About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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East Village Gets a Homegrown Haitian-West African Restaurant

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The East Village, that bastion of ethnic eats, didn’t have a West African or Haitian option until Le Marecage brought both of them at once. Unlike so many of the marketing-minded spots opening around the neighborhood, this one is a homegrown labor of love, ever-so-quietly opened by Ivory Coast native Mamadou Bamba (formerly a caterer and an instructor at the French Culinary Institute) and his Haitian-born wife Ivrose Bamba, who has been living in Stuy Town for about 35 years.
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‘We Have Lost Our Mind’: Clayton Patterson’s Response to Taylor Swift

Just in case Chico’s cheeky memorial doesn’t get the message across to Taylor Swift and the New York trolling tourism board, another LES legend, Clayton Patterson, has come up with a video response to her appointment as the city’s Global Welcome Ambassador. Above, check out Taylor celebrating Patterson’s footage from the ’88 Tompkins Square Park riot, GG Allin’s last show, and drag and hardcore shows at places like The Pyramid (which recently experienced a corporate co-opting of this own). Patterson emailed it to us along with the thoughts below.
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Taylor Gets a Swift Kick in the Ass From La Petite Mort

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(Photo: La Petite Mort’s Facebook)

Taylor Swift’s new role as the Big Cupcake’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” made every New Yorker want to step in and say “Imma let you finish…” But rather than merely festering in outrage, Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort went ahead and conscripted the legendary Chico to do a memorial mural for the bubbly bopper.
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Inside Good Room, a New Dance Destination Replacing Greenpoint’s Europa

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For the most part, the influx of proper dance clubs into Williamsburg hasn’t yet seeped north into Greenpoint — but that will change when Good Room opens early next month.
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Mysteries: Mike Tyson Statue at NYU, Turkey’s Nest in Hell’s Kitchen

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The Fillmore East’s new plaque wasn’t the only historical marker unveiled in recent days — last week, while we were trying to score tickets for Television and Joshua Light Show (some footage of the show here), we noticed this stately statue of Mike Tyson outside of Skirball Center, across from Washington Square Park. After we did a double take like Little Mac getting clocked in the jaw by Iron Mike, it was obvious this was just a promotion for his new Adult Swim show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which — as Tyson himself has noted — is a trippy version of Scooby-Doo meets A-Team. When we walked by yesterday, the statue had vanished.
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Andrew WK Has a Surprisingly Posi Take On the Chaining of the East Village

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Last night Stoli vodka brought Andrew WK to a shindig at the Pyramid Club – part of a marketing campaign celebrating/commodifying Avenue A that also includes a Tumblr highlighting institutions like Lucy’s and A-1 Record Shop.
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Galli Had the Gall to Open in the Former Inoteca Space

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Inoteca broke some hearts when it closed this past February, but as of last night you can once again put away pasta on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington. The Lower East Side offshoot of Soho restaurant Galli doesn’t serve truffled egg toast (sigh), but its menu of competently rendered Italian standards isn’t likely to disappoint anyone looking for carbs and carbonara. Just about the only Italian comfort food missing from the menu is fettuccine alfredo.
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Citi Bike Is Finally Rolling Into Greenpoint and North Williamsburg

citi-bike-program-1-224x300There’s good news and bad news for North Brooklynites who’ve been wondering when the hell Citi Bike would come above North 3rd Street. Today the bike-share service, which just got a new parent company and CEO, announced in an email to members that it will add 6,000 new bikes and 375 new stations by 2017. The first of those stations, to be installed next year, will be in Greenpoint, northern Williamsburg and Long Island City. Bushwick will eventually get service as well — though for the forceable future it’ll have to make do with that double-decker Citi Bike. Other neighborhoods slated for service are Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, and Gowanus.
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