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Spanish Shoe Brand Is the Latest Camper on the Bowery

Even these days when art galleries and boutique hotels line the Bowery, homeless encampments aren’t hard to find there. But this is a decidedly different type of Camper. As of today, the Spanish shoe brand is selling $285 kicks at the first New York City outpost of CamperLab. The narrow store at 221 Bowery, right next to Bowery Mission, promises cutting-edge designs that aren’t available at Camper’s Soho, World Trade Center and Midtown shops. And we do mean cutting-edge– the soles of the $285 kicks in question were designed to resemble T Rex teeth. You can also get women’s heels that look like they were made from upcycled soft pretzels. Or maybe they were made by a balloon-art clown at a kids’ birthday party.

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Artists & Fleas Brings Williamsburg to Soho With a New Market

After a decade and a half as a staple of the Williamsburg flea market scene, Artists & Fleas is opening its fourth location, smack dab in the middle of Soho, on the corner of Prince and Broadway. Look out, Prada.

Founded by Brooklyn-based Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer in 2003, A&F allows independent artists and designers to sell their wares (or wears. . .get it?), resulting in a hodge podge of hip stuff: vintage clothing, jewelry, leather products, art items, handbags, food, and, of course, beard oil. 

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East Villagers Meet With Cops to Talk Biking and Robberies

Burglary suspect. (Photo: NYPD)

The NYPD’s East Village station house was packed last night with locals concerned about an uptick in burglaries and a fatal bicycle collision.

Cyclists showed up to the monthly Community Council meeting hoping to learn about the collision between the driver of a box truck and Kelly Hurley, a 31-year-old Lower East Side resident. She was biking to work at the SoulCycle gym on the morning of April 5 when she was struck at the intersection of First Avenue and East 9th Street, said Capt. Vincent Greany, commanding officer of the 9th Precinct.

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Shea Stadium Won’t Reopen at Its Current Location

After raising over $98,000 from over 1,600 people via a widely publicized Kickstarter campaign, East Williamsburg DIY venue Shea Stadium is calling it quits at its current location. A letter to Kickstarter backers, sent just a couple of days before the campaign expired, explains that the landlords, who had been supportive of the venture during its eight years on a scrappy industrial block of Meadow Street, have now decided to open a nightclub of their own. It looks like last week’s visit to the Macaulay Culkin Show might’ve been our last look inside the endearingly homegrown venue.

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SummerScreen Announces Lineup: Office Space, Donnie Darko, and More

Williamsburg institution SummerScreen just dropped its lineup for the summer, and the list of free outdoor flicks that’ll screen every Wednesday starting July 5 is good and populist. We’re looking at Mean Girls, Office Space, Donnie Darko, and I Know What You Did Last Summer— plus a curveball, Selena. We’ll let you know once we hear details about food vendors and bands. In the meantime, don’t re-watch any of these movies the next time they pop up on cable TV (if anyone even has cable anymore), because you’ll want to save them for lounging in McCarren Park with a beer in hand. If you can’t get a seat, just do your best Lumbergh: “Um, yeeeah, I’m going to need you to move that lawn chair over just a little, mmkay?”

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This Rainbow Arching Over Washington Square Park Proves It’s Finally, Truly Spring

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

One sign of spring: your local boat bar reopens. (The latest on that: Frying Pan is now up and running and the folks at Brooklyn Barge tell us they’ll be operational early next month, likely in the first week of May.) Another sign: In Washington Square Park, the flowers are in bloom and the fountain is back on. Mating rituals are on display– namely, between the acroyoga people and the piano guy. Everyone is taking Boba Guys selfies with the arch. And this afternoon, as you can see above, a rainbow was in full effect, apparently celebrating Pride Week a month early. The second I saw this, I just had to sit down with my laptop in the park and share it with you– no time to go back to the office when news is this urgent, you see. No time to go back to the office at all.

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Girls Is Over, But We Still Have Difficult People

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Okay, so Girls is over. (And fuck you, everyone, for putting major spoiler photos at the top of your reviews of last night’s season finale. No, seriously, fuck all y’all!) But life goes on for one of our other fave shows about narcissists tripping over their egos as they struggle to make it in this cruel city. Difficult People has started filming its third season. Today the show is holed up at East Village restaurant San Marzano’s, which has once again transformed into Billy, Denise, Lola, and Nate’s place of “work,” D’s Cafe.

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