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Drake’s Very Own Store Comes to the Bowery

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Assuming you’re cooler than I am, you probably already know that Drake has a clothing label called October’s Very Own. You probably also know that October’s Very Own opened a flagship store over the weekend at the corner of Bowery and Bond Street. You probably wouldn’t have had to Google all of this stuff like an idiot when you saw packs of trendy-looking teenagers flocking in and out of the store over the past few days and wondered what the hell was going on, like I did.

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Kick It Like a Rabbi: Inside the Luxury Condos in an East Village Synagogue

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

If you’ve got a taste for luxury living, Jewish culture, and several million dollars to burn, you might be interested in purchasing one of the three new condominiums recently built inside a historic East Village synagogue. The Anshei Meseritz synagogue, on 6th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A, has been the home of an Orthodox congregation since 1910, but it will soon also host condo residents on the newly renovated upper floors.  Keep Reading »

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Watch This Premiere of Single Blonde Failure and You, Too, Can Be an Early Adopter

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Let’s take a moment to talk about a strange and ubiquitous inhabitant of today’s internet landscape: the social media influencer. You know the type. Millennial. Self-described “lifestyle blogger.” Multiple Instagram posts per day. Perfect lighting. Radiant skin. Expensive clothes. Exotic locales. Thirsty for followers. #Grateful to be #blessed with such a strong #brand.

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Taberna 97 Brings Portuguese Comfort Food to the Yaffa Cafe Space

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

After nearly two years of renovations, the space formerly occupied by Yaffa Cafe has opened its doors as Taberna 97. The team behind the new restaurant, which serves Portuguese fare in a casual tavern setting, also owns  St. Dymphna’s on the same block of St Marks Place.

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Astor Place is Back, But Where Have All the Skaters Gone?

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

After five long years of construction, Astor Place is back. Along with the refurbished Cube, the redesigned plaza includes new outdoor seating, fresh trees and landscaping, and restored lampposts from the Mosaic Man. But the new Alamo Plaza features a few additions that are unwelcome to some of its most loyal visitors: “no bike riding or skateboarding” signs spaced at regular intervals around the Cube. These days, simply carrying a skateboard near the Cube is enough to earn a suspicious glare and a warning from the security guards sometimes enforcing the ban. It wasn’t always this wayfor generations of New York skaters, Astor Place was a landmark that held an iconic, if unlikely, place in the city’s skateboarding history.

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Winter is Coming… to Astor Place: Game of Thrones Activation Takes Over Plaza

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Attention Game of Thrones fans experiencing Westeros withdrawal: HBO has something to help hold you over while you wait longer than usual for the show’s season seven premiere. Astor Place is being transformed into an interactive Game of Thrones village this weekend to promote the DVD release of the show’s sixth season. According to the network, the event is open Friday and Saturday and will offer fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in memorable Thrones moments with the help of virtual reality, green screens, and props and costumes from the show.

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No Spin Zone: When Will the Cube Be Uncaged?

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

The Cube’s return to Astor Place has been glorious and all, but have we basked in the glow long enough that we can now address the elephant in Alamo Plaza? The Cube is back, yes, but the sculpture is imprisoned behind a crude cage of orange barricades. It’s downright inhumane (incubane?). It’s time to uncage the Cube and let it spin free, the way it was meant to. Keep Reading »

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Anti-Trump Protests Continue in Union Square

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

On the heels of last night’s massive protest march in response to Donald Trump’s election, demonstrators again gathered in Union Square this afternoon to voice their opposition to the president-elect. “This is what democracy looks like,” protesters chanted while waving signs with anti-Trump slogans.

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Trump Got You Down? There’s a Mini Love-In Going On in Union Square

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(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

It’s impossible to ignore it—this is a weird, weird day in New York City. The Trump-fueled angst is palpable. Subway cars are eerily silent. Everyone is avoiding eye contact. Masses of people are moping around like their dog just died. But a few positive thinkers are channeling good vibes at an impromptu gathering that started this morning in Union Square. Keep Reading »

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New Nordic Arrives in the East Village– n’eat!

Rehydrated beets, pickled beets, and blackberries (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Rehydrated beets, pickled beets, and blackberries (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Looking for a taste of Copenhagen in the East Village? Last night marked the grand opening of n’eat, the latest entry in New York’s growing list of New Nordic eateries, which offers a relaxed take on one of the food world’s trendiest genres. The restaurant is the first stateside venture from chef Gabriel Hedlund and restaurateur Mathias Kær.

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A.G. Files Harassment Charges Against Manager of LES and Chinatown Apartments

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(Image: Wikipedia)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit today against the property manager and landlords of several apartment buildings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side for allegedly harassing rent-controlled tenants with “repeated illegal and deceptive practices.”  The complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court, accuses the buildings’ owners and Marolda Properties Inc., which manages the buildings, of attempting to bully tenants into vacating rent-regulated units using a variety of improper tactics.

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