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Welcome This New E-Cig Shop to the Circus That Is St. Marks Place

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

Beyond Vape (Photos: Christopher DiScipio)

The building on St. Marks that once played host to Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, featuring the Velvet Underground, is now home to Beyond Vape — a West Coast-based electronic cigarette store that opened Saturday.
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Here’s Sarah Silverman On Kanye West, Rape Jokes, Her HBO Pilot, and the Word ‘Retarded’

Sarah Silverman (Todd Barry’s onetime housemate in the East Village) was at the 92nd Street Y last night, so we sucked it up and headed uptown to see her chat with Andy Borowitz of the New Yorker. Twas an elucidating convo in which she revealed some of her embarrassing high school jokes (“I don’t know why my fish died, I put it in a tank… top”) and shouted out her favorite comedians, including Kyle Dunnigan, who she’s dating, and Claudia Lonow, who it turns out gave her one of her signature jokes: “I was licking jelly off of my boyfriend’s penis and I thought, oh my God, I’m turning into my mother.”

We’ve transcribed the highlights of the conversation below, and you can watch the whole thing above.
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Here’s Adam Sandler Getting Taken For a Ride at Katz’s

1459061_10152016313904837_778091153_nAs you know from reading Lil Nugs, the LES blogs have been all atwitter about Adam Sandler filming his new one, “The Cobbler,” in the neighborhood. Last week a storefront on Forsyth Street was transformed into Simkin Shoe Repair for the comedy about a cobbler who can metaphysically step into the lives of his clients. Today, the Lo-Down has some photos from yesterday’s shoot and news that the crew will be back in the hood, at 400 Grand Street, the week of Dec. 8.

But this photo,  just posted by Katz’s, really takes the babka. Sandler popped into the deli yesterday and posed with a couple of fans, by the looks of another photo posted on Reddit. The comments, of course, immediately devolved into two eternal debates: is Sandler funny and are the sandwiches at Katz’s overpriced?

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Finally, a Proper Home For Chocolate-Covered Bacon Bits

Last month, after six years of being tucked away in the Essex Street Market, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates opened a proper cafe at 148 Forsyth Street, between Rivington and Delancey. And now you can enjoy those beer caramel pretzel nuggets with a hot chocolate or espresso, and a view of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Watch our video for a look inside the new location, and hear more about owner Rhonda Kave’s journey from booth to brick-and-mortar.

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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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