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How 6 Practitioners of the Dark Arts View Halloween

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With so many wild parties going on tonight, it’s easy to forget that Halloween originates from the ancient festival of Samhain, celebrated by the Celts 2,000 years ago. Before their new year on November 1, they thought the boundary between the living and dead would deteriorate and ghosts could appear on Earth. So, how do today’s pagans and occultists view the holiday as it’s celebrated today? We asked some of them to find out.
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Possible Hate Crime in Williamsburg; Send-Off For Wd~50

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Five attackers who struck a Jewish woman in the head with a milk crate Saturday afternoon at a Williamsburg playground may have committed a hate crime, police say. [DNA Info]

The Muse—an artist collective and haven for local circus performers that shares a Williamsburg address with Glasslands, the soon-to-close venue being bought by VICElaunched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their move to Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily]

Wylie Dufrense’s wd~50 reportedly made $100,000 in less than 10 minutes yesterday when reservations became available for the restaurant’s last two weeks of service next month. [Grub Street]

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Drunk Driving Arrests Up in Bushwick; Beep Pushes Affordable Housing

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An uptick in traffic checkpoints more than doubled the NYPD’s number of drunk driving arrests in Bushwick last month. [DNA Info]

Starting Saturday, Cloak & Dagger clothing boutique will consolidate its 441 E.9th Street and Boerum Hill stores into one larger space at 334 E. 9th Street in the East Village. [Racked NY]

If Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gets his way, 51 units of affordable housing will rise at 695 Grand Street. He’s also supporting the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site and the Broadway Triangle. [Crain's NY] Keep Reading »

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NYU Buys Noho Building; 150-Year-Old Synagogue Landmarked

Jerkface: Free Cost

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Tadelech Yohanis, a 30-year-old nun visiting from Ethiopia, was last seen six days ago leaving Jackson Street’s Sacred Heart Convent on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

Matthew Smith of Bushwick was charged yesterday with attempted murder as a hate crime following a Sept. 27 incident where he yelled homophobic slurs at three men dressed in drag and shot one of them in the buttocks. [DNA Info]

Saturday afternoon, a 29-year-old woman seated on a playground bench in Williamsburg was attacked with a milk crate by a five individuals. [The Brooklyn Paper]

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Veselka Parties With Free Food; $20M Duplexes On Bond Street

graffiti mural and tag in New York City's Greenpoint

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Yesterday morning, the FDNY surveyed loose scaffolding at the landmarked Jarmulowsky Bank Building on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Right of Way and Families for Safe Streets dedicated eight sidewalk memorials to local pedestrians and cyclists who’ve been killed, including Leighton Parnham, 19, and Mathieu Lefevre, 30, who respectively died in Williamsburg in 2012 and 2011. [Greenpointers]

Preview the vegetal cuisine at Semilla, the new restaurant occupying Lake Trout’s former Havemeyer Street space. [Grub Street]

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Deadly Shooting in Bushwick; Newtown Creek Scores Cleanup Cash

Sexer1 at Arrogant Swine

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Police say a 27-year-old man who was shot inside the salon Finest Nails Inc. on Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick Thursday afternoon died within the hour at Woodhull Hospital. No arrest has been made. [NY Daily News]

As part of Getty Petroleum’s bankruptcy settlement, the chemical-dumping company will fund $16 million of Newtown Creek‘s much-needed cleaning. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter reopened Saturday after being scoured by a biohazard company, a precaution taken after a recent patron—Dr. Craig Spencer—was diagnosed with Ebola last week. [Daily Intelligencer]

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Driver Fined For Striking Cyclist; Bushwick Gets More Live Music

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Renovations at 102 Norfolk Street—site of an apartment building and The Back Room bar—have allegedly exposed locals to toxic levels of lead dust. [Gothamist]

Jose Henriquez, a 33-year-old Queens resident and SUV driver, was ordered to pay a $250 fine after striking a cyclist in a Lower East Side hit-and-run accident this June. [Streetsblog NYC]

Alphaville, a bar/restaurant with live music, debuted last night at 140 Wilson Avenue in Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily]

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Edgar Allan Poe Party at Analogue; Two Doggie Halloween Parades

National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality: Union Square NYC

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Following the death of a 3-year-old girl at her Bushwick apartment this weekend, the neighborhood’s 83 Precinct Domestic Violence Unit will host an outreach event today at 1 p.m. in Maria Hernandez Park. [DNA Info]

Community Board 3 okayed the $9.6 million initial phase of renovating Pier 42, a future public park. [Bowery Boogie]

Community Board 1 once again recommended that the second location of Starbucks in Williamsburg be denied a liquor license. [Free Williamsburg]

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Glasslands Is Closing; Radio Bushwick Mysteriously Shutters

Mr One Teas, The Wack Donald's Project: I Kill You

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Three men were arrested after allegedly punching and robbing a 33-year-old man in McCarren Park last Monday night, just before 1 a.m. And a 16-year-old boy was attacked while trying to save a Lorimer Street parking space for his father last Wednesday. [The Brooklyn Paper]

During his arraignment yesterday for the attempted rape of a Stuyvesant Town woman, Juan Scott was charged with two additional sex crimes committed against East Village women. [NY Daily News]

If all the paperwork goes through, Bowery Mission will receive $9K of the city’s 2015 fiscal year budget to restock its food pantry, said District 1 Council Member Margaret Chin. [Bowery Boogie]

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Rosario Dawson’s Cousin Arrested For Attempted Rape; Stupak Opens Al Pastor

City Kitty: Office Job

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Juan Scott, 26 and apparently a cousin of actress Rosario Dawson, was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to rape a 20-year-old woman last week in her Stuyvesant Town apartment. [The Villager]

Dennis Nemirovskiy, a 27-year-old Brooklynite, was arrested Friday morning at Bellevue Hospital (where he stopped to his clothes, stained by packs of exploding red dye) for allegedly committing five local bank robberies in early October, netting nearly $8500. [NY Post]

In Greenpoint, paperwork was submitted to convert 214 Franklin Street into a 30-room hotel with a coffee shop and gym. [NY Shitty]

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Bushwick Resident Arrested in Infant Death; Susan Sarandon Fetes High Times

Art in Odd Places 2014: Big Head Brigade

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After he attempted suicide, 20-year-old Kelsey Smith was arrested for allegedly beating his three-year-old stepdaughter to death Saturday afternoon in their Bushwick apartment. [NBC NY]

A 63-year-old East Village woman, Leslie Bright, appeared in court Friday to challenge an amnesiac California man’s claim that he is her missing husband of two decades. [DNA Info]

Delancey & Co., a Lower East Side-themed deli, will soon open in London. [Grub Street]

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Bushwickers March Against Gentrification; Lower East Sider Against the Lowline

Grub Street Food Festival 2014, Seward Park: Davey's Ice Cream

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This week, 100-plus Bushwickers participated in an anti-gentrification march led by the group Make the Road New York [MRNY]. [The Brooklyn Paper]

A cyclist who suffered a broken hip after being hit by a car on Williamsburg’s Union Avenue is being sued for $2K in damages to the automobile. [Gothamist]

According to the Airbnb report released by NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman yesterday, the majority of the site’s Brooklyn rooms available for rent are in either Williamsburg or Greenpoint. [DNA Info]

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