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As Boot Camps Replace Bohemia, New Yorkers Are Thinking Inside the Box

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Not long ago, wild-child ex-con and party boy of yore Michael Alig took a tumble off a Planet Fitness treadmill. Where East Village chic was once all about falling off the wagon, it’s now de rigeur to fall from exercise equipment.
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‘We Have Lost Our Mind’: Clayton Patterson’s Response to Taylor Swift

Just in case Chico’s cheeky memorial doesn’t get the message across to Taylor Swift and the New York trolling tourism board, another LES legend, Clayton Patterson, has come up with a video response to her appointment as the city’s Global Welcome Ambassador. Above, check out Taylor celebrating Patterson’s footage from the ’88 Tompkins Square Park riot, GG Allin’s last show, and drag and hardcore shows at places like The Pyramid (which recently experienced a corporate co-opting of this own). Patterson emailed it to us along with the thoughts below.
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Taylor Gets a Swift Kick in the Ass From La Petite Mort

(Photo: La Petite Mort's Facebook)

(Photo: La Petite Mort’s Facebook)

Taylor Swift’s new role as the Big Cupcake’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” made every New Yorker want to step in and say “Imma let you finish…” But rather than merely festering in outrage, Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort went ahead and conscripted the legendary Chico to do a memorial mural for the bubbly bopper.
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Possible Hate Crime in Williamsburg; Send-Off For Wd~50

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Five attackers who struck a Jewish woman in the head with a milk crate Saturday afternoon at a Williamsburg playground may have committed a hate crime, police say. [DNA Info]

The Muse—an artist collective and haven for local circus performers that shares a Williamsburg address with Glasslands, the soon-to-close venue being bought by VICElaunched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their move to Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily]

Wylie Dufrense’s wd~50 reportedly made $100,000 in less than 10 minutes yesterday when reservations became available for the restaurant’s last two weeks of service next month. [Grub Street]

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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Don’t Suck

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(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

You already know where to catch Nirvana, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys on Halloween. But if you’re just too creeped out by the thought of zombie Kurt, there are plenty of other places to do the monster mash. Hit one of the parties, tours, plays below and you won’t spend the night on your couch eating Reese’s (though that’s a perfectly acceptable pre-partying option).
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Inside Good Room, a New Dance Destination Replacing Greenpoint’s Europa

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(Photo: Jeremy Boxer)

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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For the most part, the influx of proper dance clubs into Williamsburg hasn’t yet seeped north into Greenpoint — but that will change when Good Room opens early next month.
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Mediocrity Is the New Black: Penny Arcade On Making It in ‘The Big Cupcake’

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The performance artist Penny Arcade called us back after getting out of a show that ran late. So, even in the midst of her own show Longing Lasts Longer (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10 at Joe’s Pub), she’s making time to support the work of other artists. The legendary downtown icon is, wonderfully, still underground and still outraged. The new show and her preoccupations are deeply intertwined, as her work is primarily autobiographical, and our conversation ranged from why New York is now “the Big Cupcake,” to what makes Lena Dunham so special, to the young “creative soul” in the Times paying $3,700 rent.
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Mysteries: Mike Tyson Statue at NYU, Turkey’s Nest in Hell’s Kitchen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Fillmore East’s new plaque wasn’t the only historical marker unveiled in recent days — last week, while we were trying to score tickets for Television and Joshua Light Show (some footage of the show here), we noticed this stately statue of Mike Tyson outside of Skirball Center, across from Washington Square Park. After we did a double take like Little Mac getting clocked in the jaw by Iron Mike, it was obvious this was just a promotion for his new Adult Swim show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which — as Tyson himself has noted — is a trippy version of Scooby-Doo meets A-Team. When we walked by yesterday, the statue had vanished.
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Fillmore East Plaque Unveiled at Site of ‘Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Andrew Berman and Phil Hartman of Two Boots unveil the plaque.

Andrew Berman and Phil Hartman of Two Boots unveil the plaque. (Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

More than four decades after its closing, a commemorative plaque was unveiled last night at the site of the Fillmore East, the legendary East Village concert hall at 105 Second Avenue that presented the biggest stars of the music world from 1968 to 1971. A light rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that packed the sidewalk in front of what is now an Apple Bank branch.
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Drunk Driving Arrests Up in Bushwick; Beep Pushes Affordable Housing

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An uptick in traffic checkpoints more than doubled the NYPD’s number of drunk driving arrests in Bushwick last month. [DNA Info]

Starting Saturday, Cloak & Dagger clothing boutique will consolidate its 441 E.9th Street and Boerum Hill stores into one larger space at 334 E. 9th Street in the East Village. [Racked NY]

If Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gets his way, 51 units of affordable housing will rise at 695 Grand Street. He’s also supporting the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site and the Broadway Triangle. [Crain's NY] Keep Reading »

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Andrew WK Has a Surprisingly Posi Take On the Chaining of the East Village

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(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Last night Stoli vodka brought Andrew WK to a shindig at the Pyramid Club – part of a marketing campaign celebrating/commodifying Avenue A that also includes a Tumblr highlighting institutions like Lucy’s and A-1 Record Shop.
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