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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16 Things John Waters Wants For Christmas

watersSantaCon wasn’t the only depraved holiday tradition to hit Manhattan this past weekend, thank goodness: John Waters brought his Christmas tour to Stage 48 on Friday. Sporting a jazzy, snazzy Comme des Garçons outfit that he wouldn’t let an audience member touch (she tried), the mini-mustachioed director of Female Trouble (playing at Nitehawk this week) jumped into stories about the late, great Divine, tackled hairy issues like the “pubic-hair generation gap” (“I went to court so you could see bush; now there isn’t any!”) and wasted no time crapping on one of his most oft-quoted lines (turns out Waters would fuck someone if they didn’t have books — as long as they were cute).
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No SantaCon Arrests, Despite Brawl; Marina Abramović as the Grim Reaper

(Photo: Francisco Valera)

(Photo: Francisco Valera)

Good morning, all. Here’s what happened over the weekend.

As you can see from Francisco Valera’s photo above, we’ve survived another SantaCon — see Saturday’s slideshow for more shots, from Scott Lynch. The Red Menace officially dodged the Lower East Side this year, but that didn’t stop the angry Tweets from the East Village and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were no arrests, eight summonses for open alcohol containers and two summonses for disorderly conduct related to the event — a drop from last year’s numbers. But, yeah, check out this brawl outside of Joe Jr. in Gramercy.

Pretty much everyone who wasn’t in a Santa suit this weekend was seeing The Pizza Underground at Baby’s All Right. Gothamist has video footage of Macaulay Culkin’s kazoo solo. [Gothamist, Free Williamsburg, Stereogum]
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Red Alert: SantaCon Has Stormed Manhattan

Do we even have to tell you that hundreds of slurring Santas (on CitiBikes! in SantaTanks!) have hit the snowy streets of the East Village and Lower East Side? Love it or hate it, SantaCon has come to town, and this morning our photographer Scott Lynch braved the broball fights to document the Red Menace. Actually, not everyone wore boring ol’ red and white: we spotted Crazy Legs Conti in St. Patty’s get-up, for starters. Click through our slideshow to see that and all the rest.

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See and Be Seen, and See Some Zines, at the 8-Ball Fair This Weekend

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

Lele Saveri is a busy, mustacheoed man: he helped open MuddGuts in November, just extended The Newsstand’s run into January and this Sunday he’ll put on the fourth installment of the 8-Ball Zine Fair.
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Ferry Good News! Five More Years of East River Ferry Service

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 1.37.29 PMBefore he sails off into the sunset, Mayor Bloomberg is extending East River Ferry service, originally schedule to end next year.

According to the longest press release ever, the ferry has wildly exceeded expectations, carrying nearly 3 million passengers since its launch in summer of 2011. The five-year extension, with two additional one-year extension options, begins next summer. Fares will remain $4 for a one-way weekday ticket, $6 for a weekend ride, and $140 for a weekday unlimited monthly pass. The schedule won’t change, either.
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Gwynett St. Denies Drug Bust Report; Williamsburg Stabbing Suspect Wears a Cowboy Hat

RIP Young Chow Rest.

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The suspect in last weekend’s Williamsburg stabbing wears a cowboy hat and a mustache. [DNA Info]

The Daily News reported that Gwynnett St. owner Carl McCoy “agreed with a drug dealer” to have several packages of methylone sent to the Williamsburg restaurant; Gwynett St. tweeted that the report was “some Onion shit” and “none of these accusations are true.” [Grub Street]

A Williamsburg rental building that seems to have a rooftop hopscotch court is now accepting rentals, and all six of the $1,825/month studios are gone. [Curbed]
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Help the Philippines By Seeing Philip Glass or Karaoking With Beauty Queens

David Byrne isn’t the only downtown demigod trying to stem the effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (that’s him above, at a benefit performance of “Here Lies Love,” last month). Le Poisson Rouge just announced that Philip Glass will play a benefit show there next Thursday. And it isn’t your only chance to help the Philippines.
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Rheingold, Domino Developments Get Approvals; Hells Angels Suing Over Clubhouse

Meres One at Rag & Bone, with Swoon

Meres One at Rag & Bone. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

After an earlier committee vote, the entirety of Community Board 1 has now approved the Domino Sugar development with some conditions. [The Real Deal]

The rezoning of the former Rheingold Brewery site to make room for 70- and 80-foot towers has been approved by the City Council. [DNA Info]

The beating of a gay black student earlier this month in the Hasidic part of Williamsburg may have come at the hands of a neighborhood watch force, police say. [NYDN]

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Watch the New Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Video and Maybe See Them Live For Free

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MGMT surfs with the alien. (Photo: EVR’s Facebook)

Earlier today, East Village Radio gave away tickets to MGMT and Dinosaur Jr.’s Friday-night show at the Barclays Center. Fans got to ring the band’s 75-pound cowbell and were molested by the alien you see with the band above, then Andrew VanWyngarden endorsed The Pizza Underground and confessed that his friend stole a pylon from Rockaway for him.
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Catch a Free Screening of This New Doc About NYC Street Photographers

If you missed Cheryl Dunn’s new documentary about New York City street photography when it played at Nitehawk last month, don’t worry: you can catch Everybody Street at the Apple Store in Soho for free. After the screening, Sunday at 7 p.m., there’ll be a q&a with Dunn and two of the 13 fellow photographers who are featured in the film: Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and Jill Freedman, best known for her black-and-white photos of gritty ’70s and ’80s NYC.

Reserve a spot here. Or if you can’t make it, rent or buy the film on Vimeo.

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Brooklyn Flea Leaves Williamsburg Waterfront; Chloe Sevigny Peaces to Park Slope

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

After complaints from neighbors, Brooklyn Flea is leaving the Williamsburg waterfront and seeking a new home, though Smorgasburg will stay behind on Saturdays. [DNA Info]

The amenities at the Karl Fischer-desgined 101 Bedford include “a huge gym, pool, hot tub, men’s and women’s sauna, golf simulator (PGA-certified), wine vault, ‘party room,’ canine cleaning station,” and — get this — heated sidewalks around the building.” [Curbed]
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