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Building Collapses and Seven-Alarm Fire Rocks East Village

Three buildings have collapsed and a fourth is in flames after an apparent explosion in the East Village. Nineteen people — including five firefighters — have been injured and four have been hospitalized in critical condition, the fire department said.

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

An FDNY spokesperson couldn’t say what caused 121 Second Avenue to collapse around 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, but eyewitnesses reported hearing what sounded like an explosion. Flames from the building spread first to the adjacent building (123), which collapsed after the fire went to seven alarms, and then to 119 Second Avenue, on the corner of East Seventh Street. As of 10:30pm tonight, that building had also collapsed and firefighters were battling a fourth blaze at 125 Second Avenue.

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Come Watch Three New Episodes of 'High Maintenance' and Meet the Creators

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Update: Friday’s screening is full, but you should still subscribe to our newsletter, because 10 people selected at random will get passcodes to watch the new episodes for free.

Great news, folks: Bedford + Bowery is screening three brand-new episodes of “High Maintenance,” followed by a Q&A with creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. Naturally, we’ll also be serving up free munchies, beer and wine at Bedford + Bowery’s newsroom Friday, Feb. 6.
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Tonight's Shows, Films, Events: Who's Hanging In, Who's Heading Home

(Photo: Carmen Cuesta Roca)

(Photo: Carmen Cuesta Roca)

Thinking of catching a movie tonight? Be warned, the staff at your fave theater may be heading home to do the same. We called some of local venues to find out who’s toughing out Winter Storm Juno ce soir and who’s calling it a night. Plan accordingly.

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“Heck yes, we’re open! Free beer for anyone who skis here! Brandon, the mister, is bar tending so you’re in for a treat!” Bands are Miles Calder, Brett Williams, Mary Westlake, Bliss Blood and Al Street.
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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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Guess Who’ll Be Looking For a Girlfriend at the B+B Bazaar On Saturday

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You’ve seen him on flyers around town — now come see Dan Perino in person! He’ll be Looking for a Girlfriend this Saturday. In Dan’s words, this is not a joke. Starting at noon, the legendary lamppost lothario will be posted up at our booth during the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, speed-dating anyone who’s open to the possibility of a relationship morphing into something more profound. You know who you are.

To get the conversation flowing, we’ll have free beer from Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts (Torst will be selling exotic brews all day). And Greenpoint’s new apothecary, Botica & Co., will be serving up its medicinal Aphrodisiac Cocktail, featuring its alchemical “love elixir.” Get there early to sign up for a date with Dan — he’ll be there till 2 p.m. when Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) hits the decks.
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Saturday: Free Beer, Amazing Eats, Rad Shopping + DJs From LCD Soundsystem

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Brooklyn Brewery giveaway at 2pm, Nancy Whang at 2:30, and Museum of Love at 4.

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, 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 (Update: like the return of Billy Leroy’s famed antiques and oddities tent and speed-dating with the “Looking for a Girlfriend” guy), 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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LIVE: Editors From Vice News, Buzzfeed and Mashable Talk Global Journalism

As promised, we’re coming to you live from 20 Cooper Square with a panel discussion that asks: “What in the world are Buzzfeed, Mashable, and VICE News up to as they expand their international coverage?” Tune in at 6:30 p.m. as Amy O’Leary of the New York Times innovation team speaks to Jason Mojica (Editor in Chief of VICE News, center), Louise Roug (Global News Editor at Mashable, left) and Miriam Elder (Foreign Editor at Buzzfeed, right).

If you’re unable to join us live, the talk will be archived here later.

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Local Ukrainians Talk Sanctions, Ceasefire, and NATO Aid That May Not Do Enough

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Protest attendee dons a Ukrainian flag at Sunday’s gathering. (Photo: Jasmine Lee)

Iryna Vitkovska says NATO’s involvement in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia will not bring peace to her country. “They should have looked at it a long time ago, and not just waking up right now when it’s too late,” said the 27-year-old bartender of the Sly Fox. The bar is located on the ground floor of the Ukrainian National Home in the East Village, next to a sidewalk memorial for Ukrainians who’ve died in ongoing clashes with pro-Russian separatists.
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Get the New + Improved Bedford + Bowery App

screen322x572Today we invite you to download a beefed-up version of the Bedford + Bowery mobile app we launched earlier in the summer.

Aside from looking purdier, the new app allows you to navigate more easily from story to story, watch videos, and read news as it breaks on our site. All without ungluing your smartphone or your tablet from your palm.

That’s all thanks to downtown-based developers DWNLD, who today launched their own app allowing publishers to easily create similar mobile platforms. Best part: you can customize your app with themes that have names like Lafayette and Roebling. (We’re not sure what our theme is, but let’s hope it isn’t some icky Upper East Side theme, because sorry dudes the Upper East Side is not cooler than Brooklyn now).

Get the B+B app by searching for Bedford + Bowery in the app store or by clicking here.

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The Story of Kim’s Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

(Derek Wang for New York magazine)

When the last remaining location of Kim’s Video & Music announced it was closing for good, most agreed it was just another nail in the coffin, the latest reminder of what the Times called “a downtown culture now largely lost.”
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