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Yippie and Peace Activist Mayer Vishner Is Dead, Apparently a Suicide

Mayer near his community garden parcel in the Village.

Mayer near his community garden parcel in the Village.

Mayer Vishner, a longtime anti-war activist, editor, and close associate of Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, died in his Greenwich Village apartment at the age of 64 last week — an apparent suicide, according to friends and colleagues.

Paul Krassner, 81, a founder of the Yippies and editor of The Realist, said yesterday that he spoke to Vishner around 2 a.m. Thursday, after he had returned from Texas to leave his cat with a friend.
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Harry Styles of One Direction Was ‘Wilding’ at Lit Last Night

(Photo: Prince Terrence's )

(Photo: Prince Terrence’s )

Well, Jay Z didn’t show up in Bushwick, but here’s something that actually did happen: Harry Styles of One Direction was “wilding on the dance floor” at Lit last night, according to DJ Prince Terrence, who posted this Instagram shot of the teen idol presumably celebrating his win at the MTV Music Video Awards the night before.
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All These People Showed Up For a Secret Jay Z Show That Never Happened

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough free shows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick.
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On Sunday There’ll Be Cool Jazz, Hot Jazz, and Jazz Poetry, You Dig?

This weekend, it’s “all that jazz” in a very literal sense. You already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is bringing legendary Miles Davis sideman and cool-jazz pioneer Leo Konitz to Tompkins Square Park for a free show. But that’s just the start of it. If you need to get out of the sun at any point between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you might want to duck into A Gathering of the Tribes, where Bird meets the word in the form of the Charlie Parker Poetry Reading. Downtown poets Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patricia Spears Jones and a host of others will do their thing at Steve Cannon’s East Third Street apartment gallery.
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‘Self-Aware Gentrifiers’ Had a Tactical Meeting in Bushwick Last Night

Image via The Base's Facebook page.

Image via The Base’s Facebook page.

“I’m a transplant, and I wonder if I’m part of the problem,” said a young Bushwick resident last night at The Base, the neighborhood’s new leftist community center. “Is there anything we can do? Become self-aware gentrifiers?”

The question came up at a meeting led by Frank Morales, called Fighting Displacement and Building Grassroots Power. Presenting his zine, “Strategy and Tactics of Neighborhood Self-Defense,” the housing activist described the earliest and most unpleasant stage of gentrification: landlords let buildings decay without maintenance and the city stops funding firefighters, hospitals, and the precinct, so that long-term residents leave the now unlivable area and landlords can fix up their buildings and raise the rent.
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Colin Quinn Thinks Todd Barry’s Building Ruins the Entire East Village

Todd Barry's fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Todd Barry’s fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Part of the reason we’re digging the relatively new Todd Barry Podcast is that it’s recorded in the comedian’s apartment — located “right in the heart” of the East Village, “where all the action is,” as he told Dave Hill while apologizing for all the siren and dump-truck noises.

On yesterday’s episode Colin Quinn laid into Barry’s high-rise building near Union Square. (Barry used to live in a Second Avenue walk-up beneath Sarah Silverman’s place, but moved a few years ago.) Read the exchange that only two New Yorkers could have.

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The Sunburnt Cow Turns 10, But Things Aren’t Looking So Hot Post-Sandy

Photo: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine

While Hurricane Sandy feels like the distant past for most of the East Village, there are some businesses that are still feeling a little, shall we say, under the weather. And none has felt the hit more keenly than the Sunburnt Cow, whose tribulations lately must make that ol’ sunburn feel like a breeze.
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Domino Gets Approvals For Demo: Tear-Down Should Start Next Month

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The landmarked refinery won’t be demolished. (Photo: Dima James’s Flickr)

The Domino Sugar factory has been lying idly all summer on the Williamsburg waterfront, but its condominium future as high-rise apartments is now officially upon us, as part of the complex has been approved for demolition by the Department of Buildings. A rear building at 2 Grand Street was approved on July 29 and multiple attached buildings at 314 Kent Ave were approved a few days ago, on August 20.
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There Was a Shooting Off Bedford Avenue Last Night

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Two young men were shot in Williamsburg last night, right off the Bedford Avenue strip.

Police say two teenagers were walking on South 9th Street, between Bedford and Berry, when, around 10:55 p.m., the shots were fired. A 17-year-old was shot in the leg one time and an 18-year-old took a shot to the ankle. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The police didn’t have a description of a suspect.