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Council Members Propose Small Business Advocate, But Would It #SaveNYC?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A pair of City Council members proposed a bill today that would establish a city advocate for small businesses, but others fighting to keep mom-and-pop shops open question whether such a watchdog would do enough.

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2nd Ave Businesses Still Reeling From Blast, Despite City’s Efforts

Neighbors, including the owners of Otto's and Beauty Bar, help with Enz's cleanup effort. (Photo: Mariann Marlowe).

Neighbors, including the owners of Otto’s and Beauty Bar, help with Enz’s cleanup effort. (Photo: Mariann Marlowe).

Businesses on the east side of Second Avenue have been allowed to reopen in the wake of the apparent gas explosion that brought down three buildings near East 7th Street, but their neighbors on the other side of the block are still reeling from the disaster.

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Talks and Readings: King of All Vines, Sexytime Stories, and Greenpoint History Lesson

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Twenty-five-year-old Vine sensation Nicholas Megalis will invite fans into the mega-weird, anxiety-ridden world of his mind at a reading of his new collection of short stories. In this illustrated journal Megalis chronicles life as an imaginative kid who grew up in a “ridiculous family of artists, Greek immigrants, and all-around weirdos.” According to the synopsis, it covers the topics of “borderline fireworks pyromania, chain-smoking at age seven, psychotic magic trick obsessions, the perils of being a thirteen-year-old boy.” March 31 at 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th St., Union Square. 

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‘Made in Bushwick’: Gentrification Hits Home For a Born-and-Bred Photographer

(Photo by Danielle De Jesus)

(Photo by Danielle De Jesus)

Danielle De Jesus is surprisingly level-headed when talking about how gentrification has affected her family and her community. The 27-year-old artist was born and raised in Bushwick and has seen the neighborhood change dramatically over the past several years. Her photographs, part of a one-day-only exhibition, “Made in Bushwick,” happening at the Living Gallery this Thursday evening, capture a neighborhood most newcomers might never have seen and the stark contrast between old and new.

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Elizabeth Warren President Presents Herself to Fans

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Elizabeth Warren has said repeatedly that she doesn’t want to run for president, but she sure sounded like a contendah last night. The Massachusetts senior senator cut a commanding presence while plugging the paperback edition of A Fighting Chance at Barnes & Noble Union Square.

“My story is America’s story,” Warren intoned to thunderous applause from about 300 fans who had purchased her book in order to hear her speak (not exactly Hillary numbers, but still). She had just finished an account of how her mother’s minimum-wage job, taken after her father’s heart attack, had helped save her family from going under and allowed her to attend a community college that cost a mere $50 per semester.

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Criminal Probe into East Village Explosion; Bushwick Acrobatics Fest

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A probe into the cause of the East Village explosion has become a “full-fledged criminal investigation,” according to a Con Ed spokesperson. Investigators are looking closely at an Aug. 6 incident in which a meter reader found a “strange-looking attachment with hoses” coming out of the gas main of 121 Second Ave., apparently feeding upstairs apartments without authorization. []

Investigators say tenants of 121 Second Ave may have been told not to alert Con Ed to their gas service and were told before Thursday’s inspection that their gas would be turned off, a sign that the service was being hidden from Con Ed. [AMNY]

Singer-songwriter Laura Gibson described her narrow escape from the fire that destroyed her apartment. [ Keep Reading »

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Residents Return to Blast Block, But Trio of Beloved Bars Still Dark

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Three days after an apparent gas explosion took down three buildings in the East Village, residents are finally being allowed to return to evacuated buildings on Second Avenue. The number of vacate orders in the area fell from 141 residential units yesterday to just 48 today. But at 41-43 East 7th Street, just around the corner from where the blast occurred, a trio of beloved bars remain shuttered, with their owners anxiously awaiting permission to reopen.

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Missed the Gallery Show? Buy This Brooklyn Band Mix So Kids Can Make Art

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Out of Line Exhibit (Photo: Paula Ho)

Keep calm and carry home some art — and help fund schools in the process.

On Friday, The Creative Cycle hosted “Out of Line” at Bruce High Quality Foundation University in the East Village. The one-night only exhibit raised a total of $420 for two arts classrooms at PS 64 Robert Simon and PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen. If you missed it, don’t worry: you can still chip in by buying a new mix tape of previously unreleased tracks from your fave Brooklyn bands.

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Tyrus Wong, Visionary Behind Disney’s Bambi, Peeped His Solo Exhibit at MOCA

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong (China, b. 1910). <em>Bambi</em>, 1942 Visual development. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Mike Glad. (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong (China, b. 1910). Bambi, 1942 Visual development. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Mike Glad. (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Wong looks at a photo of himself and his wife Ruth taken at their home in Southern California in the 1950s. (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Wong looks at a photo of himself and his wife Ruth taken at their home in Southern California in the 1950s. (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong, <em>Bambi</em> (visual development), 1942. Watercolor on paper; 10 x 11.5 in. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family, ©Disney. (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong, Bambi (visual development), 1942. Watercolor on paper; 10 x 11.5 in. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family, ©Disney. (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Wong with Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of Museum of Chinese in America (far left) and Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President (center). (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Wong with Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of Museum of Chinese in America (far left) and Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President (center). (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong (China, b.1910). <em>Bambi</em>, 1942 visual development. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong (China, b.1910). Bambi, 1942 visual development. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong (China, b.1910). <em>Bambi</em>, 1942 visual development. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Tyrus Wong (China, b.1910). Bambi, 1942 visual development. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family (Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

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If you’ve seen the Disney animated classic Bambi, you’ve experienced the art of Tyrus Wong. An exhibition of his work opened Wednesday night at the Museum of Chinese in America. It’s titled Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Wong, who is 104 years old, attended the Chinatown event. We walked with him during his first look at the collection of his life’s work.

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Man Shot in East Village Saturday Night

Haven Plaza, near the scene of the shooting. (Photo: Joann Pan)

Haven Plaza, near the scene of the shooting. (Photo: Joann Pan)

A man was rushed to the hospital after he was shot in Alphabet City Saturday night.

The 31-year-old victim was shot in the right hand just after 10:30 p.m. at Szold Place, on East 12th Street between Avenue C and Avenue D, according to the police. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing.

Recent crime statistics show there had been two shootings in the East Village this year.