird from Seoul Chicken, classic NYC dogs from Papaya King, Malay and Indonesian fare from Pasar Malam, Icelandic lamb stew from Skál, tea drinks from MatchaBar, Japanese rice burgers (yep, rice burgers) from Yonekichi, and still more grub from Vendy Award winners Zha and Khao Man Gai NY. And more!

Good eats are just the start of it: Papercut Press is bringing indie books, Creeps Annual is hawking zines, iMakr is showing off 3D-printed toys, and there’ll be used vinyl from The Punk Guy as well as new vinyl from Greenpoint indie label Captured Tracks. To help you nail that Halloween outfit, Catland will add a pinch of occult weirdness, and there’ll be tons of vintage and artisan jewelry, clothing, crafts, home wares and art from vendors like Etsy NYFair Folks & a Goat and many, many more.

We’ve got more surprises in store, so save the date and stay tuned to @bedbow for some exciting updates.

Join us Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hester Street Fair at Hester and Essex; take the J, M, Z to Delancey or F to East Broadway.

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The Downtown Den Where Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians Met

Walt Whitman at Pfaff's.

Walt Whitman at Pfaff’s.

156 years ago this week, Henry Clapp, Jr. founded the newspaper that brought the idea of bohemianism into American culture and popularized some of Walt Whitman’s most beloved poems. The New York Saturday Press has more or less faded from memory – but two new books tell how the paper and a legendary counterculture clique emerged from Pfaff’s, a subterranean saloon on Broadway and Bleecker.
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Bushwick Resident Arrested in Infant Death; Susan Sarandon Fetes High Times

Art in Odd Places 2014: Big Head Brigade

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After he attempted suicide, 20-year-old Kelsey Smith was arrested for allegedly beating his three-year-old stepdaughter to death Saturday afternoon in their Bushwick apartment. [NBC NY]

A 63-year-old East Village woman, Leslie Bright, appeared in court Friday to challenge an amnesiac California man’s claim that he is her missing husband of two decades. [DNA Info]

Delancey & Co., a Lower East Side-themed deli, will soon open in London. [Grub Street]

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Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Compared Obama to Lincoln, and Not in a Good Way

During a talk with a group of journalism students last night, New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. revealed many an interesting thing about The Gray Lady — or the “Good Gray Lady,” as he said she was originally called (and he should know, since his grandmother coined the nickname). Sitting in Bedford + Bowery’s backyard at 20 Cooper Square, he told moderator Meryl Gordon that after just two days, C.J. Chivers’s piece about the coverup of harmful chemical weapons abandoned in Iraq was one of the paper’s top 20 most-read stories of the year.
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