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Take a First Look at Armory Week’s LES-Driven Fair, ‘Art On Paper’

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Doug Beube, “Collapse.”

Armory Arts Week continues tonight with a VIP preview party for “Art On Paper” at Pier 36. The fair opens to the public tomorrow, Friday, on the Lower East Side waterfront, and many of its 55 exhibitors are either from downtown or North Brooklyn. They’re showing works by artists who, per the website “look to paper as a major influence in their sculpture, drawing, painting and photography.”

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Baby’s All Right Team Opens Elvis Guesthouse in the East Village

IMG_1709After closing their East Village spot Arrow Bar in January, Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones, who also own Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, have quietly relaunched the basement boite as Elvis Guesthouse.

The bar’s website explains the name by claiming that Elvis, after faking his death, headed to the Far East and inconspicuously bunked in guesthouses before opening one of his own. The location at 85 Avenue A, designed by Isaac Nichols (yes, he of the boob pot), is supposedly a reproduction of the original, which, judging by some early Instagram photos, had a sauna-like seating area, a wall of roses, a disco-balled DJ booth, and Kama Sutra bathroom wallpaper.

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Bushwick Inlet Park Advocates Will (Literally) Shed Some Light On the Issue

The Illuminator's work during Occupy Wall Street.

The Illuminator’s work during Occupy Wall Street.

The future of Bushwick Inlet Park looks bright — or at least, it will be on Friday night. North Brooklyn residents will push for the conversion of the CitiStorage site into a park by projecting “light graffiti” on the building’s charred remains.

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Mini Mastication Madness: ‘Broke Mo’Fo’s Brunch’ and Katz’s Pastrami Cupcake

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Two vital updates from the world of tiny food. First off, at left, ChikaLicious is currently taunting “broke-%ss mo’fo” types, as their sandwich board puts it, by reminding them that a miniature breakfast is all they can afford, and they have to “git in line” for it. Their “broke mofo’s brunch” is available daily. Thankfully you can still get a plate of actual pancakes for about this same price at Odessa. Have a closer look below — and below that, check out the cupcake that Eat Good NYC made for food blog First We Feast. It features mini Katz’s sandwiches and a box of Artichoke pizza.

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Spring/Breeeeeak: Cruising One of Our Fave Armory Week Art Fairs

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Before “Spring/Break” opened today, some of the James A. Farley Post Office’s rooms hadn’t been used in 20 years. Sofia Majstorovic, who was working an information booth at the fourth edition of the Armory Arts Week satellite fair, told us that getting the “disaster area” ready for the public was “quite an undertaking”: “When we opened it up there were dead pigeons that we had to sweep out.” Well, it cleaned up nice. We cruised the show, consisting of two floors of mostly Brooklyn and Lower East Side artists, and snapped photos of the highlights.
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Will Citi Bike’s Expansion Improve the Trek to North Brooklyn’s Party Spots?

(Photo: Lindsey Smith)

(Photo: Lindsey Smith)

The day is finally upon us. Citi Bike is planning a 53-station expansion into northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and the fringes of Bushwick. As it stands, getting around these neighborhoods often means braving bus transfers or the G + L combo, neither of which are particularly appetizing options. Theoretically, this expansion will make life easier for North Brooklynites, but we wanted to see just how easy.
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Revisit the ’90s Squatter Scene at the Release Party For Kill City

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East Village survivors and history buffs should plan to head over to Dumbo on April 2, to celebrate the publication of Ash Thayer’s Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000. The book is a visual time capsule, catching a time when the streets of Alphabet City teemed with junkies and crawled with criminal activity. At the same time, “there was a sense of openness and possibility about the East Village then,” Thayer tells the New York Times.

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Some Protesters Tried to Fuggin’ Levitate Vice’s Offices into the East River

(Photos: Jaime Cone)

(Photos: Jaime Cone)

What happens when protesters gather around a wrecked guitar, a can of Guinness, and a pile of old issues of Vice chanting incantations in an effort to levitate the magazine’s offices into the East River? Nothing supernatural, but it does make for a spectacle. It happened yesterday on North 11th Street in Williamsburg, where a group of about 30 people organized by local band Talibam! showed up despite the snow to express their displeasure at Vice Media’s plans to move into 289 Kent Avenue.
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Meet the Man Who Risks Life and Limb to Deliver Your Weed

(Photo: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photo: Hannah McCarthy)

You know The Guy in High Maintenance? Mark is that guy. He knows where you live, and sometimes he hangs out in your living room. He probably sees you more than he does his best friends. You like him — you just don’t really know him. Or his real name. That’s to be expected, though. Because he’s selling you weed.
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Video: Boutique Bandits Strike Again, This Time at Biodynamic Wine Store

Here’s a video of the boutique bandit in action.

We previously reported that police believe a man — sometimes with an accomplice — has robbed six stylish stores in Nolita, Soho, and the East Village, lifting a total of nearly $1,000 in just a month.

He’s still at it. Authorities say that last Friday, around 9:43pm, the suspects walked into Wine Therapy, a cute little organic and biodynamic wine shop on Elizabeth Street, and flashed a knife. Watch the video, which shows the cashier forking over $1,000 from the register and his own wallet.