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SantaCon Location Comes Early

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Breaking from a years’ long tradition of withholding its starting point until the night before, SantaCon announced last night that its red-suited revelers will first gather Saturday morning at the sprawling James A. Farley Post Office at 421 8th Avenue. Organizers reportedly made the early announcement as a bow to public officials who have complained that they needed more time to alert their constituents to the costumed boozers coming into their neighborhoods.

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Video: Meet Ooti the Uterus at Renegade Crafts Fair

Over the next two weekends, the Renegade Crafts Fair will bring handcrafted works from 150 makers and a handful of food and beverage vendors to Industry City in Sunset Park. This past weekend, we checked out the first installment of the season and watched as holiday shoppers swarmed the glass works, ceramics, custom leather, jewelry, and a general panoply of knick-knacks. Play our video to hear more about the highlight of the fair, an “expressive uterus” that has caught the attention of the alt right.

Want to meet Ooti yourself? The Renegade Crafts Fair will return to Industry City (274 36th St., Sunset Park) on December 9-10 and 16-17 from 11am to 6pm. Brooklyn Flea will be in the same building. 

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Our Gift to You: A Guide to the East Village’s Best Holiday Shopping

Some feminist swag from Bulletin in Soho. Both items are $24. (All photos by Diego Lynch)

Before you fall back on the Union Square Holiday Market this season, remember that there are plenty of indie gift shops a little further downtown. We scoured some of them (and, okay, the Holiday Market, too) for this year’s quirkiest stocking stuffers.

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Never Mind the Turkey, a Food Porn Fest Is Coming to Bushwick

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Forget about that post-Thanksgiving diet. On the weekend of Dec. 16, a Food Porn Fest will take over a large warehouse two blocks from the Morgan stop. Shwick, the fest’s producer, has confirmed 19 vendors and is seeking over 40 of them total.

Did you know, the average American will eat 3,000 PB&J sanwiches in their lifetime?

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Those currently on board show a fair amount of variety. There’s vegan friendly Indian food, simple biscuits and beer, a boutique waffle experience, distilleries, a candy shop with hemp seed oil (CBD) infused products, and much more.

Shwick, founded by husband-wife team Christopher and Jinyen Carew, came to notoriety with the Shwick Market of Makers, a large warehouse space filled with vendors hawking artisanal products. It proved to be unsustainable and closed after nine months

Without a storefront, Shwick has been conducting pop-up markets to sell Brooklyn-made goods to Brooklyners. For the last two years, the couple has put on the Brookyln Maker’s Market in the restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.

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Tickets for the second annual Food Porn Fest, at 395 Johnson Avenue, are $3 and you can snag em here.

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What Goes Bump in the Subway? Spooky New York Transit Tales

Entropy and much else haunts New York’s rapid transit system, one of the oldest in the world. The subway is fertile grounds for fear: the rats, the tons of dirt above your head, and the leaks you hope are water. And when you get home, you may find that bedbugs got off at your stop. Inspired, Andrew Duncan Farmer has written a collection of “Scary Stories to Read on the Subway,” with illustrations by Bats Langley.

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Supreme Comes to Williamsburg, Bringing Crazy Lines With It

Supreme in Brooklyn, photo by Diego Lynch

After months of rumors that Williamsburg was getting a Supreme store, the cult skatewear brand opened on Grand Street this past Thursday. If you’re familiar with the Soho institution, you won’t be surprised to hear the Williamsburg store is already drawing lines down the block. 

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Ex Habitus Tells A Queer Tale of Privilege and Podcasts

Derek Christopher Murphy, Renee Rises (photo: Jo Chiang)

Nowadays, the latest form of media to stir up a craze is also probably the most simple. Podcasts are becoming more popular than ever, allowing anyone anywhere the chance to hear people jabber on about anything from carnal desires to hyper-niche political in-jokes. Some fund their ventures through services like Patreon, others insert mid-show interludes hawking mattresses and web design platforms for advertiser money.

New satirical play Ex Habitus, written by Lilla Goettler and Katie Hathaway and presented as part of the inaugural Corkscrew Theater Festival, gives a behind-the-scenes look into the world and drama of this auditory media form. While it’s billed as a take on “millennial podcasting,” don’t expect any complaints about killing industries. There’s not even one mention of avocado toast. Keep Reading »

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Artists and Latex Lovers Whip Out Their Pens at Kink ‘n’ Draw

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Those in attendance at the most recent “Kink ‘n’ Draw” event got to feast their “lustful and perverted eyes” on latex-clad live models as they posed in erotic tableaux carefully designed by one of our favorite New York characters, fetishwear entrepreneur and kink advocate the Baroness.

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A Massive Art Party Is Taking Over an Abandoned Mansion This Weekend

From You Are So Lucky’s Halloween party in Alder Manor last fall. Credit: Alex Nero.

When they arrive at You Are So Lucky, the mysterious three-day spectacle this weekend in which “125 artists, musicians, and performers are taking over an abandoned gothic manor at the edge of the city,” the first thing attendees will see are the sprawling 33-acre grounds of a 72-room Gilded Age mansion overlooking the Hudson.

In some ways the venue itself is the headliner, said renowned underground party impresario Will Etundi, one of the organizers. “The grounds are incredible. Grass at your feet, the open sky, a sweeping view of the Palisades,” he said. “It feels like you are in a fairy tale, with old mansions, trees, old statuary, rock formations….You are right on the edge of New York City but it feels like you are a few hundred miles, and a few hundred years, away.”

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Free ‘Fire Festival’ Comes to Bushwick Tonight (Not That Fyre Festival)

Are you drawn to flame like, uh, a moth to the flame? Are you looking for something exciting to fill your Wednesday evening? Tonight there’s a free fire festival (no, not that Fyre Festival) in Bushwick. Featuring “fire performers, jugglers, fire breathers and circus acts,” according to Instagram, Combustion NYC will showcase the “fire arts” and “flow arts,” as they’re known to enthusiasts.

The event — apparently the first of its kind in New York — is sponsored by Flowtopia, a Bushwick-based “fire boutique,” and the Floasis, a performance and education venue for fire-eating, fire-dancing, and flow arts.

The event runs from 7pm to 9:30pm tonight, June 28, in Maria Hernandez Park.