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Firefighters Gathered at McSorley’s to Remember 9/11

New York City firefighters outside McSorley's Old Ale House today. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

New York City firefighters outside McSorley’s Old Ale House today. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Members from fire rescue units across New York City congregated at McSorley’s Old Ale House today in commemoration of September 11.

Paul Sainsbury of FDNY Rescue 4 in Queens said, “We gather here every year at 3:43 p.m.” – a number that mirrors the total loss of firefighters on this day twelve years ago. Sainsbury said he arrived on the scene that Tuesday “as the second tower was going down.”
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We All Scream For Ice Cream, Except These Folks Who Filed Noise Complaints

With summer on the way out, we’re already missing the tinny jingle of Mr. Softee, but apparently not everyone is a softy for it. Citizens from around the city have complained to 311 about noise from ice cream trucks more than 1,264 times this summer, with about 65 of those in our neck of the woods. (City law prevents ice cream trucks from blasting their jingles while idling.)
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Nova’s LES Scent and Divya’s Taxidermy Shoes Got Some Pretty Strong Reactions

Recently, Bedford + Bowery documented a couple of Brooklynite craftswomen taking really normal things and making them weird. Much like Oppenheim’s fur-lined tea cup, Julia Zangrilli’s scent based on the smelliest block in NYC and Divya Anantharaman’s stilettos adorned with bird parts sparked quite a few reactions — and strong ones.
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A Visit With Karen O’s Designer, Christian Joy, Before Her Big Show This Weekend

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

In the heart of working-class Greenpoint, a few blocks from McGolrick Park, lives the fashion designer who dresses one of our favorite rock stars. Christian Joy is responsible for creating the amazing and often outlandish vision that is Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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There’s a New Waterfront Bus Connecting BK and LIC: Our Handy Dandy Route Map

Waterfront dwellers, rejoice! You no longer have to trek over to Bedford Avenue to catch a bus up to PS1. The MTA is launching a new line this weekend — the B32 (not to be confused with this awesome Porsche VW bus of the same name) — running along the East River through Williamsburg and Greenpoint up to Long Island City. The route runs between Williamsburg Bridge Plaza in the south and 44th Drive and 21st Street in the north. Buses hit the road this Sunday, and every day after, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out our hand-dandy map of the route and all the nearby ferry, subway, and bus connections.

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Here’s Your Chance to Mingle With Lovers of the Cassingle

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Tapes are back! Well, at least for some established acts like Animal Collective and the Flaming Lips that are re-releasing material this Saturday to celebrate the first annual Cassette Store Day (a la Record Store Day). The truth is, tape culture never really died out for underground and experimental music — its cheap magnetic swathe has always been the most accessible medium for skuzzy punk bands and noise acts alike to lay down their tunes and distribute to audiences that tolerate their presence.
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The Be-All End-All Guide to Early September Art

Artwork by Dilek Baykara via Cotton Candy Machine.

Artwork by Dilek Baykara via Cotton Candy Machine.

It’s easy to forget that the skinny streets of the Lower East Side are bursting at their seams with galleries and performance art spaces. Let the fact that forty of them are holding opening receptions on the same night this month serve as a reminder. That’s a lot of art (and free wine). Highlights include “Dots, Stripes, Liquid Cyber and Other Plaiditudes,” a fashion design and photography exhibit at Strange Loop Gallery, and an inaugural group show at Monya Rowe Gallery, which just bailed on its Chelsea home in favor of a spot on Orchard Street, featuring the Dali-level surrealism of Larissa Bates and Jacolby Satterwhite’s experimental videos.
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Josh Brolin’s Stepsister Made a Rock Opera About a Swamp Goddess in Space

The year after Molly Brolin (stepsister of Josh Brolin) and her fellow Berklee grad Justin Johnson moved to Greenpoint in 2010, Johnson saw “a dark sorceress cast a spell of calm over all the bodega workers in Manhattan” while he was working in a stockroom in Soho.

That stress-incited hallucination evolved into Smile Swamp Princess, a rock opera co-composed by Megan Lui and directed by Molly’s neice Eden Brolin. It debuts at Wild Project next week.
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The St. Mark’s Bookshop Held Its ‘Last Party Ever,’ But Hey, Poetry Is Back!

If you missed Bob Holman’s reading at the St. Mark’s Bookshop (described as the soon-to-relocate shop’s “last party ever”), don’t worry, the whole thing is now on the Internet (you know, that thing that’s killing the bookstore?). Holman introduces his reading, accompanied by griot music, by reiterating the state of the “real live bookshop": “The word is, this is the last reading at this location,” he says. “But we have it from good source that the St. Mark’s Bookshop will reopen at a nearby location but it cannot be disclosed because it’s all fucking real estate and if you say it, it never happens, right?”
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