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Tom Wolfe Wants To Read More About Hipsters

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Today, speaking at our own Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Tom Wolfe was asked what aspect of contemporary New York life he’d like to see reported on more often. To which the famed author responded, with total earnestness, “I have never seen a profile of the hipster.”

Seriously, Tom? You’ve never seen a profile of a hipster? Clearly the Man in the White Suit hasn’t met the Gray Lady, having somehow missed the The Times‘s near weekly anthropological fascination with said species (see How I Became a Hipster, Caught in the Hipster Trap, and The Hipster in the Mirror for a quick primer).
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Listen to Not One But Two Full-Album Covers of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’

Forget the $150 box set and the fax from Steve Albini — the most amazing thing to emerge from the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero might just be a pair of cover albums. Last month at Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick donned some flannel to become Deervana and played the album in its entirety. But that fairly faithful rendition (audio here) is nowhere near as trippy as a collection of covers, out this month, by bands from the Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula.
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Banksy Piece Gets Defaced, Restored, and Then… Framed?

(Christopher Discipio)

(Christopher Discipio)

Banksy took to the Williamsburg-Bed Stuy border today for the 17th installment of . Hours after his piece went up on Cook Street, off of Graham Avenue, it was vandalized. But a few art-friendly Good Samaritans did some on-the-spot restoration and — although a smudge is still visible — the mural is pretty much clear.

While B+B was on the scene, a man covered the right figure with a square piece of blue Plexiglas. Hysteria ensued as everyone remembered the guy who, a few days ago, tried to charge people $20 to take a picture of a Banksy piece.
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Bushwick and Greenpoint Just Got Two New Record Stores

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Vinyl Fantasy (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Amid the gloom and doom over closing record shops, there are a couple of glimmers of hope. Last week, Academy Annex  (check out photos of the new store at 83 Oak Street below) while a Bushwick newcomer hit the corner of Knickerbocker and Jefferson.
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Priced Out of NYC, This T-Shirt Designer Now Commutes From the Catskills

Making “upcycled vintage from 20th century pop culture” ain’t easy: to do it, artist Golly Bishop sometimes drives 800 miles to acquire vintage bedsheets, sleeping bags and curtains at yard sales; then he cuts out characters like Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and sews them onto T-shirts. He’s been practicing this “post-modern archeology for a brave[ish] new world” full-time for the past five years, but in recent months the exorbitant cost of living in the city forced him out of the East Village, his home of 12 years, to a new studio space in the Catskills.
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Harsh! Yippie Museum’s Building Manager Wants Pot Activist Kicked to the Curb

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Already fighting foreclosure, the home of the Yippie! Museum faced another buzzkill last week, as attorney Meryl L. Wenig asked a State Supreme Court judge to consider civil contempt charges against its owners and even jail time for failing to pay rent at 9 Bleecker Street.

Wenig represents David F. Segal, the receiver, who claims that “not one cent” of the $20,000-per-month rent he demanded via a notice in September has been paid since May, when the court authorized him to manage the building. As a result, Wenig asked a judge last Monday to fine the building’s owners $250 per day for each alleged civil violation, evict its occupants and permit the auctioning of any possessions that aren’t removed by October 15. The judge will set a court date on October 18.
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Check Out Park Luncheonette, Reopened by Team Matchless and No Name

Last weekend, as promised, the owners of Manhattan Avenue bars Matchless and No Name reopened the Park Luncheonette off of McCarren Park. You can now stop by in the morning for espresso drinks and maybe some banana bread, or in the evening for beer, wine or cocktails at the candlelit bar (there’s also root beer on tap). The pizza menu didn’t debut this past week as hoped, but we’re told slices should be flying out of the takeout window by next week. We spoke to Nicholas Schneider, who’s heading the pizza operation, and his partner Ted Nugent of No Name and Matchless. Play the audio slideshow to check out the luncheonette’s new look and hear more about what to expect from the kitchen.

Park Luncheonette, 334 Driggs Ave., at Lorimer St., Williamsburg

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‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Guy Has Released a Funky Little Housing Court Jam

Now that Jimmy McMillan, founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High party, has achieved even more fame as a music video star, why wouldn’t he put his eviction fight to music? The East Village resident’s new tune, “Order in the Court,” is basically a primer (Jimmy McMillan style) on landlord-tenant law, and contains theories like “the judges that sit on the bench have been appointed by the landlord’s attorney who represent the landlord.” This may be the only time a scathing indictment of Article 31, Section 3120 has been put to funk music (unless George Clinton did it?).

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Would You Get One of These Memorial CBGB Tattoos?

tumblr_muh5artsdU1qbr14ko1_1280Okay, so Glenn Branca thinks CBGB was “just a shithole where bands got up on stage and played,” but others think the place was pretty special. And many of those folks are likely to converge on Greenpoint today, because Three Kings Tattoo is giving away one of these memorial tattoos between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. It’s first come, first serve, but don’t expect quite the kind of line those $13 tats got: these are going for $100 to $300.

When you’re done getting inked, head over the the B+B Newsroom to hear Rayya Elias, who played at CBGB back in the day, read from Harley Loco, her memoir about her rough-and-tumble life in the ’80s East Village, followed by Brendan Jay Sullivan reading from Rivington Was Ours and sharing his memories of running with Lady Gaga on the Lower East Side. The free reading and discussion starts at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.

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Sorry, You Already Missed Everybody’s Favorite Former President in the East Village

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The world’s most powerful peanut farmer and everyone’s — well, okay, this reporter’s — favorite ex-Prez made an appearance in the East Village today. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn held a press conference this afternoon to look back at their 30 years of community service for Habitat Humanity. Awkward looking Secret Service agents milled about in the middle of East 6th Street while press, local residents, and habitat volunteers gathered across the street from Mascot Flats, the first Carter Work Project site.
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