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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Police Say This Guy Rented Out a Fake Apartment in Andy Warhol's Old Building

497-14 GL Pattern PBMSWe’ve seen this one before: a man posing as a broker conned nine women out of deposits for an East Village apartment he wasn’t licensed to rent.

Police say a man using the names David Horowitz and Michael Bryant offered an apartment at 321 East Sixth Street on Craigslist and managed to trick nine women into giving him cash deposits of $2,200 each.
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Guardian Angels On the Case After Sunday’s ‘Knockout’ Attack

photo(4)The Guardian Angels want to “stop the knock out game” with flyers posted near Bowery and Prince, where a 23-year-old Long Island resident was sucker-punched from behind after leaving a bar early Sunday morning.

The flyers, spotted Sunday afternoon, warn pedestrians of a game that’s “senseless and has taken people’s lives.”

It’s uncertain whether the Guardian Angels are also patrolling the neighborhood — the website listed on the flyer is dead and the phone number goes to a jovial answering machine. You don’t see Curtis Sliwa’s boys in red around much anymore but rest assured they’re still kicking, having just celebrated their 35th anniversary.
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Don’t Worry, Those ‘Dad Glasses’ Might Not Be Matt Berninger’s New Look

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Yes, Lena Dunham was naked on SNL. But Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, also set off a twitstorm during Saturday’s episode when he hit the stage wearing a pair of wire-frame eyeglasses that were described on Twitter as “rapist glasses,” “70s pedophile glasses,” and “80s dad glasses” — and made him look either like Liev Schreiber or Walter White.
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This Crash Sent Two Cabbies to the Hospital

A pair of cabs collided at the intersection of Eldridge and Broome Streets tonight. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. and two people were taken to Bellevue Hospital, according to the fire department. An FDNY spokesperson couldn’t say who exactly was injured or to what degree, but ALIFE’s Paul Alexander, the eyewitness who took the photo at left, told us “both drivers went to hospital, both serious.”

A Redditor also got a photo of the scene.

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A Tiny Gift Shop Has Opened and Now Manhattan Is Officially Over, Too

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Earlier this week, Brooklyn was declared over, and now Manhattan is over, too. Done. Finished.

On St. Marks Place, a small gift shop has opened, selling I ♥ NY baby tees, cheap ties, and a bunch of bongs. While R & R Gift, right next to the new smoke shop on the corner of Third Avenue, may seem like a blip on the radar in a neighborhood that’s still culturally vibrant (we’re talking Saved by the Bell musicals here), it can’t be denied that this marks the precise moment when Manhattan as a brand has overtaken Manhattan as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: tiny Statue of Liberty statues.
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Watch the New TEEN Video and Snag Tickets to The Album Release Party

Greenpoint’s TEEN just released a video for their single, “Not For Long.” It’s kind of like the “Nothing Compares 2 You” video meets “Spaceballs” on shrooms… Okay, we won’t bother trying to describe it — just give it a watch and know that you’ve still got a chance to win tickets to their album release party. As previously mentioned, we’re giving away two tickets to the April 24 show at Baby’s All Right, or — if you prefer — two tickets to the March 14 premiere of Teenage, a film adaptation of Jon Savage’s history of adolescence featuring music by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter. Just sign up for the B+B Newsletter via the following form and tell us what you’re entering to win.
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<em>Vice</em>’s Shane Smith: 'Will We Eventually Be Old and Shitty? Yes.'

Previewing season two of HBO’s Vice to an audience of NYU students last night, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith admitted there was a time when “we were concerned about rare denim, cocaine and super models — we weren’t the nicest people.” Of course, times have changed. The HBO show was nominated for an Emmy (“a bunch of dirtbags from Brooklyn finally make good,” Smith said last year) and the Williamburg-based media empire launched Vice News this week.
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One Word For the <em>Observer</em> Editor Who Thinks Brooklyn Is 'Over': Junglepussy

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After deriding “Brooklyn’s Overhyped, Undercooked Restaurant Scene,” the New York Observer has now gone ahead and declared that “Brooklyn is over. Done. Finished. Brooklyn as brand has overtaken Brooklyn as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.” Oh, snap! And here we thought its greatest work was Leaves of Grass.
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This Year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival: David Byrne, a Laser Show, a Street Party and More

After dropping an oral history of the East Village’s Pyramid Club earlier this week, the Red Bull Music Academy has now announced the line up for this year’s month-long RBMA festival, coming in May. Among the 15 events are a party at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a laser show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a record fair at Brooklyn Flea, a Panda Bear show at Warsaw, and a street party honoring Paradise Garage.
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Domino Development Gets CPC Approval; the <em>Girls</em> Bus Tour You Knew Was Coming

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As expected, the new plan for the Domino Sugar factory site won the approval of the City Planning Commission and will now be voted on by the City Council. [NY Daily News]

The deal proves one thing: “the de Blasio administration cares a lot about affordable housing, less about how high the towers grow, and not at all about the minutiae of design.” [Daily Intel]

Yes, it’s finally happening (maybe): a Girls bus tour. HBO is said to be in discussions with the tour company that did the Sex and the City school. The tour would visit locations that “aren’t exactly glamorous” but are “authentic.” [NY Daily News]
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