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What Happens When Brooklyn Artists Hit Bergdorf’s? A Taxidermy Chandelier

Andrea Mary Marshall's in-store installation. Photo: Billy Farrell Agency

Andrea Mary Marshall’s in-store installation. Photo: Billy Farrell Agency

Several Brooklyn-based artists transported their signature aesthetics uptown this week, creating window displays and in-store installations for Bergdorf Goodman. Intuitively titled Ten Artists for Ten Spaces, it features the works of artists curated by Kyle DeWoody, founder of Grey Area – a company that continuously puts art in places one would least expect to find it (you’ll remember the Bic lighter ring).
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Can Bushwick Bridge Unite the Old-Timers and Newbs?

(Art by Sarah Quinter)

(Art by Sarah Quinter)

When multimedia artist Sarah Quinter moved to Bushwick five years ago, the neighborhood known as Little Puerto Rico was already becoming richer, whiter and more commercial. But when U-Hauls started rolling down her block on the first of every month, Quinter thought the neighborhood desperately needed something to get old and newcomers talking.
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Between the Falling Ice and Collapsing Roofs, This Weather Is Truly Frightful

Bummer. (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Bummer. (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

That awning collapse in Union Square isn’t the only bit of mayhem the winter storm hath wrought. In Bushwick today, the metal roof of a vacant factory at 45 Morgan Avenue partially collapsed early this morning, due to the weight of snow. The fire department responded at 9:45 a.m., according to a spokesperson, and were still there into the late morning. There were no injuries.
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Clean-Up On Aisle…?

(Photo: @bohan)

(Photo: @bohan)

If you’re debating whether to head to the office or work from home today, this might make up your mind: the awning of the Duane Reade at 24 East 14th Street, off of Union Square, collapsed this morning in what a store manager said was a “snow-related” incident. The wreckage is currently being cleared. Nobody was injured, the manager said.

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Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue: ‘Right Now It’s Just on the Edge’

(Photo: Liz Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

It’s lunchtime at Polski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and business is dead. Again. An older woman makes pierogis in the back, while her son Adam Parys mans the meat case, which contains nine kinds of kielbasa, and another employee straightens the shelves. In half an hour, only one customer steps inside.
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In The Bowels of Union Square, There's a Place Where Models Go…

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Models listening to casting director John Pfeiffer. Photo: Courtesy modelloungexmicrosoft.

Do the mere mortals dining on club sandwiches at The Coffee Shop in Union Square have any idea that below their feet, dozens of models – the real kind, who will walk the runways of top designers for New York Fashion Week later this week – are sipping on coconut water, having Xbox dance-offs and getting professional massages? It doesn’t matter, really, because even if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to partake in the fun. The is a subterranean private space for models to relax, gossip in their native tongues and enjoy speakers and events aimed at helping to boost their careers.
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Here They Come Now: More Tributes to Lou Reed

LouReed 3It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help:  and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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Because a Burlesque Tribute to Marina Abramovic Needed to Happen…

photo-7The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present.
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Calm Before the Storm: Williamsburg’s Sports Bars Brace For Super Bowl Sunday

Williamsburg definitely isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think Super Bowl, but as evidenced by Grub Street’s rundown of non-douchey places to watch, there are sports bars in the neighborhood — and they will be going hard. We popped into three of them — Whiskey Brooklyn, Mulholland’s, and Roebling Sporting Club — to ask their bartenders and owners what they’re planning, and whether Williamsburgers care about pigskin when it’s not inside of artisanal tacos. Watch the video above.

And if buckets of beer and wings-n-things isn’t really your scene, Grub Street also has a guide to ordering up the ultimate hipster feast.

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12 Things You Might Not Have Known About William S. Burroughs, Per His Biographer

A week before a 100th birthday concert for William S. Burroughs, Barry Miles, author of the new biography Call Me Burroughs, dropped by The Strand to talk about his time with the Beat legend, starting in 1964 when Miles asked him to contribute to an anthology. The Strand has kindly posted the entire discussion online — without even cutting it up and rearranging it! Below are some interesting little morsels about the Invisible Man.
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This Woman Says the Chelsea Hotel's New Owner Offered Her Nearly Half a Million to Move

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment.

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The plastered on a lobby door of the historic Hotel Chelsea could be lifted any day now, allowing for a new round of renovations in rooms once occupied by the likes of William Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious and any number of wannabes drawn for decades to the old brick building with wrought iron balconies on West 23rd Street.
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