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Steven Soderbergh Just Set the Lower East Side Back 100 Years

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Either a group of very dedicated steampunk fans decided to carve out a piece of the Lower East Side as their own, or Cinemax was shooting a period drama this morning on the corner of Broome and Orchard Streets.
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The Katz’s Pop-Up Got Its First Celebrity Patron

After just a couple of weeks on Houston Street, the Katz’s Deli pop-up has its first celebrity buyer. According to its Facebook page, longtime Katz’s cat Jerry Stiller bought the Young and Sick piece that was going for $5,000.

We recently popped into the pop-up to speak to fifth-generation owner Jake Dell about this wild experiment in deli-inspired artwork. Watch the video above to see what he had to say.

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‘She’s Living This Bohemian Dream,’ Ukulele in Hand

(Photo: Andrea Castañon)

(Photo: Andrea Castañon)

It’s not every ukulele player who goes from being homeless and broke to filling the room at CMJ. But last month at Ella Lounge, the front row was practically treading on Catey Shaw’s toes as she sang. “Watch your feet!” she said. “This is rock n’ roll.”
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Area Returns Tonight While The Dom Becomes an e-Cig Store

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Two of Andy Warhol’s old hangs are suddenly back on everyone’s minds: The Dom was mentioned in some of those tributes to Lou Reed, since the Velvet Underground was part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable show there. What those tributes failed to note is that 19 St. Marks (which later became the Electric Circus) will soon be home to Beyond Vape, a West Coast chain that sells e-cigs and — holy shit — a Nintendo controller mod (talk about “cloud level”). Definitely seems like a more appropriate use of the space than the Supercuts that preceded it.
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7-Eleven Has Opened On Avenue A, and No 7-Eleven Has Something to Say About It

Pretty spooky. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Pretty spooky. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It happened on Halloween: 7-Eleven opened at the corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street, to the, em, horror of many an East Villager. Or at least, to the horror of the folks who’ve been protesting the store’s construction site every Sunday: No 7-Eleven is calling for a 9 p.m. boycott rally tonight.
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Cower in Fear, For These Are the Kingdom’s Darkest, Bleakest Bands

To mark the occasion of this most blasphemous of holidays, B+B spoke with David Castillo, the ordained organizer of diabolical sacraments at Greenpoint’s darkest metal dungeon. He’s also simply known as the Event Director of Saint Vitus.

Castillo shared with us his unholy esoteric wisdom, bestowing upon us his list of New York City’s “darkest, bleakest bands.” As the witching hour draws nigh, B+B beckons you to call forth the heinous powers of YouTube and BandCamp to blast some of the vile rhapsodies found below.
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Trick-or-Treaters, We’ve Found the Mother Lode

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

All day long, trick-or-treaters have been hitting us up for candy (our one pouch of Big League Chew went fast), but one thing’s for sure: we’re not getting hit as hard as our neighbors across the street.

F.K. Sweetland, a candy distributor at 152 Grand Street, has been around for 25 years (its faded sign still advertises “sports shakes” and “freeze pops”). Rocky Ksed, the place’s 29-year-old manager, inherited it from his father. On this late, rainy Halloween afternoon, trucks were still being loaded.
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It’s Fun to Eat at the YMCA! Seinfeld’s Ex-Chef Served 250 Years of LES Cuisine

(Brendan Lowe)

(Brendan Lowe)

The e-mail arrived at 11 a.m. three weeks ago: Jerry Seinfeld’s former private chef would be cooking a seven-course meal based on the history of the Lower East Side. Location? TBD.

That’s all Dinner Lab members knew when word spread about their next offering. They had five hours to decide whether to buy tickets; they went on sale at 4 p.m. and were gone in minutes.
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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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