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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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This New Store Is Selling the Gummi Bear Chandelier Of Your Dreams

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Jellio (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

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Don’t want to grow up cuz you’re a Toys”R”Us kid? Then this is just the place to score a cap-gun mirror, cupcake seats, and ice cream benches for your $1 million condo.
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Your First Look Into Rough Trade NYC, Now Open in Williamsburg

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

Ping pong, natch

Ping pong, natch

The stage

The stage

The bar

The bar

The Guardian area

The Guardian area

Velvet Underground painting

Velvet Underground painting

Shipping containers

Shipping containers

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

The Room sigange

The Room sigange

Donald Glover's bedroom

Donald Glover's bedroom

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After last week’s preview glimpse into the hotly anticipated Rough Trade store, we couldn’t resist returning for its opening today, to see the finished product.

Well, not quite finished. The cafe and bar aren’t yet open, and co-owner Stephen Godfroy assured us, “We’re going to add the fat to the store.”
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Welcome This New E-Cig Shop to the Circus That Is St. Marks Place

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

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The building on St. Marks that once played host to Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, featuring the Velvet Underground, is now home to Beyond Vape — a West Coast-based electronic cigarette store that opened Saturday.
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A Blessing and a Setback For Steiner at Mary Help of Christians Site

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Things have been quiet at the Mary Help of Christians site ever since the 96-year-old church was torn down over the summer — and it looks like they’ll stay that way for now. The Department of Buildings has disapproved plans to build a 7-story building on the lot between East 11th and 12th Streets, off of Avenue A.
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Surviving Members of The Yellow Dogs Say They’ll Play On, Are Planning a Benefit

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

Left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand (Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet)

In the hours following the triple homicide and suicide in East Williamsburg on Monday morning there were conflicting reports about the victims, the shooter, and the relationship between them. This morning, the surviving members of the Yellow Dogs — Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai — released an official statement with the help of their manager Ali Salehezadeh, street artists Icy And Sot, and their friend Pooya Hosseini, a member of the band, the Free Keys, that the shooter had been kicked out of.
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Stews and Booze! There’s a New Persian Spot in the East Village

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Parmys (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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That coffee-and-crepes spot isn’t the only newcomer on First Avenue. On the other side of St. Marks Place, around the corner from where Cafe Rakka recently closed for renovations, Parmys Persian Fusion just opened, serving what it says is the “first and only Persian food in the East Village.”

Co-owners Amir and Mojgan Raoufi, from the northern Iranian city of Tabriz, hope to fill what they see as a culinary void.
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The Lower East Side’s Newest Gallery Is Named After John Singer Sargent

(Photo courtesy Sargent's Daughters)

(Photo courtesy Sargent’s Daughters)

The Area exhibit isn’t the only exciting thing happening in the downtown art world: last night Sargent’s Daughters, a gallery named after painter John Singer Sargent, opened at 179 East Broadway.

The gallery’s first show, “Painting 101,” features (you guessed it) paintings by Francesca DiMattio, Dennis Hollingsworth, Jonathan Lasker, Sandi Slone and Daniel Rios Rodríguez.
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Trick-or-Treaters, We’ve Found the Mother Lode

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

All day long, trick-or-treaters have been hitting us up for candy (our one pouch of Big League Chew went fast), but one thing’s for sure: we’re not getting hit as hard as our neighbors across the street.

F.K. Sweetland, a candy distributor at 152 Grand Street, has been around for 25 years (its faded sign still advertises “sports shakes” and “freeze pops”). Rocky Ksed, the place’s 29-year-old manager, inherited it from his father. On this late, rainy Halloween afternoon, trucks were still being loaded.
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Here’s Why This Guy Was Giving Free Haircuts On Bedford Avenue the Other Day

On a recent Thursday, Steven Chu and Parker McComb were posted on Bedford Avenue with a white folding chair, scissors, buzzers, and a sign offering “free haircuts for art.” Chu — who learned how to cut hair in 2008, by watching YouTube videos — was offering up his services to promote a new art project, called Hourships. “The premise is hour-long apprenticeships for youth, ages 5-18, interested in the arts,” the 28-year-old explained.
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