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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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Trick-or-Treaters, We’ve Found the Mother Lode

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

All day long, trick-or-treaters have been hitting us up for candy (our one pouch of Big League Chew went fast), but one thing’s for sure: we’re not getting hit as hard as our neighbors across the street.

F.K. Sweetland, a candy distributor at 152 Grand Street, has been around for 25 years (its faded sign still advertises “sports shakes” and “freeze pops”). Rocky Ksed, the place’s 29-year-old manager, inherited it from his father. On this late, rainy Halloween afternoon, trucks were still being loaded.
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It’s Fun to Eat at the YMCA! Seinfeld’s Ex-Chef Served 250 Years of LES Cuisine

(Brendan Lowe)

(Brendan Lowe)

The e-mail arrived at 11 a.m. three weeks ago: Jerry Seinfeld’s former private chef would be cooking a seven-course meal based on the history of the Lower East Side. Location? TBD.

That’s all Dinner Lab members knew when word spread about their next offering. They had five hours to decide whether to buy tickets; they went on sale at 4 p.m. and were gone in minutes.
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This San Francisco Transplant Is Picking Up Where 3rd Ward Left Off

(Photo: Molly Socha)

(Photo: Molly Socha)

With 3rd Ward closing and General Assembly discontinuing its co-working space, it doesn’t seem like the greatest time to open a new workspace in the city. But that isn’t stopping Rena Tom from bringing her San Francisco-based Makeshift Society to Williamsburg. With 15 minutes to go, its Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its $30,000 fundraising goal.
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Missed Nirvana Last Night? See Two More Bands Cover ‘Em Tonight

290199-250If you missed 285 Kent’s Halloween show last night, then you missed Butter the Children doing the Pixies and Dead Stars covering Nirvana — but don’t hate yourself and want to die, tonight some other bands are taking a stab. Cake Shop has just announced its Halloween Partyshow lineup, and it’ll feature Butter the Children as the Pixies (again!) and Low Getting High as Nirvana. Plus, Palehound as Pavement, Flagland as Weezer, and Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (a Green Day cover band, we’re assuming?). The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes till midnight, and there’s a $8 cover.

Update: Silent Barn is also doing a covers show tonight, and yet another band, Whoarfrost, will attempt to channel Kurt, Chris and Dave. In addition, Celestial Shore and Steve Marion of Delicate Steve will do Led Zeppelin and You will do Interpol.

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Was Banksy Inspired By This East Village Nudist Who Ran For President?

AbolafiaposterLouis Abolafia’s campaign poster featured the East Villager almost completely nude, asking, “What have I got to hide?”

Abolafia died 18 years ago today. But in May 1967, he was kicking off his run for the presidency at the Cosmic Love Convention at the Village Theater, where he said, “We should be a country of giving and giving and giving. The way we’re going now, we’re all wrong. We could be giants; we should be 10 times above what the Renaissance was.”
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Robert James Is Strapping On His Cowboy Boots and Walking Away From Bedford

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By Robert James has been outfitting dapper dudes on Bedford Ave since December of 2012, but time’s up for the pop-up shop. “We’ll be moving just around the corner on Grand, between Bedford and Driggs. So we’re still staying in the neighborhood,” said a clerk who added that a lease was being negotiated (according to a sign in the window, the new store will open Nov. 15).
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Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The First Year Was Too Slow’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A day before Hurricane Sandy’s first anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg showed up at New York University flanked by aides, a congressional delegation and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, all of them there to announce a fresh infusion of $1.34 billion in federal funds to help rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in New York City by its worst natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had already provided the city with more than $1.7 billion earlier this year, a mere pittance compared to the enormity of Sandy’s devastation across five states on the Eastern seaboard.
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