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Joyce Carol Oates Wants Tarantino to Direct a Menachem Stark Movie

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Police have yet to identify suspects in the death of Brooklyn real estate magnate Menachem “Max” Stark last week, but author Joyce Carol Oates is already endorsing a feature film about the man and the murder.

“Only a great film can do justice to rise & fall of Menachem Stark. Scorsese or Tarantino?  Coen brothers?” tweeted the 75-year-old Pulitzer Prize nominee.
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Cooper Union Students End Occupation of President’s Office

There’ll be no more pizza airlifts at Cooper Union.

Students camped out in President Jamshed Bharucha’s office for 65 days have reached an agreement with the Board of Trustees that ends their occupation. Student organizers announced the accord, reached Friday, on various social media platforms and with a press release earlier today.
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Driver Charged in Yesterday’s Car Wreck, Victim Gets a Fundraiser

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Some answers are arriving in the aftermath of yesterday’s ugly car crash in the East Village. Police say that three employees at East Village Farm & Grocery, the bodega plowed into by the car, were injured, along with one bicyclist; all are expected to survive.
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Bushwick Artists: Maybe We Should All Just Buy a Building Together?

The crowd at 108 Starr Street. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

The crowd at 108 Starr Street. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

Six years ago, Josefina Blanc, a former photography editor at Art & Commerce, found herself priced out of Bushwick when the rent on the 10,000 sq. ft. loft shot up from $2,500 to $8,000. Her husband, a performance artist now represented by a gallery in Chelsea, had spent years renovating the space with the understanding that, in exchange, the rent would remain stable, but efforts to appeal to their landlord were in vain. The couple decided to call it quits and moved to South Carolina that year.
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Police: Brooklyn Bargoers Are Getting Attacked and Robbed On Their Way Home

Posted at Pearl's (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Posted at Pearl’s (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

If you’re in the habit of walking home alone while checking your Facebook feed with just one eye open, it might be time to wise up: police in Williamsburg and Greenpoint are on the lookout for a man who has robbed five area residents in the last two weeks as they returned from bars in the evening.

“He’s only been striking between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.,” said Stefan Komar, captain of the 94th Precinct. “I don’t know why, but he has a schedule.”
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Car Jumps Curb and Plows Through Bodega Flower Stand, Injuring Eight

The car spun to a stop. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The car spun to a stop. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A telephone booth. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A telephone booth. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

More debris. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

More debris. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A fire hydrant flew into Calliope. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A fire hydrant flew into Calliope. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A tree was uprooted. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A tree was uprooted. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The car spun to a stop. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)A telephone booth. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)More debris. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)A fire hydrant flew into Calliope. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)A tree was uprooted. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A car hopped the curb in the East Village this morning, mowing down everything in its path and sending 8 people to the hospital, according to the fire department.

“It was a scene out of a movie,” said Rafael, a witness who didn’t want his last name used.
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Lil’ Nugs: Ethiopian Speakeasies and NYU Hamptons

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Scott Lynch

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

Yesterday morning, the Bedford Avenue L train platform looked like McCarren Park during Northside: crowded with sweaty people. That’s because the L trains weren’t going into Manhattan, due to, apparently, electrical malfunctions that messed up the signals. The good news (for cabbies, anyway)? It might keep happening! [WNYC]

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The Village Voice Is Leaving the Village… and Occupying Wall Street

Will the Voice take its letters to 80 Maiden Lane? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Will 80 Maiden Lane soon look like this? (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

In a move fittingly symbolic for a paper whose corporate overlords flew in to lay off some of its most venerated, tenured writers, the Village Voice is moving out of the Village — where it’s been, of course, since 1955 — to an office tower in the Financial District. The move is scheduled for sometime in August.

The new offices are located on the twenty-first floor of an office building at 80 Maiden Lane. Also in the building are the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the New York offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Department of Investigation for the City of New York. According to a realtor at Winick Realty Group, the sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s will be opening its first Manhattan location in the building’s ground-floor retail space over the summer.
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