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The Orpheum Theater’s Problems Started Long Before Stomp Put Its Foot Down

This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

The Stomp marquee masks the original facade of the two-story building at 126 Second Avenue. (Photo: Ilaria Parogni)

The Stomp marquee masks the original facade of the two-story building at 126 Second Avenue. (Photo: Ilaria Parogni)

A heavy metal marquee juts over pedestrians at 126 Second Avenue, the word “STOMP” making clear that the address is home to the off-Broadway show whose performers dance, clap, and generally bang on anything in sight. Stomp has been playing at the Orpheum Theater since 1994, making it one of the longest running shows in the city. The current playhouse front may lure customers in, but it obscures most of the building’s original architectural details, as well as its bumpy journey through history. With a court order now lingering, it’s unclear how much longer that iconic marquee will remain as is.

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Is Williamsburg Ready For a ‘Hot Sauce Sommelier’?

(Photo: Miles Dixon)

(Photo: Miles Dixon)

Everyone knows Brooklyn’s culinary scene is heating up, but Williamsburg’s first specialty hot sauce store is taking things to a new level. With 100 varieties of hot sauce on offer and space for 50 more, Heatonist is a haven for those who like it… well, you know.

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What Twitter Is Saying About Los Angeles Luring New Yorkers

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Los Angeles is the new Brooklyn, according to a provocative Sunday Styles piece that described ever fed-up New Yorkers packing their bags to head West. Quoting a transplant who said L.A. is like a “grown-up version of Williamsburg, without the gray cloud,” the article generated so much buzz on Twitter that it’s clear nobody had major plans this weekend. We’ve gathered the best reactions here for your pleasure.

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Cash Mob Aims to Help East Village Blast Zone Businesses Find Their Feet

smallbizcrawlSmall businesses have been hit hard in the wake of the East Village explosion, so residents have conjured up a Small Biz Crawl in order to help. All walks of life are welcome to join the #SaveNYC movement at noon this Saturday, April 11, to visit the beloved establishments most affected by the explosion.

Participants will gather at Gem Spa, which has served the neighborhood since 1957, on the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, and then head to Himalayan Visions, a family-run shop selling an array of trinkets from jewelry to meditation supplies. A lunch break will follow, at B&H Dairy or Paul’s Da Burger Joint. With full bellies, the group will meander toward New Yorkers Market, to stock up on groceries for the week.

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#Badgeless at #SXSW: We Tried to Do South By Southwest Without Shelling Out

If you didn’t go to South by Southwest in Austin last week, it probably wasn’t because you didn’t want to. With the cheapest music ticket going for $650 (early bird), the festival’s entry fee wasn’t exactly music to our ears.

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Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Aspiring East Village Rapper

(Photo: NYPD)

(Photo: NYPD)

Police believe Shaquille Fuller, shown at left, is the man who killed Shemrod Isaac, an aspiring rapper, in broad daylight yesterday afternoon in the East Village.

Isaac was shot three times outside of his home at 20 Avenue D, around 4:30 p.m. His suspected killer is described as a 21-year-old resident of a neighboring building in the Lillian Wald Houses.
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Meet the Williamsburg Warehouse's Landlord, Whose Home Went Up in Flames

Photo: Inc. Magazine

(Photo courtesy of Inc. Magazine)

When a seven-alarm fire broke out at his Williamsburg storage facility early in the morning of January 31, Norman Brodsky didn’t just lose his office – he also lost his home. Since then, he has spent his days finding a new place to live, replacing clothes and other essentials that were lost to the fire, and assessing the damage.
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