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Forget Thor and Pick Over Some Highbrow Comics This Weekend

While theater-goers watch a comic book-based movie about a Norse god who smashes things with a hammer this weekend, a different kind of comic book will be celebrated in Williamsburg. Comic Arts Brooklyn is having its first festival Saturday at Mt. Carmel Church and The Knitting Factory, replacing the now defunct Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.
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There’s a Debbie Harry Bobblehead (and No, It Doesn’t Have a Heart of Glass)

(Courtesy Aggronautix)

(Courtesy Aggronautix)

Nothing is real but the girl, but what about this?

That’s right: there’s now a Debbie Harry bobblehead. Till now, we’ve had to settle for the Debbie Harry Barbie, which, as you can imagine, looks pretty much like any other Barbie (which has confused a lot of folks who’ve seen it displayed in our office alongside our Ramones collection).

This new doll — limited to 1,000 2,000 units — is made by Drastic Plastic, creators of the Iggy Pop bobblehead, and it’s being shipped Monday by Aggronautix, makers of “throbbleheads” in the likeness of East Village punk legends GG Allin and Handsome Dick Manitoba. The Debbie doll will set you back $24.95 and can be ordered here.

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Airbnb Hosts: ‘I’m Not Hurting Anybody, I’m Not Hooking, I’m Not Selling Drugs’

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It’s no secret that the Airbnb economy is thriving in New York City — after all, the Times was on it this week. Visitors to the city can tap in to the crash-pad social network to rent out anything from enormous luxury loft apartments in Williamsburg (for mere hundreds of dollars a night) to cozy, but apparently windowless futon-hallways in the East Village for as little as 60 bones. Airbnb isn’t couch-surfing cheap, but it still offers travelers a more affordable option than hotels and lets outsiders in on the less tourist-riddled pockets of the city.
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The Forcella Folks Are Now Doling Out Neapolitan Slices On Bowery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The last time someone tried to sling Neapolitan slices in the East Village, it was 2 Bros.’s short-lived Totale Pizzeria. But Forcella is hoping to succeed where los dos hermanos failed and has converted part of its dining room into Slice of Naples, a takeout spot serving (you guessed it) Neapolitan slices. It’ll be open from noon to 4 a.m., so, yeah, between this and Cafe Standard, the Bowery just got some pretty solid late-night/early-morning dining options.
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Steven Soderbergh Just Set the Lower East Side Back 100 Years

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Either a group of very dedicated steampunk fans decided to carve out a piece of the Lower East Side as their own, or Cinemax was shooting a period drama this morning on the corner of Broome and Orchard Streets.
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The Katz’s Pop-Up Got Its First Celebrity Patron

After just a couple of weeks on Houston Street, the Katz’s Deli pop-up has its first celebrity buyer. According to its Facebook page, longtime Katz’s cat Jerry Stiller bought the Young and Sick piece that was going for $5,000.

We recently popped into the pop-up to speak to fifth-generation owner Jake Dell about this wild experiment in deli-inspired artwork. Watch the video above to see what he had to say.

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‘She’s Living This Bohemian Dream,’ Ukulele in Hand

(Photo: Andrea Castañon)

(Photo: Andrea Castañon)

It’s not every ukulele player who goes from being homeless and broke to filling the room at CMJ. But last month at Ella Lounge, the front row was practically treading on Catey Shaw’s toes as she sang. “Watch your feet!” she said. “This is rock n’ roll.”
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Area Returns Tonight While The Dom Becomes an e-Cig Store

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Two of Andy Warhol’s old hangs are suddenly back on everyone’s minds: The Dom was mentioned in some of those tributes to Lou Reed, since the Velvet Underground was part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable show there. What those tributes failed to note is that 19 St. Marks (which later became the Electric Circus) will soon be home to Beyond Vape, a West Coast chain that sells e-cigs and — holy shit — a Nintendo controller mod (talk about “cloud level”). Definitely seems like a more appropriate use of the space than the Supercuts that preceded it.
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7-Eleven Has Opened On Avenue A, and No 7-Eleven Has Something to Say About It

Pretty spooky. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Pretty spooky. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It happened on Halloween: 7-Eleven opened at the corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street, to the, em, horror of many an East Villager. Or at least, to the horror of the folks who’ve been protesting the store’s construction site every Sunday: No 7-Eleven is calling for a 9 p.m. boycott rally tonight.
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Cower in Fear, For These Are the Kingdom’s Darkest, Bleakest Bands

To mark the occasion of this most blasphemous of holidays, B+B spoke with David Castillo, the ordained organizer of diabolical sacraments at Greenpoint’s darkest metal dungeon. He’s also simply known as the Event Director of Saint Vitus.

Castillo shared with us his unholy esoteric wisdom, bestowing upon us his list of New York City’s “darkest, bleakest bands.” As the witching hour draws nigh, B+B beckons you to call forth the heinous powers of YouTube and BandCamp to blast some of the vile rhapsodies found below.
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