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East Village Puerto Ricans On Trump’s ‘Sickening’ Response to Hurricane Maria

Joey Montalvo, a proud Puerto Rican New Yorker.

Hurricane Maria hit close to home for the many Puerto Ricans living in Alphabet City. Among the 34 who died when the storm hit Puerto Rico was Joey Montalvo’s uncle. The San Juan resident had a heart attack and medical assistance couldn’t reach him. “He can’t even have a decent funeral because all the cemeteries are flooded,” Montalvo told us during a recent visit to Don Juan’s Barbershop, on East 4th Street.

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Tenants Demand Cooking Gas, Say Their Landlord’s Response Is ‘Tough Turkey’

Brad Hoylman and Toledano Tenant Coalition.(Photo: Katherine Barner)

Brad Hoylman and Toledano Tenant Coalition.(Photo: Katherine Barner)

While many of us are prepping for a Thanksgiving feast, the tenants of 325 East 12th Street are stocking up on TV dinners. They won’t be able to cook a proper Thanksgiving meal in their own homes this year and haven’t been able to cook for quite a while. Their building has been without gas for over six months since demolition forced Con Ed to turn it off. With the holiday season upon them, they’re feeling the frustration more than ever.

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De Blasio Vows to Dig In Against Trump and ‘Stand Up For Our People’

(Photo: Katherine Barner

(Photo: Katherine Barner

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to fight back against Donald Trump’s harshest and most regressive plans this morning at a speech in the East Village. All of the nearly 1,000 seats in Cooper Union’s Great Hall were full by 11am, and the crowd was ready to laugh when Ann Mansfield joked about the lack of job prospects for out-lesbian Protestants. She thanked New York for giving her the opportunity to serve as a FDNY chaplain and spoke about the importance of creating an environment where others are also able to “rise up and have their dream job.”

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Wear Your Sunglasses After Dark to Tonight’s Star-Studded Tribute to The Cramps

Several Halloweens ago, the folks at Nightclubbing gave us what was most definitely a treat: vintage footage of The Cramps doing “The Way I Walk” at Irving Plaza. Today, Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers have dusted off another clip, posting footage of Lux Interior et al doing “Pretty Baby What You Do To Me.” Check it out above, and then watch “The Mac Daddy” as well– it’ll make for the perfect pre-partying music tonight as you get ready to head over to the annual Halloween tribute to The Cramps at Bowery Electric.

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The Golden Probes Honored Some of the Biggest Douchebags in Politics

Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson, and Eunice the Uterus (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Lady Parts Justice)

Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson, and Eunice the Uterus (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Lady Parts Justice)

Sunday night, the Golden Probe Awards recognized “outstanding achievements in sexism and anti-abortion extremism” at Le Poisson Rouge. In what was billed as “misogyny’s most glamorous evening,” some of the city’s best comedians handed out awards in categories such as “Best Adaption of Reality” and “Best Original Science.”

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B+B Q+A: Suicide’s Martin Rev Doesn’t Mind Being Hated

Martin Rev (Photo: Divine Enfant)

Martin Rev (Photo: Divine Enfant)

“To hear 15,000 people booing at one time, it’s an incredible sound and it’s an incredible energy to play into.”

Martin Rev — of the proto-punk, 1970s duo Suicide – is talking about opening for the Cars, whose fans didn’t exactly care for his stripped down, repetitive synth riffs and his bandmate Alan Vega’s haunting, spoken vocals.

It’s unlikely Rev (born Martin Reverby) will get trash hurled at him when he performs solo at Bowery Electric tonight — his first New York show in five years. Suicide has influenced untold scores of synth pop, new wave, industrial dance and techno sounds, not to mention The Boss himself.
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Jimmy McMillan Couldn’t Stop the Rent From Going Even Damn Higher

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Whelp, it’s official: the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, as expected, just approved rent hikes of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75 percent for two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments, according to Fox News.

Among the usual protesters who turned up outside of the meeting at Cooper Union’s foundation building was Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan.

The mayor of Papaya King wasn’t impressed with last night’s actual-mayoral debate. “They’re talking about stop and frisk, gun control,” he told us. “I’m talking about landlord control.”
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Be the 8th Person to Watch This Still Life Still Video and Get Tix to Their Show

The folks who rep Canadian band Still Life Still — which has toured with our own The Hold Steady — use the B+B tipline to point us to a new video for “Revolving Doors,” off the band’s forthcoming album “Mourning Trance,” out August 20. It’s so brand spankin’ new, in fact, that at the time of this posting only 7 people had watched it (most of them us).
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B+B Q+A: Stefan Marolachakis of Caveman’s Prom Was Cooler Than Yours

tktk at East Village Books. (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Stefan Marolachakis at East Village Books. (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

I first met Stefan Marolachakis in 2010 when he was tending bar at Heathers, just a few blocks away from his apartment overlooking Tompkins Square Park. He still lives there, but these days he’s writing for ESPN, Nylon, and The Fader, and drumming for Caveman, which just released its self-titled sophomore album via Fat Possum.
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Bye Bye, Blarney Cove: An Irish Holdover Packs Up the Shillelagh

Bartender Lisa Ramsay (Photo: JP Grace)

Bartender Lisa Ramsay (Photo: JP Grace)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Sometime around 1977, Father Time ducked into the Blarney Cove on East 14th Street and never bothered to start the clock back up when he left. A gnarled shillelagh, or “Irish whuppin’ stick,” hangs on the wall beneath the television, which is typically tuned to baseball or horse races. There’s a working payphone and a video poker game by the tables in the rear. A faint odor of stale beer floats around.

Sadly, there are just a scant few days left to grab a cheap domestic draft at this sliver of old New York. The Cove will close its doors for good at the end of this month. It’s “going the way of Mars Bar and CBGB,” says bartender Lisa Ramsay.
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