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‘Democracy Dies in Dampness’: Massive Lines, Broken Scanners, Epic Waits to Vote in Soggy NYC

(Photo via @dagesjuvelierkeates on Instagram)

If you thought the line for a last-minute Halloween costume was as bad as it got, you may have learned otherwise when you headed to the polls this morning. As if the soggy weather wasn’t bad enough, New Yorkers reported downed scanners and waits of up to four hours. (Gonna need those free drinks!) Even Mayor de Blasio had to wait in line; he emerged from his Brooklyn polling location calling for voting reform and saying “NYC deserves so much better.” The state Attorney General’s office announced that as of 3:30pm, it had received roughly 100 complaints about New York City poll sites with broken scanners. Here’s a look at this morning’s carnage in the B+B area.

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NYC’s Empty Newspaper Boxes Are Being Turned Into Woke Lending Libraries

(Photos courtesy of New York Mini Libraries)

On your way to the polls, grab a leftist polemic or a dystopic novel from the guerrilla mini-libraries that started popping up in old newspaper boxes around Manhattan yesterday.

“Books are weapons in the war of ideas,” a sticker on the newsrack-turned-mini-library on the corner of Reade Street and Centre Street reads, paraphrasing a Franklin D. Roosevelt quote. “Arm yourself.”

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After the Midterms, Marxism: Socialists Gear Up For Fall Conference

While cable news pundits are busy predicting outcomes for Tuesday’s midterms, New York socialists have already set the schedule for a Marxism conference for this weekend; they plan to discuss the same topics no matter who wins on Election Day.

The conference– Saturday from 11am to 8pm at the New School, 66 W. 12th St— is for “hundreds of socialists and activists from NYC and the broader Mid-Atlantic region to dig into the theory, history and practice,” the event page reads.

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Parquet Courts Releases a Neil Young Cover to Feed Your Election Hacking Fears

With Georgia investigating an alleged hacking attempt into the state’s voter registration system, we’re reminded of just how easy it is to hack an election. And that’s just one thing we have to worry about. Hackers are stealing private Facebook messages, inserting malicious microchips into household items and military systems, and now they can even control your brain.

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New Yorkers Are Dressing Down the Camel Coat, But Don’t Take It Too Far

(Photo via KyraKiss)

There are few clothing items all humans of different shapes and sizes can wear and look good in. Not among them are: skin-tight dresses (I’d like a personal apology from whomever created this idea, because my feelings have been hurt far too many times), neon anything, and gaucho pants. Among them are: jeans, Converse, black leather jackets and the ever-so-perfect camel coat.

The classic camel coat look is back in full force this flu season, but fashionistas are noticing something new happening.

Jennifer Yedid, a senior women’s stylist at Harrison Style said a classic look is being “completely reimagined,” with New Yorkers adding their own edgy spin to it, like dressing the affluent coat down with denim or dressing it even more down by getting it oversized and walking around the city with what’s basically a blanket around their body.

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Jane Greengold and Her Brooklyn Neighbors Set a New Pumpkin-Impalement Record

Jane Greengold adds a pumpkin to the fence. (Photos: Neel Dhanesha)

When Jane Greengold first decided to stick pumpkins on the fence around her house at the corner of Kane Street and Strong Place in Cobble Hill, she didn’t really think there was a greater meaning behind what she was doing. “At the time I was living in the house and seeing the fence all the time and it just came to me: we should impale pumpkins on it!said Greengold, an artist and public interest lawyer. “It was a long time ago and I’ve tried to think back, like, where did that idea come from? And I have no idea.”

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Run-D.M.C. Mural Goes Up in the East Village, 16 Years After Jam Master Jay’s Death

Photo via monkeysees_bk on Instagram

You may not get a chance to see Josh Cheuse’s classic shots of Run-D.M.C., currently on display in a Greenwich Village shoe shop, but it’d be hard to miss this. The Queens hip-hop legends are the subject of a massive new mural by Eduardo Kobra, the Brazilian artist who gifted the East Village an epic portrait of Michael Jackson back in July. This one has been going up at the corner of 12th and A, exactly 16 years after Jam Master Jay was gunned down in a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens.

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Pour One Out: Greenpoint Loses Both of Its Slush Puppie Machines

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

“I don’t wanna be buried, in a pet cemetery,” sang the Ramones. But that’s exactly what will happen to the blue-hatted hound atop the Slush Puppie machine when American Deli Market leaves its home of 20 years.

A couple of weeks ago we lamented that Greenpoint Finest Deli had closed, leaving Greenpoint with just one Slush Puppie machine. Namely, the self-serve one an avenue over, at American Deli Market. The neighborhood was lucky to have even that, because Slush Puppies–which, of course, are the thinking man’s Slurpees– are nearly impossible to come by in this age of boutique kombucha, acai-infused coconut water, and yerba mate soda.

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Looking Back On 17 Pre-Halloween Parties As We Suit Up For the Big Night

The partiers at BAE’s Mystic’s Playground party with co-host Reem Abdou (bottom, center), 134 Metropolitan Ave, 10/27/18 at 2am.

While you may be under the illusion that Halloween starts tonight, the city’s hardest partiers have been filling clubs, bars, and warehouses since the weekend. On Saturday, I hopped from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn, visiting underground and above-ground venues like House of Yes, Secret Mansion, and Strangelove Bar, as well as dance parties like BAE’s Mystic’s Playground and the annual Bang On! rave, Warehouse of Horrors. I even stopped by Videology to photograph the bar/screening room before it ghosted.

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Rally With Nan Goldin, Richard Hell, and Other Downtown Legends at This Protest Pop-Up

“18 & Stormy” by Richard Prince.

Are you into arts, crafts, or sharing primal screams with your fellow progressives? From now until Election Day you can go to Protest Factory and watch a crew of prominent writers and artists make protests signs. Among those who will be reading, speaking, and rallying are punk poet Richard Hell, photographers Nan Goldin and Ryan McGinley, musician and performance artist Kembra Pfahler, writers Michael Cunningham and Eileen Myles, and visual artists Marilyn Minter, Barbara Kruger and Laurie Simmons.

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