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This San Francisco Transplant Is Picking Up Where 3rd Ward Left Off

(Photo: Molly Socha)

(Photo: Molly Socha)

With 3rd Ward closing and General Assembly discontinuing its co-working space, it doesn’t seem like the greatest time to open a new workspace in the city. But that isn’t stopping Rena Tom from bringing her San Francisco-based Makeshift Society to Williamsburg. With 15 minutes to go, its Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its $30,000 fundraising goal.
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Missed Nirvana Last Night? See Two More Bands Cover ‘Em Tonight

290199-250If you missed 285 Kent’s Halloween show last night, then you missed Butter the Children doing the Pixies and Dead Stars covering Nirvana — but don’t hate yourself and want to die, tonight some other bands are taking a stab. Cake Shop has just announced its Halloween Partyshow lineup, and it’ll feature Butter the Children as the Pixies (again!) and Low Getting High as Nirvana. Plus, Palehound as Pavement, Flagland as Weezer, and Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (a Green Day cover band, we’re assuming?). The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes till midnight, and there’s a $8 cover.

Update: Silent Barn is also doing a covers show tonight, and yet another band, Whoarfrost, will attempt to channel Kurt, Chris and Dave. In addition, Celestial Shore and Steve Marion of Delicate Steve will do Led Zeppelin and You will do Interpol.

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Was Banksy Inspired By This East Village Nudist Who Ran For President?

AbolafiaposterLouis Abolafia’s campaign poster featured the East Villager almost completely nude, asking, “What have I got to hide?”

Abolafia died 18 years ago today. But in May 1967, he was kicking off his run for the presidency at the Cosmic Love Convention at the Village Theater, where he said, “We should be a country of giving and giving and giving. The way we’re going now, we’re all wrong. We could be giants; we should be 10 times above what the Renaissance was.”
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Robert James Is Strapping On His Cowboy Boots and Walking Away From Bedford

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By Robert James has been outfitting dapper dudes on Bedford Ave since December of 2012, but time’s up for the pop-up shop. “We’ll be moving just around the corner on Grand, between Bedford and Driggs. So we’re still staying in the neighborhood,” said a clerk who added that a lease was being negotiated (according to a sign in the window, the new store will open Nov. 15).
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Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The First Year Was Too Slow’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A day before Hurricane Sandy’s first anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg showed up at New York University flanked by aides, a congressional delegation and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, all of them there to announce a fresh infusion of $1.34 billion in federal funds to help rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in New York City by its worst natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had already provided the city with more than $1.7 billion earlier this year, a mere pittance compared to the enormity of Sandy’s devastation across five states on the Eastern seaboard.
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We’re Getting Another $1.34 Billion For Sandy Recovery

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Flanked by a congressional delegation and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg walked briskly into NYU’s Pless Hall today at 1 p.m. to announce that an additional $1.34 billion in federal funds has been earmarked for New York City via HUD community development block grants for homes and businesses affected by superstorm Sandy. He let his fellow pols do a lot of the talking. “The first year was recovery, the second year is rebuilding,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who acknowledged the process was slow but claimed the Obama administration wanted to avoid “the mistakes” from Katrina.
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Get a Guitar Lesson From Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth Tonight

LeeRanaldoGuitarClinicWhoa, far be it from us to steer you clear of our own event with Vice tonight, but our friends at Other Music have something pretty extraordinary going on: Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is doing a guitar clinic at the record store, as you can see from this hilarious Dan Smith-style flyer. Keep in mind, this is the guy who Glenn Branca told us was “one of the most important musicians who’s ever played in my band,” which is saying a lot. So if you’ve always wondered what tuning that one b-side from that one 7″ was in, you might want to go get some knowledge dropped on ya. The event starts at 8 p.m. If you missed Ranaldo’s show at Terminal 5 over the weekend, he’ll be back supporting his new album, Last Night on Earth, at in January.

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Get a Load of Anthony Weinerdog, Barksy, and 25 Other Costumed Canines

Teresa Costanzo and Charlie Blevins made their Lobster Bake for dogs Yum Yum and Lollipop in honor of their friends new cookbook,

Teresa Costanzo and Charlie Blevins made their Lobster Bake for dogs Yum Yum and Lollipop in honor of their friends new cookbook, "Millie LaRue & Mummy: Cooking with Friends." They also took home Best in Show.

It took Bennett Leak (l) and Brett England (r) a month and a half to make this King Kong costume for Maddie. “We wanted to play with levels,” Leak said.

It took Bennett Leak (l) and Brett England (r) a month and a half to make this King Kong costume for Maddie. “We wanted to play with levels,” Leak said.

Gerry Junior as Barksy.

Gerry Junior as Barksy.

Josh Orth and Radar as Heisendog and Barking Bad, with Sasha Orth.

Josh Orth and Radar as Heisendog and Barking Bad, with Sasha Orth.

Bonnie Rosen and Tracy Phillips dressed Maggie Roselips in honor of their family restaurant on the Jersey Shore, which just closed its doors after 140 years.

Bonnie Rosen and Tracy Phillips dressed Maggie Roselips in honor of their family restaurant on the Jersey Shore, which just closed its doors after 140 years.

Devon Meenagh, Alexandra Vittorini and Indiana Bones as “Paw-nochio.”

Devon Meenagh, Alexandra Vittorini and Indiana Bones as “Paw-nochio.”

Jade Payne and Broccolini are Crystal Warriors. Payne said being a Crystal Warrior is

Jade Payne and Broccolini are Crystal Warriors. Payne said being a Crystal Warrior is "a feeling, an identity I enjoy.”

Why did Brian Segall dress his dog, Maury Ballstein, as a mop? “It was his idea.”

Why did Brian Segall dress his dog, Maury Ballstein, as a mop? “It was his idea.”

Bethe Austin and Leetl Luloo  as a ghoul and a ghost. “Ghost buttons were the only Halloween buttons I could find,” Austin said of Leetl Luloo’s homemade costume.

Bethe Austin and Leetl Luloo as a ghoul and a ghost. “Ghost buttons were the only Halloween buttons I could find,” Austin said of Leetl Luloo’s homemade costume.

Connor Drake, Rebecca Straney, Lauren Watt and Gizelle as Team Sandlot.

Connor Drake, Rebecca Straney, Lauren Watt and Gizelle as Team Sandlot.

Cori Susser, Jeremy Chassen, Mika (larger) and Joey (smaller) as Cinderella and Co. “I’m gonna propose,” Chassen told B+B.

Cori Susser, Jeremy Chassen, Mika (larger) and Joey (smaller) as Cinderella and Co. “I’m gonna propose,” Chassen told B+B.

James Brooks, Nathan Coleman, Taco and Tessie in a shower scene.

James Brooks, Nathan Coleman, Taco and Tessie in a shower scene.

Dixie with Brad Previti and Alyssa Gatke. “Punk rock started in the East Village!”

Dixie with Brad Previti and Alyssa Gatke. “Punk rock started in the East Village!”

Coco as Anthony Weiner Dog with Jessica Minch.

Coco as Anthony Weiner Dog with Jessica Minch.

Bobbie Martowicz and Lalka. “She’s the pumpkin princess and I’m the pumpkin queen,” explained Martowicz.

Bobbie Martowicz and Lalka. “She’s the pumpkin princess and I’m the pumpkin queen,” explained Martowicz.

Jim Kloiber with Brinks and Gizmo. “They wanted to explore their feminine side,” said Kloiber.

Jim Kloiber with Brinks and Gizmo. “They wanted to explore their feminine side,” said Kloiber.

Jared and Julia Menurges with Omar.

Jared and Julia Menurges with Omar.

Sasha and Pippolina. “Everybody thinks she’s a golden something so today she’s a golden pompom,” says Sasha.

Sasha and Pippolina. “Everybody thinks she’s a golden something so today she’s a golden pompom,” says Sasha.

David Koffe and Cookie. “These are the hands and feet of my ex-girlfriend,” Koffe said.

David Koffe and Cookie. “These are the hands and feet of my ex-girlfriend,” Koffe said.

Gabriella Mangino and Nari as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. “I found the backpack at a children’s store and decided to build the whole costume around it,” Mangino said.

Gabriella Mangino and Nari as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. “I found the backpack at a children’s store and decided to build the whole costume around it,” Mangino said.

Lindsay Kaplan and Richard Blakeley are a longtime ketchup and mustard duo. Since adopting Bagel, “We just knew we needed a little hotdog,” Kaplan says.

Lindsay Kaplan and Richard Blakeley are a longtime ketchup and mustard duo. Since adopting Bagel, “We just knew we needed a little hotdog,” Kaplan says.

Margi Conklin and Mabel as a Sharknado. “She can do a tornado twirl,” Conklin says.

Margi Conklin and Mabel as a Sharknado. “She can do a tornado twirl,” Conklin says.

Noah Schwartz said his and Goose’s costumes were supposed to be of each other, “but he does also look like Spike Lee.”

Noah Schwartz said his and Goose’s costumes were supposed to be of each other, “but he does also look like Spike Lee.”

Deena Shanker and Barley as each other. “We both dressed up as our favorite person,” the exceptionally witty and charming Shanker says.

Deena Shanker and Barley as each other. “We both dressed up as our favorite person,” the exceptionally witty and charming Shanker says.

Never one to disappoint, this year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was better than ever, with plenty of pop culture references, team costumes, and even a fairy tale marriage proposal. Click through the images to see the nods to Breaking Bad, Anthony Weiner, Banksy and more.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Rosario’s

1963 was a big year for pizza on the Lower East Side. That’s when a 16-year-old Salvatore Bartolomeo first flipped a disc of dough at Rosario’s Pizza, which quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday.

The neighborhood has changed since then, as has the pizza joint’s Houston Street location (it’s now at 173 Orchard). So is Bartolomeo nervous about the recent and impending closures of Max Fish (being replaced by Sweet Chick),  El Sombrero (being replaced by Artichoke Pizza), Motor City, and all the rest? Or does he plan to go as long as Katz’s, which is celebrating its 125th?
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The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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Meowzers! There’s Going to Be a Cat Painting Takedown

1378803_629586530412143_503297906_nMatt Timms, organizer of legendary amateur-chef competitions, is hosting his third Painting Takedown. This time, instead of velvet paintings, talented artists — well, anyone with at least some confidence in their ability to wield a paint brush — are being challenged to smear canvases with their best interpretation of cats. It’s the next best thing to a cat cafe!

Don’t worry, if you “can’t paint cats” — the exact words of one tattoo artist whose unfortunate work will never see the light of day again, thanks to one SUPERB cover-up — you can still mow some spicy chili, alternate with swigs of ice-cold beer, and bid on paintings to support local animal shelters.
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Buy Anything at Essex Street Market and Luca & Bosco Will Put Pumpkin Ice Cream On It

Oddfellows and Davey’s Ice Cream aren’t the only ones that started scooping over the summer. At the Essex Street Market, Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky of Luca & Bosco have been quietly serving up goat cheese ice cream as well as cocktail-inspired varieties like Gin & Juice. For the fall, they’re doing seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice. Watch our audio slideshow to find out more about the cart’s “a la mode” program and then try asking them to top the mac & cheese pancakes you bought at Shopsins with a scoop of their Drunk & Salty Caramel.