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Police Say This Guy Rented Out a Fake Apartment in Andy Warhol's Old Building

497-14 GL Pattern PBMSWe’ve seen this one before: a man posing as a broker conned nine women out of deposits for an East Village apartment he wasn’t licensed to rent.

Police say a man using the names David Horowitz and Michael Bryant offered an apartment at 321 East Sixth Street on Craigslist and managed to trick nine women into giving him cash deposits of $2,200 each.
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‘Art-less Dodger’ Indicted For Swiping Portraits of Basquiat, Mandela and Snoop

The 49-year-old who allegedly stole three paintings from a Williamsburg art gallery before being chased down by the gallery owner, and then apprehended by police, has been indicted and is facing charges of burglary, larceny and robbery of artwork worth $10,000.
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Pedestrian Struck in the East Village; Councilman Calls For Traffic Review in Greenpoint

Scene of Sunday's East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Scene of Sunday’s East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a horrific horrific collision between a car and motorcyclist on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint Sunday that left the motorcyclist dead, Councilman Stephen Levin is calling for extensive safety improvements along the avenue. Another motorcylist was killed on Manhattan Avenue in August.
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Guardian Angels On the Case After Sunday’s ‘Knockout’ Attack

photo(4)The Guardian Angels want to “stop the knock out game” with flyers posted near Bowery and Prince, where a 23-year-old Long Island resident was sucker-punched from behind after leaving a bar early Sunday morning.

The flyers, spotted Sunday afternoon, warn pedestrians of a game that’s “senseless and has taken people’s lives.”

It’s uncertain whether the Guardian Angels are also patrolling the neighborhood — the website listed on the flyer is dead and the phone number goes to a jovial answering machine. You don’t see Curtis Sliwa’s boys in red around much anymore but rest assured they’re still kicking, having just celebrated their 35th anniversary.
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Don’t Worry, Those ‘Dad Glasses’ Might Not Be Matt Berninger’s New Look

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Yes, Lena Dunham was naked on SNL. But Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, also set off a twitstorm during Saturday’s episode when he hit the stage wearing a pair of wire-frame eyeglasses that were described on Twitter as “rapist glasses,” “70s pedophile glasses,” and “80s dad glasses” — and made him look either like Liev Schreiber or Walter White.
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This Crash Sent Two Cabbies to the Hospital

A pair of cabs collided at the intersection of Eldridge and Broome Streets tonight. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. and two people were taken to Bellevue Hospital, according to the fire department. An FDNY spokesperson couldn’t say who exactly was injured or to what degree, but ALIFE’s Paul Alexander, the eyewitness who took the photo at left, told us “both drivers went to hospital, both serious.”

A Redditor also got a photo of the scene.

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A Tiny Gift Shop Has Opened and Now Manhattan Is Officially Over, Too

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Earlier this week, Brooklyn was declared over, and now Manhattan is over, too. Done. Finished.

On St. Marks Place, a small gift shop has opened, selling I ♥ NY baby tees, cheap ties, and a bunch of bongs. While R & R Gift, right next to the new smoke shop on the corner of Third Avenue, may seem like a blip on the radar in a neighborhood that’s still culturally vibrant (we’re talking Saved by the Bell musicals here), it can’t be denied that this marks the precise moment when Manhattan as a brand has overtaken Manhattan as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: tiny Statue of Liberty statues.
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‘Don’t Put Your Butts in the Creek,’ Other Green Projects Score Oil-Spill Funds

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Greenpoint is about to get a whole lot greener: more than a dozen community organizations will be awarded a total of $600,000 in funds to make up for ExxonMobil’s massive Newtown Creek oil spill. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the first round of funding from a $19.5 million settlement yesterday.
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At Independent, There Are Newspapers in Jars and Pickled Veggies in Tables

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours (2014), at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours” at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The Independent art fair (the art fair that prefers not to be described as an art fair) opened its doors yesterday evening. To its credit, it does avoid many of the typical art fair evils. There are no square booths, exhibitors are typically friendly – even if you don’t look like you’re wielding a checkbook, and natural light streams through the windows. Located in Chelsea at what was once the Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition space, the whole Independent experience is rather palatable and pleasant.
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<em>Vice</em>’s Shane Smith: 'Will We Eventually Be Old and Shitty? Yes.'

Previewing season two of HBO’s Vice to an audience of NYU students last night, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith admitted there was a time when “we were concerned about rare denim, cocaine and super models — we weren’t the nicest people.” Of course, times have changed. The HBO show was nominated for an Emmy (“a bunch of dirtbags from Brooklyn finally make good,” Smith said last year) and the Williamburg-based media empire launched Vice News this week.
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One Word For the <em>Observer</em> Editor Who Thinks Brooklyn Is 'Over': Junglepussy

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After deriding “Brooklyn’s Overhyped, Undercooked Restaurant Scene,” the New York Observer has now gone ahead and declared that “Brooklyn is over. Done. Finished. Brooklyn as brand has overtaken Brooklyn as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.” Oh, snap! And here we thought its greatest work was Leaves of Grass.
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