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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Alleged East Village Rapist Pleads Not Guilty; Cabin in a Bushwick Loft

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The hunt for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealers led cops to a Mott Street apartment where they busted four people after finding a “mother lode” of heroin, per the . According to an online heroin review site cited by Brooklyn Paper, Ace of Spades — the dealer of which police are still searching for — could be found on the streets of Williamsburg as recently as last month.

A San Loco employee who’s accused of raping a woman in her East Village apartment says she gave him permission to follow her home and the sex was consensual. [NY Post]

More about House of Yes’s plans to reopen — with a full-fledged bar and restaurant. [Bushwick Daily]
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Hours; Rents Down in Bushwick and Greenpoint

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours included a stop into his usual coffee shop, dinner at Automatic Slims, and a phone call to his longtime girlfriend during which he seemed high, per CNN. Police are looking for the actor’s drug dealer after dozens of baggies of heroin were found in his apartment.

Frank Prisinzano, the owner of Frank, said on Instagram that Hoffman was a regular and “a real New Yorker and a super low key.” Yesterday, Ajay Naidu recalled being taken under the actor and director’s wing.

Rents went up in Williamsburg in December but down in Bushwick and (for studios and two-bedrooms, anyway) Greenpoint. [MNS]
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Here They Come Now: More Tributes to Lou Reed

LouReed 3It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help:  and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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Another Warhol Superstar Has Died; Would-Be Cop Killer Gets Convicted

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First Taylor Mead and now this: Rene Ricard, the East Village “poet, painter, art critic, scene-maker, ex-Andy Warhol super-star, subject of one of Allen’s most penetrating portraits,” has died of cancer at 67. Among other things, he’s credited for propelling Basquiat to fame. [Allen Ginsberg Project, Gallerist]

Luis Martinez has been convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a police officer on the Lower East Side. He had claimed it was self-defense. [NBC 4]

Todd P has responded to grumblings that he put the 285 Kent space up on Craigslist: “People seem all up an arms about this, and while this particular ad is not my doing, so what if it had been? The place closed for good reason: it couldn’t be made ‘legal’ and people were going to end up in jail if it kept operating.” [Brooklyn Vegan]
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12 Things You Might Not Have Known About William S. Burroughs, Per His Biographer

A week before a 100th birthday concert for William S. Burroughs, Barry Miles, author of the new biography Call Me Burroughs, dropped by The Strand to talk about his time with the Beat legend, starting in 1964 when Miles asked him to contribute to an anthology. The Strand has kindly posted the entire discussion online — without even cutting it up and rearranging it! Below are some interesting little morsels about the Invisible Man.
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Crown Heights Is the ‘New Williamsburg,’ East New York Is the ‘Next Bushwick’

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Is East New York the “next Bushwick”? [Untapped Cities]

And is Crown Heights the “new Williamsburg”? [Curbed]

The owners of the Jarmulowsky Bank building have decided to restore its dome as they convert it into a hotel managed by Ace. [The Lo-Down]
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Beastie Boys Square Gets Final Slapdown; Bushwick Church Headed For Conversion

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The blood of slain Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark was found in a van that police recovered in Brownsville earlier this month. [NY Post]

Community Board 3 rejected a bid to bring Beastie Boys Square to the LES, even though the guy who was collecting signatures thought he had more time. [DNA Info]

Gawker mapped the “Williamsburgs” of other American cities [Gawker]
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Looks Like the 7A and Odessa Spaces Will Be Back in Play Next Month

Bathroom graffiti at Odessa Bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Bathroom graffiti at Odessa Bar. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Next month, Community Board 3 may find itself weighing the fates of two iconic spaces on Avenue A. Odessa Bar and Cafe closed in September, and, a block away, 7A closed this past weekend. Both addresses have surfaced on CB3’s February agenda, released today.
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Help Make This Documentary About Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Spiritual Wife’ a Reality

While we honor the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs and mourn the loss of Amiri Baraka, one of their old colleagues, Anne Waldman, will be celebrated in an forthcoming documentary. But the filmmaker needs some help to make it happen.
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Pete Seeger, the East Village, and the ‘Frat House For Musical Revolutionaries’

The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Before Pete Seeger, “father of American folk music,” died Monday at the age of 94, he had lived in Beacon, N.Y. since 1949. But before that, he was a denizen of the East Village. In what was then known as the Lower East Side, he encountered musical mentors like Lead Belly, ran with a relative unknown named Woody Guthrie, became an activist, and started his career as one of the country’s most iconic and beloved musicians.
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