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Turn to the Left: Fashion Events!

(Courtesy of LES BID)

(Courtesy of LES BID)

While so many New Yorkers succumb to the insidious “normcore” and “athleisure” trends, others are determined to stay fresh — and not just the drag queens. With Fashion Week coming up, it’s once again time to focus on the fabulous. Luckily, you don’t have to trek up to midtown (or wherever the shows are this year) to do so, since there are plenty of fashionable festivities in our hoods.
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Bushwick Vendors Market Works To Bridge The Gap

bushwickvendorsLast time we checked in with boutique owner Yazmin Colon, she had started a discussion group and a blog meant to bridge the divide between Bushwick’s newer residents and longtimers like herself. Now she’s stepping up her ongoing efforts to unite everyone through that universal pastime — shopping. “You know that saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a kid’? Well, what I’m trying to do is build my own little village,” Yazmin explained.
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We’ll Drink (and Eat) to This: Firehouse Becoming a Cultural Center

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(Photos courtesy of NTHCCC)

In the 1970s, the City of New York flirted with bankruptcy and the storefronts on Bedford Avenue stood empty. Now, those same storefronts are buzzing and a long-running campaign to establish a community center in a storied Northside building aims to honor the memory of those who made that rejuvenation possible—and continue their good work.

The Northside Town Hall and Community Center (NTHCCC) will, once it’s completed, function as a social, cultural and political hub for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint community. And, crucially, it will enact this role from Engine 212, a defunct firehouse on Wythe Avenue that played a central role in the neighborhood’s history.

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Find Out What in the World Would Make VICE Leave the Williamsburg Bubble

IMG_9469-280x186If you’ve seen Page One, the doc about the New York Times, you’ll remember the tonguelashing media reporter David Carr gave Shane Smith when the VICE founder implied that the Grey Lady’s coverage of Liberia amounted to silly little pieces about surfing: “Just because you put on a fucking safari helmet,” growled Carr, “and looked at some poop doesn’t give you the right to insult what we do.”
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Epic Art Crawls Coming to Greenpoint and LES

Last year's LES fashion show. (Courtesy of LES BID).

Last year’s LES fashion show. (Courtesy of LES BID).

This morning we mentioned that Greenpoint Open Studios will return on the weekend of Oct. 3, and artists will get a free beer for signing up at The Diamond this Friday. But if you can’t wait that long for a festive gallery crawl, or you refuse to leave the Lower East Side, you might want to save the date of September 7 for LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion.
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The 10 Fringiest of This Year’s Fringe Fest

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It’s that time again, folks. The time when the world’s most avant-garde and experimental theater types descend on the East Village and Lower East Side for a fortnight of moderately insane adventure know as the Fringe Festival. The 18th edition of the Fest will be deluging the metropolis with playful peculiarities from August 8 to 24.
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Looking Back at the First Tompkins Riot Reunion, on the Eve of the 26th

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 11.49.21 AMIt’s going to be a throwback weekend off of Tompkins Square Park. Not only is Clayton Patterson holding court Friday at Pyramid Club, but on Saturday and Sunday, the annual concerts commemorating the Tompkins Square Park Riot — which he so famously documented — return to the park.

In addition to performances by hippie holdover David “The Pope Smokes Dope” Peel and the usual array of hardcore/punk bands with names like Nihilistics and Transgendered Jesus (no Porno Dracula this year?), parkgoers will be treated to a free installment of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, courtesy of the East Village’s own Kembra Pfahler. 
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A Midsummer Night’s Rave, With Williamsburg Hipsters as the Mechanicals

Demetrius and Helena get frisky (Photo courtesy of Quirky Productions)

Demetrius and Helena get frisky (Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Cohen)

This outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, returning to the East Village Friday for a final three-day run, won’t remind you at all of eighth grade English. Maybe because the fairies are all drugged out and the forest has become a rave den, or because the lovers are Park Slope trust-fund kids, and the Wall is a spoken-word performer. Whichever way you squint at it, like the unfortunate Bottom, the entire play has been “translated”—in this case into a contemporary New York City setting.
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Preview Billy Reid’s 10th Anniversary Sample Sale, Launching Tomorrow

Billy Reid's sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Billy Reid’s sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

This year, Billy Reid turns 10. And to celebrate the big one-oh, the high-end Americana clothier (originally hailing from the South), is holding a blow-out sample sale at 57 Bond Street, just steps away from its usual NoHo storefront.
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