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Julie Gaines Dishes On Fishs Eddy in a New Book About NYC’s Quirkiest Dinnerware Shop

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Julie Gaines loves doing dishes— which is good, because she owns a dishware store. In 1986, the 55-year-old and her husband Dave Lenovitz opened Fishs Eddy, a chaotic-yet-cozy family business that has become an unlikely Big Apple institution. They’re known for their affordable, sometimes vintage dishware, quirky designs, and folksy charm. All of it is chronicled in Gaines’ new book Minding the Store, out today.

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Six Years After Sandy, Electeds Say Current Flood Protection Plan Doesn’t Hold Water

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Six years ago today, Superstorm Sandy hit New York City. Streets were flooded, buildings were destroyed, some $19 billion in damage occurred, and 43 people lost their lives. In the Seaport District, water levels reached four feet high. Six years after the city announced that it would build a U-shaped wall designed to protect it from future natural disasters, the plan still has not been carried out.

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Bike Kill!! The Wacky Wheels and Spooky Spokes of NYC’s Craziest Demolition Derby

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Last year the NYPD tried to shut down Bike Kill, and it could not be done. This year a goddam Nor’easter rolled into town, and even it couldn’t contain the glorious mayhem. Nothing can stop Bike Kill!

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Elizabeth Street Garden Ralliers to City: ‘Hands Off My Bush’

Raymond Figueroa, president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition. (Photos by Ryan Krause)

To the residents of Nolita, Elizabeth Street Garden is an urban oasis. The garden, a schoolyard in a previous life, is a lush patchwork of contemplative nooks crisscrossed with gravel paths and speckled with large stone sculptures. It’s nestled among its brick and concrete neighbors between Prince and Spring streets. The garden is beloved by those who spend their lunch hours on its benches and stroll its paths on their days off.

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I Joined the Cult of Luxury Watches and This Is Where I Wound Up

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This summer, my father passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, from a brain aneurysm. Almost immediately thereafter, I began collecting watches.

There’s a school of thought which holds that forty-something men who purchase luxury items aren’t necessarily going through a “midlife crisis”—buying youthful accessories in an attempt to not seem old—but are instead buying things they’ve alwayswanted, yet are only now, in middle age, able to afford. I wanted a powerful muscle car when I was 16, for example, but was 39 before I could responsibly get one.  A similar arc has followed in my life for indulgences like traveling regularly and eating at four-star restaurants on days that aren’t my birthday.

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Blackface Isn’t the Only Halloween No-No: Some Pro Tips From the Experts

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Halloween is basically another high school prom: People dress up and look completely different than how they do during the day, in hopes of getting laid. Why else do you think so many scary movies have to do with prom? It can be stressful and annoying to find the perfect costume and grab tickets to a fun spot for the spooky night, but if you heed the following expert advice, the spookiness will remain in the spirit and not in your heart.

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Don’t Waffle, Go Eat Some Insects For Free On the Streets of NYC

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Insects, here! Get your fresh roasted insects, here!

No, it’s not a Beetlejuice-themed Halloween stunt, it’s a marketing campaign for The Economist. The magazine, which has given out free coffee and vegan burgers in the past, has teamed up with Belgian waffle wizards Wafels & Dinges to launch a food truck offering free mini liege waffles topped with roasted crickets and mealworms.

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Neighborhood Longtimers Anella and Nai Reopen in Greenpoint and EV

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Two neighborhood standbys have reopened their doors–one in Brooklyn, the other in Manhattan. Nai, the Galician tapas bar that closed in July after eight years in the East Village, has reopened an avenue over. And Anella, the Greenpoint longtimer that closed that same month due to a fire, will reopen tonight in a rebuilt space.

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Kat Cunning Explores the Dark Side of Sleeping Beauty in CNTRL

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In the past years, we’ve seen Kat Cunning on the stage with Company XIV singing Lana del Rey’s songs better than Lana del Rey, in high-octane Broadway productions (Paramour; Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and on cable (The Deuce, where she plays a recurring character). What’s more, her first EP might (finally!) be on the way

As if she needed to add to her resume, on November 8, she’ll make her co-directorial debut in CNTRL, a circus-musical performance co-created with House of Yes’ own Anya Sapozhnikova, also starring nine core performers and five extras. A spin on Sleeping Beauty, CNTRL focuses on the power dynamics, the sexuality and the darker aspects of the fairy tale, with Cunning in the leading role. “Control is the word that kept coming up when I was talking about the characters’ power dynamics, and their sexualities, as a reference to power play,” Cunning told Bedford + Bowery. “The word comes up to me as a human when I am working, being a control freak.”   

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New Bar Brings Sliders Back to the Corner Where Williamsburg’s White Castle Once Stood

Easy Lover co-owner Aaron Koen (second from right) with staff and guests outside during the soft opening. (Photos: Nick McManus)

When the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed in order to make way for a luxury apartment complex, it attracted graffiti that read “RIP LATE NIGHT SLIDERS.” Four years later, it might be time to stop mourning. On Monday, sliders returned to the corner of Metropolitan and Humboldt, as Easy Lover soft opened in the former home of Legion Bar.

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