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As City Plans Live-Work Space For Artists, Developer Starts Building Studios

Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect

Rendering: Gene Kaufman Architect

Mayor De Blasio isn’t the only one pushing workspace for artists — it’s also being added by at least one private developer. Gene Kaufman — an architect better known for his controversial hotels — has designed a mixed-use studio building in East Williamsburg that will open in fall of 2016.
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David Cross Is Premiering Hits, His Directorial Debut, at Nitehawk

Comedian David Cross, a disillusioned East Villager turned DUMBO dweller, is making his directorial debut with Hits, and he’ll be at the comedy’s New York premiere Feb. 12 at Nitehawk. The best part: the price of the ticket is up to you, so if you want to be a cheapass a la Todd Margaret you can save a few bucks and treat yourself to a beer while you watch.
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‘The Decadence and the Drama’ of Nutcracker Rouge’s Wild Costumes

(Photos: Angelica Frey)

(Photos: Angelica Frey)

At the beginning of Nutcracker Rouge, amid wafts of frankincense, the virginal Marie Claire (Laura Careless) finds herself in a haunted forest where she’s surrounded by a storm of snowflakes. Dancers appear on stage clad in lace corsets, tutus, Swarovski-encrusted masks and matching jewelry. Their skeletal, horn-shaped headpieces are frightening. To the tune of Vivaldi’s Winter, they twirl and encircle the wide-eyed Marie Claire, who wears an iridescent turquoise rococo gown paired with a red, ruffled cape.
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SantaCon Plays Nice While Beasticon Rears Its Head

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

With a “day of anger” expected to keep police busy and SantaCon’s organizers asking its drunken devotees to stick to a list of participating bars in Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen rather than marauding through the streets, the annual Running of the Santas promises to be a lower-key affair this year (an as-yet mysterious “exciting starting point” will be revealed tonight). But while SantaCon may be playing itself down, Beasticon has come back like a thing possessed.
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Canines of New York: Tagging Along With The Dogist, a Pup-arazzo Who Hounds Dogs

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J Lo (Photo: The Dogist)

On a Greenwich Village street corner, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman was having trouble getting J Lo’s attention. Her eyes darted restlessly and she wouldn’t stand still. “She’s a real bitch,” said the young man who accompanied her. “She hates cameras.” J Lo was a slender, seven-year-old white Bull Terrier. Finally, after a couple of “C’mon mama, sit down mama”s, she relented and posed.
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