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Watch Gov. Cuomo Sample the L-Train Tunnel’s ‘Toxic Cocktail’

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Just four months ahead of the planned L-train shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo and a team of experts toured a section of the Canarsie Tunnel in order to determine whether the MTA’s repair plan is up to snuff. Cuomo got up close and personal this morning with what he described as the “toxic cocktail” that was created when salt water from Hurricane Sandy mixed with the 94-year-old tunnel’s electrical equipment.

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Shop (or Drink) Till You Drop at These DIY-Driven Holiday Markets

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The holiday season doesn’t have to mean fighting tourists as they try to pry the last soy candle out of your freezing fingers at the Union Square Holiday Market. Below, we’ve singled out some of the chiller (and less chilly) gatherings of local independent vendors and makers. Most of them will be serving up booze, to quell your anxiety about what to get the thankless grumps in your life. Happy holidays!

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Where to Stuff Your Face On National Cupcake Day

Cupcakes at Butter Lane (Photo: Corinne Durand for NY Mag)

Prepare yourselves, the most important snack-related day of December is quickly approaching. December 15 marks National Cupcake Day, better known in some circles as the best day ever, and New Yorkers everywhere should be celebrating. Now that cupcakes are making a comeback(?), this is a holiday that knows no divide except whether or not you like jelly in the middle of your cupcakes and, really, everybody wins either way. We’ve rounded up some of the east side’s best places to celebrate.

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Newtown Radio Ups Its Game With a Street-Level Studio

Newtown Radio is taking it to the streets. The eclectic internet radio station just moved to a ground-level space that’s expected to give it more visibility in East Williamsburg and more room for art and music shows.

Founded in 2009, Newtown had been broadcasting out of a practice space hidden in the Danbro Studios building, a former brewery off the Montrose stop that now houses rehearsal studios. After a week off the air, the station has now moved down to a street-level storefront there, at 260 Meserole Street.
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Yucky 1950s Buses Without Wifi or USB Ports Are Back On the Road

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It’s December, which means New Yorkers of all ages are all trying to catch a glimpse of… no, not Santa’s sleigh, silly. We’re talking about an even more fabled means of transportation. The New York Transit Museum’s vintage trains and buses have officially hit the roads and rails. We saw bus #9098, a General Motors model from 1958, rolling down East 8th Street this morning, and others will be cruising around town this month.

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Bro Ho Ho! Here Are the East Village Bars to Avoid During SantaCon

SantaCon hits Manhattan on Dec. 8. While some bars– like the Continental, closing Dec. 14– are letting costumers know “WE LOVE SANTACON!”, other New Yorkers are preparing for the worst. NJ Transit, Metro North, and the LIRR have issued bans on train booze, and New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson has issued a call, albeit only on Twitter, to “BAN OUTLAW QUARANTINE” the annual invasion of Douchey Ol’ St. Nicks.

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