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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Don’t Suck

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

You already know where to catch Nirvana, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys on Halloween. But if you’re just too creeped out by the thought of zombie Kurt, there are plenty of other places to do the monster mash. Hit one of the parties, tours, plays below and you won’t spend the night on your couch eating Reese’s (though that’s a perfectly acceptable pre-partying option).
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McGolrick Park’s Gritty Playground Is Getting a Million-Dollar Makeover

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

As the Mayor’s office allocates $130 million to improving neglected parks, one Greenpoint mother on a mission is celebrating the $1.3 million that will go toward a playground that has long made her worry about her daughter’s safety.
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Brooklyn Artists Take Over the Brooklyn Museum

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

There’s stuff to blow your mind for days on end at Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyondwhich opens to the public at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, October 3, and will be open and accompanied by tons of related programs and performances until January 3.
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D’ja See Jason Schwartzman On East 9th Today?

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

A day after Jared Leto graced Bushwick with his presence yesterday, another actor/rocker, Jason Schwartzman, was in the East Village today. A source spotted the indie moppet on the set of Mozart in the Jungle, the Amazon original series he’s co-producing with Roman Coppola.
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Castle Of Spices: Music, Photography, and Brooklyn’s Most Terrifying Wolf Person

Famous Swords, a Brooklyn-based art collective founded by Alyse Lamb (of EULA) and Chris Mulligan, is gathering a regular army of mostly Brooklyn-based musicians, performance artists, and visual artists that will descend upon Glasslands tomorrow. Castle of Spices features a varied lineup including Short Nerve (a weird jammy outfit featuring Greg Saunier of Deerfhoof on drums), Adam Schatz (also of NYC indie poppers Landlady), Andra (singer-songwriter), and EULA.
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This Roving Vintage Shop Is Back In NoHo For The Fall

The Nomad Truck is parked at 4th street and Broadway today. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Nomad Truck is parked at 4th street and Broadway today. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hoping to catch some NYU students on their way to and from class, the Nomad Truck has spent at least one day a week parked at the corner of West 4th Street and Broadway since the first day of school, and will continue showing up at different spots around the area in the coming weeks. If you’re close by, just hop on the gangplank and make your way inside the boxy mobile retail biz that’s packed to the brim with women’s clothing, accessories, and jewelry.

We spoke with store manager Chastity Mahoney about what Nomad has to offer. Prices hover under $100, while most of the new clothing pieces occupy the $40 range, jackets and outerwear creep up to the higher mark. Everything looks polished and vaguely “on trend”: leather jackets, acid wash jeans, marled sweaters, and necklaces with bones and power crystals are all available. Mahoney said the store sources the majority of its clothing from Los Angeles because of the number of manufacturers located there, but also because “LA is our style.”

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Three Chances to Live the Yacht Life, On Land or at Sea

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

After peeping this peculiar poster on Bowery, we can add another one to our list of parties in unusual locales. The poster points to a website for Cocaine Yacht Disorder, which afflicts 1 in 10,000 people, “everywhere from the shores of Australia to the West Side Highway.” Another click takes you to info about a boat party, on Sunday, that will raise funds for “victims of coke yacht and other drug related yacht catastrophes.” There’ll be “absolutely no cocaine” aboard the boat, but if you bring your own, we double the folks at RINSED will blame victims of this unfortunate disease.  
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The Gentlemen’s Vintage Show May Salve Your Sartorial Woes

(Courtesy of Manhattan Vintage)

(Courtesy of Manhattan Vintage)

Gentlemen have it tough when it comes to vintage shopping — sure, Beacon’s Closet and all the L Train Vintage spots offer an abundance of western shirts and ironic D.A.R.E. tees, but what if you’re in the market for some dapper duds and can’t for the life of you fit into the Euro/Japanese sizes at places like Rue St. Denis and Tokyo Joe? Pretty much your only option (aside from losing a little weight, which is clearly not going to happen in a world of dannolis and mac-and-cheese pizza) is to buy an exorbitantly priced used button-down from Tokio7 or INA, and what fun is there in that?
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WILLiFEST, the Williamsburg Film Fest With the SILLiNAME, Returns This Week

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Starting this Thursday WILLiFEST kicks off with dozens of film screenings and events happening all over Williamsburg for four days. The fest is nothing if not diverse in its selection. This year, WILLiFest’s lineup includes documentaries, independent feature-length films, music videos, and international, short, and student films.

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