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The Bowery Mission Is Serving 7,000 Thanksgiving Meals

(Photos and video: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photos and video: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)There’s a line down the block and around the corner right now at The Bowery Mission, where a white tent out front protects only some of those waiting to get in from the elements. Since 4:30 a.m., volunteers have been serving Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings.

With all their locations combined, The Bowery Mission will serve around 7,000 meals today to people who are going through hardships such as being homeless. After a pre-meal sermon, a band played soothing music as the needy ate around red-clothed tables. Volunteers brought in water, tea, and plates full of turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
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Out of Body: a Devotee Says Goodbye to Body Actualized Center

With Bushwick’s great DIY venue and wellness center, Body Actualized, closing this month and having a moving out sale today, a member of the community tells us what THE VIBE meant to her.

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

The moment I arrived in LA, fresh out of college in the spring of 2011, all of my carefully laid plans unraveled: my friend suddenly had a live-in girlfriend who nixed my staying there, the job I’d lined up fell through and it wasn’t nearly as fun and valorizing getting around by bike as I’d hoped. After many long months in the relentless sunshine I broke down and called friends for help. What should I do? Where should I go? Their answer was Brooklyn and that night, after almost getting run over by a mint Datsun in Echo Park, I bought a one-way ticket to JFK.
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Photos, Video: Ferguson Protesters Again Flooded the Streets (and Highways, and Bridges)

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A day after protesters blocked the Manhattan and Triborough Bridges, demonstrators once again took to the streets — this time in far greater numbers — to protest a grand jury’s decision not to charge Darren Wilson.
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Momofuku Ko’s Shiny New Location Opens Friday

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

If you decided to stay in town this weekend and have money to burn, heads up: Momofuku Ko has just announced that its new location at 8 Extra Place will open in two – count em, two – days. That would be Friday. As you can see from interior shots we took through the window last night, this place is much more inviting than the narrow nook on First Avenue. And it’ll probably be a little easier to get into, since there are a whopping 40 seats.
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Film This Week: Post-Apocalyptic Brooklyn, Cruising, and IRL Woody Allen

Hey guys, not sure if you’re aware but tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means you’re either stuck with family, flying solo, or awkwardly tagging along with your significant other’s fam. Either way, it’s going to be hell. We really can’t emphasize enough how essential it is to get yourself to a movie theater this holiday weekend. No matter what awful scenario you’ve found yourself in, we’ve got a film for you.
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It’s Official, These Photos Are All We Have Left Of Death By Audio

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We knew the last night at Death By Audio was going to get pretty raw, with about a million people cramming in to say goodbye to the DIY venue even if they’d never been before. But what we didn’t plan for was seeing the line get cut off after just 80 lucky folks walked through the door. And less than a year from when we last surveyed the post-285 Kent DIY scene, one of our favorite venues is now closed.
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Benny’s Burritos, Spike Hill to Close; Shepard Fairey’s Interpol Mural

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A 40-year-old new mom in Williamsburg recovered her stolen purse after chasing down the teenage girl who took it, and a woman on Larmor Street had her cellphone stolen by a passing bicyclist. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Bedford Avenue music venue Spike Hill will close early next month. [Gothamist]

In the East Village, parishioners of Church of the Nativity launched a online campaign to save their house of worship, which would shutter pending a series of recently-announced Catholic church mergers citywide. [EV Grieve]
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Video: New Yorkers Gather For Some Real Talk About Ferguson

Last night, after it was announced that Darren Wilson wouldn’t face charges in the killing of Michael Brown, outraged New Yorkers marched through the city’s streets. Today, it was time to sit down and talk. This afternoon, NYU Student Diversity hosted a forum at the school’s Kimmel Center that allowed community members to do just that. Play our video to hear raw reactions from a former Ferguson-Florissant resident and others who’ve been touched by the events of the last few months and beyond.

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These Hacked Action Figures Make For ‘Suckadelic’ Stocking Stuffers

unnamed1221Black Friday is so mainstream, but what if you experience the irrepressible urge to go shopping with the rest of America? Worry not — Con Artist Collective has just what you’re looking for: Stormtroopers with beefed-up codpieces!

At Con Artist Gallery’s new show, “Action Figures: Objectified,” you can shop for aluminum-foil animals by Dean Millien or a toy version of one of Wizard Skull’s hacked animation cels, showing a swoll Ronald McDonald with French-fry pubes.
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