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‘We Have Lost Our Mind’: Clayton Patterson’s Response to Taylor Swift

Just in case Chico’s cheeky memorial doesn’t get the message across to Taylor Swift and the New York trolling tourism board, another LES legend, Clayton Patterson, has come up with a video response to her appointment as the city’s Global Welcome Ambassador. Above, check out Taylor celebrating Patterson’s footage from the ’88 Tompkins Square Park riot, GG Allin’s last show, and drag and hardcore shows at places like The Pyramid (which recently experienced a corporate co-opting of this own). Patterson emailed it to us along with the thoughts below.
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Taylor Gets a Swift Kick in the Ass From La Petite Mort

(Photo: La Petite Mort's Facebook)

(Photo: La Petite Mort’s Facebook)

Taylor Swift’s new role as the Big Cupcake’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” made every New Yorker want to step in and say “Imma let you finish…” But rather than merely festering in outrage, Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort went ahead and conscripted the legendary Chico to do a memorial mural for the bubbly bopper.
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Mysteries: Mike Tyson Statue at NYU, Turkey’s Nest in Hell’s Kitchen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Fillmore East’s new plaque wasn’t the only historical marker unveiled in recent days — last week, while we were trying to score tickets for Television and Joshua Light Show (some footage of the show here), we noticed this stately statue of Mike Tyson outside of Skirball Center, across from Washington Square Park. After we did a double take like Little Mac getting clocked in the jaw by Iron Mike, it was obvious this was just a promotion for his new Adult Swim show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which — as Tyson himself has noted — is a trippy version of Scooby-Doo meets A-Team. When we walked by yesterday, the statue had vanished.
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We Visited Michael Stipe’s Studio, and So Can You

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

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Michael Stipe’s personal art studio is in a weirdly public place—the gallery for NYU’s studio art school, 80 Washington Square East. But he only works there when it’s closed.
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Citi Bike Is Finally Rolling Into Greenpoint and North Williamsburg

citi-bike-program-1-224x300There’s good news and bad news for North Brooklynites who’ve been wondering when the hell Citi Bike would come above North 3rd Street. Today the bike-share service, which just got a new parent company and CEO, announced in an email to members that it will add 6,000 new bikes and 375 new stations by 2017. The first of those stations, to be installed next year, will be in Greenpoint, northern Williamsburg and Long Island City. Bushwick will eventually get service as well — though for the forceable future it’ll have to make do with that double-decker Citi Bike. Other neighborhoods slated for service are Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, and Gowanus.
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Harry Shearer, aka Mr. Burns, Is Bringing Richard Nixon to Hell Square

Harry Shearer, who made his name on Saturday Night Live and as a writer and star of This Is Spinal Tap, plays the ultimate villain – Mr. Burns — on The Simpsons (he’s also the voice of Ned Flanders, among others). But tomorrow at the Slipper Room in the heart of Hell Square, he’ll discuss a still greater villain, President Richard Nixon, whom he plays on a series that you can now watch online.
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‘Out to See’ Brings Makers, Artists, Bands and Ice Skating to the Seaport

"It's not that heavy" by Rachel Higgins.

“It’s not that heavy” by Rachel Higgins.

Thought the outdoor market season was over just because Williamsburg Flea and Hester Street Fair have folded their tents? Not a chance. Slip into that Cosby sweater (sorry, Hannibal) because the folks behind Made in the Lower East Side are putting their pop-up powers to work in one of their most ambitious projects to date: a festival that will bring a slew of makers, artisans, artists, bands, and even an ice skating rink to the South Street Seaport over the course of four weekends in November.
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A Traveling Artist Wants You to Meet Her Pet Rocks

(Courtesy of Denny Gallery)

(Courtesy of Denny Gallery)

Despite the name of the exhibit now up at Denny Gallery, Rock Shop III is less shop and more laboratory: large images of rocks surround receptacles in which salt chemically reacts to pigment, resin, or steel with the aid of sunlight pouring through the gallery windows. In one tank, the salt resembles gold dunes.

“I have a scientific, archival interest in my work,” says German artist Nadja Frank, whose brother is a geologist. She acquired all the rocks in this collection from traveling across the United States by car and accruing fifty to sixty boxes of stones that best captured the essence of the places she visited. The rock prints have titles like “Rock #9 (Orderville, Utah)” or “Rock #2 (Granite Quarry, New York).”
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Danny Bowien Is Literally a Lower East Side Poster Boy

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Everyone’s in a twitter about Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ad, but dude — check out Danny Bowien looking sharper than an al pastor knife in a new ad campaign for menswear etailer Frank & Oak. We spotted this on Orchard Street, just a stone’s throw from the increasingly awesome Mission Cantina (three words: “bone marrow fajitas”). The ad’s tagline is “for the journey ahead.” And speaking of the journey ahead: here, courtesy of Bowien’s twitter, is a glimpse inside the soon-to-reopen Mission Chinese.