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So Much For That Post-Sandy Dip in Crime

Deputy Inspector John Cappelman. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in all its myriad forms (including debit card scams, bike and cellphone thefts and old-fashioned purse snatchings) has increased over the last 28 days in the East Village — when, that is, such dastardly deeds are compared to minuscule crime rates in the immediate wake of superstorm Sandy.

Addressing a packed monthly Community Council meeting last night at the precinct’s East Fifth Street station house, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said felonies like grand larceny were up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, and burglary rates were higher. One apparent perp, he said, left his tennis shoes in one of the East 14th Street apartments he burgled (“We got his DNA”) and then entered another unit in new boots only to fall from a window and wind up seriously injured at Bellevue.
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If You Like Puppets, You’ll Love This (And No, We’re Not Stringing You Along)

Not all puppets sit around downing booze and pills; some aspire to art and activism! And this month, you’ll have a few opportunities to hang with those high-minded puppets.

First, tonight, Anthology Film Archives plays tribute to Bread & Puppet Theater on the occasion of the troupe’s 50th anniversary. Fittingly enough, the company was based out of Anthology’s building on Second Avenue back in the ’60s, when its 20-foot-tall papier-mâché puppets, masked actors, and brass band music were fixtures at anti-war protests. Tonight at 7:30, the troupe’s founder and director, Peter Schumann, along with past and present members, will present live performances as well as films and recently unearthed footage featuring the B&P.
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The Yellow Dogs Got Props From David Byrne at Last Night’s Memorial Show

Memorial message board

Memorial message board

At the vigil

At the vigil

Writing a tribute

Writing a tribute

The basement of Cameo

The basement of Cameo

Johnny Azari

Johnny Azari

Traditional Iranian band

Traditional Iranian band

The crowd

The crowd

Helado Negro

Helado Negro

Dirty Fences bassist Max Comaskey

Dirty Fences bassist Max Comaskey

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat

Dirty Fences frontman Jack Daves

Dirty Fences frontman Jack Daves

Disco ball

Disco ball

It was a full house at Brooklyn Bowl last night as members of both the Iranian expatriate community and New York’s young artists gathered in remembrance of Arash and Soroush Farazmand, two brothers and bandmates best known for their work in the Yellow Dogs, and Ali Eskandarian, a fellow musician and friend.
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A Blessing and a Setback For Steiner at Mary Help of Christians Site

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Things have been quiet at the Mary Help of Christians site ever since the 96-year-old church was torn down over the summer — and it looks like they’ll stay that way for now. The Department of Buildings has disapproved plans to build a 7-story building on the lot between East 11th and 12th Streets, off of Avenue A.
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Regress to 1996 at These Retro Video Game Nights

1403111_10202285991691876_1949360368_oMom sold the Nintendo 64 for $25 back in 2005 and that was the end of that. If your classic video game console met a similar fate at a stoop sale or a Goodwill donation, here a couple of chances to re-up on nostalgia.

Entertainment group Sexy Nerds is having its latest Retro Video Game Night next Saturday at Nevada Smiths at 100 3rd Avenue. Fellow East Village nerds from Video Games New York on East 6th Street provide the discontinued video game consoles and games, and you provide the carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Step Into This ‘Live Magazine’ For the Latest in Anti-Surveillance Fashion

After setting up a pop-up in our pop-up last month, Eric Ho and his modular elves at Made in Lower East Side have launched a 7-week project showcasing the different ways their Storefront Transformer can rock the world of an underused retail space.
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Downtown Kid Leo Fitzpatrick May Just Move Upstate After Starring in Doomsdays

Leo Fitzpatrick as Bruho in Doomsdays.

Leo Fitzpatrick as Bruho in Doomsdays.

If you know Leo Fitzpatrick mostly as the 16-year-old who played Telly the Virgin Surgeon in Kids, then you should probably get out more. The longtime East Villager (now 35) has earned his place in the downtown pantheon by DJing at Lit for over a decade, skating to parties at Max Fish and Motor City, showing art in exhibitions like the recent “Cut Teeth,” and opening a gallery of his own. All that and he’s still acting — most recently in Doomsdays, which makes its New York City premiere Saturday and Monday as part of MoMA’s annual “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” series.
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The Day Gash and Muff of Guns N' Hoses Met Slash and Duff of Guns N' Roses

(Photo: @GunsNHosesRock)

(Photo: @GunsNHosesRock)

Every tribute band’s ultimate wet dream has got to be meeting their match IRL. And just over a week ago Guns N’ Hoses— Brooklyn’s own all-girl Guns N’ Roses cover band — got to do just that. But it wasn’t like girls were desperate groupies waiting backstage.

“It was some pure universe serendipity shit. It was crazy,” Charlene Kaye (a.k.a. Gash) told B+B of the time Gash met Slash.
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Here’s What Open Mic Night at NYC’s First Maid Cafe Looks Like

Two of the maids working during open-mic night

Two of the maids working during open-mic night

Toppings for frozen yogurt.

Toppings for frozen yogurt.

Bows, candy, and a combination of other cute things on sale at New York Maid Cafe.

Bows, candy, and a combination of other cute things on sale at New York Maid Cafe.

Tails and dresses available for purchase

Tails and dresses available for purchase

Larissa, a regular at New York Maid Cafe.

Larissa, a regular at New York Maid Cafe.

"She's always here, so we just kind of became friendly," explains maid Mizuki.
"I really like the brownies," Larissa said when we asked her what she liked most about the place.

Clothing available for purchase at the New York Maid Cafe.

Clothing available for purchase at the New York Maid Cafe.

Green tea parfait.

Green tea parfait.

Japanese curry.

Japanese curry.

The host for the evening, Eri (her non-maid name: Erica).

The host for the evening, Eri (her non-maid name: Erica).

Maid service.

Maid service.

Lucky Phan, a 15-year-old who came from Jersey City to open mic night to support his friend Jeremy Freiere.

Lucky Phan, a 15-year-old who came from Jersey City to open mic night to support his friend Jeremy Freiere.

Owner Satoshi Yoshimura gives opening remarks about open-mic night and introduces Eri, the host.

Owner Satoshi Yoshimura gives opening remarks about open-mic night and introduces Eri, the host.

Green forest cake.

Green forest cake.

Aleena Gonzalez:

Aleena Gonzalez: "I chose to sing 'Breathe in the Heights' because I've always been into musical theater. I love doing plays -- it fits me a lot."

Jeremy Freire:

Jeremy Freire: "I chose this song called 'Moon on the Water' by the artist Beat Crusaders because it reminds me of this girl. She's far away, but I really, really love her. It's just a feeling I had to express."

Eri in between singing acts.

Eri in between singing acts.

Anthony Ellison:

Anthony Ellison: "The song I sung was 'Journey Through The Decade.' It was originally sung by jpop singer Gackt, but was remodeled for this generation by the Kamen Rider Girls. It's pretty much telling people that no matter what happens you have to push through your journey to the decade."

Ivan Yeung and Lucky Phan standing under the framed maid costume.

Ivan Yeung and Lucky Phan standing under the framed maid costume.

Maira Sanchez:

Maira Sanchez: "Tonight I sang a lullaby, from the videogame Clockwork Knight. The game was released in 1996 on the Sega Saturn. It's based on a knight who has to save a princess, it's more, like, related to Mario games. It's one of my favorite games so that's why I chose it."

A woman draws on a cup for nearly all of open mic night.

A woman draws on a cup for nearly all of open mic night.

Ivan Yeung:

Ivan Yeung: "I have a lot of friends that come here. It's more of a chill spot for me. Most of the people who come here like anime and japanese culture -- and yeah, the menu is all, like, Japanese food, so that's what brings people here. My favorite part is how the maids are dressed, all pink and white-ish. It's cute."

Mizuki, one of the maids not on the clock this evening.

Mizuki, one of the maids not on the clock this evening.

Tell me about having two separate names, one for work, one for private.
We like to keep things private. Work is work, private matters are private matters. It's always been like that, even in cafes in Japan.

What is day to day like working at the cafe?
I think it's just like normal waitressing, except we have to dress differently and we have to greet our guests differently. For the greeting, it's always the same thing for everybody, but it depends on your gender. It's always in Japanese, for females it translates to "my princess" and for males it translates to "my master."

Meghan Woods:

Meghan Woods: "I actually work in a mobile maid cafe, Tenshi No Ai. Their motto is cuteness comes in all forms. They took the idea that this cafe is trying to promote here from Japan, but they're saying you don't have to fit a certain stereotype to still be considered cute. You can be anything and you can still promote yourself, and yourself is just as cute and attractive. Right now we move around to different conventions."

"I like the fact that when you come in, it just makes you happy. When you're having a bad day or it's raining, you're going to walk outside and it's going to be bright and sunny. No matter what the weather is outside, you're going to feel warm and happy. They're here to help you get rid of all your problems."

Marina:

Marina: "Me and my sister are kind of obsessed with all things Asian. I'm part Japanese and we just love anime and stuff like that. I like Naruto and Soul Eater, they're my favorites. My sister convinced me to come in and try it -- so far it's cool. A lot of people think maid cafes are weird but we just love it."

Couple Kellen Xu and Timothy He share the beef bowl.

Couple Kellen Xu and Timothy He share the beef bowl.

Satoshi Yoshimura, owner:

Satoshi Yoshimura, owner: "This generation is changing really fast because of the Internet. All the information is there. All the information from other parts of the world -- we share that similar information together. Whether you are from Japan, Korea, or China, people have very a similar idea of what this life is all about. This is a chance for me as a Japanese man to introduce what you're missing physically in New York. Many people already have information about what this culture is about, but they don't have the physical access. The timing felt right to open up the Maid Cafe."

Sorry, guys, New York still doesn’t have a cat cafe, but at least there’s this: Tuesday, the city’s first Tokyo-style maid cafe launched an open-mic night. Which seemed like a great time to head to Chinatown to see what Maid Cafe NY was all about.
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The Yippies’ Deepening Legal Woes Couldn’t Dampen the Pie Man’s Party

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

About 50 close friends of Aron Kay gathered in the imperiled Yippie! Museum in Noho yesterday night to celebrate what could be the Yippie Pie Man’s last birthday there.

A Corcoran “For Rent” sign now hangs outside 9 Bleecker. As previously reported, lawyers for David F. Segal, the building’s court appointed receiver, have filed a contempt motion against the building’s owners — who are already fighting foreclosure — over non-payment of rent, seeking $250 a day in fines, eviction of tenants, possible jail time and the auctioning off of possessions belonging to imprisoned yippie Leader Dana Beale on the second floor.
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L-pocalypse: There Will Be No L Trains This Weekend

1455054_10100405541558425_333144430_nSorry, good people of the L train, starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday there will be no service between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave station in Brooklyn and 8th Ave in Manhattan. Trains won’t be rolling again till early Monday morning, so get ready to rent a Citi Bike or hop aboard the M14 in Manhattan or a shuttle bus in Brooklyn. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll have to use the A, J, or M trains.

The MTA tells us it’s replacing track ties along 14th Street and at the Bedford, Lorimer, Grand and Graham stops. You can admire those gleaming new planks starting 5 a.m. Monday. In the meantime, get to bitchin’.