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The New, More ‘Inclusive’ American Apparel: Different DNA, But Same Jeans?

When American Apparel relaunched earlier this year, it seemed like the embattled brand was taking a step in the right direction after its sale to Canadian retailer Gildan in 2016. Last month, its “NUDES” line was pitched as “a celebration of diversity and inclusivity”; ads featured women of various shapes, sizes, skin colors and backgrounds. Models for the Spring “Back to Basics” line, which showcased simple silhouettes and gender neutral designs, were selected via American Apparel’s social media channels to symbolize diversity. But the relaunched brand’s Fall line shows it might be back to business as usual.

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LES Girls Club Gets a Symbolic Prison Cell, and a Surprise Visit From Colin Kaepernick

(Photo: Lower Eastside Girls Club’s Instagram)

The Lower Eastside Girls Club aims to educate future leaders, politicians and thinkers about their rights, social justice, and skills like podcasting and catering. So, when prison abolitionist and artist Jackie Sumell— a longtime friend of the Girls Club—unveiled her latest project, it seemed like a perfect fit for the organization’s rooftop garden.

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Performance Picks: Juggalos, Kinky Basement Shows, and Macabre Burlesque

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(photo: Theo Cote)

Kink Haüs
Now through October 14 at La Mama, 8 pm (some performances at 10 pm): $30+

It’s common for performances to happen at late-night dance parties, but how often does a performance piece contain its own party? It does at Gunnar Montana’s Kink Haüs, a sexually-exploratory show in La Mama’s literally underground theater that doubles as a  “brutal underground nightclub where no f*c ks are given.” Perhaps if you haven’t been to notorious Berlin nightclub Berghain, where there’s dancing upstairs and debauchery downstairs, this will be some kind of version of that. Or not. Only one way to find out. Keep Reading »

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Happy Hour Creates Buzz For Small Business Jobs Survival Act Ahead of Council Hearing

(Photos by DJ Cashmere)

On October 22, small businesses in New York City may or may not get a lifeline they’ve been waiting on for 30 years. It will come, if it comes, in the form of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA). The bill, which has been languishing in the City Council for three decades, could change the face of commercial real estate in the city. It has a simple premise: next time the owners of your favorite local bakery/bodega/barber shop need to renew their lease, they might actually be able to do so.

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Midtown Sake Temple Sakagura Opens an Outpost in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When Robataya NY closed at the end of last year, the East Village lost one of its most distinctive restaurants, where barefoot cooks grilled food behind a semicircular bar and served it to diners with long paddles. But the establishment’s owners are turning lemons into lemonade, or rather rice into sake: Robataya has quietly been replaced by another beloved restaurant, an East Village outpost of Sakagura.

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Is This the Last Relic of the Hippies on St. Marks Place?

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

It couldn’t have been easy being a barber on St. Marks Place during the hippie era but somehow one shop has survived. Now called the St. Marks Barber Shop, the haircutter has been around since the 1960s or ’70s, according to Albert, one of the shop’s barbers.

Recovering hippies may recall when this was the Royal Unisex Barber Shop, located across St. Marks from the Electric Circus. A ghost sign, with mind-blowing psychedelic lettering, was covered by a new sign for the shop in 2017 but was recently resurrected.

For more ghost signs of the East Village and Lower East Side, check out our series.

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The Velvet Underground Experience Will Kick Off With a John Cale Q&A and a Tribute Concert

With the fifth anniversary of Lou Reed’s death coming up on Oct. 27, you may cringe at the idea of a Velvet Underground “experience” joining the ranks of the Color Factory,  the Dream Machine, the Egg House, and all the other gimmicky pop-ups that have been drawing lines of Instagrammers all over the city. Isn’t this the stuff of Ariana Grande? What, is there going to be a ball pit full of plastic bananas?

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In a Venue With Noise Complaints, The Night Mayor’s First Town Hall

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

“This is unprecedented,” said Guy Smith of Sutherland, a queer nightclub within East Williamsburg space 3 Dollar Bill. He’s talking about the first-ever Office of Nightlife Listening Tour, in which new “night mayor” Ariel Palitz and a slew of representatives from state and city agencies listen (and even respond) to what the community thinks about the state of nightlife, in the hopes of arriving at a “new beginning on how to approach nightlife as a whole together.”

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With Two New Cafes, These Coffee Subscription Services Are No Longer Just Mailing It In

787 Coffee. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Subscription boxes have been all the rage for years now, offering anything from cocktail ingredients to stuff to supposedly empower you when you’re single, delivered to your door on a recurring basis. Even beloved salami slingers Katz’s will bring pastrami to your doorstep every month. Now, some subscription companies have decided to branch out by opening physical storefronts in addition to their delivery services. Two coffee companies that offer subscriptions for whole or ground beans, Eleva and 787 Coffee, are both opening cafes this week, in Williamsburg and the East Village respectively.image.gif

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Photos: Punk and Drag Converged at the Second Annual Bodega Ball

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

(Photos: Ariel Shapiro and Sarah Hansen)

What’s the connection between punk and drag?

Chi Dracula Orengo, vocalist for local punk band Anasazi, says they both empower society’s misfits and outcasts. He got involved in the scene visiting leather bars and drag shows as a teenager with a “lust for adventure” and he now organizes the annual Bodega Ball, which had its second installment, themed “Drag Me to Hell,”  this past weekend.

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